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The Christian Post: On each of these proposals, concerned voters should reject the expansion of gambling. While many contend that gambling is an economic boon for a state and that it increases tax revenue – sometimes even supposedly benefitting local school districts – there are much darker issues at play.
Associated Press: “Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Nikki Haley of South Carolina have submitted letters in recent days to congressional leaders stating that gambling in the virtual world compromises the ability of states to control gambling within their borders. Weeks earlier, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana wrote that he would do everything he could to stop Internet gambling from spreading in his state.”
Detroit Free Press: But the Michigan Attorney General’s Office is arguing that immunity shouldn’t stop its suit to block the Bay Mills tribe from opening a casino outside tribal lands, because the federal government has, so far, declined to act.
Washington Post: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will ask the Supreme Court to allow sports gambling in state casinos after a federal appeals court said late Friday it would not rehear the case.
NY Times: New York voters on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling, authorizing as many as seven full-scale casinos as part of a plan meant to bring jobs to economically distressed upstate regions.
AP: Mexico has issued a decree banning slot machines, and limiting the ability of casino permit holders to rent out or cede their permits to other operators.
Times Union: Jim Odato’s Monday columnsummarizes some of the finds of “Why Casinos Matter:Thirty-One Evidence-Based Propositions from the Health and Social Sciences,” a new report from the Institute for American Values.
AP: New Jersey residents and visitors will be able to start gambling online on Nov. 26, after a five-day trial period to make sure the systems operated by the city’s 12 casinos work properly.
Fed-Soc Blog: A three-judge panel of the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals grilled attorneys on both sides of the New Jersey sports betting case for an hour in Philadelphia on Wednesday, then told the lawyers the case “would be taken under advisement” with no timetable given for a decision.
AP: Private investment groups could place sports wagers on behalf of investors under a proposed law in Nevada that would allow the state to reap millions of dollars in untapped revenue.
Hawaii Family Forum: Today, around 150 people gathered at the capitol to demand what they are calling “marriage equality” (another name for redefining marriage.) Tomorrow, (February 12, 2013) they plan to visit the capitol all day. The timing is critical because if nothing happens by Wednesday, than the issue will be off the table for this legislative session. That’s why the push is happening so strongly all of a sudden.
San Francisco Chronicle: Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Thursday that would have made New Jersey the third state to legalize gambling over the Internet, but said he would sign it if it had a 10-year trial period and a higher tax rate on casinos.
The Mississippi Press: A state lottery could be debated in the Mississippi Legislature next year if the issue gets past the House Gaming Committee, headed by a Gulf Coast lawmaker.
CBSNews: A campaign funded by a Hot Springs horse track asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Tuesday to block a proposed ballot measure that would give a professional poker player the exclusive right to operate casinos in the state.
Salt Lake Tribune: Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday rejected a bill to expand gambling in Illinois that would have made way for a land-based casino in Chicago, saying the proposal lacked sufficient regulatory oversight.
NCPA Policy Digest: In the face of slow economic recovery, states are beginning to look to legalizing more forms of gambling as a means of generating revenue. But this approach is utterly misguided . . .
Christian Institute: Betting shops should be allowed to install more high-stake gambling machines, according to a committee of MPs.
Washington Post: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) really wants a deal to open a sixth casino in his state. So much so that he plans to unveil a draft bill for legislators to eyeball on Friday. His goal is to get it approved in a special session. And if that happens, then Maryland voters get the final say at the ballot box in November. It’s this prospect that has proponents of the state’s marriage-equality law very nervous.
USA Today: Delaware became the first state to enter the realm of legal online casino gambling Thursday with the governor’s approval of legislation that allows for full-service betting websites offering slots play and games like roulette, poker and blackjack.
ABC: Panelists at a major casino gambling conference in Atlantic City say the U.S. Congress is too badly divided to act on Internet gambling, so individual states will start approving it on their own within the next two years.
Baptist Press: Reeling from slowed business and smaller coffers in the wake of a 2006 law to clamp down on the illegal practice of online gambling, the gambling lobby is roaring back in an effort to convince the government to license and regulate betting on the niche game of Internet poker; all online games involving wagering are currently illegal.
