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Casino amendment qualifies for ballot signatures

Editor’s note: Roby Brock, with our content partner Talk Business, wrote this report. He can be reached at roby@talkbusiness.net

The eighth time might be the charm, and it might deliver the chance for a casino operation in Sebastian County.

A Texas businessman’s effort to allow for 24-hour, 7 days a week casino gambling in seven Arkansas counties has been given the green light to move forward by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D).

McDaniel on Wednesday (Nov. 16) certified the ballot title of Michael Wasserman’s proposed constitutional amendment to allow for his for-profit Arkansas Hotels and Entertainment Inc. to own and operate casinos in Sebastian, Pulaski, Garland, Miller, Crittenden, Boone and Jefferson counties.

Said McDaniel:
“In my view, the purpose of your proposed measure is sufficiently stated in the above revised ballot title to satisfy this office’s mandate under A.C.A. § 7-9-107. I believe a cautionary note is warranted, however, due to the significance of the subject matter undertaken, i.e., taxation and legalized gaming, and the complexity and far-reaching effects of this amendment. You should be aware that according to my experience there is a direct correlation between the length and complexity of initiated constitutional amendments and their susceptibility to a successful ballot title challenge. Any ambiguity in the text of a measure could lead to a successful challenge. That is why I urge you, if you have not already done so, to consult private counsel in order to be assured that the stated purpose is accomplished by the text of your proposal.”

With AG approval, Wasserman can now seek to collect the signatures from 78,133 registered Arkansas voters needed to qualify the measure for the November 2012 election.  The signatures must be turned into the Secretary of State’s office by July 6, 2012 to be verified.

Wasserman has sought approval of a casino amendment in the past. The Attorney General’s office has rejected 4 ballot title requests and approved 3 titles.

During 2010, Wasserman was collecting signatures after receiving AG approval, but never submitted them for review.

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How profitable could casino gambling be in Arkansas? It would certainly be met with objections from the state’s current casino-style gaming centers at West Memphis-based Southland and Hot Springs-based Oaklawn.

This year, casino gambling at those 2 venues is on track to near nearly $2 billion in wagers.

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Gambling Huge For Downtown, Riverfront, ConventionCenter

This could be huge news for Sebastian county and Fort Smith. Whether someone is pro or con on gambling, it is a fact that the Choctaw and the Cherokees make a fortune from Arkansas. Not only would this bring money in from Oklahoma, but would definitely be a positive for the conventions coming to Fort Smith.

Casino Gambling is Huge

Casino Gambling is a huge sink hole for money needed to support our families and businesses. Look how good it has been for Pecola, OK. Nearly all commercial buildings are empty that had thriving businesses before the casinos. A resident of Pecola told me he couldn't have a good garage sale because no one had money anymore to spend.

Money to support "OUR" famillies ?

Sorry BM ,I lived in Las Vegas,NV. for 20 plus years,I do not now or have I ever gambled enough to create hardship for me or my family & Ft.Smith's garage sales are safe, I have plenty of money to but things I don't need. I for one am against being forced to pay 0ne more cent in tax to be sqwandered on the mismanaged CC , but would gladly welcome the jobs created by the building and operating of a casino on the riverfront.

Texas millionaire

This would be very bad news for all Arkansans. With the lottery at least the money goes to fund scholarships and furthers the education of Arkansas youth. The only winner here would be the guy from Texas sucking the money right out of the local economy.

Not that I think the

Not that I think the Constitution should be re-written for one person, in particular. But, casinos on the outer borders would be great. Let's keep the tax money that Oklahoma, Mississippi, etc. get from people traveling across the border from Arkansas take with them. Not to mention the addition of jobs. Just drive through the Choctaw and Cherokee casinos and see how many Arkansas cars are in the parking lot. Talk about sucking the money out of the local economy.....

