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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, May 14, 2012

“We are absolutely calling on the Obama administration to reconsider and ultimately retract from this horrible fast track process…. There are still some options, we just have to remain hopeful that common sense and better judgment will prevail.” Bob Scheid, Viejas Band spokesman on the Ocotillo Wind Project (Imperial Valley Press)

Bureau Of Land Management Blesses Ocotillo Express Wind Turbine Project (CA – Ocotillo Wind Project)
Imperial Valley Press (May 12, 2012) A 112-wind-turbine project set to be built east of Ocotillo received approval from the Department of Interior on Friday, the Bureau of Land Management announced.

Ocotillo Wind Project Advances Despite Tribal Objections (CA – Ocotillo Wind Project)
San Diego Union Tribune (May 12, 2012) The Interior Department on Friday approved the construction of a large-scale wind energy project across 10,000 acres of public lands on the outskirts of the desert town of Ocotillo.

Families Hit The Jackpot With Casino Theme Parks (CA – Viejas/Sycuan/Barona)
Southwest Riverside News Network (May 14, 2012) Open to family members is a new kind of indoor/outdoor “theme park” at three of the biggest, busiest Indian casino resorts in southern San Diego County.

Agua Caliente Spa Resort Casino, Others Lose Power In Palm Springs (CA – Agua Caliente)
My Desert (May 13, 2012) More than 400 Southern California Edison customers in Palm Springs — including the Agua Caliente Spa Resort Casino — lost power late Sunday.

Online Gaming – Not A Good Bet, Say New Jerseyans (NJ – Online Gaming)
North Jersey Record (May 14, 2012) Just four days after a bill that could make New Jersey the first state to offer online gaming passed an Assembly committee in Trenton, a poll has come out showing widespread opposition to the idea.

NJ Voters Oppose Internet Gambling (NJ – Online Gaming)
NJ Today (May 14, 2012) While some New Jersey legislators may be excited about expanding Atlantic City gaming to the Internet, a majority of Garden State voters are against it.

Vegas Casinos Gamble On Online Partners With A Past (NV – Online Gaming)
London South East (May 14, 2012) To prime itself for the U.S. debut of legal online poker, MGM Resorts International, owner of such Las Vegas Strip monuments as the MGM Grand, the Bellagio and the Mirage, wanted a partner that knew the ropes.

Opinion: Failed Online Gaming Bill Likely To Return (MS – Online Gaming)
Greenville Online (May 12, 2012) When it comes to so-called "sin" taxes, Mississippi has a long track record of contradictory political and public policy behavior.

After Months Of Fighting Over Indian Casino, Dispute Could Be Settled By A Federal Judge (OK – Off Reservation Casino)
The Republic (May 12, 2012) A federal judge could decide whether a little-known Indian tribe of 350 members can legally build a casino in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow, even as construction at the 20-acre site continues amid protest from thousands of area residents, lawmakers and pastors.

Sault Gets First Casino Cash Of 2012 (MI – Off Reservation Gaming)
Sault Star (May 13, 2012) The City of Sault Ste. Marie has received its first commission statement from Casino Sault Ste. Marie for 2012.

Opinion: All Eyes On Seneca Casino Plaza (NY – Seneca Nation)
Niagara Gazette (May 14, 2012) Column by Don Glynn — There’s a new breed of sidewalk superintendents in downtown Niagara Falls.

Opinion: Mashpee Claims Vs Regulatory And Historical Reality (MA – Casino Expansion)

Taunton Daily Gazette (May 13, 2012) In the May 8 edition of the Taunton Daily Gazette, Michael Speller, a spokesman for Arkana, the local subsidiary of the Malaysian Genting Syndicate, the financial backers of the Mashpee tribe’s efforts to establish a gambling facility within Taunton, remarked in regard to the proposed casino “that the first of four phases can be built within 15 months.”

Money Questions Remain About Vikings Stadium (MN – Vikings Stadium)
Crookston Times (May 11, 2012) N ow that the Minnesota Vikings will get their new stadium, the worrying can begin over a gambling expansion designed to pay the state's share of the $975 million project.

Ohio's New Casinos Could Cost Cash-Strapped Detroit $30 Million A Year, Analysis Predicts (OH/MI – Casino Expansion)
Detroit Free Press (May 13, 2012) When casinos open starting this month in four cities in Ohio, Detroit may come up a big loser.