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Election Day Special

Posted by jkarmel on June 2, 2010

[Originally published on GA on November 4, 2008]

I’ve been so busy with the Maryland situation for this blog that I’ve barely mentioned the national election. Both candidates have some interesting connections to gaming. As an Illinois legislator, Barack Obama came to be viewed as a gaming critic although he was somewhat ambiguous on gaming expansion when specifically asked questions about it for Illinois on questionnaires. Yet, he also played poker regularly with a group of fellow legislators whilst he served at Springfield.

John McCain is a well-known craps player with fundraising ties to Terry Lanni (MGM Mirage) & Sheldon Adelson (Las Vegas Sands). He also supported tribal gaming expansion as a former chairman of the Senate’s Indian Affairs committee, as the New York Times reported in September.

The president is relatively inconsequential on matters such as gaming legalization in a state like Maryland and casino expansion. Yet, in other ares the federal government plays a role & that brings up questions to address in the future. For example, one wonders how a new political climate and president may deal with any challenge to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) rammed through Congress just before the 2006 election? That messy act virtually shut down American involvement in online gambling by restricting financial transfers to large online gambling operations……we’ll see (and report, of course, as it happens).

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