Christian Science Monitor: California and New Jersey, each seek more revenue, are leading the states toward Internet gambling, starting with online poker. But this all-too-easy form of gaming would come with at a high cost to society – and government . . . Californians should especially worry about the undue influence of money on lawmakers. Six online-gaming operators have spent $7.7 million on political contributions, gifts to officials, and lobbying in Sacramento over the past two years, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Robert Reich at Christian Science Monitor: Organized gambling is a scam. And it particularly preys upon people with lower incomes – who assume they can’t make it big any other way, who often find it hardest to assess the odds, and whose families can least afford to lose the money. Yet with new, relaxed gambling laws, America is now opening the floodgates.
Atlanta J. Constitution (includes video): Shrugging off increasingly direct calls from the campaign of Rick Santorum to drop out and unite conservatives behind one alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney, Gingrich is spending all of his campaigning time in the two Deep South states before they vote Tuesday.
Baptist Press (includes video of the prayer): When pastor and seminary professor Hershael York took the podium to offer a prayer prior to the Kentucky governor’s address to state legislators, senators and representatives likely didn’t expect to hear an appeal to God to defeat one of the governor’s chief legislative proposals. But they did.
News from The Associated Press: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill into law legalizing sports betting in his state – but only after a federal ban on such gambling is overturned.
NYTimes.com: It has been more than four decades since states first began putting numbers runners out of business by starting their own legal lotteries, which now yield them about $18 billion a year. Now several states are thinking about trying to plug budget gaps by profiting . . .
Eastern Pennslvania Citizens Against Gambling: With less than a month’s notice, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has scheduled a public input hearing to be held on a proposal by the developers of a Valley Forge mini-casino to include table games. Eastern Pennsylvania Citizens Against Gambling (EPCAG) formally opposes the proposal . . .
The Washington Post: The state Division of Gaming Enforcement ruled Friday that it would be OK to have a strip club inside the Taj Mahal Casino Resort. It would be Atlantic City’s first so-called “gentlemen’s club” inside a casino in the 33-year history of legalized gambling here.
The Christian Institute: Children as young as twelve should be taught how to gamble “safely”, according to controversial proposals which have been welcomed by the Labour Party.
The Hill: The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will hold a hearing Tuesday to discuss the issue of Internet gambling, which became a hot-button topic in April after the Obama administration cracked down on online poker and other betting sites.
Christian Civic League of Maine: This wide disparity between casino licensing fees in the two states is just one of the reasons why Maine’s casino and racino proposals – Questions 2 and 3 on November’s ballot – are such bad deals, said Dennis Bailey, executive director of CasinosNO!, the grassroots organization opposed to the expansion of casino gambling.
The Boston Globe: The bill would authorize three Las Vegas-style casinos in three regions, and a fourth gambling hall with up to 1,250 slot machines that could be located anywhere in Massachusetts – all of which backers say would generate much-needed jobs and income for the state.
Rasmussen Reports: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 47% of American Adults still believe states should run lotteries to generate revenue. But that’s continuing a downward trend from 56% in October 2009 and 52% in August of last year.
AP: “The crash is illuminating how casinos around New York in many ways treat the city’s Chinese-Americans as their bread and butter, a population with an ancient gambling tradition that will reliably hand over money.”
Associated Press: “New Jersey casino regulators are set to hand out $115,000 in fines Wednesday to Atlantic City casinos who failed to immediately catch a cheating dealer and customer, had a malfunctioning alarm system that let a robber walk away with $8,000 after holding up a cashier, allowed someone other than the winner to fill out tax forms for five slots jackpots, and allowed underage patrons to gamble and drink.”
Associated Press: “Federal officials have indicted the owner of Alabama’s largest casino, four state senators and several top lobbyists in a scheme to buy and sell votes to get electronic bingo legalized.”
USA Today: “Welfare recipients have long been banned from using their benefits for alcohol and tobacco. Some state lawmakers are eyeing the vice of gambling, a move some advocates for the poor see as unnecessary and unfair. Michigan legislators are debating a ban on using public assistance debit cards at ATMs in casinos. In June, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, issued an executive order banning the practice. Minnesota and Arizona also ban it.”
