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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, June 26, 2012

“The main political motivation for legalization of gambling is tax revenues and employment. It is unlikely that online gambling will lead to significant increases in jobs…” Doug Walker, an economics professor at the College of Charleston (Fox Business)

Congressional Panel To Hear Local Wappo Case (CA – Mishewal Wappo)
Napa Valley Register (June 25, 2012) The dispute between Napa County and a local Indian tribe is heading to the floor of Congress on Wednesday.

Online Poker Bill In California Still Alive (CA – SB 1463)
Poker News Report (June 26, 2012) Despite California’s online poker bill being pulled from the agenda before being voted on by a Senate committee roughly two weeks ago, the measure is currently being amended by its sponsors in preparation of a possible hearing on the issue prior to a legislative summer recess set for July 6.

Olive Oil From a California Tribe (CA – Yocha Dehe Wintun)
New York Times (June 26, 2012) A number of American Indian tribes produce food products, usually items like wild rice, pemmican and fry-bread mixes. The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, of the Capay Valley in Northern California, has gone farther.

Tribe Losing Permission To Climb Morro Rock After News Of Reburials Of Unidentified Remains (CA – Salinan Tribe)
Cal Coast News (June 26, 2012) Two sets of human remains, thought to be Native American, have been buried atop Morro Rock by a Salinian Tribal Council member, Salinian tribal members say.

Car Thieves Crash Stolen Car Near Morongo Casino (CA – Morongo Casino)
Southwest Riverside News Network (June 25, 2012) Three people are behind bars after leading Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies on a short high-speed chase, officials reported.

Online Gambling Won't Solve State Debt Woes, But It Could Help (US – Online Gaming)
Fox Business (June 25, 2012) The years-long tug of war between gambling fans and foes has been heating up since the U.S. banned online gambling in 2011, but with state debts mounting and legalization on the horizon, the so-called volunteer tax has been looking pretty appetizing.

Online Gambling Bill Faces Senate Vote In Delaware (DE – Online Gaming)
San Francisco Chronicle (June 25, 2012) The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill authorizing online betting in Delaware and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.

Casinos Bet Big on Online Gambling (NV – Online Gaming)
Mobiledia (June 25, 2012) Las Vegas casinos are building Facebook gambling games to attract new customers, taking advantage of online gaming's popularity to turn a potentially huge profit.

Casino Ruling Struck Down (NY – Off Reservation Casino)
Wall Street Journal (June 25, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday struck down a 2007 federal court decision barring a Long Island American Indian tribe from building a casino in Southampton, remanding the case to state court instead.

BA Casino Conflict of Interest? (OK – Off Reservation Casino)
KTUL (June 25, 2012) A Broken Arrow man is pointing the finger at a federal judge and Congressman John Sullivan. One of Sullivan's new Washington interns is the son of Judge Gregory Frizzell. He's the same judge who stopped construction of the controversial Red Clay Casino.

Neighboring Towns Worried About Impacts Of Proposed Taunton Casino (MA – Off Reservation Casino)
CBS Boston (June 25, 2012) Gov. Deval Patrick says he’s working on negotiating a gaming plan for a casino in Taunton that he says would benefit the entire region, but some neighboring towns are concerned.

Reno's Boomtown Casino Changes Hands, But Keeps Its Name (NV – Casino Ownership)
Las Vegas Review Journal (June 26, 2012) A company operated by a former Station Casinos executive was expected to assume ownership of the Boomtown Casino in Reno this morning.

Assembly Gives Final Approval On Handheld Gaming At Atlantic City Casinos (NJ – Portable Gaming)
Press of Atlantic City (June 25, 2012) Atlantic City casinos may soon be able to allow patrons to take their games poolside, barside or wherever they like in the casino.

Pollsters Predict New York Lobbying Blitz As Casino Race Heats Up (NY – Casino Politics)
Gambling Compliance (June 25, 2012) SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED New York casino supporters and their foes will shatter political spending records over the next year as the debate of whether to legalize Las Vegas-style gambling heats up, local political experts predict.

Majority Of Marylanders Say They Want Gambling Back On Ballot (MD – Gambling Expansion)
CBS Baltimore (June 25, 2012) Maryland voters weigh in on the latest state gaming controversy and a poll shows they are ready to vote.

States Turn To Gambling To Close Budget Holes (US – Gambling Expansion)
NPR (June 26, 2012) AUDIO All but a few states now have some type of commercial gaming. New Jersey and California have taken steps toward legalizing gambling on all sports, while Massachusetts is looking at allowing the first casinos to be built in that state.