Vice Squad
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
 
The Answer is "62"


The question is, what percentage of voters in each of two "J" locales chose to pull the lever against casinos in referenda yesterday? In both Jasper County, Iowa, and Jefferson City, Missouri, the magic 62 percent of voters said no to legalising these particular dens of vice. Jasper County is hurting from the closure of a Maytag factory, but residents -- that is, 62 percent of residents -- still were unwilling to pursue a casino for the Newton area. Actually, the Jefferson City referendum contained two separate gambling liberalisation questions. Both were rejected by, uh, 62 percent of the voters. That 62 is a sort of lucky -- or unlucky, depending on your point of view -- figure, no?

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