If the Republican Secretary of State hopefuls defeat John Barrow, there will be no heavyweight title fights in Georgia. One of the may facets of the SoS office, and unfortunately the most forgotten one, is that s/he is the boxing commissioner for the state of Georgia. Georgian boxing aficionados were intrigued by the Chris Christie
This week’s Courier Herald column: A couple of weeks ago, while the Georgia political world was mostly focused on political primaries, a United States Supreme Court ruling revived the somewhat dormant debate about casino gaming in Georgia. In a 6-3 decision, the court struck down a federal law that had prohibited most states from authorizing
All that talk about bills dying that didn’t make it to crossover day? That’s the 101 level course of Gold Dome politics. The Masters level courses are all about the final days of the session. Legislators see long hours and a blitzkrieg of bills, amendments, committee meetings, and this year, a state funeral. There’s a
Friday is Crossover Day. For those playing at home, that’s the last day for a bill that originates in the House or Senate to be passed out of that chamber and passed to the other chamber in time for consideration (and passage) before Sine Die. It was generally assumed that casinos in Georgia was dead
The AJC’s Aaron Sheinin reports that the Senate Bill that would begin the process to legalize casino gaming in Georgia will be shelved for this year. Senator Brandon Beach conceded he doesn’t have the votes to move the legislation through the Senate Regulated Industries Committee before the looming “crossover day”. Our long time readers will
Two weeks ago I wrote a column debunking the thought that we don’t have significant legalized wagering going on already in Georgia. We do, and it’s available at every corner store, fully backed by the Georgia constitution, and sanctioned and governed by the Georgia Lottery Corporation. We’re more than a little pregnant on the issue.
At first glance, Georgia seems like a pretty hard-core Republican state. It hasn’t voted for a Democrat in a presidential contest since 1992, (and 1980 before then.) Every statewide office is held by a Republican. 10 of our 14 congressional districts are Republican, and eight of them have a partisan rating of R+14 or higher.
I’m actually for casinos coming to Georgia and I believe in the next year or two, we will see some sort of legislation passed to bring casinos to Georgia, but I doubt it will be anything I can support. My problem is how the state will meddle in the industry and the manage the funds…poorly. All
I often say that there are only two categories of predictions in politics -those that turn out to be wrong, and those that turn out to be lucky. I try not to make predictions of any sort, but since the political present is pretty awful, let’s look into the future, and try to see around