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Georgia Gaming

8/13/2016

article Why a HOPE report could relaunch the debate over casinos in Georgia
(Georgia) -- A new and much-covered analysis released this week asserts that Georgia’s popular HOPE scholarship could run short of cash when today’s pre-K...

7/21/2016

article Lottery breaks record: Is more gaming on the way?
(Georgia) -- When Georgia sold its first lottery ticket to then Gov. Zell Miller on June 29, 1993, there were many predictions — some good, some bad and some dire...

6/14/2016

article Would Georgia win big with casinos? Neutral study suggests it wouldn’t
(Georgia) -- You know what they say: The house always wins. It even sets the numbers to its liking before it has permission to open its doors. Casino operators will be...

6/11/2016

article Casinos right about their rosy scenario for Georgia? I’ll take that bet
(Georgia) -- You know what they say: The house always wins. It even sets the numbers to its liking before it has permission to open its doors. Casino operators will be...

6/6/2016

article Downtown Atlanta group’s study casts doubt on gambling
(Georgia) -- A study paid for by downtown Atlanta’s top booster group throws some cold water on rosy projections of the economic impact of legalizing casinos in...

4/1/2016

article Racing coming to Arnco? You can bet on it.
(Georgia) -- Property developers are currently eying the unused Arnco baseball field as a possible mixed purpose facility. The field, which has remained unused over the...
article Georgia Supreme Court rules for convenience stores, gambling
(Georgia) -- The house wins yet again, this time in a legal fight over video gambling terminals. Under a state Supreme Court ruling, the City of Clarkston will no longer...

3/5/2016

article Casino supporters look to next legislative session
(Georgia) -- The battle to bring casino gambling to Georgia hit a major roadblock last week in the House of Representatives, but even those opposed to the idea expect...

3/2/2016

article Atlanta Casinos: Panelists Will Still Ponder Possibilities
(Georgia) -- Legislation that could have allowed voters to decide whether Atlanta gets casinos has died an untimely Crossover Day death. Earlier this week, Georgia House...
article Bill allowing casino gambling in Georgia fails
(Georgia) -- The bill that would have allowed casino gambling in Georgia didn’t even make it to the House floor, essentially killing the bill for this session.

3/1/2016

article Georgia House speaker kills casino gambling measures
(Georgia) -- A bid to legalize casino gambling in Georgia is dead for this year. Georgia House Speaker David Ralston late Monday afternoon removed from the Crossover Day...
article Lack of crossover 'effectively kills' HOPE-funding casino bill in Georgia House
(Georgia) -- A bill pushing to expand gambling in Georgia in an attempt to increase funding for the HOPE Scholarship Program failed to cross from the Georgia House of...

2/29/2016

article Casino proposals won't get vote
(Georgia) -- Proposals to bring casino gambling to Georgia won’t receive a House vote Monday, effectively killing the effort for the 2016 session. House Speaker...
article Georgia gambling measures stall for the 2016 session
(Georgia) -- Efforts to legalize casinos in Georgia have likely failed this year since the state House speaker postponed a vote on the issue Monday, a key deadline for...
article Speaker Ralston postpones casino vote; issue likely dead this year
(Georgia) -- Supporters of casinos in the state will have to wait another year. Georgia’s House Speaker announced Monday that legislation to legalize them would...

2/28/2016

article Georgia House Committee Backs Casino Gambling Proposals
(Georgia) -- A state House committee approved a set of measures Thursday that would seek to bring casino gambling to Georgia. The bill and accompanying constitutional...
article Monday is crossover day at legislature
(Georgia) -- The 2016 Georgia General Assembly session is moving full-steam ahead, and Monday is the second-most important day of the session.

2/27/2016

article Casino proceeds eyed for health care, tax relief
(Georgia) -- If casino gambling comes to Georgia, the state's winnings may benefit more than just education. Revenue from casino taxes and fees would be funneled to...
article Rural stresses trouble lawmakers
(Georgia) -- Georgia's annual legislative session began in January with a spotlight on rural Georgia, as some of the state's top politicians lamented the...

2/26/2016

article Casinos could get House vote on Monday
(Georgia) -- House Speaker David Ralston said Friday that he wants lawmakers to go home this weekend, go to church, talk to their constituents and come back Monday...
article Georgia House delays vote on casino gambling proposal
(Georgia) -- House Speaker David Ralston has postponed a vote on a set of measures that could bring casino gambling to Georgia. House leadership added the bill Friday...

2/25/2016

article Casino gambling clears Georgia House committee
(Georgia) -- A proposed statewide referendum on legalizing casino gambling in Georgia cleared a key hurdle Thursday. A committee in the state House of Representatives...
article Georgia House panel backs casino gambling
(Georgia) -- Georgia could see up to four casino resorts under legislation approved Thursday by a state House committee. The Regulated Industries Committee...
article Georgia House panel backs casino measures
(Georgia) -- A state House committee approved a set of measures Thursday that seek to bring casino gambling to Georgia. The bill and accompanying constitutional...
article Lawmaker: Casinos could save HOPE Scholarship
(Georgia) -- The state would only issue four licenses--two in metro Atlanta and two more in the rest of the state. Supporters of the legislation said it would generate...
article Senate backs penalties for tampering with Georgia’s gambling machines
(Georgia) -- The slot-like gambling machines that populate gas stations and laundromats across Georgia only recently came under state control and on Thursday the Georgia...

