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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, April 26

“If the racetracks want poker, what they should do is pay someone to collect the signatures, qualify for the ballot, and then let the voters decide. Let’s see how that goes.” David Quintana on current language in SB 1463 (Blood Horse, April 21 article)

Rohnert Park Casino: Huge Site Has Many Pros, Cons (CA – Graton Rancheria)
San Francisco Chronicle (April 26, 2012) As someone who enjoys gambling, I felt a surge of excitement when I heard that a big, Vegas-style Indian casino was approved for Rohnert Park.

Imperial County Board Of Supervisors Votes 4-1 To Approve Pattern Energy Windfarm (CA –Ocotillo Wind Project)
Imperial Valley Press (April 26, 2012) After a two-day appeal hearing, a 112-wind-turbine project set to be build west of Ocotillo was approved 4-1 Wednesday by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors.

Round Valley Indian Tribes Receive $8.5M Trust Settlement (CA – Federal Trust Settlement)
Indianz.com (April 25, 2012) The Round Valley Indian Tribes of California accepted $8.5 million to settle a trust mismanagement lawsuit.

Tribe To Make Its Own Wine From Camp 4 (CA – Santa Ynez Band)
Santa Ynez Valley News (April 26, 2012) Our tribe two years ago purchased a small portion of our ancestral land in the valley for homes for tribal families.

Tribe Sues Over Suction Mining (CA – Karuk Tribe)
Sacramento News & Review (April 26, 2012) In response to the potential return of suction dredges to mine for gold in California’s rivers, the state’s Karuk Tribe, salmon fishermen and conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Fish and Game.

States, Congress Clash on Online Gambling (US – Online Gaming)
Wall Street Journal (April 25, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED States considering plans to legalize online gambling could collide with Congress.

A Big Deal Is Brewing in Online Poker (US – Online Gaming)
Daily Finance (April 26, 2012) Online gaming, poker in particular, has been on a roller-coaster ride in the year since the Feds shut down the two most popular poker sites on the Internet. But there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.

States Up the Online Ante (US – Online Lottery)
Wall Street Journal (April 25, 2012) The director of the New York State lottery said a few months ago he had cleared hurdles in his quest to sell lottery tickets over the Internet, but now that plan is stalling.

Online Gambling On Facebook Is Much Farther Away Than We Think (US – Online Gaming)
Games News (April 26, 2012) Like, another-two-years-away far. Bwin.party Digital Entertainment co-CEO Jim Ryan said as much during the recent Global iGaming Summit & Expo in San Francisco, according to VentureBeat.

Aquinnah Tribe, State Clash Over Casino Plan (MA – Off Reservation Gaming)
South Coast Today (April 26, 2012) The state is back playing hardball with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) when it comes to the island tribe's rights to an Indian casino, and it appears the two sides could be headed for a showdown in federal court.

Lansing Casino Petitioner Announces Sault Tribe Chairperson Candidacy (MI – Off Reservation Casino)
Soo Today (April 25, 2012) Today, Aaron Payment, the former elected chairperson/ CEO for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians officially announced his candidacy for the position of Tribal chairperson. 

City To End Fond Du Lac Band’s Parking Agreement At Downtown Duluth Ramp (MN – Off Reservation Casino)
Duluth News Tribune (April 26, 2012) Come June, Duluth will stop paying the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to operate the parking ramp next to the downtown Fond-du-Luth Casino.

Senate Panel Adds Racino To Stadium Funding (MN – Stadium Racino)
West Central Tribune (April 25, 2012) A Senate committee voted today to backup Vikings stadium funding by allowing horse-racing tracks to add casinos, a change the bill author said would kill the bill.

Survey: Should Racetracks Be Allowed To Add Slots? (IL – Racetrack Gambling)
WJBC (April 25, 2012) A large group of labor, agriculture, business, horse racing, municipal and media reps are backing a plan to allow slot machines at racetracks in Illinois.

Newport Grand Casino Ballot Question Now Part Of Narragansett Indian Tribe Lawsuit (RI – Casino Expansion)
NY Daily News (April 24, 2012) The Narragansett Indian Tribe is now challenging the constitutionality of two casino-related ballot referendums coming up in November: one that would turn the slot parlor Twin River into a full-scale casino and another that would turn Newport Grand, another slot parlor, into a casino.

Influential Slot Machine Designer Dies In Accident (NV – Robert Manz)
Vegas Inc (April 25, 2012) The designer of some of the most successful slot machine games in history — Blazing 7s and the Black and White slot series — has died in a traffic accident in Las Vegas.