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Does the NBA lockout have you blue?

Are you longing to cheer for the Magic?

Well, fear not. You may soon have the chance to cheer for the Magic against one of their weakest opponents — the Central Florida Taxpayers.

It might not be much of a game. The last time the Magic took on the Taxpayers — when Rich DeVos said he wanted taxpayers to "help" him build a new arena to boost his profits — the Taxpayers didn't even put up a fight.

The problem was our defense. We had Buddy Dyer and Rich Crotty in as our guards. And the Magic were able to drive straight to the public coffers.

When the game ended, the scoreboard showed that the Taxpayers ended up "helping" pay for more than $400 million of the $480 million arena.

No wonder DeVos wants to make another deal!

The latest news is that the team is eyeing more city-owned property — this time for an entertainment complex it wants to build near the arena.

On its face, the idea sounds boffo. More jobs. More entertainment options. And a swell of local tax rolls.

Maybe this will be just what downtown needs.

Still, whenever the Magic starts talking about "deals," I cheer with one hand in the air … and the other on my wallet.

(Un-)American Dreams

For today's political update, we visit our state capital, Havana.

Oops. I meant Tallahassee.

I've been getting the location confused ever since Florida leaders started using the public's money to try to overturn the public's vote. It's the kind of thing you'd expect in countries run by dictators or authoritarians.

Anyway, the latest out of Pyongyang has Speaker Dean Cannon trying to decide whether to continue trying to overturn your vote for Fair Districts.

A federal judge told Cannon that, no matter how much he and Democratic U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown like the gerrymandering status quo, they have no legal right to overrule the public.

What's the legal term for Duh?

The ruling sent shock waves through Damascus — sorry, Tallahassee — where legislators scrambled for answers.

Obviously, their first instinct was to blame the ruling on a liberal activist judge who was "legislating from the bench."

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