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  • Atlantic City cop critical, suspect dead in shooting outside Caesars

    09/03/2016 11:08:12 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    NJ Advance Media for ^ | September 3, 2016
    An Atlantic City police officer was shot and wounded and a suspect is dead in a shootout at a casino parking deck early Saturday morning, authorities said. The incident occurred outside Caesars Atlantic City casino around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, authorities said. The officer, reported to be in critical condition, was rushed to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in the city, according to authorities. The officer and his partner came under fire when they got out of their patrol car, according to authorities.
  • Union got Trump Taj Mahal casino workers to kill own jobs: Icahn

    08/05/2016 10:20:49 AM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Aug. 5, 2016 | Tribune news services
    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn wrote a letter Thursday to the soon-to-be unemployed workers of the Trump Taj Mahal casino, accusing their union of inciting them to destroy their own jobs by participating in the longest strike by Atlantic City's main casino workers union. Icahn told the workers that officials of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union knew that the company had made its final offer, but rejected it anyway, knowing a strike would result.
  • Judge [Lester]: Pam Bondi does not have to answer Internet gambling casino questions

    08/06/2013 9:27:34 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 10 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 6, 2013 | Rene Stutzman
    A Sanford judge today ruled that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi does not have to answer defense attorneys' questions under oath in a mammoth Internet casino gambling case pending in Seminole County. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. made that ruling this morning.The case involves more than 50 defendants, accused of violating the state's gambling, racketeering and money laundering laws by operating Internet cafes that prosecutors say served as storefront gambling parlors. Each had ties to the non-profit Allied Veterans of the World, a group that provided charity to military veterans but, according to authorities, donated just two percent of its...
  • Sheldon Adelson Says He Will Support Donald Trump

    05/05/2016 9:26:40 PM PDT · by Read Write Repeat · 25 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5/5/2016 | Thomas Kaplan and Maggie Haberman
    The casino magnate Sheldon G. Adelson said on Thursday night that he would support Donald J. Trump now that he has become the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. “Yes, I’m a Republican, he’s a Republican,” Mr. Adelson said in a brief interview. “He’s our nominee. Whoever the nominee would turn out to be, any one of the 17 — he was one of the 17. He won fair and square.”
  • Atlantic City, America’s Worst-Rated Town, Stares at Default

    04/29/2016 10:40:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 28, 2016 | Timothy W. Martin and Heather Gillers
    Atlantic City has so little money left that it could miss a $1.8 million bond payment due Sunday, a step that would make it the first New Jersey municipality to default on debt since the Great Depression. The Jersey Shore gambling destination has endured years of strain as a third of its casinos shut down. But now its cash levels are low enough that bankruptcy is a possibility for the 39,000-population city, according to Mayor Don Guardian.
  • Wynn discusses management philosophy, 2016 campaign, China

    01/20/2016 3:32:59 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | January 20, 2016 | Daniel Rothberg
    Wynn began by talking about the most recent Democratic debate on Sunday night. “Bernie Sanders,” Wynn said. “God bless him, that moron.” When hosting an event like the October Democratic debate, Wynn said he did not want to stake out positions because the casino’s employees and their families have a range of political views. “But Bernie Sanders is an exception,” he said of the candidate. “You can’t let him get away with the crap (he says). The man is older than I am and nothing has rubbed off on him. He has not the first idea of how the country...
  • St Maarten - funding terrorism?

