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Casino Campaign Picks Old Orchard Beach As Potential Site

Officials behind a campaign to bring a new casino to Maine have picked a campground and mobile home park as a potential site.

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9/14/2019

article Tribes could get more fishing, court and gambling rights in changes to landmark settlement
(Maine) -- After trying to gain authority over gaming, natural resources and certain crimes through the courts, the State House and the ballot box, Maine’s Native...

9/7/2019

article When will Maine see sports gambling?
(Maine) -- What socks will Tom Brady be wearing? Will Bill Belichick smile? Not out of the realm of possibilities of bets being placed where legal sports wagering is...

8/27/2019

article Letter to the editor: Gov. Mills’ rejection of sports betting bill costs Maine tax revenue
(Maine) -- With Gov. Mills declining to sign a sports gambling bill, betting on sports likely won’t be legalized in Maine until 2020. Unfortunately, the model...
article Maine Sports Betting Still Stuck After Special Session Provides No Answers
(Maine) -- When Maine Gov. Janet Mills declined to act on a passed sports betting bill in July, speculation grow about whether she would call for a special session to...

7/28/2019

article Scarborough Downs’ final lap? Hold your horses
(Maine) -- Since it opened in 1950, Scarborough Downs has been the flagship of the state’s horse racing industry, once referred to as “Maine’s...

7/27/2019

article Bangor business sees boost thanks to increased traffic
(Maine) -- Bangor businesses are seeing a boost thanks to the increase in traffic. Officials at Hollywood Casino say they have been busy all week. The parking garage has...

7/10/2019

article Maine Sports Betting Legislation Faces Uncertainty
(Maine) -- Maine sports bettors will likely have to wait for a while before the activity earns legal status in the state. Earlier this week, Governor Janet Mills decided...

7/8/2019

article Maine Sports Betting Bill Can’t Become Law Without Governor’s Decision
(Maine) -- Sports betting in Maine will have to wait for an indefinite amount of time. Maine Governor Janet Mills did not sign off on M.E. L.D. 553 before her 10-day...

7/6/2019

article New weekend hours at Hollywood Casino
(Maine) -- Hollywood Casino in Bangor has extended its hours of operation. Now, the business will remain open 24 hours a day on weekends. “Hopefully it means more...

7/4/2019

article Concerned Governor puts the brakes on Maine sports betting bill
(Maine) -- The best case scenario for sports betting in Maine is that legislation allowing it to happen might be in place by January 2020. The big delay to legalizing...
article Governor Does Not Sign Maine Sports Betting Bill
(Maine) -- Governor Janet Mills put the state’s sports betting bill on hold, after refusing to sign the measure into law by the July 1st deadline. Citing concerns...
article New weekend hours at Hollywood Casino in Bangor
(Maine) -- Hollywood Casino is extending its hours. The Bangor business will now be open 24-hours a day on the weekends. When the doors open on Friday morning, the...

7/3/2019

article Gov. Mills Holds Nearly 40 Bills, Including One Allowing Sports Betting
(Maine) -- Gov. Janet Mills has held 39 bills for further consideration - ranging from sales tax exemptions to a measure allowing sports betting in Maine. The governor...
article Legal sports betting is scratched, at least for now, as governor puts bill on hold
(Maine) -- Sports fans who were hoping to legally bet on the outcome of the World Series this fall or the Super Bowl next winter won’t be able to do that, at least...
article Maine Legal Sports Betting On Hold As Governor Demurs On Passage
(Maine) -- On Tuesday the deadline came and went for Maine Governor Janet Mills to sign L.D. 553, a bill passed by both chambers of the legislature on the last day of...
article Sports betting issue on hold in Maine after Gov. Mills tables Legislature's proposal
(Maine) -- A bill proposing an initial framework of oversight for a sports betting industry in Maine was held by Gov. Janet Mills, her office announced Wednesday. Mills...
article Bangor's Hollywood Casino extends weekend hours, tries to fill job openings
(Maine) -- Starting this weekend, Bangor's Hollywood Casino will stay open all weekend long, the gaming business announced Tuesday, as it tries to fill job openings...

7/2/2019

article Sports betting bill goes under governor's pen today
(Maine) -- Governor Mills could weigh in on legislation to allow sports betting, among other bills passed by lawmakers in the final hours of this year's legislative...
article Sports betting, opioid industry fees await action in Maine
(Maine) -- Maine’s governor could weigh in on legislation to allow sports betting, among other bills passed by lawmakers in the final hours of this year’s...

6/22/2019

article Oxford Casino gets liquor license despite numerous police calls
(Maine) -- The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a liquor license application Thursday night for the Oxford Casino. The board tabled a decision on the application...

