In the governor's race, it greatly depends on tribal activities. The Democrats have only captured an open governor's race when they had tribal money injected. In 1990, they wanted bingo halls. They poured money into David Walters' efforts and he defeated Bill Price.
In 2002, the tribes wanted to expand to full casino operations. They poured money into Brad Henry's efforts. Both of these Democrats moved into the Governor's mansion and signed tribal compacts to sanction the scourge of gambling under the claim that this would cure our education funding problems.
Gov. Henry even added a state-run lottery to undo the dynamics of social welfare. Whereas our income tax sets up a graduated scale so that the very wealthy pay way more taxes so that the poor have a meager sustenance;
The lotteries draw massive sums back from those poor & uneducated masses so that one lottery winner can become very wealthy. But the truth is that the poor become poorer and massively addicted... leading to crime and child neglect.
Yes, I'm generalizing. But multiple studies demonstrate that the poor and uneducated are far more active in gambling schemes.
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