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Saturday, June 13, 2009

It Ain't Over Even When the Supreme Court Rules

Let's call this entry an Editorial. Tomorrow, we will talk about the results of this weekend's racing action.

You would have thought the U.S. Supreme Court decision to let the Illinois Supreme Court decision regarding the riverboats casino tax supplementing racing purses would have been the end of it.

Well it is not.

The Associated Press reports that the riverboats are now launching suit against former governor Rod Blagojevich and several racetrack operators. Basically they are claiming the racetracks made campaign donations to the ex-governor's campaign in order to get this bill passed. As a result, the casinos are once again asking the courts to return the money to them.

Are we to believe that the riverboat casinos did not make campaign contributions during their campaign to get riverboat gambling approved? Here is an article which shows both the casino industry and racetracks made donations to political campaigns.

I guess campaign donations are OK as long as you make them.

Look, I am not naive. Campaign donations and PACS are what get you access to legislators and helps get your agenda passed. They casino industry is annoyed that for once, someone played the game better than them and they don't like it.

The casino industry has deep pockets. It is time the racing industry joins forces so we can compete on even terms. The only way racing can fight for their rights is for the all the factions to unite rather than fight each other. Are we up to the task?

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