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11/12/2017

article Fossel: Mainers were too smart for casino scam
(Maine) -- Congratulations, fellow Mainers. I knew you could do it. While other results of Election Day this year might have been disappointing, it was extremely...

11/8/2017

article Maine rejects controversial casino proposal
(Maine) -- Voters in the US state of Maine have unanimously rejected a proposal for a third casino development, backed by casino developer Shawn Scott.
article No dice for new casino in Maine as voters make their voices heard at the ballot box
(Maine) -- The long running attempt to develop a new casino in York County, Maine, has ended in failure at the ballot box as Maine voters rejected the proposal in...

11/7/2017

article Maine voters reject proposal for third casino in the state
(Maine) -- Maine voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal backed by an out-of-state gambling entrepreneur for a third casino in the state to be built in southern Maine.
article Maine Voters Reject York County Casino Proposal
(Maine) -- For nearly two years, the York county casino campaign and international casino developer Shawn Scott have been undeterred by neither cost nor controversy. But...
article Maine voters resoundingly reject York County casino
(Maine) -- Controversial offshore developer Shawn Scott’s two-year battle to persuade Mainers to hand him rights to a York County casino failed Tuesday, as...
article York County casino question receives state, countywide “no”
(Maine) -- Voters in Hancock County were united in rejecting a state ballot question to allow casino gambling in York County. The question was rejected statewide,...
article Maine voters hand York County casino proposal a crushing defeat
(Maine) -- The proposal to build a casino in York County was dealt a crushing defeat by Maine voters Tuesday. With about 52 percent of precincts reporting, the project...
article Maine Voters Deciding if State Should Have Third Casino
(Maine) -- A gambling entrepreneur wants to put a casino in heavily populated southern Maine, but it'll take support from voters across the state Tuesday to make...

11/6/2017

article Passamaquoddy Tribe and Penobscot Nation oppose bid for new Maine casino
(Maine) -- Tribal nations are the opposite sides of a ballot referendum that seeks to authorize a new non-Indian casino in Maine. The Penobscot Nation and the...
article Maine casino industry could face rejection
(Maine) -- Maine authorities are holding a meeting to debate a “potential action against backers of the York County casino referendum.” The debate was going...
article Record fine for Maine casino referendum exponents
(Maine) -- In Maine, a state ethics body has reportedly levied a record $500,000 in fines against four ballot question committees that successfully lobbied for a...

11/5/2017

article All voters to have shot at deciding state spending, whether to allow casino
(Maine) -- When Winslow residents go to the polls Tuesday, they will be asked to vote on a local Question 1 and a state Question 1 — two different, unrelated...
article Maine’s Largest Tribes Oppose York County Casino
(Maine) -- The two largest Native American tribes in Maine have come out against the proposed York County casino, pitting them against at least one other tribe in the...
article Maine ethics commission levies record $500,000 in fines against York County casino campaign
(Maine) -- Maine’s ethics commission levied a record $500,000 in fines Friday against the four ballot question committees behind the referendum that would allow a...

11/4/2017

article Passamaquoddy Tribe and Penobscot Nation oppose bid for new Maine casino
(Maine) -- Tribal nations are the opposite sides of a ballot referendum that seeks to authorize a new non-Indian casino in Maine. The Penobscot Nation and the...

11/3/2017

article Records: Casino Campaign Tried to Hide Businessman's Role
(Maine) -- Tribal nations are the opposite sides of a ballot referendum that seeks to authorize a new non-Indian casino in Maine. The Penobscot Nation and the...

11/2/2017

article Maine’s Two Largest Tribes Oppose Casino Ballot Question
(Maine) -- Leaders of Maine’s two largest Indian tribes are criticizing Question 1, the ballot measure that would create a casino in York County as a bad deal for...
article Penobscot, Passamaquoddy chiefs criticize York County casino proposal
(Maine) -- While the Aroostook Band of Micmacs has endorsed Question 1, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal leaders say a York County casino will 'directly injure...
article Pro-casino PAC picks up nearly $700K in contributions
(Maine) -- Money is continuing to pour into the campaign for a casino in southern Maine in the final days leading up to the election.
article Wicked battle over a possible third casino in Maine
(Maine) -- For gambling maven Shawn Scott, Maine looks like a good bet. “I believe in the project. It’s worth a shot,” Scott said Wednesday. Though...

11/1/2017

article A 'wicked' battle over a possible third casino in Maine
(Maine) -- For gambling maven Shawn Scott, Maine looks like a good bet. “I believe in the project. It’s worth a shot,” Scott said Wednesday. Though...
article Casino Campaign Facing Up To $4 Million Penalty Days Before Vote
(Maine) -- The Maine Ethics Commission has delayed by a few days a decision on whether to penalize the campaign behind a casino proposed for York County. The commission...

