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deRUGY: Republicans Still Seeking Casino Cronyism

Congress has done little to demonstrate that it can solve the nation's most pressing problems. The health care system continues to deteriorate after the failure to repeal Obamacare; tax reform is off to a rocky and uninspiring start because of the initial counterproductive fixation on imposing a border adjustment tax; and the debt limit is fast approaching yet again, with little hope that federal spending will be brought under control.

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11/18/2017

article BLOG: Adelson’s Quest To Kill Online Gambling Losing Allies And Steam
(Washington D.C.) -- Sheldon Adelson is at it again, and shows no real signs of slowing down his campaign against online gambling. Adelson is a longtime critic of online...

11/6/2017

article BOYER: Sheldon Adelson and his astroturf lobbyists don't want to let you gamble online
(Washington D.C.) -- If states want online gambling, let them roll the dice. With a $2 billion shortfall in the Pennsylvania state budget and a recent credit downgrade...

9/25/2017

article OP/ED: Stopping Federal Overreach into Online Gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- Any resident of the DC-area has undoubtedly seen from afar or been in the new billion-dollar MGM National Harbor Casino. When I see it, I am...

9/8/2017

article RAWA proponent Dent won’t seek re-election to Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- A congressional proponent of re-instituting the nationwide ban on Internet gambling has announced that he will not seek another term.

8/29/2017

article RON PAUL: Charlie Dent is making a losing bet with his online gaming ban
(Pennsylvania) -- I have bad news for taxpayers: Congress is about to return from August recess and begin working on Appropriations bills. This is bad news because there...

8/26/2017

article Christie, New Jersey Urge Trump Administration Not to Ban Online Gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed a bill passed by the state’s legislature urging President Donald Trump’s administration...

8/23/2017

article deRUGY: Republicans Still Seeking Casino Cronyism
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress has done little to demonstrate that it can solve the nation's most pressing problems. The health care system continues to deteriorate...

8/8/2017

article Is US Online Gambling Regulation One Step Closer?
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s no secret that online gambling regulation is a huge bugbear in the United States, and always has been ever since US authorities and...
article RUDDOCK: How An Online Gambling Ban Could Kill Land-Based Casinos
(Washington D.C.) -- A lawyer recently argued that a bill intended to ban online gambling would not only shut down online gambling in the United States but also...

8/6/2017

article Casino Mogul Wants To Use Congress To Shut Down Online Gambling Competition
(Washington D.C.) -- Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino mogul who made his $35 billion fortune through legalized gambling, has spent years seeking to outlaw internet...

8/5/2017

article EDITORIAL: Charlie Dent should come up snake-eyes with his push to ban internet gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- As the state of Pennsylvania considers following the leads of New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware in legalizing state-regulated gambling on the internet,...

7/27/2017

article New Jersey Governor urges Trump to support online gaming
(Washington D.C.) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed a new bill calling for US President Donald Trump to oppose any legislation that would prohibit...
article When It Comes To PA Online Gambling, Congressman Charlie Dent Missed The Memo
(Pennsylvania) -- With legislative efforts to ban online gambling going nowhere, Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA) has taken a more covert approach over the past two years.

7/26/2017

article COLUMN: Dent should drop crusade to ban online gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- As Pennsylvania considers following the leads of New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware in legalizing state-regulated gambling on the internet, U.S. Rep....

7/24/2017

article New Jersey governor, Chris Christie asks US government to not impose online casino ban
(New Jersey) -- It has been reported that Republican Chris Christie – New Jersey’s governor and a reported ally of Donald Trump– is urging Congress not...
article New Jersey reinforces iGaming legal battle
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey’s iGaming industry has developed into one of the most successful in the United States, but the business could be threatened by a federal...

7/17/2017

article BLOG: Dent Determined to Do Online Gambling Damage
(Washington D.C.) -- The news regarding the latest attempt to ban online gambling in the United States has kept online poker players and fans on a roller coaster for the...

7/12/2017

article Lawmakers urge Sessions to ban online gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memo in 2011 in which it favoured online gambling legalisation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions opposed the...

