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Republican Platform Supports Prohibition Of Online Gambling

Renewing American Values Document Calls For Reversal Of Justice Deparment's Wire Act Clarification

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Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt RomneyThe Republican Party’s national convention is underway in Tampa, Florida, with Mitt Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan each to be formally nominated on Thursday.

Republican delegates have since signed off on the GOP’s platform, a statement that encompasses the party’s stance on various subjects and issues. Among those mentioned in the “Renewing American Values to Build Healthy Families, Great Schools and Safe Neighborhoods” section, is a brief, but strongly worded statement that takes a hard stance against all forms of online gambling.

Last December, the Department of Justice offered their clarification of the Interstate Wire Act of 1961, stating that the law only applies to sports betting and book making.

However, in a section titled “Making the Internet Family-Friendly,” the GOP called for a reversal of the decision. The statement reads as follows:

“Millions of Americans suffer from problem or pathological gambling that can destroy families. We support the prohibition of gambling over the Internet and call for reversal of the Justice Department’s decision distorting the formerly accepted meaning of the Wire Act that could open the door to Internet betting.”

In May, the White House released a statement of their own, responding to an online petition by the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) calling for the federal licensing and regulation of the online poker industry.

President ObamaPresident Obama’s administration sided with the Department of Justice’s stance on the Wire Act, but felt that online poker regulation was a matter best handled at the state level, not federal.

“The Administration understands that many Americans engage in paid online poker games for entertainment purposes. Online gambling on sporting events or contests violates federal law. The legality of other forms of online gambling is dependent upon the law of the states where the bettor or gambling business is located. It is left to each state to determine whether it wishes to permit such activity between its residents and an online poker business authorized by that state to accept such wagers, but online gambling that is not authorized by state law may also violate federal statutes.”

 
 
 
 

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idun215
2 years ago

im voting Democrat a republican took away online gaming (Bush) and another republican is trying to keep it away.

 
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KINGTITAN
almost 2 years ago

I think most Americans don't understand or forgot how the legislative system works. The president doesn't make the laws, the members of Congress (house of reps and Senators) do. The real elections are the ones, most Americans don't pay attention too, Congressmen and Senators. Wake up, and understand how our government works. Then make an educated comment. All this was taught to you (or should have) in high school. So instead of voting on party lines, try to educate yourself on the issues and how your local House Rep voted on past issues. Keep in mind that your local News programs are very biased to their view. Please think for yourself, and not be a sheep to the media.

 
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WPS22
2 years ago

I bet bmpek and all the other conservative nutjobs who post here are excited about this news.

Incidentally, banning online poker is the only part of the Republican platform that acknowledges that we are now in the 21st century.

 
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trentbridge
2 years ago

" (Casino owner) Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, along with other family donations, have already reached $36 million, including $10 million to the Romney-backing super PAC Restore Our Future that was reported this week." Huff Post 6/16/2012

Apparently "problem" gambling in real bricks and mortar casinos doesn't destroy millions of families! How else can the GOP justify taking millions from a real US casino billionaire? (Note: Not sure if that description also includes the lovable "birther" Donald Trump?) So, kids, it's okay if Daddy spends his day in a casino because it's only when I play poker on my PC that I'm destroying family life! Happy birthay, Amanda!

 
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clunker
2 years ago

Here come the morals police. They want smaller government where it pertains to them in their businesses{businesses are people according to Romney]. But they want to tell people how they should lead their personel lives[who you can marry, what a women can do with her body] If they were not hypocrites they would pass laws out lawing tobacco,booze,fast food and any thing else that hurts us. Back to the dark ages.

 
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bmpek
2 years ago

ok all you liberal wing nuts. platforms mean nothing as far as legislative laws that are enacted, you have had harry reed leading the democratic senate for six years what has that got you.when harry gets the right amount of grease applied you will have a national program. you would be very smart to get a republican senate and poker would probably pass with no problem.stop being drones for pokerstars and think for your selfs

 
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WPS22
2 years ago

If they mean nothing why do they even exist?

Platforms are winks to special interests groups that support either party. A lot of the stuff put in the platform will never go into law, but it doesn't mean the GOP doesn't want it to.

It is a window into exactly what the party wants to do. Sure, they won't be able to achieve it all, it still matters. If they end up w/ all 3 branches, theres no reason for us to believe they won't try to enact their platform.

Most of it is far scarier than banning online poker too.

 
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ianschwartz9
2 years ago

were all screwed if obama gets back in office. wants to bring us down, then the country will have even less jobs, so less fish will bring their money to online poker, which will obviously be back within a year based on the recent court rulings. obama is the most anti american person , its a shame we made such a mistake, BTW his administration shut down the sites in the first place !!

 
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YeeDoggy
2 years ago

If Republicans outlaw online poker, how will fish bring money to the table?

 
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blegend
2 years ago

Either Obama will be President again or Romney will be. This country is so screwed it's ridiculous.

 
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L2K4FC
2 years ago

The GOP wants more freedom in areas of business. That is the bottom line. That is also the only place they want more freedom.

Is America the land of the free or not? Pretty simple question. The GOP vision as shown during this campaign contains a pretty simple answer too, it's "No".