    10/06/2007 10:26:53 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 669+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | October 06 2007 | Gijs van den Heuvel
    The Caribbean island of St Maarten - part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands - is an important centre for international drug trafficking. The island might also be involved in financing terrorism in the Middle East and Afghanistan. These are two conclusions reached in a confidential report about to be published by the Dutch Research and Documentation Centre (RDC). The report, "Organised crime and law enforcement on St. Maarten", is due to be presented to the Antillean Justice Minister David Dick on Monday, 8 October, but its conclusions are already common knowledge. The RDC itself has declined to comment until...
  • Donald Trump: Carly Fiorina was even worse at Lucent than at HP

    09/17/2015 3:49:52 AM PDT · by RC one · 88 replies
    Fortune ^ | September 16, 2015, 9:46 PM EDT | Claire Zillman
    A comparison of the tenures is a battle of bad vs. worse. It’s well known by now that GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has never held political office and is running on her business record. As many commentators have pointed out, that’s a dicey proposition since her highest-profile job as CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005 was sort of a disaster.But in an interview with Fortune contributor and Yale School of Management professor Jeffery Sonnenfeld, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump—who has made a habit of criticizing Fiorina—took aim at a different stage of her career.When asked about what he thought...
  • How Family Values Helped Donald Trump Build His Empire

    08/14/2015 3:31:32 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 18 replies
    CNBC ^ | 4/15/2015 | Eric Schiffer
    Watching Donald Trump in action, whether as a prospective presidential candidate or on his show Celebrity Apprentice, can help anyone become a better leader. I know it's helped me at my eight companies. Trump is undoubtedly the heart of the Trump Organization—a global superbrand worth several billion that includes a host of luxury commercial and residential properties; resorts, country clubs and golf courses in the U.S. and abroad; and a long list of entertainment assets. Yet his children are an integral part of the organization as well, and his successful collaboration with them has helped accelerate its growth. Recently, I...
  • Donald Trump and Eminent Domain [Revisiting Trump's support of the Supreme Court's Kelo decision]

    08/09/2015 7:15:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 215 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/19/2011 | Robert VerBruggen
    In a free market, there’s a pretty simple process for dealing with the situation that arises when one person covets another’s belongings: The coveter makes an offer to purchase them. If the offer is rebuffed, the coveter can make a new proposal, but he cannot simply take what he wants. It’s an effective way of recognizing the impracticality of the Tenth Commandment while enforcing the Eighth. Donald Trump’s covetous nature is not in dispute, but what many may forget is that he’s no great respecter of the admonition not to steal, either: The man has a track record of using...
  • Caesars Largest Unit to File Own Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    01/14/2015 10:10:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 13, 2015 | Matt Jarzemsky, Peg Brickley and Kate O’Keeffe
    Caesars Entertainment Corp. ’s largest unit is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection as soon as Thursday, the final gambit of a years long attempt to salvage a soured buyout. Caesars Entertainment Operating Co.’s Chapter 11 filing would launch the final stage of Apollo Global Management LLC’s effort to save some of its $1.7 billion investment in the company, which it took private in 2008 with fellow buyout firm TPG.
  • Shock in Southern Tier of New York as Hopes of Gambling and Fracking Both Die

    12/22/2014 7:18:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jesse McKinley
    To get a sense of the deep disappointment felt by many here at the twin killings of two potentially lucrative dreams, hydraulic fracturing and a new luxury casino, one needed to look no further than the front-page headline of Thursday’s edition of The Press & Sun-Bulletin. It was two letters, in red type: “NO!” That cry could seemingly be heard all along New York State’s Southern Tier, which borders Pennsylvania and has long been one of the state’s most stubborn economic laggards. In recent years, both hydraulic fracturing — known as fracking — and casinos had been posited as potential...
  • Trump casinos file Chapter 11; seek concessions (Atlantic City)

    09/10/2014 5:50:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    AP ^ | September 9, 2014 | Wayne Parry
    Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for bankruptcy Tuesday and threatened to shut down the Taj Mahal Casino Resort, which would make it the fifth Atlantic City casino to close this year. The company owns Trump Plaza, which is closing in a week, and the Taj Mahal, which has been experiencing cash-flow problems and had been trying to stave off a default with its lenders. The company said the Taj Mahal could close Nov. 13 if it doesn't win salary concessions from union workers.
  • Where's the Payoff in Gambling?