7/11/2017

article A New Senator Is Pushing For A Federal Online Gambling Ban, And Gets His Facts Wrong
(Washington D.C.) -- US Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) added his name to the small list of elected officials who support a federal online gambling ban, in a letter sent to...
article Lawmakers press Sessions over online gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is pressing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to review a controversial Department of Justice opinion from 2011 that changed...
article Online gambling ban is a power play by casinos
(Washington D.C.) -- Billionaires are used to getting what they want — but that doesn't mean they should always be able to buy what they want. Legislation, for...

7/10/2017

article RAWA Language Rumored to Be Added to Appropriations Bill by Pennsylvania Representative Charlie Dent
(Washington D.C.) -- Language from the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, aka RAWA, is reportedly being considered by US Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pennsylvania) for...
article RAWA: One Casino Billionaire’s Quest to Kill Internet Gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- Enter the world of Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino mogul and Republican donor with a net worth of $34.8 billion. From the Las Vegas Sands of...
article Will the Restoration of America’s Wire Act return to Congress?
(Washington D.C.) -- It is no secret that in the United States, discussions and debates on the topic of legalized online casinos are rife. Indeed, we’ve seen many...

7/3/2017

article US Attorney General Jeff Sessions giving up on anti online casino efforts
(Washington D.C.) -- Reports by Bloomberg suggest that US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been forced to distance himself from all online casino related issues, due...

6/20/2017

article MINTON: Rep. Dent Tries Again to Sneak Online Gambling Ban Through Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- For the last four years, three states have had legal online gambling: Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey. In that time, we’ve seen no negative...

6/5/2017

article COMMENTARY: Should the GOP Ban Online Gambling?
(Washington D.C.) -- Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have relaunched a misguided push to battle gambling addiction through their...

5/31/2017

article RON PAUL: Internet Gambling Ban a Losing Bet For Liberty
(Washington D.C.) -- Controversies over surveillance of President Trump and members of his administration, including the leaks that forced President Trump’s first...

5/29/2017

article The Federal Wire Act and its effect on ecommerce
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S Federal Wire Act enacted into law in 1961, prohibits operations of some betting businesses in the State. It states that any activities...

5/15/2017

article MINTON: Trump DOJ Nominee Unlikely to Bend to Anti-Gamblers' Will
(Washington D.C.) -- Though most people have never heard of it, the Office of Legal Counsel inside the Department of Justice (DOJ) is one of the most influential legal...

5/9/2017

article WILLIAMS: Online Gaming Decisions Should be Left To States, Not D.C. Bureaucrats
(Washington D.C.) -- In a meeting last week, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to leave his state alone when it comes to regulating...

5/1/2017

article MINTON: The Wire Act was already restored
(Washington D.C.) -- In his April 24 op-ed, lobbyist Jon Bruning presented several alternative facts about our nation's gambling laws and history. The most egregious...

4/25/2017

article Nevada Governor Sandoval, AG Sessions To Meet; Will Online Gambling Come Up?
(Washington D.C.) -- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and US Attorney General Jeff Sessions are scheduled to meet tomorrow. One item likely to come up in their discussion:...

4/24/2017

article BRUNING: Restore the Wire Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Since 1961, all gambling involving interstate telecommunications, including online gambling, has been prohibited by the Wire Act, which was...

4/21/2017

article OP/ED: Lynn Westmoreland Speaks Out Against RAWA, But for the Wrong Reasons
(USA) -- Former Georgia Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland spoke out against Sheldon Adelson’s Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) this week via...

4/20/2017

article Sheldon Adelson’s $5 Million Trump Donation Provokes Fears of Federal Online Gambling Ban
(Washington D.C.) -- Is US AG Jeff Sessions planning to ban online gambling at a federal level? Rumors, first reported by Gambling Compliance, that Sessions is about to...
article A Federal Online Gambling Ban Would Fly In The Face Of President Trump’s Pro-Business, Anti-Regulation Promises
(Washington D.C.) -- Supporters of a federal online gambling ban are once again busy trying to make their case in Washington D.C.. These renewed efforts have caused a...

