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    Default Nevada Senators at odds over online poker

    Two of the Senators -- one Democrat and one Republican -- supposedly working hard to make licensed and regulated online poker a reality in the U.S. are not playing nice with each other. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is blaming Heller for being 15 votes short. Sen. Dean Heller thinks Reid's strategy is lousy and now wants House Republicans -- who are nowhere close to acting on online poker -- to take the lead.

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    Odd that the Republicans are onboard for this. Their Republican political platform for 2012 clearly states...
    "We(The Republicans) 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..."
    source:http://www.gop.com/2012-republican-platform_home/

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    Republicans are split on the issue. The social conservatives, who write the GOP platform, are generally against it. The more libertarian wing of the party is for it.

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    The Republicans don't seem to be split to me... The Republican Party Platform is perfectly clear. NO Online Gambling and they even want the DOJ to renounce their stand on the UGIEA.

    Republicans always talk the talk about less government... But they are the ones that want to dictate by Law your morals and how you live your life.

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    One of the odd things about American politics is how irrelevant party platforms are. Pols are not bound by them at all -- and frequently break from the platform. I agree that the general consensus among party activists, who are the most engaged and write the party platform, are very clear: They want no online gambling at all. But there's a decent-sized part of the GOP that takes a more libertarian approach to governing. Their views are not reflected by the platform, simply because they do not have enough juice to do so. But they're still there. But in general, I do agree with the sentiments about small government posted above by lots0.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinism View Post
    One of the odd things about American politics is how irrelevant party platforms are...
    Very True.
    But in today's world of super slippery lying politicos, anytime you can get them to put what they are going to do in writing... you can at least expect some folks to try to hold them to it. Not forgetting that Steve Winn and Sheldon Addelson paid Millions and Millions in good money for that Republican anti online gambling platform... I think they expect some ROI.

    I do agree there is a Libertarian faction in the Republican party, however that faction has been disenfranchised from the party.
    Think about... Ron Paul. He and his followers (I am one) have been entirely shut out of the Republican process. I Caucused for Ron Paul in the Republican Primary in my state... In that Caucasus Supporters of Dr. Paul we were ridiculed, hassled and in some cases even physically attacked by the wacko Fox watching wing of the Republican Party.

    I don't believe that most Libertarians that used to call themselves "Republican" still consider themselves "Republican" after this last Primary.
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