February 20, 2017 Newsletter

Casino Embedded in “Immediate Action Needed!

Threat Percolating under the Gold Dome; Will Georgia get two casinos or six?
S.B. 79 and H.B. 158, as introduced, authorize two casinos.
S.R. 249 proposed constitutional amendment authorizes SIX!

S.R. 249, a proposed constitutional amendment dropped in the House hopper February 17th to be officially introduced February 20th, authorizes the General Assembly to license “no more than six” destination resorts (with embedded casinos) “at any given time.” Six casinos are three times the number of casinos authorized in the original versions of S.B. 79 and H.B. 158.

S.R. 249 prohibits all other forms of casino gaming, stating that the prohibition will be enforced by law. Proceeds from licensing, regulation, and taxing of casinos will be used for education after pay-outs, operating expenses, and addictive gambling prevention programs are funded.

Legalizing Casino Gambling could authorize Indian¹ Casinos in Georgia
The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act is a 1988 U.S. federal law that establishes the jurisdictional framework governing Indian gaming. There was no federal gaming structure before this Act (Pub. L. 100-497, 25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.), that established the following three gaming classes:
Class I gaming is defined as (1) traditional Indian gaming, that may be part of tribal ceremonies, and celebrations, and (2) social gaming for minimal prizes. Class 1 gaming regulatory authority is vested exclusively in tribal governments.
Class II gaming is a game of chance commonly known as bingo and, if played in the same location, includes card games that are played exclusively against other players rather than against the house or a player acting as a bank. The Act specifically excludes from the definition of class II games slot machines or electronic facsimiles of any game of chance.
Class III gaming is broad. It includes all forms of gaming that are neither class I nor II. Games commonly played at casinos, such as slot machines, blackjack, craps, and roulette, clearly fall in the class III category, as well as wagering games and electronic facsimiles of any game of chance. Generally, class III is often referred to as casino-style gaming. For Indian tribes to establish and operate casinos, the following conditions must be in place:
(a) Class III gaming must be permitted in the state.
(b) The tribe and state must have negotiated a compact with approved regulatory procedures.
(c) The Tribe must have a tribal gaming ordinance approved by the commission chairman.
A 1976 U.S. Supreme Court decision was interpreted to allow states to address only “crimes and civil disputes” in tribal issues. That ruling opened the gates for the Indian gaming industry to become the most widely successful economic initiative on reservations across the country.

ACTION – OPPOSE S.B. 79 and S.R. 249. Vote expected by Thursday, February 23rd. Call Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee Senators Jeffares, Ch., 463-1376; Ginn, V-Ch., 404 656-4700; McKoon, Sec., 463-3931; Cowsert, 463-1366; Gooch, 656-9221; Harbison, 656-0074; Henson, 656-0085; Hill, 656-5038; Kennedy, 656-0045; Lucas, 656-5035; Miller, 656-7454; Mullis, 656-0057; Shafer, 656-0048; Unterman, 463-1368.

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June 2015 Newsletter

Step-by-Step Decay, and Nobody Stopped It

Court Decisions. During serious discussions, 1963 is often cited as the beginning of cultural decay in the U.S. However, in 1962 the U.S. Supreme Court’s Engle v. Vitale decision had already prohibited officially-sponsored prayer in public schools. The infamous 1963 case, Murray v. Curlett filed by atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, expanded the attack on Christianity by proclaiming Bible reading to be unconstitutional in public schools. The resulting void was filled by atheistic humanism that now permeates public schools. And nobody stopped it!

National Education Association (NEA) is not a conservative influence on students. The NEA openly defies and denies family values and standards by affirming, supporting, and promoting behavior modification and situation ethics, by agitating for compulsory education from very early childhood and unrestricted sex education (now morphing into transgender, gender ID and alternate lifestyles). NEA endorses decriminalization of marijuana, secular humanism, national health insurance, teacher unions and strikes, federal control over education, population control, importation of foreign nationals, and a global society. And nobody is stopping it!

NEA openly opposes local control and local financing of public schools, parental supervision of textbooks, tuition tax credits, public initiative legislation, and favors world government over U.S. sovereignty. For the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the NEA created a Bicentennial Committee and Bicentennial Ideabook, with a Foreword that includes this statement: “…teachers are the major resource through which to effect (sic) a world community based on the principles of peace and justice.”

For the same event, the NEA fashioned its own Declaration of Interdependence in 1975, while endorsing Dr. Henry Steele Commanger’s identically named Declaration of Interdependence published by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. And nobody stopped it!

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June 12, 2015 Radio Commentary

Great Idea: Elect the State School Board

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, June 12, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

On May 16th the Georgia Republican Party passed a resolution to elect members of the State Board of Education, and there’s good reason for that. Many folks might not know that state school board members are appointed to seven-year terms. They don’t get paid for serving, but they are reimbursed for expenses.

They are not accountable to voters, although their actions affect all children in public schools. Since they are not elected, state school board members have no incentive to reflect voter values or wishes, even though schools under their control are funded by Georgia taxes that build, maintain and support education. Over half of the state budget is spent on K – 12 schools and higher education, so taxpayers have every right to expect all school board members – state, as well as local – to respect and support the values of students and their parents. While appointed school board members may seek parental approval, their primary allegiance is more likely to be to the person who appoints them, which, in this case, is the governor.

The Constitution of the State of Georgia describes the state school superintendent’s job as “the executive officer of the State Board of Education,” but think about this: The power of the State Board of Education, whose members are NOT elected, supersedes the power of the elected state school superintendent in setting the agenda for each state board of education meeting, in hiring and firing staff, as well as staff directly within the Department of Education. That arrangement subjugates the elected state school superintendent to policies made by 14 state school board appointees that are not accountable to voters. Continue reading

March 27, 2015 Radio Commentary

Shadow School Superintendent, Shadow School District

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, March 27, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

In his state-of-the-state address in January, Governor Deal announced that he would create an Education Reform Commission to implement his “vision for k – 12 education … system driven by student need [to give] local school and district leaders [real control and flexibility].” The 33 people he appointed to that commission will report back to him.

There’s more to the Governor’s statement than meets the eye. To legalize that particular “vision for k – 12” the State Constitution must be amended. So, the Governor had his Senate floor leader introduce S.R. 287 to add a new paragraph to the State Constitution, which allows the creation of a state-wide Opportunity School District. If voters ratify that change in the 2016 General Election, the Governor would appoint a “shadow” school superintendent who could identify and take over, or close, or re-staff, or reconstitute, and manage and control 20 “failing” public schools, annually (up to a total of 100).

That plan means the current constitutionally elected state school superintendent will lose authority over schools the appointed shadow superintendent selects and commandeers. Rather than giving “local school and district leaders real control and flexibility,” the plan strips control from the state-wide elected-by-voters school superintendent and locally elected boards of education. Meaning, the Governor’s plan, drastically, weakens the power of voters and over-rides local control over education. Continue reading