Hotel/Casino Could Make All the Difference Downtown

Anon 2:18, you aren't being very forward thinking! Think of all the possible conventions coming to town. Think of the economic impact conventions and people coming to town would have on our city. Surely, the city could tax the casino and our new found friends from out of town. This is a win win for our city revenues and good paying jobs. And if the above doesn't sell the casino for you, then drive through any casino parking lot in Pocola and Roland and you will find the majority are from Arkansas. I don't gamble, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to conclude many people do. Why should our city, convention center along with downtown continue to die when a casino/hotel could make all the difference?
Anon 2:18, you aren't being very forward thinking! Think of all the possible conventions coming to town. Think of the economic impact conventions and people coming to town would have on our city. Surely, the city could tax the casino and our new found friends from out of town. This is a win win for our city revenues and good paying jobs. And if the above doesn't sell the casino for you, then drive through any casino parking lot in Pocola and Roland and you will find the majority are from Arkansas. I don't gamble, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to conclude many people do. Why should our city, convention center along with downtown continue to die when a ...>> Read the entire comment.

It's not about casinos - it's about a monopoly

Save your casino debate for another day. This isn’t a judge’s ruling or a municipal ordinance permitting hometown gambling. It is also not a vote to make casino gambling legal in Arkansas. This vote will be about re-writing the Arkansas Constitution to give Texas millionaire Michael Wasserman exclusive business franchise rights in the state of Arkansas. Arkansas law will continue to prohibit operating casinos in Arkansas – unless you are Michael Wasserman. Come on, we didn‘t even do that much for our very own Sam Walton. This is Wasserman’s eighth attempt to get the constitutional amendment on the ballot. How much do you trust someone who changes his documents one word at a time in order to be barely a hair’s breadth on the side of legal? If you want a casino in your town, do your homework, develop a viable plan of operation, and start a movement to bring it to a vote. But beware this out-of-state Pied Piper who wants the Arkansas constitution to name him as having exclusive rights to provide Arkansans an outlet for our extra money.
Save your casino debate for another day. This isn’t a judge’s ruling or a municipal ordinance permitting hometown gambling. It is also not a vote to make casino gambling legal in Arkansas. This vote will be about re-writing the Arkansas Constitution to give Texas millionaire Michael Wasserman exclusive business franchise rights in the state of Arkansas. Arkansas law will continue to prohibit operating casinos in Arkansas – unless you are Michael Wasserman. Come on, we didn‘t even do that much for our very own Sam Walton. This is Wasserman’s eighth attempt to get the constitutional amendment on the ballot. How much do you trust someone who changes ...>> Read the entire comment.

It's Not About Monopoly, It is About Jobs, Money & Downtown

Sounds like RobertM is quite knowledgeable on the subject of casino gambling. Arkansas was not just established yesterday. Business leaders have had ample opportunity to bring a hotel/casino gambling to Fort Smith, but haven't. Since we apparently don't have anyone from Arkansas that has the unyielding persistence to go through our Attorney General eight times, then more power to Mr Wasserman. I'm sure the educational process will bring forth the pros and cons. Let the process begin. And speaking of monopolies, what do you think Oaklawn has had for the last 100 years?