4/19/2017

article Online gaming foe Adelson made big donation to President Trump inauguration
(Washington D.C.) -- The $107 million raised for President Trump’s inauguration in January included one donation that was the biggest of them all – a $5...
article Sheldon Adelson Gave $5 Million for Trump’s Inauguration, Filing Shows
(Washington D.C.) -- Sheldon G. Adelson, the casino magnate and stalwart Republican donor, gave $5 million to support the festivities surrounding President Trump’s...
article Will Adelson’s $5m Trump gift unleash DOJ on online gambling?
(Washington D.C.) -- Anti-online gambling advocate Sheldon Adelson cut a $5m check to US President Donald Trump’s inauguration fund, so can a quid pro quo on...
article RAWA is still alive in the US
(Washington D.C.) -- Former US Rep Lynn Westmoreland, R-Georgia, released an article where he claims that a ban on online poker could be everything but beneficial, it...
article The Ramifications Of A Federal Online Gambling Ban Are Nothing Short Of Devastating
(Washington D.C.) -- Rumors began swirling on Monday that newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions is mulling over a federal ban on online gambling. In the...

4/18/2017

article Congress should stop the unconstitutional effort to ban online gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- Remember the first time you saw a magician when you were young? It was an amazing experience. You might have believed magic was real. But you...
article Former Republican Congressman: Potential Online Poker Ban 'Has Sweeping Consequences'
(Washington D.C.) -- There’s still some support in Congress to back legislation known as “RAWA” that if enacted would prohibit states from allowing...
article Sessions to consider US i-gaming ban?
(Washington D.C.) -- Rumours in the American media suggest that US attorney general Jeff Sessions may be considering a federal ban on online gambling, overriding state...
article State-regulated online gambling ban may be reintroduced
(Washington D.C.) -- Jeff Sessions, the US Attorney General is reportedly considering the reintroduction of a federal ban on all state-regulated online gambling in the...
article US Attorney General to push for online gaming ban – reports
(Washington D.C.) -- United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions could reintroduce a federal ban on all state-regulated online gambling in the country, according to...

4/17/2017

article A Federal Online Gambling Ban Would Fly In The Face Of President Trump’s Pro-Business, Anti-Regulation Promises
(Washington D.C.) -- Supporters of a federal online gambling ban are once again busy trying to make their case in Washington D.C.. These renewed efforts have caused a...
article COLUMN: Sessions Should Leave Online Gaming Regulation to the States
(Washington D.C.) -- America's governors want to make sure that Attorney General Jeff Sessions won't move to override state online gaming laws. The bipartisan...
article GROVE: Federal online gambling ban is job-killing, tax-raising cronyism - and a waste of everyone’s time
(Las Vegas) -- The chatter on the Hill is that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering a federal ban on state-regulated online gambling. That’s despite a...
article In Bad News For Online Gambling, AG Sessions Might Be Eyeing Reversal Of DOJ’s Position
(Washington D.C.) -- The latest news for US online poker and gambling is not good. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions could be poised to change the current status of...

4/14/2017

article OP/ED: Sessions Should Leave Online Gaming Regulation to the States
(Washington D.C.) -- America's governors want to make sure that Attorney General Jeff Sessions won't move to override state online gaming laws. The bipartisan...

4/12/2017

article Opinion: Republicans of all people should shun federal online gambling ban
(Washington D.C.) -- America’s governors want Congress to end a longstanding ban on internet gambling — at least, enough of them do to warrant the National...

4/11/2017

article Governors Pen Letter to Jeff Sessions Voicing Concern Over States' Online Gambling Rights
(USA) -- US governors voiced their concern about the federal government’s role in online gambling in a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week.

4/7/2017

article Heads Up: Congress Is Considering Using An Obscure Law From 1961 To Prohibit Internet Gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- How could a 1961 federal statute have banned something that didn't yet exist and wasn’t even imagined in the minds of elected officials or...
article US Governors ‘Concerned’ About Possible Online Gambling Ban In Letter To Attorney General Sessions
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Governors Association didn’t mince words in sending a letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions about online gambling. The...

4/5/2017

article National Governors Association To AG Sessions: ‘States Are Best Equipped To Regulate And Enforce Online Gaming’
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Governors Association Economic Development & Commerce Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week...
article Paying to prevent them from playing
(Washington D.C.) -- Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire owner of the Sands casino in Vegas, has been "spend(ing) whatever it takes" — his words — to...

3/15/2017

article TOWNHALL: Conservatives Say No to Federal Gambling Ban, Congress Should Listen
(Washington D.C.) -- Few things are as unbecoming in American politics as elected leaders straying from the core principles upon which they built their reputations in...

