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Poll: Most voters down on expanding gambling

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The vast majority of Florida voters — 84 percent — “want to reduce or hold the line on gambling” and 60 percent also “are less likely to support a candidate … that votes to expand gambling,” a new poll released Monday shows. The latest Mason-Dixon poll included questions on gambling, according to a news release from No Casinos, Florida’s anti-gambling expansion group. The anti-expansion “feeling among Floridians carries across all regions of the state: North Florida (87 percent), Central Florida (92 percent),…

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Former Buc John Lynch hopes to get into Hall of Fame despite position

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His interception total (26) is kind of low. If you’re looking to knock John Lynch, you can begin there. His teams won only one Super Bowl. That keeps him from being a slam dunk of a candidate. He already has two teammates from his defense into the Hall. Other teams have more, but voters lose interest the more players a team has in. But if you want to know the challenge that Lynch, the great of the Tampa Bay Bucs,…

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Pinellas voter turnout already at 15 percent

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With a week to go before the primary, about 15 percent of Pinellas County’s 625,961 voters have already cast ballots. The total 93,645 ballots include 92,818 mail-in ballots received since July 19 and 827 votes cast since early polling began Saturday. The figures, accurate as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, are from the Pinellas County Elections Office. Thus far, the number of Republicans voting outstrips the number of Democrats: 40,562 to 37,923. Libertarians have cast 185 ballots and those who have…

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Pro-Donald Trump Hispanics face ridicule from friends and family

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Hispanic voters in Florida, New Mexico and California have waved Mexican flags and bashed Donald Trump piñatas — clashing with police, at times — to protest the Republican presidential contender’s hard-line approach to immigration. Yet far from the protests, an increasingly vocal Hispanic minority is speaking out in favor of the brash billionaire. They are backing Trump even in the face of resentment and suspicion from friends and family, who are among the overwhelming majority of non-white voters opposed to…

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Applying salt shaker test to Florida Southern College poll

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Can a poll have flawed methodologies and still be relatively “accurate?” Of course it can, much in the same way a dart can be close to its intended target even if the player throwing the dart does not use good form. It might be that way with the newly released Florida Southern College poll, which shows, like many others, Trump leading and Rubio in second place in the Republican Party Presidential Preference Primary (PPP). But, the poll itself and the…

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The irony of how redistricting has resurrected Charlie Crist

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While thinning files last week, I came across one labeled “Crist” and wondered whether to dump it. After successive losses for the U.S. Senate and for governor again, hadn’t Charlie reached the end of the line? No, I thought, something will happen to bring him back. The next day, something did. It was the Florida Supreme Court’s dramatic decision to order major changes in eight of Florida’s gerrymandered congressional districts. Among them are the 13th, lying exclusively within Pinellas County,…

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Poll: Voters mixed on President Obama’s performance

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Florida voters remain divided over the performance of President Barack Obama in a new Mason-Dixon Poll released on Monday. Statewide, Obama’s performance was rated as excellent or good by 47 percent of those polled, and 53 percent rated his performance as fair or poor. The president’s highest marks came from residents in southeast Florida. Obama received the highest ratings from blacks, Democrats and people under the age of 35 years old. The lowest marks came from Republicans, whites, people over…

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