Perspective: Politics Surrounds Ohio Slots Issue

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Three lawsuits have now been filed against Governor Ted Strickland's racetrack slots plan, pitting groups of different political stripes against one another. has cast itself as a grass-roots group defending the right of Ohioans to decide gambling questions in the ballot booth, rather than having their elected officials legalize gambling for them.

A second lawsuit -- brought by the conservative Ohio roundtable, the Ohio Council of Churches, and the Methodists -- asks whether slots can be part of the Ohio Lottery.

The third suit, brought by the Ohio Christian Alliance and three republican state lawmakers, asks to block the slots plan while the Ohio Supreme Court determines whether the state constitution was violated.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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