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The deal comes after a decade’s worth of acrimony and lawsuits that resulted in the tribe halting payments to the state that had been promised as part of a 2010 gambling pact between the state and the tribe. The newly approved compact, as it is also knows, promises that the tribe will pay $2.5 billion to Florida over the first five years.

“Today, all the people of Florida are winners,” said Marcellus Osceola Jr., chair of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. “It is a historic and mutually-beneficial partnership between the state and Seminole Tribe that will positively impact all Floridians for decades to come.”

The Florida House voted 97-17 for the deal, with several Republicans among the no votes. It came one day after the Senate overwhelmingly approved the agreement with the tribe by a 38-1 vote. The vote was expected to usher in the end of the special session.

A handful of Democrats publicly objected to the compact, contending the 30-year agreement was too long and that it would also open the door to future casinos potentially in Miami Beach or at the Doral resort owned by former President Donald Trump.

But opponents also contended the compact was legally suspect because it would allow anyone in the state to use their phones to place bets. Voters in 2018 approved a citizen initiative that requires voter approval to the expansion of casino gambling.

“We are expanding gambling whether you want to try to dance around what that looks like,” said state Rep. Nicholas Duran, a Miami Democrat.

House Democrats tried to force a floor vote on how the billions from the Seminole deal will be spent, arguing that the money should be dedicated to substance abuse and mental health treatment, among other areas.

“We don’t need more tax breaks for rich guys or the corporations that rich guys own,” said state Rep. Joe Geller (D-Aventura). “We have people that are hurting for it.”

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But House Republicans contended the amendments were out of order and avoided having their members go on record to criticize them.

The compact cannot take effect until it is reviewed and approved by the U.S. Department of Interior, but once it’s greenlighted a legal challenge is guaranteed. No Casinos, the group that helped push the 2018 amendment, has already promised to mount a legal fight.

“This fight is just beginning,” said No Casinos President John Sowinski in a statement. “We are committing to ensuring the will of the people, who voted by a 72 [percent] landslide to give Florida voters the exclusive right to authorize casino gambling in our state, will be respected.”

Even House Republicans supporting the legislation admitted they were not sure if the sports betting portion would survive scrutiny by the courts.

“It is an open question,” said Rep. Sam Garrison (R-Fleming Island).

Rep. Randy Fine, a Brevard County Republican, said he thought a court would rule against the state on sports betting, but pointed out that the state will still collect money for other parts of the compact even if that happens.

“This is a good deal for the state,” Fine said. “You can feel good about voting for it.”

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DEAD ON ARRIVAL? GOP Blocks Dem Voting Bill with Filibuster, Leaders Say ‘Fight Not Over’

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ABRAMS CLAIM: Stacey Abrams Says She Was Nearly Blocked from Voting in Georgia Election

posted by Hannity Staff – 11.21.18

Democratic candidate in Georgia’s gubernatorial race Stacey Abrams claimed she was nearly blocked from voting this week; doubling-down on her previous comments that “voter suppression” led to an “unfair” midterm election.

Abrams was speaking with NPR when she stated an Election Day staffer attempted to stop her from casting her ballot; saying “The day I voted, I had to correct the poll worker who said I had filed for an absentee ballot.”

“I did it quietly. I didn’t turn it into a major conversation because, for me, it was about getting through the process,” she added. “But it was also emblematic to me of the privilege that I have.”

“I know the law … There are thousands, millions in Georgia who do not know what their rights are and therefore do not know that they shouldn’t have to wait in four-hour lines in the rain with their children. They shouldn’t have to worry about whether they will lose their jobs in order to exercise their democratic right to vote for their leader,” said Abrams

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ADD IT TO THE LIST: Hillary Blames Supreme Court Decision for 2016 Election Loss

posted by Hannity Staff – 9.17.19

Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton continued her worldwide excuses tour this week; asserting a Supreme Court decision regarding the “Voting Rights Act” had a major impact in her 2016 loss to Donald Trump.

“Now, I was the first person who ran for president in more than 50 years without the protection of the Voting Rights Act. And let me just say, it makes a difference,” said Clinton at an event hosted by the American Federation of Teachers.

“The latest remarks were seemingly the first time she alleged a structural disadvantage created by the Supreme Court. In 2013, the Court drew Democrats’ ire when it struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act, which was passed in 1965 as a way to secure voting rights for African Americans,” reports Fox News

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“Voters faced intimidation and harassment that echoed some of the worst chapters in our nation’s history,” she said. “Voter ID requirements amounted to a modern-day poll tax. Voter ID requirements, which were literally made up for the purpose of preventing certain people from actually being able to cast a vote that would be counted. We saw fewer voting places, long lines, and malfunctioning equipment — again, in certain places.”

To date, Clinton has blamed her 2016 loss on the mainstream media, Facebook, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, the FBI, James Comey, misogyny, racism, local newspapers, Russia, and more.

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