Sheldon Adelson sock puppet Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) would be holding his much-ballyhooed hearing on Internet gambling today, had Mother Nature not intervened and forced a postponement. When it happens, it’ll be pretty much the kangaroo court you’d expect. His star witness is rabid and troglodytic University of Illinois boffin John Kindt, who has advocated for the federal seizure of all tribal casinos on the grounds of “allegations of misuse, non-accounting, and even malfeasance involving gambling revenues in Native American operations.” Blithely ignoring tribal sovereignty, he would convert them to “educational, cultural, and business facilities.”
But Kindt doesn’t just reserve his wrath for aboriginals. Known for his dodgy research claims, Kindt idolizes the anti-gambling policies of Vladimir Putin and advocates the criminalization of gaming. Compared to the despot-slurping Kindt, the other witnesses are practically Continued >>
Unlike most states, Maryland hasn’t hit the saturation mark and a bill to put a slot route into Thurgood Marshall Airport will probably have little effect on that. The slots will only be accessible to ticketed passengers, with the idea being to ‘tax’ out-of-state travelers for Free State infrastructure improvements. Not only has the airport stopped opposing the concept but the House Ways & Means Committee has new 13 members, at least some of whom could be receptive to the idea, which has been killed annually for the last six years, like some sort of legislative skeet shoot.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the city’s airport would — if the legislation is passed — have more slot machines than McCarran International Airport. Look to thy laurels, Continued >>
Sands China could have some stateside problems. Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez is mulling whether or not to slap Sands’ wrist for tampering with evidence. The documents in question are part of a wrongful-termination lawsuit brought by former Sands China CEO Steven Jacobs, a case entering its hit sixth year. Gonzalez ordered that documents not be redacted but Sands, which often takes a high-handed attitude toward the judicial process, did it anyway, having hid the material in question for two years.
“We are here today because of a long series of misrepresentations,” said Jacobs’ attorney, Todd Bice, in support of the potential sanctions. Gonzalez also decreed the Macao Personal Data Protection Act irrelevant to the case. Sands General Counsel David Fleming countered that Continued >>