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Lame Duck & Online Poker: Resources

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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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