After banning 'Star Wars' slot machines, Disney spends millions to change Florida gambling law to "protect" its theme parks and properties - including Galaxy's Edge
Today, I heard about recent efforts by Disney against the gambling industry. I thought you guys would be interested in hearing about it, as it also heavily involves Star Wars...and particularly, Disney's plans in 2019 for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, and the Star Wars hotel, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It also involves Disney's existing, popular offering "Star Wars Day at Sea", and other Star Wars-related plans for its cruises in 2019, which is parly based out of the Port of Miami in Miami, Florida, and Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida). The tl;dnr of it is as such: (broken down into smaller sections)
Before Disney purchased Lucasfilm, Lucasfilm had allowed the construction and use of character-themed slot machines, and other gambling aspects, as related to the Star Wars brand. This was presumably done for Lucasfilm to make money off of licensing fees and royalties.
Disney, after buying Lucasfilm in 2012, "phased out" (re: banned) Star Wars and Marvel slot machines at casinos, and online gambling games, after being "exposed" as [now] owning them by New York Times reporters Lizette Alvarez and Michael Snyder. They have done so to protect their "family-friendly" brand, of which they now consider Star Wars to be a part of.
Casino owners and online vendors were against the move, saying it would hurt their businesses by taking away some of their slot machines / online gambling games.
Casino owners in Florida, seeking to expand their business(es), formed pro-gambling-growth groups, designed to try and stimulate local economies and businesses by building new casinos across the state. This would presumably include in tourism-heavy areas, such as Orlando (of which Walt Disney World is a major feature) and Miami (which is a major port for Disney Cruise Lines).
Disney has now collaborated with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the latter of which is a major gambling monolith and owns the Hard Rock franchise, to try and pass law to change current Florida rules. The change would make it harder for people to build and open new casinos in, and around, their properties (including Disney's currently-in-production Star Wars Orlando theme park, Galaxy's Edge) by making it so that 60% of state voters would have to vote "Yes" on gambling and casino expansion in the future.
Disney has spent an estimated $17.5 million, in conjunction with the Seminole Tribe, since 2015 to combat gambling expansion in Florida. (Source) Disney donated $5 million to anti-gambling expansion efforts in April 2018, which the Seminole Tribe matched. (Source)
Disney also donated $400,000 to support the campaign of Florida governor candidate Adam Putnam, who supports Disney's anti-gambling expansion stance.
Disney has invested an estimated $1 billion in the construction of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. As the theme park is doing something never before done - building a land around an entirely new environment within the franchise, rather than an existing one - they are taking a huge financial risk. Their anti-gambling expansion efforts are also related to protecting their financial interests in Galaxy's Edge, as well as their planned Star Wars hotel and resort.
The Walt Disney Company is one of the most successful media conglomerate companies in the world. Just about everyone has heard of the Disney theme parks stationed in Florida, California, and abroad. Just about everyone has seen classic Disney films like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. Not everyone knows about Disney's relationship with the gambling industry, however, and it is a noteworthy one. Over the years, Disney has acquired the rights to several major entertainment companies and their licensed characters. In 2009, Disney bought the Marvel Entertainment company, creator of the famed Marvel comic books and a slew of popular superhero characters. In 2012, it purchased all rights to LucasFilm, the parent company that created the Star Wars brand. Disney announced its plans to phase out all Star Wars and Marvel-themed casino slot machines in the United States last fall. The multimillion dollar company has the power to do this, because it now owns all rights to these brands. According to a Disney spokeswoman, the character-themed slot phase-out is not a new decision. As part of Marvel's “integration” with Disney, she said the decision was made several years ago to let the machines gradually fade out through attrition. Only a few Marvel license agreements remain at this point, and they are set to expire within the next several years. Star Wars-themed slots will also trickle away, but it will take a few more years for that process to complete. [...] Disney wields a certain amount of power over casinos, both on land and online, because of these acquisitions. Instead