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Editorial: Odd alliance against Graton Rancheria casino

Editorial: Odd alliance against Graton Rancheria casino (April 20, 2012)

"Talk about your strange bedfellows. With the political battle over a tribal casino in Rohnert Park shifting to the state Legislature, local opponents are suddenly on the same side as other California Indian tribes. These putative allies object to a...

Opinion: Waiting for answers on Graton Rancheria casino

Opinion: Waiting for answers on Graton Rancheria casino (April 19, 2012)

"It's the biggest private development ever proposed for the North Bay and probably the most controversial, but most of our leaders don't want to talk about it. That's the impression I was left with after reading Derek Moore's story Wednesday...

Opinion: Gambling not the only vice for politicians

Opinion: Gambling not the only vice for politicians (October 17, 2008)

"About a 15-minute drive from my house in quaint northeastern Connecticut lies a towering green and white pseudo-metropolis of debauchery. Foxwoods Resort Casino, until last year the biggest casino in the world, is run by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of...

Column: Regulation after casino bus crash

Column: Regulation after casino bus crash (October 16, 2008)

"In Sacramento's immigrant neighborhoods last weekend, Laotian families celebrated ancient funeral rites, laying to rest elderly victims of a horrific bus crash that killed nine people on their way to a night of gambling at a Northern California Indian casino....

Editorial: Gaming tribes flex power in California

Editorial: Gaming tribes flex power in California (September 16, 2008)

"When charities went up against casino-owning Indian tribes in Sacramento recently, they got schooled in who wields the real political power. The outcome raises serious questions about whether Californians meant to forever guarantee tribes that there would be no meaningful...

Washington Democrats reject probe of compacts

Washington Democrats reject probe of compacts (July 22, 2008)

Democratic lawmakers in Washington have rejected a Republican-request probe of gaming compacts signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire (D). Republicans complained that Gregoire killed a compact with revenue-sharing after being lobbied by tribes that opposed the deal. The tribes have since...

New Mexico candidate hit for working at tribal casino

New Mexico candidate hit for working at tribal casino (May 20, 2008)

A candidate for New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District is accusing a rival of being a "blackjack dealer in Las Vegas" even though the rival actually worked at a tribal casino. Ben Ray Lujan used to be a card dealer at...

Chumash neighbors voted against  gaming deals

Chumash neighbors voted against gaming deals (March 10, 2008)

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians of California didn't have a gaming compact on the ballot last month but nearby voters expressed their displeasure with the tribe anyway. According to The Lompoc Record, 62 percent of voters in...

California compacts strongly backed by neighbors

California compacts strongly backed by neighbors (March 10, 2008)

Last month, voters in California approved four gaming compacts with 56 percent of the vote. But people who live nearby the casinos backed the agreements in higher margins, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports. According to the final results, 67 percent of...

California gaming compacts still being disputed

California gaming compacts still being disputed (March 4, 2008)

California voters approved four gaming compacts a month ago but there's still some disagreement about some key provisions. The compacts require the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians...

Editorial: Public should vote on Indian gaming

Editorial: Public should vote on Indian gaming (February 28, 2008)

"Sonoma County residents were cheated out of a chance to voice their opinions on the critical issue of local casino development this week when the Board of Supervisors turned thumbs down on a proposal for a countywide advisory vote on...

Gaming tribes paid for Republican mailer

Gaming tribes paid for Republican mailer (February 21, 2008)

Four California tribes whose gaming compacts were on the February 5 ballot paid for a Republican party mailer. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and the Sycuan...

Editorial: California tops for legal gaming

Editorial: California tops for legal gaming (February 11, 2008)

"Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97 - all of which voters approved by 12 percent margins (56-44) on Tuesday - involve a lot more than four Southern California tribes expand from 8,000 to 17,000 the number of slot machines they're...

California voters approve gaming compacts

California voters approve gaming compacts (February 6, 2008)

Four California tribes won resounding support for their gaming compacts on Tuesday. While ballots are still being counted, results from the Secretary of State show that at least 55 percent of voters backed compacts for the Agua Caliente Band...

California voters to decide on four compacts

California voters to decide on four compacts (February 5, 2008)

Voters in California are going to the polls today to decide on four controversial gaming compacts Propositions 94-97 ask voters to approve or reject compacts for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians,...

Opinion: Interior bungled California compacts

Opinion: Interior bungled California compacts (February 5, 2008)

"On February 5, 2008, Californians will vote on whether four tribes can triple the number of slot machines in their casinos, from 8,000 to 25,000. But, no matter who wins, the losers will sue. And they will have good...

Column: Big money at stake in California fight

Column: Big money at stake in California fight (February 4, 2008)

"The most confusing measures on Tuesday's state ballot are the four Indian gambling propositions. But, cutting through all the fabrication and jargon, there's one simple way to look at this. The central question is: Should the state grab, by whatever...

