The Alabama Strategy
The State is having money problems, especially in funding education to the satisfaction of the citizenry. A lottery is proposed as a solution. The supporters tout the Georgia HOPE program as a model. Religious folks express concern about the moral decline accompanying a lottery. "Everyone" says the lottery is a sure winner and that the religious concerns are just another gasp of the country-bumpkin Religious Right.
But come Election Day, the votes are counted and the lottery lost!
Is this a story and prediction for Tennessee? No, it's what happened it Alabama, back in 1999. To quote from this story:
...Alabama polls showed that 65 percent of the votersDoes that support number sound familiar? It's also interesting to note that the story mentions a lottery vote in North Carolina, where supporters are saying that a lottery will bring in -- are you ready? -- $300 million. Seems they have the same advisers that Sen. Steve Cohen does, although Cohen has taken to inflating his numbers of late.
supported a lottery referendum. But after an intense campaign
by anti-lottery forces, voters defeated it 54 to 46 percent.
There's another story, this one from the Knoxville News- Sentinel, about a visit from a leader of the Alabama fight.
Still only seeing sparse reporting from the Commercial Appeal on this potent, and divisive, story.
Until next time.