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Gambling debate in Ky. devolves into mudslinging

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is accusing Senate
President David Williams of "intimidations and threats" against
pro-gambling lawmakers in an attempt to stymie efforts to get a
constitutional amendment on the November ballot that could legalize
casinos in Kentucky.

Williams fired back Tuesday that the governor "has been
untruthful."

The two longtime political foes who faced each other in last
year's gubernatorial election have been on opposite sides of the
gambling debate for years. Beshear, a second-term Democrat, is
pressing for casinos in the state. Williams, a Republican, opposes
such a move.

The exchange is the latest evidence that they haven't budged
from their positions on gambling in Kentucky, a state with a
tradition of wagering on horse races but with a constitutional ban
on casinos.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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