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…Today in gaming: A debate-style forum on expanded gaming & a court hearing on barrel racing

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Keep an eye on two events today related to The Great Gaming Debate:

The first is a debate-style forum on the proposal to expand casino gambling in Florida, with Orlando attorney John Stemberger, the President of the Florida Family Policy Council as the anti-gambling voice on the five person panel and four people in favor of the proposal. The advocates for more gambling who will participate are Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, the sponsor of the casino bill; Dan Adkins, president of the Marti Gras Casino; Bob Wyre, general manager of Isle Casino and Racing; and Nick Iarossi, lobbyist for Las Vegas Sands. The main sponsor of the debate is the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, and it will be moderated by Antonio Fins, editor of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Questions from the audience will be part of the forum.

The second is

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