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Gambling war, Part II…

On Wednesday, House Democrats proposed coming up with more money for health and schools by increasing the state’s Keno lottery game from once a day to once every five minutes.
Within 48 hours, anti-gambling forces opened fire in a joint statement signed by more than two dozen officials, including Cheney City Councilwoman Teresa Steuckle and Snoqualmie Mayor Randy “Fuzzy” Fletcher.
The Keno games, they said, would turn community eateries and taverns “into dark, smoky keno lounges where gamblers sit around watching numbers called on video monitors.”

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