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With ‘pre-reveal’ games, it’s déjà vu all over again

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Illegal gambling is like cockroaches: You kill one and there are dozens more when it came from. Back in 2013, a multi-state illegal gambling investigation embarrassed the Legislature, resulted in dozens of arrests and eventually took down a lieutenant governor. Jennifer Carroll stepped down because, before her election, she provided public-relations representation to the company being investigated. Yup, she was never charged with a crime and yet just the past association cost her the job. Some weeks later, lawmakers outlawed the strip-mall…

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Court orders new trial for lawyer convicted in gambling ring

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An attorney convicted of leading a $300 million gambling ring that used a veterans charity as a front and led to the resignation of Florida’s lieutenant governor is getting a new trial. Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal ruled Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis deserves a new day in court after deciding the trial judge should have allowed Mathis’ legal team to call certain witnesses to bolster its defense. “Appellant argues, and we agree, that the trial court abused its discretion…

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Jennifer Carroll to pay fine, admit violations in ethics case

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The drama over Florida’s former lieutenant governor, who was forced to resign more than two years ago, may be finally over. The Florida Commission on Ethics on Friday unanimously approved a settlement with Jennifer Carroll where the one-time rising star in state Republican politics agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and admit she violated the state’s ethics law. Under the settlement, Carroll acknowledged she did not disclose money paid to a company she controlled. The money came from Allied Veterans…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.14.15 — Can Obama get 34 senators to stay with him on Iran deal?

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Today’s nuclear announcement between the U.S. and Iran will be the big story today and throughout the rest of the summer in Washington. Once the proposal is sent to Congress, the clock begins, with the House and Senate having 60 days to tear the thing apart, which they’re already doing. Once they reject the proposal, President Obama will veto that rejection, and that’s when he’ll need his Democratic senator friends to salvage the deal — 34 senators would need to…

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#7 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians — Dana Young

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When Rick Scott unceremoniously dumped Jennifer Carroll two years ago, speculation immediately surfaced that Dana Young would be a logical successor as Scott approached a re-election year. That didn’t happen, of course, but this South Tampa-based Republican has skillfully worked her way through House Leadership since she took the open seat over Democrat Stacy Frank in 2010, the last time she’s had to sweat out an election. Currently the reigning House majority leader, she now ranks as “one of the…

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Which of these is racist: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Doritos commercial or the St. Petersburg Times’ Adam Smith?

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Growing up in ’80s and early 90s, during those heady days of Do The Right Thing and Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird and New Edition, it was easier to discern what was racist and not racist. Four of Los Angelas’ finest beating up on Rodney King? Racist. Not giving an Oscar to Denzel Washington? Ridiculous, but not racist. Twenty years later, with a black dude, err, an African-American in the White House and Flavor Flav and Ice-T on cable television,…

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Which of these is racist: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Doritos commercial or the St. Petersburg Times’ Adam Smith?

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Growing up in ’80s and early 90s, during those heady days of Do The Right Thing and Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird and New Edition, it was easier to discern what was racist and not racist. Four of Los Angelas’ finest beating up on Rodney King? Racist. Not giving an Oscar to Denzel Washington? Ridiculous, but not racist. Twenty years later, with a black dude, err, an African-American in the White House and Flavor Flav and Ice-T on cable television,…

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