And they seem to be holding all the cards:
Once again, the gaming industry is holding three aces, while the lawmakers who tried to prevent our state from being overrun with video gambling establishments has been dealt a bum hand. Two Court of Appeals judges and the gaming industry say the law is a violation of free speech.
This is turning into a bad joke. After blatantly violating state law designed to protect citizens, and then using the proceeds from said criminal behavior to buy off lawmakers like Thom Tillis, the gaming industry is turning our legal system into an embarassment.
The gaming industry already has ever-so-generously offered to draft the regulations and enforce them. Its lobbyists should not be permitted to write the rules, and if the industry must be represented on a regulator board, its representatives should under no circumstances be allowed to comprise a majority of members. If the industry wants regulation and taxation, so be it – regulations backed by North Carolina residents, not the people who stand to gain the most from other people's gambling habits.
Sorry, but we're living in a free-market nightmare right now. The money flows from the pockets of the poor right into the campaign coffers of elected officials, via out-of-state gambling concerns. And they're not likely to cut off that flow anytime soon.