After a highly anticipated and adverse ruling on Friday in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, state lawmakers should move quickly to evict electronic gambling machines from the state.
Judge Michael J. Holbrook issued a preliminary injunction against the Ohio attorney general that prohibits him from acting against two makes of machines in Ohio, Tic Tac Fruit and the Nudgemaster, until a final ruling is issued on the case.
In August, Gov. Ted Strickland issued an executive order that gave Attorney General Marc Dann the power to write a temporary administrative rule banning these machines. The judge said that rule is invalid because it conflicts with the law it's supposed to be clarifying.
This ruling leaves Ohio open to such gambling machines less than a year after Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected a plan to put gambling machines in the state's horse racetracks. So more electronic gambling machines will be flooding in to join the 50,000 machines that are already here. But in reaching his decision on Friday, Judge Holbrook was right: The proper authority for fixing the flawed law that has caused all this chaos rests with the legislature, not the attorney general.
Lawmakers got their orders about gambling machines from voters in the November election. The judge merely underlined the need for lawmakers to act.
- The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who used to be a major supporter of gun-control laws, went before the National Rifle Association last week in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination. He explained his past record by saying he was the mayor of a crime-ridden city then - but now he believes there should be no new gun-control laws.
For good measure, he added that there was something about 9/11 that led him to change his thinking.
And how will he act when he is president?
Ah, politics. Even tough guys blink.