Friday June 13,2014 : SOUTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATS FAVOUR STATES' RIGHTS WHEN IT COMES TO ONLINE GAMBLING
Political parties poll voter views on what they see as important issues.
The South Carolina television station WLTX reports that state voters were asked to vote this week on non-binding referendum questions put to them by the Republican and Democratic parties.
Among the questions the Democrats asked voters was whether individual states, rather than federal politicians in Congress, should decide on internet gambling legalization.
Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who is currently pushing an Adelson-inspired federal bid to ban online gambling, should perhaps take note that the majority of South Carolinians – 72 percent – felt that states' rights should be protected.
75 percent of voters also felt that online gambling should be legalised to raise state revenues for the maintenance and construction of bridges and roads.
However, the Republicans shied away from the gambling issue, instead asking for voters' views on right-to-life and abortion, and the abolition of income tax, which appear to have resonated with respondents.
The Republican questions elicited responses from 290,000 voters, whilst Democratic Party questions were responded to by 114,000.
Discussing the voters' views on internet gambling, Democrat Representative James Smith said House Democrats will come up with a bill next year to meet voter demands.