Latest News on Proposition A
10/26/08 TO 11/1/08

Ads for Missouri casino measure criticized by some

MO - Opponents say the advertisments are a shell game, seeking to hide the true intent of the proposition, which they say is to raise profits at casinos at the expense of troubled gamblers. / AP / October 29, 2008

Ads for Missouri casino measure criticized by some

MO - Mailers received in the last two weeks by voters say Yes on A "For our schools. For our economy," They also detail the amount of money supporters say the proposal would raise for the voter's county. The words "loss limit" or "gambling" do not appear, although casinos are mentioned several times. / AP / Oct 30, 2008

Anti-Gambling Groups Picking On Casinos For Trying To Make Money

MO - The actual Proposition is called "Schools First Elementary and Secondary Education Fund Initiative." That would be enough for most voters to be in favor of the Proposition. Not anti-gambling groups, however. They have chosen to take a different angle on the Proposition. The groups claim that the casinos only want the loss limits eliminated so they can make more money. / By Terry Goodwin / October 29, 2008

Ballot measure would eliminate gamblers' loss limits

MO - Gerry's story and that of other gambling addicts is at the center of an issue Missouri voters face on the November ballot. Proposition A, if approved, would repeal the "loss limit" that prohibits casino patrons from buying more than $500 in chips or tokens during a two-hour span in a Missouri riverboat. Supporters of Proposition A cite the increased tax revenue for schools that would come from repealing the limits on gamblers' losses. For Gerry, however, the costs to gamblers far outweigh the benefits. He told how he lost his job because of the choices he made, how he stole money from his wife and children and how, during one empty drive home from the boats while living in St. Louis, he stopped on a bridge and considered taking his life. The thought of his family having to identify his body, he said, was the only thing that held him back. He guesses he racked up about $196,000 in gambling debt. From an anti-gambling expansion perspective, Evelio Silvera, executive director of Chesterfield-based Casino Watch, agreed with Salva that Proposition A has been cloaked by the gaming industry in a shroud of purported educational funding. "It's dangerous, it's deceptive and dishonest, and the only people that would benefit with Proposition A are the stockholders of Ameristar and Pinnacle casinos," he said. / BY Joel Walsh / October 26, 2008

Casino Watch and Yes on A both claim the other exploited teacher

MO - A Carl Junction teacher is claiming the Yes on A group wrongly used his name to endorse Proposition A. The problem? He says he is opposed to the ballot measure. "I understand first hand the dangers of gambling, as I've seen people who have suffered the terrible consequences of gambling addiction. I don't support removing the $500 loss limit or anything else that will benefit casinos." / October 30, 2008

Casino industry consuming itself

MO - The Missouri casino industry -- so far -- has spent $15 million in support of the measure that would repeal the state's $500 loss limit, cap casinos in the state at the current 13, and earmark new tax dollars for public education. Minnesota-based Lakes Entertainment Inc. pushed a measure onto the Ohio ballot that would legalize one casino... / by Rick Alm / October 25, 2008

Casinos brazenly use teachers to promote more gambling

MO - You can't miss 'em: Missouri's casinos are using several "Teachers of the Year" in TV spots to pump up Proposition A. But the educators should be ashamed of the lesson they are giving their children, that losing more money at the gambling dens is a good idea. / Kansas City Star / by Yael T. Abouhalkah / October 29, 2008

Editorial: Our endorsements

MO - PROPOSITION A: Vote No... One of our biggest problems with Proposition A is the tagline "The Schools First Initiative." It's very clear that Proposition A isn't about Missouri schools, and that its biggest supporters are not from education. Proposition A, above all, benefits casinos. Although the first item on the ballot, mandating the repeal of loss limits for gamblers and the taxes on the extra cash flow that will result, seems relatively harmless, the second item on the ballot - placing a cap on the number of casinos that can exist in Missouri - is wrong. / Oct. 30, 2008

In our view: Two out of five

MO - Proposition A: Should we pass the education bill sought by casinos? We say "no." Many schools wouldn't see a dime of the alleged increase in education spending. However, casinos would see thousands upon thousands more. The "Schools First" initiative really puts casinos first. Voters should call the gambling houses on their bluff and vote "no." / November 01, 2008

It's Your Call, Oct. 28, 2008

MO - Rotten apples... I hope that voters are aware of the fact that Proposition A removes the $500 limit for every two hours that people could lose money in casinos. I believe the whole issue is being twisted and warped and I think it should be voted down. / October 29, 2008

It's not about education; it's about gambling

MO - Proposition A is the biggest scam that has ever been before the voters. Ameristar Casino wrote and paid for this amendment. They have spent $20 million advertising, that "it's about our kids and education." / Ray Salva / 2008-10-30

Prop A: It's not about education

MO - So, I really don't care if Proposition A passes or fails next week. But the campaign to approve the measure is so misleading that it's tough to stand by and say nothing. None of the commercials I've seen show even a hint of a casino. You don't see grandma steering her walker through the entrance to the nearest slot or video poker machine. You don't see daddy at the craps table tossing the dice and wagering little Johnny's lunch money. / by Steve Booher / October 27, 2008

