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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Border Skirmish

You know it's election season when the special interests fire up their independent expenditure campaigns. It's been well-covered that ChangePAC and It's Time for a Change are BIAW astroturf fronts designed to channel unlimited funds to benefit the Rossi campaign. But at least BIAW is based in Washington.

Did you know special interests in Oregon are taking aim at Washington state politics?

The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde are done with asking the public to call Clark County commissioners and defeat La Center’s mayor.

In their latest advertising blitz opposing the Cowlitz Tribe’s casino plan, owners of Oregon’s top-grossing Indian casino have moved up the chain of command.

Through their proxy, Citizens for a Healthy Clark County, the Grand Ronde government is paying for television commercials saying that “George Bush’s plan for Clark County” would inflict chronic traffic jams, create nasty pollution and bankrupt small businesses.

The commercial ends with photos and phone numbers for Gov. Chris Gregoire, U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Congressman Brian Baird, all Democrats.

Regardless of where you stand on expanded gambling opportunities in the state, there is nothing good about Oregon interests (ok, so it's actually a sovereign nation, but still located across the border) interfering in Washington affairs.

Apparently, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde are fearing the competition.

And who isn't for a healthy Clark County? I don't live there, but I don't want an unhealthy Clark county. It's a misleading name designed to confuse voters into supporting the Grand Ronde position.


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