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Arkansas Racing Commission preparing to draft casino rules

The Arkansas Racing Commission is preparing to draft rules for operating the state's first fully developed casinos after voters approved a measure to expand gambling in the state last month.

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12/17/2018

article Odds Long of Arkansas Casino Coming to Pope County, as Local Leaders Oppose Gambling Venue
(Arkansas) -- The statewide Arkansas casino ballot question that passed during the November election earmarks a gaming venue for Pope County, but local leaders are...

12/15/2018

article Casino backers spent $9.7M, files show
(Arkansas) -- The committees that backed a voter-approved constitutional amendment to authorize four full-fledged casinos in Arkansas spent $9.7 million of the $9.8...

12/14/2018

article Multiple casino operators eyeing Pope County despite apparent local opposition
(Arkansas) -- Despite apparent opposition to the possibility of a casino in Pope County, it hasn't stopped casino operators from scouting out the River Valley and...

12/8/2018

article Arkansas Racing Commission preparing to draft casino rules
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission is set to draft rules for operating the state’s first fully developed casinos after voters approved a measure to...

12/6/2018

article Arkansas Racing Commission preparing to draft casino rules
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission is preparing to draft rules for operating the state's first fully developed casinos after voters approved a measure to...
article Casino operating rules 1st on Arkansas Racing Commission's to-do list
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission plans, by the end of the month, to draft and begin the process for approving rules for operating Arkansas' first full-...

12/5/2018

article Casino operating rules 1st on panel's to-do list
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission plans, by the end of the month, to draft and begin the process for approving rules for operating Arkansas' first full-...

12/4/2018

article County, city officials back tribe’s casino plan in Pine Bluff area
(Arkansas) -- Local leaders in an Arkansas county are backing an American Indian tribe’s plan to apply for a casino license under a constitutional amendment...

11/20/2018

article Oaklawn Racing owners plan $100M casino-hotel
(Arkansas) -- The owner of Oaklawn Racing & Gaming on Monday announced a plan to spend more than $100 million the next two years to build a 200-room hotel and expand...

11/19/2018

article Oaklawn to build $100 million gaming, hotel complex, ready by early 2020
(Arkansas) -- Less than two weeks after Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling in Arkansas, Oaklawn Racing and Gaming on Monday (...
article Oaklawn announces major expansion with hotel, events center
(Arkansas) -- Oaklawn Jockey Club, which operates the racetrack and casino in Hot Springs, announced plans for a $100 million investment at the track including a hotel...
article Oaklawn Plans $100M Expansion, High-Rise Hotel, More Casino Space
(Arkansas) -- Less than two weeks after voters approved casino gambling in Arkansas, Oaklawn Racing and Gaming on Monday announced a $100 million expansion that will...

11/16/2018

article 3 ballot issues pass muster with voters
(Arkansas) -- The Nov. 6 mid-term election included three ballot issues that were approved by voters. Arkansas voters have approved a measure legalizing casinos in four...

11/14/2018

article Arkansas becomes casino country
(Arkansas) -- On Nov. 6, for the second election cycle in a row, Arkansas voted for vice. Issue 4, a constitutional amendment authorizing four casinos in the state, was...
article Arkansas casinos coming, but where and when unclear
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters approved an amendment to the state’s constitution allowing licenses for four casinos: two existing gambling facilities and two others...

11/13/2018

article Expanded Arkansas casino gambling is bad for Shreveport-Bossier City
(Louisiana) -- Does a cat have climbing gear? How could it not? On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Arkansas voters approved a state constitutional amendment to allow full-scale casino...

11/11/2018

article Arkansas and Louisiana Voters Lean in Favor of Gambling Expansions
(Arkansas) -- Florida isn’t keen on gambling expansion plans as is evident with the results of the mid-term elections. On the other hand, the states of Arkansas...