It's not about casinos - it's about a monopoly

Jack, you’re missing my point. You think I’m fighting a casino. I’m not. To be honest, I neither oppose nor support the idea. I typically oppose gambling, but my craving for private riverfront development has just about overshadowed that. The important thing about Wasserman’s agenda is that the constitution isn't the place to grant exclusivity. Businesses have not had the opportunity to bring casino gambling to Fort Smith. It hasn’t been legal. Wasserman wants it to remain illegal – except for him, because he’s special. Wasserman is asking us to amend our constitution to give him – and only him – exclusive rights in the state and keep illegal anyone else’s efforts. If a certain locale wants to grant exclusivity, then that’s between them and their citizens. Again, the constitution is not the place for any single person or single entity to be named and granted exclusive privileges. Tell me about Oaklawn. My understanding is that they are a business in Hot Springs where the 46th amendment legalized horse racing. The constitution says nothing about Oaklawn having exclusive rights in the state, so it must have been a Hot Springs’ city ordinance where you got your information that Oaklawn was a guaranteed monopoly. Was it?
Jack, you’re missing my point. You think I’m fighting a casino. I’m not. To be honest, I neither oppose nor support the idea. I typically oppose gambling, but my craving for private riverfront development has just about overshadowed that. The important thing about Wasserman’s agenda is that the constitution isn't the place to grant exclusivity. Businesses have not had the opportunity to bring casino gambling to Fort Smith. It hasn’t been legal. Wasserman wants it to remain illegal – except for him, because he’s special. Wasserman is asking us to amend our constitution to give him – and only him – exclusive rights in the state and keep illegal ...>> Read the entire comment.

It's Not About Monopoly, It is About Jobs, Money & Downtown

RobertM, I may be missing your point, but you are missing my point. I typically do not visit casinos, nor do I believe one can dictate morality. But when you drive through any border city and see the Arkansas license plates, again you do not have to be a rocket scientist to conclude the money lost to bordering states. You say businesses have not had the opportunity to bring casino gambling to Fort Smith, that it hasn’t been legal. Are you saying every businessman in this state has not had the same opportunities as Mr Wasserman, who has persevered through eight past attempts to achieve his goal. I do not think that our own Sam Walton had to persevere through nine legal hurdles to open stores in this great state. It has been my experience Fort Smith would never provide the leadership to grant exclusivity for such in this city and such can only be brought about by someone like Mr Wasserman. I have not researched Oaklawn, but I would presume that the 46th amendment legalized horse racing only in Hot Springs. Right now, I don't know if having exclusive privileges to casinos is the right thing or not, but Fort Smith does have a great river front, the downtown, convention center and the need of jobs and like many others, I'm willing to listen and learn.
RobertM, I may be missing your point, but you are missing my point. I typically do not visit casinos, nor do I believe one can dictate morality. But when you drive through any border city and see the Arkansas license plates, again you do not have to be a rocket scientist to conclude the money lost to bordering states. You say businesses have not had the opportunity to bring casino gambling to Fort Smith, that it hasn’t been legal. Are you saying every businessman in this state has not had the same opportunities as Mr Wasserman, who has persevered through eight past attempts to achieve his goal. I do not think that our own Sam Walton had to persevere ...>> Read the entire comment.

What economic development?

I drive through Roland and I see a few more fast food joints, pawn shops, payday loan companies, and used car dealers. I drive through Pocola and it's still the same drab little town it's always been. Where has the economic benefit been from the introduction of casinos? And I guess Fort Smith is so far away from these towns that we are unable to see any spillover effect. Jobs? Yes. There will be jobs. Most at little more than minimum wage and few benefits. Have you seen the unemployment rates in Sequoyah and Leflore counties? They are among the highest in the state. Yep. The casinos have been real economic drivers. I'll grant you that "most of the cars in the parking lots have Arkansas plates." This casino will allow us to avoid a five minute drive and let us squander our money here instead of in Roland or Pocola. But instead of that money going to the tribes in neighboring Oklahoma, it's going to be heading straight to Gainesville, Texas. Has the average Choctaw or Cherokee seen any benefit from the casinos built in their name? Maybe there has been an improvement in services and delivery of services by tribes. You'll have to ask them. Now you want to to dilute what little economic benefit there might be from a casino by adding another to what may be an already saturated market. Oh, yeah. I'm all in.

Jobs? yes.

Jobs? yes. There are jobs. Most (60% by policy)are part-time (32hrs a week)near minimum wage and few benefits, you just discribed the largest employer in the world, thats right Wal-Mart. Yep world wide Wal-mart is real economic driver.I'm sure the widow Walton has enough money to build another tribute to Wal-mart on the river front, lets call it Crystal Bridges 2 !

