Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/25/07)

articles:
PPA hires full-time DC staffer (Casino City Times, 05/24/07)

Gambling foes say police are breaking law with lobbying effort (Charleston Daily Mail, 05/25/07)

W.Va. Voters To Decide on Expansion Of Gambling (Washington Post, 05/25/07)

Gambling charges shut down serving of alcohol (Telegram & Gazette, 05/25/07)

media:
Cahill Suggests Legalizing Gambling (WBUR, 05/25/07)

blogs:
Texas Hold’em To Be Recognized in Texas! (Pokerati, 05/24/07)

excerpts:
PPA hires full-time DC staffer (Casino City Times, 05/24/07)
“The Poker Players Alliance, which eclipsed the 500,000-member mark last week, recently hired its first full-time staff member for its Washington, D.C. office. John Pappas, who has worked with the PPA since its inception two years ago as a consultant for D.C.-based Dittus Communications, has been named the vice president of government relations. Prior to working for Dittus, Pappas spent six years doing public relations and press secretary work for Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.), and he still has many connections on Capitol Hill.”


Gambling foes say police are breaking law with lobbying effort (Charleston Daily Mail, 05/25/07)
“Walker, Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster, Jordan, Crawford and Nitro firefighters Ron King and Corey Dean all appear in ads supporting the passage of the table games referendum. The officers declare that allowing table games at Tri-State will bring 1,000 jobs, help shore up their underfunded pensions, keep citizens’ taxes low and won’t raise the crime rate.”

W.Va. Voters To Decide on Expansion Of Gambling (Washington Post, 05/25/07)
“Just down Jefferson Avenue, less than a mile from the entrance to Charles Town Races & Slots, Charlotte Bennett was out in her back yard pulling weeds in the garden and getting the soil ready for tomato plants. Bennett, 63, who has lived in town for 26 years, said she sometimes heads over to the casino to eat at the “Epic Buffet” and then, maybe, spends $5 playing the slot machines.”

Gambling charges shut down serving of alcohol (Telegram & Gazette, 05/25/07)
The License Commission upheld its previous decision to revoke the English Social Club’s alcohol license yesterday as the club’s lawyer argued that the state’s penalty recommendation to the suspend the license for time served be invoked instead. Commissioner Peter Lukes said he did not receive any new information as to why the March 1 decision to revoke the 29 Camp St. social club’s license should be reversed.

media:
Cahill Suggests Legalizing Gambling (WBUR, 05/25/07)
“Treasurer Cahill says Massachusetts has to find a new source of revenue. Lottery sales are down and the state is losing jobs while spending commitments for the new health care law and biotech research are growing. Cahill says he doesn’t want to just sit back and watch the Mashpee Wampanoag push for a casino.”

blogs:
Texas Hold’em To Be Recognized in Texas! (Pokerati, 05/24/07)
“One poker-related legislative measure that did make it out of the House and seems likely to be passed by the Senate is HCR 109 — a “concurrent resolution” officially recognizing Robstown, Texas (near Corpus Christi) as the birthplace of Texas Hold’em.”

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