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Politics
11:43 am
Fri March 6, 2015

How Kentucky Money Fuels Cross-Border Casinos (and Other State Budgets)

Darlie Lowe, right, and Deneen Crayton, both of Louisville, wait for the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino shuttle bus on a recent Wednesday morning in West Louisville.

Braving temperatures in the 30s on a recent Wednesday morning, the 25 or so people bunched in the Kroger parking lot in west Louisville had plenty of grounds for complaint.

But complaining they weren’t. To the contrary, this group was stoked about the occasion. In just a few minutes, a large luxury bus would be pulling up and taking them on a free trip to the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino. For the next five hours they would be playing slot machines, eating $12 worth of food on the house and hoping to go home winners.

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Government
6:17 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Winners, Losers and Lost Causes From the General Assembly's 2014 Session

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By law, the only piece of legislation that the 2014  Kentucky General Assembly had to pass was a two-year state budget. All else, as Will Rogers put it, is applesauce.

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Politics
1:20 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Expanded Gambling Opponents Offer Testimony to Kentucky House

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Opponents of expanded gambling in Kentucky are focusing on the social costs of casinos. Testimony from anti-gaming groups in Frankfort Wednesday connected expanded gambling with increases in crime and gambling addiction.

Members of anti-gaming groups told lawmakers that the harm gaming would cause isn’t worth the estimated $286 million in new tax revenue that Rep. Larry Clark says his gaming bill would generate. 

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Politics
4:42 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Expanded Gambling Has Better Chance in Both Kentucky Chambers This Year

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Kentucky's debate over casino gambling is a long standing one, but there are indications the proposal has a greater chance of hearings this year in both legislative chambers.   

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Politics
2:33 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Kentucky Senate President Stivers Tells Expanded Gaming Proponents To Unify

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Kentucky’s top Republican lawmaker said pending legislation that would expand gaming across the Commonwealth will need strong, unified support.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers told a group of Kentucky’s top business leaders this week that if backers of expanded gaming want the issue to finally pass, then they’ll have to present a united front.

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Politics
12:41 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Former Kentucky Lawmaker Voices Opposition to Expanded Gambling Legislation

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Less than a week after a Louisville lawmaker pre-filed expanded gaming legislation, opposition to it is already starting to take shape. Stan Cave is a former Republican House member and an attorney for the anti-gaming Family Foundation. 

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Government
3:34 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Kentucky Rep. Larry Clark Files Pair of Expanded Gaming Bills

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A Kentucky lawmaker has filed a pair of bills that will again bring the issue of expanded gaming before the General Assembly.

State Rep. Larry Clark, a Louisville Democrat, has pre-filed legislation that would place a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 2014 ballot asking Kentucky voters if they permit "the General Assembly to pass laws authorizing casino gaming?” according to language in BR 108.

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Business
6:52 am
Thu October 24, 2013

IL Casino Bill Waiting On House Vote

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Illinois lawmakers have re-opened talks on a bill to expand gambling, but many of the concerns from earlier proposals remain. The House Executive Committee held a hearing yesterday on a measure to add five casinos and allow slot machines at major airports.

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2013 KY General Assembly
2:45 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Kentucky Anti-Gambling Group: Cost Outweights Benefits

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Gambling brings social ills that will offset any tax revenue to Kentucky, argued a new group that rallied Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda. About 30 people joined the group Stop Predatory Gambling Kentucky for the rally, where speakers dismissed efforts in the General Assembly to expand gambling through casinos or Instant Racing.

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Politics
8:13 am
Wed February 6, 2013

KY Gambling Proponents Unsure on How to Proceed

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Gov. Steve Beshear says disagreement among gambling advocates has made it unlikely that the Legislature can pass a constitutional amendment on casinos this year. Beshear says Kentucky's horse racing industry is divided on how to proceed, which has weakened the chances of passing an amendment.

Despite a long history of wagering on horses, Kentucky has a constitutional ban on casino-style gambling. And many lawmakers have been reluctant to vote to change that, knowing they may face disapproving constituents in future elections.

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