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Dick Day

Jul 1, 2014

For the love of the game

Though no longer the Senate’s outspoken conservative populist, Dick Day has hardly gone silent.

Oct 12, 2012

In SD 24, both candidates vie for middle ground

In Senate District 24, which includes the southern Minnesota regional centers of Owatonna and Faribault, one candidate is warning about the harmful effects of state spending cuts while the other is throwing cold water on Gov. Mark Dayton’s desired income tax increase on the wealthiest earners.

Jun 8, 2012

Canterbury Park, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux cut deal that upends gambling debate

The catalyst for a landmark gambling deal cut between horseracing track Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux tribe was a minor bill that didn’t get a single hearing during the 2012 legislative session.

Apr 6, 2012

Senate racino push at apparent dead end

The perennial bill to install slots in the state’s two racetracks was yanked from its first hearing in the Senate Education Committee amid fear that the committee’s conservative members would kill it early in the session.

Feb 3, 2012

Tribal gaming dollars go bipartisan

Indian tribes have been a powerful force in Minnesota politics for nearly two decades, bankrolling major political party groups with hundreds of thousands of dollars for their campaigns. In 2011 they spread their money almost evenly between DFLers and Republicans.

Jan 10, 2012

Dick Day to lobby for racino with Running Aces track

Dick Day was hired to lobby for the Running Aces track about a month ago, spokesman John Derus said. Day left his job as the lead lobbyist for RacinoNow, a Canterbury Park venture, this summer.

Dec 14, 2011

Mike Parry draws on visibility of his state Senate seat to bolster his campaign for Congress

It was just a 176-word campaign email, but Sen. Mike Parry hit all the right notes: attacking Gov. Mark Dayton’s child care unionization order; lambasting labor; providing links to news coverage; and taking aim at the next opponent on his political horizon, DFL U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, whose congressional seat Parry hopes to claim in 2012.

Nov 4, 2011

New-look racino team will push ag benefits

Jeff Hilger describes himself as first and foremost a horse guy. He owns a sprawling farm in Stillwater where he breeds thoroughbreds. He has also worked in the corporate world. One thing Hilger’s a bit low on is political experience.

Nov 2, 2011

Racino Now gets new lead lobbyist, changes name

The group has hired a new lead lobbyist and will be called the Racino Now/Equine Development Coalition, as they try to highlight racino's benefits to the horse and agriculture industry over gambling in the 2012 session.

Oct 14, 2011

Day’s departure signals change in direction for racino lobby

A lot of things are changing for Dick Day. The former Senate Republican minority leader made a legislative career out of supporting slot machines at racetracks — better known as racino — during his 19 years in the chamber.

Oct 12, 2011

Why gambling expansion remains a long-shot bet

A steady downpour didn’t keep Indian gambling workers from flocking outside the state Capitol in St. Paul last April. At least 1,500 people gathered outside on the building’s steps, some arriving by the busload from reservations hours away. Clad in raincoats and shielded by a canopy of umbrellas, workers thrust signs into the air that read, “Rural jobs count too” and “Don’t gamble wit[...]

Oct 4, 2011

Dick Day splits from Racino Now

Dick Day is leaving the pro-racino lobbying group Racino Now to start a contract lobbying firm. Day spent 19 years in the state Senate before joining the group that lobbies for slot machines in Minnesota horse racing tracks.

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