Thurbert Baker begins hard sell of bingo-for-education

Attorney General Thurbert Baker, the Democratic candidate for governor, today launched his third TV spot in four days – and began the hard sell of his bingo-for-education idea:

The pace of Baker’s entry into a TV-oriented campaign appears aimed at tamping the poll numbers of former Gov. Roy Barnes back down into runoff territory – below 50 percent.

The script, featuring Baker in a classroom:

“The future of Georgia will be determined right here. To compete in a new global economy, these kids need more time in school, because there’s a lot more to learn.

“So we’ll make kindergarten mandatory, expand after-school activities, bring our school days to the average of the industrialized world – and we’ll pay for it by adding bingo to Georgia’s lottery.

“Georgia’s kids can beat anybody in the world, if we just give them the education it takes to win.”

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18 comments Add your comment


June 23rd, 2010
1:27 pm

Public education in Georgia is serious problem. Republicans will tell you that you that you can’t solve the problem by throwing money at it. Fair enough, but that does not mean that NOT spending money is a solution.

We desperately need a grown-up approach to this problem. The republican desire to “take my ball and go home” doesn’t cut it, and the bingo proposal sounds a lot like “Hey kids, lets have a carwash.”


June 23rd, 2010
1:56 pm

Baker has been purchased by big gambling trying to get inroads into GA. A few years ago we went down the vidieo poker route and found out how corrupting that was. Alan Powell, Democrat from Hartwell is still called Video Poker Powell in some circles as he tried to legalize the games that his wife owned for him. Video bingo is not the proposal of a serious politician who is really intersted in education.

Simon Jester

June 23rd, 2010
1:58 pm

The problem is government being in the education business in the first place. They have shown their incompetence at virtually everything they try their hand at, yet people are foolish enough to turn over the education of their children to government schools.

No Teabagging

June 23rd, 2010
2:48 pm

Bingo for Jails. In Georgia, we plan future prison budgets for more jail cells based on the number of graduates that leave high school with a third grade reading level and go into crime. We could put this money into eduction, but then we would have to live with exposing out poor standardized test scores, would we?


June 23rd, 2010
3:23 pm

Simon Jester BINGO.The public school system in a complete joke.Your tax dollars have been wasted.I say rescend the lottery and the hope scholarship so that our children can be judged on their own merrit in a private school.


June 23rd, 2010
3:24 pm

Good teachers need somewhere to show their tallant and the bad ones need to work at burger king.

Public School Losers

June 23rd, 2010
4:51 pm

You are gambling your kids future if you send them to public school so why not add bingo? That way the administrative staff and non-teaching personnel can get the raises they deserve. How about you offer tax breaks for the people smart enough to send their kids to private school? And please cut the crap about not being able to afford private school. I am barely above the poverty level but my kid goes to one. Notice I said “kid” and not my 6 kids I had and can’t afford.

And Bingo was his Name-O

June 23rd, 2010
5:23 pm

Bingo? You bet.

As Governor, I’d go one better. Lets legalize gambling and teach our kids some real math skills. Blackjack dealers can make a lot more money college-educated teachers anyhoo.

Roll them bones.


June 23rd, 2010
5:27 pm

My taxes at the the same residence in Gwinnett County has gone up approx. $1000 in the past 14 years, with the majority of that increase to the schools; I presently donate $1800 a year to you WHINERS, I mean schools. I have played at LEAST $12 a week on Mega Millions (Big Ball) for the same 14 years.

My spouse and I do not have children……and I am soooo sick of hearing all of you clowns WHINE about educating your children and where the money is coming from……if you can’t pay for them, don’t have them……I shouldn’t have to supplement you…..a form of welfare, if you will!

If everyone were educated, who is going work in the super market, drug store, shoe store, Wally World, drive trucks, buses and trains, WHO?

Stop your whining already, I am sick of hearing you!



June 23rd, 2010
5:33 pm

RIGHT, legalize gambling…..why not all just move to Detroit…..the place went from bad to worse!

Pork Chop

June 23rd, 2010
6:09 pm

It seems that every year I hear more whining about the need for MORE money for public education. It is usually the teachers and school administrators who whine. My taxes go up, up and up and the quality of the product from the government schools gets no better. People involved in the education process want to blame the parents. Fine! Let’s just evaluate the product we get for our money on the basis of high school graduates and not concern ourselves, for the purpose of this argument, with the high drop-out rate. Where does Georgia rank nationally in the education of our high school graduates? Is it 48th, 49th or 50th? If the taxpayer went to a store and bought this product, they would be in the line to return it the next day! Most of these teachers groups are self-serving, and are much more concerned about the wages and welfare of teachers than they are the students. If you are a teacher and are not satisfied with what you are earning – no problem! Go out in the real world and sell your services to a private concern, if you can . . .


June 23rd, 2010
6:29 pm

Response to MD:

Are you poking fun at people who work at Burger King? Shame on you for not respecting people who are willing to work an honest job. Although I am a business owner who has 50 employees, each one is equally important to me regards of their position.As a young teenager, I worked at BK and gained great skills.Just remember you never know when your world might come tumbling down and you might be happy to work at Burger King. Have it your way!

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Gambling Dumba$$es

June 24th, 2010
12:01 pm

All you fools that want more gambling in the state are proof that the Georgia school system has produced ignorant graduates. I am around gamblers all the time and it isn’t pretty. Have seen many men and women gamble
away fortunes as well as many poor ones that have gambled away this months rent. We don’t need more
gambling as the pie for that suckers game is already cut and all the states that do have it are all seeing that it
has not solved any problems it has only created more problems.

Wounded Warrior

June 25th, 2010
12:43 am

BINGO BAKER has benn an awesome laugh, like Ox and his hunting w/o lisence.


June 26th, 2010
5:52 pm

Just the mere suggestion of bingo gaming by Baker proves you can’t fix stupid. It amazes me that we elect these people to public office.


July 3rd, 2010
12:45 pm

Bingo Baker is bought and paid for.

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July 6th, 2010
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