Kentucky Governor’s Online Casino Plans Faltering
Kentucky has been one of the centres of controversy in the recent eventful months that online gambling has gone through. This is thanks in no small part to the actions of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear who has turned out to be one of the biggest enemies of online gambling progress not just in the United States, but also around the world. One would think that the governor of one of the middle-sized states within the country would not have that kind of power, but when the governor goes ahead and seizes a number of online gambling domain names because he feels they are providing unfair competition for the indigenous gambling industry, he certainly can have that kind of power in a way that was never meant for him to actually pursue. The legal nuances of the case are so complicated in fact that very few people feel comfortable commenting on who is legally correct even as many people are lambasting the governor for being morally incorrect in a free market society.
Governor Beshear has in particular taken heat from a part of his own base of supporters. The supporters see the governor as having broken some very important election promises and for that reason are even now attempting to take the governor down. He promised that there would be no new taxes, that government spending would be cut down and that casinos within the state would be legalized. However, it appears as though Beshear has broken all three of those promises in quick succession and for that reason is quickly becoming persona non grata within his own party as well as within the rest of the state. One has to wonder what his future is going to be should he continue on with this plan of seizing domain names of online casinos and online gambling institutions.
In fact, Governor Beshear might not even have the opportunity to continue through with the policy even if he wanted to as his side appears to be losing the court case that is currently being waged in Kentucky courts. The main reason for this is quite simply the unreasonable nature of the state’s case which is forcing them to come up with wild arguments to cover up loopholes that have been created by the defence. The main push of the state’s argument is that the domain names are gambling devices and for that reason can be seized by the state if such devices are not allowed within the state borders. In addition to that however, state lawyers believe that the gambling device definition is broad enough to apply to busses that take residents to other states as well, something that is so convoluted that one needs to pause and think for a moment in order to follow the logic of the state on that particular case.
In the end, unreasonable government actions tend to falter when they are taken to task in the legal system and that definitely does appear to be happening to Governor Beshear in this case that could very well determine the future of his political career with its final verdict.