gambling · Rick Scott

Hard Rock to spend $500M on Taj Mahal overhaul

Jim Allen, the gambling guru who’s the CEO of Seminole Gaming and chairman of Hard Rock International, said his company is prepared to plunk down $500 million to renovate Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal, the shuttered casino built by President Donald Trump in 1990. Hard Rock finalized the purchase of the Taj for a reported $50… Continue reading Hard Rock to spend $500M on Taj Mahal overhaul

medical marijuana · Rick Scott

Bradley on medical pot: ‘sense of urgency’

With a July 3 deadline fast approaching, state health officials have crafted what’s designed as a speedy way to implement the voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for patients with debilitating medical conditions. The amendment gives the Department of Health until July 3 to create a regulatory scheme for what could be one of the largest… Continue reading Bradley on medical pot: ‘sense of urgency’

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Poppa was a rollin’ stone? Gillum ready to hit the road again

Sometimes in politics, you really are just taking some family time. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat who’s running for governor in 2018, announced Thursday that he will soon get back to campaigning shortly after the birth of his son Davis last week. Gillum — already the father of twins — will appear next weekend… Continue reading Poppa was a rollin’ stone? Gillum ready to hit the road again

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What goes around comes around, Scott style

Gov. Rick Scott named John Tupps as his new comms director¬† Thursday, putting Tupps back into the office where his political career with the Republican governor sprouted. On July 5, Tupps will take over for Jackie Schutz Setzman, another Scott loyalist who will assume the position of chief of staff after Kim McDougal leaves on… Continue reading What goes around comes around, Scott style

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Can we talk about something other than booze now?

After a contentious — and pricey —- battle over legislation dubbed “Whiskey and Wheaties,” Gov. Rick Scott yesterday vetoed a measure that would have “torn down the wall” separating booze from food and other goods. The measure pitted Florida homegrown Publix Super Markets, independent liquor stores and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, who opposed the… Continue reading Can we talk about something other than booze now?

Florida Senate · medical marijuana · Rick Scott · Uncategorized

Does pot stalemate give Morgan better reason to run?

The Republican-dominated Legislature may be inadvertently goading Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan, the moneybags behind a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana,¬† into finalizing a decision about whether to run for governor next year. Lawmakers are left with a black eye after bombing out on a deal to implement Amendment 2, overwhelmingly approved by more than… Continue reading Does pot stalemate give Morgan better reason to run?

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Is pot special enough for another session?

One of the biggest end-of-session’s was the Legislature’s failure to pass a measure to establish the framework for a voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana. For patients, lawmakers’ inability to reach consensus on a bill doesn’t mean that they won’t be able to get access to the treatment, since the amendment gives the Department of… Continue reading Is pot special enough for another session?