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BILL CRAWFORD: Casinos may get sports betting on the sly

Speaking of doofuses, did you see Geoff Pender’s column entitled “Did legislative leadership really fall for sports-betting rope-a-dope?” Or the earlier Mississippi Today story entitled “Lawmakers: Didn’t think law would legalize sports betting?” Lots of legislators are saying they didn’t know the bill they passed this year to tax fantasy sports betting may open the door for Mississippi casinos to ...

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Lottery panel visits neighboring states to gather information

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Trips to neighboring states to observe their lottery operations have shed light on the types of decisions that must be made should Mississippi opt to enact a lottery, two Northeast Mississippi legislators recently said. Reps. Mac Huddleston, R-Pontotoc, and Nick Bain, D-Corinth, made trips to Little Rock last week as members of a task ...

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IP Recognizes 6 Team Members of the Month for April

Six IP Casino Resort Spa team members were recently honored for their dedication to customer service in April. Honorees included front-of-house team members Diana Gomez (Housekeeping), Elisha Martin (Highlights Sports Lounge) and Jeremy Oiler (Security); and back-of-house team members Phung Le (Room Service), Becky Rogers (Compliance) and Roy Ryan (Food & Beverage).

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BILL CRAWFORD – Voters sovereign except when they aren’t

Strong words from Governor Phil Bryant in his state-of-the-state address back in January: To the taxpayers who hear this message, rest assured your governor recognizes that you are sovereign. You, by the power of your vote, grant us the authority to govern. The Mississippi Constitution makes clear that, ‘All power is vested in and derived from the people.'” Hmmm. In ...

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Mississippi group will study lottery but not take a stand

A study group will gather facts but does not intend to make recommendations either for or against creating a lottery in Mississippi. That’s according to the group’s leader, Republican state Rep. Richard Bennett of Long Beach. Mississippi is one of six states without a lottery, and Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has said legislators should consider starting one. Republican House Speaker ...

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IP recognizes outstanding team members for March and first quarter

IP Casino Resort Spa recognized team members for their service, dedication and work ethic in a joint ceremony honoring the Team Members of the Month of March, as well as the honorees for Team Leader and Part-Time Team Member of the First Quarter 2017. March’s honorees included team members Lindsey “Drew” Dixon (Food & Beverage), Chris Shelton (Finance), Ha Vu ...

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Galle named GM at 2 Gulf Coast casinos

Mike Galle has been named General Manager at Boomtown Casino Biloxi and Hollywood Gulf Coast in Bay St. Louis. Both are Penn National Gaming properties. Galle began his career in the gaming industry in Surveillance from 1992 -1995. He joined Penn National Gaming in 2005 and is one of the longest serving property team leaders and has steadily climbed the ...

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Lottery members say task is to gather facts

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Only one House member on the committee Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, formed to study the lottery, voted during the 2017 legislative session in favor of an amendment trying to enact the lottery. In addition, when announcing members of the committee earlier this month, Gunn said, “The purpose of the study group is to gather ...

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Silver Slipper honorees

Silver Slipper Casino recently recognized its March 2017 Employee and Supervisor/Manager of the Month nominees and winners. GiGi Gaillot, hotel, and Iris Willis, slots, were employees of the month and Nino DiFlore, F&B Supervisor is supervisor of the month. Nominees were Andrew Zoerner, table games supervisor; Leo Kuylen, slots; William Forester, slots; Simon Sawyer, slot product manager; and Justin Newton, ...

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Lottery? Local gas tax? New proposals to fund roads, bridges

Mississippi officials are rolling out new ideas for pay for roads and bridges. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says a lottery is one possibility, while House leaders are proposing a local fuel tax, subject to approval by voters in cities or counties. Mississippi is one of six states without a lottery, and Bryant said Thursday that he might ask legislators to ...

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