Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (08/24/07)

articles:
Gambling Dispute With a Tiny Country Puts U.S. in a Bind (New York Times, 08/23/07)

EU Service Firms Could Gain U.S. Access (The Wall Street Journal, 08/23/07)

Gambling Companies Spent $1.3M Lobbying for Internet Regulation (Casino Gambling Web, 08/24/07)

How will fair fare? (The Pataskala Standard, 08/22/07)

media:
Sunday Radio Show (Science Blogs, 08/24/07)

excerpts:

Gambling Dispute With a Tiny Country Puts U.S. in a Bind (New York Times, 08/23/07)
“With long blond hair reaching his shoulders and dozens of cloth bracelets peeking out from under his sleeves, Mark E. Mendel hardly conjures up the image of a typical lawyer. But then there is nothing run-of-the-mill about the case that Mr. Mendel, a Texan who was born and raised in Southern California, has been waging against his own government before the World Trade Organization, the body in Geneva that sets the ground rules for global trade. It is a clash that at once challenges Washington’s effort to prohibit online gambling while simultaneously testing the ability of the W.T.O. to enforce its own standards.”

EU Service Firms Could Gain U.S. Access (The Wall Street Journal, 08/23/07)
“The Bush administration, pressured by an unfavorable ruling by the World Trade Organization, plans to push for legal changes that could make it easier for European service companies, from engineering firms to law firms and shipping companies, to do business in the U.S., officials say. The U.S. is required to offer trading partners greater access to the American market because in May it lost a long-running dispute at the World Trade Organization over laws that banned foreign firms from offering Internet gambling services in the U.S.”

Gambling Companies Spent $1.3M Lobbying for Internet Regulation (Casino Gambling Web, 08/24/07)
“Worldwide gambling companies spent more than $1.3 million lobbying politicians in Washington D.C. in the first half of 2007, presumably to persuade them to pass Bill HR 2046, ie. the Internet Gambling Regulation Enforcement Act. According to our research of the US Senate of Public Records PartyGaming PLC spent $140,000, Harrah’s spent $100,000, World Poker Tour spent $20,000, Station Casinos Inc. spent $60,000 and the American Gaming Association (who represents over 50 gambling companies) spent $900,000 in lobbying efforts the first half of this year.”

How will fair fare? (The Pataskala Standard, 08/22/07)
“Another action by council influenced the removal of the gambling games. Council earlier this year voted to restrict games of chance in the city after some business owners approached the city about operating Tic Tac Fruit-style games in Pataskala. The association previously operated a colored dice game, a contest similar to craps and a poker game at the street fair, but after city council passed the ordinance, city officials told them they could not operate the games.”

media:
Sunday Radio Show (Science Blogs, 08/24/07)
“I will be filling in as guest host for Jim Babka on the Downsize DC Conference Call this Sunday from 4-5pm EST. The subject of the show will be the government’s attempts to impede our right to gamble online and my guest will likely be Greg Raymer, 2004 World Series of Poker champion. Greg is also an attorney and a board member of the Poker Player’s Alliance who has testified before Congress on these issues, so he’s an ideal person to talk to.”

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