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Another Reminder of Costs

28 July 1998

To draw another contrast with "the good old days", one need only look at the Cowboys and Indians battle in California. The cowboys are the deep-pocket casinos of Nevada, which don't want casinos next door. The Indians are real Indians, California's tribes that want what Las Vegas has.

The matter goes on the ballot in November, but the Los Angeles Times says that while "the ballot measure... arguably will have little personal impact on most voters it will probably become one of the costliest political battles in state history... Proposition 5, seeks voter permission for California's Indian tribes to operate the kinds of casinos that the state deems illegal and allow additional casinos without the approval of the governor or the legislature. Already, the two sides are shelling out more than $1 million a week on TV commercials. With their sizable bankrolls, the campaigns are expected to spend—combined—more than $75 million by election day."

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