of promoting Star Wars and Marvel characters via slot machines, the company prefers to use their likenesses in movies that serve to perpetuate the Disney brand. As the owner of LucasFilm, Disney has another trilogy of Star Wars films currently in the works. [...] Fans can expect to see Disney continue to advance their brands through avenues other than the gaming industry. Disney has made its opinion of the gambling industry known in Florida: It does not support the addition of more resort casinos to that area. Not only does Disney plan to phase out Marvel and Star Wars-themed slot machines, it also hopes to prevent the development of new casino resorts in the state. As it stands today, Orlando's Walt Disney World is the top tourist attraction on the globe. Over 50 million people visit the entertainment resort every year and partake of theme parks like Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. From a business standpoint, it makes sense that Disney would not want another tourist draw infringing on its potential customer base in the Orlando area. Disney denies that self-interest is its main motivation for opposing new casinos. Andrea Finger, a spokeswoman for the company, said the corporation opposes casino expansion for “many reasons.” One of the primary reasons is the fact that Florida is a “family friendly” vacation spot; adding more casinos to the landscape would tarnish that. Finger lauded Florida's efforts in “research, innovation, and entrepreneurship” and indicated that adding more casino resorts would create an “inconsistent” atmosphere in the state. Finger made no statement suggesting that Disney is protecting its own interests by objecting to more casinos. This inference has been made, however, by critics based on the connection between Disney and its Marvel and Star Wars slot machines that recently came to light. Critics also cite the fact that increased Florida casinos might steal valuable convention contracts from the Mickey Mouse company. At this point, Disney hosts approximately 700,000 square feet of convention space in its Florida resorts. Disney's ownership of Marvel and LucasFilm slot machines was brought to the public's attention by New York Times reporters Lizette Alvarez and Michael Snyder. Critics immediately began shouting hypocrisy at the fact that Disney, a vocal gambling opponent, owns and profits from character-themed casino slot machines. The Times reporters asked Disney whether its ownership of the slots “undercut” its casino gambling stance. A spokeswoman responded that the company's affiliation with the casinos was only temporary, and that it would take a few years for current slot machine contracts to expire. [...] When Marvel and Star Wars-themed slots do eventually disappear from casinos, their absence will be a blow to the gaming industry. Casino patrons are drawn to the colorful games touting Spider Man, Darth Vader, and other exciting Hollywood characters. Until the machines are completely phased out, the characters will continue to entertain casino patrons both online and on land. The online gaming industry will definitely be affected by Disney's prohibition. The Spider Man Slot game, for example, is an enticing game for online gamblers that was introduced in 2012. Other Marvel-themed online slots include Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Thor, and Wolverine Slots. The eventual loss of these games will leave a gaping hole in customers' palette of gaming choices. [Possibly in response to Disney's decision], a group called the Associated Industries of Florida launched a new pro-casino campaign. This group is lobbying for more casinos in the area as a means of promoting jobs and stimulating the local economy. Analysts expect the battle between Disney and pro-casino lobbyists to become more heated as politicians compete for voter support in the upcoming election. (Source) [However, Orlando isn't the only city that Disney is engaging in anti-casino efforts with.] The biggest challenger standing between [the city of] Miami and casinos is a mouse. Walt Disney World, the giant resort near Orlando whose four theme parks draw more than 45 million visitors a year, has made preventing "destination" casinos a top priority. And few, if any, businesses carry as much weight in Florida as Disney, which employs more than 60,000 workers, generates nearly $600 million a year in tax revenue — and doled out more than $2 million to political candidates and causes during the past election cycle. Some analysts say Disney — and, by extension, Orlando's entire tourism industry — has good reason to be wary of casinos. Though adult-oriented resorts in South Florida are unlikely to appeal to Disney's core audience of families with young children, they could siphon away travelers in narrower segments that are also important to the resort, from South Americans to conventions to weddings. "Disney has lots of little pockets or niches that they're really good at getting market share in. And it adds up," said Duncan Dickson, a professor