Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (11/08/06) 2nd Ed.

articles:
Alliance hopes government shift brings fresh look at poker regulations (PokerListings, 11/08/06)

U.S. law has online gambling industry scrambling (Arizona Republic, 11/08/06)

Election 2006 (Evans-Novak Political Report, 11/08/06)

blog:
The Green Felt Revolution: Fizzle or Sizzle? (Reason Magazine, 11/08/06)

excerpts:
Alliance hopes government shift brings fresh look at poker regulation (PokerListings, 11/08/06)
“With the Democrats poised to claim a majority in Congress and the Senate, the online gaming industry is now waiting to learn whether the victory will bring changes to the unpopular Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) passed in the U.S. last month.


U.S. law has online gambling industry scrambling (Arizona Republic, 11/08/06)
“In the United States, where the popularity of Texas Hold em has driven the online gambling craze, poker players are working to have their game exempted as a game of skill, not chance, as U.S. officials write the regulations for the new law. Michael Bolcerek, president of the Poker Players Alliance, an advocacy group in Washington with more than 120,000 members, said his group will have better odds with the Democrats gaining power in Congress…”

Election 2006 (Evans-Novak Political Report, 11/08/06)
“Moderate Rep. Jim Leach (R-Iowa) had a gambling problem — not to say that he gambled, but he was the driving force behind a bill that all but banned gambling over the Internet. He was the victim of the so-called “Green Velvet Revolution,” a campaign by the Internet gambling industry and gamblers to defeat those who pushed the measure.”

blog:
The Green Felt Revolution: Fizzle or Sizzle? (Reason Magazine, 11/08/06)
“However, in a real surprise, Iowa Republican, longtime gambling foe, and career House member Jim Leach went down in Iowa. Leach was the sponsor of the House version of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Act. Cosponsors Charlie Bass (NH) and J.D. Hayworth (AZ) also lost.”

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