    09/09/2014 7:20:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies ^ | September 9, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    For those who promote legalized gambling as a means of economic development or revitalization, or as a painless way to pay for public schools, the recent news from Atlantic City, New Jersey, is sobering. Dominated by its famous boardwalk, the beach resort is familiar to Americans from the popular game of Monopoly, the Miss America pageant and the Democratic Convention that nominated Lyndon B. Johnson for president. Almost 40 years ago, when casino gambling was prohibited by every state except Nevada, New Jersey voters succumbed to a slick campaign that promised to remake the fading resort into Las Vegas East....
  • Christie: Casinos, Tracks Can Offer Sports Betting

    09/09/2014 6:38:02 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 9, 2014 | Wayne Parry
    Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration issued a directive Monday allowing the state's casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting, a move likely to be challenged in court by sports leagues. The governor said he took his cue from previous federal court rulings that found that nothing in New Jersey law prohibits the casinos and horse racing tracks from offering sports betting, so long as it's not sponsored or licensed by the state. Soon afterward, one racetrack, Monmouth Park in Oceanport, said it was preparing to offer sports bets "in the very, very near future."
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren favors repealing Mass. casino law

    09/02/2014 9:13:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies
    WCVB ^ | September 2, 2014 | The Associated Press
    BOSTON —Anti-gambling activists are touting a major boost from Sen. Elizabeth Warren as their campaign to repeal the state's casino law heads into the final stretch. The first-term Democrat said Monday she'll likely vote in favor of repealing the 2011 state law that opened the door for Las Vegas-style gambling in Massachusetts. The group Repeal the Casino Deal hailed the remarks as a "bold stand" by one of the state's most prominent politicians. Warren has been mentioned as a possible candidate for president in 2016, even though she has said repeatedly she's not running.
  • Casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs (Atlantic City)

    08/20/2014 5:15:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 20, 2014 8:03 PM EDT | Wayne Parry
    They’ve turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon. Now, hundreds of soon-to-be unemployed dealers, cocktail servers and hotel workers are turning to what many say could be their last, best chance. “We’re praying for God to open new doors to them,” said Rev Eric McCoy, president of the Atlantic City Fellowship of Churches. Clergy members and the main casino workers union organized a rally and prayer service Wednesday night for the nearly 8,000 workers who will be jobless when Revel, the Showboat and Trump...
  • Jackpot! The Very Best Casinos Outside of Vegas

    07/17/2014 7:49:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 15, 2014 | Kelly O'Mara
    Sure, Las Vegas is known for its casinos. But just because Sin City has the highest concentration, that doesn’t mean it has a monopoly on gambling. If Vegas isn’t your thing but you still want to hit the slots and be entertained, then seek an alternative at one of these non-Vegas casinos that are getting the most Yahoo searches.
  • Ron Paul Was Implicated In Failed White Supremacist Island Invasion

    01/20/2012 12:26:20 PM PST · by mnehring · 99 replies
    In 1981, a lawyer tried to subpoena Ron Paul to testify in the trial of Don Black, a Grand Wizard for the Ku Klux Klan who would later go on to found the white supremacist, neo-Nazi website, Stormfront. Black was charged along with two other Klansmen with planning to violently overthrow the small Caribbean country of Dominica in what they called “Operation Red Dog.” While a judge refused to subpoena Paul, Don Black would come back to haunt him many years later. In 1981 a group of American and Canadian white supremacists lead by Klansman and mercenary, Michael (Mike) Perdue...
  • Showboat Atlantic City Hotel and Casino to close, official says (2,100 unemployed)

