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Among Southern Maine Business Owners, Support For Casino A Crapshoot

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’s business community vary sharply about whether a casino would help their economic prospects or hurt them.

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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...
article York County casino bid fails to qualify for Maine’s November ballot
(Maine) -- A campaign to give a controversial gambling figure the sole right to build a York County casino failed to qualify for the November ballot, according to the...

3/2/2016

article Less than half of casino question signatures deemed valid
(Maine) -- A frantic, controversial effort to get Maine voters to hand a York County casino to a Las Vegas developer won’t be on the 2016 ballot after the...
article Maine election officials reject marijuana, casino proposals
(Maine) -- Supporters of voter initiatives to legalize marijuana in Maine and allow a casino in southern Maine have failed to collect enough valid signatures to qualify...
article Marijuana Legalization, Casino Measures Rejected for Fall Ballot
(Maine) -- Supporters of a citizens initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Maine have failed to qualify for the November ballot. The secretary of state’s...
article State rejects more than 55,000 signatures on casino petitions
(Maine) -- The secretary of state’s office said Wednesday that a citizen-initiated bid to ask voters for approval to create a new casino in southern Maine has...

3/1/2016

article Deadline arrives for certification of 3 referendums in Maine
(Maine) -- Maine election officials are ready to rule on referendums to raise the minimum wage to $12, to create a casino in southern Maine and to tax upper-income...

2/18/2016

article OSHA fines Bangor Raceway owner in track death
(Maine) -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined the company that owns Bangor Raceway $5,000 in connection with the death of a longtime racetrack...

2/15/2016

article Existing Maine casinos mobilize to block new competitors
(Maine) -- For years, dreams of opening lucrative new casinos here have run into opposition from the state’s two existing casinos and the cadre of well-connected...

2/5/2016

article Maine lawmakers breathe life into resort-style casino bid
(Maine) -- A proposal to build a resort-style casino in southern Maine received a second life Friday after a divided legislative committee moved to put the proposal...

2/2/2016

article Early, ominous sign for Maine casino campaign
(Maine) -- A campaign to give Las Vegas gambling impresario Shawn Scott the sole right to build a York County casino has generated considerable scrutiny about its...

2/1/2016

article At least 5 citizen initiatives likely to appear as referendums on November ballot
(Maine) -- As the deadline for filing petition signatures nears, there are at least five citizen initiatives that voters will likely be asked to consider on the November...
article Petitions for referendum on York County casino beat submission deadline
(Maine) -- An unorthodox campaign to give a Las Vegas gambling developer the sole right to build a York County casino submitted its signatures Monday to put the proposal...

1/26/2016

article Casino signature gatherers demand payment, allege ‘criminal behavior’
(Maine) -- Circulators hired to gather signatures to bring another casino to Maine have finished their work, but accusations of how those signatures were obtained and...

1/25/2016

article Casino revenue up overall in Maine in 2015, but not in Bangor
(Maine) -- Maine set a new high-water mark in 2015 for casino revenue despite another small dip in business at the state’s original gambling facility in Bangor....
article In casino revenues, a battle over Maine slot dominance
(Maine) -- The latest revenue figures from Maine’s two casinos show the gaming pie keeps getting bigger, up another 2 percent after growing at less than 1 percent...

1/24/2016

article Signature bid over, a pop-up casino campaign in Maine stirs criticism
(Maine) -- Supporters of a proposed York County casino completed a furious and expensive signature-gathering drive Friday, leaving in their wake a string of complaints...

1/23/2016

article Legislators to scrutinize lottery oversight and advertising tactics
(Maine) -- The legislature’s Government Oversight Committee sharpened its pending investigation of the Maine lottery on Friday, voting unanimously to assess the...

1/19/2016

article Potential new casino in York County stirs controversy
(Maine) -- The Hollywood Casino and Raceway in Bangor is one of only two casinos in the state of Maine. The other is the Oxford Casino. But one group is trying to make...

1/17/2016

article 3 things to be concerned about as gaming interests push for a new Maine casino
(Maine) -- There’s a lot to be concerned about as Maine voters complain of petitioners using aggressive and misleading tactics to gather the voter signatures...
article Another View: Editorial board snookered by gambling interests
(Maine) -- The Maine Sunday Telegram editorial board has fallen prey to the gambling interests in Maine. In “Our View: York County casino referendum drive shows...
article OP/ED: 3 things to be concerned about as gaming interests push for a new Maine casino
(Maine) -- There’s a lot to be concerned about as Maine voters complain of petitioners using aggressive and misleading tactics to gather the voter signatures...