2/20/2016

article Downtown civic group of Atlanta to research impact of legalizing the gaming industry
(Georgia) -- Georgia is one of the least friendly gambling states in the America, but legislators have been discussing the possibility of legalizing gambling in Atlanta...

2/17/2016

article Atlanta downtown booster group to study effects of casino gaming
(Georgia) -- As casino interests pour money into Georgia lawmakers’ war chests in hopes of bringing gaming to Georgia, a downtown booster organization is moving...

2/13/2016

article Gambling interests ante up in big way at Georgia Capitol
(Georgia) -- Casino interests have placed big bets on top lawmakers over the past few months in hopes of getting legislation passed to expand gambling in Georgia. Casino...

2/9/2016

article Cagle: Georgia casinos will likely have to wait
(Georgia) -- Casino gambling is not likely to get out of the legislature this year, according to Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. That prediction came during an exclusive...

2/7/2016

article Georgia casino proponents hope gambling bill will gain momentum
(Georgia) -- The legislative session will end in the state of Georgia by March and proponents of casino gambling for the state are hoping a casino gambling bill already...

2/4/2016

article Georgia casino bill waits for its legislative moment
(Georgia) -- Backers of a casino gambling bill say they are hoping to get some momentum at the Capitol as early as next week to pass the bill before the legislative...
article Georgia Still Considering Casino Bill
(Georgia) -- Could this be the year for Georgia to approve Las Vegas-style casino-resorts? A bill that would allow for voters to decide in November is still on the table...

2/3/2016

article KIDD: Legislative news and notes from Rep. Kidd
(Georgia) -- The 2016 Legislative session is now 13 days old with only 27 days to go. Major issues to date are: Horse Racing – SR 135 and SB 264 passed the Senate...

1/28/2016

article Four Georgia bills every student should know [3rd item]
(Georgia) -- In May 2015, Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) introduced HB 677 in the state House of Representatives that would use casino gambling to increase funding for...

1/25/2016

article Horse racing bill draws fire in Georgia Senate
(Georgia) -- Legislation to legalize pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in Georgia got a skeptical reception Monday during a state Senate hearing. Several members of...
article Horse track backers in Georgia make case at Capitol
(Georgia) -- Backers of horse racing made an appearance at the Capitol Monday to call on the legislature to legalize pari-mutuel betting. They came with a sales pitch...

1/22/2016

article New (but slightly old) poll shows GOP angst over casino gambling
(Georgia) -- A little ol’ poll on casino gambling could have a big impact the debate within the state Legislature. The data isn’t quite as fresh as you might...
article Horse racing enthusiasts back new track in Ga.
(Georgia) -- The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition does not identify a site for the 250-acre mixed-use development which would surround a track with residential and...

1/21/2016

article Locals weigh in on bringing casinos to Georgia
(Georgia) -- Various members of the Georgia State Legislature say they plan to introduce a bill in this year’s session for a Constitutional amendment to allow...

1/19/2016

article OP/ED: Methodists opposing casino plan
(Georgia) -- We, pastors of the United Methodist churches of Macon County, write in opposition to the proposal to have a casino placed in the Decatur Conference Center...

1/18/2016

article Horseracing supporters announce Atlanta track plans
(Georgia) -- A group of horseracing supporters announced Monday plans for a residential and commercial development centered on a track likely to be built in metro...

1/16/2016

article Casino supporters in Georgia bet on two-year plan
(Georgia) -- Gambling was on the minds of nearly everyone this past week, and it wasn’t just about the $1.6 billion Powerball drawing. As legislators began the new...
article Massive new multi-use horse racing track proposed for Georgia
(Georgia) -- A ground-breaking mixed-use racetrack could be built in the US state of Georgia within the next couple of years, if voters agree to allow racing in the...

1/14/2016

article Gambling on HOPE: Lawmakers propose legalizing casinos, horse racing to fund scholarship
(Georgia) -- The school year begins, and students line the halls of the Zell B. Miller Learning Center, walking to class or just burning time. Many of these students go...
article GCSU poll: Most Georgians back casinos, concerned about education
(Georgia) -- Georgians are mostly dissatisfied with the state of education here, but think the state's leaders are doing a good job. Most of them support casino...

1/12/2016

article New approach for casino gambling in Georgia
(Georgia) -- A state lawmaker trying to bring casino gambling to Georgia is changing his approach. Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), who introduced the legislation the...
article Senator: ‘Declare every red cent’ spent to legalize casinos in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Willing to shell out big bucks trying to legalize casinos in Georgia? Then be willing to admit just how much money you’ve spent, according to a state...

1/11/2016

article Casino advocates are going to gamble on Georgia voters
(Georgia) -- Casino gaming advocates have decided to push for a statewide voter referendum later this year, essentially abandoning efforts for now to also pass enabling...
article Georgia voters most concerned about gambling and marijuana, poll reveals
(Georgia) -- As state lawmakers return to Gold Dome to begin the 40-day session of 2016, a new newspaper poll reveals that a majority of Georgia voters desire favorable...
article Get your copy of Georgia casino study committee’s final report
(Georgia) -- The special study committee that was ostensibly created to study ways to save the HOPE scholarship and quickly turned into a study committee on legalizing...

