Beshear Being Taken To Task On Gambling Stance In Kentucky
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Governor Steve Beshear ran his campaign by convincing voters that he was in favor of expanded gambling in the state of Kentucky. Upon moving into office, Beshear and his gambling plan was defeated by legislators.
Since the defeat, Beshear has taken the unusual route of changing his stance. He recently seized 141 online casino domain names citing their negative effect on the children of Kentucky. Now, Beshear will be called to task on his new found stance.
Representative Greg Stumbo of Prestonburg is preparing to file new legislation that would expand gambling at the states racetracks. He feels that without expanded gambling options, the state will be at risk of losing their racing industry.
“I’m convinced if we don’t do something, we’re going to lose our horse industry. we may end up with just two tracks,” said Stumbo in an interview.
This new legislation will put Beshear in an awkward position. He will have the responsibility to either support the new legislation, which would damage his credibility, or support the legislation, which would damage his credibility.
If that seems confusing, it’s because it is. Beshear pledged to expand gambling when he ran for office, so if he does not support the new legislation it will appear to voters that he has ran on a false platform.
If he supports the legislation, however, it will go back on what Beshear did when he seized the online casino domain names. Either way, Rep. Stumbo will be bringing Beshear to the forefront of the gambling issue in Kentucky.
Video lottery terminals are at the center of the new legislation. Owners of the states race tracks believe that the video lottery terminals are the only way at this point to save the struggling industry.
Battle Heating Up in Massachusetts Over Proposed Casino Licenses
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick used his pro-gambling stance to help get himself elected. Now, he is trying to have three casinos licensed for gambling, but his plan is receiving heavy opposition.
House Speaker Salvatore Dimasi has been one of the main combatants to Patrick on the issue of expanded gambling. He is doing everything in his power to ensure that Patrick’s proposal is shot down.
The latest attack on the plan came this week, when Dimasi has released an analysis that contradicts the Governor. Patrick claims that the new casinos would generate $400 to $450 million in state revenue. The analysis disputes that claim.
“In reviewing the Governor’s proposal, I believe he overstates the benefits and downplays the costs of bringing casino gambling to the Commonwealth. his figures are high and the projected revenue can not be counted on,” said Representative Daniel E. Bosley, in the analysis.
A hearing is set on March 18th before the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. The battle over the casino issue has grown to be the significant one that is taking place between politicians in Massachusetts these days.
Patrick’s proposal has been picking up supporters nearly daily. The projected increase in revenue is one that can not be overlooked in these tough economic times.
Job growth is another issue that is pushing Patrick’s proposal. Th three new casinos would bring with them 30,000 construction jobs, according to Patrick.
Judge Upholds Illegal Gambling Shutdown For Slots Use in Alabama
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Charity bingo halls make their money by allowing customers to gamble. The proceeds are then used for various charitable causes. This practice was found to be illegal in Alabama.
The actual practice of having the charity hall bingo parlors is not the illegal part. The machines that several of these halls were using, however, were not legal.
Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Eugene Verin made his decision about these machines on Tuesday. The ruling was that District Attorney Arthur Green, indeed had the right to shut down electronic charity bingo operations in Mulga, Brighton, and Lipscomb.
The machines that were being used had the capabilities of being upgraded to machines that could be used in casinos. That capability made the machines slots, and illegal under Alabama law.
Two groups, the city of Brighton and the VFW, Alabama chapter, had sued and asked for a ruling in court after Green shut down several bingo halls.
Bar In Georgia Raided For Illegal Gambling Activity
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Law enforcement around the US are taking the approach of ‘get em while we can’ as they continue their assault on illegal gambling operations. The latest arrests took place over the weekend in a Gwinnett County bar.
Fourteen people were arrested and charged with various gambling related offenses. Mi Sook Kim was the owner of the establishment and was charged with commercial gambling, gambling, and possessing a gambling device.
The games of choice at this bar apparently were Texas Hold ’em poker and video poker. Both were being played out in the open when authorities walked in and raided Pufferbelly’s Saloon & Eatery on Lawrenceville Highway. Police began investigating the gambling back in January.
With the gambling laws rapidly changing in many states, it appears as though law enforcement officials are doing what they can in their jurisdictions to arrest people for illegal gambling before the laws change.
In recent months, there have been several judges around the country who have ruled poker a game of skill. One judge in Pennsylvania dismissed a case against defendants who were running a poker game.
Although many of these cases are swept under the carpet without convictions, authorities have still made it a priority to continue to crack down on any form of gambling they feel is infringing on the law
Baptist Bill McCollum Needs to Stop Lying About Internet Gambling
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The overwhelming concern from Baptists leaders and other religious groups who are willing to violate any personal and civil freedom in order to protect the very few vulnerable citizens in America need to, at the very least, learn about Internet gambling and stop spreading lies to their followers who know even less about the issue.
In an article in the Florida Baptist Witness, the state attorney general, Bill McCollum, stated his support for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. He states his reasons for defending the Act, which if true, would be legitimate reasons to enforce the Act. However, his statements are opinions, which he believes are fact, and this is an important distinction that his followers must understand.
This is what many religious groups do, though, they spread opinion and say it with authority and the people believe it as if it is fact. And I am here to say to Mr. McCollum, and others like him, that this has to stop!
McCollum’s editorial states that “cyber casinos cannot accurately check a person’s identification to verify age.”
This is just not true. There are very effective ways of detecting a person’s age via the Internet, otherwise many other industries that thrive on the Internet would not exist. Online stock trading sites, for instance, such as Etrade, must check the age of registrants. If checking the age was not possible, than Etrade, and other such companies, would be facing multi-billion dollar lawsuits.
“Additionally,” McCollum says, “there is no way to ensure that the odds are fair and accurate, and fraud runs rampant through the system. Internet operators often shut down their web sites when too many bettors try to claim their winnings.”
To be blunt… What the heck is he talking about?
In the several years that Casino Gambling Web has been operating not once has there been a complaint of a site who just instantly left the market without the player having the ability to cash in on winnings. Never.
And odds aren’t fair and accurate?
To be blunt… What the heck is he talking about?
Mr. McCollum, maybe you should actually sign up and play at an online casino, because if you do you may find the truth, and not just what you believe to be true.
What is the truth? I’m glad you asked…
The truth is that the odds at online casinos are 10% better, that’s right, 10% better, than the odds you will find at any Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or Indian Casino.
Also, the odds and fairness of online casino games are monitored by regulatory systems all across the world. There are drastic penalties for sites that do not meet high quality standards.
McCollum goes on to state more lies in his Baptist piece, “This law (the UIGEA) has effectively prevented illicit gambling operators from doing business in Florida and has helped reduce the dangers of convenience gambling.”
How does he know this? What statistical data is he looking at? The reality is that there are MORE illicit gambling sites available online post-UIGEA, and legitimate, well maintained sites that treat users fairly have left the market.
So, Mr. McCollum, why don’t you stop telling lies to the vulnerable people who believe you, because your lies, and others like you who rely on lies to garner support, are causing more harm to this country than any online gambling site could possibly do.
Editorial by Gordon Price, Casino Gambling Web, Senior Gaming Analyst