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Tribe: Otter Picks Buds Over Idaho

The Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe issued this response to Gov. Butch Otter's veto of "instant racing" legislation:

Today, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced his decision to go against lawmakers and veto Senate Bill 1011, the bill to repeal instant racing. SB 1011 was introduced by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe at the beginning of the 2015 session. “Idahoans asked our Governor to defend the Idaho Constitution by repealing instant racing, and sadly the Governor made a clear choice to look the other way,” said Chairman Chief Allan of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. “He turned his back on the Legislature and Idahoans in order to protect his friends and financiers.” In the last election cycle, campaign finance records show Governor Otter received nearly $56,000 from Treasure Valley Racing, its six owners, Intermountain Racing and Winning for Idaho, the PAC for Greyhound Park and Event Center. Treasure Valley Racing has installed 200 instant racing terminals at Les Bois Park in Boise, Intermountain Racing has 80 machines at the Double Down Bar and Grill in Idaho Falls and there are 35 machines at the Greyhound Park in Post Falls/Helo Hancock, Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe. Full response here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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