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Chicken-Fried News: The Gambler


  • Ingvard Ashby

On the third of February
In his State of the State speech
Our business-savvy governor
Made a request quite inspired
Let’s get money from state reserves
To fund public education
Instead of from casinos
To prove their compacts expired

He said, “One percent of the
common education funding
came from the state’s exclusivity fees
on Class III games in tribal casinos.
… After five offers from the state
for all stakeholders to come together …
three tribes instead sued the state
on New Year’s Eve.”

So a Seattle-based law firm’s
Representin’ Oklahoma
In a drawn-out, bitter dispute
with many indigenous tribes.
And State Rep. Emily Virgin
said, “You should have thought about that …
when you picked an unwinnable fight.”

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run.
Millions of dollars of state money
Just left sittin’ on the table;
Is that better than admittin’
That you done effed up?  

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