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Seminole Tribe releases third TV spot calling for Compact renewal

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A new TV ad from the Seminole Tribe of Florida says it has “met or exceeded” expectations by providing more than $1 billion in gambling revenue to fund education, support services and help control gaming. The Tribe is launching its third 30-second television ad today, airing first in Tallahassee followed by media markets around the state. A recent statewide poll conducted for the Tribe showed that Floridians believe the Seminoles have “exceeded expectations” of responsible gambling. The survey also found respondents want…

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The day that was in Florida Politics — March 9

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It was a day of testing at the state Capitol. The House Education Committee took about an hour to dispose of an overhaul of Florida’s school accountability system. The measure reducing testing and allowing an earlier start date of the school year sailed through with a few concerns expressed and a unanimous vote. While the committee met, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating a cyber attack on a server used to administer…

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Seminole Tribe airs ad in support of new gambling compact

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The Seminole Tribe is running television ads in hopes of convincing lawmakers to renegotiate its gambling compact. The ads began airing Tuesday, the day after a major gambling bill was filed that would allow two massive casinos in South Florida and allow slot machines at dog tracks in Palm Beach and Lee counties The 30-second ad tells viewers that the compact approved nearly five years ago has provided more than $1 billion to the state. The portion of the compact…

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Now that he’s behind, here are 10 ways Charlie Crist can turn his campaign around

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Dear Charlie, Let’s try this again. It’s been a long time since I helped out on one of your campaigns. In fact, I think the last time we worked together you were running for…the U.S. Senate (do you remember the time when, on our way back from campaigning with Ollie North in Panama City, my car tire blew out and I got stranded in Chiefland?). A lot has changed since 1998. You began this race as the front-runner with all…

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Now that he’s behind, here are 10 ways Charlie Crist can turn his campaign around

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Dear Charlie, Let’s try this again. It’s been a long time since I helped out on one of your campaigns. In fact, I think the last time we worked together you were running for…the US Senate (do you remember the time when, on our way back from campaigning with Ollie North in Panama City, my car tire blew out and I got stranded in Chiefland?). A lot has changed since 1998. You began this race as the front-runner with all…

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In the face of declining poll numbers, here’s what Charlie Crist can do to save his campaign

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A new St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll finds only 42 percent of likely Florida voters think Charlie Crist is doing a good or excellent job as governor — by far the worst approval rating of Crist’s 34 months in office. Dear Charlie, It’s been a long time since I helped out on one of your campaigns. In fact, I think the last time we worked together you were running for…the U.S. Senate (do you remember the time when,…

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Human Events: The Other George LeMieux

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From Human Events: Florida Gov. Charles Crist’s appointment of his closest political associate, unknown George Lemieux, to the Senate may cause some harm to Crist’s own bid for the same Senate seat next year. Two weeks ago Crist made the appointment to fill out the remaining sixteen months of the term of fellow Republican Mel Martinez (who had resigned his Senate seat) the warning signs are clearly in sight. At first, supporters of the moderate Crist’s primary opponent, former Florida…

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