Hawkins retracts casino support, Kings Mountain Herald, November 4, 2014
Nation’s Foremost Authority on Gambling Coming to Cleveland County
Christian Action League, L.A. Williams, Correspondent
July 10, 2014
Scholarly Opposition to “Project Schoolhouse” Casino Proposal
May 2, 2014
In recent weeks, David Dear of the Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership has stated repeatedly that concerns expressed by local citizens about the proposed Catawba gambling casino
“have no basis in fact.” These comments display an utter lack of respect for the citizens of Kings Mountain and Cleveland County who have taken the time and initiative to thoroughly research this
issue and form an objective opinion based on solid evidence.
Mr. Dear’s statements impugn the integrity of these citizens, including local pastors, as well as renowned professors and national experts from Northeastern University School of Law; Cornell
University; Baylor University; New York University Stern School of Business; Rochester Institute of Technology; Dartmouth College Rockefeller Center for Public Policy; Boston College; University of
California, Davis; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Southern Virginia University; University of Illinois College of Business; Manhattan Institute; and the National Association of
Scholars, among others.
Representatives of these entities, and more, serve as members of the Institute for American Values’ Council on Casinos, “an independent, nonpartisan group of scholars and leaders” which, in
September 2013, published one of the most comprehensive and objective reports on the impact of casino gambling on communities in the United States. The findings of this report serve as the basis for
many of the concerns expressed by those whom Mr. Dear chooses to dismiss. In fact, the Institute’s “Why Casinos Matter” report details the extensive social and economic harms gambling casinos
inevitably bring to local communities, citizens, families, and businesses.
In order to truly understand the full impact the so-called “Project Schoolhouse” casino proposal would have on Kings Mountain, Cleveland County and the surrounding area, Mr. Dear would do well to
respect the well-founded concerns of local citizens and consider the findings and recommendations of these prominent scholars and policy leaders.
The “Why Casinos Matter” report can be found online at: www.americanvalues.org.
John L. Rustin, President
North Carolina Family Policy Council
Local Officials Endorsed Catawba Casino without Considering Effects
King’s Mountain Awareness Group Seeks to Inform
By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
April 4, 2014
It was April Fool’s Day when Adam Forcade most recently addressed the Cleveland County
Commissioners to tell them, once again, that they’re the ones being fooled if they pin their economic hopes on a planned Catawba Indian casino.
S.C. Supreme Court Rejects Catawba Tribe's Video Poker Claim
By: John L. Rustin
April 2, 2014
In an opinion filed this morning, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that the Catawba Indian Nation does not have the legal
authority to operate video gambling in the Palmetto State. Not only does this ruling shut the door on the Tribe's efforts to conduct video poker in South Carolina, but it further curtails the Tribe's
ability to establish a Las Vegas-style gambling casino in Cleveland County, North Carolina.