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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 09:54:00

Legislative small print: Gambling expansion gets a vote Monday

The House is set to vote Monday on bill that requires a law enforcement agency to stop enforcing an anti-gambling law. Really.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 10:49:00

Casino backers claim economic boost from more gambling

Arkansas Wins, the committee hoping to pass a proposed constitutional amendment (Issue 5) to allow casinos in Boone, Miller and Washington counties, released a report they commissioned today that says the casinos would be an economic boon.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 16:54:00

Quapaw leader talks to Little Rock Board about land purchase

John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, made an unscheduled appearance before the Little Rock City Board this afternoon to talk about the tribe's recent purchase of 160 acres near the Little Rock Port and its application to make it trust land, and thus exempt from local government taxation and control.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 09:25:00

Casino gambling continues to grow in Arkansas

Casino gambling continues to grow at Southland and Oaklawn racinos in West Memphis and Hot Springs, but the dog racing situation is another story.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 17:07:50

The 'Dream' day open line

Another day done gone. Above is a photo from the secretary of state's Facebook page of the crowd that gathered at the Arkansas Capitol today to commemorate the march in Washington 50 years ago.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 09:25:00

Arkansas Lottery faces class action lawsuit on scratch-off ticket payoffs

A class action lawsuit has been filed in Pulaski Circuit Court against the Arkansas Lottery related to the disclosure that a former lottery security officer had stolen thousands of scratch-off lottery tickets and then collected winnings up to $500 on an individual tickets totaling almost a half-million dollars.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 15:36:00

Opinion sought on lottery and keno/bingo games

State Rep. Mark Perry of Jacksonville has asked the attorney general for a legal opinion on whether lottery retailers can conduct draw games where winnning numbers are displayed on video monitors.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 10:18:00

Family Council gets one right: They're gambling at Oaklawn and Southland

The Arkansas Family Council isn't right often in our editorial view — and downright mean-spirited in the process for an organization putatively founded on Biblical principles — but we'll give credit where due.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 09:29:00

Supreme Court invalidates casino amendment

The Arkansas Supreme Court today ordered that no votes be counted for the Nancy Todd casino amendment.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 08:40:21

Arkanasas Supreme Court hears casino argument

About 9 a.m. this morning, you can click here to follow the Arkansas Supreme Court oral arguments by Texas casino promoter Michael Wasserman that Secretary of State Mark Martin should have given him more time to gather signatures for his constitutional amendment to allow him to open casinos in Arkansas.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 10:27:59

Todd to turn in 100,000 additional signatures for casino initiative

In a statement, business woman Nancy Todd said that she plans to submit over 100,000 signatures today to the Secretary of State in support of her ballot initiative, a constitutional amendment to give her group four exclusive casino licenses in Arkansas.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 11:34:19

Todd submits new language to casino ballot title

After the Secretary of State ruled her ballot title was legally insufficient because it didn't include a mention of the measure's potential impact on "electronic games of skill" at Oaklawn and Southland, Nancy Todd said she's re-filed with the Secretary of State, adding the following language to the ballot title: "Such prohibition may repeal the Electronic Games of Skill Act, and thereby prohibit Oaklawan Racing and Southland Racing from continuing to operate electronic games of skill at their respective race tracks in Hot Springs and West Memphis."

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 16:32:37

Attorney general and secretary of state find flaw in casino amendment

Secretary of State Mark Martin has declared that the ballot title for Nancy Todd's casino amendment is not fair and complete and thus not legally sufficient for inclusion on the ballot.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012 - 18:37:37

Legal heavyweights square off on casino amendment

Opponents of the Nancy Todd Poker Palace constitutional amendment — still undergoing review for signature sufficiency by the secretary of state and still in the field for more signatures — earlier had contested the legality of placing the measure on the ballot for a variety of flaws in the ballot title and content.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012 - 17:26:02

Nancy Todd casino amendment short on signatures UPDATE

Alex Reed of the secretary of state's office says the Nancy Todd Poker Palace constitutional amendment — to give exclusive casino licenses for four casinos to an enterprise backed by Branson, Mo., investors — is also short of signatures of registered voters.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday, July 20, 2012 - 13:22:54

One casino challenge rejected

The secretary of state's office — currently checking signatures on petitions gathered by Nancy Todd for a constitutional amendment to give her group four exclusive casino licenses in Arkansas — has been advised by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to disregard one objection filed to the form of the amendment.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 18:24:20

Texas casino amendment won't qualify for ballot

Michael Wasserman, the Texas casino proposal who turned up with what he represented were sufficient signatures to qualify his constitutional amendment for an exclusive right to open seven casinos, won't make it to the November ballot.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 07:06:12

Nancy Todd says legislature could regulate her casinos

Nancy Todd met the initial signature threshold to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would grant four casino licenses to promoters of the amendment.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 14:50:11

UPDATE: Casino campaign reports $195,000 support from Missouri investors

Nancy Todd alerted me that the group pushing a casino amendment initiative had filed a batch of papers with the state Ethics Commission today. They show a group of Branson, Mo., investors as the financial force behind the proposal.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 06:58:00

Still no disclosure on backers of casino amendment campaign

CANVASSING: A photo from casino promoter Nancy Todd's website shows her at work. I sent a note Friday to Nancy Todd, who's fronting the petition campaign to put a casino amendment on the November ballot. The amendment would authorize four unregulated casinos, operating under the name Nancy Todd Poker Palace,...

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