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Gambling stalemate over slots?

About a dozen pari-mutuel lobbyists were huddled inside Rep. Jose Felix Diaz’s suite late this afternoon, as the clock winds down on the legislative session without a gambling deal in hand. The biggest issue dividing the two chambers? That’s an easy bet — slots. The Senate wants to allow the lucrative machines in eight counties… Continue reading Gambling stalemate over slots?

Florida Senate · gambling · Rick Scott · Uncategorized

DLP — Alex — looking for comeback…again

Former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, part of a Miami-Dade political dynasty, is mulling a return to the upper chamber, an opportunity made possible by the recent resignation of former Sen. Frank Artiles. Artiles, R-Miami, stepped down Friday amid a firestorm over a public tirade that included racially charged and vulgar expletives. The… Continue reading DLP — Alex — looking for comeback…again

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Senate president slots smack-down

Senate President Joe Negron may have upped the ante Thursday  as House and Senate leaders prepare to start negotiations over the two chambers’ vastly different gambling bills. Rep. Mike La Rosa, the House’s bill sponsor, says he’s “been very, very consistent” about whether to allow slot machines at pari-mutuels in the eight counties where voters… Continue reading Senate president slots smack-down

Florida Senate · gambling · Rick Scott

Senate responds to Seminoles on gambling, seeks meeting

The day before the legislative session opened Tuesday, Sen. Bill Galvano, the Bradenton Republican who is the chamber’s go-to gambling guy, sent a letter to Seminole tribal leaders saying a new deal with the state won’t happen unless lawmakers also pass a major gambling package. Galvano’s letter, on behalf of the Senate, comes after the… Continue reading Senate responds to Seminoles on gambling, seeks meeting