Walmart and Casinos don't compare

Would Northwest Arkansas have exploded in growth without Walmart? Probably not. Walmart has been a driver for Arkansas economy. Is Arkansas Hotels and Entertainment going to be an economic driver for Gainesville, TX? Other than Wasserman and his bankers, probably not. I don't agree with many of Walmart's personnel policies, but I would imagine they aren't a whole lot different from CVs, Harps, Target, or Sears. Walmart provides an actual real benefit to the community by making available food, clothing, and other necessities of life while competing with those other companies. Gambling is not a product and the Wasserman Amendment removes any possibility of competition in that category. "Widow Walton" had the vision and the willingness to put her money into something she believed would benefit the state. A world-class museum right here in Arkansas. Walmart... an economic driver and a creator of "quality of life" opportunities. Who woulda thought?

Private Enterprise, Gambling Versus Quality of Place

Anon 8:40, you forget one thing, well maybe two things. It wasn't "widow Walton" that spent $800,000,000 of private money on the Crystal Bridges Museum, it was her daughter, Alice Walton. Secondly, it isn't the Crystal Bridges Museum that is responsible for bringing "quality of place" to Northwest Arkansas, it was private enterprise, something that President Obama and a select few leaders in Fort Smith fails to understand. Sam Walton, a HARD WORKING, PASSIONATE, ENTREPRENEUR, not only had the dream, he worked the dream, putting HIS money where his mouth was and not only talked the talk, but walked the walk. I don't know this Michael J Wasserman and sure wouldn't compare him to Sam Walton. But as a businessman, a capitalist, (I hope those two words are still acceptable in our city), he is the only person to step forward with a plan to fight these casinos along our borders. Good, bad or indifferent, it is time for Arkansas to look at the alternatives. If Southland Racktrack in West Memphis and Oaklawn in Hot Springs can bring in revenue of $2Billion this year from gambling, a hotel/casino could be a viable option on the river front.
Anon 8:40, you forget one thing, well maybe two things. It wasn't "widow Walton" that spent $800,000,000 of private money on the Crystal Bridges Museum, it was her daughter, Alice Walton. Secondly, it isn't the Crystal Bridges Museum that is responsible for bringing "quality of place" to Northwest Arkansas, it was private enterprise, something that President Obama and a select few leaders in Fort Smith fails to understand. Sam Walton, a HARD WORKING, PASSIONATE, ENTREPRENEUR, not only had the dream, he worked the dream, putting HIS money where his mouth was and not only talked the talk, but walked the walk. I don't know this Michael J Wasserman and sure ...>> Read the entire comment.

Quality of Place

I was using Mr. Menzies own language on regard to "Widow Walton." And I agree, Crystal Bridges is only part of the Quality of Place equation. And While Sam "talked the talk and walked the walk," he still worked within the existing frameworks of the states and localities he brought stores into. While there may have been some favorable lawmaking for Walmart, he did not require states or localities to change their basic governing principles in his favor. I think we've firmly established that I believe casinos are a blight on the earth, while you believe that all economic development is good economic development. We can debate this particular issue when/if the amendment gets on the ballot. My primary concern right now is whether the amendment itself is a good deal for the state. I don't believe so, and my primary concerns are, as I've stated before: It does not create a competitive licensing process for casinos It creates a constitutionally protected monopoly for one business entity. This amendment is Bad News, whether you favor or oppose casinos.

2 million Walmart Employees can be wrong.

