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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, March 23, 2012

"Our community is being threatened, yet the people of Madera are being ignored. This is our way of making our voice heard in our fight against the off-reservation casino. The vast majority of county residents remain opposed and we deserve to be recognized and taken into account as the governor makes his determination on the project." Barbara Leach, of the Madera Ministerial Association, on North Fork Casino (Sierra Star)

Mono Casino Opposed By Some (CA – North Fork Rancheria)
Sierra Star (March 22, 2012) Representatives of a Madera based ministerial association and others opposing the proposed $250 million casino on 305 acres at Avenue 17 and Highway 99 by North Fork's Mono Indian tribe, delivered more than 2,500 signed post cards to Gov. Jerry Brown's office March 15.

IRS Probe Mentions Sacramento County Deputies' President (CA – United Auburn)
Sacramento Bee (march 23, 2012) As federal prosecutors try to recover $18.6 million allegedly pilfered from the pockets of Thunder Valley Casino owners, the tangled web includes payments of more than $800,000 to the head of the Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs' Association, a court affidavit alleges.

Details Emerge In IRS Lawsuit Alleging Fraud, Kickback Scheme That Targeted Thunder Valley Owners (CA – United Auburn)
Auburn Journal (March 23, 2012) Details in documents accompanying a U.S. District Court move by the Internal Revenue Service to seize 23 properties allege that the three people targeted formed a maze of bogus transactions to bilk the United Auburn Indian Community out of $18 million.

California Horse Racing Board Begins Process Of Determining Exchange Betting Rules (CA – Horse Racing Betting)
Daily Racing Forum (March 22, 2012) The California Horse Racing Board has launched the lengthy procedure to approve rules for exchange betting, a process that may not be completed by July when supporters want to implement the bet at the Del Mar meeting.

Pala Membership Dispute Argued In Court (CA – Pala Band)
North County Times (March 21, 2012) If the federal government doesn't step in quickly, members of a family expelled from the Pala Band of Mission Indians are likely to lose their homes, jobs, income and health care, according to a lawyer for about 60 people removed from the North County tribe.

Illinois To Become First State To Allow Online Lottery Sales (US/IL – Online Lottery)
USA Today (March 22, 2012) Illinois on Sunday will become the first state to sell individual lottery tickets online. It won't be the last.

Online Gambling Appeals More To Women Than Men, Poll Says (US – Online Gaming)
NJ.com (March 23, 2012) A new survey has found that online gambling appeals more to women and the young.

Nevada Gaming Hits 'Milestone' Toward Online Poker (NV – Online Gaming)
Card Player (March 22, 2012) Musician Jimmy Buffett was awarded a gaming license at Thursday’s Nevada Gaming Commission hearing, but he didn’t headline the show. Instead, it was the state’s plans for having the nation’s first Internet poker industry.

Spokane Area Leaders Say ‘No’ To STEP (WA – Off Reservation Casino)
Cheney Free Press (march 23, 2012) Spokane area business and political leaders gathered last week to express their opposition to the Spokane Tribe Economic Project on a 145-acre plot just west of Craig Road near Airway Heights.

Mass. Gaming Panel Chief Visits Mohegan Sun (MA/CT – Gambling Regulation)
Norwich Bulletin (March 22, 2012) Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby made a private visit to Mohegan Sun on March 16, casino spokeswoman Cathy Soper said.

Palm Beach County OKs Year-Long Ban On 'Casino On A Corner' Internet Cafes (FL – Internet Cafes)
Palm Beach Post (March 22, 2012) Palm Beach County commissioners finalized a plan Thursday to block new Internet cafes from opening in the county's unincorporated sections.

Racino Proposal Is Back Among The Living After A Little Senate Committee ‘CPR’ (MN – Racinos)
MinnPost (March 23, 2012) A backroom maneuver has given new life to a racino proposal, after the Senate majority leader’s first version died in committee on Monday.

Little River Casino Agrees To Second Union Contract (MI – Casino Employees)
Interlochen Public Radio (March 22, 2012) The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians announced today the tribe has entered into a collective bargaining agreement with the United Steelworkers Union.