    07/01/2014 3:30:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | June 26, 2014 | Alex Wigglesworth
    The Showboat Atlantic City Hotel and Casino is closing after more than 27 years of operation, according to an official with the city’s largest casino workers union. Unite HERE Local 54 president Bob McDevitt said Showboat’s 2,100 employees will receive WARN Act notices Friday. The federal law requires covered companies to give workers at least 60 days notice if plans are in place to shut down a job site or execute mass layoffs. “We were notified earlier today from Caesars that they’re issuing WARN Act notices to Showboat employees tomorrow and we immediately began notifying our members,” McDevitt said Thursday...
  • Atlantic City casino shutdowns needed, analysts say

    06/29/2014 12:51:21 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 35 replies
    Niagra Gazette ^ | 6-29-2014
    For years, economists and analysts talked in theoretical terms about "casino saturation" in the northeastern United States. But there's nothing theoretical about what's happening in Atlantic City now. The Atlantic Club is dead, taken down by two rivals. Revel says it will close if a buyer can't be found, and Caesars Entertainment, which says there are too many casinos in New Jersey, plans to shutter one of its four, the Showboat, on Aug. 31. Mayor Don Guardian, who could see a quarter of his city's casinos close during his first year in office, said Atlantic City is in the midst...
  • Delaware Senate OKs $10M bailout for casinos

    06/26/2014 10:58:36 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2014
    Senate lawmakers on Wednesday approved a $10 million financial bailout for Delaware’s three gambling casinos. The Senate voted 14-5 to pass legislation to help the casinos, which say they are struggling with increased competition from neighboring states and have to share too much of their gambling revenue with the state. [...] The change would take effect in July 2015, at an estimated cost to the state of about $10 million annually. To help the casinos until then, lawmakers cobbled together a similar amount of taxpayer money, mostly from unspent funds that are supposed to be used for economic development projects....
  • The richest man in Vegas has declared war on internet gamblers

    06/20/2014 10:24:35 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    The Verge ^ | 6-20-2014 | Adrianne Jeffries
    In February, an attack ad titled "Don’t Let the Games Begin" started popping up in online gambling forums. The ad opens on two shadows shaking hands in a dark city alley. We see a distraught mother at her laptop, a young child at a computer in a dim bedroom, police cars with sirens. A narrator with a scaly voice comes on. "An established al-Qaeda poker network could extract enough untraceable money from the United States in just a few days to fund several 9/11-sized attacks," he says. "Say no to internet gambling."The message is clear: internet gambling will fund terrorism...
  • Leland Yee case: Disgraced California state senator's legislative efforts fueled cash for campaigns

    04/20/2014 2:41:18 AM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April `19, 2014 4:19pm PDT | Aaron Kinney and Jessica Calefati
    Beginning in early 2011, state Sen. Leland Yee repeatedly solicited bribes to fund his San Francisco mayor and California secretary of state campaigns, according to the FBI agents who brought him down last month. But he appears to have devoted more time and energy to a far more lucrative pursuit: crafting or carrying legislation benefiting special interests who supply campaign contributions. It's a practice that's all too common in Sacramento, but Yee was a master. :snip: Yee introduced 20 bills from 2011 to 2014 that advanced a special interest over the public interest, according to this newspaper's review of his...
  • VEGAS RULES: Harry Reid pushed feds to change ruling for casino’s big-money foreigners

    12/11/2013 6:12:23 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 10, 2013 | John Solomon and David Sherfinski
    The Obama administration overruled career Homeland Security officials and expedited visa applications for about two dozen foreign investors for a politically connected Las Vegas casino hotel after repeated pressure from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his staff, according to internal government documents obtained by The Washington Times. The move to overturn what is normally a non-appealable visa decision came despite concerns about “suspicious financial activity” involving some of the visa applicants from Asia, and it ultimately benefited several companies whose executives have donated heavily in recent years to Democrats, the documents show. It also ensnared Mr. Obama’s current nominee...
  • (Too Big To Fail) Indian Tribes Seek Federal Bailout Money for Casinos