11/9/2018

article Arkansas casinos coming; where, when unclear
(Arkansas) -- About 54 percent of voters approved of the amendment Tuesday. Retired Little Rock resident Robert Bradley said he voted for casinos to keep gambling money...
article Casino initiative creates uncertain revenue forecast
(Arkansas) -- The city of Hot Springs said it has not projected how the casino gaming amendment voters approved Tuesday night will affect general fund revenues.
article Cherokee Nation Businesses donations to Arkansas casino initiative tops $2M
(Arkansas) -- According to Arkansas Ethics Commission records, Cherokee Nation Businesses has donated more than $2.2 million to a group that’s attempting to get...
article Quapaw Tribe Points to Early 2020 Opening for Pine Bluff Casino
(Arkansas) -- John Berrey, chairman of the Oklahoma-based Quapaw Tribe, says he hopes to have a permit for a casino in Pine Bluff by the end of April, to be "...
article Isn’t Oaklawn Park considered a casino? | 11 Listens
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters have now legalized casinos in four counties, but some say they thought Oaklawn was already a casino. So, 11 Listens went to explain the law...

11/8/2018

article Arkansas voters approve new casino licenses and sports betting
(Arkansas) -- Voters in Arkansas approved Issue 4 on Tuesday 6 November, allowing the state to issue four new casino licenses. These casinos will also be allowed to...

11/7/2018

article Arkansas Becomes 8th State to Legalize Sports Betting, First Casino Licenses Issued
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters on Tuesday legalized sports betting on the only mid-term election ballot initiative in the country dealing directly with sports betting....
article Arkansas voters legalize 4 casinos, including one in West Memphis
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters have made it possible for Southland Gaming and Racing to become a major gambling destination. A ballot measure approved last night made it...
article Casino gambling still a hot issue in Arkansas despite voter approval
(Arkansas) -- Casino gaming remains a hot issue in Arkansas even after voters approved to expand gaming in the state Tuesday night. With 98 percent of precincts...
article Casino Issue Not Over in One Arkansas County
(Arkansas) -- In Arkansas, voters decided to keep Republican Asa Hutchinson in the Governor's office. They also approved casino gambling, a minimum wage increase and...
article Casinos OK’d for PB, other areas of state
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters have approved a measure legalizing casinos in four counties, including at a horse track and dog track that already offer video poker and...

11/6/2018

article AR Voters Approve Casino Gaming Measure
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters have passed Issue 4, a constitutional amendment on casino gaming. With 87% of precincts reporting Tuesday night, the vote was 54% for and...
article Arkansas voters legalize casinos in 4 counties
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters have approved a measure legalizing casinos in four counties, including at a horse track and dog track that already offer video poker and...
article Voters pass casino issue
(Arkansas) -- Voters decided to pass an amendment to bring more casinos to the state, according to Talk Business & Politics' Roby Brock. With 48 percent of...

11/5/2018

article Arkansas, Louisiana Voters to Decide on Legal Sports Betting, DFS
(Arkansas) -- Voters in six states will decide issues related to gaming during the mid-term elections on Tuesday, but only two will consider measures directly related to...
article Voter ID, Casinos, Wage Hike on Arkansas' Ballot
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas' voters will decide Tuesday whether to raise the state's minimum wage, legalize casinos in four counties and enshrine a voter ID requirement in...

11/4/2018

article West Memphis could get $200 million hotel and convention center if casino measure passes
(Arkansas) -- If the casino ballot initiative passes in Arkansas on Tuesday (Nov. 6) Delaware North, the parent company of Southland Gaming and Racing will attempt to...

11/1/2018

article HALL: Barry Switzer's casino support raises eyebrows
(Arkansas) -- It seemed odd from the get-go. Barry Switzer, one of the most successful coaches in Oklahoma football history and one of only a few to win both a national...

