I had to laugh out loud when I read:
US State Senator-elect Steve Cohen (D-Memphis) "wants to become the Congressional Black Caucus' first white member..." (AP via WKRN)Maybe it'll work better for him than it did Tennessee State Representative Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) last year.
As for the rest of the article on Cohen--I'm not at all surprised that he'd suggest a national lottery "to pay off the national debt". He spent 20 years shepherding the Tennessee lottery into being--this is familiar territory for him. What is surprising is that a bright fellow like him hasn't yet figured out how abusive gambling is on many of the very people he represents.