Alabama Governor Shows Ugly Side Of Politics In Gambling Case
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Governor Bob Riley showed the ugly side of politics on Monday. after learning that one of his Gambling Task Force raids was done incorrectly, he turned to the state Supreme Court to try and have a judge’s Saturday ruling overturned.
Former Supreme Court Justice Mark Kennedy ruled on Saturday that the White Hall gambling center can re-open their doors for business after the governor’s task force shut them down in a raid on illegal gambling. The judge ruled that the state must return the over 100 electronic bingo machines that were taken in the raid.
Governor Riley has become passionate in his war on gambling in the state, and that has led to a political move on Monday. The governor has asked the state Supreme Court to block Kennedy’s ruling because he has previously worked for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
“Fearing the law regarding the machines would not have been on his side had the case gone before the Supreme Court, he chose to take another route to victory,” said observer Mitchell Jeroskly.
The actual work that Kennedy has done for the Indian tribe had to do with economic development, according to Cornerstone Community Outreach’s attorney, Bobby Segall. He claims that the governor is simply trying to delay the case from being completed.
The ruling on Saturday comes on the heels of an all out attack by the governor’s task force on establishments where gambling machines are operated. The governor has decided to interpret the law to mean that all gambling machines are illegal in Alabama, but Kennedy gave Riley a reality check on Saturday.
Whether or not Riley wins on the technicality in the Supreme Court, it is clear that at least one respected judge in the state believes that circumstances will dictate whether or not a gaming facility is operating legally.
2010 Governor Race In South Carolina Could Come Down To Gambling
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The political landscape has changed drastically over the past decade. The biggest change is that politicians are now not afraid to run their campaigns based largely on their gambling beliefs.
In almost every state, gambling has become an issue of consequence. The past ten years has seen gambling laws changed in many of the states in the country. With the economy worsening, the gambling expansion talk is heating up even more these days.
That is where Robert Ford of Charleston, South Carolina comes in. He is one of the many politicians who are using the public’s yearning for casino gambling into their own political gain.
Ford is a candidate to run for governor of South Carolina in the 2010 election. He claims that if he does run, his platform would be based on using video gambling tax money to help the state budget.
South Carolina has a budget that is similar to others around the country. There is not enough money to balance these budgets, so politicians are looking for ways to bridge the financial gap.
Ford’s position is not innovative. There are governor’s in place throughout the US that are using gambling to their benefit. Casinos are becoming the popular way to get money into the state quickly.
Seneca Indians Receive Crucial Ruling To Keep Buffalo Casino Open
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The Seneca Indians had opened up a temporary casino in Buffalo, New York while they were building their permanent one. Then, in the midst of the construction, they were hurt by the ruling of U.S. Federal Judge William Skretny.
The judge ruled that a gaming approval in 2007 was “arbitrary and capricious”, even though the land the Senecas were building on was sovereign territory. The Seneca’s must have been taken back by the decision of Judge Skretny, because they halted construction of the permanent casino soon after.
Tuesday, the tribe received an added boost of confidence that their casino was in no violation of any laws. The U.S. Department of Interior and the National Indian Gaming Commission both re-affirmed their positions that the Seneca’s were doing nothing illegal by building the casino.
The tribe has been running a temporary casino in Buffalo since the summer of 2007, and they will continue to do so until the permanent casino is complete. They have no timetable for when the construction will once again proceed.
The Seneca’s claimed when they stopped the construction that they were doing so for financial reasons. They now are indicating that when the timing is right, the construction will once again begin. They have no plans of stopping the project for good.
38th Co-Sponsor Signs On to Legalize Internet Gambling
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After UIGEA proposed rules were published this week, Congressman Barney Frank’s Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act (IGREA), bill H.R.2046, gained another co-sponsor. Congressman Raul M. Grijalva [AZ-7] on Wednesday joined Frank and 37 others to become the 38th representative of the United States House to join in the fight to regulate online gambling.
Rep. Grijalva serves on the Committee on Natural Resources and is Chairman of the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee, the Committee on Education and Labor, and on the Committee on Small Business.
Rep. Grijalva is also on the Homeland Security Task Force, as well as the Jobs and the Economy Task Force, among other committees, and he serves on Congressional caucuses regarding Port Security, Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Caucus, and is the pending co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and is a member of many other congressional caucuses.
Letters and phone calls to congressmen to offer thanks and support for their efforts to implement a bill that apparently has the best interest of the country and its people at heart are encouraged by Casino Gambling Web representatives.
Congressman Grijalva can be reached at ph. 202-225-2435, or a letter of support and thanks can be mailed to 1440 Longworth HOB Washington, D.C. 20515.
“There is quiet movement afoot within the House of Representatives to discover the impact and far reaching consequences of a badly flawed law that was enacted last year (UIGEA),” said Gordon Price, Casino Gambling Web’s senior analyst. “Our representatives delivered information to all members of congress in early September titled the IGREA Initiative, which detailed all of the problems with the UIGEA and the tremendous negative impact it has had with the WTO and American citizens, and the financial losses that will be had within the American business community, as well as a signed petition by many thousands of Americans to repeal this law that infringes on personal freedoms,” Price added.
“If Americans want this law overturned and have regulations implemented that would ensure that underage and problem gamblers would be protected, Barney Frank’s bill is the way to go. All it would take is a letter writing campaign and follow-up phone calls to members of congress asking them to support the IGREA Initiative,” Price continued. “Freedoms are at stake here, and Americans have the obligation to ensure they are maintained and not abridged by certain corrupt lawmakers and the morality police.”
As always, Price suggests that when calling or writing to congress, be polite, be concise, and have talking points ready.