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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Gaming politics

The Star Tribune today has an article about how Pawlenty's casino plans crashed and burned. Basically, the article says that his plans got squeezed from both sides by a well-funded, well-organized campaign. This seems to have taken him by surprise, but not me. While an expansion of gambling may have strong support in the public, the opposition cares more about enforcing the status quo than the majority cares about changing it. It's the old story of special-interest politics.

And what about the special session? Given how little has been done, I'm predicting one that goes down to the wire: June 30th.


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