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    Default Georgia Legalizing Parimutuel Betting on Horse Racing?

    Saw this on the news last night... John Monds is running for Governor in Georgia and is talking about legalizing parimutuel betting in Georgia which would expand the horse racing industry in Georgia. Anyone have any thoughts about whether that would be good or bad for Georgia?

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    It will pass right after they legalize selling alcohol on Sundays...
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    lol- dmk is probably right.

    our state could SURE use the money it would generate but Bible belt law still reigns supreme here
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    You're probably right. John also supports Sunday alcohol sales though. I've heard that currently no bill has been passed for Sunday sales because Perdue said he'd veto it if it came across his desk. (No point in passing it if the Gov won't sign it, right?) Wonder if he could get both of those through...



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    I hear ya DMK, *but* the state is SO badly in the hole financially that IMO there's more than a whisper of a possibility that it might get done.

    As for me, I'm most definitely in favor of it.
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    yup, that whisper was a dull roar when the booze bill went down in flames ... again... this spring. It's an annual rite of spring for Jawjuh.

    I mean Mah Lawd, if we were to pahtake of spirits on Sunday and gamble on horses every other day, why we would be just like *gasp* Florida... only without the tourist revenue and with the state income tax. Mercy me, heavens to betsy, that cannot happen!
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    And what are the odds of the Libertarian candidate beating D!ckhead Deal? GA dug its grave long ago, now we're just looking for a banana peel.
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    As an aside - South Carolina has never legalized pari-mutual wagering, yet has a far more vibrant horse racing connection then most states. Stating the obvious but there are flat track races in Aiken, plus all the steeplechasing and even the Steeplechase Hall of Fame being there too. So if they (SC) still won't agree to wagering I cannot see Georgia agreeing to it anytime soon.



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    Quote Originally Posted by kinnip View Post
    And what are the odds of the Libertarian candidate beating D!ckhead Deal? GA dug its grave long ago, now we're just looking for a banana peel.
    Oh, they're zero - not that I necessarily think UnReal Deal is going to win either... He IS a criminal after all... but the issue was heating up *before* the economy tanked and well before the Libertarian guy announced his candidacy. It may be ripe for a revisit, regardless of who gets elected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by War Admiral View Post
    Oh, they're zero - not that I necessarily think UnReal Deal is going to win either... He IS a criminal after all... but the issue was heating up *before* the economy tanked and well before the Libertarian guy announced his candidacy. It may be ripe for a revisit, regardless of who gets elected.
    You do know the Libertarian announced in the spring of 2009, right? :-)

    I wouldn't say they're zero. They're not real good, but Georgia is a runoff state with a requirement that the candidate get 50% +1 vote to win. I've talked to a lot of people who are voting for Monds first and then if he doesn't make the runoff they'll decide which of the two evils to vote for.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DMK View Post
    yup, that whisper was a dull roar when the booze bill went down in flames ... again... this spring. It's an annual rite of spring for Jawjuh.

    I mean Mah Lawd, if we were to pahtake of spirits on Sunday and gamble on horses every other day, why we would be just like *gasp* Florida... only without the tourist revenue and with the state income tax. Mercy me, heavens to betsy, that cannot happen!
    ok, this made me laugh----so true!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glimmerglass View Post
    As an aside - South Carolina has never legalized pari-mutual wagering, yet has a far more vibrant horse racing connection then most states. Stating the obvious but there are flat track races in Aiken, plus all the steeplechasing and even the Steeplechase Hall of Fame being there too.
    I quite agree.

    Mind you, when I was growing up, one couldn't buy a mop or baby diapers at the grocery store on Sunday. The times they are a changin' - but it'd be nice if the winds of change could pick up a bit of speed.



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    Atlanta, Georgia (Lakewood Park) held Grand Circuit harness racing from 1916 thru 1928.

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    Hmmm. Sounds familiar. I live in Alabama, the state who won't allow electronic bingo, cause it's gambling...but greyhound racing and betting are ok...and the Guvna is preaching hellfire and brimstone while standing on the big pile of money he got from the Mississippi casinos and the Injuns.
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    Who would put total faith in every word of ANY human being running for office?
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    Hawkinsville has harness racing too.

    I'd hate to see that any track be built if it doesn't do better by the horses then the Birmingham track did. The last time I went I think there was 3 breakdowns in different races.



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    Hawkinsville is primarily a winter-training center.

    It's long been a custom of the winter training centers (the many previously in Florida, Aiken and Pinehurst as well), however they day or two are put on primarily for the locals and I'm pretty sure they are not USTA-sanctioned races. I kinda doubt that a pari-mutuel track would accept the race-lines from Hawkinsville as a bona-fide qualifier for a horse.

    Many tracks accept the qualifiers at Spring Garden Ranch in Florida.



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