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During the past 6 years, the Obama Administration has made two major policy shifts with regard to the gaming industry:
But that was then and this is now.
The 2014 election is just weeks away. But turn on the news and you would think the 2016 presidential race is tomorrow.
While the prospective Republican and Democratic candidates position themselves to appeal to their respective bases for the eventual primary contests, the majority of issues won’t get much coverage – including several issues important to our industry.
The next president will likely face gambling-related questions such as:
So in that vein, this multi-part series will discuss where the “top contenders” stand on gaming-related issues.
Apropos of our gambling focus, we’ll break down one candidate every week, taking our order from Paddy Power’s 2016 Presidential Election odds maker.
Leading the field at 5/4 is…
“[I]f Niagara believe[s] that a casino would help attract more tourists back to what really was the tourism capital of America for so many decades, I – I would support that.” – Clinton in September 2000.
She has not always been a supporter of gaming expansion, however.
Years earlier in 1984, as first lady of Arkansas, Clinton went on a statewide speaking tour to oppose a ballot initiative to bring casino gaming to Arkansas.
With respect to Internet gaming, in 2006, Clinton voted in favor of SAFE Port Act/UIGEA which prohibits the processing and accepting of payments in connection with Internet gaming and that is unlawful under any federal or state law.
However, in 2008, Clinton indicated her support for a study to determine whether Internet gaming could be regulated properly to promote U.S. businesses in the industry while ensuring that proper safeguards are in place to protect minors and address other gambling issues.
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