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Will Rubio join the anti-slots fight in Miami?



A group calling itself No Casinos Miami has formed to fight the gambling proposal on the Jan. 29 ballot in Miami-Dade. A formal announcement will come Wednesday. The coalition describes itself as "a left-right bipartisan group that includes animal protection groups, Christian conservative groups and anti-gambling advocacy organizations."

Spokesman Doug Hurd told the Buzz the group has reached out to House Speaker Marco Rubio, R-Miami. Rubio's anti-gambling views are well known and are at the center of a struggle with Gov. Charlie Crist over the Seminole tribe compact. But will Rubio sign on? His friend state Rep. David Rivera is helping lead the effort to pass the initiative, which asks voters to authorize Las Vegas-style slots at pari-mutuels.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:13pm]


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