Day leaves racino group to launch firm

Former Republican state Senator Dick Day of Owatonna announced today that he is stepping down from his position with the group Racino Now, which has lobbied unsuccessfully for legislation to allow slot machine-gambling at the Canterbury Park and Running Aces horse racing tracks.

In a news release, Day said he is forming a lobbying group called Day and Associates, which will be based in Eagan.

“I have been approached by many people asking for my assistance with their issues over at the Capitol,” Day said. “While I enjoyed working with Racino Now and accomplished the goal of raising public awareness for the issue, I feel that it’s time to take on new issues and new challenges in St. Paul. I wish Racino Now well in passing their issue next session.”

Day served six terms in the Minnesota Senate. He resigned his seat in January 2010 to become president of Racino Now.

Day said that his new firm will include his long time aide, Chris Johnson.

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