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Debate: Beach to Vote No, Rogers Yes on Casino Gambling

The state Senate District 21 candidates have opposing views on the Republican Primary ballot question on casino gambling in Georgia.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of several stories from the state Senate District 21 candidates' debate sponsored by the North Fulton & Friends Tea Party, and held at the Crooked Creek HOA Clubhouse on July 10. Each will be accompanied by video with more complete remarks by the two men.

Candidates for state Senate District 21 are on opposite sides of the casino gambling question being posed on the Republican Primary ballot.

Brandon Beach said he will vote "No" to casino gambling, while Chip Rogers plans to vote "Yes."

Ballot Question: Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?

Rogers said he would not stand in the way of a developer taking advantage of existing Georgia Lottery system to build a video gaming casino in the state.

"If people earn money and they want to spend it in a way that doesn't violate somebody's rights, it's none of my business," he said. "So if somebody wants to come in and make a development, and the free market can continue to support it, let the free market continue to support it."

Beach, on the other hand, opposed video gaming.

"I don't think we need video gambling. I'm not against gambling, but I don't think we need to have that in our state," he said.

If the states does have gambling, Beach said it should be "full" gambling, including blackjack, craps and other games.

"I think that the video gambling preys on the sector of our society that can least afford to be there," he said.

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Me July 12, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Hmmm....would anyone be surprised that Rogers would support ANY type of gambling? Read the investigation (conducted, with strong substantiation, by an Emory journalism student) into Rogers's past career as "Will Rogers," a television sports handicapper from the early 1990s through 2000. (So to those folks who want to play that off as youthful indiscretion, for how many years and to what age does "youthful indiscretion" apply, really?) http://www.atlantaunfiltered.com/2012/05/25/playing-the-odds-the-rise-of-sen-chip-rogers/ (This article also details how Rogers tried to dump responsibility for a bad business deal, with foreclosure on the hotel by a small bank that then failed.) We DO NOT want our names associated with this man, North Fulton! Several of my friends who live in Cherokee say they are embarrassed to admit they live in his district now. Let's avoid the same!)
Just Nasty and Mean July 12, 2012 at 03:40 PM
"Me", it is clear you are bent on personal attacks, instead of focusing on the issues facing the state. As far as gambling, what is the problem with the free market deciding this, and if the state gains from it (like the lottery), who is harmed? Why do you feel it is important to jam your values down other people's throats. If you don;t like gambling--don't gamble! In the meantime--stick to the issues and stop with the low-ball slime tactics.
Me July 13, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Just Nasty: Expecting a reasonable degree of personal responsibility (NOT expecting taxpayers to bail one out of poor business decisions or at least acknowledging one's part in such bailouts) and veracity (denying various associations and claims which have been substantiated by others) ARE issues in my mind. Don't believe I commented on my stance on gambling and you certainly don't have the right to tell me what it is. The ISSUE is how closely he skated to ILLEGAL gambling in his associations as "Will Rogers." Low-ball slime tactics: see Rogers and Cherokee BOE, Rogers, Fulton BOE and FSAMS.

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