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Editorial: Make decision on Wisconsin off-reservation casino

Filed Under: Casino Stalker | Opinion
More on: menominee, off-reservation, republicans, scott walker, wisconsin

Artist's rendering of the proposed Menominee Nation off-reservation casino. Image from Casino Kenosha

Newspaper calls on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) to make a decision on the Menominee Nation off-reservation casino:
Gov. Scott Walker said in November that he would not accept donations from tribes involved in the fight over a proposed Menominee casino in Kenosha. "It doesn't make any sense for them to be involved politically," he said. He's right - but that hasn't stopped a major player in this game from playing politics anyway.

And while that player and another haven't been contributing to Walker directly, they did make significant contributions last year to the Republican Governors Association, which uses its money to support GOP gubernatorial candidates across the nation and has aired commercials supporting Walker in the past, and presumably will this year, too.

The Journal Sentinel's Cary Spivak reported Tuesday that Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment Inc., the financial muscle behind the proposed casino, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which owns Hard Rock, combined to give the governors group $65,000 in the second half of last year, including a contribution in December. On the other side of the fence, the Forest County Potawatomi, the tribe that is leading the opposition to the Kenosha casino, gave the governors association $10,000 in July — a contribution that brought its tab for last year up to $60,000, according to filings reviewed separately by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Spivak reported.

Get the Story:
Editorial: Gov. Scott Walker could end this game (The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2/5)

Also Today:
Walker likely to seek extension on Kenosha casino decision (The Kenosha News 2/5)
State official: Governor's casino decision will take time (The Racine Journal Times 2/5)

Bureau of Indian Affairs Documents:
Press Release | Fact Sheet: Menominee Nation Decision | Section 20 Determination: Menominee Nation Off-Reservation Casino

Related Stories:
Republicans benefit in Wisconsin off-reservation casino fight (2/4)

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