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2016 Legislative Food Fights: Gambling issues move from spotlight to supporting role

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A big gambling overhaul bill won’t be on the menu this legislative session, but expect a swirl of other gaming-related topics to bubble up, including fantasy sports play and creating a state gambling commission to monitor users’ gain from super casino bonus and offers. One not to expect is Las Vegas Sands’ effort to get a destination casino in South Florida. After trying unsuccessfully for years, the gambling giant finally pulled up stakes last year, letting go of lobbyist Nick Iarossi and others. One of the…

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Las Vegas Sands calls it quits in Florida

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The Las Vegas Sands Corp. is giving up its efforts to get a destination casino resort in Florida, its Tallahassee lobbyist confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Nick Iarossi, the Sands’ Florida lobbyist, said chairman Sheldon Adelson and other company heads made the decision over the weekend. Iarossi said the company as of Monday has been canceling consulting contracts for public relations and lobbying – including his. “I understand their perspective,” Iarossi told FloridaPolitics.com. “We’ve been pushing this for six years with no success.” The move…

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No Casinos launches campaign blasting new gambling reform bill

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As the 2015 legislative session begins in earnest, Florida lawmakers will once again consider a “New Deal” to reform gambling statewide. Despite the best intentions of Tallahassee lawmakers, expanded gambling in Florida will always result in higher crime and taxes on residents, says a new ad launching today by the anti-gambling coalition No Casinos. A new 30-second spot from the Orlando-based group – called “New Deal” – disputes the claims of casino supporters, among other changes, will be a “win-win”…

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