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Traficant decries casino coverage



Published: Sat, October 30, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m.

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

NORTH JACKSON

James A. Traficant Jr. said The Vindicator’s coverage of his proposed Indian gambling casino in the Mahoning Valley is hurting the project’s chance of success.

“Maybe the editorial of the newspaper can say, ‘It deserves a chance,’” Traficant said Friday about the casino proposal. The newspaper can write it doesn’t “like Traficant. Traficant’s a bum, but this project deserves a chance.”

Indian gambling casinos aren’t permitted in Ohio under state or federal law.

Only federally recognized Indian tribes — none exist in Ohio — can apply for federal gaming licenses, according to the state attorney general’s office.

Writing that is the same as the newspaper’s “saying you don’t want it,” Traficant said.

Traficant said attorneys for the Indian nations he is assisting — ITANA (Indigenous Tribal Affiliates of Native America), Indian National and Munsee Delaware Indian Nation USA — are in discussions with federal officials about getting approval for the casino.

All that is needed for this casino to become a reality is approval from the U.S. Department of Interior and the governor of Ohio, Traficant contends.

Traficant said at his press conference he helped two Indian nations purchase additional property in North Jackson and Lords-town for a proposed gambling casino.

The proposed project could also include a bank, indoor amusement park, hotel, convention center and data center.

A metal barn on a 72-acre site in Lordstown at Lyntz and Salt Springs roads would be the site of the first casino, he said.

Traficant said he has come to terms on a 182.9-acre location on Bailey Road and Mahoning Avenue in North Jackson for the Indian nations.

The former congressman refused to disclose the purchase prices of the two pieces of land.

Earlier this month, Traficant acted as an agent for the two nations in the purchase for $1 of 20.6 acres in North Jackson.


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1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Shove your casino where the sun doesn't shine Jimbo. Nobody with common sense believes a felon like you.anyway!!! The Vindy is right to oppose your stupid casino plan.

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2fcb(318 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

"A METAL BARN"!!! would be the casino!!!!! Oh My God!! This nutball just keeps going.Like I said If you keep giving him the press and limelight he will keep going. It's his ego and the wackballs that follow him when he
plays his flute.Don't give him the press and he will go back down into his hole where he belongs.

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3STSlocal724(1 comment)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Are these Indians from India?

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4piak(508 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Some recent articles in the Vindy said that the casinos aren't doing all that well. Specifically, they had experienced a decline in business. Rivers Casino in Pennsylvania had laid off 300 workers was a recent story. Las Vegas, who's industry is gambling, has a high unemployment rate.

With all the stories in recent Vindy editions, you've got to wonder how this projected casino in North Jackson would have been able to succeed.

Maybe it had two chances of success? Slim or none.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Don't forget the horsetrack Jimbo ! Bus service to New York City to haul in the players should also be part of the plan . Emeril Lagasse could also be contacted to open up a world class restaurant .

http://www.emerils.com/

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6jwhitehawke(91 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Unions forever? When the casino is being built and running, you can picket all you want......

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7Attis(860 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Traficant is absolutely correct. His casino plan is the economic engine that can jump start community development in our depressed area with a massive infusion of dollars and jobs. And as for Native American (Lenape in particular) presence in Ohio, they have been here for thousands of years before any European set foot on their land. Refusal by the feds, to date, to recognize the Lenape is part of their refusal to atone for the slaughter of the Lenape. btw, for you Traficant haters, remember Jesus Christ was also a convicted criminal once upon a time...