10/31/2017

article Lobbyist says she didn’t know Shawn Scott was bankrolling casino campaign
(Maine) -- The treasurer for a committee that financed a $4.3 million petition drive to get a York County casino question on the Nov. 7 ballot told the state ethics...
article York County casino entrepreneur blames Oxford Casino owner for bad press
(Maine) -- Gambling entrepreneur Shawn Scott said Tuesday that Maine voters should focus on the economic potential of his bid to build a casino in York County, not on...
article Lawton: Casino debate ignores the referendum monster we have created
(Maine) -- I listened with interest last week as Maine Public host Jennifer Rooks and many of her “Maine Calling” listeners phoned in, emailed and tweeted...
article Union Leaders Say Casino Developer Has Agreed To Use Organized Labor For Construction
(Maine) -- While ethics officials in Augusta delved into the murky finances behind the campaign to permit a casino in York County on Tuesday, its lead supporter,...

10/30/2017

article Casino effort in York County fuels push to stem abuse of citizen initiative process
(Maine) -- The backers of a proposed York County casino have promised thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenue for Maine. But the proposal’s...
article Maine ethics commission rejects request to postpone casino probe action
(Maine) -- The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Campaign Practices on Monday unanimously rejected a request to postpone any potential action against backers...
article York casino proponents outspend opponents $9M to $600K
(Maine) -- Proponents of Question 1, the statewide ballot initiative seeking voter approval for a casino somewhere in York County, have spent more than $3.8 million,...

10/29/2017

article SILLIBOY: A York County casino is good for Maine — and its tribes
(Maine) -- One of the proudest days of my life came on a chilly Tuesday in November 1991. After decades of tireless struggle, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs finally...

10/28/2017

article York County casino backers’ spending now exceeds $8.3 million
(Maine) -- The backers of a ballot initiative asking voters to approve a casino in York County have spent more than $8.3 million on the effort, according to state...
article Another View: New casino in York County would benefit the whole state
(Maine) -- Your Oct. 22 editorial on statewide Question 1 is misleading, inaccurate and ignores some critical facts. You cite a legislative review of Maine’s...
article Casino effort in York County fuels push to stem abuse of citizen initiative process
(Maine) -- The backers of a proposed York County casino have promised thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenue for Maine. But the proposal’s...
article Gambling entrepreneur, Oxford Casino at odds over new casino
(Maine) -- A pro-casino political action committee received $2.5 million from gambling entrepreneur Shawn Scott's Capital Seven LLC in the month before residents...
article Nemitz: When did Shawn Scott become one of us?
(Maine) -- One of my favorite supporting characters in the timeless sitcom “Seinfeld” was Dr. Tim Whatley, Jerry Seinfeld’s dentist. And one of my...

10/27/2017

article Campaign Behind Casino Initiative Has Spent $9 Million To Opposition's $600,000
(Maine) -- The campaign to convince Mainers to authorize a casino at an undisclosed location York County has spent close to $2.3 million over a 23-day period. The...

10/26/2017

article PAC opposing York County casino has spent $600,000 to defeat Question 1
(Maine) -- A political action committee formed to oppose Question 1 on the fall ballot, which asks voters to approve a casino York County, has spent just over $600,000...
article Oxford seeks state waiver for Casino and hotel intersection
(Maine) -- Town Manager Butch Asselin said he hopes the state will waive some or all of the town’s projected $150,000 share to redesign the intersection by the...

10/25/2017

article Maine voters call the bet on casino gamble
(Maine) -- Question 1 – the casino question – is all about the Benjamins. Never mind the attacks and the dodgy language and the financial shenanigans that...

10/24/2017

article LISTEN: Maine Calling On The York County Casino Referendum
(Maine) -- Ballot Issue 1 on the November ballot reads: “An Act To Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County. Do you want to allow a certain company to...

10/22/2017

article Gambling entrepreneur hopes to strike gold again in Maine
(Maine) -- An out-of-state gambling entrepreneur pocketed tens of millions of dollars after his successful referendum to create Maine's first casino in Bangor....
article Lawmakers call Maine casino campaign a ‘case study’ in abuse of initiative process
(Maine) -- The ballot question that asks Maine voters to allow a developer to build a casino in York County is the “poster child” for a citizen’s...

10/21/2017

article No on Question 1: York County casino proposal a bad deal for Maine
(Maine) -- Do you want to allow a certain company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and local approval, with part of the...

10/19/2017

article From the State House: Casino would provide Maine with much-needed revenue
(Maine) -- If the lawmakers and residents of Maine can agree on one thing, it’s that Maine can always use a little more revenue. They don’t necessarily agree...
article Maine Governor Calls Casino Referendum ‘A Phony Deal’
(Maine) -- As voters prepare to go to the polls on November 7 to decide the fate of a third casino in Maine, lawmakers and tribal leaders remain divided on whether it...
article Our say: Anne Arundel County Council must scrutinize Live casino tax break
(Maryland) -- The notables were on hand Tuesday for the “topping off” of the tallest building in Anne Arundel County — the 17-story hotel going up at...

10/18/2017

article Declining To Appear At Legislative Hearing, Casino Developer Takes To Airwaves To Push Question 1
(Maine) -- In what is believed to be his first public appearance in Maine in several years, controversial casino developer Shawn Scott appeared on a local radio station...
article Lawmakers call York County casino campaign a ‘case study’ in abuse of initiative process
(Maine) -- The ballot question that asks Maine voters to allow a developer to build a casino in York County is the “poster child” for a citizen’s...
article Maine Governor Fires Against Third Casino Proposal Due to Lack of Transparency
(Maine) -- Maine Gov. Paul LePage criticized proponents of a plan for the construction of the state’s third casino for trying to add value to the proposal by...

