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Casino 'destination resorts' could come to 4 major Texas cities if voters choose to expand gambling in state

AUSTIN (Texas Tribune) — The gaming empire Las Vegas Sands is launching a multimillion-dollar advertising blitz to build support for its campaign to bring casinos to Texas.

The company will begin airing TV and radio ads Thursday in the state’s biggest markets, according to an announcement first shared with The Texas Tribune. News of the ads comes the same day that a state House committee was set to review proposals expanding gambling in Texas, including one being backed by Las Vegas Sands.

Casinos in Texas? Las Vegas Sands gambling empire pushes forward with goal

The ads tell Texans that “billions of tourism and gambling dollars” leave the state every year for neighboring states that allow more gaming.

“This November, the Legislature can allow Texans to vote to build four world-class destination resorts and casinos, bringing those dollars back to Texas,” a narrator says in one of the half-minute TV spots. “Let’s boost our economy, create tens of thousands of jobs and help fund vital services like schools and public safety.”

Las Vegas Sands is funding the ads under the banner of its new Texas Destination Resort Alliance, which has unveiled a website and social media accounts to coincide with the ad campaign.

The company is backing legislation that would let Texans vote on whether to create special casino licenses for four “destination resorts” in the state’s four largest metropolitan areas: Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. The ads will air in those markets as well as some others.

Las Vegas Sands has spent millions of dollars to hire dozens of lobbyists this session, hoping to persuade a Legislature that has been reluctant to expand gambling options in the past.

The Sands push has made little progress in the Legislature so far. The Senate version has been referred to a committee but has not been scheduled for a hearing yet.

Wednesday’s hearing in the House will also include a discussion of a bill that would allow sports gambling in the state.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at www.texastribune.org. The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans – and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

Patrick Svitek
This article originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Ian Fleming's Casino Royale 'only to be read and burnt' on sale for £95k

Fleming gave the handsomely-bound edition of Casino Royale to the family of the boss who gave him the time off to write it. He was working as a foreign news manager for Kemsley Newspapers when Viscount Kemsley agreed he could have every January and February off. Fleming, who retreated to his Jamaican home Goldeneye to write, emerged with his book.
He sent the 1953 edition to the Viscount’s son Anthony, including the handwritten inscription: “To Tony, read & burn. Ian”

Only 4,760 first editions of Casino Royale were printed, with Fleming’s inscription making this copy particularly desirable.

The book comes in its original heart-covered dust jacket and is being sold by London-based dealer Peter Harrington.

A Peter Harrington spokesman said: “Signed and inscribed copies of Fleming’s first Bond novel are in themselves highly coveted.

“In this instance the association is particularly charming, showing a relationship instrumental in the creation of the character and his legacy.”

Fleming went on to write a total of 14 novels, with more than 100 million copies sold.

‘We turned essential services into a casino,’ energy market expert tells Max Keiser after Texas power-grid failure

A cold snap recently left millions in Texas in the freezing dark. Max Keiser talks with Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s energy program, to understand who’s to blame for the massive power outage.

The Texas energy market is largely not under federal oversight and relies entirely on market forces to have an impact on energy companies’ and power plants’ behavior, the analyst said, on the latest episode of RT’s Keiser Report. “This complete failure to have any sort of regulations or mandates tied with reliability is the cause the energy crisis that Texans experience,” Slocum explained. 

He added that allowing market players to serve households resulted in “predatory” practices. This was seen during the latest winter storm, when electricity providers charged $ 9,000 per megawatt hour, instead of the normal, average price of $ 20 per megawatt hour, according to him.

“We’ve turned essential services into a casino, where a couple of aggressive financial and energy companies are able to exploit these types of situations and make an enormous amount of money,” Slocum said.

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