1/10/2016

article Cobb lawmakers discuss the big issues of 2016 session
(Georgia) -- Georgia’s Legislature is slated to gavel into session on Monday, but with all state lawmakers up for re-election this year and a presidential primary...
article Religious freedom, education, gambling bills top 2016 agenda
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers return to the Capitol in Atlanta on Monday, kicking off the 2016 legislative session. Here’s a look at some of the top issues...
article Residents, legislators talk issues at town hall meeting
(Georgia) -- A crowd of about 50 people showed up Saturday at a town hall meeting set by legislators to discuss topics including education, gaming and medical marijuana...

1/9/2016

article 3 hottest topics for debate this session, according to Hall County's legislators
(Georgia) -- The following responses from local legislators have been edited for grammar, spelling and to adhere to Associated Press style. They have been cut to meet a...

1/8/2016

article AJC poll: Georgians support casino gambling
(Georgia) -- A strong majority of Georgians support legalizing casino gambling in Georgia, a new poll by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found. The poll of registered...
article Casino gambling, schools on legislators’ minds
(Georgia) -- The 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly is about to begin. With that, The Citizen contacted members of the Fayette County legislative delegation to...
article Georgians back gambling, medical marijuana as General Assembly begins
(Georgia) -- Georgia voters want lawmakers to legalize casino gambling, expand access to medical marijuana and pass a “religious liberty” bill when they...

1/7/2016

article Developers push plan to open casino in Decatur
(Illinois) -- A pair of former gambling industry executives and the owner of a conference center hope to convince Decatur officials to back their plan to open a casino...
article Developers push plan to open casino in Decatur
(Georgia) -- A pair of former gambling industry executives and the owner of a conference center hope to persuade Decatur officials to back their plan to open a casino in...

1/6/2016

article Casino is a good move for Decatur
(Georgia) -- The Decatur City Council should support efforts to bring a gambling casino to the city. While we understand some people have reservations about gambling,...
article Five things to know about the Decatur casino proposal
(Georgia) -- Prospective owners have experience: Joe Uram and Jeff Roberts are two former executives with Argosy Gaming Co. who helped develop and build several casinos...

1/5/2016

article Decatur City Council soon to hear casino proposal
(Georgia) -- Anytime soon the Decatur City Council is set to revise a casino proposal which includes the establishment of a small casino floor at the Decatur Conference...

12/30/2015

article Legislators expect casino gambling to be on the agenda
(Georgia) -- Lately, when the schools need money, some state legislators invariably turn to gambling as the logical revenue source. Representatives Chuck Williams and...

12/26/2015

article Local lawmakers betting against casino legislation [sub req'd]
(Georgia) -- Casino gambling is expected to be an early hot issue when the Georgia General Assembly convenes Jan. 11, but local lawmakers feel the legislation stands...
article The fight for Georgia; Money and power streaming in on both sides of gambling debate
(Georgia) -- The U.S. state of Georgia is gearing up for a fight to decide gambling’s future there. The fight will see titans battle for the hearts, minds, and...

12/22/2015

article Lawmakers Discuss Casino Gambling As HOPE Funding Solution
(Georgia) -- Senators on a study committee will meet one last time Tuesday morning to discuss how to sustain funding for the state's merit-based HOPE scholarship...

12/20/2015

article Casino gambling coming to Georgia?
(Georgia) -- Could legalized gambling be the solution for the struggling Georgia Hope Scholarship? According to Georgia Senator Burt Jones, it just might.

12/16/2015

article The powerful force behind the anti-gambling crusade in Georgia
(Georgia) -- “Don’t leave our children’s future to chance.” That’s the grab line from flyers dispensed by the Faith and Freedom Coalition...

12/15/2015

article Gambling expansion in Georgia, U.S. halted until January 11th
(Georgia) -- With less than one month until the new legislative session, gambling expansion proponents and opponents in Georgia are already working towards defending...
article Special interests load up on lobbyists ahead of legislative session
(Georgia) -- Casinos, fantasy sports, medical marijuana — with less than a month before the start of the 2016 General Assembly session, special interests are...

12/14/2015

article OP/ED: The game hasn't begun, but deck is being shuffled
(Georgia) -- To lawmakers who'd almost rather be waterboarded than be on record voting for any revenue measure with the word "tax" attached to it, the neon...

12/13/2015

article Casino supporters, opponents prepare for lawmakers' review of gambling expansion in Georgia
(Georgia) -- The start of Georgia's legislative session is weeks away, but supporters and opponents of a proposal to allow casinos throughout the state are already...
article Georgia Gambling Legislative Matters Remain in Limbo Until January 11
(Georgia) -- Although there is roughly one month until the start of the legislative session, opponents and proponents of gambling expansion throughout the state of...
article Casino supporters, opponents prepare for 2016 debate
(Georgia) -- The start of Georgia’s legislative session is weeks away, but supporters and opponents of a proposal to allow casinos throughout the state are already...
article Casino supporters, opponents prepare for 2016 debate
(Georgia) -- The start of Georgia’s legislative session is weeks away, but supporters and opponents of a proposal to allow casinos in the state already are...

12/11/2015

article Ga. Lawmakers Consider Casino Tax Rate As Session Nears
(Georgia) -- Casinos will likely pay Georgia more than the 12 percent tax on gross gaming income included in pending legislation (House Bill 677) that would change the...