6/21/2019

article A Look Inside How Sports Betting Became The Maine Squeeze
(Maine) -- Of all the states to legalize this year, Maine sports betting might get the award for coming out of nowhere. Sure, there was a lot of interest in the state,...
article Maine Lawmakers Approve Sports Betting Bill with Higher Online Tax Rate
(Maine) -- The Maine State Legislature passed a bill earlier this week that would enact sports betting across the state. It now heads to Gov. Janet Mills , and if she...

6/20/2019

article Maine Legislature pulls all-nighter, passes pot sales rules
(Maine) -- Lawmakers have pushed issues from tribal gaming to universal health care into next year.
article Maine Sports Betting Bill Passes Legislature
(Maine) -- Another state is one signature away from legal sports betting. Maine lawmakers approved a sports wagering legalization bill earlier this week, sending the...
article Maine takes a big step toward allowing legal sports betting
(Maine) -- The Maine Legislature late Tuesday gave initial approval to a measure that would tax and regulate sports betting while allowing online and mobile sites to...
article Liquor license application approved for Oxford Casino
(Maine) -- The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a liquor license application Thursday night for the Oxford Casino. The board tabled a decision on the application...
article Maine’s Sports Betting Bill Waiting On Governor
(Maine) -- Maine’s statehouses have passed LD553, and the bill currently is waiting on the Governor’s signature. It was finally settled that Maine’s...

6/19/2019

article Bill to legalize sports betting advances in Maine Legislature
(Maine) -- Lawmakers gave initial approval Tuesday night to legislation that would add Maine to the growing list of states that have legalized betting on athletic events...
article Maine advances sports betting bill following initial approval
(Maine) -- Maine’s sports betting sector could get the green light in the coming months after the state’s lawmakers gave the legislation the initial approval...
article Maine Legislature Passes Bill To Legalize Sports Wagering With ‘Free Market’ Model
(Maine) -- Both chambers of Maine’s legislature on Tuesday took steps to advance a bill that would legalize sports wagering at retail locations including existing...

6/18/2019

article Oxford tables casino's liquor license application
(Maine) -- Oxford police say three out of four intoxication complaints in town are from Oxford Casino. On its face value, the numbers look high.

6/13/2019

article Casino liquor license application tabled
(Maine) -- The Board of Selectmen tabled consideration of a liquor license application for Oxford Casino. Administrators from the casino will be asked to attend the June...

6/11/2019

article Maine casinos took in a record $144 million last year
(Maine) -- Maine’s two casinos raked in close to $144 million last year, setting a state gambling record. Maine is one of 12 states with record casino gambling...

6/8/2019

article Project Will Add Flashing Lights to Maine Casino Crosswalk
(Maine) -- Developers of Maine's Oxford Casino are taking steps to make a pedestrian crosswalk on Route 26 less of a gamble for people staying at the hotel across...

6/6/2019

article Oxford selectmen table casino liquor license application
(Maine) -- The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Thursday night to table consideration of a liquor license application for Oxford Casino. Officials from the casino...

5/24/2019

article Committee’s split shows details will be key to legalizing sports betting
(Maine) -- A legislative committee voted Friday to legalize sports betting in Maine, one year after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowed states to expand into the...
article Maine Moves Closer To Legalizing Sports Betting
(Maine) -- Maine has moved closer to joining the dozen or so states that have legalized gambling on athletic events. The Legislature’s Veterans And Legal Affairs...
article Sports betting likely to advance in Maine after legislative panel strikes deal
(Maine) -- Sports betting is likely to advance in Maine in 2019 after a bipartisan group on a legislative panel came to a deal Friday on taxing and regulating the...

5/20/2019

article Maine is racing toward legal sports betting, but a few key questions still must be resolved
(Maine) -- Good morning from Augusta. Maine looks like a good bet to become one of the initial states to allow sports betting after a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision,...

5/18/2019

article Legal sports betting could be in Maine by football season
(Maine) -- I’ve talked and written about this topic so much I bet you’re tired of hearing about it. It’s legal sports betting here in Maine. While I am...

5/8/2019

article Advocates warn of gaps in Maine’s gambling addiction program
(Maine) -- Mental health advocates warn that Maine does not have enough resources to address gambling addiction as state lawmakers seriously consider expanding gaming...

5/7/2019

article Maine Lawmakers Move 1 of 7 Sports Betting Bills Forward
(Maine) -- Maine lawmakers introduced seven sports betting bills this session, and on Monday, whittled that number down to one, a shell bill that reportedly will include...

5/6/2019

article Maine lawmakers kill several bills on sports betting, but one survives
(Maine) -- A legislative committee that oversees gambling voted Monday to kill several bills related to legalized sports betting in Maine, leaving alive a single measure...
article Maine sports betting legislation faces further study
(Maine) -- Lawmakers said Monday they need more time to decide on a push to allow sports betting in Maine that's been spurred by a U.S. Supreme Court decision. The...
article Sports betting legalization in Maine pushes forward as lawmakers select bill to move ahead with
(Maine) -- Lawmakers took a big step forward Monday in the push to legalize sports betting in Maine. The Veterans and Legal Affairs (VLA) Committee picked one bill to...

