Politics

Barney Frank Has Joined the Infamous Club of Celebrity Nip Slips (Video)

Yes it’s true, Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank has joined the infamous club of celebrity nip slips.

Frank, who has been a huge supporter of one’s right to gamble online, appeared in a CSPAN video recently with a wardrobe malfunction.

From PerezHilton.com

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Dec/20/2011

Online Poker Felon Bill Sponsor Senator Marquerite Prentice May be Gerrymandered Out

A Washington State Senator, Marguerite Prentice, may lose her seat due to so-called gerrymandering.  Prentice helped co-sponsor a controversial bill that made playing online poker in the state a Class C felony with the punishment comparable to that of a multiple drunk driving offender and child molester.  Washington is the only state that criminalizes actual online gamblers. 

The Seattle Times noted that Prentice, a Democrat, will have to compete with other Democrats to remain in the legislature.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Dec/18/2011

Ron Paul Iowa Ads: We Got ‘Em (Video)

Ron Paul is going strong in Iowa and many believe he can take that state in its Caucus a few weeks from now. 

His ads are slick and they are airing virtually nonstop throughout Iowa.

From the Washington Post:

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Dec/15/2011

Public Policy Polling Has Ron Paul One Percentage Point Behind Gingrich

Most of the national polls have GOP candidate Ron Paul tied with Mitt Romney in the Iowa Caucus but at least one poll now has Paul closing in on Newt Gingrich.

The long time Texas Congressman is coming in one point behind Gingrich the Public Policy Polling. 

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Dec/14/2011

Ron Paul Can Win Iowa (Video)

Don’t look now but GOP candidate Ron Paul is gaining on Newt Gingrich and has passed by Mitt Romney in some recent Iowa caucus polls.

The mainstream media is starting to hint at a Ron Paul upset.

The Texas Congressman, who has not only supported legalizing online gambling in the US, but has co-sponsored bills with the likes of Democrat Barney Frank, is considered the dream candidate for those in the poker community.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Dec/14/2011

Somach: Romney Wouldn’t Be First Gambling President

Much fuss is being made about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's offer to bet fellow contender Rick Perry $10,000 during a live televised debate this past weekend.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Dec/12/2011

Fellow Mormon Jon Huntsman Mocks Mitt Romney $10K Bet in Latest Campaign Ad (Video)

GOP candidate for US President and former Utah Governor, Jon Huntsman, was quick to release an ad mocking Mitt Romney’s $10K bet offer to Texas Governor Rick Perry. 

Like Romney, Huntsman is a Mormon.  And like Romney, Huntsman is not supposed to gamble based on Mormon doctrine. 

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Dec/12/2011

Nets Owner to Challenge Putin for Presidency: Odds to be Released

The New Jersey Nets billionaire owner could soon become the new President of Russia. 

Mikhail Prokhorov will run against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the March presidential election.   Putin has come under fire in recent weeks for alleged widespread fraud during Russia’s December 4 parliamentary election.  His party only won around 50 percent of the vote compared to 64 percent four years ago. 

Submitted by Dan Shapiro on, Dec/12/2011

Romney Flip Flops on 10K Bet

US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney stirred up controversy Saturday evening during a nationally televised GOP debate by offering to bet fellow candidate Rick Perry $10,000 over his assertion that the former Massachusetts Governor had broadly supported requiring individuals to have health insurance.

“I’ll bet you 10,000 bucks,” Romney said, denying Perry’s claims.

Perry replied, “I’m not in the betting business.”

By late Sunday, Romney tried to laugh off the bet.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Dec/11/2011

Mormons and Gambling: The Mitt Romney $10,000 Bet

One of the most searched terms coming to the Gambling911.com website during the overnight hours of Saturday and early morning Sunday:  “Mormons and Gambling”.  The flurry occurred following Saturday evening’s GOP debate on ABC where US Presidential candidate and Mormon Mitt Romney challenged fellow candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry to a $10,000 bet over the assertion that Romney had broadly supported requiring individuals to have health insurance.

Submitted by Jagajeet Chiba on, Dec/11/2011

Ron Paul Says Newt Gingrich “Flavor of the Week” (Video)

GOP candidate Congressman Ron Paul of Texas appeared on CNN Wednesday afternoon to discuss Iowa, Donald Trump and more. 