1/15/2016

article Florida woman bankrolls push for York County casino question in Maine
(Maine) -- A Lewiston political operative is again at the center of a campaign that's seeking to bring another casino to Maine, this time to York County.

1/13/2016

article Group pushing new Maine casino accused of misleading tactics
(Maine) -- A group linked to a controversial Las Vegas developer is working to complete a furious — and apparently expensive — signature-gathering effort to...

1/9/2016

article Senator: Proposed casino needs more study
(Maine) -- A proposed casino in York County is facing scrutiny by a state senator who worries it will be run by people who are promoting only their own interests and not...

1/7/2016

article Push to introduce gambling in southern Maine could impact Scarborough Downs
(Maine) -- A group seeking approval to build a new casino in southern Maine may be interested in purchasing The Scarborough Downs racetrack off Route 1. Linwood Higgins...
article Speculation returns about casino-related sale of Scarborough Downs
(Maine) -- A group hoping to build a casino in southern Maine may be interested in purchasing Scarborough Downs racetrack. Linwood Higgins, lobbyist for the Maine...

1/4/2016

article Oxford Casino revenues up in 2015
(Maine) -- Figures released Monday from the Maine Gambling Control Board show slot machine playing was down in Bangor in 2015, while in Oxford there was reason for the...

1/3/2016

article Our View: York County casino referendum drive shows Maine has let itself become a mark
(Maine) -- For a dozen years, the gambling industry has provided Mainers with a lesson in how not to make public policy. Well-funded industry operators write self-...

1/2/2016

article Gaming Bills Before Legislature
(Maine) -- From state lottery games to tribal casinos and slots, state lawmakers will consider several gambling bills during this legislative session.

12/31/2015

article Maine County’s controversial gaming initiative seeking signatures
(Maine) -- Southern Maine gambling could be a hot topic of debate yet again if a petition to see a casino referendum added to the 2016 ballot is successful. A petition...

12/28/2015

article Petition drive aims to put York County casino referendum on 2016 ballot
(Maine) -- A petition drive is underway for a casino referendum that could resurrect the debate over gambling in southern Maine – and give the only casino license...
article Petition Seeks to Put Southern Maine Casino on Ballot
(Maine) -- There's yet another effort underway to bring a casino to York County. Supporters of the planned citizen initiative have a tough hurdle ahead of them. They...
article OP/ED: A strong safety net means no welfare cash for lottery tickets
(Maine) -- Recently, this paper and several others published a story by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting that revealed Mainers receiving state assistance...

12/21/2015

article OP/ED: As Maine’s lottery preys on the poor, lawmakers propose the exact wrong solution
(Maine) -- Maine residents receiving government help to pay for groceries, life necessities and health care took home at least $22.4 million in state lottery winnings...

12/17/2015

article Maine’s lottery system targets poor, report suggests
(Maine) -- Maine residents on public assistance have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on lottery tickets – enough to win more than $22 million in prizes...

12/16/2015

article Maine public aid recipients won $22 million from state lottery since 2010
(Maine) -- Maine residents on public assistance have spent hundreds of million of dollars on lottery tickets — enough to win more than $22 million in prizes...
article Report: Welfare recipients spent millions on lotto tickets
(Maine) -- Maine's governor and lawmakers plan to revisit limits on how welfare recipients can spend their money following a report that hundreds of millions of...

11/27/2015

article Gaming Company Wants Nova Star Slots
(Maine) -- The owner of the docked Nova Star ferry that ran between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is asking a federal court to release the vessel so it can...

11/25/2015

article $1M in casino revenue in county coffer
(Maine) -- Oxford County has more than $1 million of Oxford Casino revenue in a bank account. As of Oct. 31, $1.03 million is being held in a dedicated “casino...

11/21/2015

article Disagreements threaten uneasy truce between tribes, Maine
(Maine) -- Eighty-one years after a neglected tribal water supply caused a devastating outbreak of typhoid fever and a century after the state outlawed spearfishing of...

11/9/2015

article I-Team: Calculating Maine slot machine payouts to gamers
(Maine) -- You play to win at Maine's casinos but what are your odds of walking away a winner? "Winning is fun so we want to make sure we have the games set up...

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