at the University of Central Florida's Rosen College of Hospitality Management. "Disney doesn't want another Las Vegas anywhere close to them. Who needs the competition?" [Case in point, Disney also has Disney Cruise Lines, based in both Miami and Port Canaveral (Orlando).] Disney Cruise Line has revealed it will extend its popular "Star Wars Day at Sea" program through 2019, with the addition of nine cruises -- each of which will include a Star Wars-themed sea day, complete with special programming and restaurant menus. Family-friendly activities include Star Wars character meet-and-greets, movie nights (featuring new releases), Star Wars trivia, and a Jedi training show, where kids can learn lightsaber skills and battle Darth Vader. Throughout the day, restaurants and bars also will serve themed foods and cocktails. The sea day will end with a fireworks show and deck party, hosted by Star Wars heroes and villains. All cruises span seven nights and depart from Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida. (Source) [...] Disney has always opposed efforts to expand gambling, [citing it as being againts its "family-friendly" image]. The Walt Disney Co., one of the most brand-protective companies on the planet, does not want to jeopardize its kid-friendly reputation by any association whatsoever with casinos and the taboo images they often conjure. The company's cruise line is the only major operator to sail ships without onboard casinos, which are typically one of the biggest generators of on-board spending. "We've studied this issue carefully and remain opposed for many reasons," said Disney spokesman Mike Griffin, "including the fact that it is inconsistent with Florida's brand as a family-friendly destination, and with the efforts we've long supported to diversify Florida's economy through research, innovation, and entrepreneurship." The legislation to be considered in Tallahassee would authorize three "destination" casinos in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Each would boast a luxury hotel, shops, restaurants, convention space and casinos with every major game, from blackjack to roulette and craps. Any company awarded a casino license would have to spend at least $2 billion building the facility. Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts, both based in Las Vegas, and Genting, a Malaysian-based resort developer, are among the companies expected to seek licenses. Genting has already spent more than $300 million to buy bay-front property in downtown Miami and has announced plans for a $3.8 billion resort. All have promised they will create thousands of jobs in South Florida, making the deal attractive to lawmakers hoping to lower the state's 10.6 percent unemployment rate. Analysts say anyone that invests that much capital to build a resort also will have to spend lavishly to market the property. At a minimum, that will force Disney to ramp up its own spending on advertising, eroding its profit margins. "Anytime you've got to fight and compete with more marketing dollars, which you know these folks have in abundance, it makes Disney's job that much harder to battle against," said Vicki Johnson, a tourism-marketing expert in Orlando. More specifically, casinos could prove attractive draws in key markets for Disney. Executives at Genting, for instance, have said they would market heavily in Latin America. Latin America — particularly Brazil, its biggest country — has become one of Disney World's most valuable markets in recent years. This summer, even as overall attendance at the resort was about flat with a year ago, Disney officials said traffic from Brazil was up by a double-digit percentage. Though Disney doesn't disclose exact attendance numbers, national data show that visitation from Brazil is up 27% to more than 833,000 so far this year. And though Miami is the most popular destination for South American travelers, Orlando is growing more rapidly. Disney says its business from Brazil is predominantly family-leisure travel, the group least likely to be swayed by casinos. But some industry followers say lavish resorts, when combined with the boutique shopping already in Miami, might be enough to peel away some of that business, especially Brazilians with older children or none at all. "All of a sudden, it really cuts into their [Disney's] South American markets," Johnson said. Group meetings and conventions business is also a growing profit center for Disney, which has nearly 470,000 square feet of meeting space spread among its hotels. It also routinely picks up lucrative private parties and other business tied to shows using Orange County's massive, publicly owned convention center. Finally, allowing casinos in South Florida could lead to pressure to build more in other parts of the state. Already, some hoteliers in Orlando — led by Harris Rosen, owner of three major convention hotels — have made rumblings about bringing casinos to Central Florida. And officials at Port Canaveral — Disney Cruise Line's home port — are interested in casinos, too. "Once they get their foot in the door, what's next? Orange County is going to say, 'Well, if it's legal in Dade County, why isn't it legal here?' " said Dickson, the UCF professor. Disney has worked to enlist broader business groups to fight the casino legislation, most notably the Florida Chamber of Commerce, even though more than half of the businesses represented on the chamber's board of directors say they are neutral on the issue. And the opposition from Disney has put casino boosters on the defensive during the past few days. "Florida's identity cannot be changed because one casino or two destination resorts open in Miami-Dade County," said state Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, who is sponsoring the casino legislation in the Florida House of Representatives. "Florida will always be the Sunshine State," he added. "The dominant trademark of Florida will always be Disney World. I don't think they have anything to worry about when it comes to that." (Source) There have been multiple attempts to garner support in the state legislature for non-Native American casinos and other forms of gambling expansion in the state. Currently, the Seminoles control the ability of Florida to expand full-fledged casinos per their current compact. And the power of the Seminoles in the state is substantial. In order to change current law, there must be a constitutional amendment backed by the voters of Florida. There is one such opportunity on the ballot for the November 6, 2018 election. The Casino Gambling Initiative, if approved, would give voters the exclusive right to authorize casinos going forward, casinos being comprised of card games, slot machines, and other casino-style games. All ballot measures in the future would then require a citizen-initiated process by which a number of signatures of registered voters must be obtained for ballot consideration. Currently, however, the Seminoles reserve the exclusive right to offer blackjack, craps, and roulette in Florida, which would present a problem that would have to be addressed. The agreement with the Seminoles was signed by Governor Rick Scott in 2015, and is effective for 20 years. While this may end up in a legal fight, poker rooms are not an exclusive right of the tribe, and would not be an issue. If Amendment 3 passes in November by 60% or more of the popular vote, a new day may begin for casinos in Florida. This will also drastically increase the opportunity for poker rooms throughout the state. (Source) The US Supreme Court repealed the longstanding federal sports betting ban known as PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act). The landmark decision allows states to dictate their own sports wagering laws. That means sports betting could be coming to Florida casinos, should the legislature pass market regulations. But Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam said this week that if he’s elected, he would oppose such legislation. [Putnam also echoes Disney's reasoning.] “I’ve always been one who has said we don’t need to expand the footprint of gambling in Florida,” Putnam declared at a campaign stop. “It’s not who we are as a state. We’re a family-friendly vacation destination. We’re a small business-oriented state.” “If I lived in the middle of the desert in Nevada, [like Las Vegas], maybe I would grasp onto whatever straw or life raft somebody threw me,” he continued. “But we live in Florida, and we’ve got unlimited opportunities, and we don’t need to sell our state short.” (Source) Earlier this year, Disney also gave $400,000 to Florida Grown, a committee supporting Putnam's gubernatorial bid. [...] Disney officials would not agree to an interview, but in a statement, Jacquee Wahler, vice president of Walt Disney World Resorts, wrote, “We support candidates who understand issues important to our company, and demonstrate strong support for business and tourism in Florida.” (Source) [Meanwhile, Disney is busy constructing what it hopes will be its next big moneymaker: Galaxy's Edge, a Star Wars-themed land in Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Disney also plans to construct a Star Wars-themed hotel and resort adjacent to Galaxy's Edge.] The ongoing success of high-profile films, like the Marvel and Star Wars franchises, can play a big role in the theme parks ability to tap into new characters and storylines for rides and shows. Experts have said the success in theme park rides today are built on characters and properties that resonate with visitors outside the park. Thus new lands themed after popular franchises have proven to be a boon — like Disney's Star Wars and Frozen attractions, and Universal Orlando Resort's success with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. [So far this year], the theme parks division for the quarter saw a 13% increase in revenue to $4.87 billion, up from $4.29 billion for the same time last year. The division also saw a 13% increase in revenue for the first six months of the year