During his interview, Paul referred to Newt Gingrich as “the flavor of the month” when asked if he was concerned about the former House Speaker leading in the Iowa polls. 

Not that Congressman Paul should be too concerned, some polls have him in 2nd place ahead of Mitt Romney.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Dec/07/2011

Bachus Proposes “Blind Trust” After Insider Stock Trading Expose

Following a segment on the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” claiming that Alabama Republican Congressman Spencer Bachus engaged in “insider stock trading” during the height of the financial crisis, Bachus himself has now proposed legislation that would require all members of Congress to place all their stocks, bonds and other securities into a blind trust that would be managed without their consent as long as they are members.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Dec/05/2011

CNN Introduces Intrade.com Monitoring for its Political Power Rankings

CNN on Friday introduced a new weekly segment, Political Power Rankings. 

Contributor John Avalon presented the segment while a panel came on to discuss the trending related to the GOP candidates, referencing the betting exchange intrade.com

Intrade is a prediction market that attempts to act as an indicator of possible outcomes for specified events such as Presidential elections. 

So who was on top of the CNN Political Power Rankings?

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Dec/02/2011

CNN Puts More Pressure on Bachus, Pelosi Regarding Insider Trading and Congress

Following a “60 Minutes” report, CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday night made insider trading and Congress his top story of the evening.  The “violators” were none other than former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, current House Speaker John Boehner and Alabama Republican Congressman Spencer Bachus.  Mr. Bachus has been one of the biggest advocates for online gambling prohibition and he is also allegedly one of the biggest of the “violators”.

What they did was not illegal but…

From Wikipedia…

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Dec/01/2011

Herman Cain to Drop Out of US Presidential Race at 45 percent

The prediction markets at intrade.com have GOP US Presidential candidate Herman Cain with odds set at 45 percent of dropping out of the US Presidential race before December 31.

The market has given the former Godfathers Pizza CEO a 1 percent chance of becoming the nominee to represent the Republican party in 2012.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Dec/01/2011

Bad News for Online Gambling: Foe Maxine Waters to Replace Supporter Barney Frank

Bad news for bettors!

It could be rocky Waters ahead!

U.S. Congressman Barney Frank made news this week when he announced he won't seek re-election and will retire at the end of his current two-year term, which expires on December 31, 2012.

The news was of particular interest to those in the online gambling community, as Frank has been the leading proponent among elected government officials for the legalization of online gambling in the U.S.

He wasn't just a proponent though.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Nov/30/2011

Barney Frank Won’t Run for Reelection: Online Poker Sector Must Act Fast

The online poker and gambling industry as a whole is about to lose one of its greatest allies as Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank has announced he will not be running for reelection in 2012.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/28/2011

Super Committee Failure Means Online Poker Won’t be Hitching a Ride

Supporters of legislation that would make online poker legal in the United States had hoped to have their bill attached to a so-called Super Committee financial reduction measure, but the prospects of this happening appear close to zero at this point.

It’s not so much that the online poker measure couldn’t somehow latch itself onto the deficit-reduction bill.  Instead, the Super Committee was about to declare failure on Monday.

From Reuters:

Submitted by C Costigan on, Nov/21/2011

US Presidential Hopeful Ron Paul Polling 2nd in Iowa (Video)

GOP hopeful and someone who has vehemently pushed for legalized online gambling in the US over recent years, Ron Paul, is polling 2nd in Iowa after Herman Cain.  This isn’t a distant second, it’s extremely close.

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/16/2011

Newt Gingrich Latest Odds to get GOP Nomination

Newt Gingrich has shot up the polls and is trailing just behind Mitt Romney in recent polls.  The surge has accompanied Herman Cain’s drop in the polls after a handful of women alleged sexual harassment during the late 1990’s while Cain headed up the National Restaurant Association. 

Gingrich still had some value at 4/1 odds at Sportsbook.com, which allows for wagering on the Internet.

Submitted by Aaron Goldstein on, Nov/14/2011

Herman Cain at 5 to 1 Odds Despite Sharon Bialek Accusations

Submitted by Gilbert Horowitz on, Nov/07/2011

Rick Perry Hates Gambling But Bets World Series

Texas Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry, who has repeatedly said he is against all forms of gambling, has been telling what's known in Texas as a tall tale.

