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Monday, July 20, 2009

Another Big-Booze Republican Arguing Against Local Control

Republicans generally advocate local control. It's a logical position to take if you are against big government. Plus, it keeps you from having to think of solutions if you run for high office.

But the more I read, the more I think the only principle Republicans really adhere to is a baser Golden Rule: "Don't make rules; I want more gold!"

Today's case in point: Rick Law of Worldwide Holdings, Inc., is suing to overturn the Sioux Falls ordinance that allows the City Council to prohibit placing any new video lottery machines within 2000 feet of schools, parks, or existing video lottery machines. (Dang, even sexual offenders are allowed to get closer than that to schools, aren't they?)

Mr. Law, who already owns two "VIP Gaming Lounges" in Sioux Falls and Sioux City, is next in line for a $155K city liquor license, but he whines that there are no locations left in the city and that "The way the ordinance is written, the licenses are basically worthless." He thus turns to the courts, arguing that the city is usurping constitutional authority that can only be exercised by the higher powers in Pierre.

According to OpenSecrets.org, Mr. Law also contributed $1000 to Republican John McCain in 2008.

Local control is great for big-money Republicans... until the locals try to control their businesses.


  1. "Big-Booze Republican"? Do you mean to imply that on the average, Republicans drink more than Democrats (in terms of ethanol grams per day)? You know, Cory, I'll bet that they do!

  2. I'll remain agnostic on that general question, Stan... although this fun article says Republicans tend to get to happy hour earlier, while Dems tend to stay later.

    The only thing the moniker here implies is the same thing my usage of "Big Oil" or "Big Ag" implies elsewhere: not that Republicans necessarily consume more of the given products, but that many Republicans tend to take the side of big industry over public welfare.


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