Proposition A - Mike Smythe's Viewpoint

MO - This is a transcript of KFVS12 General Manager Mike Smythe's Viewpoint segment... Get this, the casinos dumped more than $15 million dollars in advertising, wrapping it around "support the schools," when it is all about gambling and protecting their interests. / October 31, 2008

Proposition A ads omit gambling

MO - Opponents contend the advertising strategy is a shell game to hide what they say is the true intent of Proposition A: increasing casinos' profits by encouraging gamblers to lose more money. Mailers received in the past two weeks by voters say Yes on A "For our schools. For our economy." The words "loss limit" or "gambling" do not appear, although casinos are mentioned several times. / AP / November 1, 2008

Proposition A an insult to voters

MO - First of all, it restricts the building of any new casino operations in the future. This provision then establishes a complete monopoly for the present casino operations in the state of Missouri. As written, Proposition A is a disaster and an insult to the people of the state of Missouri! / Donald Bechtel / October 29, 2008

Proposition A opposed by most area school superintendents

MO - Gary Arthaud, superintendent of the Dallas County R-1 School District, said it's time to finally say, "That's not right." He said it's a bad situation to depend on gambling to help educate the state's children. "We try to educate our kids not to gamble, while at the same time gambling losses wreck homes," Arthaud said. "Money spent on gambling could be spent on food and clothing. Superintendent Mark Beem of the Skyline School District was out of town and not available for comment. Superintendents of the Springfield, Branson, Nixa, Republic and Logan-Rogersville districts have made statements opposing Proposition A. / October 29, 2008

Schools and Gambling at Issue with Proposition A

MO - "What it ($500 loss limit) does is protects households or families from having a member of the family lose the family farm. That at 500 dollars you can only get hurt so bad and then you gotta quit." There is another major issue that Knight has a problem with. Proposition A would change Missouri's identification law when entering a casino. Right now, when people enter into a casino that individual is identified with a card that is swiped each time gambling chips are purchased. Knight says this rule exists because it keeps track of problem gamblers who enter the casino. / KBIA Local / Robbie Berlin / 2008-10-30

Six KC casinos are unthinkable

MO - In self-defense, the Missouri casino industry drafted Proposition A on the Nov. 4 ballot, which, among other things, would cap the number of casinos statewide at the current 13, including one under construction south of St. Louis. The cost of market entry is simply too great to license casinos up and down the riverfront and expect all to survive, much less thrive and deliver the perks and the quality casino experience that gamblers expect and demand. States such as Illinois understood that from the outset and balanced a high tax rate with a cap of 10 casinos statewide. True open-market states such as Nevada and Mississippi are structured around a low tax rate and welcome all competitors to the fray. Missouri is a middle to high tax-rate state, but without a cap. / by Rick Alm / October 28, 2008

Southwest Mo. Teacher Says He's Embarrassed To See His Name on Mailer Supporting Prop A

MO - Doug Campbell, a teacher at Carl Junction High School, said his name appears on a promotional piece for the "Yes On A" coalition. In a press release from the "No on A" campaign, Campbell is quoted saying he was embarrassed to see his name supporting an initiative associated with gambling. "I understand first hand the dangers of gambling, as I've seen people who have suffered the terrible consequences of gambling addiction. I don't support removing the $500 loss limit or anything else that will benefit casinos," said Campbell in a statement. / October 29, 2008

Speak Out 10/26/08

MO - CASINOS ARE handing out candy for children. Proposition A on the November ballot is suspect because it is being backed by the casinos. They bundle a proposition for gambling with something that sounds good: more education money for children. The problem is the deprivation of children due to parents who have gambled away funds that should be used for children's food, clothing and school supplies. / October 26, 2008

Yes on A Campaign Falsely Using Teacher's Name for Endorsement on Ads

MO - School teacher speaks out about the unethical methods used by the Yes on A Campaign to gain teacher endorsements for Proposition A. Doug Campbell, Vocal Music Instructor at Carl Junction Junior High School was astonished to receive mail from the Yes on A collation that said he was one of many teachers in support of the measure. "I was very embarrassed to see my name supporting a proposition that expands gambling," Campbell said. I don't support removing the $500 loss limit or anything else that will benefit casinos." / Standard Newswire / October 29

Legislative candidates differ on education issues

MO - Still (Democrat Mary Still) does not support Proposition A, which is officially titled "Schools First Elementary and Secondary Education Funding Initiative." It would lift the state's gambling loss limit and boost taxes on casinos. "It is misleading to people," Still said. "They try to sell it as being helpful to public schools, but it isn't." Still said that in addition to furthering the social costs of gambling, Proposition A would convince voters that the public school system is well-financed by casinos. "It's just a drop in the bucket," Still said. / BY Spencer Willems / October 30, 2008