10/17/2017

article LePage Opposes York County Casino In Weekly Address
(Maine) -- Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is urging voters to oppose a ballot initiative to build a casino in York County, using his weekly radio address to launch...
article Paul LePage rips proposal to expand gambling in Maine
(Maine) -- Proponents of a controversial ballot question that would allow a third casino in Maine tout the measure as a way to “say yes to better education and...

10/16/2017

article Letter: Delogu undervalues benefits of casino
(Maine) -- I would like to shed light on a few points surrounding the Progress for Maine campaign “Yes on Question 1,” in response to Orlando Delogu’s...
article Letter: Harness racing is poor excuse for casino
(Maine) -- There is no provision in state ballot Question 1, the proposed “Act to Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County,” to fund retirement homes...

10/13/2017

article Aroostook Band of Micmacs backs ballot referendum for new casino in Maine
(Maine) -- The Aroostook Band of Micmacs is endorsing a proposed casino in Maine after reaching an agreement with the project developers. Chief Edward Peter-Paul said...
press release Aroostook Band Of Micmacs Endorses Yes On Question 1
(Maine) -- “We’re proud to support Yes on Question 1 because the backers of the measure have made a commitment to the Tribe — to help bring new...

10/12/2017

article Among Southern Maine Business Owners, Support For Casino A Crapshoot
(Maine) -- In less than a month, Maine voters will decide whether to permit a casino to open up at a so-far undecided location in York County. Opinions in the county...

10/7/2017

article PAC has spent over $1.5 million to persuade Mainers to support a York County casino
(Maine) -- The political action committee trying to persuade Maine voters to approve a third casino has pumped $1.55 million into its campaign and incurred over $1...

10/6/2017

article York County casino backers sink another $1.8 million into referendum bid
(Maine) -- The backers of the referendum effort for a York County casino put another $1.8 million into their campaign in less than two months, giving $100,000 to the...
article Casino Campaign Picks Old Orchard Beach As Potential Site
(Maine) -- Officials behind a campaign to bring a new casino to Maine have picked a campground and mobile home park as a potential site.

10/4/2017

article Anti-casino campaign launches web site attacking murky background of developers
(Maine) -- Opponents of a Nov. 7 ballot question that will ask voters to approve a casino York County have gone on the offensive, launching a blistering campaign web...
article The York County casino campaign is tweeting a lot — but mostly at reporters
(Maine) -- Good morning from Augusta. The campaign for a York County casino is running the strangest official Twitter account that we’ve seen in Maine politics...

9/27/2017

article Rooks: Maine’s casino lottery must come to an end
(Maine) -- Maine’s casino lottery must end. Ordinarily, Question 1 on the Nov. 7 ballot — allowing out-of-state gambling resort developer Shawn Scott to...

9/25/2017

article Lawmakers make case that Maine’s initiative process is being gamed
(Maine) -- As proof, members of the Legislature's Government Oversight Committee cite the dizzying array of out-of-state and overseas entities with ties to the...

9/21/2017

article Maine gubernatorial candidates on York County casino: Vote it down
(Maine) -- They may not agree on much, but the pantheon of candidates now hoping to replace Gov. Paul LePage in 2018 seem to agree that a ballot question that would give...

9/20/2017

article Casino’s Potential For Success In Maine Is Fairly Limited, Analysts Say (sub req)
(Maine) -- The campaign behind the York County casino referendum has released a study that finds the project would create thousands of jobs, increase tax revenues and...

9/19/2017

article Holding all the cards, some Maine towns already debating casino
(Maine) -- As the campaigns gear up for and against a November referendum to approve a casino for an undecided location in York County, communities throughout...

9/16/2017

article Leading opponent of York County casino says backers offering ‘the same empty promises’
(Maine) -- A leading opponent of the fall ballot question on a casino in York County said Friday that the campaign supporting the measure was using many of the same...
article Study shows how new casino venue could boost State of Maine
(Maine) -- A new study has found that a proposed casino resort in York County, Maine could lead to the creation of up to 5,000 jobs and $248 million in tax revenue for...
article The Southern Maine Casino Campaign Is Promoting An Economic Analysis. Is It Trustworthy?
(Maine) -- A controversial campaign to build a York County casino is touting an analysis that says the project will bring millions of dollars in state revenues,...
article Commentary: Casino success that benefited Bangor can happen in York County
(Maine) -- When Maine licensed its first gaming facility more than a decade ago, residents and business leaders had high hopes for what the project could achieve...
article Maine Casino Supporters Promise Thousands of Jobs, Millions in Tax Revenue
(Maine) -- Backers of the Maine casino push to place a gambling venue in York County are hyping the economic impact the facility would have on the entire state.

9/14/2017

article York County casino backers say project promises millions for Maine
(Maine) -- The campaign behind the York County casino referendum said Thursday that the project would create thousands of jobs and boost the state’s economy....

9/9/2017

article Network of companies with ties to York County casino bid stretches far and wide
(Maine) -- A campaign to win voter approval for a casino in York County is producing more questions than answers about the people and businesses behind the effort even...
article Jim Fossel: The York County casino referendum is pure crony capitalism
(Maine) -- In the fractious political environment in America today, it’s difficult to imagine that there might be a single issue on which those from the far left,...