to $10.03 billion, up from $8.85 billion for the year-ago period. According to the earnings report: "Results included a benefit from a shift in the timing of the Easter holiday relative to our fiscal periods. The current quarter included one week of the Easter holiday, whereas the entire Easter holiday fell in the third quarter of the prior year. Higher operating income at our domestic parks and resorts was primarily due to increased guest spending, attendance growth at Walt Disney World Resort and higher sponsorship revenue, partially offset by increased costs. Guest spending growth was due to increases in average ticket prices, average daily hotel room rates and food, beverage and merchandise spending. The increase in costs was primarily due to labor and other cost inflation, an increase in depreciation associated with new attractions and higher technology spending."(Source) [Driving this growth are Disney's planned new additions, including Galaxy's Edge, which is currently under construction ("labor costs").] Disney’s new Star Wars land won’t open until next year, but it is not too early to declare that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be the most ambitious theme park land ever built. The numbers alone might justify the claim. At 14 acres each, Disney’s twin Star Wars lands will be the largest the company has built at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts. Disney has not confirmed a budget for Galaxy’s Edge, but the project is believed widely within the industry to be costing at least one billion dollars. (Source)
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The legal reasoning behind the Justice Department's unusual reversal this week of an opinion that paved the way for online gambling hewed closely to arguments made by lobbyists for casino magnate and top Republican donor Sheldon Adelson. In April 2017, one of the lobbyists sent a memo to top officials in the Justice Department, arguing that a 2011 opinion that benefited online gambling was wrong. Officials in the department's Criminal Division, in turn, forwarded it to the Office of Legal Counsel, which had issued the opinion, and asked attorneys there to re-examine their stance that a law on the books for decades didn't prohibit online gambling, according to documents and interviews with people familiar with the matter. The Justice Department this week announced that its Office of Legal Counsel had, in an unusual move, reversed its position, according to documents and interviews. Check out: You'll soon be able to bet on sports in real time through your TV. The department's new position was a victory for Adelson, who has poured millions into a multiyear lobbying campaign on the matter, according to public lobbying disclosures. In addition to his advocacy to curb online gambling, Adelson spent tens of millions in the 2016 election backing President Trump and has emerged as one of the most powerful and influential donors in GOP politics.
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i got a weekend research idea if you're bored and have cash to piss away. the sf gate wrote about the raiders moving themselves off of the o.co infield dirt and into las vegas. and a big support base for the raiders is down south already. if you guys think the casino lobbyists who helped pass this stadium funding believe that the la fanbase will start taking a cheap flight down to vegas and spend saturday throwing dice at the craps table before throwing up watching the raiders in the bleachers on sunday, you should look at these dates.
The march meeting is the earliest that the nfl owners can vote on letting the team move to vegas. Because, according to page 21
Any proposal introduced to the membership at a meeting of the League at which a quorum is present or otherwise properly before the membership, may be voted upon either during or following such meeting by NFLNet, e-mail or facsimile or by similar means of communication.
The Official Highly Opinionated SecondSafestCity Voter Guide - 2013 Edition
I wish I had more time to write out full expositions for each of these choices, but frankly, anyone who has managed to stay subscribed to this sub has a pretty good idea of where I stand on these candidates and issues anyway. Please feel free to discuss openly. Share your opinion. Tear my opinion to shreds. Let's share what we know. County Executive Ed Day. Fried is in every way an establishment candidate and his relationship to the Clintons and subsequently their relationship to the New Square Four is hard to overlook, not to mention his close relationship with convicted felon Paul Adler. Day's experience and stated platform are sound, specifically, he should be held to his promises to implement zero-based budgeting. County Clerk Paul Piperato. Piperato has done a fine job in this capacity during his tenure. He recently came under fire for complying with applicable state law during the gun map controversy. However, his failure to do so would have almost certainly resulted in expensive