12/10/2015

article What do lawmakers want to do about legalizing horse racing, casinos?
(Georgia) -- State lawmakers exploring whether to expand gambling in Georgia met for the last time Thursday, but gave no clear indication about whether they would back...

12/4/2015

article Odds on legalized gambling in Georgia seem to grow longer
(Georgia) -- As the next legislative session draws near, Gov. Nathan Deal sounds increasingly sour on the odds of legalizing gambling passing muster. The governor in...

11/25/2015

article Reed: Community outcry scared away casinos and non-gaming developer at Turner Field
(Georgia) -- Come Monday's deadline, three development teams had stepped forward to pitch ideas on how to transform the 67 acres that includes Turner Field and the...
article Reed on Turner Field bidders: Casino groups took serious look
(Georgia) -- A day after news emerged that three groups, including Georgia State University, have submitted bids to acquire all or part of Turner Field, Atlanta Mayor...

11/24/2015

article MGM Resorts, Las Vegas Sands wager on Georgia to lift fortunes
(Georgia) -- MGM Resorts International expects to find out any day whether its investment in 16 lobbyists to push legalized gambling into Georgia might pay off. MGM...

11/17/2015

article Atlanta boosters to study impact of $1 billion casino
(Georgia) -- The possibility of a $1 billion casino in downtown Atlanta has prompted an influential city booster group to pursue a study of how local businesses may be...
article Business group solicits a study of casino gambling in downtown Atlanta
(Georgia) -- We’re still two months from the beginning of the 2016 session of the state Legislature, but the casino issue just heated up a notch. Central Atlanta...

11/16/2015

article Georgia attorney general says decision on daily fantasy sports legality 'pending'
(Georgia) -- Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said his office is investigating whether daily fantasy sports violate state law after New York ordered two of the...

11/12/2015

article OP/ED: Casino gambling in Georgia would prove costly
(Georgia) -- According to the major metro paper, there are ongoing talks between members of Georgia’s General Assembly and representatives of the casino industry.

11/4/2015

article Editorial: More facts needed on casino gambling
(Georgia) -- There are still a lot of questions that must be answered before Georgians can make an informed decision about the need for casino gambling.

11/2/2015

article State lawmakers hear Georgia casino pros, cons in Savannah
(Georgia) -- State legislators met Monday in Savannah to talk gambling. In a nearly seven-hour meeting at Armstrong State University, Georgia House and Senate members of...

10/31/2015

article Gambling hearings head to a coast cautious about Georgia casinos
(Georgia) -- Amid coastal Georgia’s natural beauty and antebellum charm, some people see an opportunity: a new casino, maybe even a racetrack and the lure of...

10/30/2015

article Sheldon Adelson eyeing $2 billion casino for Atlanta
(Georgia) -- One of the Republican Party’s most sought after figures, Sheldon Anderson, appears to be directing some of his energy towards the Peach State and the...

10/26/2015

article Kindt: Casino gambling is a bad bet for Georgia
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers continued with their so-called fact finding hearings on casino gambling on Monday with a hearing in Savannah on the impact legalized...

10/23/2015

article Casinos’ glam image part of the sales pitch
(Georgia) -- If you believed their sometimes racy ads, you’d think all patrons of casinos look like the cast of Quantico. Young, attractive. Expressions ranging...

10/22/2015

article A Sheldon Adelson ally has a message for casino-wary Georgians
(Georgia) -- Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has ambitious plans for Georgia. And they could rival or top the investment that gambling giant MGM envisions for Atlanta. The...
article Nathan Deal on casino plan passing in ’16: ‘Don’t bet on it.’
(Georgia) -- The road to legalizing gambling in Georgia may have just gotten a lot bumpier. Gov. Nathan Deal told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he would urge...

10/20/2015

article Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a powerful GOP donor, bets on Georgia
(Georgia) -- From his shimmering palace on the Las Vegas Strip, billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has become one of the most sought-after figures in the...

10/19/2015

article JONES: Senate committee studying casino gambling
(Georgia) -- In 1992, Georgia voters made their voices heard on one of the defining policy issues of our time by ratifying our constitution to create the Georgia Lottery...

10/16/2015

article Hopes of legalizing gambling and bringing casinos to GA
(Georgia) -- A committee of state senators and representatives are proposing casino gambling to help fund the HOPE Scholarship. HOPE, which has been around since 1993,...

10/12/2015

article FREEMAN: Casinos deliver as economic engines and community partners
(Georgia) -- As the people of Georgia consider casino gaming, there are countless examples in other states of how gaming boosts communities and turns critics into...
article Georgia Governor may support casino bill – for a price
(Georgia) -- According to an exclusive interview, reporters for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) have disclosed that Georgia Governor Nathan Deal might support the...
article OP/ED: Are odds against casino gambling starting to shift?
(Georgia) -- Gov. Nathan Deal has upped the ante -- literally -- on the growing political and economic push for legal gambling in Georgia beyond the existing state...

10/10/2015

article More gambling will prove costly to Georgia
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers claim they are seriously weighing the pros and cons of bringing casino gambling to our state. But based on recent one-sided hearings, it...

10/9/2015

article Governor on casinos in Georgia: ‘Don’t bet on it’
(Georgia) -- Want to wager whether Georgia will legalize casino gambling? Better heed these new odds from Gov. Nathan Deal: “Don’t bet on it.”
article Horse racing crowd offers feed to lawmakers studying gambling, per usual
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers meet in committees over the summer and fall, studying everything from saltwater intrusion and drones to major rewrites of the state tax...

