Commentary: Video poker still a bad deal for North Carolina

Take an industry battling for acceptance, mix it with lawmakers hungry for cash, and you have a recipe for mischief and bad public policy.

It's a growing threat in North Carolina's capital, as state legislators consider reversing their ban on video poker.

North Carolina's video poker industry was outlawed three years ago amid complaints of political corruption. Its leaders, looking for legitimacy, spotted an opportunity in the state's current budget crisis: Push for reinstatement with the promise that taxing the industry could bring $500 million to state coffers just when the money is needed most.

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