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Politicians make sure they win gambling industry jackpot

July 3, 2013

It was revealed last week that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders quietly deleted a proposed ban on accepting campaign contributions from casino operator....

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Jul-03-13 12:07 PM

Surprise, surprise, surprise! (In my best Gomer Pyle voice)

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Jul-03-13 1:11 PM

"What is known is some state politicians argued limiting campaign contributions may violate constitutional rights, backed up by some decisions in other states." I bet these same politicians are the ones expecting money from the casinos. Ban the contributions and see who takes it to court. That will tell us all we need to know.

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Jul-03-13 2:54 PM

Just another example of free speech by corporate America. how dare anyone suggest limitations on any corporations ability to use bribes, er I mean campaign contributions to get their way.

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Jul-03-13 7:34 PM

Special interests and lobbyists have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a state senator, a representative, or a Governor to do one thing. If they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash, the politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes. The state assemblymen and representatives spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common ruse regardless of party. If both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, how is it we have deficits? If all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes how is it that we have inflation and high taxes? These people are individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this state of New York. The budget in the red is because they want it this way. The tax code is unfair because they want it unfair.

It is a disgrace what has happened NY.

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Jul-04-13 8:54 AM

Wilford, I agree but let'snot forget it is as much a crime to provide a bribe as it is to accept it. Both perpetrators belong in prison.

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Jul-04-13 11:54 AM

Bureaucracy by design leads to centralization of power by the leaders. With regard to the Governor’s new panel, delegation leads to specialization—to the development of knowledge bases, skills and resources among a leadership—which further alienates the leadership from the rank and file and entrenches the leadership in office. Leaders also have control over sanctions and rewards. They tend to promote those who share their opinions, which inevitably leads to self-perpetuating oligarchy. This is one of the main reasons we’re in such trouble these days. Leaders control the information that flows down the channels of communication, censoring what they do not want the rank-and-file to know. Leaders will also dedicate significant resources to persuade the rank-and-file of the rightness of their views. Read Robert Michels' works for more info.

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Jul-11-13 10:52 PM

Hmmm...Maybe this is one reason Assembly Democrats have no problem with EBT cards being used in casinos. I'm so tired taxpayer money being used for dirty politics!

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