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Online gaming debate deserves a public hearing

By Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) - 04/07/14

 We need to have a debate about whether we really want a full casino attached to every smartphone in America. With the wave of the executive branch magic wand, unfettered Internet gambling could soon be imposed on all 50 states. When the Department of Justice (DOJ) unilaterally reinterpreted the 1961 Wire Act in December 2011, the DOJ circumvented the democratic process and opened the door for a massive policy change absent any significant public debate.

We unequivocally oppose the legalization of online gaming. However, whether one supports or opposes online gaming, there are valid reasons to subject this far-reaching decision to public scrutiny.


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Rep. Jason Chaffetz looks to ban online gambling

SALT LAKE CITY — A bill introduced Wednesday in Congress would prohibit online gambling and reverse an Obama administration decision that opened the door for states to explore Internet gaming.

The legislation sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., would reinstate the federal policy that bans online gaming.

 

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Bishop, Chaffetz eye chairmanships in next Congress

Washington » Rep. Jason Chaffetz wants to wield the congressional gavel — and subpoena power — that can make the White House quake.

Rep. Rob Bishop is hoping to land the chairmanship that oversees America’s public lands.

These two Utahns in the U.S. House are in line — or trying to be — to head powerful committees in the next congressional session, a possible position of authority the state has never seen on that side of Capitol Hill.

Chaffetz, an up-and-coming GOP star, has been campaigning hard to lead the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has broad power to investigate, dig and probe every agency of the federal government, domestically and abroad.

 

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Op-ed: Chaffetz is tackling Internet sales-tax issue

Main Street retailers have faced tough competition from online competitors and federal government rules have worked against them. Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz is leading an effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to find a way to restore state control over sales tax collections and take the federal government’s thumb off the competitive scale.

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The battle to become the next Darrell Issa

It’s an opportunity that has some Republicans salivating: becoming the next Darrell Issa.

The California Republican’s perch atop the headline-grabbing House Oversight and Government Reform Committee doesn’t wrap up until the end of this year, but a high-profile group of Republicans is already jockeying to take his gavel.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah wants it and is building up chits among his colleagues. Veteran Rep. John Mica of Florida is considering making a run for the job. Ohio Reps. Jim Jordan and Mike Turner have thrown their names into the mix.

The contest is shaping up to be one of the most intense power struggles in the House, and the result will have major implications. The job will immediately transform the winner into a national force as President Barack Obama’s chief tormentor in Congress, wielding huge influence — and subpoena power — over the last two years of his administration.

 

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Chaffetz talks New CBO Obamacare Numbers, Benghazi

 

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