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Online Poker Ban Gains Support in U.S. Senate

Despite his past support of online gaming legalization bills, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) now backs the Restoring America’s Wire Act (RAWA), a bill that aims to revise federal anti-wagering laws to include bans on online poker. If passed, RAWA would change the U.S. Department of Justice’s official interpretation of anti-wagering laws. In 2011, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Virginia Seitz responded to two states’ request for an interpretation of the Wire Act of 1961 by...

Alabama Lawmaker Introduces Flat Tax Proposal

Alabama state Sen. Bill Hightower (R-Mobile) is proposing a constitutional amendment to reduce and flatten the state’s income tax. Hightower’s proposed amendment, if placed before and approved by voters, will cut the top tax rate from 5 percent to 2.75 percent and apply that rate to all income levels. It would also eliminate nearly all of the state’s income tax credits, exemptions, and deductions. Simplify, Simplify Hightower says the many small, targeted tax credits and exemptions have a large...

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