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Monday, July 16, 2007

Bingo blues

Posted By on Mon, Jul 16, 2007 at 3:16 PM

The Jonesboro Sun rounds up more bingo game operators complaining about the new rules governing bingo, legal as a charity in Arkansas for the first time at the end of this month.

Yes, I said first time. Yes they are already playing in Jonesboro. Yes, Prosecutor Brent Davis, infamous for the WM3 prosecution and dodging the handling of an investigation of the West Memphis police shooting, still says he sees no point in enforcing the law against bingo operators currently operating in flagrant violation of the law. He'll make a great judge, won't he? He's seeking election in 2008.

With prosecutors like Davis, is it any wonder the state is awash with bingo games that never observed the constitutional prohibition? And with prosecutors like Davis, how long do you think it will be before the same bingo operators think the new rules don't apply to them either and begin violating them? But not to fear. They'll hire some lobbyists and be back at the legislature in 2009 with ideas on opening up bingo to big-time gambling.

Why continue to nibble around the edges and encourage disrespect for the law? Let's legalize casino gambling by local option election and let the market figure out where it will work.

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