Anti-Gambling Women's Group Planning Rally At Capitol

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - As Kentucky politicians wrangle over Gov.
Steve Beshear's plan to legalize casinos, an antigambling women's
group is planning a Tuesday rally warning lawmakers about some
social ills that could manifest later as a result.

Carol Devine, a student minister in Danville, believes casino
gambling will bring with it many social problems - addictions,
bankruptcies and broken families. Devine, and others in Women
Against Casino Gambling, believe that it's mainly Kentucky women
who will be saddled with any negative fallout from gambling.

"Women have a unique perspective in us as mothers and wives,"
Devine said. "Women have a unique perspective in that they would
be the ones that would clean up any mess left by casinos."

Gov. Steve Beshear is pushing a plan to amend Kentucky's
constitution and allow up to 12 casinos across the state. Seven
would be owned by horse tracks, while the remaining five would be
considered freestanding.

Beshear, a Democrat, says Kentucky's cash-strapped government
can eventually take in about $600 million a year from casino
gambling revenue - not to mention the $500 million in up-front
casino license fees.

The newly elected governor is calling for a constitutional
amendment legalizing casino gambling and separate legislation that
would govern them. He points out that casinos already line
Kentucky's borders, and gambling on horses, the lottery and in
bingo halls is already legal.


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  • by Connie Location: Richmond on Feb 19, 2008 at 02:47 PM
    I want to know how I can get involved in any organised effort to help prevent gaming in Kentucky. How can I reach this group?
  • by Joe Location: Stanton on Feb 19, 2008 at 12:04 PM
    This is how it works. If So-called Christian people are doing it there is nothing wrong with it. If you don't go to their Church its a no no! They have bingo for church groups all the time. They take poor families and old folks money all the time at these church run bingo hall's. This is the so-called christian way of ripping the poor and old off without calling it a sin. I don't gamble! I can't stand two-faced hypocrites!
  • by Ms. Curious Location: Viper on Feb 19, 2008 at 10:53 AM
    Wonder what Gov. Beshear will get out of this, over or under the table?
  • by mykeez Location: ca on Feb 19, 2008 at 09:20 AM
    Why are they going there? Was the abortion clinic closed? If we know Kentuckians are crossing into Ind for gaming, why not let them spend Ky. $$$ in Ky? If you don't gamble because "it's against gawd", then you aren't going to gamble anyway. If the "children and wives suffer" due to a gambling addict husband (by the way, not all gamblers are hooked, just like not all those who have one beer aren't alcoholics), then the wives should leave them and take the youngins with them. Then you bible humpers can help them in the church.
  • by barbara Location: frankfort on Feb 19, 2008 at 08:49 AM
    The money the governor claims that is going to be made off gambling to help the state and the fee's. If you don't have these gambling area's you want have to have to pay for fee's. All its going to do is make every one broke and living in more poverty than they are. These women need to be commended for what they stand for. The governor all to be ashamed of his self for wanting to corrupt the state of kentucky even more. Our sentors need to stop this before it even gets started, you can only imagine the outcome and it want be for the good of the state. Get real everyone a
  • by Eddie Location: Bell Co. on Feb 19, 2008 at 07:18 AM
    Gettem' Ladies... We need people to understand the consequences of gambling. I know we have other problems, but we need to face one day at a time. Money is making people do unthinkable things!! Don't let another family go through the torture of losing their homes and another kid go hungry, over a couple of political buddies ideas. These ideas will make them money but in the long run cost the state millions in child care and welfare programs. We need the help!!
  • by Mark Location: canada on Feb 19, 2008 at 06:10 AM
    Its Okay, you can stay on welfare..bc you lived on it all your life, you dont know what work is..
  • by concerned on Feb 19, 2008 at 05:54 AM
    You go girls, women and children will be the ones that suffer and have to clean up from something that is not of God anyway....if we would get our minds off "GAMING" and put it on important things...money would be found, instead of trying to find other answers, there's to much focus on GAMBLING anyway.....
  • by anc Location: lexington on Feb 19, 2008 at 05:03 AM
    HOW DO WE GET IN TOUCH W/THIS GROUP - TO SUPPORT THE 'EFFORT'

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