    03/27/2013 7:04:21 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 27, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Indian tribes seek federal bailout money for casinos A native-American tribe struggling to keep its Foxwoods Resort Casino in the red is now turning to the U.S. government for a helping hand. The Associated Press reports that the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has already received more than $4.5 million in grants from the Department of Health and Human Services and from the Interior Department in the last five years. But now members are facing tough times with its casino — which used to be a billion-dollar empire — and are looking at the government for more grants, AP says. Critics...
  • Fla. bill would ban using food stamps for stripper, casino tabs

    03/16/2013 10:03:04 AM PDT · by Moseley · 21 replies
    BIZ PAC Review (West Palm Beach, Florida) ^ | March 16, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Florida’s strip clubs, liquor stores, casinos, pornographic video shops and bookstores would no longer receive food stamps and welfare money, if a bill filed by state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith, R-Inverness, passes the Legislature. Last week, the House’s Healthy Families Subcommittee approved HB 701, and it continues to progress through Tallahassee. Last year, Jacksonville’s Action News found that food stamp cards were being used at strip clubs, bars and gaming centers in Jacksonville, saying, “No one is tracking how or where the money is being spent.” The Florida Department of Children and Families officials told Action News reporter Ashley Coleman...
  • New Jersey Casino Suing Gamblers Who Won $1.5 Million, Blames Unshuffled Decks of Cards

    08/21/2012 8:05:12 PM PDT · by Justaham · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/21/12 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    A New Jersey casino has sued a group of gamblers who won $1.5 million after they allegedly realized the eight decks of cards used in a game of mini baccarat were not preshuffled. The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, N.J., filed suit against the gamblers and playing card company Gemaco after 14 players collectively won $1,536,700 in 41 winning hands. As the same sequence of cards kept appearing April 30, the players increased their bets from $10 to $5,000, the casino alleged. "The gamblers unlawfully took advantage of the Golden Nugget when they caught onto the pattern and ... by...
  • Casino owner warns of oversaturation on East Coast

    05/19/2012 8:34:57 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 32 replies
    Express-Times ^ | May 18, 2012 | Express-Times Staff
    Casinos are not like Starbucks stores: You really can’t have one on every corner. That’s the word from David Cordish, whose company is opening a huge new casino next month in Maryland. Yet Cordish warns that the expansion of casino gambling can’t go on unchecked forever. A big problem is the attitude of politicians nationwide who view casinos as free money. “I don’t know how we can control the politicians; they certainly don’t understand the word ‘oversaturation,’” Cordish said Thursday. “They think you can have casinos like Starbucks.”If that attitude continues, Cordish said, “it’s going to implode on them.” That...
  • The Myth of Christian Card Counters

    04/23/2012 12:56:53 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 15 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 23, 2012 | JP
    A friend forwarded me a copy of a recent cover story in the San Diego Reader, the city’s alternative newspaper, profiling several members of a purported Christian card counting ring. The tale of Will and Shirley, who held Bible classes in their home for newly married members of their San Diego church, according to the story, and Nate and Faith, who were recruited by Will and Shirley, smells to me like fiction. It brings to mind the fabricated writings of Stephen Glass, former staffer for The New Republic. Among his more infamous articles was a completely made up tale, titled...
  • Maryland House, Senate adjourn without revenue plan

    04/10/2012 9:02:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 9, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The General Assembly adjourned Monday night after a chaotic closing session in which members failed to pass a set of proposed tax increases or a bill to expand gambling in the state. Lawmakers passed a balanced budget and hoped to pass accompanying bills raising income taxes and shifting teacher-pension costs onto counties, but they ran out of time before the assembly’s required midnight adjournment. The House attempted to extend the session by passing a resolution shortly before midnight, but the Senate did not address the measure in time. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said he was...
  • Strip clubs, casinos, and liquor stores to be eliminated from welfare debit card access

    Money meant to help families on welfare provide the necessities of life are apparently being used inappropriately by some recipients.
  • Triple Lutz Report--Gov Cuomo Wants Croupiers Not Drillers

