As the country continues to digest ex-casino mogul Donald Trump’s stunning upset win in Tuesday’s presidential election, business groups around the nation are trying to assess what happened and what will come next.
For gaming industry professionals, the American Gaming Association and the Innovation Group will be hosting a post-election webinar on Thursday, November 17 designed to help industry stakeholders get their bearings straight and ascertain what this all means for them, their customers and their businesses.
Headlining the event will be Whitaker Askew, the AGA’s head of government affairs, and a bipartisan trio of political experts who understand gaming and have worked on gaming issues in Washington. They will share their insights into how Trump pulled off the victory, the current political landscape in Washington and how it all projects to impact casinos and gaming.
Askew explained that the goal of the event is to help people better understand the nexus between Tuesday’s election results and the policy and regulatory issues that are important to gaming.
“We’ll be trying to better understand what a President Trump administration looks like from a regulatory standpoint,” he said, adding that issues like IRS slot reporting requirements, labor regulations and Department of the Interior decisions to take land into trust could be impacted.
“A pretty decent assumption is that with a Republican-controlled Congress and Donald Trump in the White House, a more restrained governance approach in the regulatory agencies is likely.”
Askew added that he will also discuss the AGA’s Congressional Champion Development efforts to build support for gaming with newer members.
“There are a lot of new members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who got elected Tuesday, and that creates opportunity for the AGA and for the gaming industry to educate and to help them understand the economic and community values that we’re driving in a lot of their jurisdictions.”
Joining Askew will be Kirk Blalock, a Republican lobbyist and head of Washington-based Fierce Government Affairs who spoke on an election-themed panel discussion at G2E in September. He has experience working in a Republican presidential administration and in the House Republican leadership ranks.
Also on the program is Shanti Stanton, a former House of Representatives staffer now with Subject Matter – a Washington lobbying firm. She has a similar high-level background to Blalock except on the Democratic side.
Aurene Martin of Spirit Rock Consulting will also participate. She is one of the most knowledgeable and respected tribal lobbyists in the country and has served as a political appointee in the Department of the Interior, as counsel to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and as an official with the National Indian Gaming Commission.
The event, which is part of the Innovation Group’s Emerging Leaders of Gaming series, is slated to commence on Thursday, November 17 at 2:00pm Eastern time.