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Gov. Schwarzenegger pushes casino deals

18 January 2008

SACRAMENTO, California -- As reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune: "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the self-proclaimed "people's governor" and advocate of direct democracy, appears to have ditched his populist roots in the fight to save four big Indian gaming deals he negotiated.

"The governor personally urged U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne early last month to push the agreements through the final step of the federal approval process, even though they still face a statewide vote on Feb. 5.

"He also supported a tribal lawsuit last fall aimed at keeping the referendum measures on the compacts off the ballot.

"The multibillion-dollar deals for Sycuan of El Cajon, Pechanga of Temecula and two other tribes were automatically approved by the Interior Department when they mysteriously turned up after reportedly having been lost for 80 days at the agency..."

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