9/7/2017

article New Renderings Show What York County Casino Could Look Like
(Maine) -- Backers of a ballot initiative that could pave the way for a casino in York County publicized a website and released architectural renderings for the building...
article York County casino backers launch campaign for November vote
(Maine) -- The backers of a November ballot question asking voters to approve a casino for York County have unveiled a new campaign web site and architectural renderings...

9/1/2017

article Maine Casino Campaign Financier Withdraws as State Ethics Investigation Continues
(Maine) -- The Maine casino effort to put a gambling facility in York County has been well endowed, but the person responsible for generating such funds is walking away...

8/31/2017

article Casino backer withdraws from Maine initiative
(Maine) -- In Maine, a Florida real estate developer that is one of the main backers of an effort to bring a third casino to the northeastern state has reportedly...
article Pressed to reveal funding sources, Miami real estate developer withdraws from York County casino campaign
(Maine) -- Facing increasing scrutiny by the Legislature and the Maine ethics commission, a Miami real estate developer who appears to have been the main conduit of...

8/30/2017

article Sister of Gambling Developer Quits Controversial Maine Casino Campaign
(Maine) -- The sister of controversial gambling developer Shawn Scott says she’s stepping down from the embattled campaign to convince voters to allow a casino in...
article York County casino developer says she’s withdrawing from project
(Maine) -- Facing increasing scrutiny by the Legislature and the Maine Ethics Commission, a Miami real estate developer who appears to have been a key source of funding...

8/25/2017

article Traffic changes near Oxford Casino approved following multiple crashes
(Maine) -- The Maine Department of Transportation has approved the following changes near the Oxford Casino, according to the Sun Journal. A stop light will replace the...

8/24/2017

article York County casino campaign faces another level of scrutiny
(Maine) -- The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to investigate the referendum campaign for a new casino in York County. The...

8/23/2017

article Casino campaign hires firm behind European Union exit effort
(Maine) -- A campaign to persuade voters to approve a southern Maine casino has reported getting assistance from a firm that helped persuade British voters to withdraw...
article Embattled Maine Casino Campaign Gets New Scrutiny From Lawmakers
(Maine) -- A controversial casino campaign already under investigation by the state agency that enforces election laws is about to get a new level of scrutiny from the...
article York County casino campaign faces another level of scrutiny
(Maine) -- The Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to investigate the referendum campaign for a new casino in York County. The...
article Traffic safety a concern outside busy Maine casino
(Maine) -- Changes are on the way for what’s become a dangerous stretch of roadway outside one of the state’s two casinos. The deaths of two pedestrians,...

8/18/2017

article Brexit team hired to campaign for Maine casino proposal
(Maine) -- Washington firm Goddard Gunster, who were instrumental in making Brexit happen, will represent the Progress for Maine PAC, a committee campaigning to create a...

8/17/2017

article Troubled Maine Casino Campaign Hires Firm Behind Successful 'Brexit' Effort
(Maine) -- The controversial ballot campaign hoping to convince voters to approve a casino in York County has hired the same Washington D.C. consulting firm that helped...

8/16/2017

article Casino question first on November ballot
(Maine) -- A ballot initiative to allow a southern Maine casino is set to be first on November's ballot. Democratic Secretary of State Matt Dunlap drew the order...
article The only person who could build a new Maine casino emerges from campaign funding shadows
(Maine) -- The developer who would be the only one with rights to a new casino in York County under a 2018 referendum is finally taking a central role in the campaign...

8/15/2017

article State to review York County referendum
(Maine) -- The Secretary of State’s office announced that it will accept public comments on the wording of a referendum that will ask Maine voters if they want to...

8/13/2017

article Ethics Commission to Seize Maine Casino Backer’s Financial Records
(Maine) -- Maine’s ethics commission has voted to subpoena the personal financial records of Lisa Scott, the backer of a contentious casino project that...

8/10/2017

article Backer of York County casino campaign objects to providing financial data
(Maine) -- One of the key figures in a campaign to bring what would be Maine’s third casino to York County is objecting to providing certain financial data to the...
article Ethics panel wants source of millions behind casino campaign
(Maine) -- Ethics commissioners trying to figure out the source of a $4.2 million campaign to build a southern Maine casino say the women behind the campaign can only...

7/26/2017

article Bangor Weighs Moving Horse Racing Away From Bass Park
(Maine) -- Horses have been racing at Bangor’s Bass Park for nearly 135 years, but the sport’s future venue could be called into question if the Bangor City...
article Deadly crash near Oxford Casino raising safety concerns
(Maine) -- Two men were hit and killed by a pick-up truck on Route 26 while trying to get from the Oxford Casino to a hotel. Their deaths are raising concerns in the...

7/20/2017

article Legislature clears path for York County casino referendum
(Maine) -- A controversial York County casino proposal appears headed for this November’s ballot. On Thursday, the referendum cleared what is likely the last...
article Casino campaign groups miss deadline for financial reports
(Maine) -- Three organizations tied to a Maine casino referendum campaign that is being investigated by state officials have missed a deadline for reporting financial...

