Sen. Jim Perry: NC's gambling industry man | Eastern North Carolina Now

By:  John Steed

Republican voters have been scratching their heads over our GOP-led legislature's sudden embrace of gambling, both new sports betting laws that have already passed, and pressure to open up our state to multiple new casinos.  A handful of legislators are behind this push and one of those most involved is Kinston's Senator Jim Perry, who is at least nominally a Republican.

Many citizens are concerned that gambling often brings with it other problems like drugs, prostitution, and other crime.  Gambling can also drain family finances of gambling addicts.

Senator Perry was recently named by a national pro-gambling organization as a finalist for their “Gambling Policymaker of the Year” award in the 2023 American Gambling Awards.  Perry is seen by the gambling industry not only as a leader of their efforts in North Carolina, but nationally as well.

Perry is a huge recipient of the gambling industry's campaign financial contributions.  Bob Hall of Democracy NC recently released a report on the penetration of gambling industry and marijuana industry money in North Carolina politics, and it found Senator Jim Perry to be the fourth largest recipient of contributions from the gambling industry and the marijuana indusstry in the 170 member state legislature.  Most of that money came from out of state and from contributors who had never donated in a North Carolina campaign previously.  Perry received $25.100 from gambling and marijuana industry sources.

During his tenure in the legislature, Perry has been known for being a major leader on other issues of a liberal nature where he has taken large campaign contributions from special interests pushing for them.  For example, Perry was heavily funded by Big Medicine interests and has been a major promoter of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which passed earlier this session, after a multi-year campaign. 

Obamacare Medicaid expansion will strip hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians of their employer provided medical insurance and force them onto taxpayer-funded Medicaid.  In doing so, it will mean many of them will lose their doctors.  It also raises the cost of employee medical insurance to small business and increases costs to county governments. Perry was obviously more concerned about supporting his campaign contributors than looking out for the interests of his constituents.

Last year, in a similar move, Perry took big campaign contributions from “woke” utility monopoly Duke Energy and from wind and solar operators and became a major supporter of their push for NC's Green New Deal, HB 951.   That legislation, which is modelled on the EU's Green Deal, but is more radical, will greatly raise electric rates in North Carolina. It has already directly led to an 18% rate increase, which will be the first of many.  Germany, which has followed the same path to which this legislation now commits North Carolina, has seen a massive rise in electric rates as a result.  Germans now pay over three times what North Carolinians pay for electricity.

Perry is elected by a district that includes all of Beaufort, Craven, and Lenoir counties and faces election again in 2024.  Filing for that seat will happen later this Fall.

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( September 8th, 2023 @ 1:23 pm )
Bob Hall did not find all of Sen. Jim Perry's crooked gambling industry money. That article linked from the Daily Haymaker showed two gambling kingpins, one for Illinois and the other from the US Virgin Islands, that Hall did not include on his list, that enriched Perry with a total of another $21,800 in gamgling payola. That brings Perry's total haul from the gambling sharks to $46,900 in dirty money.
( September 7th, 2023 @ 9:51 pm )
Perry was primary sponsor of the sports betting / horserace track bill that passed earlier, and was the senator primarily pushing this bill through the legislature. He is dirty beyound just the casinos.
( September 7th, 2023 @ 3:15 pm )
Sen. Perry's worst betrayal of the taxpayers was the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. A few years down the road, when the federal government's promise to cover most of the new cost expires, state taxpayers are going to be taken to the cleaners for this boondoggle. In the meantime, all that extra cost is going out of the taxpayers' other pocket in federal taxes. Taxpayers are being socked for a huge cost either way. And most of the new recipients of this Medicaid welfare have previously had private health plans funded by their employers. The big hospitals want that group shoved onto the taxpayers back because it is a steop toward their socialitic wet dream of single payer health care. Perry just helped shove us farther down that evil road. He needs to be G-O-N-E from politics.

His Green New Deal, is also going to be a nightmare for NC electric ratepayers as this green energy nonsense already is in other countries.
( September 7th, 2023 @ 11:19 am )
From his record, it is easy to see that Perry has no moral or philosophical compass. He is for sale to the highest bidder. That is not what we need in a public official. Time for a change in the '24 primary.

And, Buzz, I think that is CON (certificate of need) rather than COM. It is a insider scheme that helps keep medical bills high and the deep pockets in the medical industroy will fight like hell to keep. Those on the ir payroll like Perry, are what keep our medical bills high.
Bubba said:
( September 7th, 2023 @ 8:15 am )
Clearly, pay-to-play politics is alive and well with our own state senator. Voters need to change that.
( September 6th, 2023 @ 5:14 pm )
BUSINESS AS USUAL! Why do you think we can't get rid of COM? What about Tort Reform? Eliminate these two problems and NC would not be rated among the Worst Medical States. We would also have General practitioners. If you do not think we need them, just try and find a new one. Big money comes from the medical community and the insurance industry. Gambling is a big business if you are on the receiving end. It is easy to find big money to back it. Oh, I forgot. We have the best politician's money can buy.

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