Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism
Our campaign is disappointed in the court’s decision today. Most importantly, it’s a shame that the voters of Arkansas, including the more than 100,000 that signed our petitions are being denied opportunity to vote on an amendment that would create thousands of jobs and more than $120 million in new tax revenue for the state and local communities.”A prepared statement from the committee that opposed the amendment:
“We are very pleased that the Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected this amendment based on the flawed way that it was written,” said Chuck Lange - Chairman of Protect Arkansas Values - Stop Casinos Now - “It was clear from the beginning that these two characters from Missouri teamed up with the Cherokee Indian Tribe from Oklahoma to rig the Arkansas Constitution for their own personal benefit. They wrote into the amendment the specific names of their companies in a brazen attempt to monopolize gaming expansion in Arkansas. And, they attempted to deceive Arkansas voters into believing that sports betting would be legal in Arkansas and that caused this amendment to be rejected by the court.”
“We would like to thank all the elected officials and business leaders who spoke out against this outrageous amendment. From Governor Hutchinson, Lt. Governor Griffin, 87 legislators, former Governor Beebe, the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, the Arkansas Hospitality Association and a number of other leaders for their courage in speaking out against this assault on our Constitution,” said Lange. “These leaders throughout Arkansas saw this for what it was: an attack on our Constitution for personal gain by complete strangers who don’t even live in Arkansas.”
“The Arkansas Supreme Court, defending the integrity of our Constitution, rejected this amendment after the proponents of the amendment spent millions attempting to exploit the our Constitution. We hope that this sends a signal to others who would attempt to write special rights for themselves into the Arkansas Constitution,” said Lange. “Arkansas is not for sale!”
We presumably do not want to "hide the ball" from ballot-title sponsors. These sponsors are entitled to know each of the defects their ballot title contains so, in the future, they can submit a ballot title that complies with the lawNOTED: The motion for Wood's recusal in a nursing home case concerning a property owned by her chief benefactor, Michael Morton, has been pending for a month without response. Very curious. Does it signal internal divisions? Others on the court have received nursing home money (except Chief Justice Brill), but the huge infusion of money to Wood is unique and the case is specifically about a Morton property. Also, her campaign money came in checks written before they legally could be given to a candidate and were reported on a campaign finance report signed by Wood. She's said the checks, which had dates changed, didn't arrive until the legal day.
We are grateful that the Supreme Court of Arkansas upheld fairness and integrity in the ballot process. The Committee to Protect AR Families was formed to fight the injustice of Issue 4. The group pushing for Issue 4, Health Care Access for Arkansans, attempted an unprecedented deception campaign against Arkansas voters. They violated the laws concerning the petition process to mislead voters about the intention and effects of Issue 4. If passed, this amendment would have stripped Arkansans of their 7th Amendment right to a trial by jury. It would have created a one-size-fits-all style of justice in order to prevent corporate nursing homes from being held accountable when they abuse and neglect nursing home residents. The Committee to Protect AR Families will remain vigilant for any future attempts by corporate nursing homes to usurp Arkansans’ rights and be prepared to protect Arkansas families.
Our fight was one of life and death, and today, we won a battle for our frail and vulnerable Arkansas citizens who were unable to fight for themselves.
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