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Arkansans Consider Casino Amendment As Gambling Addiction Goes Largely Unchecked

Arkansas is one of just seven states that does not spend money to support gambling addiction treatment. Meanwhile, canvassers are collecting signatures this month to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would authorize two casinos, one in Russellville and one in Jefferson County. The ballot item would put a minimum of $200,000 into gambling addiction treatment services.

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9/21/2018

article Arkansans to Vote on Casino Licenses Amendment
(Arkansas) -- Arkansans will be able to vote on an amendment to allow four licenses to be issued for gaming at casinos in the Natural State. The new measure calls for...

9/19/2018

article Arkansas governor names special justice for casino cases
(Arkansas) -- A Little Rock judge has been appointed to fill in for the Arkansas Supreme Court chief justice in a pair of challenges to a ballot measure that would...

9/18/2018

article Oklahoma tribe gives $1.4M total to Arkansas casino proposal
(Arkansas) -- A Native American tribe contributed about $1.4 million to a ballot initiative that would authorize four casinos in Arkansas. The Driving Arkansas Forward...
article Quapaw Tribe Donates To Arkansas Casino Initiative
(Arkansas) -- An Oklahoma tribe has contributed about $1.4 million to a ballot initiative to authorize four casinos in Arkansas. The Quapaw Tribe donated $191,000 to the...

9/17/2018

article Arkansas chief justice recuses from 2nd casino measure case
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas' chief justice has now stepped aside from hearing both challenges to a proposed ballot measure that would legalize four casinos in the state.
article State Supreme Court gives Oct. 1 deadline on casino lawsuit
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court has given an Oct. 1 deadline to both sides of a lawsuit over Issue No. 4, or the "casino amendment." Opponents and...
article Tribe's funds to OK casinos put at $1.4M
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw tribe in August gave $191,000 to the Driving Arkansas Forward committee promoting the proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize...

9/14/2018

article Kemp also gets off casino lawsuit
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Dan Kemp also yesterday said he would not participate in a case seeking to toss the casino expansion amendment off the...

9/12/2018

article Arkansas casino expansion measure now faces 2 lawsuits seeking to boot it from the ballot
(Arkansas) -- Two separate groups are now looking to the state's highest court, hoping legal challenges they've made to Issue 4 will get the casino expansion...
article Pine Bluff citizens work to get casino measure off November ballot
(Arkansas) -- Pastors in Pine Bluff are working to get a measure off the November ballot that would authorize casino licenses to certain counties.
article Poll: Voters Against Casino Measure
(Arkansas) -- A new poll shows the majority of Arkansas voters are against the idea of casino expansion in the state. But with 11-percent undecided, the issue could sway...

9/11/2018

article Another lawsuit in the works against casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- A Pope County-based group has been formed to oppose the casino gambling amendment and it will file a lawsuit today, the second, seeking to have the...
article Casino measure faces 2nd lawsuit
(Arkansas) -- An attorney for a Russellville-based committee opposed to a proposal to authorize four casinos in Arkansas said the group will ask the state Supreme Court...
article Second suit expected against casino proposal
(Arkansas) -- One group has filed a lawsuit and a second one is expected to stop a proposed casino amendment from making the November Arkansas general election ballot.

9/10/2018

article Group asks Arkansas Supreme Court to strike casinos ballot measure
(Arkansas) -- A group is asking Arkansas' highest court to disqualify a ballot measure that would legalize four casinos in the state. Ensuring Arkansas' Future...
article Lawsuit asks Arkansas' top court to strike casino measure from ballot
(Arkansas) -- A committee opposed to a proposed constitutional amendment to authorize the state to issue licenses for four casinos has asked the Arkansas Supreme...
article Suit filed to remove casino amendment from the ballot
(Arkansas) -- Four of the five state ballot issues now face court challenges with a new lawsuit today seeking removal of the casino expansion amendment. A group called...
article Cherokee, Quapaw Tribes Betting on Casino Amendment
(Arkansas) -- Two Native American tribes triumphed last week when the Arkansas secretary of state's office said enough signatures had been gathered to put a...

9/9/2018

article Capitol View Web Exclusive: Casino Amendment
(Arkansas) -- In this Capitol View web exclusive, we analyze the economics of Issue 4. While a portion of this discussion was edited for time purposes on the television...
article Capitol View: Casino Amendment and SD33 Debate
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Secretary of State certified Issue 4, the casino amendment, for the November ballot this week. If voters pass it, the measure would give 55...
article Cherokee, Quapaw Tribes Betting on Casino Amendment [sub req]
(Arkansas) -- Two Native American tribes triumphed last week when the Arkansas secretary of state's office said enough signatures had been gathered to put a...

9/7/2018

article Arkansas Casino Question Certified for November Ballot, Oklahoma Tribes Behind Push
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas casino ballot question known as Issue 4 has finally achieved certification from Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office to go before...

9/6/2018

article Safe bet: Racetracks back the casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- Oaklawn and Southland racetracks, which operate the two existing casinos in Arkansas, have taken care to express neutrality (in the case of Oaklawn) or...

