The Buzz: Odds are even in casino battle royal
By Steve Wiegand - email@example.com
Published 12:00 am PST Monday, November 26, 2007
Story appeared in MAIN NEWS section, Page A3
The bad news for four SoCal Indian tribes that want voters to approve deals allowing their already-big casinos to get bigger is that the public is kind of lukewarm about the idea so far. OP: Which is WHY we need to get the word out that we don't reward civil rights violators with a fortune.
Both public and private polls show the approval ratings of the referendums launched by opponents on the Feb. 5 ballot hovering around 50 percent, which is ordinarily not a good omen early in campaigns. Sources on both sides say the sticking point with voters appears to be language in the ballot summary that implies that under the deals, the tribes don't have to meet some state environmental standards. OP: Also, the fact that the tribal foxes will be counting the chickens in the henhouse.
The expansion-seeking tribes may also benefit from backing by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who OK'd the deals and is counting on the state getting big money from the agreements. OP: This would be the SAME governor that doesn't want the people of CA to decide the issue? Isn't that OUR decision?Although the guv hasn't decided whether he will actively campaign for the deals, he has lent support to the tribes in a court challenge scheduled to be heard in Sacto Superior Court this week.