7/18/2017

article Casino campaign groups miss deadline for filing financial reports
(Maine) -- Three of four organizations involved in a York County casino campaign that is already under investigation failed to file documents disclosing fundraising and...
article Three of Four Casino Campaign PACs Fail to Meet Finance Reports Deadline
(Maine) -- Three of the four political action committees supporting a controversial casino campaign have failed to meet Monday's deadline to file updated finance...

7/17/2017

article Maine Casino campaign head under investigation over funding
(Maine) -- The leader of a campaign to build a new casino in the US state of Maine has been forced to submit the campaigns financial documents to US watchdogs...

7/15/2017

article Disputes Over Documents Threaten to Slow Casino Campaign Probe
(Maine) -- A slow response to subpoenas and disputes over documents could delay the investigation into the controversial campaign seeking to convince voters to support a...
article Ethics commission grants more time for investigation of casino ballot question campaign
(Maine) -- A Maine Ethics Commission investigation into who is bankrolling a referendum campaign to bring a casino to York County was delayed again Friday when the panel...

6/25/2017

article Letter to the editor: Add push for a new casino to latest ‘disturbing’ news
(Maine) -- I find the recent news about further casino infestation in Maine “disturbing.” You hear the term “disturbing” a lot in the Trump era....

6/9/2017

article Ethics commission votes to investigate York County casino committee finances
(Maine) -- The Maine Ethics Commission voted unanimously Friday to launch an investigation into the ballot question committee behind a referendum to bring a casino to...
article Maine panel to investigate $4.3M funding for proposed casino
(Maine) -- Maine’s ethics commission voted Friday to investigate the source of $4.3 million in funding behind a proposed casino in southern Maine, but lawyers for...
article Maine panel to investigate $4.3M funding for proposed casino
(Maine) -- Maine's ethics commission voted Friday to investigate the source of $4.3 million in funding behind a proposed casino in southern Maine, but lawyers for...
article OP/ED: Casino backers should get serious state scrutiny
(Maine) -- Mainers deserve to know who’s trying to influence their elections, and it’s becoming clear that Horseracing Jobs Fairness — the secretive...

6/5/2017

article Maine Ethics Staff Recommends Deeper Probe Into Controversial Casino Campaign
(Maine) -- Staff for the Maine Ethics Commission is recommending an investigation into a shadowy casino campaign designed to benefit a controversial gambling developer....
article Maine ethics watchdog questions casino referendum funding
(Maine) -- Maine’s ethics watchdog may soon begin an investigation into the bid for a new casino in York County by a group that has been giving them plenty to...

6/4/2017

article Ethics watchdog says casino backers could face high fines
(Maine) -- The staff of Maine's ethics commission is recommending an investigation of a $4.2 million casino campaign that recently disclosed its funding came from...

5/29/2017

article Maine to stop a casino project
(Maine) -- Maine legislators are planning to implement unprecedented and legal measures to stop the casino proposal introduced by controversial businessman Shawn Scott....

5/28/2017

article Lawmakers say they’re trying to stop a casino developer from swindling Maine
(Maine) -- The signature-gathering effort began around Election Day in 2015. The petition asked whether Maine voters should support another casino, to be built in...

5/20/2017

article Harness racing noose getting tighter
(Maine) -- In the 14 years since Maine voters approved the Hollywood Racino referendum for Bangor, over $112 million dollars has been directed to the state’s...

5/19/2017

article Editorial: Harness racing noose getting tighter
(Maine) -- In the 14 years since Maine voters approved the Hollywood Racino referendum for Bangor, over $112 million dollars has been directed to the state’s...

5/15/2017

article Maine lawmakers eye unique strategy to block casino vote
(Maine) -- Lawmakers in Maine are considering an unprecedented legislative move to block a casino vote. The Press Herald reports that Republican Senate Majority Leader...
article Maine wants to stop casino vote
(Maine) -- Maine lawmakers are trying to stop a casino voting in York County by passing and then repealing the proposal, as reported by the Portland Press Herald. This...

5/9/2017

article Lobbyist Says His Testimony In Casino Hearing Was In Error
(Maine) -- The Augusta lobbyist who testified on behalf an offshore investment firm run by a controversial casino developer now says he made a mistake. Back in March,...

5/8/2017

article Casino lobbyist who claimed Shawn Scott company as client now says he doesn’t know who hired him
(Maine) -- In another odd twist in the push to bring a casino to southern Maine, a long-serving State House lobbyist says he was mistaken when he told a legislative...
article Our View: Maine’s bad bet on harness racing
(Maine) -- Maine harness racing has received $122 million in slot machine revenue in the last 12 years, money aimed at invigorating a struggling industry. Instead, the...

5/3/2017

article $112m in state funds fail to save racing
(Maine) -- Horse racing fan Craig Varney had driven more than 100 miles from his home in Waldo to watch the opening day of Maine’s harness racing season at...

5/2/2017

article Off-track betting takes a piece, and a hit, from gambling in Maine
(Maine) -- Maine’s off- track betting parlors, where racing fans can legally place bets on both in- and out-of-state races, have received $6.52 million in...
article Twelve years and $112 million in state funds have failed to save harness racing in Maine
(Maine) -- Horse racing fan Craig Varney had driven more than 100 miles from his home in Waldo to watch the opening day of Maine’s harness racing season at...

