Virginia: Is State Sen. Stanley right? Are casinos a sign of civic death? By Bristol Herald Courier April 15, 2019 at 1:28 am It wasn’t quite like Daniel going into the lion’s den, but perhaps as close as we’ll get without actual big cats. State Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin County, went to Danville last week and told city leaders they don’t need a casino. This was not what some community leaders there wanted to hear. Before we get to why this matters, let’s recap the very short history of casinos in Virginia: For years, state Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, has pushed for a casino in her city. A Republican-controlled General Assembly never showed any interest in that. But last year, a group of businessmen from Republican-voting Southwest Virginia proposed one for Bristol. That changed the political dynamics. So did a bill that made provisions for a casino in another small city in a Republican-voting part of the state: Danville.