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JON RALSTON: Pence and Gaming

JON RALSTON: Pence and Gaming
Posted at 8:12 AM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-19 20:05:49-04

I have already pointed out that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, is no friend of Nevada on Yucca Mountain. Not that surprising: Almost no one of either party is. But what about gaming?

Pence’s views, I’ve discovered, actually are somewhat confusing and contradictory. To wit:

-- Three years ago, he opposed land-based expansion in Indiana. But just this year, Pence acknowledged what an important part of the Indiana economy gaming had become. I am struck by his use of “these businesses” (as if they are icky) to describe the enterprises, but maybe I am reading too much into that.

-- A couple of months ago, Pence refused to sign a gaming bill, and he let it become law without his signature.

-- He is a DFS guy, which would seem to be, ahem, an expansion of gaming ... Check out his quote. It’s needle-threading at its best.