Arkansas: Choctaw-backed group submits required signatures in effort to halt Cherokees' Pope County casino
Fair Play for Arkansas has 100,000 signatures on its proposed constitutional amendment to repeal the legalization of a casino permit in Pope County. The number represents 11,00 more than the signatures required. All the qualifying voters are registered registered voters and distributed among 15 counties. Fair Play is calling for the state to investigate the Arkansas Tourism Alliance for potential petition fraud. The alliance has about $1.1 million from the Cherokee Nation to fight the Fair play repeal. If the repeal hits the ballot there will be a jackpot in TV advertising from both sides.
Choctaw-backed group submits required signatures in effort to halt Cherokees' Pope County casino. Pope voters rejected the casino amendment, but their vote couldn't override the dictates of the amendment. The amendment requires the issuance of a permit in Pope county. County Judge Ben Cross supports the Cherokee permit. Repeal of this amendment wouldn't affect the casinos at Oaklawn, Saracen in Pine Bluff, and Southland in West Memphis.