litigation between the county and Gannett (who did, in fact, file suit against Putnam county for failure to release records). As much as it pains me to unenthusiastically endorse an incumbent, there is really no reason to oust him from this position. Supreme Court Justices Abstain. Unfortunately I don't know enough about any of the candidates to make an informed decision. Orangetown, all races Orangetown First party, Row H. The Orangetown First party is a unique amalgamation between the incumbent Supervisor, Andy Stewart, hopefuls for Council, Ann Marie Uhl and Dan Salmon, and receiver of taxes Chris Smith. First and foremost, I enthusiastically endorse Andy Stewart for re-election as supervisor. I endorsed Stewart in 2011 and have no regrets. Stewart has demonstrated the same values and work-ethic in his role as Supervisor as he did as CEO at Keep Rockland Beautiful. The Republican Supervisor and Council challengers have desperately tried to sling mud at Stewart to no avail. Most recently it was claimed that Stewart's budget exceeded the tax cap, when in fact his budget precisely met the tax cap, and he has worked effortlessly to fight the police union and close the deficit at the town's fledgling and wholly unnecessary psychiatric center golf course. Dan Salmon, like Stewart, is notable for his volunteer involvements and is also enthusiastically endorsed. Chris Smith, a Republican who crosses party lines to join Row H with Democratic candidates, is also enthusiastically endorsed for his platform of eliminating his own position upon election. The reality is that the receiver of taxes is a superfluous position, and Smith recognizes this issue and brings it to light. Smith's challenger made the argument that eliminating the receiver of taxes position would "only" save the town $30,000 - a telling indication that the position is wholly unnecessary. Uhl is endorsed, but reluctantly. Uhl currently serves on the South Orangetown Central School District board, where her term has been mostly non-notable. She also lives in an exceptionally extravagant nigh-mansion set on Clausland Mountain which, in my humble opinion, calls into question her ability to sympathize with middle- and lower-class voters and her true position on preservation of open space. Supervisor, Clarkstown Brian Moran. As if it weren't painfully obvious that Clarkstown was rife with corruption, the Republican's utter failure to even bother running a candidate spoke volumes on the subject. A vote for Moran, while practically futile, is a conscionable vote against Gromack's reign. Gromack is essentially certain to win regardless, but given that he personally vetted Jay Savino, a target in the recent FBI probes into Rockland Politics, and given the recent $20+ million tax cert his administration gifted to the Palisades Center out of school district funds, it would be nothing short of masochistic for voters to extend Gromack's role into a second decade. Council, Clarkstown John Noto, Robert Pitofsky. This is an anti-endorsement based solely on the fact that George Hoehmann and Stephanie Hausner are incumbents, and based on their failure to achieve any positive meaningful change within the town. Justice, Clarkstown Adam Garth, Ed Kallen. Again an anti-endorsement against Johns and Ugell, both long-time incumbents (over 20 years for both). Kallen astutely noted in his interview with Patch that "turn-over of judges (or any elected official) creates a healthier flow of diverse talent and results in ongoing and fresh examinations of the office." Highway Superintendent, Clarkstown Dennis Malone. This is a particularly reluctant endorsement, however, Ballard is easy to anti-endorse. Ballard has been incumbent for years and most recently is remembered for his questionable patronage hiring of Frank Sparaco for a $75,000-per-year no-show job answering Ballard's phone. Sparaco's "FBI probe" was particularly unusual. The FBI's official response, appropriately, was that investigations are not publicized until charges are filed. Sparaco's choice to have a press conference in which he announced that secret, highly edited recordings smearing Malone were turned over to the FBI is incredibly bizarre. My personal opinion, with no evidence whatsoever to support it, is that Sparaco likely taped the conversations, edited them, presented them to Malone in an attempt to extort him, and when that failed, threw out the baby with the bath water so to speak, revealing the tapes publicly, despite that the FBI disavowed him as an informant immediately. Ramapo, Supervisor Michael Koplen. This race likely will not matter as St. Lawrence (and all other races in the town) are essentially locked, historically, by the bloc vote. The Supervisor race is particularly of interest since it is my opinion that the FBI probe will likely result in St. Lawrence's indictment before his term is over. Ramapo, all other races Unfortunately, I do not know enough about the other candidates to make an informed decision, however, I strongly anti-endorse all