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Here’s a smidgen of good news for the holidays: Forces promoting legalized online gambling have decided to drop their efforts for now. As we reported in last week’s edition of the Weekly Briefing,  the casino industry had been advancing a proposal in Congress to legalize fully-fledged, 365-days-a-year, 24-hours-a day, online gambling for cash for the first time in our nation’s history.

Fortunately, for now, the proposal has been abandoned. Unfortunately, however, you can bet (for cash or chips) that the industry will be back in 2013.

(Image: Zynga.com).

Today’s Fitzsimon File (“The kind of state we want”) rightfully takes Governor Perdue and conservative legislative leaders to task for the decision to expand predatory gambling in North Carolina (and even to celebrate it as the Guv is doing today).

Not only does the expansion encourage exploitation of vulnerable people, it also strengthens a hand-in-glove link between government and some of our nation’s most predatory corporations. And, as was noted in this piece earlier this year, that relationship merely re-enforces the toxic and destructive notion amongst the general public that their government is out to rip them off.   

All in all, today’s development represents just another step away from Bedford Falls and toward Pottersville for North Carolina.