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Panel approves bill to require gambling warnings on Florida Lottery tickets

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Lottery tickets, and places that sell them, could come with a warning: “Gambling can be addictive,” under a bill approved Tuesday afternoon by the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries. Senate Bill 1370 may go where some Florida lawmakers are uncomfortable to follow, declaring the state’s lottery games to be a form of gambling. As a result, the bill got a few no votes, including one from Democratic state Sen. Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville. But the bill’s sponsor, Republican state Rep.…

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Another day, another story about Scott Wagman violating some campaign rule

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Yesterday, I received a letter from the Florida Elections Commission stating that the FEC believe my complaints against Scott Wagman for putting up these kind of Google ads: are legally sufficient and have offerred Wagman’s campaign the opportunity to agree to a consent order, pay the fine and fix the ads or appeal the decision (FEC 09-160). This is just the latest example of Mr. Houghton-Wagman’s disregard for the norms of electioneering. Just yesterday, Wagman’s campaign was caught placing signs…

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Update on Nurse’s effort to ‘fortify’ stores

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I first wrote about this issue here after talking with Karl Nurse about this problem. There will be a council workshop to discuss the matter on February 12. From this article in the Times: Install surveillance cameras and a recording system inside the store — and make sure they work. Clear away signs and anything else that might keep the register from being seen from the outside. Police say that is what owners need to do to fortify their stores…

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Karl Nurse calls for clear windows at stores

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St. Petersburg council member Karl Nurse wants the city to require gas stations and convenience stores to remove all window signs in the wake of a series of violent store robberies. Without the poster advertisements, there is a greater chance criminals could be seen from the street during robbery attempts, Nurse said. For years, the Police Department has advised store owners to remove the signs, with little success. The council voted Thursday to dis­cuss a potential ordinance in a future…

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