Your morning jolt: Nathan Deal dismisses talk of lottery-driven casinos

At the tail end of this 10-minute interview with Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM), Gov. Nathan Deal dismissed last week’s talk by some state lawmakers who are entertaining the idea of lottery-fueled casinos to prop up the HOPE scholarship:

”I don’t like the idea of casinos in Georgia. Now, I recognize that we have some long-term problems with funding for the full HOPE program. But I do believe that as the economy begins to turn around, we will see the revenues from our traditional lottery program rise again….

“This is something that the lottery commission will have to make a judgment call about. But I think we have to be very careful we do not put in place something that, for all intents and purposes, appears to be casinos.

Deal acknowledged that the Georgia Lottery Corporation might not need his approval to proceed:

I’m not sure that it would take legislation. That’s a legal question that has been raised. I haven’t received a definitive answer on that yet.

Five Republican members of the House – most, if not all, freshmen – have introduced a resolution demanding that the United States return to a system in which U.S. senators are selected by state legislatures. To save Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss all that fundraising, no doubt. The authors of H.R. 1130 are Kevin Cooke, R-Carrollton; Josh Clark, R-Buford;l Delvis Dutton, R-Glennville; Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville; and Christian Coomer, R-Cartersville.

All of them live in a state that can’t even back away from electing a state school superintendent.

In South Carolina today, frontrunner Mitt Romney accuses his Republican rivals of following “the Obama line” with this ad:

And Newt Gingrich makes fun of Mitt Romney’s French accent:

Courtney Dillard, who made an unsuccessful run for the Rockdale County Commission in 2010, is letting it be known that he’s interested in challenging U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson in the July primary. He’s formed an exploratory committee.

The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Gov. Nathan Deal’s promise to implement zero-based budgeting.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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12 comments Add your comment


January 13th, 2012
9:04 am

I could see why Georgia state legislators would love to have the power to elect our Senators. It would be a cash cow for them. All that campaign money would be theirs. Chip Rogers and David Ralston would be in heaven.

Look before I leap...

January 13th, 2012
9:17 am

Ya gotta wonder if these guys would be that enthusiastic if the Dems had control of the state legislature?

Always Skeptical

January 13th, 2012
9:20 am

Hmmmm…..change the rules to allow corrupt politicians to “select” our senators from among their own ranks, or kick these five dbags out of office during the next general election……The choice is easy….


January 13th, 2012
9:43 am

Appointed Senators of a state just goes back to the original intent of the constitution. Senators were suppose to protect the states and House of Representatives were to voice of the people.

Jimmy the Cricket

January 13th, 2012
9:54 am

Where’s TD, Centrist, and all the other Bulletheaded Rethugs when the Redneck Georgia has 5 Teapulicans talking about being given special rights to appoint senators? Georgia is still a part of the U.S. and cannot take a different path to the U.S. Senate when the other 49 states allow for elections. What a dumba$$ state…


January 13th, 2012
10:09 am

“Appointed Senators of a state just goes back to the original intent of the constitution. Senators were suppose to protect the states and House of Representatives were to voice of the people.”

And yet I see no reference to changing the House back to the original intent. We are a far cry from 1 Representative for every 100,000 citizens, making the House a far cry from being the voice of the people.

View From Midtown

January 13th, 2012
10:16 am

It’s amazing how Republicans continue to try to take away the right to vote. Why don’t they believe in democracy? Who keeps electing these anti-American radicals?

Danny O

January 13th, 2012
11:25 am

The state legislature elects the Board of Transportation. (The folks that oversee the DOT, sort of.) That’s been a roaring success.


January 13th, 2012
11:37 am

Jimmy the Cricket posted “Where’s TD, Centrist”

td responded correctly, although I don’t support such a change. Mostly observing these blogs today instead of commenting – little interest in these topics. Just waiting for Romney to knock out “nuclear Newt”.

Chuck Shiflett

January 13th, 2012
2:33 pm

Guys, the Constitution as adopted gave each state leguslature the right to select that state’s 2 senators and we operated that way until the early 1900’s, when the Constitution was changed. There was a sound principal behind the way the Founders set it up. The House of Representatives was the people’s house. This gave the common man a vouice. The U.S. Senate represented the interests of the state governments. We wouldn’t be having this battle over the 10th amendment and an overreaching federal government if the states still selected their senators.

Chuck Shiflett

January 13th, 2012
2:35 pm

And “View From Midtown”, please study your history. The United States is not a Democracy – it is a Republic. HUGE difference.

Gambling is for losers

January 13th, 2012
10:19 pm

Glad to hear that Deal gets it. For every ignorant idiot that thinks casinos are postive for our state budget please do tell me
why Nevada, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Mississippi and all the other states that have casino gambling are all states that are all having MAJOR budget issues and are hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.