June 4, 2007

A New Level of Horse Manure (Ohio on the Verge of Racetrack Gambling After Voter Rejection)

Filed under: Business Moves,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:01 am

From a Toledo Blade editorial last Tuesday, about the Ohio Senate’s approval of “instant racing terminals” at the state’s horse race tracks:

Opponents who worked hard to defeat the Issue 3 slot proposal last year feel betrayed by legislators and rightly so.

The ballot measure failed miserably, going down 56.6-43.4 (the Secretary of State’s link is here). Jill at Writes Like She Talks had 57 reasons (56 of them are categorized here; BizzyBlog index is here) why it deserved to go down in flames. I recall very little support for the measure on left or right blogs; what little existed was mostly libertarian-streak “gambling should be legal, period” stuff that didn’t look at the initiative’s extraordinarily weak details.

RAB is correct that the campaign contributions situation with Attorney General Marc Dann and the gaming gambling industry over these machines, whose implementation and installation appear to be imminent, looks more than a little like the same “pay to play” fertilizer present during the Taft Administration.

Betrayal? I’ll say. If it ever gets to his desk, Governor Strickland should veto it. Given how his Attorney General waved it through, a veto doesn’t seem likely.



  1. Tom – thanks. I know I haven’t written about this yet, but I do have the subject flagged. As an instigator of debate, however, I have to say that the disregard for the public’s opposition to gambling here in Ohio reminds me a bit of the Bush administrations disregard for the public’s opposition to a continued presence, as it currently stands, in Iraq. I know – this is debatable and for sure there’s room to say not analogous. But, like I said – certainly worthy of a debate. Though probably not at this very moment. :)

    Comment by Jill — June 4, 2007 @ 7:09 am

  2. #1, not quite analogous to say the least. There was an election in 2004, and he won. Governing by polls (that are almost always of voters and non-voters) guarantees that very little gets done …. see White House, 1993-2000.

    Comment by TBlumer — June 4, 2007 @ 10:11 am

  3. I’m so happy to see The Senates common sence approach to sensible legislation shine through with SB 125. Even though the people voted down Issue 3, The Senates decision on SB 125 shows to me the states cut wasn’t enough on Issue 3, not because they didn’t want slots at tracks ! When The House of Reps pass the Instant Racing Bill, it will be just a matter of time before the tracks get real slot machines. Ohio simply can’t afford to keep allowing 100′s of millions of gambling dollars to goto other boardering states and all for what ? Because it tears at the moral fiber of socity ? Give me a break !!!

    Comment by lebnor — June 4, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

  4. #3, Given the Nov. rejection of Issue 3, the new law should be on the ballot so the merits can be discussed.

    Comment by TBlumer — June 4, 2007 @ 4:27 pm

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