Kitzhaber joins fight against Grange casino

Kitzhaber joins fight against Grange casino »Play Video
The Grange Wood Village Casino (photo courtesy of The Grange).

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon voters will soon weigh in on a proposed casino near Wood Village and now Gov. John Kitzhaber has decided to get in on the debate and let folks know where he stands.

The governor is firmly against the casino, dubbed the Grange, and is hoping to sway public opinion.

On Friday, he'll be at a film shoot for a campaign ad that will try to convince voters to reject Measures 82 and 83, which would authorize the casino.

The Grange is a proposed casino and entertainment center that would be built near Wood Village. If the plan goes through, it would be the first private casino in the state.

Gov. Kitzhaber said he is against the idea because of the state's existing agreement with tribal governments. Each tribe in the state agreed to operate just one casino, as long as there was no competition from private casinos.

The governor said he wants to honor that agreement with the tribes.

However, supporters of the Grange say the agreement is with the legislature only. They believe voters, if they choose, should be allowed to approve a new casino.

The clock on all of this is ticking - Election Day is about a month away. We are told this new ad featuring the governor will start airing next week.