3/13/2017

article Conservatives Don’t Support Adelson-backed Online Gambling Ban
(Washington D.C.) -- Sheldon Adelson’s attempt to move legislation to ban online gambling took a sharp blow at the recently held Conservative Political Action...

3/8/2017

article Conservative Political Action Conference Poll Against Adelson’s RAWA
(Las Vegas) -- A recent poll was conducted at the Conservative Political Action Conference regarding the efforts of Sheldon Adelson and his tactics to ban online...
article Your Friendly Republicans At CPAC Agree: Proposed Online Gambling Ban Should Go In The Trash Heap
(Washington D.C.) -- In what can only be categorized as a landslide, attendees at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) said they not only oppose the...

3/6/2017

article Conservatives oppose Adelson’s federal gambling ban
(Washington D.C.) -- For nearly two years, conservative and liberty-oriented organizations have warned congressional leaders about the danger of passing legislation...

1/31/2017

article A Federal Online Gambling Ban Would Fly In The Face Of President Trump’s Pro-Business, Anti-Regulation Promises
(Florida) -- With a new administration, supporters of a federal online gambling ban have been emboldened and are once again busy trying to make their case. In December,...

1/26/2017

article NJ pol wants no internet gambling ban
(Atlantic City) -- A New Jersey legislator is asking President Trump and Congress not to ban internet gambling. Online betting has been one of the few bright spots in...

1/25/2017

article NJ Assemblyman Urges Trump Administration, Congress To Reject Online Gambling Ban
(New Jersey) -- Following comments by US Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions during a Senate confirmation hearing, the specter of a federal online gambling...
article Online Gambling Resolution Surfaces In NJ Legislature, Aimed At Trump, Congress
(New Jersey) -- A resolution in the New Jersey legislature seeks to push back against any possible federal effort to ban online gambling in the US. The resolution from...

1/18/2017

article Jeff Sessions should think long and hard about addressing online gambling laws
(Washington D.C.) -- For those who were uncertain which direction the new Trump administration would be taking with regards to online gambling, the answer seemed more...
article Trump Nominee Could Revisit Wire Act
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions dropped a bombshell on the fledgling online gambling industry in the U.S. when he said he was “...

1/17/2017

article Graham, Sessions Give Internet Gaming a Chance to React
(Washington D.C.) -- Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is the most anti-poker member of the U.S. Senate. So when President-elect Donald Trump's choice for attorney...

1/16/2017

article Trump Shell Shock
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions dropped a bombshell on the fledgling online gambling industry in the U.S. when he said he was “...

1/12/2017

article Is Jeff Sessions Ready to Ban Internet Gambling by DOJ Fiat?
(Washington D.C.) -- During his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Jeff Sessions promised that as attorney general he would "revisit" a 2011 Justice Department...
article New US Attorney General May “Revisit” Online Gambling Law
(Washington D.C.) -- Another threat may be looming for online gambling in the US as an iGaming opponent has been nominated as Attorney General by President-elect Donald...
article Trump’s AG Pick Jeff Sessions “Shocked” by Regulated Online Gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- Jeff Sessions, the senator from Alabama and Trump nominee for attorney general, professed himself to be “shocked” this week by a 2011...
article US Online Gambling Legal Fight Looming
(Washington D.C.) -- The Americans have elected a new president that has got a lot of baggage in tow what with his outrageously different campaign that had a lot of...

1/11/2017

article Jeff Sessions, Trump's Attorney General nominee, would "revisit" online gaming legality
(Washington D.C.) -- The head of the Poker Players Alliance said Wednesday that he was not surprised that online gaming was among the topics that have come up in two...
article Online Gambling Opponents Eye A New Tack, Via Incoming Attorney General Sessions
(Washington D.C.) -- A handful of lawmakers in Washington, DC, have continued to push to make online gambling illegal in the US, albeit unsuccessfully. Now, however, the...
article Poker Lobby Responds To AG Nominee's Bewildering Position On Internet Poker
(Washington D.C.) -- Poker Lobby Responds To AG Nominee's Bewildering Position On Internet Poker
article PPA responds to Trump's AG pick
(Washington D.C.) -- The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) yesterday reacted to a commitment by Sen. Jeff Sessions, nominee to be the Attorney General of the U.S., to review...
article Sen. Sessions Reignites Online Gambling Debate During AG Confirmation Hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- Alabama Republican Senator and U.S. Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions rekindled a contentious debate among the gaming community Tuesday after...

