By David Rice JOURNAL RALEIGH BUREAU
The N.C. Senate will return to Raleigh today with what might be the lucky number it needs to pass a state lottery, thanks to a Wilkes County senator’s plan to stay home.
For weeks, there have been 24 votes for a lottery and 26 – five Democrats and all 21 Republicans – against it in the Senate. A lottery proposal passed the N.C. House in April by the slimmest of margins, 61-59.
But two Republican senators who have been lobbied by lottery supporters could be absent. Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, is on his honeymoon. Sen. John Garwood, R-Wilkes, was taken to the hospital last week with a fever caused by an infection. (more…)