9/5/2018

article Arkansas Casino Legalization Proposal Approved for Ballot
(Arkansas) -- A casino legalization proposal that two Native American tribes have each contributed more than $1 million to support was approved Wednesday to appear on...
article Arkansas voters to have their say on new casinos on November
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters will finally get a chance to weigh in on whether their state should authorize two new casinos and expand gaming options at two racetrack...
article Secretary of state certifies casino amendment; backers change logo
(Arkansas) -- The group pushing to expand casino gambling in Arkansas has announced the certification of its ballot petitions by the secretary of state's office....

9/2/2018

article Arkansas Senate: Amending the Arkansas Constitution
(Arkansas) -- Weekly column written for members of the Arkansas Senate: The state Constitution was adopted in 1874, but since then it has been amended 98 times....
article Promotion of casino amendment concerns ArDOT
(Arkansas) -- The proposed constitutional amendment issuing four casino gaming licenses doesn't explicitly distribute the resulting tax proceeds to road improvements...

8/31/2018

article Casino money won't be used for roads says DOT
(Arkansas) -- A statement released from the Arkansas Department of Transportation on Wednesday refuted any claim that the proposed Issue No.4 or "casino amendment...

8/30/2018

article Arkansas Highway Commission Cautions Voters on Casino Ballot Question
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Highway Commission (AHC) issued a statement this week warning residents that a proposed ballot amendment that would change the state’s...
article Highway Commission Distances Itself from Casino Amendment
(Arkansas) -- The Highway Commission issued a statement Wednesday to make clear a proposed casino gambling expansion amendment provided no money for highway construction...

8/29/2018

article Highway officials criticize Driving Arkansas Forward messaging
(Arkansas) -- A statement from the Arkansas Highway Commission declared its neutrality on a proposed casino amendment, but it leveled criticism of the ballot measure...
article State official: Casino money would not go to highway fund
(Arkansas) -- As groups work to get casinos on the November ballot in Arkansas, the Arkansas Highway Commission officials believe some citizens may be misinformed about...

8/28/2018

article Driving Forward Arkansas’ casino scene
(Arkansas) -- As the sports betting scene begins to see huge growth across the United States, one group is devoted to the expansion of the land based casino empire...

8/22/2018

article More signatures turned in for Arkansas casino proposal
(Arkansas) -- Supporters of a plan to legalize casinos in Arkansas have submitted thousands of additional signatures to try and get their proposal on the November ballot...
article Atlantic City casino earnings up 1.6 percent in 2nd quarter
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City’s casinos saw their second-quarter earnings increase by 1.6 percent compared with the same period in 2017. Figures released...

8/21/2018

article Arkansas casino measure supporters turn in more signatures
(Arkansas) -- The sponsors of a proposed constitutional amendment to authorize four casinos in Arkansas on Tuesday said they turned in 43,952 more signatures in their...
article Group behind Arkansas casino ballot measure received millions from Native American tribes
(Arkansas) -- Driving Arkansas Forward has been gaining financial support from groups in and out of the natural state. A majority of that support comes from two Native...

8/17/2018

article Pro-casino group raises $1M in July for Arkansas proposal
(Arkansas) -- An organization working to legalize casinos in Arkansas says it raised more than $1 million last month from two American Indian tribes in neighboring...

8/16/2018

article Driving Arkansas Forward, pro-casino group, raises $1M in July for proposal
(Oklahoma) -- An organization working to legalize casinos in Arkansas says it raised more than $1 million last month from two American Indian tribes in neighboring...

8/15/2018

article Downstream & Quapaw Tribe Donate to Campaign to Legalize Casinos in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- Driving Arkansas Forward is a pro-casino group working to legalize casinos in Arkansas and reports it has raised more than a million dollars last month...
article Pro-casino group raises $1M in July for Arkansas proposal
(Arkansas) -- An organization working to legalize casinos in Arkansas says it raised more than $1 million last month from two American Indian tribes in neighboring...
article Tribes send $1M more to promote state's casinos issue
(Oklahoma) -- The Quapaw and Cherokee tribes last month together sent $1 million more to the Driving Arkansas Forward committee that is promoting a proposed...

8/14/2018

article Arkansas Casino Legalization Groups Accuse State Officials of Flawed Financial Analysis
(Arkansas) -- Advocates of legalizing casinos in Arkansas have accused state officials of trying to torpedo its proposed ballot measure with flawed statistics before it...

8/13/2018

article Casino conversation comes to the city
(Arkansas) -- A resolution to discourage the mayor from writing a letter of support for a casino licensee without a local vote will appear before the Russellville City...
article Don’t bet on it: Impact in Arkansas of legalized sports gambling unclear
(Arkansas) -- Southeastern Conference football has become increasingly like the NFL in the past couple decades. But there remain significant differences — not...
article State projections do not support Arkansas casino ballot initiative
(Arkansas) -- In Arkansas, officials have reportedly released a study that indicates the southern state would receive less money should voters approve a casino-...

8/12/2018

article State says casinos amendment to cut 3-year tax revenue
(Arkansas) -- State government would receive $36 million less in tax revenue in each of the next two fiscal years if voters approve a proposed constitutional amendment...