10/30/2018

article Arkansas casino bid opposed by faith group
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Family Council released a letter Monday signed by former Gov. Mike Huckabee, the Rev. Ronnie Floyd of Springdale and more than 100 other...
article Arkansas casino campaign raises more than $2.7 million
(Arkansas) -- A campaign to legalize casinos in Arkansas has raised more than $2.7 million this month from two American Indian tribes in Oklahoma and the parent owner of...
article Battle over casino gaming in Arkansas continues
(Arkansas) -- The battle over casino gaming in Arkansas continues, despite recent poll numbers showing 49 percent of Arkansans are in favor of more casinos. On Monday,...
article Casino group cash investment up to $7 million
(Arkansas) -- Driving Arkansas Forward, the group formed to advocate Issue 4 to expand casino gambling in Arkansas, reported today an additional $2.7 million in...
article Editorial: Just vote No (except for Amendment 4)
(Arkansas) -- Of the 12 amendments to the Florida Constitution on Tuesday’s ballot, only Amendment 4 deserves your vote. It would automatically restore voting...

10/29/2018

article Conference held in opposition to casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- Leaders from churches and multiple organizations held a joint news conference in opposition to Issue 4. Issue 4 is the proposed state constitutional...
article Faith Leaders, Lawmakers Oppose Arkansas Casino Amendment
(Arkansas) -- As early voting continues, more than 100 faith leaders from across the state have signed a petition to fight Issue 4. The constitutional amendment would...

10/28/2018

article Breaking Down Ballot Issue 4: Casino Gaming in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled on October 11 that votes cast in November on a proposed casino legalization ballot initiative should be counted,...
article Details of proposed amendment to authorize casino gambling in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- If approved by voters Nov. 6, the Arkansas Casino Gaming Amendment of 2018 would: Take effect Nov. 14. Require the Racing Commission to oversee casino...
article Sides square off on Arkansas casinos issue
(Arkansas) -- For the first time in 18 years, Arkansans are casting ballots on a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize full-fledged casinos in the state...

10/27/2018

article EDITORIAL: Know when to hold 'em And know when to vote ‘no’ on Issue 4
(Arkansas) -- Oooooh-klahoma where the wind comes sweepin' down the plains! Where the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet, and the casinos ring up the suckers...

10/26/2018

article Are casinos a good bet for Arkansas?
(Arkansas) -- On Election Day, Arkansas voters will cast ballots for or against Issue 4. It would amend the Arkansas Constitution to authorize four casinos to operate in...
article Arkansas Casinos: Issue 4 not the best plan for exanded gambling
(Arkansas) -- Over the years, Arkansas has seen several proposed constitutional amendments to legalize casino gambling. Most never got to the ballot. And that's good...
article Arkansas voters to decide on casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- Voters will determine next month whether casinos are a good bet for Arkansas. Issue 4 would amend the Arkansas constitution to authorize four casinos to...

10/25/2018

article Arkansas residents to vote on casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- Recent polling shows Arkansas voters may be on board for the creation of true casinos. Arkansas resident Dennis Russell said it’s time to allow true...
article Casinos: A Good Gamble for Arkansas?
(Arkansas) -- On Election Day, Arkansas voters will cast ballots for or against Issue 4. It would amend the Arkansas Constitution to authorize four casinos to operate in...

10/24/2018

article Arkansas Community Organizations announce endorsements
(Arkansas) -- The Pine Bluff Chapter of Arkansas Community Organizations announced its endorsements for candidates, according to a news release.
article Poll: Casino amendment sees growth in support as voters head to polls
(Arkansas) -- A plurality of voters just shy of a majority are in favor of Issue 4, with a pollster saying this week that the issue remains anything but a sure bet....
article Poll: More Voters Supportive of Casino Ballot Issue
(Arkansas) -- A new poll reveals support for a measure to expand gaming and casinos in Arkansas is growing. A Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College survey...
article When it comes to casinos, Arkansas politics still gets wacky – with Memphis and Tunica in the crosshairs
(Tennessee) -- Early voting started in Arkansas on Monday. Memphis and Tunica aren’t on the ballot, but they may as well be. Arkansans are once again deciding...

10/23/2018

article Poll: Arkansas Supreme Court race undecided, support grows for casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- The race for the Arkansas Supreme Court looks largely undecided two weeks before Election Day. And, an amendment proposal to expand casinos in Arkansas has...

10/16/2018

article Tribes give over $1.8M in month to Arkansas committee behind proposed casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Tribe and Cherokee Nation collectively contributed more than $1.8 million in September to the ballot committee behind a proposed constitutional...

