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Gambling expansion in Pennsylvania gets a fresh push from Senate Democrats

The push to legalize internet gambling – computer-generated games that can turn all laptops, tablets and smartphones into potential bettor positions – may have just gotten a important shove from one of the state legislature’s least-powerful players.

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, a Pittsburgh Democrat, signaled in a legislative memo last week that he is solidly for internet gambling in Pennsylvania.

On most issues, with the Senate Democrats now working from a 34-16 disadvantage in the 50-seat state Senate, that might generate a yawn.

But this may be different.

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