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The art of the deal


For some enlightening reading by investigative reporter Paul Davies, whose credentials include writing for The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, as well as newspapers in Connecticut, Florida and Maryland, see his 32-page online book titled “Stacked Deck: Inside the Politics of New York’s Dishonest Casino Plan.” (www.americanvalues.org/pdfs/Stacked-Deck.pdf)

We at The River Reporter count ourselves among those who believe the revised language unfairly stacks the deck in favor of a pro-casino gambling outcome.

As evidence, you only have to view the results of a survey of registered voters, taken at the end of September by pollsters at Siena College. When they presented neutral language about casino gambling, asking respondents if they “support or oppose passing an amendment to the state constitution to allow non-Indian, Las Vegas style casinos to be build in New York,” respondents were evenly divided (46% to 46%), but when asked about the actually final ballot language, emphasizing jobs creation and revenue enhancement, a majority (55%) said they would support the proposition, while a minority (42%) opposed it.

When you go to the polls to vote on Proposition 1, remember that the spin-laden language you see is designed to give New York’s political leaders the outcome they wanted.