I actually have worked at a Wal-Mart. Right here at Quarry Shopping Center. At the time I needed the part-time hours. When I needed full time hours I went with my better resume fattened up with Wal-Mart experience to another retailer and got a full-time job. I saw how they worked their full-time employees. Both hourly and salary positions are highly prized and well earned. I did not care to invest more years in them to get what I needed. I darn sure did not belly-ache about how bad it was to work for Wal-Mart as a part-timer with no bennies. OH BOOHOO poor me. I went somewhere else. You Wal-Mart bashers AMAZE ME! God Bless Sam Walton and what he did for me, my family, his employees, Arkansas and the rest of you ingrates.
I actually have worked at a Wal-Mart. Right here at Quarry Shopping Center. At the time I needed the part-time hours. When I needed full time hours I went with my better resume fattened up with Wal-Mart experience to another retailer and got a full-time job. I saw how they worked their full-time employees. Both hourly and salary positions are highly prized and well earned. I did not care to invest more years in them to get what I needed. I darn sure did not belly-ache about how bad it was to work for Wal-Mart as a part-timer with no bennies. OH BOOHOO poor me. I went somewhere else. You Wal-Mart bashers AMAZE ME! God Bless Sam Walton and what he did for ...>> Read the entire comment.

Wasserman will make Passailaigue look like a Boy Scout

Ironically, Wasserman’s greed that has kept him off the ballot so far is the same greed that will cause his amendment proposal to fail. A lot of people who would otherwise support Arkansas casino gambling will vote no to keep the industry fair. If you thought Ernie Passailaigue and his merry band of South Carolinians were bad news, wait until you get a man who’s in it for his own profit and is protected from firing by the state constitution. Pull Wasserman’s guaranteed protection from this amendment, and you might have something to bring before the voters. Until then, Wasserman is killing the chance of casino gambling in Arkansas.

It IS about monopolies

This proposed completely bars casino development anywhere else by anyone else. I might have supported this if it created a competitive licensing procedure. Wasserman wants us to give him permission to print money and give him the printing press as well. Not with my vote.

Amazing

After demogoguing ad nauseum on "crony capitalism", Jack is in favor of a special amendment to the state constitution to grant special legal privileges to the exclusive benefit of one businessman? Holy conflicting cognitions, Batman!

The amendment is flawed

If passed, this will amend the Arkansas Constitution to give one specific company – that owned by Texas businessman Michael Wasserman – the protection and economic boost of operating in Arkansas. I don’t care if he is operating a casino or selling doilies below cost to grandma; a constitutional amendment offering privilege to one named corporation is scary.

I agree with RobertM

specific corporations loopholes worry the dickens out of me. This is just a monopoly. If it was done legitimately and with allowed competition, then maybe. but....i don't think I'll agree this 8th try either.

I am very interested in

I am very interested in seeing the outcome of this. The residents here will not turn loose of a few pennies for a prepared food tax, but will they turn loose of much more money to gamble in a casino? We shall see.

Not One More Cent !

I for one am against being forced to pay 0ne more cent in tax to be sqwandered on the mismanaged CC , but would gladly welcome the jobs created by the building and operating of a casino on the riverfront.

Competetion and Old Thinking

In this discussion Monopoly does not apply. A true Monopoly can not be avoided. AT&T in the 70's and early 80's was unavoidable if you wanted to communicate. Casino Gambling is an entertainment activity and does not and will not fall into this category. To say so is simply fear mongering and scare tactics. A casino will not see any of my money unless I choose to go there. The days of the Morality Police are as “OVER” as are the days of legislating morality. The Internet makes it all too easy to gamble anywhere anytime. Using state and local laws to control my free decision making process is futile oppression and fatal mistake. Only bullies when frustrated seek the bigger bully to enforce their will upon others. I can see clearly what is happening in all of Arkansas’ bordering states. Delaying is "Old Thinking". We as Arkansans are in competition with Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri and Louisiana. Doubt that not! Fort Smith is in competition with NWA, Roland, Pocola, Hot Springs, Shreveport and Bossier City. To think there is a bubble that shields us from the good and bad that comes with this activity is foolish.
In this discussion Monopoly does not apply. A true Monopoly can not be avoided. AT&T in the 70's and early 80's was unavoidable if you wanted to communicate. Casino Gambling is an entertainment activity and does not and will not fall into this category. To say so is simply fear mongering and scare tactics. A casino will not see any of my money unless I choose to go there. The days of the Morality Police are as “OVER” as are the days of legislating morality. The Internet makes it all too easy to gamble anywhere anytime. Using state and local laws to control my free decision making process is futile oppression and fatal mistake. Only bullies when ...>> Read the entire comment.