8/8/2018

article Citizens For A Better Pope County turns in signatures
(Arkansas) -- The committee Citizens For A Better Pope County (CFABPC) has turned in its signatures to certify a petition that would send casino licenses to a local vote...
article Pope Co. residents want "final say" when it comes to casino in their county
(Arkansas) -- A group of residents in Pope County submitted close to 5,700 signatures on Tuesday in an effort to get a county-specific casino measure on the November...
article Supporters Need 15,000 Signatures To Put Legalizing Casinos On Arkansas Ballot
(Arkansas) -- The West Memphis' dog track could turn into a booming casino with sports betting if 15,000 more people step up to support the idea.

8/7/2018

article Economic Impact of Casinos in AR
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas lawmakers are learning more about the big bucks behind a proposal to legalize casinos in the state. On Tuesday, The Department of Finance &...
article Pope County citizens want say in whether they get a casino
(Arkansas) -- This afternoon, a handful of people are expected to meet at the Pope County courthouse to turn in petitions, with more than 5,000 signatures to ensure a...

8/4/2018

article BLOG: Corporate lobby loves ballot issues, except one they didn't control
(Arkansas) -- A thread runs through issues heading to the ballot in Arkansas this year, absent successful court challenges — the influence of the big business...

7/30/2018

article Arkansas casino supporters get 30-day extension for petition signatures
(Arkansas) -- In Arkansas, a 30-day extension has been granted to a nonprofit organization pushing a constitutional ballot referendum that would authorize the state to...
article The casino: Rumors, resolutions and roulette
(Arkansas) -- With an issue as complicated as the proposed casino amendment, questions concerning the how and why of said issue are abound. How did it this get to this...
article Two Oklahoma tribes support Arkansas casino effort [sub req]
(Arkansas) -- Two Oklahoma-based tribes are supporting an effort to let Arkansans vote on casino operations, and that vote is becoming more likely to happen.

7/29/2018

article Arkansas Casino Group Needs More Signatures, State Grants Additional Time
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas casino group that wants voters to decide this November about legalizing commercial gambling is short on signatures, but has received an...
article Arkansas casino supporters given more time to get signatures
(Arkansas) -- Supporters of a proposal to legalize casinos in Arkansas have been given 30 more days to circulate petitions after falling short of the signatures needed...

7/28/2018

article Casino initiative group has over 2,000 signatures
(Arkansas) -- A spokesman for Citizens For A Better Pope County said Friday they have gathered 2,037 signatures as of 4 p.m. Friday. Tony Moore said 110 canvassers have...

7/27/2018

article Moore: 'Its not about a casino ... it's the process'
(Arkansas) -- A petition currently circulating from Citizens For A Better Pope County (CFABPC) aims to put casino licenses to a local vote each time a new application is...

7/26/2018

article Driving Arkansas Forward different than previous ballot proposals
(Arkansas) -- The proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution would bring casinos to Russellville and Pine Bluff, and would allow Southland and Oaklawn to have...
article Tribes still need more signatures in push for casinos in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- After pouring more than $1.2 million into a gaming campaign in Arkansas, the Cherokee Nation and the Quapaw Tribe have come up short. According to news...

7/25/2018

article Casino backers win extension
(Arkansas) -- The sponsors of a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize four casinos in Arkansas have another 30 days to collect more signatures in an...
article Casino petitioners get more time for signatures
(Arkansas) -- The secretary of state's office says the initial group of petitions for a constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling fell short, but the group...
article Casino supporters given more time to get signatures
(Arkansas) -- Supporters of a proposal to legalize casinos in Arkansas have been given 30 more days to circulate petitions after falling short of the signatures needed...
article Pope County Groups Gathering Signatures To Vote On Casino Support
(Arkansas) -- A group in Pope County is gathering signatures and hoping to put a second vote on the ballot about casinos. Nothing's official yet, but if this makes...

7/23/2018

article CNB donates $525K to Arkansas casino initiative
(Arkansas) -- According to Arkansas Ethics Commission records, Cherokee Nation Businesses has again donated to a group that’s attempting to get casinos in Arkansas...

7/18/2018

article Arkansas Casino Campaign Receives Funding From Oklahoma Tribes
(Arkansas) -- An effort to bring Arkansas casinos is being heavily funded by two tribes based in Oklahoma. Campaign finance records show that the Quapaw Tribe and...

7/17/2018

article Arkansas casino proponents beef up campaign war chest
(Arkansas) -- Casino proponents in Arkansas are beefing up campaign funds to ensure that gambling will be legalized in the state. The Associated Press reported that pro-...
article Casino group: ‘We will build in Pine Bluff’
(Arkansas) -- A group that’s hoping to finance construction and operation of a hotel-casino in Pine Bluff is seeking to clarify where exactly the facility will be...
article Drive Arkansas Forward raises $1.2M for pro-casino measure
(Arkansas) -- A group trying to put on the Arkansas ballot a proposal to legalize casinos in four counties says it raised more than $1.2 million last month.
article Two tribes pour money into Arkansas ballot measure on casinos [reg req]
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw and Cherokee tribes collectively contributed $1.2 million in June to the Driving Arkansas Forward committee promoting a proposed constitutional...

