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Edit: Gambling? Just Look Away

It was reported last week that the Coeur d’Alene Tribe plans to add a poker room at the Worley casino. The tribe’s spokesman said the poker room will help the Coeur d’Alene Tribe better compete with Indian casinos in Spokane where such games are offered. Which is true. But some people think this is a significant move by the tribe because adding poker would be a clear violation of the state constitution. Some people think there is no way Governor Butch Otter or Attorney General Lawrence Wasden can allow the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to so brazenly flout the constitution. They believe this will result in a showdown between the state and the tribe. But they would be wrong. Adding poker would really be no big deal as far as how it relates to state law. That’s because gambling offered at the Coeur d’Alene Casino has always been in violation of the state constitution/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette Record. More here.

Question: Do you know anyone who has been hurt — addition wise — by gambling?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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