A few days ago I wrote an article for PokerFuse breaking down the basic mechanics of passing an online poker bill in the 2012 lame duck session.
There’s obviously a great deal of interest in the Reid/Kyl bill among poker players – and a variety of valid opinions concerning its pros and cons. My goal here isn’t persuasion of any sort. I think that Reid/Kyl is germane to all poker players, regardless of whether you oppose or support.
To that end, here’s a working list of resources for following the lame duck session and the Reid/Kyl bill.
10 Twitter accounts to follow for lame duck updates
Certainly not the only qualified sources on Twitter, but here are 10 accounts I would definitely keep an eye on for lame duck news, context and analysis.
- @STetreaultDC – Covers DC for the LVRJ. Political news filtered through gambling industry lens.
- @FiscalCliffNotes – Twitter account focused exclusively on “fiscal cliff” updates.
- @iJilaw – Lawyer who closely follows online gaming issues.
- @VictorRocha1 – Quick & frequent updates on US online gambling news.
- @CasinoCityVin – Offers facts & analysis related to gambling legislation.
- @CKrafcik – NA research dir. at GamblingCompliance, great (& informed) insights.
- @AgentMarco – Was first to break full text of Reid/Kyl draft.
- @AGAUpdate – Twitter home for the American Gambling Association.
- @Pokeraddictnet – Regular coverage of development related to US online poker.
News sources & blogs for lame duck developments
A mix of poker-focused and mainstream sources that should cover all of the bases during the 2012 lame duck.
- C-SPAN2 – Watch the US Senate live. I know, it’s very exciting – try to stay calm.
- TheHill.com’s Floor Action Blog – Frequently updated with brief items drawn directly from action on the floor of Congress.
- Politico’s On Congress Blog – Good source for Congressional micro-reporting.
- Pokerati – Was a go-to spot for 2010 lame duck coverage from a poker point of view.
- PokerFuse – Arguably the quickest overall to breaking poker news.
- Roll Call Politics – Another D.C.-focused publication with insider access and coverage.
- 2+2 Poker Legislation Forum – A quick way to survey most of the news and developments regarding online poker regulation.
Basics of Senate / Congressional procedure
While far from comprehensive, the following links and info will provide a quick-and-dirty guide to the sausage-making process that is the US Congress.
Catch me on Twitter if there’s a link you think I should add.
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