4/30/2017

article A quirk in Maine’s Constitution could keep casino question off ballot
(Maine) -- Top Maine legislators are casting about for ways to thwart a highly controversial casino bid slated for the November ballot, considering the unprecedented use...
article Maine Casino Proposal Bankrolled by Offshore Firms Linked to Controversial Figure Shawn Scott
(Maine) -- A contentious campaign for a new casino in Maine, which has been added to the state ballot in November, was funded by a complex web of offshore companies...

4/28/2017

article Casino ballot question backer says they didn’t understand campaign finance disclosure law
(Maine) -- A Miami woman who has pumped millions of dollars into a ballot question campaign that will ask voters in November to approve another casino for southern Maine...
article Filings link offshore, Las Vegas firms to casino campaign
(Maine) -- New state filings show that offshore investment companies and a Las Vegas firm are bank-rolling a campaign to build a casino in southern Maine. A campaign to...
article Lawmakers seek probe of York County casino ballot committee
(Maine) -- Two lawmakers want the state’s campaign finance watchdog agency to investigate whether backers of a proposal to build a casino in southern Maine failed...

4/12/2017

article Maine Bill to Legalize Tribal Gaming Receives Hearing But Disillusioned Tribes are a No-Show
(Maine) -- A bill that would authorize tribal casino gaming in Maine was scrutinized at a hearing of the state legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee...

4/11/2017

article Kittery opposes York County casino petition
(Maine) -- The Town Council voted to reaffirm its opposition to a casino due to a looming citizens petition for Maine voters to allow a gaming parlor in a willing town...

4/10/2017

article Bill before lawmakers would allow tribal casino
(Maine) -- A bill before lawmakers on the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee on Monday would allow Maine's federally recognized tribes to own and operate casinos...

4/2/2017

article Bill Nemitz: It’s a sure bet that casino proponent rigs the deal
(Maine) -- Say what you will about casino flipper Shawn Scott, the man knows how to write a bio. “He is a visionary who sees value where others do not, and...

3/31/2017

article Our View: Mainers deserve a real choice at ballot box
(Maine) -- There’s going to be a gambling measure on this fall’s ballot — but there doesn’t have to be just one. A lot of people in Maine have...

3/30/2017

article At Public Hearing, York County Casino Backers Mum
(Maine) -- The backers of a controversial ballot campaign to build a casino in York County had little to say during at a public hearing being held at the State House...
article Maine ethics watchdog looking at links between offshore firm, casino campaign
(Maine) -- Good morning from Augusta, where a remarkable hearing yesterday that illuminated an offshore firm’s influence on the 2017 ballot initiative for a new...

3/29/2017

article At Public Hearing, York County Casino Backers Mum
(Maine) -- The backers of a controversial ballot campaign to build a casino in York County had little to say during at a public hearing being held at the State House...
article Lawmakers blast Maine casino bid after lobbyist admits offshore backing
(Maine) -- A lobbyist hired by an offshore firm linked to controversial developer Shawn Scott told Maine legislators Wednesday that it’s behind the 2017 effort for...
article Proposed casino in York County runs into criticism from lawmakers
(Maine) -- Lawmakers criticized an effort to bring a casino to York County during an unusual public hearing Wednesday, saying the company behind the proposal has a...
article Public weighs in on proposed casino for York County
(Maine) -- The public got a chance to weigh-in Wednesday on whether the state should have another casino. There's a proposal to build one in York County. The...

3/28/2017

article Lawmakers split on casino proposal for York County
(Maine) -- Mainers will get a chance to voice their opinion Wednesday on a proposal to build a new casino in York County. The plan has already gathered enough support to...

3/27/2017

article Maine evaluates a new casino
(Maine) -- The authorities of Main State revealed a project to legislate a casino expansion. The proposal is to allow the installation of a new gaming venue in southern...
article Southern Maine to hold public hearing over controversial new casino
(Maine) -- A public hearing date has been set for this week to allow the public to have their say on a proposal to construct a new casino in southern Maine. The well-...

3/26/2017

article Initiative to build southern Maine casino to get a hearing
(Maine) -- The public has a chance to weigh in on a well-funded proposal to build a new casino in southern Maine. A public hearing is set for Wednesday morning in...

3/24/2017

article Massachusetts developer poised to buy Scarborough Downs for project that may include racetrack
(Maine) -- Scarborough Downs, the struggling center of Maine’s harness racing industry, is under contract to be purchased by a Massachusetts developer who specializes in...

3/3/2017

article Opinion: Casino insanity
(Maine) -- The effort to build a gambling casino – Maine’s third – in York County has progressed from bad idea to citizen petition to legislative...

2/24/2017

article Editorial: Trojan racehorse
(Maine) -- The effort to build a gambling casino — Maine’s third — in York County has progressed from bad idea to citizens’ petition to...

2/21/2017

article New bid for York County casino
(Maine) -- A York County casino could be in the cards for southern Maine courtesy of a citizen initiative slated to be on the November ballot. The group Harness Racing...
article York County casino a bad deal for Maine
(Maine) -- We're glad to see members of the "Casinos No" political action committee sounding the alarm over a York County casino ballot initiative on...

2/19/2017

article New bid for York County casino
(Maine) -- A York County casino could be in the cards for southern Maine courtesy of a citizen initiative slated to be on the November ballot.

