Anti-gambling forces happy with election results

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Anti-gambling forces were heartened by an election that ousted a handful of legislative incumbents who had voted for failed casino and slots bills.

Martin Cothran, a policy analyst for The Family Foundation, said the odds against expanding gambling opportunities in Kentucky have now gotten steeper.

Gov. Steve Beshear has been pressing for casino-style gambling in Kentucky since he was first elected in 2007. So far, he's been unable to get lawmakers to pass legislation. The closest he came was in 2009 when a divided House approved a bill that would have allowed horse tracks to bring in slot machines. The Senate refused to go along, and the bill died.

Beshear said last week he would like for lawmakers to approve a gambling measure when they convene early next year.

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