10/3/2015

article Snake eyes! Walker County commissioner looking at gambling option
(Tennessee) -- Bebe Heiskell wants to sit down at the craps table, roll those dice and change Walker County's fortunes. The Walker County commissioner said during...

10/2/2015

article Is legalized pari-mutuel betting on horses in Georgia nearing the starting gate?
(Georgia) -- Legalizing pari-mutuel betting in Georgia, which would allow for a horse-racing track to be built, has floated around the state Capitol like the fabled Lost...

9/30/2015

article Georgia Chamber to declare position on gambling after committee report
(Georgia) -- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce hasn’t formally declared a position on a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize casinos in the state....

9/27/2015

article Galis: Don't bet on casinos to rescue HOPE, pre-K
(Georgia) -- Here we go again. Actually, it’s more like here we go still. The big casino operators have been salivating over Georgia for years, the sugarplums they...

9/24/2015

article A Sheldon Adelson sighting at Georgia’s Capitol as gambling arms race escalates
(Georgia) -- The picture at right is grainy, but we’re told it’s a snapshot of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his entourage preparing to...

9/20/2015

article Lawmakers hesitant on bringing gambling to Georgia
(Georgia) -- Cobb residents anxious for a place in Georgia to win big with a roll of the dice or by picking a dark horse shouldn’t get their hopes up just yet....
article WEEKLY FEATURE: HOTLanta
(Georgia) -- A Georgia legislative study committee has until December 1 to make recommendations to lawmakers about finding new funding sources for the HOPE scholarship...

9/19/2015

article Opinion: Casinos and the HOPE scholarship
(Georgia) -- “Save the HOPE scholarship!” has become the rallying cry for those trying to bring large-scale casino gambling into Georgia. With the...

9/18/2015

article Casinos for kids? That’s what they HOPE you think
(Georgia) -- It turns out, the HOPE scholarship has financial problems in part because Georgians have gotten smarter. How much smarter? We may soon find out.
article TORPY: A casino in Atlanta? Craps for saps
(Georgia) -- Members of the gambling crowd visited the state Capitol this week to extol the wisdom of expanding their trade to Georgia. Legislators were pleasant enough...

9/17/2015

article How Georgia’s gambling laws could be expanded
(Georgia) -- Casino proposals are nothing new to Georgia. For years, gambling supporters have touted the pros of expanding the state’s laws to allow everything...
article Legalized gambling could come to Georgia
(Georgia) -- The debate is on in Georgia whether to legalize casino gambling in the Peach State. Proponents of legalizing it believe it would bring much needed education...

9/16/2015

article Gambling advocates tout benefits for Georgia
(Georgia) -- If you listened to casino advocates this week at the state Capitol, Atlanta could be the new mecca of the gambling world. And Georgia lawmakers did little...
article Gambling bills: Proceed with extreme caution
(Georgia) -- Those Georgia Lottery dollars for HOPE scholarships and pre-K programs just don't go as far as they did in the heady and hearty days of the '90s. In...
article Gaming companies want to roll the dice in Georgia
(Georgia) -- The $1 billion that the Georgia lottery aims to raise for education this year would be a record haul, but lottery cash buys less college than it used to....
article Lawmakers debate the ‘how’ of casinos, putting off the ‘should’ until later
(Georgia) -- In the normal course of life at the state Capitol, gambling bills are nothing but clay pigeons. They are tossed skyward, then blown to smithereens by small...
article MGM CEO: Atlanta could support $1 billion casino resort
(Georgia) -- State lawmakers looking at ways to preserve the HOPE Scholarship wrapped up two days of hearings with expert testimony from both the gaming and horse racing...

9/15/2015

article Could gambling keep HOPE alive?
(Georgia) -- Could casino gambling keep HOPE alive here in Georgia? Casinos are one of the options being discussed to fund the HOPE Scholarship. The Senate Preservation...
article Gambling supporters pitch benefits of bringing casinos, horse racing to Georgia
(Georgia) -- Gambling supporters, including Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International, made their first public pitch this week that casinos and horse racing are the...
article HOPE profit margins under fire at hearing on legalizing casinos
(Georgia) -- The diminishing profit margins of the Georgia Lottery came up for debate Monday as a committee of Georgia lawmakers opened hearings on proposals to inject...
article Lawmakers to hear from casino industry
(Georgia) -- State lawmakers are expected to hear from members of the gaming industry as they meet for a second day at the State Capitol on ways to preserve the HOPE...
article MGM exec: Casino could be next big project for Atlanta
(Georgia) -- A $1 billion casino in downtown Atlanta would generate 3,000 to 4,000 temporary construction jobs and 4,000 to 5,000 permanent jobs, the head of MGM Resorts...