    01/16/2012 8:22:37 AM PST · by appeal2 · 10 replies ^ | 01/16/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has recently cut a deal with an obscure Malaysian Company to build a mega-casino at the Aquaduct Race Track in Queens Borough of New York City. At the same time he has put an indefinite hold on Hydro-Fracking natural gas drilling in virtually unpopulated sections of the New York State. So in other words, he wants you to become a low paid croupier, not a high paid gas driller. There has been virtually no discussion of the negative effects of gambling, increased crime, broken families and suicides. And as we’ve found out recently, for most...
  • Triple Lutz Report--Casinos Don't Increase Wealth

    01/14/2012 11:41:18 AM PST · by appeal2 · 34 replies ^ | 01/14/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    Many States are scrambling to build new casinos. They mistakenly believe that this is a surefire prescription for more tax revenue and jobs. They’ve bought into the false Las Vegas Myth–that if you build it and it has a blackjack table, a roulette wheel and a craps table–they will come. However, Vegas is looking more and more like Detroit, yet another failed US city. Do politicians believe that encouraging and subsidizing these parasitic industries is going to build wealth? As libertarians we are not against citizens starting and running gambling enterprises. They’ve been doing it since the before the Babylonians...
  • Satirical New Jersey Map Goes Viral

    12/09/2011 4:21:40 PM PST · by Enchante · 27 replies ^ | 12/09/2011 | Chris Lipczynski
    This must be a difficult time for New Jersey. You see, in addition to finding out that they’re harboring the second most dangerous city in America (for the second year in a row), they’ve now got a traitor in their midst. His name is Joe Steinfield, and he is hilarious. Well, I guess that depends on whether or not you live in one of his satirical regions of New Jersey and/or take offense to being lumped in with “Canadians and Philly Trash” (aka Wildwood according to Steinfield’s map).
  • Opponents call for defeat of casinos in Massachusetts

    09/13/2011 7:20:07 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    The Republican ^ | September 13, 2011 | Dan Ring
    Opponents staged a last-minute protest against expanded gambling on Tuesday, saying casinos would damage the state's economy and create enormous social and political problems. The protest came as members of the state House of Representatives plan to vote on Wednesday on a bill to permit three casinos in three regions around the state including one for anywhere in the four counties of Western Massachusetts. The bill would also create a single slot house with up to 1,250 slot machines. "In the long term, the bill will only create more economic turbulence, more problems for families, and more new addiction than...
  • Patrick breaks own rules on casinos

    07/08/2011 5:48:51 AM PDT · by massmike · 4 replies ^ | 07/08/2011 | Michael Levenson
    Governor Deval Patrick, who has said repeatedly and as recently as last week that he does not take donations from or meet with gambling industry representatives, has done both as he and legislative leaders begin their third attempt to legalize resort-style casinos in Massachusetts. Yet the governor insisted again last week on his monthly radio show on WTKK-FM: “I don’t take contributions from gaming interests. I haven’t engaged with any of the gaming lobbyists.’’ Asked yesterday how the $6,200 from gambling lobbyists ended up in his campaign account, Patrick said to ask the director of his political committee. “With all...
  • The Myths About Legal Gambling

    06/05/2011 6:23:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | June 5, 2011 | Steve Chapman
    Illinois is on the verge of a major gambling expansion, and citizens are being pelted with competing claims. The advocates envision a gusher of jobs and tax revenues. The opponents brace for an epidemic of bankruptcies, crime, divorce and suicide. Which side to believe? Neither. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is now considering whether to sign or amend a measure authorizing five new casinos, including one in Chicago, and slot machines at racetracks as well as Chicago airports. The capacity of gambling establishments in Illinois would more than triple. The motive for this sudden interest is economic. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel...
  • Long-suffering Maryland tracks still waiting for a casino bailout

