Casino gambling is one of Ohio’s hottest political topics. It has been for the past quarter century. Despite the economic hardships in many Rust Belt cities, opponents of casino gambling have stood strong against initiatives to bring casinos into their state. Proponents of casino gambling, on the other hand, have consistently consisted of a few wealthy entrepreneurs who stood to directly benefit from casinos. In the middle stood millions of economically concerned Ohioans who are neither morally opposed nor especially eager to allow casinos in the state.
Capturing the support of the moderate voters is the focus of “Ace in the Hole: Why Ohio Bluffs While Others Bite on Lucrative Casino Issues and How to Induce Buckeye Voters to Go All-In.” The article analyzes the systems implemented by five of Ohio’s six neighbors. It continues to argue that gambling is not the central concern for casino opponents, because gambling is legal (or quasi-legal) and prevalent in several forms in Ohio. The article continues to examine the failed initiatives and points out what has really kept Ohioans from supporting casino gambling at the polls. It also implements lessons learned from successful gambling measures, such as the 1973 initiative to create the Ohio Lottery.
With more casino initiatives on the horizon, this topic is sure to be hotly discussed in legislative and legal circles. My article breaks down the underlying problems and provides a practical remedy for the good of the state.
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