Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Republican State Committee Poll Shows Overwhelming Opposition to GOP Participation in Gambling Compromise

West Virginians for a Republican Majority has a good post on a recent poll of the Republican state committee showing, unsurprisingly, that grassroots Republicans absolutely oppose any expansion of gambling in West Virginia, even if proposed as part of a deal curtailing the mini-casinos that have spread throughout this state like kudzu.

During the regular legislative session earlier this year, a table games bill passed the Senate 19-14, with 5 Republicans voting in favor. A switch of 3 votes would guarantee the defeat of any such bill in the future unless Democrat Walt Helmick (who voted for the bill in committee and against it on the floor) switches his vote and thereby signs his political death warrant. As I wrote earlier, two of the Republican senators deserve a pass since their districts include tracks but we must give no tolerance to the three Republicans whose districts include no tracks.