No Poker. No abortion for victims of rape or women who are in mortal danger while giving birth. No regulations for shady business practices [that they are conveniently involved in]. No affordable health care. No Social Security. No freedom of thought. No end to worldwide military conflict. No evolution taught in schools. No no no no no. They ought to just change their name to the NOFA party. No freedom for Americans.

 
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x19
2 years ago

Both Obama and Romney are worthless and will only try to be vague however Romney has effectively marginilized himself and pretty much put the nail in the coffin with this "holy roller" approach.....we are screwed as a country if either one of them gets elected.

 
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Bryce
2 years ago

Wow, shocker, the douche bag republicans think that poker is the same thing as as betting red or black on the roulette wheel. Do we really need a statement from them about that? And to IP freely-----you're such a typical republican idiot. It's truly a shame that your misguided and generally incorrect interpretation of information is even allowed to be posted on here. Oh yeah , this is america though, where even donks like you get a voice! Republicans know one word and one word only-----ME-----. And to ianshwartz9 ----you're a donk too! The investigation into the poker sites began long before January 2009 donk! And even if the president(republican or democrat) wanted to , he can't order the justice department to stop investigating something that is unlawful just because he/she might disagree with it. Look at the dispensary issue as a perfect example. He told them to lay-off the dipensaries, but did they? Hell no, the're busting them left and right for any little thing they can come up with in Colorado and Cali! The feds have had a giant hard-on for online poker ever since it blew up in 2003, thanks to Moneymaker. Whether it had been Obabma or McCain elected, the EXACT same thing would of happened. Why? Because the're not getting their cut of course. L2K4FC is spot on! Only thing they care about is how to make more money this quarter than they did during the last one. And they truly could care less how many peoples around the world they have to squash to accomplish that goal. But all you republicans don't have a thing to worry about when Obama gets re-elected, because you have your omnipotent being up there watching out for you. LOL

 
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KINGTITAN
almost 2 years ago

There is a game the cops play in jailhouse around the country. They pit different races against each other. The reason they do this, is Simple. It makes the inmates fight against each other, not against the cops. This technique is very effective in minimizing the violence against the police. The politicians play the same game. Don't be the fool..

 
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WPS22
2 years ago

I love how if you look down the line, all the big conservatives are the biggest trolls here. IPfreely, bmpek, they are literally the most angry, useless posters on this site.

 
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clunker
2 years ago

Freely "It was Obama and his DOJ that took away online gaming." NO NO NO. Unless you think that a law passed by a previous administration should not be enforced. According to you the sitting administration should ignore laws passed by the previous administration that you do not agree with. A little history maybe in order. Sept. 30,2006 SAFE Ports bill is passed. This bill was passed with only 2 nay votes because of the national security implications {certain moral police Republicans at the last hour attached the UIGEA bill to this must pass bill}. BUSH signed this bill into law on Oct 13,2006. The banks and money institutions were then given a period of time to put together a plan to shut off the money going to online gambling sites. On Jan. 19,2009 Pres. BUSH as one of his last acts as president{Jan. 20,2009 he became Ex-Pres BUSH} signed into law the banking laws governing money and online gaming which banks had to comply with by Dec. 1st 2009. So unless you are advocating the government should not follow the law you have to admit it was BUSH BUSH BUSH who in reality along with Leach,Fist and Kyl all Republicans who took away your online gaming.

 
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clunker
2 years ago

The Federal government has more or less said the states can do what they want as far as online poker is concerned. And if you think the President should be wasting time trying to convince the morals police about online gaming when they can't have an intelligent discussion about jobs your way off base.

 
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clunker
2 years ago

What have Republicans done the last 7 years IP. Well they did in a back door underhanded way pass the UIGEA the law that took away your right to play online poker{Fist,Leach Kyl and BUSH BUSH BUSH]. And now even though the plat form is not always adhered to they have thought it important enough to include that they will not allow online poker. You are the one with nothing if you want to keep deluding yourself that these people are going to allow you this right.

 
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clunker
2 years ago

This is and act of futility since you refuse to accept the obvious. I understand and comprehend what happened while you refuse to accept the facts. The Obama DOJ enforced the laws that were on the books when he took office{which BUSH BUSH BUSH signed into law the last day he was in office]. There are many more important problems facing America then you being able to sit in front of your computer in your underwear losing money or winning money. Mitch McConnell has made it quite clear the Republicans are willing to destroy the USA if it will make Obama a 1 term President and you think they are going to let you play online poker your totally irrational.

 
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Donald3
2 years ago

HELLO! Does it really matter who signed what into law. It is your over-all government who did it. They both freakin did it. OK? Now, Moving forward (not the Obama forward either). We All as poker players must act as "ONE" moving forward. We must show that online poker is NOT as bad as everyone says it is. That the Debt of this country can be reduced with money from poker players them selves. How can you do this you ask? Get everyone that you can to sign up for Poker Players Alliance. Seriously people! When you go to your local poker rooms wear anything you can with Poker Players Alliance. Talk about it...Move it Forward! Call your Representatives, Congressman...the President current or otherwise. Don't divide us as poker players on who is a better president. One thing about poker players is...We Stick Together! Now is the time to Stick Together.

 
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xIcemanxx
almost 2 years ago

the UIGEA never made poker illegal, only using credit and debit cards to process payments illegal. If stars and tilt had restricted all deposits to W. Union or Moneygram they would still be running here.

 
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