10/15/2018

article Arkansas court clears way for public casino vote
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters will mark their ballots on 6 November after the state’s Supreme Court cleared the way for a public vote on whether to allow four...
article Casinos bid hauls in funds: Tribes gave over $1.8M last month
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Tribe and Cherokee Nation collectively contributed more than $1.8 million in September to the ballot committee behind a proposed constitutional...

10/14/2018

article HARTON: Arkansans held hostage? Just say "no"
(Arkansas) -- Mary Poppins was right: A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. That probably wouldn't earn Mary any awards for Nanny of the Year. But her...
article ICYMI: Arkansas Casino Legalization Measure Votes Will Be Counted
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that votes cast in November on a proposed casino legalization ballot initiative should be counted, dismissing two...

10/13/2018

article Arkansas Casino Question Will Go Before Voters After State Supreme Court Rejects Two Lawsuits
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas casino ballot referendum known as Issue 4 will go before voters in November after the state’s supreme court rejected two lawsuits...

10/12/2018

article Arkansas casino legalization measure votes will be counted
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that votes cast in November on a proposed casino legalization ballot initiative should be counted, dismissing two...

10/11/2018

article Arkansas casino ballot question gets state supreme court okay
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters will have their say on whether to legalize casino gambling in the state, after the state’s highest court struck down a pair of legal...
article State Supreme Court Rules Casino Amendment Can Stay On Ballot
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday (Oct. 11) ruled that Issue 4, an amendment to legalize casinos in Arkansas, will stay on the November ballot,...
article Supreme Court denies casino amendment challenges
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court today turned down two challenges to the proposed constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling in the state. It also...

10/10/2018

article Issue 4 would create Hot Springs casino, 3 others
(Arkansas) -- Voters will soon determine the fate of four proposed casinos in Arkansas. Issue 4 would authorize a casino to be operated by the Oaklawn Jockey Club in...

10/6/2018

article 1 racetrack places bet on casinos measure
(Arkansas) -- Southland Gaming and Racing supports a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize the state to issue casino licenses to Southland Racing Corp....
article Economic study shows positive impact by casinos
(Arkansas) -- A study by an economic research institute has found that the economic impact from approving Arkansas’ casino ballot measure could result in 6,000...
article Of course existing casinos back casino amendment — it's an instant jackpot for them
(Arkansas) -- Least surprising news of the day: The Southland casino owners in West Memphis have put $50,000 into the campaign to pass the casino expansion amendment on...
article Southland Backs Casino Expansion Measure
(Arkansas) -- Southland Park Gaming & Racing owners have put $50,000 into the campaign to expand casinos in the state during November's election, according to...
article Study Finds Economic Growth from Arkansas Casino Amendment
(Arkansas) -- A study by an economic research institute has found that the economic impact from approving Arkansas' casino ballot measure could result in 6,000...

10/5/2018

press release Casino backers: House wins, everyone wins
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas’s economy could add more than 6,000 new jobs and $5.8 billion over the next 10 years with expanded casino gaming and entertainment,...
article New study outlines economic impact of casino gambling in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- A new study from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Arkansas Economic Development Institute (AEDI) says the impact of casino gambling in...
article Study finds that casinos could bring $39 million to Arkansas's state, local revenue
(Arkansas) -- Bringing casinos to Arkansas would benefit the state's economy, according to economists who announced their findings just one month before elections....

10/4/2018

article Understanding the Issues: Casinos
(Arkansas) -- What's being proposed? This amendment asks voters to add a section to the Arkansas Constitution to authorize four casinos to operate in the state. If...

10/1/2018

article Jefferson County forum focuses on Issue 4 casino gambling measure
(Arkansas) -- While Issue 4 is being challenged in court, some Jefferson County residents are willing to take the gamble of having a casino in their community while...

9/30/2018

article Pine Bluff getting worked up about a casino
(Arkansas) -- The proposal to expand casino gambling isn't yet assured a spot on the November ballot because of pending lawsuits, but lots of talk is underway in...

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...

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