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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, May 2, 2012

“The ultimate test is that now the tribe has to go out and sell bonds to build this casino. We do have the ability to shut them down if they are not living up to their responsibilities” Jacob Applesmith a senior adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown on Graton Casino(Press Democrat)

Sarris Touts Proposed Rohnert Park Casino In Sacramento (CA – Graton Rancheria)
Press Democrat (May 1, 2012) The tribal chairman of the  Indian tribe that wants to build a Las Vegas-style casino outside Rohnert Park said Tuesday morning the controversial project will be good in a “new and novel way” for both the tribe and the North Bay.

Sarris Presents “New and Novel” Argument for Rohnert Park Casino (CA - Graton Rancheria)
Rohnert Park Patch (May 1, 2012) “We created something that will indeed benefit Indian and non-Indian alike,” said the director of Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Share Your Thoughts On The Proposed Rohnert Park Casino (CA – Graton Rancheria)
North Bay Business Journal (May 1, 2012) A Las Vegas-style Indian casino has been proposed — and is nearing approval — for the outskirts of Rohnert Park, prompting a high-pitched debate on whether the city and the county are properly suited for the project.

SM Council Hears Camp 4 Report, OKs Labor Agreements (CA - Santa Ynez Band)
Santa Maria Times (May 2, 2012) A housing project proposed by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians could be an economic boon for Santa Barbara County or an unbelievable burden, depending on whether you’re for or against the idea.

Tübatulabal Tribe Working on Land Improvements, Cultural Protections (CA - Miranda Water Project)
Indian Country Today (May 2, 2012) Residents of the Miranda Allotment on Tübatulabal Tribe, in Lake Isabella, California, land will have better access to clean water when a project of the tribe and the U.S. Indian Health Service is completed.

Editorial: Solar Standoff In The Mojave (CA - Genesis Solar Project)
Los Angeles Times (May 1, 2012) Native American objects threaten completion of the Genesis solar facility near the Colorado River. To avoid a lawsuit that could cripple the project, the two sides should negotiate a solution — and officials should begin talks with other tribes about projects planned for their areas.

Silver Legacy, Creditors Continue Talks On $142.8 Million Debt (NV - Silver Legacy)

Reno Gazette Journal (May 1, 2012) Talks continued Monday between Silver Legacy Resort Casino owners and their creditors over restructuring the downtown Reno high-rise’s $142 million debt, officials said.

Zynga's Mobile Growth Supports $14 Stock (US - Online Gaming)
MSN Money (May 1, 2012) Cloud services and online gambling could take the social gaming site to the next level.

iPoker Revenue Down Six Percent in First Quarter (US - Online Gaming)
Card Player (May 2, 2012) Israeli-based online gaming software developer Playtech today revealed a six percent drop in online poker revenue at its iPoker network.

Casino Factions Launch Websites (MA - Off Reservation Casinos)
Cape Cod Times (May 1, 2012) With a little more than a month to go before a citywide vote on a proposed Indian casino in Taunton, a pro-casino group has launched a full-court press to drum up support for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's proposal.

‘The War Has Just Begun,’ State Has Standing (OK - Off Reservation Casino)
Broken Arrow Ledger (May 1, 2012) Wilkening addressed the May 1, BA City Council members during the council’s regularly scheduled meeting when Councilman Johnnie Parks requested an update on legal proceedings surrounding the Red Clay Casino controversy. 

Mohegan Sun Revenue Falls 40 Percent In 2nd Quarter (CT - Casino Revenue)
New Haven Register (May 1, 2012) The parent company of Mohegan Sun Casino Tuesday reported a 40 percent drop in second quarter fiscal 2011 net income.

Legislation Would Allow For Poker Rooms In Ohio (OH – Gambling Regulation)
Toledo Blade (May 1, 2012) A provision slipped into a bill regulating Ohio casinos and racetrack slots parlors could lead to charity poker rooms in all 88 counties.

Horse Racing Bill Goes to Gov. Dayton for Approval (MN - Horse Racing)
Shakopee Patch (May 1, 2012) The House passed a bill Monday that would change the horse racing industry in Minnesota, increasing the purses offered to winners at Running Aces Harness Park and Canterbury Park by increasing the number of gambling tables at these race tracks and casinos throughout the state.

Massachusetts Casino Panel Names Interim Director (MA – Gambling Regulation)
Mass Live (May 1, 2012) The panel overseeing the state's new casino gambling law has selected an interim executive director.

Sports Betting Gets A Push In New Jersey (NJ – Sports Betting)
Las Vegas Review Journal (May 1, 2012) If you thought bipartisanship between Republicans and Democrats in Congress was gone forever, you'd be wrong.

Internet Wanes Once Popular Greyhound Racing (FL - Dog Races)
News Press (May 1, 2012) It’s a warm, breezy late-spring day, one on which you want to be outside to enjoy the weather before summer and its oppressive humidity arrives.

Republicans In Midst Of Stadium Plan Do-Over (MN - Stadium Racino)
Grand Fork Herland (May 1, 2012) Minnesota Republican lawmakers say it is time for a Vikings stadium plan do-over. GOP leaders said Tuesday that they are crafting a plan less expensive for the state than one awaiting House and Senate votes.