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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, March 28, 2014

"...Our tribal governments are united in our steadfast opposition to the easing of regulatory standards that would accommodate bad actors whose past behavior and tainted brands and assets would erode the integrity of Intrastate Internet poker..." Statement by Tribal Chairpersons of a Dozen California Tribes, in Poker Update --- “There’s only so much gambling that can be done, only so much disposable income…You’re adding more and more gambling competing for the same dollars.” Alan Meister, author of the Casino City’s Indian Gaming Industry Report in Herald.net --- “Dan Snyder, he’s got a great new deal…He’s going to throw a few blankets to the Indians and get a tax deduction for it. I can’t imagine why the man doesn’t realize that the name is going to change. It’s only a question of when it’s going to change. That’s the only question.” Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) in The Washington Post

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

California Tribes Unite Versus Bad Actors (CA – Online Gaming)
Poker Update (March 27, 2014) The lack of unity among Indian tribes in California has been a major reason why online poker regulation has not yet been put into play.

Reno-Tahoe Casinos Anteing Up On Renovations (CA – Casino Expansion)
Beaumont Enterprise (March 27, 2014) Casino operators in the greater Reno/Tahoe area are doubling down on their properties.

SUBSCIRIPTION ONLY: Pokerstars’ Potential California Partners Attack ‘Bad Actor’ Clauses (CA – Online Gaming)
Gaming Intelligence (March 28, 2014) Keith Sharp of law firm Falk & Sharp, representing California's largest card rooms, tells Gaming Intelligence why he believes bad actor clauses are an unnecessary and self-serving addition to Californian iGaming legislation, as negotiations between PokerStars, the Morongo tribe and the card rooms continue.

Karuk And Yurok Tribe Leaders Lauded For Broadband Project; Technology Will Be Brought To Rural Humboldt Communities (CA – Tribal Infrastructure)
The Humboldt Beacon (March 28, 2014) Karuk and Yurok tribe leaders were honored on Thursday for their tireless efforts to bring broadband Internet service to rural Northern Humboldt by a nonprofit that supports broadband deployment projects in California.

Wiyot Tribe Heals Ancestral Home (CA – Tribal Heritage)
Jefferson Public Radio (March 27, 2014) This weekend, the Wiyot tribe of Humboldt Bay, near Eureka, will hold its World Renewal Ceremony.

Online Gambling Bill May Splinter Republicans (US – Online Gaming)
Newsmax (March 28, 2014) Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson's offensive against Internet gambling has reached Congress, where politicians on both sides of the aisle are co-sponsoring the Restoration of America's Wire Act, which seeks to reverse a 2011 Justice Department decision to allow online gaming, according to The New York Times.

No Online Gambling In Illinois Until Land-Based Casino Expansion Settled, Says Senate President IL – Casino Gaming)
Online Poker Report (March 27, 2014) According to Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, residents of the Land of Lincoln aren’t likely to be logging onto regulated online gaming sites anytime soon.

OPINION: Online Gambling Ban Benefits Criminals (US – Online Gaming)
The Hill (March 28, 2014) The Fraternal Order of the Police is committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation. No one knows the dangers and the difficulties faced by today's police officers better than another officer, and no one knows police officers better than the FOP.

N.H. Senate Passes Two-Casino Bill, Keeps Expanded Gambling Hopes Alive (NH – Casino Regulation)
Concord Monitor (March 27, 2014) Lawmakers have one more shot at approving expanded gambling this session, this time in the form of a bill by Sen. Lou D’Allesandro calling for two casinos.

Rep. Chaffetz Looks To Ban Online Gambling (UT – Online Gaming)
KSL Utah (March 27, 2014) A bill introduced Wednesday in Congress would prohibit online gambling and reverse an Obama administration decision that opened the door for states to explore Internet gaming.

State To Pay Up To $1.5 Million For Kenosha Casino Study (WI – Casino Impact)
Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel (March 27, 2014) The proposed Kenosha casino produced its first big winner Thursday when the state agreed to pay a Michigan law firm up to $1.5 million — triple the original contract cap — to study the proposed project.

Spending Slows At U.S. Indian Casinos (US – Casino Revenue)
Herald.net (March 27, 2014) Spending by gamblers slowed at U.S. Indian casinos in 2012, as revenue growth fell behind non-tribal casinos for the first time in nearly two decades, according to a report released Wednesday.

Revenue Growth Slows At Cherokee Casino (NC – Casino Revenue)
Citizen Times (March 27, 2014) A weak economy has slowed gambling revenues at U.S. Indian casinos just as North Carolina’s Cherokee tribe is building a second gambling hall.

Timeline Set For Proposed Fall River Casino (MA – Casino Expansion)
March 28, 2014) Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan has a draft of the agreement in hand and hopes to have it signed before the city council by April 8.

Glendale City Council Opposes Anti-Casino Bill (AZ – Off Reservation Casino)
AZ Central (March 27, 2014) The Glendale City Council voted to oppose a bill moving through Congress that would block the Tohono O'odham Nation from building a casino near the Westgate Entertainment District.

Harry Reid Predicts Redskins Name Changes Within Three Years (US – Tribal Images)
The Washington Post (March 27, 2014) Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) predicted Thursday that the Redskins will change their name within three years.