Florida Five: Opinions clash over gambling deal, Fla. pols react to Trump controversy

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

gambling Granny at internet cafeFlorida gaming deal faces uncertain odds in Legislature – As Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday touted the $3 billion agreement he signed with the Seminole Tribe as a way to bring economic stability to Florida’s constantly changing gambling environment, the deal faced an uncertain future in the Florida Legislature. “I think it’s going to be a really tough road,” said Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, noting that its “fatal flaw” is that it benefits only gaming operations in three South Florida counties. Read more

Related: Anti-casino advocates sour on new gambling deal

What Florida pols are saying about Donald Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from USA – That a Pinellas County congressman, David Jolly, would call on Donald Trump to quit the presidential race after calling for America to stop allowing Muslims into the country is surely irrelevant and/or laughable to Trump and many of his supporters. Read more

Florida debt rises slightly after 4 years of decline – Florida’s amount of debt is rising after dropping four straight years. That’s according to an annual report presented Tuesday to Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Cabinet. The new report shows that Florida’s overall debt stood at $25.7 billion at the end of June. Read more

‘Sunshine Protection Act’: Florida bill would keep daylight saving time year-round – Dubbing it the “Sunshine Protection Act,” a House Democrat has proposed a bill that would keep daylight-saving time throughout the year. Rep. Kristin Jacobs, D-Coconut Creek, filed the proposal (HB 893) on Friday for consideration during the 2016 legislative session. Read more

Senate again focused on Uber driver insurance – It seems like Uber can’t get out of Florida’s political headlights. This time it’s about the Senate holding off on giving the green light to a House proposal that would prevent local governments from regulating popular app-based transportation services. Read more

ICYMI:

Florida mayor responds to Trump’s ‘ban on Muslims’ with ban of his own 

‘Hilarious!’ Simple thing Jeb DIDN’T DO led to ‘exquisite act of trolling’ by fellow candidate 

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