By all accounts, 2013 should have been a quiet year in politics. In Washington, the President was riding high after an easy re-election. In Tallahassee, the Republicans remained in firm control of the state’s government. And locally, there were no major elections to embarrass South Florida.
Five months after Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned as lieutenant governor, Rick Scott is moving slowly to replace her.
You may not know it, but the state of Florida has been without a number two in the state government for the last five months.
Almost three months after she resigned in the wake of a gambling probe into an organization that had been one of her business clients, there is still no replacement for former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.
Florida’s former lieutenant governor has an explosive new job.
The Florida Arcade Association estimates that 150 adult arcades across the state have voluntarily closed their doors since Gov. Rick Scott signed a law last week intended to close all strip-center gaming parlors.
With little fanfare, Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill that prohibits gaming centers also known as “internet cafes” which will shutdown the industry that critics have likened to “storefront casinos.”
Former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll spoke out Thursday about her alleged involvement in an illegal gambling operation.
Legislation that would shutter Internet cafes and possibly senior arcades passed the Senate Rules Committee unanimously Tuesday, and the sponsor said he would push for a vote by the full Senate as soon as Thursday.
Internet cafes are just one vote away from being outlawed in Florida.