Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/31/07)

articles:
Harvard Lawyer Wants to Legitimize Poker (Associated Press, 10/31/07)

Editorial: Effective regulation should be goal for online gambling (Reno Gazette Journal, 10/30/07)

CNMI Bill Would Subsidize Utility With Poker Fees (Pacific Islands Report, 10/31/07)

excerpts:

Harvard Lawyer Wants to Legitimize Poker (Associated Press, 10/31/07)
“A Harvard Law School professor best known for defending the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers and for helping parents sue chemical companies in a case popularized by the film “A Civil Action” has a new cause: poker. Charles Nesson wants governments to relax restrictions on poker players. He has formed the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society with some of his students to promote poker as a fun learning tool and to redefine it as a game of skill, rather than a game of chance.”

Editorial: Effective regulation should be goal for online gambling (Reno Gazette Journal, 10/30/07)
“Ideally Congress should do for Internet gambling what Nevada did for casino gambling more than 75 years ago. By legalizing gambling in the state, Nevada turned from the reactive model prevalent in most states — in which law enforcement concentrated on closing down illegal games — to a proactive model: It allowed just about anyone to open a casino, as long as he or she submitted to a background check and obtained a license (a process that didn’t keep out operators who might have been considered undesirable in other states).”

CNMI Bill Would Subsidize Utility With Poker Fees (Pacific Islands Report, 10/31/07)
“Subsidizing the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. with fees collected from poker establishments will only take away funds from other Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands public services, according to Precinct 1 House candidate Tina Sablan. She said the better alternative is to develop a plan for an energy strategy “that makes sense.” Poker continues to be a major source of funds for critical public services”

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