2013 Ballot Questions-Part 6: New York and Casinos

    One of the most contentious issues in Albany these days is the expansion of casino gambling in the state. The issue goes to the voters this November and has been an ongoing battle since at least 1997. In 2010, the legislative session ended before they could vote on a proposal specific to Sullivan County. This ballot question would allow seven casinos in the state. The | Read More »

    Boxer’s Indian casino ties.

    Oddly, the original story about Senator Barbara Boxer (D, CA), Boxer’s son, a regenerated Native American tribe, and a rapidly-looming San Franciscan casino seems to have disappeared from The Hill’s site, but a copy can be found here. It’s fascinating reading. The short version: back in the 1990s, Rep Lynn Woolsey introduced legislation that would reinstate an officially defunct Native American tribe (the Miwoks), with | Read More »

    Boxer’s Indian casino ties.

    Oddly, the original story about Senator Barbara Boxer (D, CA), Boxer’s son, a regenerated Native American tribe, and a rapidly-looming San Franciscan casino seems to have disappeared from The Hill’s site, but a copy can be found here. It’s fascinating reading. The short version: back in the 1990s, Rep Lynn Woolsey introduced legislation that would reinstate an officially defunct Native American tribe (the Miwoks), with | Read More »

    Hubris in New Jersey

    New Jersey Transit is currently dealing with a number of major financial problems.  They just had about thirty million dollars cut from their state subsidy by Gov. Chris “Awesome Like A Rock Star” Christie, and there’s talk of more cuts in next year’s budget. (Personally I hope Christie gets them started on the road to privatization sooner rather than later, but that’s just me) And | Read More »