The Olympian: “In a unanimous ruling issued this morning, the Washington state Supreme Court denied a challenge to the state ban on Internet gambling. Two lower state courts came to the same conclusion . . . Justice Richard Sanders wrote the 9-0 opinion which is posted here. Seattle lawyer Lee Rousso, who the court said had played poker online, ad challenged the state law on grounds it violated a part of the federal commerce clause governing interstate business.”
CBC: “Catholic schools in Edmonton are being told to find new ways of raising revenues outside of casinos and other types of gambling. Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith has ordered all Catholic schools, community groups and other organizations to stop raising money through casinos and other types of gambling starting Oct. 1.”
Breitbart (AFP): “‘Wall Street is, in my view, a bunch of greedy people who control a lot of money with large investment companies who can manipulate the market,’ he says. ‘I don’t have that ability, I am at the mercy of these people and with their automatic trading and the other things they can take advantage of, I don’t know what can happen to the market because, you know, it can happen in milliseconds with the automatic trading,’ he said.”
Tom Strode writing at Baptist Press: “When they resume business, the Senate or House, or both, will have the opportunity to advance not only the lifting of a ban on homosexuals in the armed services but other proposals opposed by pro-life and pro-family advocates. Such measures that could receive votes this fall include the authorization of federal funds for stem cell research that destroys embryos; elimination of a restriction on elective, privately funded abortions in military health-care facilities; solidifying repeal of a ban on government grants for organizations that perform or promote abortions overseas, and legalizing Internet gambling.”
Associated Press: “A divisive plan to build a casino near the site of the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg is in the mold of many other communities that have successfully meshed gambling with historical tourist destinations, the developer told state regulators Tuesday.”
AP: “The town where the Civil War’s tide-turning battle was waged is fighting dissension in its own ranks, with even hard-core preservationists split over a proposed casino that would rise near the historic battlefield and be named for the line that divided North and South.”
Reuters: “New Jersey’s Atlantic City should be brought back to life by refocusing on its sandy beaches and historic boardwalk rather than increasing state control of its casinos, a poll showed on Friday.”
WTOP: “Proponents of a project to convert Gettysburg’s Eisenhower Conference Center into a gambling casino received new support from a surprising corner — the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association.”
Breitbart: “The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has recently granted the pornography industry with a domain dedicated solely to pornographic sites. Analysts are wondering if the same thing will happen in the online gambling industry as well.”
Boston.com (AP): “Rhode Island lawmakers don’t expect to reconvene to override the governor’s veto of a proposed ballot question authorizing full-scale casino gambling, a spokesman for the House of Representatives said Tuesday.”
Associated Press: “Victoryland casino closed voluntarily Monday as a court ruling loomed that could allow a raid of Alabama’s largest electronic bingo operation, the last non-Indian casino doing business in the state.”
NBC San Diego: “According to Whittier Law School professor I. Nelson Rose, legal sports betting could bring California about $1 billion annually. That’s a big number (see first paragraph). Wright’s committee has a bill on hold that would legalize Internet poker. Would doing so help open the door for sports gambling and the estimated 10,000 jobs it might create?”
Associated Press: “The blame game swung into full fervor Monday as Massachusetts politicians tried to position themselves amid a stalemate over legislation proposing to bring casino gambling to the state.”
Center for Arizona Policy: “This report provides a summary of Center for Arizona Policy’s (CAP) work during the 2010 legislative session.”
Committee on Financial Services Press Release: “Today, the House Financial Services Committee passed legislation to enable Americans to bet online and put an end to an inappropriate interference with their personal freedom. H.R. 2267, the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act of 2009 would establish a federal regulatory and enforcement framework under which Internet gambling operators could obtain licenses authorizing them to accept bets and wagers from individuals in the United States. The legislation comes in response to the enactment of Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which restricted the use of the payments system for Americans who gamble online.”
Associated Press: “Senate leaders tried Wednesday to break a legislative logjam over a proposed gambling expansion in Massachusetts, offering two options to their House counterparts.”