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Report: Arizona casino revenues grew for fourth year, mirroring nation

Revenues from Arizona casinos inched up to $1.82 billion in 2014 for a fourth straight year of growth, both trends that mirrored tribal casinos nationwide. Chief among projects completed last year was the opening of the long-delayed Desert Diamond Casino on disputed Tohono O’odham land in Glendale.... Read more»

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Some Az tribal casinos put bets on risky demographic: Millennials

The same attractions that once lured generations into gaming no longer work for a younger crowd. Slot machines – even casinos as a whole – aren’t enticing enough for the 18- to 34-year-old age group known as millennials. Some casinos have changed their game plan: They treat their businesses as entertainment hubs instead of gaming centers.... Read more»

Trump and Fiorina double down on false claims

Republican presidential candidates Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump were challenged on false claims they made during the second Republican debate, and both doubled down with more misinformation.... Read more»

State gambling revenues take hit from millennials' habits

Casinos across the nation are suffering from a generation gap, especially at the slot machines, as young people seek more exotic electronic games like the ones they can play on smartphones from anywhere.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

$8.5 billion in gaming later, how are tribes doing?

Ned Norris, Jr., isn't the tribal chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation anymore and it happened this week. What's that? First you heard of it? In ignoring what's going on on the rez, the media's missing a story for the ages.... Read more»3

House, Senate panels forward bills to halt T-O casino in Glendale

Bills that would halt construction on a Tohono O’odham casino in Glendale passed committees in both the House and the Senate on Wednesday. The Keep the Promise Act of 2015 – introduced by U.S. Sen. John McCain and U.S. Rep. Trent Franks – would “prohibit gaming activities on certain Indian land in Arizona until the expiration of certain gaming compacts” in 2027.... Read more»2

Az tribal casino revenues grew faster than national rate in 2012

Indian gaming revenue in Arizona grew by 3 percent in 2012, even though no new facilities came online and the number of games in the state actually declined that year.... Read more»

Casinos & offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Adelson and a colorful cast of characters jockey over regulation. ... Read more»

House committee OKs bill to block O'odham casino in Glendale

A U.S. House committee gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to a bill that would block development of a Tohono O’odham casino on land the tribe bought inside Glendale. The bill would reverse years of failed legal challenges to the project, which opponents say violates a 2002 agreement among tribes not to build new casinos in the metropolitan Phoenix area.... Read more»14

As economy bounced back, so did Indian casino revenues

Revenue from tribal gaming in Arizona grew at more than twice the national rate in 2011, rising for a second year as the economy inched out of recession, a new report says.... Read more»

Investigating leading GOP money man Sheldon Adelson

In just a few years, the chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands created a gambling empire in Macau, China, that made him one of the world's richest men. Now, top Republican donor's business methods are under scrutiny by federal and Nevada investigators.... Read more»

Casinos muscle in on 'Five C’s' of Az economy

The “Five C’s” that traditionally made the bulk of Arizona’s economy – copper, climate, cattle, cotton, citrus – may need to make room for a sixth: casinos. Revenue from Arizona’s 22 casinos far surpassed cattle, cotton and citrus in the most recent figures available.... Read more»1

House panel OKs bill to stop tribal casino in Glendale

A House committee Thursday approved a bill to block a planned Tohono O’odham casino in Glendale, the latest in three years of so–far unsuccessful legislative and legal battles to stop the project.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Pushing for civility in political discourse

We talk civility in political discourse with Brint Milward, Director the UA-based National Institute for Civil Discourse.... Read more»

Bill would make online gaming up to states

A bill to legalize Internet gambling might take little, if any, of the nearly $2 billion Arizona’s tribal casinos gross annually, experts say – but that does not mean that tribes don’t have concerns.... Read more»

Az tribes, lawmakers spar over proposed Glendale casino

Supporters and opponents of a proposed casino in Glendale accused each other of subverting the system Tuesday as they clashed on a bill that would prevent the Tohono O’odham Nation from building the project.... Read more»1

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