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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, May 3, 2016

“I urge you to consider the potential widespread harmful implications of online gambling, particularly for young people in California ... It is my strong belief that the bill should not be enacted and that Internet poker should be prohibited in California, beacause of its potential harmful effects.” Dianne Feinstein, US CA State Senator, in the Los Angeles Times. --- “Getting federally recognized when nobody said it would happen. Getting land into trust when nobody said it would happen. Getting the reservation proclamation when nobody said it would happen,” Cedric Cromwell, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council Chairman, in Herald News.

 



LA Times (May 2, 2016)  Just as a bill to legalize internet poker in California appears to be moving forward, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she opposes the measure because she fears it would hurt California's youth.
Federal Decision Paves The Way For New Northern California Casino (CA—Tribal Casinos)
World Casino Directory (May 2, 2016) Northern California could soon be home to a new casino after Federal officials approved a controversial plan to take into trust 62 acres of land in Sonoma County for the 540-member Cloverdale Rancheria Of Pomo Indians.
Arizona Tribal Casino Gambling Revenue Down By 5.1 percent (AZ—Casino Revenue)
KVOA (May 2, 2016) The Arizona Department of Gaming says contributions to the state from tribal gambling revenue will be about $23.9 million for the quarter that ended onMarch 31. That's a 5.1 percent decrease when compared to the same quarter in 2015.
State Legal Bills Mount In Seminole Gambling Dispute (FL—Tribal Dispute)
WUSF (May 2, 2016)  Florida has paid more than $260,000 to private law firms in gambling lawsuits involving the Seminole Tribe of Florida, with the likelihood of hundreds of thousands of dollars more on the horizon.
Attorney General Reaches Agreement to Terminate Paid Daily Fantasy Sports Contests in Idaho (ID—Fantasy Sports)
AG Idaho (May 2, 2016) Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says executives of two companies offering various paid Daily Fantasy Sports contests have agreed to quit providing those contests to consumers in Idaho.
Idahoans Blocked From Using Paid Fantasy Sports Sites (ID—Fantasy Sports)
Washington Times (May 2, 2016) Idaho is the most recent state to block fantasy sports fans from betting on sports contests through two multibillion dollar paid fantasy companies. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Monday that two companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, have agreed to stop providing the service to Idaho residents.
Illinois To Select New Mascot; Chief Illiniwek Backers 'Not Going To Stop' (IL—Tribal Mascot)
Chicago Tribune (May 2, 2016) Having banned Chief Illiniwek in 2007 amid protests and in response to an NCAA edict, Illinois will select a new mascot for the university, interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson announced Monday. The university is not changing the Fighting Illini nickname for its sports teams.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Stands Alone In Southeastern Massachusetts. (MA—Tribal Casino)
Herald News (May 2, 2016) The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe stands alone in Southeastern Massachusetts. It wasn’t easy.The journey was a roller coaster ride with twists and turns and heart-stopping plunges. There were times when things looked bleak.
Casino Not In The Cards For Brockton Due To Uncertainty In Taunton (MA—Tribal Casino)
Enterprise News (May 2, 2016) The statement from Stephen Crosby, the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, on the proposed Taunton tribal casino came about an hour before the commissioners denied the commercial casino license to Brockton.
Tribe's Bad Faith Claims Face High Hurdle At High Court (NY—Tribal Suit)
Law360 (May 2, 2016) A California tribe faces more than just the significant barriers written into the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act on bad faith claims in its bid to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that the state acted improperly in negotiating its gaming compact.
Supreme Court Could Weigh In On Redskins Trademark Case (NY—Tribal Casinos)
There is a federal law that allows the government to discriminate against messages that may disparage people, even the dead as we as “ institutions, Beliefs or national symbols”  Here in the United States, the Patent and Trademark Office uses a federal law, the Lanham Act.