7/16/2018

article Arkansas group says it raised $1.2M for pro-casino measure
(Arkansas) -- A group trying to put on the Arkansas ballot a proposal to legalize casinos in four counties says it raised more than $1.2 million last month. Driving...
article Reports filed on casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- Initial financial reports have been filed by groups pushing a casino expansion amendment and the major financial force so far is the Quapaw tribe of...

7/13/2018

article Arkansas Casino Petition Efforts Show Rising Gambling Industry Lobbying Costs
(Arkansas) -- An Arkansas casino petition drive has garnered 96,170 signatures from residents who support two new casinos in Jefferson and Pope counties.

7/11/2018

article BLOG: Let's vote
(Arkansas) -- The potential for exciting November elections grew last week with filing of petitions for three ballot initiatives to add to two already cleared by the...

7/9/2018

article Pro-Casino Group Submits Signatures for Ballot Proposal
(Arkansas) -- A group pushing to build casinos in Arkansas has submitted signatures to put their proposal on the November ballot. Driving Arkansas forward wants two...
article Supporters of Arkansas Ballot Measures Turn in Thousands of Signatures
(Arkansas) -- Thousands of signatures for proposals to legalize casinos in Arkansas, raise the minimum wage and impose stricter term limits were submitted Friday to...

7/7/2018

article Supporters of Arkansas casino turn in 96,170 signatures
(Arkansas) -- Thousands of signatures for proposals to legalize casinos in Arkansas, raise the minimum wage and impose stricter term limits were submitted Friday to...

7/6/2018

article Casino backers turn in 96,170 names
(Arkansas) -- Proponents of a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize the state to license four casinos said they turned in petitions Friday with more...
article Casino group submits signatures to Secretary of State
(Arkansas) -- Driving Arkansas Forward, the group wanting to authorize two casino operations in the state with part of the revenue helping to fund highways, on Friday (...
article Petition day arrives for ballot measures on casinos
(Arkansas) -- Today's the deadline to submit petitions to qualify initiated acts and constitutional amendments for the ballot. On tap: casinos, minimum wage, term...

7/5/2018

article Pope County residents against casino; special election to determine county's support
(Arkansas) -- Come November, Arkansans may be able to vote whether to bring in four casinos. Driving Arkansas Forward is pushing for casinos in Pope and Jefferson...

7/2/2018

article Deadline nears for gathering signatures to place issues on Arkansas ballot
(Arkansas) -- Hundreds of paid workers have been gathering signatures around Arkansas and the state’s airwaves have been flooded with TV ads as initiative...

6/30/2018

article Arkansas initiative campaigns near deadline for petitions
(Arkansas) -- Hundreds of paid workers have been gathering signatures around Arkansas and the state's airwaves have been flooded with TV ads as initiative campaigns...

6/27/2018

article Pine Bluff activist concerned with casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- Driving Arkansas Forward, the casino group, has been running ads on Channel 7 hoping to place a casino amendment on the ballot in November. They promise...

6/19/2018

article Casino amendment starts (misleading) advertising
(Arkansas) -- Driving Arkansas Forward, the group hoping to put a casino amendment on the November election ballot, has begun ads aimed at encouraging people to sign...
article Casino amendment starts (misleading) advertising
(Arkansas) -- Driving Arkansas Forward, the group hoping to put a casino amendment on the November election ballot, has begun ads aimed at encouraging people to sign...

6/14/2018

article Arkansas Still Seeks Casino Expansion Despite Growing Gambling Addiction Rates
(Arkansas) -- Currently, there are only seven states in the US which do not spend money to fund gambling addiction treatment, with Arkansas being one of them.

6/13/2018

article Arkansans Consider Casino Amendment As Gambling Addiction Goes Largely Unchecked
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas is one of just seven states that does not spend money to support gambling addiction treatment. Meanwhile, canvassers are collecting signatures...

6/10/2018

article Arkansas AG finally approves casino ballot
(Arkansas) -- Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas Attorney General (AG), who is notorious for turning down more than 60 initiatives for building casinos in this state, finally...

5/31/2018

article Arkansas AG finally approves casino ballot
(Arkansas) -- Leslie Rutledge (pictured), Arkansas Attorney General (AG), who is notorious for turning down more than 60 initiatives for building casinos in this state,...

5/30/2018

article Arkansas Casino Ballot Finally Approved by Attorney General
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Attorney General (AG) Leslie Rutlegde has finally relented. After saying no to more than 50 ballot initiatives over the years, the AG has now...

5/29/2018

article AG OK's local casino measure for Nov. 6 ballot
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has approved a ballot measure that, if passed by voters, would allow construction of four casinos, one of which...

5/26/2018

article Look for casino petitions this weekend
(Arkansas) -- RiverFest will include a familiar feature from years past — canvassers circulating petitions to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

5/25/2018

article Backers of proposal to authorize casinos in 4 Arkansas counties get OK to collect signatures
(Arkansas) -- For the second time in two days, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Thursday cleared the way for a ballot committee with a proposed constitutional...
article Look for casino petitions this weekend
(Arkansas) -- RiverFest will include a familiar feature from years past — canvassers circulating petitions to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot. I'...

