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Seminole Tribe leader Marcellus Osceola Jr. is elusive, inspiring — but likely unknown to many Floridians

BY: - July 21, 2021

On a spring morning in Tallahassee, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ schedule included an in-person meeting in the state Capitol with a Tribe leader considered humble yet dignified, ready to transform the gambling landscape in Florida. When the new 30-year, multibillion-dollar gambling compact between the state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida was unveiled that […]

Pro-gambling and anti-gambling forces take aim at FL compact with Seminole Tribe from different angles

BY: - July 7, 2021

Pro-gambling and anti-gambling forces appear to be united in fighting Florida’s new, high-dollar gambling compact between the State of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. But for different reasons, of course. Still under review by federal Indian gaming authorities, the compact ratified by the Florida Legislature in mid-May already has attracted a legal challenge […]

Petition drive for sports-betting Constitutional amendment in FL is under way

BY: - June 28, 2021

The political action committee trying to legalize sports betting in Florida through a 2022 Constitutional amendment has already launched its drive for petition signatures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The call for petition signatures by the Florida Education Champions PAC began via social media Friday, the day after the Florida Division of Elections authorized the […]

States race to launch multi-billion-dollar sports betting for NFL season; fans and foes in FL ready to clash

BY: - June 22, 2021

Are you ready for some football? More to the point: Are you ready to gamble on it (legally)? Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia are set to go, and nine more are working on it as fast as they can, including Florida, hinging on an approval from the federal government that could reshape the […]

Rally against gambling expansion at state Capitol: ‘Keep Florida family friendly. No Casinos!’

BY: and - May 18, 2021

Carrying signs saying “No More Casinos!” and “This is All Unconstitutional!,” about 100 Floridians trekked to the state Capitol Tuesday to protest a multi-billion dollar gambling compact that is coming close to fruition in the Legislature. “We have concerns that this is sidestepping what the voters voted on with Amendment 3,” said Joey McKinnon, who […]

FL Legislature’s special session on gambling advances but exposes squeamishness

BY: and - May 17, 2021

Just before his panel voted Monday to advance legislation connected to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ big gambling deal, Republican Rep. Nick DiCeglie, from Pinellas County, confessed to mixed feelings. “I have some serious concerns about whether or not this is expansion of gambling. And that is something that I have to, you know, work out internally. […]

As FL considers casino expansion, advocates want to protect against ‘problem gambling’

BY: - May 17, 2021

As lawmakers gather in Tallahassee today to consider a major expansion of gambling in Florida, including the legalization of sports betting, concerns are rising that adding wagering options through mobile platforms will spur addiction, especially among young people. The compact between Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe would allow residents at least 21 years […]

Casino opponents pledge lawsuit if FL Legislature expands gambling, but how strong is the case?

BY: - May 14, 2021

How likely are the anti-casino gambling forces in Florida to take the state to court if the Legislature approves Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposed gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe? You can bet on it. “We’re interviewing lawyers right now,” John Sowinski, president of No Casinos, told the Phoenix in an interview. He is a communications […]

Gaming compact: Lawmakers brace for high-stakes session with $2.5 billion on the line

BY: - May 13, 2021

Some 70 state lawmakers, reporters and other interested parties were schooled this week on “a spiderweb” of gambling laws in Florida, ahead of a special session of the Florida Legislature that aims to legalize sports betting for the first time. That’s in spite of a 2018 constitutional amendment banning casinos and casino-type gaming except as […]