    05/18/2011 5:25:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 17, 2011 | Stephen Whyno
    On Saturday afternoon, Maryland horse racing once again will take its place in the sporting world’s spotlight with the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course. The other 364 days of the year, however, Pimlico and the Maryland racing industry aren’t proving ready for their close-up. Plagued by poor planning and without the expected revenue from slot-machine gambling, Maryland’s storied racing industry has been left with fewer horses, smaller purses, aging facilities and no visible plan for long-term stability. “The state of Maryland racing is not something that happened yesterday morning. It’s been an attrition over...
  • U.S. courts say casinos have no 'duty of care' to halt compulsive gamblers from playing

    05/15/2011 4:41:28 AM PDT · by EBH · 34 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 5/15/11 | John Mangels
    Williams, who had gambled away his life's savings, sued the casino, claiming, among other things, that the "cease admissions" letter was a fraud and that Aztar broke its obligation to keep him out. But a federal appeals court dismissed the case, noting that Aztar's letter didn't say Williams would be barred from entering and gambling, just that the casino could stop doing business with him if it chose. The Williams case and others like it show that, in the eyes of American courts, casinos have no legal requirement to stop compulsive gamblers from gambling. The rulings are vindication for the...
  • Jihad Returns to America---The Arkansas Shooting as Islamic Jihad

    06/04/2009 5:13:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies · 1,053+ views ^ | June 04, 2009 | Robert Spencer --Phyllis Chesler
    Jihad Returns to America By: Robert Spencer | Thursday, June 04, 2009 Jihad came once again to American soil on Monday, when an American convert to Islam, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, began shooting at soldiers who were standing outside the Army-Navy Career Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Muhammad murdered Pvt. William Long, 23, and gravely wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18. Muhammad was charged with capital murder and – in a departure from authorities’ practically reflexive dismissal of terrorism as a factor in virtually any act of violence by a Muslim -- sixteen counts of committing a terrorist act. Rather curiously,...
  • Donald Trump Giving Birther To Obama Secretiveness

    04/06/2011 7:59:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Bayou Buzz News ^ | April 6, 2011 | Jeff Crouere
    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has been on a roll the past few weeks. While the mainstream news media has dismissed the Obama birth certificate issue, Trump has embraced it and questioned why Obama will not release his long form birth certificate. While most of the other GOP presidential candidates offer to work with China in a cooperative manner, Trump maintains the U.S. needs to get tough and slap a massive 25 percent tariff on their products. On the Fox News “O’Reilly” show, Trump promised to withdraw American troops from any Middle Eastern country that does not sell oil to the...
  • State Fair Commission Takes Turkey Off Menu (NM-Richardson's last hurrah denied)

    12/29/2010 11:15:24 AM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 29, 2010 | Thomas J. Cole
    The State Fair Commission, whose members are appointed by the governor, had been scheduled to consider an eleventh-hour, back-room deal enabling the Downs at Albuquerque to build a new slots casino. Craig Swagerty, general manager of Expo New Mexico, the agency that runs the fair, said the meeting was canceled because he didn't expect a quorum of commissioners to attend. Maybe commissioners realized the deal just didn't look good with Richardson leaving office Friday. The Downs and its officers — including Richardson good buddy Paul Blanchard — contributed more than $300,000 to Richardson's two campaigns for governor. Blanchard also was...
  • Hans A. von Spakovsky: E-mail shows illegal activity in Reid's campaign

    11/05/2010 9:29:47 AM PDT · by pissant · 33 replies
    Wash Examiner ^ | 11/4/10 | Hans Spakovsky
    Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., may have beaten back challenger Sharron Angle and retained his post as the majority leader, but his campaign and one of his biggest supporters may have violated federal law to do so. As National Review reported earlier this week, the Reid campaign sent a desperate e-mail to the senior vice president for government relations at Harrah's Casinos asking the company to pressure its employees to get out and vote for Reid. The campaign even offered to have Reid call Harrah's executives to help give "the backing" needed to get the company working on this. The Reid...
  • State officials cancel access to welfare benefits on cruise ships and at all casinos