incumbents in Ramapo given the rampant alleged corruption and pandering to the Orthodox communities needs at the expense of the surrounding residents. Proposition 1 - An Amendment Authorizing Casino GamingNOT approved. The casino lobby has been hard at work sending mailers, running commercials, and robo-dialing everyone in the state of New York begging for this amendment to pass. Contrary to claims by the casino lobbyists, casino gambling is not a net economic benefit to the communities in which it is permitted. While I admit that it will "create jobs" in the Catskills, it is hard to argue that these jobs will be anything more than minimum wage, low skill jobs with virtually no transferability to other sectors. Furthermore, anyone that believes that casino gambling will "lower property taxes" is also welcome to buy a bridge from me and should carefully examine similar claims that were made about the Palisades Center when it was constructed. Not only are casinos associated with various vice crimes, and increased reliance on social services resulting from problem drinking and gambling, they are also part of a uniquely bound market. The casino industry in the United States is already struggling to maintain a status quo given the cannibalization of the market between various states. If New York lowers the bar further, it only assures an even lower standard for the industry at large. Atlantic City's "Revel" project is a perfect example of how a casino project in a saturated market is doomed to fail: $2 billion in the hole, subsidized by taxpayers, and still bankrupt within a year of opening. Don't fall for the casino lobby's bullshit. Let New Jersey keep its gambling problem. Proposition 2 - Additional Civil Service Credit for Veterans with Disabilities Certified Post-AppointmentNOT approved. How this makes sense to anyone is baffling to me. This is a complete non-issue and a giveaway to civil servants that happen to be disabled veterans. Our veterans deserve every bit of respect for their service but our Country, not our State, is responsible to repay that debt, and any disability benefits should not be solely tied to civil service. Proposition 3 - Exclusion of Indebtedness Contracted for Sewage Facilities Approved. As much as I am hesitant to endorse such an amendment in the face of bloated sewer districts like that in Orangetown, the reconstruction of sewer districts is but one part of a multifaceted infrastructure crisis that we are facing as a nation. Compared to many other types of government spending that are full of shit, sewers are an actual necessity that we rely on daily, and the infrastructure involved is often extremely old and subject to failure if not maintained. Proposition 4 - Settling Disputed Title in the Forest Preserve I abstain, noting that the language is loaded and reminiscent of many other similar ballot propositions. Who has decided that the land to be incorporated into the preserves "would benefit the forest preserve more than the disputed parcels," and on what basis? Proposition 5 - In Relation to a Land Exchange in the State Forest Preserve with NYCO Minerals, Inc.NOT approved. An obvious and transparent land grab by a mining corporation. This initiative even goes so far as to say "When NYCO Minerals finishes mining, it would restore the condition of the land and return it to the forest preserve." If you believe that, I have a second bridge to sell you. Proposition 6 - Increasing Age until which Certain State Judges Can ServeNOT approved. Sorry guys, but it's time to take off the wigs and retire at 70. Let some new blood onto the bench.
Anyone attend today's Congressional Stadium Session? Anyone want planning on next Tuesdays?
I just took next Tuesday off to attend the open session about stadium financing options next Tuesday. The Indian casino lobbyists will be there in full force and the 70% who support the expanded gambling options need to make our presence known. Who's coming with me!? Also, any updates from today's session? What was it like?
Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010) The incredible true story of powerful lobbyist Jack Abramoff. And as the documentary goes on, you realize, with increasing horror, just how corrupt Congress is.
Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010) The incredible true story of powerful lobbyist Jack Abramoff. And as the documentary goes on, you realize, with increasing horror, just how corrupt Congress is.
Trump randomly tweeted his opposition this a.m. to an obscure bill recognizing a Massachusetts Indian tribe: Except it wasn't random. One of his top advisers is a lobbyist who represents a gaming company that would compete with the tribe's planned casino
My name is Roger Stone I helped get Trump elected and worked as a lobbyist for his casinos. I brag about how I sabotaged the opponents of political campaigners using unethical and possibly illegal methods. Nixon is a hero to me and I am a racist, sexist, and 9/11 truther.
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