October 12, 2017
Less than two months after implementing a new “soda tax,” lawmakers in Cook County, Illinois, are repealing the cent-per ounce tax. The Washington Post and others paint it a “major victory for Big Soda,” but county residents recognized the tax for what it was: a bald-faced attempt to raise revenue off the backs of Chicago’s poorest residents. What they may not have realized is that the tax was also an attempt by public health advocates to use their city as a means to convince other, less liberal municipalities to follow their path. Luckily for the rest of the country, the effort has failed.
The Cook Country Board was split on the soda tax issue back in November, with the...
October 2, 2017Executive Order aimed at cutting red tape. The order directs federal agencies to set up task forces to identify regulations that are overly...
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June 27, 2017
This morning, the United States Supreme Court announced it would hear New Jersey’s case on gambling and federalism. The decision seems to reflect concerns raised by CEI and others that federal encroachment on state decision making, if left to stand, presents a grave threat to some of our country’s founding principles.
Will the Supreme Court end the madness?
As I have detailed many times, the problem started in 1992 when Congress enacted a little-known law—that likely will be better known after today—called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). It prohibited any state that didn’t already have sports betting from authorizing the activity within its borders.
Because only Nevada had single-game betting at the time (with Montana...
June 23, 2017
I have immense esteem for my friend Norm Singleton at the Campaign for Liberty. His lengthy Capitol Hill experience, depth of knowledge, and humor have duly earned him respect from operators across the political spectrum. Therefore, when I read his piece disagreeing with my predictions on the future of Internet gambling, I took it to heart.
Norm wrote that he doesn’t share my “optimistic” assessment that the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), under Attorney General Jess Sessions, is unlikely to reverse OLC’s 2011 opinion. This memo, which clarified that the Wire Act of 1961 applied only to sports betting and opened the door for states to legalize Internet gambling within their borders.
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May 26, 2017
Democrats like to portray their party as the “party of science.” Yet, when it comes to harm-reducing tobacco alternatives that offer millions of smokers a chance to quit their deadly habit—Dems may as well be a pitchfork-wielding village mob. Luckily, for public health, the newly appointed Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is not as fearful of innovation.
Yesterday, Gottlieb testified before the House Appropriations Committee. During the hearing, members asked Gottlieb about his financial ties to the vaping industry, his interest in keeping kids off tobacco, and his commitment to preserving a rule implemented by the Obama FDA, which would regulate electronic cigarettes more stringently than actual cigarettes.
Their major concern revolved around...