Affirmation vs. redemption
None ruled it out. Adding to the drama is guessing which, if any, Wisconsin tribe would go first in seeking a franchise for sports betting and what it would offer to pay for that franchise. Each tribe is a sovereign nation, and makes gaming decisions independently. The Potawatomi, remember, led the fight against a Menominee Nation casino in Kenosha, which Walker killed in January The next governor and Legislature could start the process of amending the state Constitution to legalize sports betting as a source of additional revue.
After all, the Constitution was changed in the s to legalize the state lottery, pari-mutuel betting and raffles run by non-profits. Or, Wisconsin could take no steps to legalize sports betting. That means Las Vegas oddsmakers would continue to take your bet on which team — the Brewers or Cubs — score first tonight.
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Let's examine advantages and downsides. Austin has an abundance of skilled tech talent, the high-powered University of Texas and a cool urban vibe. If Amazon is seeking two Republican U. Senators to have its back in D. Texas has the means to offer lavish incentives, too. First, it has terrible traffic congestion and sprawl, with almost no serious transit. Second, it lacks a major international airport.
Finally, while Austin itself is tolerant, Texas is a heartland of crazy reaction. That might not deter creative-class workers, but it would make them think twice.
Atlanta is a more complicated bet. It has plenty of talent, although less so in tech; universities, especially highly regarded Georgia Tech ; one of the biggest airports in the world, and some urban vibe.
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