Opinion: Vote yes on California gaming compacts

Opinion: Vote yes on California gaming compacts (February 4, 2008)

"As the principal negotiator for two of the four tribes whose amended gaming agreements are on Tuesday's ballot as Propositions 94 to 97, I am appalled that the IJ opposed the agreements based purely on the false and misleading claims...

Opinion: Negotiate better deal with gaming tribes

Opinion: Negotiate better deal with gaming tribes (February 4, 2008)

"Remember when Californians voted in 1998 to approve Indian gaming? Most of us thought we were giving Native Americans throughout the state an opportunity to lift themselves out of decades of poverty. Now, 10 years later, we have Propositions 94,...

Opinion: California compacts a jackpot for state

Opinion: California compacts a jackpot for state (February 4, 2008)

"Faced with a $14.5 billion deficit, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger already announced we may have no choice but to release tens of thousands of prisoners early. He has declared a "fiscal emergency" and proposes major cuts in state services to try...

Opinion: Vote no on California gaming compacts

Opinion: Vote no on California gaming compacts (February 4, 2008)

"It is very hard to believe the ads against the four Indian gaming propositions — 94, 95, 96 and 97. It is also hard to believe the ads in favor of the measures. It is hardest of all to believe...

Opinion: Indian gaming not the only  solution

Opinion: Indian gaming not the only solution (February 4, 2008)

"This Super Tuesday, Feb. 5, one of the most controversial contentions coming to a polling station near you is Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's personal cause célèbre-Indian gaming. Propositions 94-97 would allow four reservation casinos in San Diego and Riverside County to...

California tribes could share $10.2B under compacts

California tribes could share $10.2B under compacts (February 1, 2008)

An economist hired by four California tribes says they could share up to $10.2 billion under their Class III gaming compacts. Economist Alan Meister, who puts together the annual Indian Gaming Report, was given access to proprietary information. By...

California Vote: Benefits for the Big Four tribes

California Vote: Benefits for the Big Four tribes (January 31, 2008)

"As the gaming tribes the Pala Band of Mission Indians and the United Auburn Indian Community, is tagged, “It’s amazing what millions in political contributions can get you.” But if you’re like most California voters by now, you’re thinking...

California Vote: The cost of casino expansion

California Vote: The cost of casino expansion (January 31, 2008)

"Critics of four ballot measures that could drum up as much as $9 billion in state operating revenue over the next two decades say those agreements are really nothing more than sweetheart deals struck between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and...

Editorial: Vote yes on California gaming compacts

Editorial: Vote yes on California gaming compacts (January 31, 2008)

"Propositions 94 through 97 on the California primary ballot on Tuesday are all about the same thing: They allow four Indian tribes to increase the number of slot machines at their existing casinos. The new deals would increase the amount...

Opinion: Vote no on California gaming compacts

Opinion: Vote no on California gaming compacts (January 30, 2008)

"Seven propositions will appear on the Feb. 5 ballot. Among the most controversial are four propositions dealing with Indian casinos. The four measures, Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97, ask voters to approve four gaming compacts with Indian tribes in...

California tribes divided in compact fight

California tribes divided in compact fight (January 29, 2008)

Tribes in California are no longer united on gaming issues, Manuel Hamilton, the vice chairman of the Ramona Band of Cahuilla Indians says. Hamilton isn't taking sides in the fight over four controversial Class III compacts. But he doesn't have...

Editorial: Vote yes on Indian gaming compacts

Editorial: Vote yes on Indian gaming compacts (January 29, 2008)

"Vote Yes on Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97. The Indian gaming compacts that have already been negotiated and approved by the California Legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will pump billions into the state and the local economy,...

Opinions: How to vote on California gaming pacts

Opinions: How to vote on California gaming pacts (January 28, 2008)

February 5 is fast approaching for voters in California. If you're unsure about ballot propositions for four gaming tribes, here's some advice on both sides of the debate. The Banning/Beaumont Record Gazette urges a yes vote on Propositions 94-97....

Editorial: Vote yes on California gaming compacts

Editorial: Vote yes on California gaming compacts (January 25, 2008)

"Four statewide propositions on the Feb. 5 ballot would allow four Southern California Indian tribes to increase the number of slot machines at their casinos on reservation land. Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97 affirm agreements worked out between Gov....

Opinion: Gaming hasn't cured tribal woes

Opinion: Gaming hasn't cured tribal woes (January 24, 2008)

"There are 105 tribal entities in California with approximately 56,158 tribal members. There are 31 gaming tribal casinos. Yes, Indian gaming revenue has been used to build houses, schools, roads and sewer and water systems and to fund health...

Poll shows tight battle over California compacts

Poll shows tight battle over California compacts (January 24, 2008)

Only 42 percent of California voters support four controversial gaming compacts, according to a new Field Poll. The poll showed 37 percent of respondents opposed the compacts that are on the February 5 ballot. Another 21 percent said they were...