5/22/2018

article Hearings set on Leslie Rutledge ballot blockade
(Arkansas) -- Alex Gray, a lawyer in lawsuits attempting to get around Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's blockade of all ballot proposals for 2018, sends word that...

5/21/2018

article More suits filed against Rutledge over failure to approve ballot initiatives
(Arkansas) -- Robert Reed, who's tried repeatedly without success to get Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's approval of a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana...

5/20/2018

article Russellville mayor says being on casino committee is no conflict of interest
(Arkansas) -- Russellville Mayor Randy Horton said he discovered he had been named to the Ballot Question Committee of the group Drive Arkansas Forward like a lot of...

5/18/2018

article Arkansas attorney general moves ballot initiative lawsuit to federal court ahead of hearing
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, under court order to answer questions about some of her decision-making practices, blocked Friday’s...
article Attorney general files to move casino lawsuit from state to federal court
(Arkansas) -- In a last minute legal strategy, the Arkansas attorney general has filed to move a lawsuit from state to federal court. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is...
article Citizens fight to add casino proposal to ballot, sue Ark. Attorney General
(Arkansas) -- After multiple attempts to get a casino proposal on the November ballot, a citizens group is suing attorney general Leslie Rutledge. She was set to appear...

5/9/2018

article Ballot title still faulty, AG says in 5th rejection of casinos proposal
(Arkansas) -- For the fifth time, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Wednesday rejected proposed ballot language for a constitutional amendment advanced by the Driving...

4/21/2018

article Arkansas AG Asks Court to Side with Her in Ongoing Dispute with Casino Group
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge asked the state’s Supreme Court to reject a request to force her to give the nod to the wording of a ballot...

4/19/2018

article Casinos group asks Arkansas high court to take up case
(Arkansas) -- After having its proposed ballot wording for a state constitutional amendment denied four times by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, the group pushing a...
article Arkansas Supreme Court to Decide in Casino Expansion Dispute
(Arkansas) -- The effort for casino expansion in the State of Arkansas is becoming even more entangled after Attorney General Leslie Rutledge rejected a proposed...

4/18/2018

article Committee pushing casino measure files suit against Arkansas attorney general
(Arkansas) -- A committee trying to authorize the creation of casinos in Arkansas has filed suit against the state's attorney general, her office confirmed Tuesday.
article Group Asks Arkansas High Court To Approve Casino Ballot
(Arkansas) -- A group seeking a public vote on expanded gambling in Arkansas is asking the state Supreme Court to force Attorney General Leslie Rutledge to approve and...

4/17/2018

article Arkansas AG rejects casino measure for 4th time
(Arkansas) -- For the fourth time this year, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected the ballot information for a constitutional amendment that would authorize the...

4/13/2018

article Arkansas AG rejects ballot proposal for casinos
(Arkansas) -- For the second time this year, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (pictured) has rejected a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would...

4/11/2018

article Attorney general rejects ballot proposal for casinos in four counties
(Arkansas) -- The inevitable wrangling over the language in the popular name and ballot title has commenced for a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize...
article Casinos proposal for ballot rejected
(Arkansas) -- Attorney General Leslie Rutledge late Tuesday afternoon rejected a proposed popular name and ballot title for a proposed constitutional amendment that...

4/10/2018

article Push for Casinos in Four Arkansas Counties
(Arkansas) -- The push to bring casinos to four counties in Arkansas, including Boone, is back on the table. The private ballot committee proposing the casinos is called...

4/3/2018

article Casino committee shares past member
(Arkansas) -- The group advocating for a constitutional amendment on the November general election ballot to allow casinos in Boone and three other counties shows the...

4/2/2018

article BLOG: Dueling Casino Measures Could Dominate Airwaves
(Arkansas) -- Competing proposals to legalize casinos in four Arkansas counties may guarantee that voters will be inundated with ads on the issue, but the focus likely...

3/31/2018

article Analysis: Dueling casino measures could dominate airwaves
(Arizona) -- Competing proposals to legalize casinos in four Arkansas counties may guarantee that voters will be inundated with ads on the issue, but the focus likely...

3/29/2018

article Casino group told ballot bid still too fuzzy
(Arkansas) -- For the third time this year, state Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has balked at a proposed constitutional amendment advanced by the Driving Arkansas...
article Private group seeks OK for 4 casino sites in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- A private committee has proposed a constitutional amendment that would authorize the creation of four casinos at specific locations in Benton, Boone,...

3/28/2018

article Second group proposes casino ballot measure
(Arkansas) -- A group is trying to put a measure on the Arkansas ballot in November that would legalize casinos in four counties, the second effort to put expanded...

3/27/2018

article Second group proposes casino ballot measure in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- A group is trying to put a measure on the Arkansas ballot in November that would legalize casinos in four counties, the second effort to put expanded...

3/12/2018

article Attorney general reject's casino amendment wording
(Arkansas) -- Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling in Arkansas. The proposal would...

2/27/2018

article Arkansas Casino Measure Would Expand Gambling At Racetracks
(Arkansas) -- A proposal to legalize casinos in Arkansas has been revised to allow expanded gambling at a greyhound track and horse track that already offer video poker...

