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Published: Friday, Dec. 3 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

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Ogden, UT

Very very interesting! This is so, especially in light of the fact that Harry O is a member of the the LDS (Mormon)Church and the Cburch has long been against gambling of any kind.

Harry is not only a liberal but also a hypocrite!

Oak Hills, CA

Well, he's a politician, representing the people of Nevada, who want gambling because they want that for their economy. Being their representative, he has to put his people's wishes above his own religious beliefs sometimes. That said, being LDS myself, that is an unsavory bill. There's a reason I choose not to live in Nevada.

Gramma of 7
Lehi, Utah

NOTHING Harry Reid does surprises me.

Sorry Charlie!

@ Tomv: Absolutely so! How dare an elected official put the desires of his constituents above his personal beliefs! Doing his job - the absolute shame!

Dietrich, ID

Dingy Harry needs to read James E Fausts talk about offending the devil. He also should read the 2005 April General Conference Priesthood address of President Hinckley. He goes with his party more than with his church.

Kearns, UT

Reid is NUTS and this just adds to his incompetence as a representative of the people. It is not the people who want gambling, its the state and business world who basically have no rights to vote on any issue.

Nevada for the first time in many generations are feeling the pinch and disadvantage of a gambling dependent government and society that is totally dependent on outsiders of the state to be their bread and butter. Now they want to spread their flawed philosophy to the rest of the country.

I have nothing against gambling but using it as the states main financial resource is too dangerous. Especially in a down economy and no jobs.

Like many state with their lotteries they are now losing money and even more trying to pay past mega winners with IOU's out of funds that have shrunk. Gambling is not the resource for government obligations.

cleveland, oh

Poker is not gambling. It is a skill game involving the use of cards. Anyone who has actually played it would know this.

Colorado Springs, CO

Wow, this is one of those topics, and the accompanying posts, that should scare everyone. There's many posts on here saying that the politician should vote his/her religion's beliefs and not their own beliefs or the wants of their contituents. Let's watch as America comes full circle: They left England because of a lack of religious freedom, but here we are now wanting religion to rule our country.

Also, is it against Mormon religion to gamble? Because if it is, there are many more hypocrits out there than Mr. Reid.

Overland Park, KS

Poker is a game. Any game involving the chance for money is gambling (check the dictionary). I've seen too many people have their lives set back by gambling and its addiction. I believe it ruins lives and communities.

Now, back to Reid. I believe his policies also ruin lives and communities. We get what we vote for.

Central Utah, UT

"We are not talking about an activity that harms others where we properly step in," Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., the current Financial Services chairman, said at a hearing this year.

Poker is not gambling. It is a skill game involving the use of cards. Anyone who has actually played it would know this"

I must be smarter than others cause I have seen it cause problems for and individuals family, his sons family and is now having an effect on his grandson. Congressman Frank should get aquainted before he makes such statements. Poker was gambling in the case(s) I know about and as long as it is for money rather than "matchsticks" it will be so. If not why are the Nevada gambling intrests promoting it.

Well Reid is supposed to represent the interests of his state & as an example they have shown a lot of interest by their money. I don't know personally if on-line poker would actually be benefical to most of the citizens of Nevada.

FINALLY - talk about the fox guarding the chicken coop, the gambling industry is to oversee the on-line gambling - WOW !

Vacaville, CA

Reid, remind us why you are LDS?

Salt Lake City, UT

Payback time, now you see how Mr. Reid won his last election. Oh, dargen next time you get dealt that royal flush just keep whispering its all because of my skill.

Enoch, Ut

Do the words "double standard" come to mind? LDS doctrinal standards require LDS members not gamble. Yes there are those that do, but is that not a double standard? I personally have enough "sins" to work on without adding that to my list, but, many are losing their shirts, their own fault yes, but it lures the people in thinking each time their chances are better. Families have broken up through the gambling life and addiction to same. Harry Reid is looking out for Harry make no mistake. Not for the "little guy/gal" of Nevada. Just when he wants their votes are they convenient to him.

Moab, UT

It shows you Harry Reid will do anything to pay back those who succeeded in getting him re-elected. He has lost his principles and is a real disappointment to me! He must be "losing it in his declining years" to abandon those principles which will stand him in good stead in eternity. Poor Harry is to be pitied.........

Michelle Z
Blanchester, Ohio

I guess , he has put aside integrity and following church dictates. Too bad that popularity and being accepted by the mass has caused him to rationalize and justify his behavior and what he stands for.. First national socialistic healthcare [any program that dictates (removes freedom to choose) and fines you for not doing as they say is corrupt] and now gambling even poker online(another foot in the door).. The ways of the world are getting him. Evil is insidious, a little deal here and a little there until it has the whole hand, then arm.. He's well on the way.. For us valiant LDS, watching, it is too bad we don't have a valiant, hot, gospel principled man standing up and setting the example. I'm ashamed to use him as an example of LDS..

Miami Area, Fl

Which is it folks?

Should Harry Reid do all in his power to end gambling in Nevada because the LDS church does not condone it?

How about Coffee and Alcohol? Should Harry initiate legislation to end those?

Are those what the people of Nevada want?

I have thought that as an astute businessman, Romney would make a good president.

But.... are you saying he should put the views of his church ahead of all else?

On second thought, maybe Romney is not a good fit.

Brent T. Aurora CO
Aurora, CO

Let's see commenters... prostitution is legal in Nevada so Harry Reid should promote it nationally? That seems to be the logic of those arguing here -- that personal beliefs and principles don't matter. Balderdash. We try to elect good people of conscience to do the right thing. In that sense, a church or creed, Mormon or not, matters very much. Reid is clearly a hypocrite here. I don't live in Nevada; and cannot understand how he was elected or how his constituents feel they can trust him.

As to the trend, and it was long ago a trend and now simply business as usual, of gambling to fund government -- it is great evil in our society.

Waukesha, WI

People making the argument that Reid is just doing his job looking out for his state have no clue about what casino's in his state want. Most are against online gaming because it draws people away form the casinos.

If he were protecting the state he would have chosen another option. Online gaming taxes don't stay in Nevada, they go to DC. Indian oversight? There is only one Indian casino in Nevada to my knowledge and it is one of the smaller ones. And as far as requiring them to only be 5 years old? All the real players have been around for decades, however making it 5 years allows all the new players to take more revenue away from the big players.

None of these actions are for the benefit of Nevada casinos or gaming corporations.

Lastly, most of the supporters Reid has in NV are not LDS, the majority of which are more conservative voters. Reid only sends up the LDS flag during elections, the rest of the time his religion is politics, greed, and power.

Littleton, CO

Well gee, if Barney Frank thinks gambling is OK, who am I to say no? He gambled with Fannie and Freddie, and the whole nation came up snakeyes. Sounds like he knows what he's talking about...

South Jordan, UT

To reelect Harry Reid was about as dumb as it gets.

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