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Posted: 1/18/2008 1:14:08 AM
Hillary Clinton Supports Online Gambling Study

The online gambling community has renewed hope for one of the candidates running for US President, and she just happens to be the favorite to win.  With the Nevada Caucuses taking place this Saturday, The Las Vegas Sun reports that Democrat Hillary Clinton supports a study to determine if Internet gambling can be fairly regulated so that individuals can safely participate in it and American businesses can compete in the international market.

Until now, only Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul has gone on record as denouncing prohibition of online gambling.

“I believe strongly that the internet should not be regulated by the federal government and believe even more strongly that people should be free to engage in the activities they wish, as long as they are willing to take responsibility for their actions.” Dr. Paul told Gambling911.com this past fall.  He also indicated that politicians are afraid to touch any issue related to the Internet "for fear it would label them ‘pro-porn’ or ‘pro-gambling’.”

While Clinton leads in polls, Paul leads among many of Republican candidates in terms of finances.  A huge grass roots one-day fundraiser is being planned on Martin Luther King's Birthday this coming Monday January 21.  Paul has mostly been ignored by the mainstream media, however.

"The irony is that he is one of the only Republican candidates that could actually defeat Hillary (Clinton)," commented Gambling911.com Senior Editor, Payton O'Brien. 

Ms. Clinton's proclamation could also serve as an indirect shot at Senator John McCain, whose fellow Arizona Senator, Jon Kyl, helped push online gambling prohibition through the Senate in late 2006.  McCain is presently the favorite to win the Republican nomination and prediction markets indicate he likely will. 

In the past Senator McCain has attempted to get legislation passed that would ban betting on college sports.  Unlike his colleague in Arizona (Jon Kyl), who has received significant amounts of money from major sports leagues that have pushed to ban Internet gambling, McCain's arguments against college sports wagering have some merit and are not necessarily viewed as being pushed along by "special interests". 

"John McCain fears corruption of college sports since student players do not get paid and they are more vulnerable," says O'Brien.  "This is more an 'integrity' issue for him even though he realized - like the Iraq war - it's not necessarily a popular stand.  McCain is more principled."

He's also a casino gambler himself who has been photographed at the tables...sometimes in front of big stacks of chips.  Whether he would encourage such studies into the regulation of online gambling remain to be seen. 

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, a few big companies like MGM Mirage and Harrah’s Entertainment have supported efforts to legalize Internet gambling, but the concept lacks broad support.

The American Gaming Association has been reluctant to push for legalization, instead supporting a bill to study whether Internet gambling can be regulated. Some say this is a necessary first step so the enterprise can gain legitimacy.

The association represents land-based casinos rather than the companies now operating Web casinos from offshore, locations far from the reach of U.S. regulators.


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Posted: 1/18/2008 1:35:10 AM
  I see great potential in this thread.
 
 
 
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Posted: 1/18/2008 1:43:07 AM
Lippsman, Slim, etc, etc, etc. etc....you too 69Aliases.
 
 
If you ask politely, I am sure she will send you a placard you can put proudly in your front yard
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted: 1/18/2008 2:02:23 AM
Hillary Clinton has received the support of some powerful and influential gambling executives in Las Vegas. Her campaign has announced the formation of the Nevada Business Leadership Council which is headed by Jan Jones, a former Las Vegas Mayor and a current lobbyist for Harrah's Entertainment.

Phil Satre, former chairman and CEO of Harrah's, Howard Lefkowitz, CEO of Vegas.com, Henry Terry, Executive Director of Human Resourses of Playlv Gaming Operations, Punam Mather, Senior VP of MGM/Mirage Group Corp are also members.

In light of these endorsements, some suggest that it is a good time to question Sen. Clinton on her stance regarding Internet gambling. A powerful politician such as Clinton could be the deciding factor when decisions about Internet gambling reach the stage of legalization if she were to become the next president.

Senator Clinton's Nevada Presidential Campaign is headed by Rory Reid, son of Senator Harry Reid of Nevada.

Senator Clinton supports labor and believes a strong business community is in the countries best interest. With the endorsements of those mentioned above, analysts believe it should be made clear by her on which side of the Internet gambling issue she stands.

"Idle talk and comments are not good enough," said Casino Gambling Web's analyst, Gordon Price. "A definitive position on this issue is necessary not only from Clinton, but of all the potential candidates. No politician should be allowed to answer 'We will look further into the subject', or 'we are studying it', a simple yes or no answer is needed because this possibly could be the single most important issue that will effect the future of international treaties.

"We must all remember that it was Harrah's that contributed a reported $50k to then Senator Bill Frist prior to the enactment of the UIGEA, and as this is perceived to be directly related to the effort of Frist and his cronies to implement this awful bill," Price said, "Clinton should make her thoughts on the subject clear.

"All of the candidates must be made to take a position on this issue."

Elaine Wynn, wife of Steve Wynn, and Director of Wynn Casino, last summer joined the Barack Obama campaign.

Sheldon Adelson, billionaire owner of the Venetian Hotel And Casino is a heavy contributor to the Republican Party and supports many GOP causes and candidates.
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Posted: 1/18/2008 2:10:25 AM
I actually hate her, but at least I'll be able to bet in spite of my taxes soaring to all-time highs.
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Posted: 1/18/2008 2:25:30 AM
Choose one of the following statements to describe your feelings that a future "Madame President" may bring about a legalized, regulated, online gambling industry.
 
a) You know, I never really cared that much for her and probably would have voted against her until I found out about her stand on this issue.  Now I am reconsidering.
 
b) I would rather never but another nickel again in my entire life than see that devil-woman occupy the White House. 
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Posted: 1/18/2008 2:31:29 AM
I would only vote for her if I was waterboarded or threatened with radioactive treatments.

Even if she is President, and I'm betting she will be, I doubt she would regulate online gambling.
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Posted: 1/18/2008 9:59:42 AM
Well, if she would pledge this one thing she would get my vote.  Of course, ALL POLITICIANS LIE, by habit and design. Look up liar in Webster's, it probably says "campaigning politicians" as a first definition.
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Posted: 1/18/2008 11:33:47 AM
I actually hate her, but at least I'll be able to bet in spite of my taxes soaring to all-time highs.

you a multimillionair? make over 250K a year? get all your income from investments instead of work?

NO? then chill out!!! you will probably get a tax cut!!!

but seriously, she and her husband are going to do whatever increases their personal wealth. they are the Democrate version of the Bush family and will bring little or no "change" to government. if were are going WWII era retro in the thread then here's a good play on an old 1930's political slogan....

"John Edwards ist die antwort!!! John Edwards ist der sieg!!!"


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Posted: 1/18/2008 2:01:52 PM
What is her stance ( besides wide one ) on the issue?
 
 I agreee with Gordon Price the Casino Gambling Web's analyst, a definitive position on this issue is necessary. Supporting a study
does not mean you support the issue.
 
I'll wait until she goes on record, like when she went on record about driver licenses for illegal's. .............
 
 
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Posted: 1/18/2008 9:53:01 PM
Hard to believe she is pandering to the gaming industry in Nevada.
Who woudn't rather gamble with a US run casino like Wynn vs. Blowdog and their likes.  I would feel much better about placing bets online with a vegas casino.   Get the bullshit while you can as I predict once she leaves Nevada you will not hear another word about it.  Too many others to pander to.
 
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