2/26/2018

article Arkansas casino measure would expand gambling at tracks
(Arkansas) -- A proposal to legalize casinos in Arkansas has been revised to allow expanded gambling at a greyhound track and horse track that already offer video poker...

2/8/2018

article Oaklawn, Southland casino-style wagering tops $5 billion in 2017
(Arkansas) -- Wagering at Arkansas’ only two casinos – Oaklawn and Southland – hit the proverbial jackpot in 2017, topping $5 billion in gambling...

1/18/2018

article Officials in 2 casino towns consider them beneficial
(Arkansas) -- Officials in two communities that have casinos consider their towns to have a better quality of life as a result. Jefferson County could be getting a...

1/6/2018

article Group proposes casino measure for Arkansas ballot
(Arkansas) -- A group is trying to put a measure on the ballot this fall that would allow up to three casinos in Arkansas to raise money for state highways. Driving...

1/5/2018

article Group Proposes Casino Amendment to Fund Highways
(Arkansas) -- A group called Driving Arkansas Forward launched a ballot initiative on Friday, proposing a constitutional amendment to legalize casinos in Arkansas that...

8/18/2017

article Panel approves extension of Arkansas lottery's Intralot pact
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's proposed seven-year extension of its multimillion-dollar gaming contract with Greece-based Intralot Inc. cleared a...

7/23/2017

article Arkansas lottery's retailers wary of debit fees
(Arkansas) -- Some Arkansas Scholarship Lottery retailers are still unsure whether they will accept debit cards on ticket purchases when the law allowing the cards'...

6/15/2017

article No state money for gambling addiction in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- It does not say under the "Play Responsibly" tab on the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's website that Arkansas is one of only six states...

6/14/2017

article Arkansas attorney general again rejects proposal to legalize casino gambling in state
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has again rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment to legalize casino gambling in the state. In an...

5/22/2017

article Arkansas AG shoots down separate casino and marijuana ballot proposals
(Arkansas) -- Proposed constitutional amendments in Arkansas to allow casino gambling in the state and to legalize marijuana have been rejected by Attorney General...

5/21/2017

article Marijuana, casino ballot proposals in Arkansas are rejected
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected proposed state constitutional amendments to legalize marijuana and to allow casino gambling in the...

4/27/2017

article Arkansas Lawmakers OK Debit Cards For Lottery Buys
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas legislature recently passed Senate Bill 617, which will allow retailers to accept debit cards to pay for tickets for the Arkansas Scholarship...

4/19/2017

article Casinos can’t land at Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- For the fourth time of the year, a casino legalisation proposal has been dismissed in Arkansas. Last Monday, the State’s Attorney General Leslie...

4/18/2017

article Arkansas attorney general again rejects casino proposal
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has again rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would ask voters to approve gambling in the state....

4/6/2017

article Governor's Veto Highlights Gambling Issue
(Arkansas) -- Governor Asa Hutchinson's veto of a law that would have stripped a state agency of its power to enforce certain gambling laws highlights an issue law...

4/5/2017

article Hutchinson vetoes bill that changes gambling enforcement
(Arkansas) -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson has vetoed legislation that would ban state Alcoholic Beverage Control officers from enforcing gambling laws in Arkansas.

3/24/2017

article Ark. bill prohibits Alcoholic Beverage Control from enforcing gambling machine laws
(Arkansas) -- In Arkansas, a bill already approved in the Senate came out of the House Rules Committee this week without comment. The bill, championed in the State...

3/22/2017

article Arkansas AG rejects wording of marijuana, casino proposals
(Arkansas) -- Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected proposed ballot items to legalize marijuana for recreational use and create a process for legalizing casino...

3/12/2017

article Bill could allow lottery tickets to be purchased with debit cards
(Arkansas) -- A bill that cleared a Senate committee last week could bring changes in the way lottery tickets can be purchased. The bill, Senate Bill 617, would allow...

10/21/2016

article Arkansas court won't reconsider ruling against casinos issue
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court says it won't reconsider its decision that votes on a casino-gambling issue not be counted this year. The state's...

10/20/2016

article Arkansas casino vote could impact OK
(Oklahoma) -- The argument that Oklahoma’s 117-plus casinos are pulling in tourists from Arkansas could take a hit if that state legalizes casino gambling in three...
article Battle continues over Ark. casino measure
(Arkansas) -- A group hoping to keep three casinos out of Arkansas are still pushing to keep Issue 5 off the ballot in November. On Thursday, Protect Arkansas Values -...
article Cherokee Nation donated $6M to Arkansas casino campaign
(Arkansas) -- Campaign finance reports show the Cherokee Nation gave $6 million to the group behind a casino legalization proposal that was disqualified from the...

10/19/2016

article $3.5M spent on casino measure; state court rejects amendment
(Arkansas) -- Advocates spent more than $3.5 million last month campaigning for and against a proposed amendment for which votes will not be counted, according to...

10/18/2016

article Cherokee Nation donated $6M to Arkansas casino campaign, reports show
(Arkansas) -- Campaign finance reports show the Cherokee Nation gave $6 million to the group behind a casino legalization proposal that was disqualified from the...

10/15/2016

article Missouri gaming operators happy with Arkansas Supreme Court casino decision
(Arkansas) -- Issue 5 was set to be voted on this November, giving residents in Arkansas the right to choose if they would like to see casinos allowed in three counties...

