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Groups forming on both sides of Pope County casino issue

Pope County is among four counties in Arkansas that became eligible for casino licenses after being approved by voters in 2018.

POPE COUNTY, Ark. — A committee formed to oppose efforts to remove the Pope County casino from the Arkansas Constitution is starting with $1.1 million cash on hand provided by Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation Businesses, the group that will build the casino.

The Arkansas Tourism Alliance filed paperwork with the Arkansas Ethics Commission saying it had raised $1.1 million in February while making no expenditures. The Alliance, led by attorneys Dustin McDaniel and David Couch, said in a press release March 8 that the group was being formed to oppose Fair Play for Arkansas. That group is collecting signatures for a proposed constitutional amendment that would remove Pope County from a list of four counties in Arkansas that became eligible for casino licenses as a result of Amendment 100 passed by voters in 2018.

McDaniel, a former Arkansas Attorney General, and Couch helped draft Amendment 100 establishing the Arkansas Casino Gaming Amendment. It passed with 54% of the vote. McDaniel is a former Arkansas attorney general. Couch has been instrumental in several ballot efforts in Arkansas.

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