Throughout the legislative session, the casino industry funded a massive lobbying push in the hopes of making Georgia a gambling haven.

We fought back because, as I pointed out in the Sen. Bruce Thompson and Cole Muzio (me) versus Sen. Brandon Beach and Gov. Haley Barbour debate, casinos never, ever work.

One of the things we’ve consistently pointed out is that, no matter what concession legislators make to the gambling lobby – which is already spending big at the Capitol and in elections – they will always come back for more.

And, we’re seeing that with the Coronavirus crisis. As the government debates how best to provide a stimulus to American businesses and citizens, the Washington Post reports that casinos already have their hand out.

Casinos want a bailout because profiteering off the poor isn’t enough. Their twisted “business model” constantly demands help from the government, and, once entrenched in Georgia, we can expect even worse from these powerful interests if our politicians abdicate their responsibility and allow them to take root.

And, that’s not the only consequence. Human trafficking, crime, increased costs of government services, and massive growth in bankruptcy and addiction are among the items on the list. Don’t let Georgia go down this path!

With extra time at home while you’re practicing “social distancing,” I’d encourage you to reach out to your state legislators (which can be found HERE) to let them know that we expect them to OPPOSE ANY EFFORT to bring casinos to our state.

Casinos don’t work, and they will always seek to profit the few wealthy executives at the expense of the poor specifically and, in crisis, every taxpayer across our country.

For Georgia,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

 

P.S. I continue my prayers for you and your family. Please continue to abide by the guidelines established by Governor Kemp and stay safe!

PPS. The two State Senators mentioned above are among those legislators who have tested positive for COVID 19. Please keep them and all those battling this virus in your prayers, regardless of what you think of their politics.

The legislative session has begun, and we’ll be updating you throughout the 40 legislative days on the “goings on” under the Gold Dome. To help you cut through all the noise, here are six things to know:

  1. Lots of $$$ talk – This will be a session that will excite the accountants as Georgia wrestles with questions of spending and revenue. We appreciate the leadership of Governor Kemp to put Georgia in a strong fiscal position by cutting spending, but we fully anticipate significant dialogue on how the budget should look moving forward. That leads us to…
  2. Casinos are a major threat – In an effort to avoid cuts and instead increase revenue, some are looking to embrace fraudulent math and an otherwise horrible idea: bringing casinos to Georgia. Such a move would cost the state far more than it brought in, hinder our ability to recruit business, and, even worse, provide a magnet for the evil of human trafficking and other community-destroying activity. We will work to empower legislators to oppose this reckless idea.
  3. Key legislation in position to move – Over the last few years, we’ve been keeping you updated on the “Tebow Bill,” SB 163 – which provides access for homeschool students to participate in extracurricular activities at their local public school – as well as “Simon’s Law,” SB 104 – which closes a loophole in Georgia code and would require doctors to get parental consent before placing a DNR on a minor child. Both have passed the Senate and now just need final passage in the House to reach the Governor’s desk. Expect action alerts in the coming days on this important legislation.
  4. Protecting children will be at the forefront – We look forward to supporting the Governor’s agenda for foster care and adoption reform, and we are excited by the number of bills aimed at protecting children – including legislation that would protect the vulnerable from gender reassignment surgeries and also athletes in single gender sports from being forced to compete with those who do not share their biological gender.
  5. Brian Kemp keeps his promises – It’s been incredible to see the profound culture change Governor Kemp has brought to the Gold Dome, and he has proven to be a strong ally for families. We achieved incredible success in 2019, and I expect even more wins in 2020. However, it’s important to understand that he alone cannot make his agenda happen overnight. Some of the issues we engage in will take time, but we are committed to seven more years with him at the helm, and I trust that he will keep every promise he’s made. We also need to send him reinforcements which leads us to…
  6. Everyone is watching what will happen in November – While I don’t think legislators are “punting” on this session, I do believe there is eagerness to see if the faith community will truly stand with those who have stood with us come election time. It’s why this election cycle could not be more important as we reward those who have done right and oppose those who have placed a radical liberal agenda ahead of protecting Georgians. It’s why we are building an unprecedented election effort, and we hope you’ll support this push push with a generous gift today.

As you can see this is another big year for our ministry and a year that could decide the direction of Georgia for generations to come. I’m grateful to have you standing with us, and I look forward to keeping you updated.

In His Service,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

by Cole Muzio, Family Policy Alliance of Georgia

You have to admit, the Left takes on some difficult arguments. They argue a baby isn’t a baby, a boy isn’t necessarily a boy, and what has been marriage throughout the history of the world isn’t the only definition of marriage. Sadly, they have gotten quite good at making utterly nonsensical arguments.

That’s why, in my state of Georgia, it’s no surprise that the Left uses the same tactics when selling the idea of bringing casino gambling here. And, we want you to be aware of this deceptive salesmanship when it comes to your state.

