GOP Race Moves to Florida, States Move Towards Internet Casinos, Mayor Greg Fischer Accused of Misleading Donors: Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis on January 23, 2012

1:06pm: After three different winners in three states, the GOP presidential race moves to Florida this week with a new front runner: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. A new Rasmussen poll conducted last night shows Gingrich leading in the state by 9%, a dramatic change from just two weeks ago, when Mitt Romney had a seemingly insurmountable lead. Florida is the first big state to vote in the presidential primary, with 50 delegates at stake. Romney has a strong organization there, but there are two debates before the vote next Tuesday and as Gingrich has shown, a debate performance can help a candidate. We’ll talk about what might happen.

1:12pm: More and more cash-strapped states are considering expanding gambling beyond their state lotteries to fill budget shortfalls. Last month the Department of Justice reversed its stance and declared that online gambling is legal as long as states approve it. How quickly will online poker games, which had all but disappeared in the U.S. since some high-profile indictments back in April, be going full tilt again? And how much revenue is there to be gained through internet casinos? We’ll try to shed some light.

1:35pm: Louisville businessman Ed Hart has submitted paperwork the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, alleging Mayor Greg Fischer misled some of his donors about how their contributions would be used. We’ll listen to his conversation with WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey.

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