Constitutional guaranty of exclusive privilege? Monopoly.

In this discussion a monopoly does apply. If this passes, the Arkansas constitution will give one specific name individual the right to control casino gambling in Arkansas and make it illegal for everyone else. It guarantees him statewide protection from competition. Permitting one person to do what is illegal for others to do constitutes a monopoly on the casino business. I will say it again – it doesn’t matter if the business in question is casino gambling or any other business enterprise. It is unconscionable for the Arkansas Constitution to name one specific individual (a non-resident, no less) as having a particular right to do something, while making it illegal for all others to do so. I would have absolutely no problem with this amendment proposal going to a vote if it didn’t include a named individual or entity.
In this discussion a monopoly does apply. If this passes, the Arkansas constitution will give one specific name individual the right to control casino gambling in Arkansas and make it illegal for everyone else. It guarantees him statewide protection from competition. Permitting one person to do what is illegal for others to do constitutes a monopoly on the casino business. I will say it again – it doesn’t matter if the business in question is casino gambling or any other business enterprise. It is unconscionable for the Arkansas Constitution to name one specific individual (a non-resident, no less) as having a particular right to do something, while making it ...>> Read the entire comment.

RobertM, $2 billion in 2 locations Is alot of Jobs & Conventions

RobertM, I refer you to the last portion of the above article...."How profitable could casino gambling be in Arkansas? It would certainly be met with objections from the state’s current casino-style gaming centers at West Memphis-based Southland and Hot Springs-based Oaklawn. This year, casino gambling at those 2 venues is on track to near nearly $2 billion in wagers." Are you saying if Mr Wasserman is successful, Southland and Oaklawn will have to close because the Arkansas Constitution will allow only one specific individual to have gaming rights in this great state. Personally, Mr Wasserman should be commended for his perseverance in seeking a competitive market, in which this country was built on. Let's bring on the learning process.
RobertM, I refer you to the last portion of the above article...."How profitable could casino gambling be in Arkansas? It would certainly be met with objections from the state’s current casino-style gaming centers at West Memphis-based Southland and Hot Springs-based Oaklawn. This year, casino gambling at those 2 venues is on track to near nearly $2 billion in wagers." Are you saying if Mr Wasserman is successful, Southland and Oaklawn will have to close because the Arkansas Constitution will allow only one specific individual to have gaming rights in this great state. Personally, Mr Wasserman should be commended for his perseverance in seeking a ...>> Read the entire comment.

Wasserman opposes free market

”Are you saying if Mr Wasserman is successful, Southland and Oaklawn will have to close because the Arkansas Constitution will allow only one specific individual to have gaming rights in this great state.” If Wasserman is successful, his amendment to the Arkansas Constitution will allow only one specific individual to have casino rights in the counties he seeks to occupy. Personally, Mr Wasserman should be commended for his perseverance in seeking a competitive market, in which this country was built on. Are we reading the same ballot proposal? Wasserman specifically opposes a competitive market. His proposal makes it illegal for anyone to compete against him. In his proposal, the State of Arkansas guarantees that no one will compete against him. Wasserman is asking for a constitutional amendment to ensure him two things: 1. The privilege of operating casinos in Arkansas. – I encourage this to be put to a vote of the people, as he wishes. 2. The state to guarantee, through the constitution, that no one else can operate a casino in his counties. – This is not free market and is unacceptable.
”Are you saying if Mr Wasserman is successful, Southland and Oaklawn will have to close because the Arkansas Constitution will allow only one specific individual to have gaming rights in this great state.” If Wasserman is successful, his amendment to the Arkansas Constitution will allow only one specific individual to have casino rights in the counties he seeks to occupy. Personally, Mr Wasserman should be commended for his perseverance in seeking a competitive market, in which this country was built on. Are we reading the same ballot proposal? Wasserman specifically opposes a competitive market. His proposal makes it illegal for anyone to compete ...>> Read the entire comment.