1/10/2017

article Incoming AG Jeff Sessions Said He Was 'Shocked' By Regulated Online Poker Opinion
(Washington D.C.) -- Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, who was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a Senate confirmation hearing for his attorney general appointment...
article Lindsey Graham Asked Jeff Sessions About Online Gambling; His Response Wasn’t Good News For The Industry
(Washington D.C.) -- At a confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions was asked a question by...
article Trump’s AG nominee “would revisit” online gambling approval
(Washington D.C.) -- United States President-Elect Donald Trump’s pick for US Attorney General claims he was “shocked” by the US Department of Justice...

1/6/2017

article Unsurprisingly, Terrorists Aren’t Using Online Gambling Sites To Launder Money And Fund Plots
(USA) -- The Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling launched its campaign soon after Sheldon Adelson pledged to “spend whatever it takes” to stop online...

12/27/2016

article Challenges To The Federal Anti-Gambling Laws -- Good Luck
(Washington D.C.) -- Among the almost countless number of federal statutes that are both foolish and unconstitutional is the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection...

12/23/2016

article Online Casino Ban To Remain A Risk In 2017
(Washington D.C.) -- Despite a former casino owner in the White House, real-money online casino gaming will be at risk on Capitol Hill in 2017. Controversial efforts to...

12/19/2016

article HASTINGS: Outlook for U.S. Internet Gambling under President Trump: Rough Times Ahead?
(Washington D.C.) -- You’d think the first casino magnate as president would have the U.S. gaming industry rejoicing, but there is one segment of the industry that...

12/17/2016

article New RAWA-esque Bill Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives
(Washington D.C.) -- Possibly empowered by the election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence as the next President and Vice President of the United States, as well as the...

12/16/2016

article The Threat Of A Federal Online Gambling Ban Has Been Averted For Now, But Rejuvenated Efforts Expected In 2017
(Washington D.C.) -- The 114th Congress has come to a close following an altogether uneventful lame duck session. Of note to US online poker supporters, the 2016...

12/13/2016

article New Online Gambling Ban Bill Introduced to US House
(Washington D.C.) -- Pennsylvania Republican Representative Michael Fitzpatrick has introduced legislation to the US House that would ban online gambling at a federal...

12/11/2016

article Lame Duck Congress Session to Make a Push for RAWA?
(Washington) -- Looking at the political climate in the United States, Donald Trump’s recent victory has been receiving all the attention from the media....

12/9/2016

article Conflicting Reports on Trump RAWA Position
(Washington D.C.) -- What is the position of President-elect Donald Trump on Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson’s pet Restoration of America’s Wire Act...

12/8/2016

article Grassroots opposition builds to Including RAWA in lame duck spending bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Several grassroots limited government organizations have sent a letter to a key committee chairman in #Congress asking that language banning...
article Nevada AG Adam Laxalt's Co-Signing RAWA Letter Triggers Pushback from State Officials
(Nevada) -- The co-signing of a letter by Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, sent last month to the incoming Trump Administration and calling for a virtual ban on...

12/7/2016

article Nevada Congresswoman urges Trump to oppose call for online gambling ban
(Washington D.C.) -- Nevada Representative Dina Titus is urging the President Elect to oppose a call for an online gambling ban. The Democratic Congresswoman sent a...

12/6/2016

article Bring Back RAWA, 10 State AGs Direct Trump Administration via Letter
(Washington D.C.) -- Just when you thought RAWA, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, was on its last breath, 10 US state attorneys general are resuscitating the...
article Nevada AG Laxalt Angers Governor, Regulators With Anti-Online Gambling Stance
(Nevada) -- Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt has angered numerous people in power in the Silver State. Ralston Reports recently suggested more than one person is...
article RAWA, would prohibit online gambling, allow monopolies
(Washington D.C.) -- Billionaire Sheldon Adelson sanctimoniously demanding a federal monopoly on the exploitation of fashionable debaucheries is like a dog walking on...

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