Editorial: Vote yes on Propositions 94-97

Editorial: Vote yes on Propositions 94-97 (January 23, 2008)

"Earlier this month, the citizens of California were given the news that their state was suffering from a whopping budget deficit of approximately $14 billion. As a means of comparison, this amount is approximately equal to the gross domestic products...

San Manuel Band compact approved by BIA

San Manuel Band compact approved by BIA (January 23, 2008)

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians can add up to 5,500 more slot machines now that its Class III gaming compact has been approved by the federal government. The Bureau of Indian Affairs published a notice in the Federal...

Column: Hey youse, vote for Indian compacts

Column: Hey youse, vote for Indian compacts (January 22, 2008)

How do you make fun of Indians, Italians and tribal sovereignty all at once? No, don't call up Iron Eyes Cody, ask author Thomas Gangale to write a column. "Ciao. I’m Don Tommaso. I’m the capo of the Kachinga Tribe,...

Spending on California compacts tops $100M

Spending on California compacts tops $100M (January 22, 2008)

Supporters and opponents of four Class III gaming compacts have spent more than $100 million to influence California voters. Propositions 94 through 97 are on the February 5 ballot. They ask voters to support of compacts for the Agua Caliente...

Editorials: Vote 'yes' on  California compacts

Editorials: Vote 'yes' on California compacts (January 22, 2008)

Five California newspapers are urging voters to vote "yes" on four Class III gaming compacts that are on the February 5 ballot. The Los Angeles Times says the deals benefit the state and the tribes. "Voters would be foolish to...

Editorial: Vote yes on  Big Four gaming compacts

Editorial: Vote yes on Big Four gaming compacts (January 21, 2008)

"The Star supports the Indian gambling compact amendments the state Legislature and governor approved last year for four tribes and, thus, supports yes votes on Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97 on the Feb. 5 ballot. The compact amendments were...

Column: BIA helps gaming tribes get richer

Column: BIA helps gaming tribes get richer (January 17, 2008)

"If there's one thing California voters pride themselves on, it's their ability to make their own laws via ballot initiatives. A corollary of this is their ability to use popular referenda for vetoing laws passed by elected officials. So it...

Opinion: Gaming compacts will help California

Opinion: Gaming compacts will help California (January 16, 2008)

"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a "fiscal emergency" because the state faces a $14.5 billion deficit. He has said we may have no choice but to release 22,000 nonviolent offenders from prison early, and he has proposed deep spending cuts...

Column: Gambling on California's future

Column: Gambling on California's future (January 14, 2008)

"To watch the endless television ads, one would think that the four Indian gaming measures on the Feb. 5 ballot were all about raising money to save the state budget. In fact, tribal casinos will barely dent California's fiscal crisis....

Opinion: Support California gaming compacts

Opinion: Support California gaming compacts (January 10, 2008)

"These days, one of the greatest threats to the public’s safety is our state’s budget crisis. It can jeopardize funding for all manner of police, fire and emergency protection services in communities throughout the state. Faced with a $14.5...

Commentary: Gaming expansion in California

Commentary: Gaming expansion in California (January 9, 2008)

"By the time voters approach their touch-screen booths on Feb. 5, they’ll probably know what there is to know about Indian gaming compacts and the state of California. The tribes and their opponents will have spent tens of millions...

Editorial: Vote yes on tribal gaming compacts

Editorial: Vote yes on tribal gaming compacts (January 7, 2008)

"The decision on Props. 94 through 97 on the Feb. 5 ballot depends on voters sorting through a battle between competing special interests to find the public's stake. One crucial point should make that task easier: California is better off...

Commentary: Tribal spending on compact referendum

Commentary: Tribal spending on compact referendum (January 7, 2008)

"On Friday, the Pechanga Band of Temecula, one of the big four tribes who stand to gain from passage of Propositions 94 to 97 and 17,000 new slot machines, contributed $30.8 million in support of these propositions. This brings the...

Massachusetts lawmaker still opposed to gaming

Massachusetts lawmaker still opposed to gaming (December 20, 2007)

A top Massachusetts lawmaker isn't convinced that gaming is inevitable in the state. House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is a Democrat like Gov. Deval Patrick. But he doesn't think Patrick's plan to legalize three commercial casinos will be good for the...

Fight brews over 'Big Four' California compacts

Fight brews over 'Big Four' California compacts (December 20, 2007)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Wednesday published approval of four controversial California Class III gaming compacts. But just what that means is still being debated. Supporters say the agreements are final and valid but opponents plan to press...

BIA publishes approval of 'Big Four' compacts

BIA publishes approval of 'Big Four' compacts (December 19, 2007)

The Class III gaming compacts for four California tribes are being published in the Federal Register today. The "Big Four" compacts are for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Pechanga Band...

Editorial: Gaming compacts good for California

Editorial: Gaming compacts good for California (December 5, 2007)

"The federal government has given the nod to compacts between the state and four native tribes to expand casino operations. It's a positive step that will ultimately pump millions into the state and the Coachella Valley. The compacts amount to...