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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, April 23, 2012

"The debate on whether some form of Internet gaming will be legalized has now evolved to when will Internet gaming be legalized on a state basis. Federal standards may or may not be helpful." Andrew Zarnett, Deutsche Bank gaming analyst (Las Vegas Review Journal)

Tribal Gaming: Special Fund’s Days Are Numbered (CA – Gaming Revenue Funds)
Press Enterprise (April 22, 2012) Throughout much of the past decade, California’s Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund has been a rare revenue bright spot for Riverside County.

Editorial: Legislature May Be Last Hope To Stop Casino (CA – Graton Rancheria)
Petaluma 360 (April 22, 2012) Hopes of avoiding the crushing impacts of an unwanted mega-casino in Rohnert Park may be fading, but are not yet completely dimmed.

Tribe Protests Lack Of Federal Action (CA – Picayune)
Fresno Bee (April 20, 2012) Members of a dissident group in the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians took their grievances Friday to the streets of downtown Fresno.

Agave Roast Satisfies The Hunger Of The Curious (CA – Morongo Band)
Press Enterprise (April 21, 2012) Hundreds of visitors took part in the Malki Museum’s 17th annual Agave Roast on Saturday at the Morongo Reservation in Banning. The native plant and other traditional foods were sampled and demonstrations of other native plants and their uses were given throughout the day.

Northern California Is Miwok Indian Country (CA – Miwok Indians)
Indian Country Today (April 22, 2012) I live up in Northern California now, and true to my nature, I remain oblivious to so much of the travel treasure in this area.

Slot Makers Preparing For Internet Gaming (US – Online Gaming)
Las Vegas Review Journal (April 22, 2012) International Game Technology is poised to premiere "American Idol" on Facebook, and wants players to one day wager on the interactive version of its slot machine on the Internet.

Lobbying For Online Gambling Continues to Expand in USA (US – Online Gaming)
Online Casinos (April 21, 2012) America is the land of opportunity and that means if there is something that needs change a company or individual or organization can lobby in the US Congress for those changes.

Zynga Gamers Could Soon Be Cashing In (US – Online Gaming)
Ad Age Digital (April 23, 2012) Farmville cash is small potatoes. Social-media gaming leader Zynga, makers of such hit Facebook games as Farmville, Words With Friends and Zynga Poker, has publicly expressed a desire to offer a real-money option to its more than 30 million monthly players.

Foxwoods is Seeking to Enter Online Gambling (CT – Online Gaming)
Black Jack Champ (April 23, 2012) The CEO of Foxwoods says casino is seeking to enter online gambling.

Casino Developers Optimistic Despite Opposition From Haley, Others (SC – Off Reservation Casino)
Myrtle Beach Online (April 21, 2012) Hardeeville city manager Bob Nanni will talk anytime to any group that will listen about a casino in Jasper County.

Opinion: Casino Critics Off The Mark (WA – Off Reservation Casino)
Spokesman Review (April 22, 2012) While driving today, I was assaulted by a vitriolic opinion piece from the opponents of the Spokane Tribe Economic Project. I take issue on several points.

Report: Gaming Expansion Would Bring Illinois Millions Of Dollars, Thousands Of Jobs (IL – Gambling Expansion)
Belleville News Democrat (April 23, 2012) A new report cites that slots at horse tracks and other gaming expansion would bring millions in new revenue a year in revenue and thousands of new jobs.

Chamber Vows Aggressive Fight Against Casinos (FL – Casino Expansion)
Herald Tribune (April 22, 2012) The Florida Chamber of Commerce played a big role in killing the expansion of casino gambling in Florida in the last legislative session.

Top Md. Democrats Divided Over Gambling (MD – Gambling Regulation)
Washington Times (April 22, 2012) Gov. Martin O'Malley and Democratic leaders in Maryland's General Assembly appear to be in agreement that the Democratic governor should call a special session to pass tax and revenue increases.

Scioto Downs Racing Toward Casino Opening (OH – Racino Expansion)
Columbus Dispatch (April 22, 2012) The project that could be called central Ohio’s “other casino” is speeding toward a June opening, although a legal challenge remains.

Gambling Commission To Seek Delay In Takeover Of Track Business (MA – Horse Racing)
Boston Herald (April 22, 2012) The Gaming Commission on Tuesday agreed to seek a delay in its prescribed takeover of the state’s horse and simulcast racing industry, arguing that getting fluent by next month on the intricacies of the racing business will complicate its broader mission of getting casinos up and running.