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Debate: Beach to Vote No, Rogers Yes on Casino Gambling

The state Senate District 21 candidates have opposing views on the Republican Primary ballot question on casino gambling in Georgia.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of several stories from the state Senate District 21 candidates' debate sponsored by the North Fulton & Friends Tea Party, and held at the Crooked Creek HOA Clubhouse on July 10. Each will be accompanied by video with more complete remarks by the two men.

Candidates for state Senate District 21 are on opposite sides of the casino gambling question being posed on the Republican Primary ballot.

Brandon Beach said he will vote "No" to casino gambling, while Chip Rogers plans to vote "Yes."

Ballot Question: Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?

Rogers said he would not stand in the way of a developer taking advantage of existing Georgia Lottery system to build a video gaming casino in the state.

"If people earn money and they want to spend it in a way that doesn't violate somebody's rights, it's none of my business," he said. "So if somebody wants to come in and make a development, and the free market can continue to support it, let the free market continue to support it."

Beach, on the other hand, opposed video gaming.

"I don't think we need video gambling. I'm not against gambling, but I don't think we need to have that in our state," he said.

If the states does have gambling, Beach said it should be "full" gambling, including blackjack, craps and other games.

"I think that the video gambling preys on the sector of our society that can least afford to be there," he said.

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Frank Jones July 12, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Rogers said, "If people earn money and they want to spend it in a way that doesn't violate somebody's rights, it's none of my business," So let's take his argument a step further... If someone wants to buy and use illegal drugs while not violating somebody's rights, the state shouldn't care and it should be legal. Chip Rogers must be in support of Legalizing Drugs. If someone wants to spend their money on prostitutes and the prostitute is a consenting adult, the state shouldn't care and it should be legal. Chip Rogers must be in support of Legalizing Prostitution. If someone wants to spend their money on an abortion and the expectant mother consents, the state shouldn't care and it should be legal, without any governmental restrictions. Chip Rogers must be Pro-Choice and in support of rolling back of rules restricting abortions. If someone wants to spend their money on a homosexual wedding, the state shouldn't care as it doesn't infringe on Mr. Rogers' rights. As such, Mr. Rogers must be in support of Gay Marriage. Who would have thought that Mr. Rogers was such an open minded, progressive individual who must support abortion, legalizing drugs, gay marriage and much much more. Maybe he isn't so bad after all...NOT! Mr. Rogers, your argument for gambling is weak. Georgia doesn't need education funded by gambling.
Jim Beam July 12, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Oh Frank, I wish I was a farmer. If I was, I'd have a never-ending supply of scarecrows from all the straw-man arguments you throw out there. Using the illegal crimes of Drug Use and Prostitution to make your point is a strawman & from the debate video, I think Rogers got the GA Right To Life endorsement, so your 'abortion' comment is downright stupid. Not sure what you have against gay people so I'll leave that one alone. top topic, I agree with Beach: If we're going to go the gambling route, let's do it Vegas style. It'd keep millions of $$$ in-state, rather than being flown out-of-state to Nevada, MS, NJ, etc. I don't agree though, that the Gov't needs to babysit the 'sector of our society that can least afford to be there'. Is Beach anti state Lottery? That also 'preys' on a particular sector of society more than others. What does Beach propose replace the funding for HOPE, since he clearly must be anti-Lotto? Let me guess: Another SPLOST that he 'doesn't support but voted for anyway'?
Frank Jones July 12, 2012 at 07:30 PM
@Steely...once again, you fail to see the obvious. But no matter how simple I make it for you, you still won't understand the hypocracy in Mr. Rogers comments and the satire of mine. The one thing I hate about this board is the intelligence level of many Neanderthal Republicans.
Jim Beam July 12, 2012 at 09:44 PM
probably because you're awful at satire. But you make a helluva Strawman! Mr. Rogers clearly believes in individual freedom and liberty. You & Beach think that "Gov't" should control these aspects. The one thing I hate about this country is the lack of intelligence of liberal Democrats. No matter how many billions we throw at public education, guys like you always seem to fall thru the cracks. PS: it's spelled "Hypocrisy". Eau de Irony!
Frank Jones July 13, 2012 at 01:42 AM
If Mr. Rogers "clearly believes in individual freedom and liberty", then Mr. Rogers would support and work to allow people to use drugs, visit prostitutes, gamble, drive drunk, have abortions, have non-traditional families and more as long as they didn't infringe upon the rights of others. However, that is not Mr. Rogers' position, your position, or that of people in the Republican party. Instead, you want to impose your morality upon others which is not the "individual freedom and liberty" you profess. By the way, you keep throwing around "strawman" just like Mikael Kient a.k.a. Michel Kent...Are you one and the same?

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