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Judge slaps horse group with “show cause” order

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A Marion County circuit judge is giving a statewide racehorse owners group 20 days to explain why it shouldn’t be ordered to consider changing the way it operates. The “order to show cause” was entered against The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association on Friday. It is based in Ocala, informally known as “Horse Capital of the World.” Horse trainer Adolfo Exposito sued the association after it refused to put eight changes to its bylaws up for a vote at its membership meeting, set for…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.13.16 – Friday 13th edition

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Well, so much for that much anticipated San Antonio-Golden State NBA Western Final. Congrats to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who took down the Spurs in six. Gotta love the unexpected.  Today the Republican Party of Florida hosts their first of a two-day spring meeting in Tampa. I just realized that the Republicans always hold these type of events in Tampa, while the Democrats generally prefer Orlando. ….A transgender student who was suspended for using the restroom at school is challenging a…

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During Seminole Compact debate, lawmaker uncovers obscure sweetheart deal for Thoroughbred Breeders group

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As the Legislature continues debating a new Seminole Compact, the issue of decoupling has once again moved to the forefront. Publicly, one of the chief opponents of decoupling — which removes live race requirements for facilities to host slots and card rooms at pari-mutuels — is the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association (FTBOA).  However, in the backrooms of Tallahassee, the FTBOA and its lobbyists appear to be attempting to pull one over on well-intentioned legislators and, in the process, creating a secret loophole for the special treatment of a little-known pari-mutuel…

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Marion County Republican Party condemns Dennis Baxley, two other lawmakers for vote on gay adoption

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The Marion County Republican Executive Committee on Monday night approved a resolution criticizing House Republicans Dennis Baxley, Charlie Stone and Marlene O’Toole for their votes in support of an amendment last week that would repeal the 38-year ban on same-sex adoption in Florida. Committee members said that the three representatives’ support of the measure was a direct rebuke to the Republican Party of Florida platform, and they’re calling on the lawmakers to not only rescind their vote immediately, but to…

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