Sunday, July 24, 2011

Want To Have Some Ballot Fun?

The Virginia Beach Hotel/Motel Association (VBHMA) has endorsed video poker for the Resort Area. It would take an act of the General Assembly to allow legal gambling. Some in our delegation have even suggested putting the issue to referendum to gauge community support.

That inspired my diabolical idea: we hold a binding referendum on video poker on the November, 2013 ballot. That's the ballot that will have the statewide offices (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General)), and all 100 House of Delegates seats. Legalizing gambling will have social conservatives flocking to the polls to kill it, ensuring Republican wins. Any Democratic House challenges would be doomed.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Only in the Bible Belt...

Take the #94 to Play in the Wind.. Red Wind Casino

You seem to be a bus rider. Go ride Intercity Transit Route 94 and see casinot done right.

Oh wait, this IS the Bible Belt

Anonymous said...

There are loads of liberals who would flock to polls to kill video gambling.

Wally Erb said...

Just as a matter of dialog, the success or failure of expanding the gambling venues already available in the Commonwealth is how it is framed.
If the proceeds from this endeavor results in something beneficial (i.e. lower taxes, transportation, education, and so forth) then it may be palatable.
As for fundamentalists, their percentage numbers are demographically on the decline and without a coordinating political action organization.
The strength of pro-gambling lobbyists, if they appear, will prevail rather than political party affiliation.