Silly me for thinking that

Silly me for thinking that the constitution is for all the people. Casinos will be permitted only in those counties specified in the amendment. No other casino development will be permitted anywhere else in the state. Southland and Oaklawn had special enabling legislation in order to allow casino style gaming at those locations. I don't think this amendment would require them to shut down. I suppose you could call Wasserman's efforts perseverance. Comparing him to Sam Walton wouldn't be accurate. Walmart works within the laws of the states they operate in. Wasserman is trying to create new laws. And four of his previous efforts did not pass constitutional muster.

Search "casino gambling and retail business"

Search "casino gambling and retail business" you will find many well documented with reference papers on the detrimental effects of Casino gambling on the local economy and the impact on the business community. Every paper tells how detrimental casino gambling is to the cites and counties they are located in.

It certainly does

And the detrimental effects stop right at the Oklahoma border. Comes not a single inch further into Arkansas or Sebastian county. It also only has an impact on the Indians too because they are only Indian Casinos. Liquor stores don't sell to Church Goers either because they can't buy it on Sunday. WOW with this level of thinking maybe that Oklahoma border holds back the escape of intelligent life forms as well.

Competition

AT&T does not play into this discussion because it was not a constitutionally protected monopoly. We're not even talking about public utilities like gas, electric and water. We're talking about an industry that has historically had high risks and has come under strict regulation. Remove Wasserman's business as the sole beneficiary of this amendment and allow a competitive licensing process. If Arkansas Hotels and Entertainment happens to offer the best deal for all seven casinos, then I'm OK with that. If we had different operators for each casino, then I'm OK with that, too. This is not a "morality" issue. This is protecting the interests of the state and local communities.

I say let the people decide.

I say let the people decide. Just like on the PFT. It is easy to manipulate people when they are emotional. Politicians use that on us all the time. I personally think the proposal is unfair and obviously skewed but I will sign the petition. Wasserman could be Satan personified but our State Government has not been proactive on this topic. Dustin McDaniel is not doing us a service by hiding from the issue with his "dis-claimer" and there is no mention of this on his State web site. Hmmm.. Is it an accident that there is no link to the actual wording in the proposal here? No demagoguery from me just the facts. I always question the most when the "Media" withhold information. I will do what 4 other News Organizations that I searched did not. Here are links to the AG's opinions and the actual wording: http://ag.arkansas.gov/opinions/docs/2011-141.pdf AG comments: http://ag.arkansas.gov/opinions/docs/2011-131.pdf Original Approved wording in late 2009 early 2010: http://ag.arkansas.gov/opinions/docs/2009-214.pdf ...and for laffs the actual definition of the term and a classic MIB quote. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/demagogue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkCwFkOZoOY
I say let the people decide. Just like on the PFT. It is easy to manipulate people when they are emotional. Politicians use that on us all the time. I personally think the proposal is unfair and obviously skewed but I will sign the petition. Wasserman could be Satan personified but our State Government has not been proactive on this topic. Dustin McDaniel is not doing us a service by hiding from the issue with his "dis-claimer" and there is no mention of this on his State web site. Hmmm.. Is it an accident that there is no link to the actual wording in the proposal here? No demagoguery from me just the facts. I always question the most when the "Media" ...>> Read the entire comment.

Petitions

I can't sign onto a petition for a proposed amendment that I consider deeply flawed. Despite my deep reservations about casinos, I might sign a petition if the proposal weren't so lopsided.