Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (08/01/07)

articles:
California looking at Internet poker initiative (The Argus, 08/01/07)


Representative Dismayed Over Online Poker Community’s “Lack of Cohesiveness” (Gambling911, 08/01/07)

Online gambling activists fighting back in Washington (Casino City Times, 08/01/07)

Call Barack Obama To Help Fight Internet Gambling Ban (Eye On Gambling, 08/01/07)

excerpts:
California looking at Internet poker initiative (The Argus, 08/01/07)
“California is the world’s online poker capital, analysts said. The government is missing out by not legalizing, regulating and taxing it. Rose, a nationally known gambling expert, said that “ultimately California is going to legalize Internet poker,” but said he is uncertain whether the new proposed initiative is the vehicle. The proposal would allow Indian casinos and other gambling establishments to set up revenue-sharing deals, which would serve as an incentive to wealthytribes to gather voter signatures needed to put the measure on the February ballot.”

Representative Dismayed Over Online Poker Community’s “Lack of Cohesiveness” (Gambling911, 08/01/07)
“After speaking with Rep. Kasper this week, we learned that nothing had been done with respect to the legalization of online poker during North Dakota’s 2007 legislative session. North Dakota only holds session every 2 years, so the next session will not be held until 2009. When asked, Rep. Kasper declined to divulge what plans, if any, he had for the 2009 legislative season. He prefers to keep the opposition guessing.”

Online gambling activists fighting back in Washington (Casino City Times, 08/01/07)
“The state of Washington turned heads in June of 2006 by making Internet gambling a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. And that was just for the players. After living with law for just over a year, gambling aficionados in Washington are beginning to fight back. Renton-based attorney Lee Rousso found the law so egregious that he’s challenging it in court. Rousso, who would not say whether he continues to play poker on the Internet, says the law unfairly “makes (Internet poker players) look like criminals.”

Call Barack Obama To Help Fight Internet Gambling Ban (Eye On Gambling, 08/01/07)
“Internet gaming enthusiasts across America are furious over UIGEA, the recent heavy-handed Justice Dept. actions against various gaming sites, the Neteller payment delay, and the other issues where we’ve been targeted.  I know I sure am! We are good, law-abiding citizens under attack by nanny-staters who wish to pry into our homes and tell us what to do.  Rather than sitting back and taking it, I decided some time ago to fight back by initiating weekly advocacy actions on various gaming sites.”

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