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Rep. Charlie Dent Retiring from Congress Earlier Than Expected

You know that feeling when you are around a person and you think to yourself, “Why won’t they just go away already?” Well, I’ve never been around him, but I’ve had that feeling about Rep. Charlie Dent (R – Penn.) for a while now. And guess what? He’s actually about to go away! Last fall, Dent announced that he would not run for re-election, but recently, he decided he wasn’t even going to wait for the end of his term and would walk away within the next few weeks. Though he is not my representative (mine is actually worse), I will not miss him. Dent has positioned himself as a moderate Republican, serving as co-chair of the Tuesday Group Caucus, which is supposed to be a counter to the continued shifting of the party to the far right. But despite this positioning, Dent took up an extremely conservative stance on

UIGEA Villain Rep. Bob Goodlatte Retiring from Congress

With the focus nowadays on Senator Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Adelson, and former Rep. Jason Chaffetz when it comes to those trying to prevent regulated online poker in the United States, it is easy to forget the founding assholes of the anti-poker league. One of these reprobates, Rep. Robert Goodlatte, announced that he will be retiring from Congress next year. Goodlatte was one of the co-authors of the infamous Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), which outlawed monetary transactions between financial institutions and online gambling sites. It didn’t make online poker explicitly illegal, just the means of funding accounts. Of course, as horse racing is important to Goodlatte’s Virginia, he made sure there was a carveout for that industry in the bill. UIGEA wasn’t just awful because of its content, either. It was tacked on to the SAFE Port Act, a “must pass” piece of legislation, and as the

Ron Paul Scolds Rep. Charlie Dent for Sneaky RAWA Efforts in Op-Ed

Regardless of what one thinks about former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, poker fans have got to appreciate the support he has given online poker over the years. And though he is no longer in the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul is still making his feelings known about the subject, calling out Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent in an op-ed for PennLive.com for attempting to sneak an online gambling ban through without so much of a debate. In June, it was reported that Dent was going to attempt to add language to the House Appropriations Bill – a gigantic bill which authorizes government funds each year – that would nullify the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel’s (OLC) clarification of the Wire Act from back in December 2011. The Wire Act, originally passed in 1961, explicitly made sports betting over telephone lines illegal as a way to try to slow

Rep. Chaffetz Not Adding DFS to RAWA

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R – Utah) is not planning to try to kill daily fantasy sports (DFS) along with online poker in his anti-online gambling bill, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Last week, the Review-Journal reported that Chaffetz, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as well as a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, is cognizant of the potential legal issues surrounding DFS, but has no ambitions to add DFS to the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA). And why would he? Las Vegas Sands CEO and billionaire Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, the driving force behind RAWA (which Chaffetz introduced in the House in February), isn’t against DFS and does not see it as a threat to his business, as he does online poker. What daddy wants, daddy gets. Chaffetz said that because fantasy sports and online horse racing are already given exemptions in