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