Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/25/08)

articles:
Poker Player Get Political (Bluff Magazine, 04/08)

Kyl, Bachus Pen Pro-UIGEA Letter to Congress (PokerSourceOnline, 04/24/08)

A Race to the Finish (Interactive Gaming News, 04/24/08)

Opinion: Problem with poker gambling raid is hypocrisy of it all (The Post and Courier, 04/25/08 – SC)

Town sues sheriff over bingo (Montgomery Advertiser, 04/24/08 – AL)

press release:
Ron Paul, Jim McDermott Headline the PocketFives.com Podcast (PocketFives, 04/24/08)

excerpts:
Poker Player Get Political (Bluff Magazine, 04/08)
“Eleven months later, Williamson sat at a conference table in Sessions’ Dallas office next to fellow poker pro Clonie Gowen, Poker Players Alliance executive director John Pappas, and a variety of poker enthusiasts from in or around Sessions’ district. There was a psychiatrist and addiction specialist there to discuss the concerns of online poker being dangerous, a man who ran a small business making poker tables, poker blogger Dan Michalski, and one of his home game participants.”

Kyl, Bachus Pen Pro-UIGEA Letter to Congress (PokerSourceOnline, 04/24/08)
“Senator John Kyl (R-AZ) and Representative Spencer Bachus (R-AL) are getting nervous. Two of Capitol Hill’s staunchest opponents of online gambling, they have to know that, despite the fact that they got the UIGEA passed in 2006, the number of voices opposed to the law is growing larger. And louder. Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) recently introduced H.R. 5767, a bill calling for the repeal of the UIGEA. In response, Kyl and Bachus wrote a letter to Congress, urging them to ignore the bill.”

A Race to the Finish (Interactive Gaming News, 04/24/08)
“Visibly, U.S. lawmakers this month have beefed up legislative activity with respect to Internet gambling. As the coming election stands to cut the 110th Congress short, legislators are working feverishly to wrap up their I-gaming agendas before adjourning in late September. In early April, Representatives Barney Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Ron Paul, Republican of Texas, jointly introduced H.R. 5767, a bill that would prevent the implementation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act regulations.”

Opinion: Problem with poker gambling raid is hypocrisy of it all (The Post and Courier, 04/25/08 – SC)
“My wife’s bridge group, eight ladies of a certain age, met at our house the other week. They play for (gasp!) money. Each puts 50 cents in the pot and when play for the day is over the one scoring the most points takes home a cool $2.50. The runner-up gets the rest as a consolation prize. “You realize, of course, you’re breaking the law,” I said. “Didn’t you read in the paper about all those poker players arrested by the sheriff?”

Town sues sheriff over bingo (Montgomery Advertiser, 04/24/08 – AL)
“A financially strapped north Alabama town has sued the Madison County sheriff saying that raids of two bingo halls in Triana eliminated a major source of tax income. The seizure of machines in a March raid took away the town’s right to collect taxes from charitable bingo organizations, including taxes on facilities and machines, according to the suit filed Friday in Huntsville’s federal court.”

Pittsfield lawmaker criticizes pocket veto of gaming bill (Bangor Daily News, 04/24/08 – ME)
“A Pittsfield lawmaker criticized Gov. John Baldacci on Thursday for refusing to sign a gaming bill sent to him at the close of this year’s legislative sessions. Republican Rep. Stacy Fitts said LD 2236 was designed to streamline procedures under which non-profit organizations may run cribbage tournaments, card games and other fundraising activities.”

press release:
Ron Paul, Jim McDermott Headline the PocketFives.com Podcast (PocketFives, 04/24/08)
“This week, the PocketFives.com Podcast features one of the most influential Congressmen on Capitol Hill plus a lawmaker looking to extract tax revenue for the Federal Government from internet gambling. Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) just introduced HR 5767, a groundbreaking piece of legislation that would stop the Federal Government from putting the regulations of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act into place. He teamed up with a colleague from across the aisle, Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) for the bill, which could bring sweeping change to the online poker industry in the United States.”

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4 responses to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/25/08)

  1. Hands up to republican Ron Paul for speaking out in favor of online poker – if more were to voice their opinion on how we should be able to make up our own minds regardless of it being related to gambling or not – who knows what could happen.

  2. I’m looking forward to listening to the p5s podcast with Ron Paul. It’s too bad more people in our government aren’t taking a stand like he is. Most people don’t think it should be illegal, but there isn’t enough of a benefit for them to come out and say what they really think.

  3. Just reading the article on the wife playing cards in her home in awe of bagging a $2.50 dollar kitty only to have her pleasure turn to displeasure having to look over her shoulder every time a car passed by. Should the law not be concentrating on more important issues which involves having to look over our shoulders to avoid be mugged or murdered.

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