10/14/2016

article Arkansas State Supreme Court pulls casino measure from November ballot
(Arkansas) -- An Ozarks community is divided after casinos will not be legalized in these counties: Boone, Miller, and Washington. People in Harrison do not agree...
article Arkansas Supreme Court removes casino question from November ballot
(Arkansas) -- Casino gambling won’t be coming to the state of Arkansas anytime soon, thanks to the state Supreme Court. Arkansas voters who head to the polls this...
article Breaking: Arkansas Supreme Court kills casino amendment: Updated
(Arkansas) -- Included in a flurry of decisions today the Arkansas Supreme Court decided that citizens of the state will not get to decide whether to legalize three new...
article Why The Casino Amendement Was Booted Off The Ballot
(Arkansas) -- Issue 4 was an amendment to limit attorney contingency fees. Issue 5 was the casino ballot measure. We are just 11 days away from the start of early voting...

10/13/2016

article Arkansas high court strikes down casino ballot item
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters will not decide on whether to allow a casino in Branson's neighboring county after all. The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled today that the...
article Arkansas Supreme Court removes casino measure from November ballot
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court has disqualified a measure that would have allowed three Arkansas counties to legalize gambling from the November ballot.
article Casino Amendment Kicked Off November Ballot by AR Supreme Court
(Arkansas) -- Issue 5 has been pulled off of the November ballot by the Arkansas Supreme Court for insufficient ballot title, according to our sister station in Little...
article AR Supreme Court deals MO casinos a winning hand
(Missouri) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down a proposal Thursday to bring casinos to three Arkansas counties. Though supporters of the amendment said it would be...
article Business Owners Happy With Casino Amendment Rejection
(Arkansas) -- Gina Puckett knows when something doesn't taste right. "It would be horrible," she says. Puckett is a Manager at Rocky's Corner across...

10/12/2016

article Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce opposes casino measure
(Arkansas) -- The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce has come out in opposition to a proposed initiative that would amend the Arkansas Constitution to allow casino...

10/4/2016

article Special Master: Casino Proposal Should Not Be On Ballot
(Arkansas) -- A ballot item to allow casinos to operate in Washington, Miller and Boone counties should not have been certified for the Nov. 8 ballot, a special master...

10/1/2016

article Former mayor sees potential in casinos
(Arkansas) -- Former Harrison Mayor Jeff Crockett said he saw enough economic potential in the proposed casino amendment that he hosted petitions for people in Boone...
article Local man describes dangers of casino gambling; Draws on gulf coast experiences
(Arkansas) -- Ronald Clayton Harrell arrived in Gulfport, Miss., on the day before Thanksgiving in 1991. What he soon found was the area had a real turkey on its hands.
article Former mayor sees potential in casinos
(Arkansas) -- Former Harrison Mayor Jeff Crockett said he saw enough economic potential in the proposed casino amendment that he hosted petitions for people in Boone...
article Local man describes dangers of casino gambling; Draws on gulf coast experiences
(Arkansas) -- Ronald Clayton Harrell arrived in Gulfport, Miss., on the day before Thanksgiving in 1991. What he soon found was the area had a real turkey on its hands....
article Opinions differ on casino gambling amendment
(Arkansas) -- Opinions differ on casino gambling amendment. There is no shortage of opinions on the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow casinos to be...

9/29/2016

article Issue #5: Casino not-so-Royale
(Arkansas) -- Maybe I’m a snob, but my idea of a casino goer would be someone be in a tuxedo with a Walther PPK nestled in a shoulder holster, and not folks...

9/28/2016

article Eighty-Seven Arkansas Legislators Now Opposed To Casino Amendment
(Arkansas) -- Eighty-seven of the state’s 135 legislators, or 64.4%, have announced their opposition to Issue 5, which would create a constitutional amendment...

9/27/2016

article Ballot Includes Second Casino Proposal In Four Years
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters could decide in November whether to allow a limited number of casinos to operate in Arkansas, unless history repeats itself.
article JOHN BRUMMETT: Ignoble 'principles'
(Arkansas) -- The gold standard for constitutions is our national one, mainly for the array of simple yet profound concepts it advances. It soars as mostly a set of...

9/26/2016

article NEW POLL: Casino initiative trails, but has a chance for passage
(Arkansas) -- A constitutional amendment that would allow a casino to operate in three Arkansas counties – Boone, Miller and Washington – trails in popular...

9/25/2016

article Arkansas ballot to include casino proposal
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters could decide in November whether to allow a limited number of casinos to operate in Arkansas, unless history repeats itself. Four years ago...

9/22/2016

article Rockaway Beach Mayor Calls Public Meeting, Tells Residents To Gear Up For Casino Fight
(Arkansas) -- The mayor of Rockaway Beach wants to gear the town's citizens up for another push to bring a casino to the small resort town. Investors and town...
article Rockaway Beach rekindles casino idea
(Arkansas) -- The idea of adding a casino is being rekindled in the “crown jewel” of the Ozarks. Rockaway Beach is beginning talks about changing the state...

