Senate panel to examine fairgrounds c...

Senate panel to examine fairgrounds casino deal

There are 1 comment on the KOB-TV New Mexico story from Feb 10, 2014, titled Senate panel to examine fairgrounds casino deal. In it, KOB-TV New Mexico reports that:

A Senate committee plans to take a look at operations of the State Fair and the award of a 25-year lease by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration to a racetrack company to build a larger casino at the fairgrounds.

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Huntsville, AL

#2 Feb 10, 2014
moose wrote:
this is a legitimate investigation into patently shady deal.

"“I’ve worked for four governors, two Republicans, two Democrats and I’ve never had a governor approach me on that level before,” Tinnin said.

Tinnin was one of a string of former and current state fair commission appointees who testified at a controversial hearing about a controversial racino deal in front of the Senate Rules Committee.

The focus was on a long-term lease approved in 2011 between Expo New Mexico and the Downs Racetrack and Casino.

At the center of the allegations against the Martinez administration are that the governor herself and her associates applied political pressure to appointees to force through a generous deal. The Downs proposal was competing against another one from the Laguna Development Corporation.

Former state fair commissioner Charlotte Rode claims that the Downs deal got preference because the owners donated tens of thousands of dollars to her campaign.

“There was a back and forth between what as a decider, what she could provide to the Downs and what the Downs could provide to her,” Rode said.

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