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Arizona Governor Disputes Tracks' Criticisms

3 April 2002

PHOENIX, Arizona –As reported by the Associated Press: "Arizona Gov. Jane Hull accused horse and dog racetracks of lying and distorting the facts of her plan to continue Indian casino operations in radio and newspaper ads running statewide.

"`Since the horse and dog track owners can't win this debate on the merits, they have resorted to personal attacks,' Hull said in a letter sent to state legislators Tuesday.

…Tracks started running newspaper ads and radio spots Tuesday that questioned the `secret deal' Hull has negotiated with 17 Indian tribes to continue casino operations.

…The tracks -- which are asking the Legislature to let them operate slot machines too -- criticized Hull's closed-door negotiations, the length of the deal, where the state's share would be spent and why casinos would not be forced to disclose their financial records.

Hull said her proposal is the only one that limits casino gambling, provides state regulation and offers the state a share of the profits…"

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