The Journal long has opposed video poker in North Carolina, arguing that it preys on the poor and is a particularly addictive form of gambling. But just as the doctor who realizes there is no known cure for a disease, we suggest a control therapy.
Once legalized, gaming should be taxed heavily, but not punitively so. The state should reach an agreement with the industry that will permit it to operate in a controlled and safe manner. Any regulatory body should include representatives of the industry, in a minority role, to assure that the industry feels that it has a stake in the regulation.
You're forgetting some very important factors: the Legislature has proven through its actions that it will exercise its authority over municipalities if they try to exert too much influence over the private sector, especially if it adversely effects some/one of their big campaign donors. And the Internet gambling concerns have thrown a lot of money at them in the last few years, ensuring at least silent support, if not outspoken. Republicans have also shown a proclivity for stacking regulatory boards with industry-friendly members, so they will more than "feel" they have a stake in some future body, they will control it. And they will locate their gambling establishments wherever they please, regardless of where you think they should go.
Both lawmakers called on state Attorney General Roy Cooper to investigate the situation. “Schools have a duty to educate and protect our children, not serve as marching grounds for political protests orchestrated by unions,” Berger and Hunt said in a joint statement Wednesday. “We are deeply disturbed the NCAE is encouraging teachers to turn their backs on their classrooms and leave their students in the care of strangers who may lack formal training and background checks.”
“If the Senate was so concerned about students they wouldn’t have drastically shortchanged our public schools,” Cooper said in a written statement. “I can understand why teachers are beyond frustrated, but I don’t think they should leave the classroom.”
When I read that tripe from Berger and Hunt I almost fell over in my chair. But I will let one of the commenters on this article explain why:
Submitted by Martha Brock on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 12:19pm
AG Cooper urges Governor to veto restrictions on voting
Press Release date: 7/26/2013
'Calls law regressive, likely to face challenges in court'
Raleigh: Attorney General Roy Cooper today urged Governor Pat McCrory to veto legislation enacted by the General Assembly that would restrict North Carolinians’ access to the polls.
“I write to state my strong opposition to the election reforms contained in House Bill 589 and ask that you veto this regressive legislation,” Cooper wrote in a letter to McCrory on Friday. “For years, North Carolina has taken steps that encourage people to vote while maintaining the integrity of the system.”
Submitted by scharrison on Sat, 11/10/2012 - 11:43am
Making me wonder even more about where Paul Newby's shadowy PAC money came from:
The N.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear Attorney General Roy Cooper’s claim that economic pain to customers wasn’t fully considered in Duke Energy Carolinas’ latest rate hike. Cooper is challenging a key factor in utility rates: Called the rate of return on equity, or ROE, it’s the profit margin utilities are allowed to earn on capital investments.
Highlighting another glaring contradiction between the faux-Libertarian John Locke Foundation and their supposed principles. The State guaranteeing profits for one corporation (especially during a recession) is the anti-thesis of a free market. They whine like puppies about the REPS, but don't make a squeak about this or CWIP (Construction Work in Progress), which allows utilities to charge us for power that isn't even being generated yet. Total ideological fail.
That agreement essentially gave North Carolina more than it would have won under Thornburg's ruling. It requires TVA to close at least 18 old coal-fired units at three plants, reducing harmful emissions significantly. It commits TVA to spending from $3 to $5 billion in the cleanup process. It directs TVA to either clean up or close down the four plants closest to North Carolina, and requires TVA to pay $11.2 million to this state over five years for energy efficiency initiatives.
This was also a victory for Tennessee, although it may not be apparent to them right now. Good job, Roy.
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