9/14/2015

article Casino supporters gaining momentum in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Georgia voters may soon decide whether to allow casinos to set up shop in Georgia, with some of the proceeds going to the Hope Scholarship and pre-...
article Ga. lawmakers question lottery payouts to HOPE
(Georgia) -- Legislators seeking more revenue for the HOPE Scholarship probed Lottery Corporation executives Monday about cutting costs or reducing prizes. During a...
article Is this what a future Atlanta casino might look like?
(Georgia) -- Can you imagine a casino resort like this in Atlanta? This video shows what the $1.3 billion MGM National Harbor resort near Washington, D.C., will look...
article Legislative committee looks at casino gambling
(Georgia) -- A new chapter begins in the fight to legalize Las Vegas casino-style gambling in Georgia. The discussion will focus on a way to save the HOPE scholarship, a...
article Casino Cruise closed for September, Employees question future
(Georgia) -- Speculation is swirling around the Tradewinds Casino Cruise in Chatham County. The ship has been sitting at its dock across from the Bull River Marina for...

9/12/2015

article Are casinos coming to Georgia?
(Georgia) -- Care to gamble and skip the four hour flight to Las Vegas? If the megawatt company behind the MGM Grand and Bellagio casinos in Las Vegas has its way,...

9/1/2015

article Second gaming firm reserves a lobbyist team for January
(Georgia) -- Another gaming firm is making sure that it has enough clout to be heard during the next session of the state Legislature. We’re told that Penn National...

8/26/2015

article Georgia State brings meetings to discuss legalizing casino gambling
(Georgia) -- The state of Georgia is looking into legalizing casino gambling, with meetings set for September to discuss the subject. State lawmakers will be meeting for...

8/21/2015

article First meetings set to study legalized casino gambling in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Efforts to legalize casino gambling will get a closer look in September, when state lawmakers will meet for the first time since MGM Resorts International...

8/15/2015

article Chris Johnson: Bringing casinos to Georgia will be no cakewalk
(Georgia) -- Ever since the folks at MGM Resorts International floated the idea of bringing a mega casino and entertainment complex to the city of Atlanta that would...

8/10/2015

article Our View: Casinos in Georgia?
(Georgia) -- It’s been more than 20 years since Georgia allowed state-supported gambling through its lottery. Has the time come for the state to take it one step...

8/5/2015

article Casino gambling still a poor bet for Atlanta, Georgia
(Georgia) -- It’s amazing how flexible moral principles can become once Big Money begins to wield its influence. Case in point: The debate over casino gambling in...

8/4/2015

article Crawford: Georgians, get ready to place your bets
(Georgia) -- Casino gambling is coming to Georgia. That is probably the horse to bet on. MGM Resorts International and other entities are making a push for a casino...

8/3/2015

article Two more gaming companies trolling for lobbyists in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Within a few days of news that MGM has been in Atlanta laying the groundwork for a state Capitol push to allow casinos, Mayor Kasim Reed said he fielded...

7/30/2015

article State lawmakers ponder Georgia casinos
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers may be ready to roll the dice on whether to allow casinos in the Peach State. House Resolution 807 would allow Georgia voters to decide on...

7/29/2015

article David Ralston ‘open’ to debate on casino gambling, but won’t endorse it
(Georgia) -- House Speaker David Ralston is open to, if wary of, the coming debate over legalizing casino gambling in Georgia. But he also offers the reminder that the...
article Why casino fever has spread to Turner Field
(Georgia) -- Player by player, the Braves are abandoning Turner Field. If the Great Slimming continues apace, by the end of next season the team should be able to make...

7/28/2015

article Atlanta Mayor; “fiscally irresponsible” to not consider casino for Turner Field
(Georgia) -- Last Thursday Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed said that he would be willing to meet with the representatives that have pitched casino developments for the Turner...

7/27/2015

article Nathan Deal gives Georgia gambling supporters an opening
(Georgia) -- In an interview Monday, he hinted that he may not veto legislation needed to operate the casinos if a convincing majority of Georgia voters back the...
article Gov. Deal opposes gambling, but would he allow it?
(Georgia) -- Several recent reports have seen major casinos showing interest in the state of Georgia, both in downtown Atlanta and at Turner Field. Gambling is illegal...
article Narrow path offers opening for casino gambling in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Gov. Nathan Deal, long opposed to gambling’s expansion in Georgia, made a surprising policy shift Monday that could one day clear the way for the...

7/24/2015

article No casino please, say Turner Field residents
(Georgia) -- Mayor Kasim Reed says he will meet with representatives of casino interests who have pitched casinos projects for the Turner Field area. And residents there...

7/23/2015

article Downtown Atlanta drawing more feelers from casino execs
(Georgia) -- Three major casino gaming companies have joined MGM Resorts International in expressing interest in building a casino resort in downtown Atlanta, Mayor...
article Mayor Reed open to listening to casino proposals
(Georgia) -- If you would like to go downtown instead of out of town to wager money at a casino, well the door of opposition has a crack in it. The mayor of Atlanta told...
article Reed: Casinos interested in Turner Field amid MGM news
(Georgia) -- MGM Resorts International isn’t the only major casino company scoping out Atlanta. In a news conference Thursday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said as...

7/20/2015

article Casino supporters bet on a path to expand gambling in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Supporters of expanded gambling in Georgia are betting that lawmakers could get the chance to vote to clear the way for casinos in Georgia as early as next...

7/18/2015

article MGM leads behind-the-scenes casino push
(Georgia) -- MGM Resorts International has spent months laying the groundwork to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to Georgia, including a behind-the-scenes push to woo...

7/16/2015

article MGM Resorts Ready To Roll The Dice On Casinos In Atlanta
(Georgia) -- Top casino operator MGM International is proposing a $1 billion mega gambling and entertainment complex in downtown Atlanta. Supporters say the project...