2/15/2017

article Legislature to consider casino referendum
(Maine) -- The Legislature will consider a citizens’ referendum this session that would allow construction of a third gambling casino in Maine — this time in...

1/30/2017

article A casino mogul’s controversial trail runs from Maine to Laos and back again
(Maine) -- Maine has been good to Shawn Scott, with voters helping him in 2003 to a casino deal that pushed him toward what a judge pegged nearly two years ago as a net...

1/26/2017

article York County casino proposal moves forward
(Maine) -- A proposed casino in York County, which would be the third in Maine, has enough signatures to move forward. The casino has its supporters and detractors. In...

1/25/2017

article Governor LePage against a third casino in Maine
(Maine) -- Paul LePage, Governor of Maine, criticised a proposal that is seeking to build a third casino in the state. LePage said that he doesn’t think that Maine...
article Maine lets casinos write their own gaming laws with voters’ help
(Maine) -- When Maine voters gave Shawn Scott the rights to Maine’s first casino nearly 14 years ago, he wrote his own law, hastily sold the rights and made a cool...

1/24/2017

article Gov. Paul LePage rails against Portland and casino campaign
(Maine) -- The Legislature may have suspended meetings and hearings Tuesday, but Gov. Paul LePage kept his regular Tuesday appearance on WVOM.
article LePage says 'greed' behind plan for new casino
(Maine) -- Greed is behind a well-funded proposal to build a new casino in southern Maine that has qualified for the ballot in November, Gov. Paul LePage said.

1/23/2017

article York County casino plan qualifies for statewide vote in November
(Maine) -- Maine voters will likely decide this November on whether to approve a York County casino sought by a controversial, international developer responsible for...

12/27/2016

article Campaign Submits Signatures in 2nd Attempt to Build Southern Maine Casino
(Maine) -- The well-financed effort by an international gambling developer to build a casino in southern Maine has submitted more signatures in hopes of putting the...
article Proponents of York County casino submit petitions calling for 2017 vote
(Maine) -- A group interested in developing a casino at an undisclosed location in York County is making a second attempt to get a referendum on the ballot, submitting...

12/26/2016

article Effort to Allow New Slot Machines for Casino in York County
(Maine) -- An effort to have Maine voters allow new slot machines for a casino in York County has told the state it has enough signatures. The Maine Secretary of State...

12/23/2016

article Bangor leaders denounce latest York County casino effort
(Maine) -- Supporters of a proposal to build a casino in York County, who lost a bid earlier this year to get their citizen initiative before voters because of too many...
article Mainers could be voting on another casino in 2017
(Maine) -- There are very few slow news days in state government. Take today, for example. It’s one day before a holiday weekend and state offices are closed but...

12/18/2016

article Casino funds could offer hope for retired harness racing horses
(Maine) -- When Yankee arrived at Joy Cutrone’s farm in mid-September, the 10-year-old racehorse was in sorry shape. Yankee had earned more than $50,000 for his...

11/6/2016

article The race is on to sell Scarborough Downs, racetrack and all
(Maine) -- For the first time since it was carved out of coastal muck and gravel 66 years ago, Scarborough Downs is for sale, really for sale, all 483 acres stretching...

10/5/2016

article Group appears ready to revive campaign to put casino in York County
(Maine) -- Backers of the campaign that failed to put a referendum question for a southern Maine casino on the November ballot are poised to roll the dice again. Seven...

9/23/2016

article Oxford Casino chooses contractor for $25M expansion
(Maine) -- Officials at Oxford Casino told the Sun Journal earlier this month that they are close to signing a general contractor for the $25 million casino expansion,...

9/10/2016

article Oxford Casino to move ahead with expansion plans
(Maine) -- Plans to construct a new addition that will include a hotel and restaurant are set to move forward in Maine at the Oxford Casino. The gaming venue will be...

8/24/2016

article Our View: Maine legislators should seize reins, reallocate slot machine revenue
(Maine) -- The 2003 citizens initiative to allow slot machine gambling in Maine was presented to voters as a way to revive the state’s long-suffering harness...

8/23/2016

article Our Opinion: Slots revenue can’t save harness racing
(Maine) -- The 2003 citizens initiative whose approval allowed for slot machine gambling in Maine was presented to voters as a way to revive the state’s long-...

8/17/2016

article Maine’s Harness Racing Industry Struggling Despite Influx of Slots Revenue
(Maine) -- More than a decade ago, Maine voters gave the green light to slot machine gambling in the state. In making their case to voters, supporters vowed that some of...

5/25/2016

article Oxford Casino expansion plan underway
(Maine) -- Expansion plans are underway for the Oxford Casino. A new hotel, new casino space and more than a thousand jobs are part of the plan.

5/24/2016

article Oxford Casino Breaks Ground on $25 Million Expansion
(Maine) -- The Oxford Casino is expanding. Casino owners, lawmakers and Gov. Paul LePage broke ground Tuesday on a new hotel due to open in 2017.

5/13/2016

article Bangor and Hollywood Casino reach deal on tax dispute
(Maine) -- The City of Bangor and Hollywood Casino have settled their year-and-a-half long tax dispute over the value of the Casino Property. Both sides have agreed that...
article Hollywood Casino ends tax dispute with city of Bangor
(Maine) -- After a year and a half struggle over the tax value of the Hollywood Casino property, the venue and the city of Bangor have come to an agreement.

