Oregon Enters Casino Politics

Weekly question: The first big wave of candidate ads has come from an untraditional source — the gaming inudustry. The two television ads are everywhere as they oppose the notion of a Columbia Gorge casino and its politcal supporters. One ad criticizes Gov. Kulongoski and promotes Jim Hill, and the other ad criticizes Kevin Mannix and promotes Ron Saxton. This begs several questions: Will these adds have an effect? Is this the beginning of a new long drawn-out fight between reservations and entrenched interest groups? Does the Wood Village-Greyhound Park plan solve the Gorge debate or make it worse? Is this the backlash point on Oregon’s gaming trend or just a speed bump as the state continues to expand gaming in forms ahead of the rest of the nation? Your answers and opininions would be greatly appreciated. Recent news link here

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  • Pete

    Just do the Math. Spirit Mountain is rumored to make 1 million a day. A Casino close to the metro area could cost them half that. If a Governors race can be bought in Oregon the folks at Spirit Mountain have both the resources and the motive to do it. My guess is they are dipping their toes in the water on this to see what kind of reaction they get. I would not be surprised if Ted and or Kevin make a public announcement to denounce the Gorge casino in the next week. Being in support of the Gorge project is a big time roll of the political dice.

  • Sherman

    I still am bewildered at the fact that liberal Kulongoski took up the Gorge casino idea in the first place. The only worst place environmentally would be to put one on Wizard island on Crater Lake! I guess he was deperate for cash.

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