7/14/2015

article Tradewinds Casino boat grounded
(Georgia) -- The Tradewinds Casino Boat, the Escapade, won't be setting sail until further notice. After running aground this weekend, the Coast Guard took their...

7/13/2015

article The List Of Things That Have To Happen For Atlanta To Get A Casino Is As Congested As Its Traffic
(Georgia) -- MGM Resorts proposed the development of a casino in Atlanta, one of the largest cities in the country without easy access to Nevada-style gambling.

7/12/2015

article Tradewinds Casino Boat certificate of inspection removed, Coast Guard to perform review of operations
(Georgia) -- Officials with the Coast Guard in Savannah have removed the certificate of inspections belonging to Tradewinds Casino Boat after the Escapade ran aground...

7/10/2015

article Senator picked to head gambling study group
(Georgia) -- State Sen, Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta has been tapped to head the Senate’s Preservation of the HOPE scholarship program study committee.

7/8/2015

article Casino Gambling Push Unfolds in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Readers of InsiderAdvantage and James magazine were not surprised to see the Atlanta Journal-Constitution headline yesterday “MGM pitches 1B Casino...

7/6/2015

article MGM proposes $1 billion downtown Atlanta casino following introduction of Georgia gambling legislation
(Georgia) -- A bill moving through the Georgia State Legislature to allow up to six casino resorts has already attracted MGM Resorts International, which is now...

7/4/2015

article Could a casino be coming to downtown Atlanta?
(Georgia) -- A casino in downtown Atlanta? A major resort company is expressing interest and it is creating quite a buzz around town.

7/2/2015

article 5 things to know about MGM's pitch for Atlanta casino
(Georgia) -- MGM Resorts International is proposing a $1 billion gambling complex for downtown Atlanta. Although the entertainment conglomerate is in “the very...
article MGM Resorts Considering Atlanta for $1 Billion Casino
(Georgia) -- MGM Resorts International is considering building a $1 billion casino resort in downtown Atlanta, according to an Atlanta Business Chronicle news report.
article MGM Resorts Pushes for $1B Atlanta Casino, But Georgia May Not Have It On Its Mind
(Georgia) -- MGM Resorts International wants to build a $1 billion casino in downtown Atlanta that would “rival anything in Vegas,” according to a local...

7/1/2015

article MGM’s pitch for a $1B casino in metro Atlanta
(Georgia) -- Casino and entertainment giant MGM Resorts International is pitching a $1 billion gambling complex for downtown Atlanta that backers say would funnel tens...

6/16/2015

article Ga. Lawmaker Rolling The Dice On Casino Gambling In Georgia
(Georgia) -- State Rep. Ron Stephens, Savannah-R, is rolling the dice on casino gambling in Georgia, despite past opposition from state lawmakers. Stephens introduced...

5/5/2015

article Horse Race Wagering Talks Possible, Hints House Speaker
(Georgia) -- Could legal betting on horse racing make some headway at the Gold Dome? House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, has indicated it's possible. Ralston...

4/27/2015

article Bibb commissioner: Gaming machines predatory, businesses should be taxed
(Georgia) -- One Macon-Bibb County Commissioner wants tighter regulations on establishments he says promote illegal gambling. Commissioner Virgil Watkins says he's...

4/19/2015

article Gambling's high stakes: Cash payouts persist in midstate despite law, raids
(Georgia) -- Three years ago, Karen Hughes started driving to Macon from her home near Dublin just to play convenience store gaming machines.

3/29/2015

article Editorial: Casino measure: Let the shots begin
(Georgia) -- ONE OF the worst-kept secrets in Atlanta has been a proposal to bring large numbers of video gaming machines to Hutchinson Island and other places in...
article Georgia > Amendment to Legalize Casino, Horse Race Gambling Introduced
(Georgia) -- While Florida debates (and likely passes) on legislation to expand gambling in the state, Georgia is heading in the other direction.

3/28/2015

article POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Georgia lawmakers proposing constitutional amendment for casino resorts
(Georgia) -- Casino-style gambling could be headed to Gwinnett County and the rest of Georgia. Maybe. A resolution was introduced in the State House of Representatives...

3/26/2015

article Georgia Republican introduces constitutional amendment that would legalize gambling at casino and horse racing
(Georgia) -- A senior House Republican has introduced a constitutional amendment to expand legalized gambling to casinos and horse racing. The state’s take from...
article Rep. Stephens files legislation that would bring full gambling to Georgia
(Georgia) -- The first step was taken on Thursday to potentially bring a casino to Hutchinson Island. Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) filed a resolution in the Georgia...

3/25/2015

article Bills would legalize casino resorts in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Legislation that would open the door to up to six casino resorts in Georgia will be introduced in the state House on Thursday. The measures, both by...
article Casino, horse-racing bill introduced in Georgia Legislature
(Georgia) -- A senior House Republican introduced a constitutional amendment late Wednesday to expand legalized gambling to casinos and horse racing. The state’s...

3/6/2015

article Legalized horse betting heads for a Georgia Senate vote
(Georgia) -- Supporters of legalized betting on horse racing are hopeful that legislation could soon pass giving voters a say in the future of gambling in Georgia.

3/4/2015

article Horse racing in Georgia? All bets are off
(Georgia) -- A new strategy to legalize horse racing in Georgia is gaining traction. But it still faces long odds to overcome opposition from Gov. Nathan Deal and other...