5/12/2016

article Bangor Tax Dispute with Hollywood Casino Settled
(Maine) -- A property tax dispute between the city of Bangor and the Hollywood Casino Hotel and Raceway has been settled, but the valuation of the properties in question...

5/2/2016

article With new hotel, Oxford Casino to match Hollywood Casino for lodging
(Maine) -- After the failure of various efforts to expand casino gaming in Maine, Oxford Casino owner Churchill Downs announced Friday that it plans to build a $25...

4/30/2016

article Oxford Casino owner plans $25 million hotel expansion
(Maine) -- Casino developer Churchill Downs Inc. plans to build a hotel at Oxford Casino as part of a $25 million expansion. The project to build an attached hotel...

4/21/2016

article Casino supporters withdraw appeal to Maine supreme court
(Maine) -- Supporters of a failed referendum proposal to create a casino in southern Maine have dropped an appeal. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced earlier...

4/15/2016

article Oxford Casino pitches new hotel and expansion
(Maine) -- The Planning Board tabled a decision Thursday night on a proposal to expand the Oxford Casino by adding a hotel, a 275-seat multipurpose room and doubling the...

4/12/2016

article Backers of casino petition appeal judge’s ruling keeping plan off Maine ballot
(Maine) -- The backers of a failed petition drive to put a controversial York County casino question on the November ballot have filed an appeal to the state’s...

4/8/2016

article Court upholds denial of York County casino initiative
(Maine) -- Kennebec County Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy on Thursday affirmed the Secretary of State’s position that a citizens’ initiative to put a...
article Failed casino campaign paid $760,000 to former Maine GOP lawmaker
(Maine) -- A Lewiston-based political consultant and former state lawmaker was paid more than $760,000 to collect voter signatures for a failed ballot question campaign...
article Failed casino campaign spent more than $2.6 million in Maine
(Maine) -- The campaign to place a southern Maine casino referendum on the November ballot paid two organizations more than $1.9 million over a two-week period in...

4/7/2016

article Casino question won’t be on Maine ballot after judge rejects appeal
(Maine) -- A Superior Court judge has upheld Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s decision to reject a citizen petition that would have asked voters to allow a new...
article Judge affirms rejection of casino petitions, keeping proposal off Maine ballot
(Maine) -- A Superior Court justice has affirmed Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s decision to reject petitions to put a controversial York County casino question...

3/29/2016

article Maine senators deal potentially fatal blow to ‘resort casino bill’
(Maine) -- Maine senators on Monday dealt a potentially fatal blow to resort casino bill that proposed to build a resort-style casino in the southern part of the state....
article Southern Maine casino has failed in both chambers
(Maine) -- A bill to create a casino in southern Maine appears to be doomed after a vote in the Senate. The Maine Senate on Monday rejected a bill to establish a...

3/28/2016

article Maine Senate deals another blow to casino bill
(Maine) -- The Senate voted Monday against a bid to build a resort-style casino in southern Maine, dealing a potentially fatal blow to a proposal that lawmakers have...
article Southern Maine casino has failed in both chambers
(Maine) -- A bill to create a casino in southern Maine appears to be doomed after a vote in the Senate. The Maine Senate on Monday rejected a bill to establish a...

3/27/2016

article Scarborough Down opens for the season
(Maine) -- This weekend marked the start of harness racing season at Scarborough Downs. "They're away and pacing," announcer Mike Sweeney said over the PA...

3/23/2016

article Southern Maine Casino Not in the Cards After Vote by Maine House
(Maine) -- A bill that would pave the way for a third casino in either Cumberland or York counties failed today in the Maine House. While proponents argued the new...
article House deals blow to southern Maine casino bid
(Maine) -- Lawmakers who believe that a casino in southern Maine is inevitable clashed Wednesday with legislators seeking to protect two existing gambling facitilies...
article Possible new casino for Maine stirs up controversy
(Maine) -- A bill in the legislature could pave the way for the development of a third casino in Maine. The proposal calls for putting the casino in York or Cumberland...

3/19/2016

article Maine groups look for ways to fight problem gambling
(Maine) -- Jodie Nealley won big at a slot machine in Reno, Nevada, in 2005 while she attended a business conference, taking home $2,500 more than she showed up with.

3/14/2016

article Maine: A Missed Opportunity?
(Maine) -- This fall, we expected a voter initiative on Maine’s ballot that would legalize marijuana. Polling suggested a clear majority of Maine voters (65%)...

3/12/2016

article York County casino campaign appeals decision preventing ballot question
(Maine) -- The campaign that sought to build a casino in York County is appealing a decision invalidating thousands of petition signatures, setting up the second...

3/9/2016

article Casino petition fails, Legislature debates further gaming development
(Maine) -- The Maine Secretary of State's Office has announced that a petition drive to put a possible York County casino on the November ballot has failed. Last...

3/3/2016

article Petition flaws doom pot, casino referendums
(Maine) -- Widespread irregularities, including the potential forgery of signatures, have prompted the secretary of state to disqualify separate ballot campaigns to...

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