Professor I Nelson Rose has made his latest radio appearance where he described the DOJ’s Wire Act U-turn in Layman’s terms. Rose portrayed the gambling industry as simply another tranche of the vast metropolis of different types of entertainment available to citizens in the US today. There was little new in Rose’s appearance on 89.3KPCC’s AirTalk program as the venerable Prof spoke about all things gaming in an informative 20-minute slot. He did opine that Utah and Alabama might be among those not seeking online gaming while most other states will jump at the chance. The host got what he was looking for with Rose’s last word when he estimated all gambling was worth well over $1trillion. We’d like to report he did in a voice ala Dr Evil from Austin Powers but alas this wasn’t the case.
While this was going down in California, the home of Colonel Sanders was edging closer to gambling industry expansion. As Kentucky’s General Assembly convened for 2012 legislators will have been buoyed by the words of House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg), who said: “If the House has buy-in with the initial language, then I think if the House gets comfortable with it, it might be it could pass fairly easy.”
Gambling supporters, headed by Governor Steve Beshear and Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) want an amendment on the ballot for November 2012, and the latter admitted that simplicity could be key.
“I think the governor prefers a simply worded question,” Thayer said. “I’m concerned about the number of locations. I don’t want to see a proliferation of casinos. I’m not a big casino proponent, but I believe this issue’s been around since 1994, and we should put it on the ballot once and for all.”