2/12/2015

article Horse Racing and Gambling: Job Creator or Scourge?
(Georgia) -- Senator Brandon Beach and members of the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition presented an optimistic picture of what horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering would...
article Is It Finally Time for Wagering on Horse Racing?
(Georgia) -- Harry Geisinger of Roswell is nothing if not determined. At least as far back as the 2009-2010 session of the legislature, Geisinger has proposed a...

2/6/2015

article Editorial: Time for state U-turn on video gaming
(Georgia) -- A DeKalb County proposal for a video gaming “barcade” could open the door to full-scale casino gambling in Georgia, and as such deserves to come...
article Georgia Lottery, GTECH Team to Offer iLottery Games
(Georgia) -- GTECH new partnership with the GLC, the Georgia Lottery is now the first lottery in the U.S. to offer a full line of iLottery. The Georgia Lottery is...

2/4/2015

article DeKalb backing away from gaming project after Channel 2 investigation
(Georgia) -- Channel 2 Action News has learned DeKalb County's attorney is declaring a zoning change for a new entertainment venue with up to 425 gaming machines...

2/3/2015

article 'Barcade' Would Bring 425 Gaming Machines to DeKalb
(Georgia) -- A proposed resort on Covington Highway in South DeKalb would transform empty condos into rental villas for guests who gamble at Panola Slope, but critics...
article Governor reacts to Channel 2 investigation of DeKalb project
(Georgia) -- DeKalb County's CEO has asked Gov. Nathan Deal to immediately fill a vacant commission seat, giving roughly 140,000 residents representation they've...

2/2/2015

article Channel 2 Investigates: New local venue's ties to Indian casino
(Georgia) -- It's the first of its kind in Georgia: A development with up to 425 gambling machines allowed under one roof. But Channel 2 Action News has uncovered a...

1/25/2015

article Betting on horse races could be legal in Georgia soon
(Georgia) -- It's not a casino, but it's one step closer. How would you like to be able to bet on horses here in the peach state? Horse racing could be in the...

1/18/2015

article Horse-racing enthusiasts try a new tack at the Capitol
(Georgia) -- To say that sex has never been used to advance legislation in the state Capitol would be highly inaccurate. Fortunately, it is a rare and closeted thing....

1/16/2015

article Horse-racing enthusiasts try a new, casino-less tact
(Georgia) -- To say that sex has never been used to advance legislation in the state Capitol would be highly inaccurate. Fortunately, it is a rare and closeted thing.

12/25/2014

article Casino Gambling in Georgia – Should Casino Gambling Be Made Legal in Georgia?
(Georgia) -- The State of Georgia is facing a budget shortfall for fiscal 2009 of over $2 Billion. And states do not have the luxury of running deficit spending, and...

12/8/2014

article Georgia lawmaker bets that horse racing will be on the ballot
(Georgia) -- A lawmaker thinks 2015 will be the year that parimutuel betting on horse races finally makes it onto the ballot for Georgia voters. Horse racing is legal in...

11/29/2014

article Horse-racing boosters optimistic about Gold Dome chances
(Georgia) -- Sometimes when you fall off the legislative horse you have to jump back on. And on and on. Such is the case with state Rep. Harry Geisinger, R-Roswell, who...

11/18/2014

article A New Effort to Legalize Betting on Horse Racing: A Talk with Rep. Harry Geisinger
(Georgia) -- Despite several failed attempts in recent years, supporters of legalizing horse race betting in Georgia have already filed legislation for the upcoming 2015...

11/6/2014

article Lawmakers support casino gambling on Savannah’s Hutchinson Island
(Georgia) -- Savannah-based state legislators said Wednesday an effort is in the works to allow gambling casinos on Savannah's Hutchinson Island.
article The push for a casino in the middle of the Savannah River
(Georgia) -- The Savannah Morning News is on top of a move by state lawmakers to put a casino on Hutchinson Island, a mound of very expensive dirt in the middle of the...
article Video lottery machines coming to Hutchinson Island?
(Georgia) -- How do you feel about the idea of gambling coming to Hutchinson Island? One local lawmaker is trying to get the ball rolling on the idea. The idea was...

11/5/2014

article State lawmakers eyeing gambling on Savannah's Hutchinson Island
(Georgia) -- Savanannah state legislators confirmed on Wednesday that an effort is under way to allow gambling casinos on Hutchinson Island. The topic came up during the...

8/29/2014

article Escapade Casino Ship Forced to Cancel Friday Voyages
(Georgia) -- Viewers tell WSAV that there was police activity Friday afternoon in the area where the Escapade Casino ship is docked. The company confirms the ship was...

8/26/2014

article Georgia Lottery opposed to US online gambling ban
(Georgia) -- The Georgia Lottery Corporation is lobbying against any form of federal legislation that would limit online gambling in the US, according to various reports.

8/7/2014

article Escapade returns from first voyage since beaching in July
(Georgia) -- WJCL News is still following Savannah’s new casino cruise line which returned to sea for the first time since it ran aground in early July.
article Once-stranded Savannah casino boat Escapade set sail again Wednesday night
(Georgia) -- The gambling ship that got stuck on a sandbar near Tybee Island overnight on its maiden voyage with nearly 100 passengers on board last month was...

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