Wexler’s Poker & Skill Gaming Bill HR 2610 Gains New Co-Sponsor

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Today marked another mile-stone in the effort to legalize certain Internet skill games at the federal level.

Rep. Robert E. Andrews [NJ-1] became the 21st representative to co-sponsor the Skill Games Exemption bill H.R. 2610 offered by Florida congressman, Robert Wexler.

Congressman Andrews is currently serving his 10th term in congress. During that time he has served on the Education and Labor Committee and is currently the chairman of that committee. He also is on the Subcommittee of Higher Education, Lifelong Learning and Competitiveness.

He sits on the House Armed Services committee and the Subcommittees of Oversight and Investigations, as well as Terrorism and Unconventional Threats committees, and he also serves on the Budget Committee.

The Philadelphia Inquirer credits him as “being properly focused on fixing the looming fiscal disaster in Washington.”

The congressman in not typical of most, he takes the train from his home daily in New Jersey and returns from Washington DC to his family the same night. Over his career he has been a strong supporter of his constituents and is known for fighting for them and their needs.

His district office is located at:

506-A White Horse Pike

Haddon Heights, N.J. 08035

He will be in town for the Christmas break, so it is suggested that those who can, drop in to thank him for his support, and as always, you are encouraged to be polite and gracious.

Gordon Price of Casino Gambling Web said, “While you are there, discuss with him the importance of Rep. Barney Frank’s bill to legalize and regulate all online gambling and ask him to support that effort as well.” The Barney Frank bill can be referenced as Bill HR 2046.

Wexler Gains Hundred Thousand Signatures for Cheney Impeachment

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Vice President Dick Cheney is not a popular person in the United States at the present time. Never has that been as evident as when Congressman Robert Wexler received over 100,000 signatures in five days to support his call for impeachment proceedings.

Wexler has been actively pursuing avenues which can lead to the impeachment of Cheney. Last week, on Friday, Wexler launched www.WexlerWantsHearings.com. On the site he requests that Americans join his cause.

“The tremendous response to my call for impeachment hearings for Vice President Cheney confirms that Americans desperately want the Bush Administration and Vice President Cheney to be held responsible,” said Wexler.

Cheney is being accused of being deceptive leading up to the Iraq war. He also is under fire for illegal wire taps of American citizens.

“I have been overwhelmed by the netroots support for my push for impeachment hearings and for my website, WexlerWantsHearings.com. After only five days, over 100,000 people have signed up to show their support for impeachment hearings,” Wexler said.

Wexler and two of his colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee, Luis Gutierrez and Tammy Baldwin, released an op-ed detailing the responsibility of the House of Representatives to hold hearings on the allegations against Cheney.

Problem Gamblers in Oklahoma Receiving Help Thanks to Unclaimed Tickets

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An ironic situation is taking place in the state of Oklahoma. People who have gambling problems are receiving help and treatment from the most unlikely of sources, lottery winners.

State governments will claim that legalized gambling will cause harm for people who have addiction problems. They also will be the first in line to pass gambling legislation if it will relieve financial strain.

In Oklahoma, problem gambling is being attacked in a creative way, from the state lottery. $500,000 will go towards education and treatment for problem gamblers. That money will come from winning prizes in the lottery that were never claimed.

By law, winners have 180 days to claim their winnings. The latest prize to not be claimed is a $200,000 winning ticket from the June 27th drawing of the state’s Powerball game. If not claimed by today at 5 P.M., the winners will forfeit their right to the money.

In any given year, the first $500,000 in unclaimed prizes goes to help assist in educating problem gamblers and also treating them.

Most likely the tickets from the June drawing will not be redeemed. “Those tickets have probably passed through the laundry several times by now,” said Lottery Director Jim Scroggins.