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

COPY AND PASTE IN YOUR BROWSER

the7thfire.com/Politics%20and%20History/TraficantUSBankrupt.html

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9casinoguy(7 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Most of the posts are by people who have zero knowledge about Indian Casino
development.
For now, let's forget the name Jim Traficant and refer to Jim as CCTTHTV...
(Concerned Citizen Trying To Help The Valley)
or easier to remember..just CC...
CC is trying to help the most depressed area in the country.. the Mahoning Valley. CC has laid the groundwork to bring in an Indian Tribe that is federally recognized in a USA state that has past Ohio credendials. (Do some research on how and why federally recognized Indian Tribes came to be...and why CC's Indian Tribes have a right to own land and develop an Indian Casino here in the Valley.)
What CC is telling everyone is he has laid the ground work to allow the development of this Casino here...and it is allowable and within the law. What he is telling you is FACTUAL!
So for a change...back off and let CC make this opportunity to help our valley in so many ways A REALITY!
Call our county commissioners and tell them to support this initiative. Call the Vindicator and radio and TV stations to get behind this initiative and help make it a reality. We have nothing else in proposal or on the drawig board that is going to help our horrifyig economic condition here in the Valley. We are not in a bargaining position to pick and choose. CC's Indian Casino Initiative is the only hope we have left...and most of you posters make fun of and redicule the effort. Shame, shame on everyone in the Valley who are a part of this CLOSE MINDED - STOP THIS INITIATIVE STANCE.

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10Attis(860 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Amen, casinoguy. And to help make this desperately needed project a reality, vote independent this election: Traficant for US House and Lange for Ohio House.

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11L0L(640 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

@piak. Not to pick on you but im gonna use your post as an example.

"Some recent articles in the Vindy said that the casinos aren't doing all that well. Specifically, they had experienced a decline in business. Rivers Casino in Pennsylvania had laid off 300 workers was a recent story. Las Vegas, who's industry is gambling, has a high unemployment rate.

With all the stories in recent Vindy editions, you've got to wonder how this projected casino in North Jackson would have been able to succeed.

Maybe it had two chances of success? Slim or none."

1. This isnt Las Vegas where everyone in the nation goes.
2. This isnt Pittsburgh.
3. Go to Mountaineer and see how many Mahoning Valley license plates are in the parking lot.

I'd say for this area gambling would do just fine. Also, like some have pointed out something is better than nothing. Another bonus would be if the casino sparked all the other businesses mentioned. For once in some peoples' lives could you possibly support something instead of bitching just to bitch?

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12Schmendrick(9 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Look at how casinos stepped in and saved Detroit when the auto companies drove into a ditch. What a thriving, vibrant community it is now!

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13hmm(179 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I'm not siding either way on this issue BUUUUUT there are "internet cafe's" all over Yo,Liberty,AND Boardman to name a few.. there are cars there continually, states surrounding us have cash-sios (sp. I know) PLUS bars have KENO, OHIO consitution approved "special cash-ios in OH. ( none here though) --- so bottom line Mahoning Valley residents are gambling. my issue is with a Indian ran one State can't tax it .......

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14rmiman(12 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I'm not sure how likely it is for the casino to come. It has some hurdles.

Bob Hagan, Capri Cafaro, Tim Ryan, John Boccieri, Dave Betras. When a national figure comes to the valley, or a deal is signed like V&M Star or GM with the Cruze........they come running full speed like a crackhead from the NYPD. Where the hell were they when the powers decided 4 sites for Ohio and not one of them Youngstown????? Seems to me many of you want to ignore the obvious and jump all over someone who is at least trying to undo the screwing of Youngstown and the casinos.

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15cs(5 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

With the addition of another 187 acres, this project now turns into a MAJOR project!! With the inclusion of an indoor/outdoor Theme Park and possible Water Park in conjunction with the other operations planned, this project will turn into a DESTINATION POINT!! Thus visitors will come for 2 to 3 days. Golf packages will be another draw as our community has MANY top notch courses that can accomodate the finest of players!! Family visits, corporate picnics, convention, wedding and concert venues are just a few of the pluses this COMPLETE facility will provide!! The highway system linking 14 million people within 4 hours of the gates is the finest in the country as per the Thempark consulting firm I retained to come to Ytown for a preliminary feasibility study and to meet with local officials! This total project results in crucial full time employment and most of all an economic monetary trickle down affect of 7 to 1 distributed thru out the community, as per a 1999 chamber of commerce and visitors bureau study done for another semi-local amusement park on the affect of its themepark to its community!! Another factor discussed by the Consulting firm for the community to understand is the fact that visitors that come to these facilities may have expansion for their own business in mind, and after seeing our area and looking into the working pool and other business research factors may decide to EXPAND TO OUR AREA!!!!!!!! There is so MUCH more but space is short!
The entire key to the Theme Park aspect is to keep it economically family friendly!!!!!!!!

This project should be welcomed with OPEN arms by everyone!!!!!!!!

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