9/20/2016

article Backers Of Casino Proposal Ask Court To Toss Legal Challenge
(Arkansas) -- The group sponsoring a proposal on the Arkansas ballot to allow casinos to operate in three counties filed a motion Monday asking the state Supreme Court...

9/17/2016

article Cherokees fund campaign for Arkansas casinos
(Arkansas) -- Cherokee Nation Businesses has given $400,000 to a group working to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties. According to a campaign finance report...

9/16/2016

article Brawner: Casino vote makes strange bedfellows
(Arkansas) -- There’s a lot more to this debate over the proposed casino amendment than just whether or not Arkansas should have more slot machines than it already...

9/14/2016

article Anti-casino group funded by Oaklawn, Southland to fight ‘out-of-state opportunists’
(Arkansas) -- The group that opposes a voter-initiated act to authorize three casinos in Arkansas has received $109,500 in campaign donations from Oaklawn Racing and...
article Some Lawmakers Oppose Amendment Bringing Casinos To Three Arkansas Counties
(Arkansas) -- This November Arkansas voters will decide whether they want casinos in three different counties, one of those being Washington County.

9/13/2016

article Legislators speak out against casino proposal
(Arkansas) -- A bipartisan group of Arkansas legislators spoke out Monday against a ballot issue that would allow three casinos to operate in the state.
article LETTER: Already have casinos [2nd Item]
(Arkansas) -- I admit to being a fan of casino gambling. I have my Oaklawn "player's card" and know how to find my way into its casino. We need some...

9/12/2016

article 40 Arkansas lawmakers back anti-casino campaign
(Arkansas) -- Forty state legislators oppose a plan to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties, a group hoping to block votes on the measure announced Monday.
article Dog and horse tracks back group who want to block casinos in three Arkansas counties
(Arkansas) -- Three companies in Arkansas want to open out casinos in Washington, Boone, and Miller counties and are backed by a group called Arkansas Wins in 2016.

9/10/2016

article Analysis: Casino fight shows gambling’s reach in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- The fight over a ballot measure to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties isn’t focusing on whether gambling is good or bad.
article Arkansas court: No oral arguments for casino measure case
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas' highest court says it won't hold oral arguments on whether to disqualify a casino legalization measure from the November ballot.
article Justice Goodson steps aside in suit over casino measure
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson has recused from hearing a case challenging plans to authorize up to three additional casinos in the state.
article Brawner: 'Tis the season for lawsuits
(Arkansas) -- Every calendar year has four seasons, and so does every campaign year. There’s the filing season, when potential candidates decide to run; the...

9/7/2016

article Lawsuit Filed to Block Arkansas Casinos Ballot Proposal
(Arkansas) -- A lawsuit filed Tuesday with the Arkansas Supreme Court asks the justices to block an effort to legalize casinos in three counties, the latest in a growing...

9/3/2016

article Analysis: Lawsuits against ballot measures face uphill fight in Ark.
(Arkansas) -- A pair of lawsuits against a so-called tort reform proposal and others against the effort to legalize medical marijuana means Arkansas' ballot...
article Arkansas Casino Measure to Go Before Voters in November
(Arkansas) -- An Arkansas casino measure will go before voters this November asking residents if they’re ready to finally end gambling prohibition.
article Arkansas Puts Casino Gambling Legalization Referendum on November Ballot
(Arkansas) -- Residents of Arkansas will have the opportunity in November to decide if they want casino gambling in their state thanks to a petition that earned enough...
article Arkansas voters to decide on casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- Voters in Arkansas will have the chance to cast their ballot on whether to allow casinos in three counties after a group calling itself Arkansas Wins In...

9/2/2016

article Ballot Initiative Threatens Oaklawn Gaming
(Arkansas) -- The gaming operation that bolsters Thoroughbred purses at Oaklawn Park will face the threat of increased competition for gambling dollars if a Nov. 8...

9/1/2016

article Could lawsuit stop casinos?
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas Wins in 2016 is excited about the casino amendment making the November general election ballot, but some officials in Boone County aren’t as...

8/27/2016

article Arkansas governor criticizes marijuana, casino proposals
(Arkansas) -- Legalizing medical marijuana would be a drain on the state's resources, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday as legalization supporters asked the state...

7/27/2016

article Arkansas casino campaign wins more time to gather signatures
(Arkansas) -- Supporters of a plan to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties have won additional time to gather signatures to put the proposal on the November...

7/11/2016

article Casino, tort reform supporters submit signatures in effort to qualify for November ballot
(Arkansas) -- Supporters of an amendment that would authorize casinos in Boone, Miller and Washington counties submitted 92,120 signatures Friday (July 8), while...

7/9/2016

article Arkansas casino measure backers submit petitions
(Arkansas) -- A group proposing casinos in three Arkansas counties has submitted signatures to try and get its measure on the November ballot.
article More ballot measures meet filing deadline
(Arkansas) -- Proponents of ballot measures legalizing medical marijuana in Arkansas, authorizing three casinos and limiting noneconomic damages in lawsuits against...
article OP/ED: Why I signed
(Arkansas) -- Surrounding states for years have raked in many millions each year from lottery games and other forms of legalized gambling. My historically dry hometown...

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