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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, March 14, 2016

“It's important for us to have predictability and certainty in the gaming industry in Florida. I would love to be able to use the additional revenue that would come from the Seminole compact to fund some of the higher-education priorities that I have. ... I don't understand why people say it's so complicated. It's not. It can be done.” Florida Senator Joe Negron on the state’s Compact with the Seminole Tribe in WUSF News --- “I don't think the members truly understand just how much leverage the Seminole Tribe has. I don't think the membership truly understands just how complicated federal Indian gaming law is … and how everything that we do here has to be approved by the federal government." Florida Rep. Jose Felix Diaz on the state’s Compact negotiations with the Seminole Tribe in WUSF News


San Pablo Lytton Casino To Purchase Local Moose Lodge For Additional Parking (CA – Tribal Land)
World Casino News (March 12, 2016) For over four decades, the Moose Lodge No. 550 has been a solid fixture in San Pablo. The venue has been one of interest for the San Pablo Lytton Casino, who has wanted to buy the property for some time, going back as far as 2004.
Stanford, UC Berkeley Students Stage Battles To Change Controversial Names On Campus (CA – Tribal Images)
San Jose Mercury News (March 13, 2016) At universities across the country, centuries-old names that adorn buildings, streets and squares are under siege -- from Stanford's Serra Mall to UC Berkeley's Barrows Hall to Yale's Calhoun College.
Pennsylvania Casinos Look To Build On Growth, While Atlantic City Seeks A Renaissance (PN – Casino Revenue)
Bucks County Courier Times (March 13, 2016) It was a Friday evening in Bensalem, and Gloria Sforza and her friend were hitting it big. Sforza threw up her hands in celebration after both she and Jenea Bellinger won hands at Parx Casino's new ShaqBlackJack game, a hybrid blackjack game in which players face off on a computer screen against a live dealer.
Atlantic City Casinos Look To Future In Face Of Growing Competition (NJ – Casino Revenues)
Burlington County Times (March 13, 2016) A few times a year, Alburt Christian hits the road from his home in Virginia with one destination in mind: Atlantic City. "We drive past the Maryland casinos, we drive past the Delaware casinos," said Christian, a restaurant manager from Fredericksburg. "We come here. It's worth the ride."
Schaghticoke Tribal Recognition Campaign Rekindled (CT – Tribal Recognition)
CT Post (March 13, 2016) The Schaghticoke Indian tribe last week asked legislators for permission to operate a casino - or at least offer bingo games.
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe To Present Casino Plan To Massachusetts Regulators (MA – Tribal Gaming)
SF Gate (March 13, 2016) The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is updating state gambling regulators on its plans to build a resort casino south of Boston.
Florida State Gambling In Judges' Hands After Lawmakers Fold (FL – State Compacts)
WUSF Public Media (March 12, 2016) Lawmakers called it a heavy lift, a three-dimensional game of chess and a Rubik's cube. Whatever the label, a comprehensive gambling plan that would have authorized a $3 billion deal between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe proved too arduous a task for the Legislature to complete this session.
Why The Florida Legislature's Gambling Package Disappeared (FL – State Compacts)
Sunshine State News (March 14, 2016) When you woke up this morning and there was no comprehensive gaming package for Florida, did you really think it was because of some clash of priorities in the House or in the Senate?
Daily Fantasy Sports Weekly Wrap: Virginia First For DFS; FantasyHub Bailout (U.S. – Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (March 13, 2016) Virginia makes history: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe broke new ground in daily fantasy sports by becoming the first state governor to sign a law written specifically to regulate the industry.
Lakota And Dakota Nations Prepare To Battle Another Oil Pipeline By Matt Remle (U.S. – Environmental Action)
LastRealIndians.com (March 13, 2016) Last fall, the Lakota and Dakota Nations and other tribes along the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline celebrated their long hard fought battle over the Black Snake when President Obama rejected its permit for construction.