    10/07/2010 11:05:21 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 33 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 4, 2010 | Unknown
    California officials are cutting off use of state-issued welfare debit cards at casinos across the country and on cruise ships, in the wake of Times reports that the aid cards have been used to spend or withdraw millions of dollars in benefits at popular vacation spots including the Las Vegas strip and on ships sailing from ports around the world.
  • Boscola seeks ban of the use of Unemployment Benefit Debit Cards at Pennsylvania casinos

    09/10/2010 6:24:46 AM PDT · by 2banana · 9 replies
    Bucks County Courier Times ^ | 9 SEP 2010 | Vivian Silvestri
    BETHLEHEM (SEP 9) – State Senator Lisa M. Boscola today announced that she is drafting legislation to prohibit the use of unemployment benefit debit cards at Pennsylvania casinos. Additionally, Boscola has sent a letter to PGCB Chairman Gregory Fajt asking for the Board to take action. “It has come to my attention that the debit cards provided to out of work Pennsylvanians work at the ATM machines located in Pennsylvania casinos,” Boscola stated. “Unemployment benefits are meant to provide individuals with the necessities of life and to pay their bills while seeking new employment. Unemployment benefits should not be easily...
  • Schwarzenegger Bans Welfare Cards At Casinos (issues an executive order)

    06/24/2010 6:41:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    AP on CBS 5 ^ | 6/24/10 | AP
    SACRAMENTO (CBS 5 / AP) ― Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has issued an executive order barring California welfare recipients from using state-issued debit cards at casino ATMs. Thursday's order followed a report by The Los Angeles Times that found CalWORKS cards were used to withdraw cash in more than half the casinos in the state. The newspaper reported Thursday that welfare recipients have withdrawn more than $1.8 million in taxpayer cash at casinos since October. Schwarzenegger's order requires welfare recipients to sign a pledge that they will use their benefits only to meet the basic needs of their families.
  • New poll bad news for Sen. Harry Reid

    04/16/2010 2:47:49 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 19 replies · 706+ views
    UPI ^ | April 16, 2010 | UPI
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., facing a tough fight for a new term, trails his chief rival by 10 points, a poll released Friday indicates.. Almost half, 47 percent, of those surveyed by the Mason-Dixon poll said they would vote for former Republican state Chairwoman Sue Lowden, while 37 percent would vote for Reid, The Hill reported. The poll is the first since the Easter-Passover break, which Reid used to travel around Nevada touting his achievements as senator and majority leader.The poll, done for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, found the Tea Party movement would have little impact on...
  • McCain campaign pushes ties between Hayworth, Abramoff

    03/04/2010 3:04:02 PM PST · by pissant · 32 replies · 639+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/4/10 | Sean Miller
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is using J.D. Hayworth’s legal trust to hammer his primary opponent about his entanglement in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Meanwhile, Hayworth’s former House colleagues are donating thousands to help him escape a legal debt they say he accumulated facing false allegations. The McCain campaign is ratcheting up pressure on the former congressman to disclose the donors to the Freedom in Truth Trust (FITT) he set up in 2008 to pay down legal bills stemming from the Abramoff lobbying scandal. Hayworth came under investigation by the Department of Justice after he received campaign contributions from Abramoff...
  • Pa will furlough workers if table games spurned-Gov

    01/04/2010 3:21:58 PM PST · by malkee · 15 replies · 500+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/4/10 | Joan Gralla
    Pennsylvania will have to furlough 1,000 state workers if the legislature does not legalize table games at casinos by the end of this week, the governor and his secretary of administration said on Monday. The furloughs will be needed to help close a $250 million hole in the budget, Democratic Governor Ed Rendell said in a statement. Pennsylvania currently allows only slot machines at its new casinos, which compete with New Jersey's Atlantic City's resorts that have offered table games for decades.