MGM's pitch for a $1B casino in metro Atlanta

Another day, another casino proposal for metro Atlanta.

Here's the top of the AJC premium story written with Scott Trubey:

Casino and entertainment giant MGM Resorts International is pitching a $1 billion gambling complex for downtown Atlanta that backers say would funnel tens of millions of dollars into the HOPE scholarship. But first it would have to overcome stiff opposition in the General Assembly and the governor's office.

"I've seen what they want to do, and it's going to blow your mind," said Stephens, R-Savannah. "It's massive in its size and its elegance. This is a game-changer. I'm looking for a win-win-win and this is it."

An MGM Resorts spokesman confirmed the company's interest in Atlanta but said its analysis in "the very preliminary stages." The company started scouting Atlanta in recent months. The project would include a luxury hotel, entertainment venue, a gaming floor and other amenities.

Find out more details about the project - and the political and cultural challenges it faces - by clicking here.