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 […]

FL’s competing gambling interests pour at least $62 million into PACs

BY: - July 13, 2021

Gambling-related campaign contributions flooded into Florida in June, according to campaign finance records, indicating the immensity of the gambling wealth up for grabs in the state. On Monday, the Florida Phoenix reported that sports-betting titans FanDuel and DraftKings poured $20 million into a campaign to legalize sports betting by amending the Florida Constitution in 2022. […]

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 […]

Landing gambling expansion will be complicated; legislation offers glide path, with turbulence still ahead

BY: and - May 14, 2021

Florida could soon allow sports betting via cellphone from Key West to Pensacola — but getting there will require building an elaborate bureaucracy to protect punters, oversee betting platforms, and account for all that money. Legislation filed Friday could get the state there — and more. Just days before the Florida Legislature gathers to consider […]