On the Ballot: Poker Referendum

by , Nov 4, 2006 | 4:27 pm

Election Day is upon us. Don’t know about you, but we’re still a little on tilt here, politically at least … so the plan is to vote aggressively. Below are candidates for public office who have affirmatively shown themselves to be on the right side of poker. Remember, it’s your duty as a citizen/player to remain mindful of position as you cast your ballot.

NOTE: This is a growing list, so please let us know via comment or email of any other candidates who might deserve either a Pokerati endorsement or electoral scorn for their specific poker-related actions. For a detailed list of those whom you should vote against for their clearly disrespecting the game and/or close ties to known anti-poker extremists, click here. The PPA also contributed to this report.

The Pokerati Voters’ Guide

A non-partisan, informational reference
for non-felons and legal immigrants in America


November 2006

Texas


GOVERNOR

Kinky Friedman (I) — all about building casinos for the sake of education and personal freedom; has repeatedly mentioned Texas Hold’em by name.
Carole Keeton Strayhorn (I) — state comptroller / feisty grandma recognizes the dollars and sense behind legal gambling.

US REPRESENTATIVES

Ron Paul (R) — District 14 — spoke vehemently against the Goodlatte Bill on the House floor/YouTube.
Charles Gonzalez (D) — District 20 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Sheila Jackson Lee (D) — District 18 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D) — District 30 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Ted Poe (R) — District 2 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Silvestre Reyes (D) — District 16 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

STATE REPRESENTATIVES

Rafael Anchia (D) — District 103 — Lavigne in Austin and TBR tell me he’s good poker people.

JUDGES

Bruce Priddy (D) — Dallas County, 116th Civil District — have actually played poker with him before; loves the game; proven ability to generally make good decisions (which seems important for a judge).

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Terri Moore (D) — Tarrant County — sources say she wanted to throw a big-dollar poker tourney as a campaign fundraiser; reportedly dismayed to discover illegality of rebuys.


Alaska


US REPRESENTATIVES

Don Young (R) — At Large — voted against Goodlatte bill.

Arizona


US REPRESENTATIVES

Jeff Flake (R) — District 6 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Raul Grijalva (D) — District 7 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Jim Kolbe (R) — District 8 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Ed Pastor (D) — District 4 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

California


US REPRESENTATIVES

Joe Baca (D) — District 43 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Xavier Bacera (D) — District 31 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Howard Berman (D) — District 28 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Lois Capps (D) — District 23 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
David Dreier (R) — District 26 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Anna Eshoo (D) — District 14 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Sam Farr (D) — District 17 — voted against Goodlatte bill; name sounds like “Sam Farha”.
Bob Filner (D) — District 51 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Mike Honda (D) — District 15 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Barbara Lee (D) — District 9 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Zoe Lofgren (D) — District 19 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Doris Matsui (D) — District 5 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
George Miller (D) — District 7 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Grace Napolitano (D) — District 38 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Loretta Sanchez (D) — District 47 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Richard Pombo (R) — District 11 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Dana Rohrabacher (R) — District 46 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Lucille Roybal-Allard (D) — District 34 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Adam Schiff (D) — District 29 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Linda Sanchez (D) — District 39 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Hilda Solis (D) — District 32 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Pete Stark (D) — District 13 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Ellen Tauscher (D) — District 10 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Lynn Woolsey (D) — District 6 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Diane Watson (D) — District 33 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.

Florida


US REPRESENTATIVES

Corrine Brown (D) — District 3 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Alcee Hastings (D) — District 23 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Connie Mack (R) — District 14 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

Georgia


US REPRESENTATIVES

Cynthia Mckinney (D) — District 4 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

Hawaii


US REPRESENTATIVES

Neil Abercrombie (D) — District 1 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

Illinois


US REPRESENTATIVES

Danny Davis (D) — District 7 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Jesse Jackson (D) — District 2 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Bobby Rush (D) — District 1 — voted against Goodlatte bill;
Jan Schakowsky (D) — District 9 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.

Indiana


US REPRESENTATIVES

Julia Carson (D) — District 7 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

Maryland


US REPRESENTATIVES

Elijah Cummings (D) — District 7 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Steny Hoyer (D) — District 5 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

Massachusetts


US REPRESENTATIVES

Michael Capuano (D) — District 8 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Barney Frank (D) — District 4 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling; spoke vehemently on Congressional floor against UIGEA.
William Delahunt (D) — District 10 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Edward Markey (D) — District 7 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
James McGovern (D) — District 3 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Richard Neal (D) — District 2 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
John Olver (D) — District 1 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
John Tierney (D) — District 6 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

Michigan


US REPRESENTATIVES

John Conyers (D) — District 14 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Dale Kildee (D) — District 5 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Carolyn Kilpatrick (D) — District 13 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

Missouri


US REPRESENTATIVES

William Clay (D) — District 1 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Russ Carnahan (D) — District 3 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

Nevada


US REPRESENTATIVES

Shelley Berkely (D) — District 1 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Jim Gibbons (R) — District 2 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Jon Porter (R) — District 3 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.

New Jersey


US REPRESENTATIVES

Robert Andrews (D) — District 1 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Frank LoBiondo (R) — District 2 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Steven Rothman (D) — District 9 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

New York


US REPRESENTATIVES

Gary Ackerman (D) — District 5 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Eliot Engel (D) — District 17 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Steve Israel (D) — District 2 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Charles Rangel (D) — District 15 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Jerrold Nadler (D) — District 8 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Major Owens (D) — District 11 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Jose Serrano (D) — District 16 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Edolphus Towns (D) — District 10 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.
Nydia Velazquez (D) — District 12 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Anthony Weiner (D) — District 9 — voted against Goodlatte bill; sponsoring bill to study internet gambling.

North Carolina


US REPRESENTATIVES

Melvin Watt (D) — District 12 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

Ohio


US REPRESENTATIVES

Dennis Kucinich (D) — District 10 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Robert Ney (R) — District 18 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Pat Tiberi (R) — District 12 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

Pennsylvania


US REPRESENTATIVES

Tim Holden (D) — District 17 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

Rhode Island


US REPRESENTATIVES

Patrick Kennedy (D) — District 1 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

Virginia


US REPRESENTATIVES

Robert Scott (D) — District 3 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

Washington


US REPRESENTATIVES

Doc Hastings (D) — District 4 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Jay Inslee (D) — District 1 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Jim McDermott (D) — District 7 — voted against Goodlatte bill.

Wisconsin


US REPRESENTATIVES

Tammy Baldwin (D) — District 2 — voted against Goodlatte bill.
Ron Kind (D) — District 3 — voted against Goodlatte bill.


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