From Gambling to Greyhounds

Backers hoping to build a Las Vegas-style casino at a former greyhound track east of Portland are starting out of the gate slowly in their effort to make the November ballot. They hope to coax Oregon voters to amend the state constitution to allow a single private casino in the state, at the former Multnomah Kennel Club in Wood Village.

Backers also propose a second initiative to dedicate money to education and children’s health care — which could sweeten the pot for state voters.

Initiative experts said it’s getting late to gather the necessary petition signatures by the July 3 deadline, only 11 weeks away. But, it’s still possible, given the money a gaming company could spend gathering signatures. The Oregon Family Council set the modern-day record when it gathered more than 200,000 signatures in six weeks to put a gay-marriage ban on the 2004 ballot.

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  • Rupert in Springfield

    Oh yeah right and lets tack on that second initiative to “do it for the kids”

    The real question here is, will the voters fall for this BS again. Can we open the play book again?

    Step one – Try and enact some sort of gambling, like the lottery say it really doesn’t matter.

    Step two – Sweeten the pot by having something ride along with it, “doing it for the kids” is always a good one.

    Step three – Gee, we get what we want along with another big pot o’ money to help out those poor little unhealthy uneducated urchins.

    Step four – After a few years voters forget, besides they are idiots anyway, and besides this big ol pot of money is just too good to be true I mean we just gotta take some of it for something else.

    Step five – Bike paths.

  • Eddie

    I’d like to see our state government stop trying to “help” people by legislatively monopolizing vice industries… Currently, except for remote Indian casinos, all of the thousands upon thousands of (mostly second-hand, and run-down) video gambling machines peppering our state are owned and operated by the state. Yet a casino would be “BAD” and encourage gambling addiction, and attract a wrong element… you know, people who run gambling, like… oh… the Oregon State government.

    They also distribute and sell all hard liquor in the state, ostensibly to ensure responsible use… good thing we don’t have one of the highest alcoholism rates in the nation, or it’d be rather embarassin… err… what’s that? Oh… nevermind. Forget I said anything.

    I’d like to see less institutionalized hypocracy in Oregon… either lose the lottery gambling machines, or legalize gambling statewide. Plus, cut loose the OLCC, replace it with a reasonable alcohol tax, and let the private sector handle distribution.

  • Jason W.

    The Democratic Senate Primary debate brought up the casino question, and all the candidates seemed to fumble it. Here is how the Oregonian reported it today…

    “One area where they disagreed — but had trouble coming up with a response — was a proposed tribal casino at Cascade Locks, in the Columbia River Gorge.

    Neville said that while she’s “big on the natural beauty of things,” she’s leaning toward supporting the casino because the alternative site is even more environmentally sensitive. Novick said he is leaning toward opposing it but wants “one more conversation” with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, which wants to build the casino.

    Merkley said the decision was too close for him to call. “I do not have a clear and solid answer for that.”

  • Jerry

    None of these people ever has a clear answer on anything. They are woefully out of their league when it comes to these type of decisions.
    Oregon does not need more gambling, which is really just a tax on the ignorant.
    Nothing more.

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