Only rarely will you hear casino proponents arguing that their construction in and of itself is a positive thing. Instead, they will argue for supposed peripheral benefits – increased tax dollars flowing into our community, into our education system and scholarship programs, and new jobs for our workers.

Those arguments sound good on the surface – but they are dead wrong.

That’s why Family Policy Alliance of Georgia has released a new educational video telling the truth about the dangers of bringing casinos to our state.

Granted, your state may not have something like a Hope Scholarship- which helps in-state kids pay for college. However, there is no doubt that casino advocates will find a similar “heart-string” argument. But, do not be fooled! While the specifics to your state may be different, the devastating results of bringing casinos to our communities are universal.

No, casinos don’t bring economic prosperity to a community – they destroy hope for progress. No, casinos don’t bring tourism – they cannibalize local spending. No, casinos don’t improve educational opportunity – they drain school and scholarship funding. No, casinos don’t make lives better – they obliterate families, open pathways for the destruction of innocence with more human trafficking, and lead to a radical jump in crime.

Look, we know there may be good, well-meaning, otherwise conservative men and women who support bringing casinos to your state. However, they are not only wrong on this issue, but their stance has profound implications for job loss, dwindling educational opportunity, crime and human trafficking, and the destruction of the family. Their intentions may be solid, but they have bought into a lie.

As we consider this issue, we more and more see this as one that has dramatic and adverse cultural effects on entire communities, not just those who waste their family’s resources on vain fantasies and hopeless addictions. We firmly believe that we cannot treat this as a side issue that can be boxed off and separated from the rest of conservative, pro-family policy. We must challenge those who seek to advance the growth of the casino industry, articulate the truth, and, when dealing with conservative brothers and sisters, lovingly engage in a frank dialogue that shares the consequences of their position.

Moreover, given the incredible amount of resources that casino advocates possess, we must be proactive in pushing back their arguments. They will spend tens of millions of dollars on lobbying and in elections to ensure their profits, and we cannot be caught off guard!

Family Policy Alliance is committed to defeating efforts to grow the casino industry in my state of Georgia and in yours as well. While that doesn’t mean we can’t find common ground with those who disagree with us on this issue, it does mean that we cannot look the other way. Join with us today by sharing this video, engaging in serious dialogue with those who say “I agree with you on everything but this.” In our vision for a nation where “… families thrive,” this is an issue where we are proud to carry the banner, educate the public, and lead the fight against this well-funded industry.

P.S. In my state of Georgia, we are engaging in the fight against the casino industry by speaking truth, electing bold, pro-family officials, and engaging at the Capitol. In your state, we are making similar efforts to equip our leadership to engage on this issue and a host of others. If you want to make certain that our movement is “armed” to halt the devastating agenda of the casino industry – or any that would do harm to our families – please contribute to our efforts today.

You have to admit, the Left takes on some difficult arguments: They argue a baby isn’t a baby, a boy isn’t necessarily a boy, and what has been marriage throughout the history of the world isn’t the only definition of marriage. Sadly, they have gotten quite good at making utterly nonsensical arguments.

When it comes to casinos, however, even the Left often doesn’t have the stomach to make an argument on the merits. Only rarely will you hear casino proponents arguing that their construction in and of itself is a positive thing. Instead, they will argue for its peripheral benefits- increased tax dollars flowing into our community, into our education system and scholarship programs, and new jobs for our workers.

Those arguments sound good on the surface, but they are dead wrong.

That’s why Family Policy Alliance of Georgia has released this educational video  telling the truth about the dangers of bringing casinos to our state.

No, casinos don’t bring economic prosperity to the community – they destroy hope for progress. No, casinos don’t bring tourism – they cannibalize local spending. No, casinos don’t improve educational opportunity – they drain Hope Scholarship funding. No, casinos don’t make lives better – they obliterate families, open pathways for the destruction of innocence with more human trafficking, and lead to a radical jump in crime.

Look, we know there are good, well-meaning, otherwise conservative men and women who support bringing casinos to Georgia. However, they are not only wrong on this issue, but their stance has profound implications for job loss, dwindling educational opportunity, crime and human trafficking, and the destruction of the family.

We cannot treat this as a side issue that can be boxed off and separated from the rest of conservative, pro-family policy. We must challenge those who seek to advance the growth of the casino industry, articulate the truth, and, when dealing with conservative brothers and sisters, lovingly engage in a frank dialogue that shares the consequences of their position.

Family Policy Alliance of Georgia is committed to defeating efforts to grow the casino industry in our state. While that doesn’t mean we can’t find common ground with those who disagree with us on this issue, it does mean that we cannot look the other way. Join with us today by sharing this video, engaging in serious dialogue with those who say “I agree with you on everything but this,” and strengthening our movement so that we can be thoroughly pro-family, pro-jobs, and pro-education here in Georgia.

Contact your legislator and ask them to oppose casino legislation in the next session. You can find contact information for your lawmakers quickly by entering your ZIP code in our Action Center.

In His Service,

Cole Muzio

President and Executive Director
Family Policy Alliance of Georgia

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