A tall tale--a polite way to say a lie--about gambling, no less.

Gambling911.com, as part of its continuing series on how the Presidential candidates stand on gambling issues, last month reported how Perry, during his tenure as governor of Texas, has opposed the expansion of gambling at every turn in the Lone Star State.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Oct/26/2011

Mormon Church Hates Gambling: Mormon Politics Does Not

Two of the contenders for the Republican nomination for President of the United States are members of the Mormon religion: former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman.

Other top American politicians are also Mormons, including Harry Reid, a Democrat who is a U.S. senator from Nevada and the Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate.

With Mormons in such positions of political power, Gambling911.com readers might be wondering just what is the Mormon position on gambling?

The short answer: they're against it.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Oct/24/2011

Another President Bush: Jeb Hates Gambling (Sometimes)

Bush for President?

No, not that one.

He served two terms and can't serve any more.

And not his father either, who served one term and then was kicked out of office by the voters.

The Bush who's generating some political buzz on the presidential front these days is none other than the "other" Bush--Jeb Bush--who served as governor of Florida from 1998-2006 and is the 43rd President's older brother and the 41st President's son.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Oct/18/2011

Black This Out Ron Paul Money Bomb October 19

With Ron Paul running for US President once again, the fine folks assisting with his campaign and various grass roots efforts will be working with Gambling911.com to deliver all the latest news.

Ron Paul, the long time Republican Congressman from Texas, has given a number of interviews to Gambling911.com.  While not an active supporter of gambling per se, Dr. Paul is very much in favor of legalized online poker as a right of US citizens and has actually co-sponsored bills in the past along with Democrat Barney Frank. 

Submitted by C Costigan on, Oct/12/2011

Marco Rubio as Vice-President: A Bad Bet for All Concerned

Regardless of who wins the Republican nomination for President of the United States, the most talked about name for Vice-President on the G.O.P. ticket is Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

Rubio, 40, from suburban Miami, started his political career as a local legislator, serving as a Miami City Commissioner.

He then moved up to the state legislature, serving as a member of the Florida House of Representatives and eventually rising to the post of Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

In 2010 he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Oct/11/2011

Chris Christie Confirms He Won’t Be Running

Despite the GOP’s pressure to get New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to join the race to run for US President, Christie confirmed once again he will not be running. 

Fox News broke the story Tuesday afternoon.

The GOP has expressed concerns over the current pool of candidates, in particular Texas Governor Rick Perry, who was widely panned for his performance at last week’s Republican debate.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/27/2011

Odds on the Next US President Have Obama at Even, Romney at 2 to 1

Sportsbook.com has released updated odds on the next US President with just over a year until the highly anticipated elections.  (see all Elections odds here under EXOTICS)

North America’s biggest online sportsbook in terms of overall volume anticipates heavy betting action over the next few months that will help to adjust these odds further.

Submitted by Carrie Stroup on, Sep/26/2011

Gary Johnson’s Neighbor’s Dog Most Memorable Moment of Republican Debate

A relative unknown among the GOP candidates for US President, Gary Johnson, offered up one of the most famous lines of all the Republican debates thus far.

When asked about President Obama’s economic policy, the former New Mexico Governor responded:  “My neighbor’s dog has created more shovel ready projects than this administration has”.

Most of his colleagues on stage had a good laugh at that one.

Johnson hasn’t appeared in many debates and – while we are on the subject of dogs – he’s considered one of the biggest underdogs.

Submitted by C Costigan on, Sep/22/2011

Mike Bloomberg for President: On Gambling Issues, He’s No Sure Bet

U.S. President Barack Obama, a Democrat up for re-election next year, has plummetting poll numbers so his re-election is anything but assured.

Submitted by Thomas Somach on, Sep/15/2011

Breaking News

SC Prosecutors: Deputy Took Bribes to Protect Gamblers

SC Prosecutors: Deputy Took Bribes to Protect Gamblers

A deputy in South Carolina took money from illegal gamblers for five years to protect them from the law and kept feeding them information after the payments stopped, authorities said.

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