Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Downs Trots to Win In a One-Horse Race.(Final)(Editorial)

EDITORIALS

Members of the State Fair Commission are patting themselves on the back for renegotiating a sweeter racetrack lease with The Downs at Albuquerque. Anyone care to bet whether the deal could have been even sweeter for the state had it been opened up to competitive bidding?

The commission voted last year to open operation of the State Fair racetrack and casino to competitive bidding. But Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson replaced the entire seven-member commission shortly after former commission chairman Tom Tinnin was asked -- and refused -- to abandon plans to seek competitive bids.

Richardson's all-new board scrapped the bidding plan Jan. 6 at its first meeting. …

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