The decision of whether to welcome a multibillion-dollar gaming industry into the heart of the Bible Belt hinges on a moral dilemma
Using HOPE’s instability as justification, casino advocates last year resurrected efforts to change gambling laws. MGM Resorts International hired an army of 16 lobbyists to drum up support, emphasizing that Georgians already spend an estimated $346 million each year rolling the dice in nearby states.
The Smyrna Democrat eyes changes to Georgia’s gambling-funded tuition program as casino proponents woo state lawmakers.
In a recent interview, Rep. Evans chatted with us about how she would like to see the scholarship program retooled, the potential role of casinos in shoring up the state’s academic scholarship program, and why the state would benefit from providing some students with needs-based aid.
May the odds be ever in your favor
There is a little old lady living in the bushes along the on-ramp by my house. I might have imagined her, but I doubt it. The last time I hallucinated, I was seventeen and driving south on the freeway that runs along the California coast. Suddenly I saw wild animals—giraffes, warthogs, and whatnot—running alongside my car, and keeping good pace, too.
Controversial bill will raise money for Georgia Lottery and maybe its most ardent backer
The term “adult redemption game” may sound evocative, perhaps even near-poetic—until you realize the words are vending-industry jargon for a videogame that allows high-scorers to win merchandise vouchers or lottery tickets while perched on a stool in the back of a truck stop or convenience store.
Bad luck can be your best friend
I would be a great gambler if not for the fact that I love losing too much, and when you find something you do well, something you love—which are two things that don’t necessarily go hand in hand—all I can say is, you have to listen to the universe.