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story.lead_photo.caption Former Gov. Mike Beebe is shown in this file photo. ( Rick McFarland)

LITTLE ROCK — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is opposing a ballot measure that would legalize casinos in three counties.

Protect Arkansas Values/Stop Casinos Now said Wednesday that the former Democratic governor is opposing the proposed constitutional measure that's on the Nov. 8 ballot. Beebe said in a statement released by the group that he believes the measure would not give local communities the right to decide whether they want expanded gambling.

The proposal would allow three private companies to run the casinos in Boone, Miller and Washington counties. Stop Casinos Now is funded by dog and horse tracks that currently offer video poker and other forms of electronic gambling. The group is also suing to try and disqualify the measure from the ballot.

Beebe has opposed past casino legalization efforts in the state.

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Archived Comments

  • PopMom
    September 22, 2016 at 7:12 a.m.

    Beebe is in favor of steel mills which pollute the air and water, but against casinos. Go figure.

  • BirdDogsRock
    September 22, 2016 at 8:44 a.m.

    I am indifferent about casinos, but I am very opposed to the perpetual frivolous tinkering with the Arkansas State Constitution that seems to have become a game of sport, or a tool of profiteers. Leave the Arkansas Constitution out of it. If casinos are to be in Arkansas' future, let them go through the Legislative and Executive branch processes.

  • LR1955
    September 22, 2016 at 11:31 a.m.

    RBB...says: What if the Mafia gets ahold of one of those LLCs?

    Whose to say the backers of this POS proposal are not the Mafia. Vote Against THIS casino amendment!

  • Packman
    September 22, 2016 at 2:59 p.m.

    Amen to all the comments opposing this as a constitutional amendment. Let the state operate casinos and keep the profits for education, and to buy more land for duck hunting.

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