5/1/2019

article Maine Lawmakers Debate Authorizing Native American Gaming with Casino Owned by Four Tribes
(Maine) -- Lawmakers in Maine are debating legislation that would pave the way for the state’s first ever tribal casino and third gaming venue in all. Rep. Benjamin...
article More legislation introduced to legalize sports betting in Maine
(Maine) -- Two more bills were presented Wednesday to make sports betting legal in Maine. One would allow for a more free market approach where sports betting would...

4/30/2019

article Lawmakers weigh proposal to open third casino in Maine
(Maine) -- A third casino could be coming to Maine. Lawmakers discussed a bill Monday to allow the four federally recognized tribes in the state to jointly open a casino...

4/29/2019

article Third casino proposed for Maine
(Maine) -- A third casino could be coming to Maine. Lawmakers discussed a bill Monday to allow the four federally recognized tribes in the state to jointly open a casino...

4/26/2019

article Lawmakers consider whether to legalize sports betting in Maine
(Maine) -- Lawmakers heard testimony Friday in support of adding Maine to the growing number of states that have legalized sports betting. In the 11 months since the U.S...
article Without opposition, legalized sports gambling in Maine looks like a good bet
(Maine) -- If national trends are any indication, it’s likely that Maine will soon legalize gambling on football, baseball and other sporting events. The big...

4/25/2019

article Maine could allow bets on sports
(Maine) -- Maine lawmakers could decide whether to allow sports betting in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision. The Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs...

4/17/2019

article How Hollywood Casino Bangor spots counterfeit money
(Maine) -- When it comes to this "funny money," there are ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim. Police and business owners say there are three key...

4/14/2019

article Maine lawmakers consider sports betting
(Maine) -- Mainers could put down real money on the March Madness tournament or Super Bowl as early as next year. At least three bills to tax and regulate betting on...

4/13/2019

article Maine lawmakers could give sports betting legislation a chance
(Maine) -- Mainers could put down real money on the March Madness tournament or Super Bowl as early as next year. At least three bills to tax and regulate betting on...
article Oxford County Commissioners oppose bill to allow casino in southern Maine
(Maine) -- Oxford County commissioners are opposed to a bill that would allow Native American tribes to build a casino 50 miles from those in Oxford and Bangor, County...

4/4/2019

article Oxford County Commissioners oppose bill to allow casino in southern Maine
(Maine) -- Oxford County commissioners are opposed to a bill that would allow Native American tribes to build a casino 50 miles from those in Oxford and Bangor, County...

3/30/2019

article Tribes once again ask Maine for approval to join the gaming industry
(Maine) -- Legislation under consideration in Maine would finally allow tribes to enter the modern gaming industry. LD 1144, HP0833 authorizes a casino to be operated by...

3/29/2019

article Commercial casino operators in Maine try to stop tribal casino
(Maine) -- Lawmakers in Maine are discussing proposals that, if approved, would allow the state’s first tribal casino. The idea isn’t sitting well with...
article Tribal casino could be on the cards in Maine
(Maine) -- In Maine, a representative from the Passamaquoddy tribe reportedly testified in front of state lawmakers earlier this week in hopes of helping to get a...

3/28/2019

article Maine Tribal Casino Opposed by Commercial Gaming Operators, Business Groups
(Maine) -- Maine is once again considering proposals to open the state’s first tribal casino, but the idea is getting an icy reception this week in the legislature...

3/25/2019

article Bill Would Authorize Third Maine Casino, Run By State's Tribes
(Maine) -- Maine lawmakers are considering a proposal to allow the state’s tribes to operate a casino, a measure drawing a lot of opposition. The proposal would...

3/24/2019

article EDITORIAL: Maine should bet on sports gambling, eventually
(Maine) -- March Madness is one of the most exciting times of the year for many sports fans, providing weeks of heroics and heartbreak on the college basketball court....

3/20/2019

article First Full-Fledged Sports Betting Bill Introduced In Maine
(Maine) -- Maine’s first true sports betting bill was filed this week. Following a shell measure that was introduced in January, the legislation, LD 1348, has an...

2/9/2019

article Oxford Casino intersection lights may come this summer
(Maine) -- A plan to activate the traffic lights at the Oxford Casino intersection on Route 26 is scheduled as part of a road project due to begin in April. The state...

1/26/2019

article Town received more revenue from Oxford Casino table games, slots last year
(Maine) -- The town of Oxford received nearly $1.91 million from table games and slot machines at Oxford Casino in 2018, according to the Maine Gambling Control Board....

1/15/2019

article Maine legislators to debate legalising sports betting
(Maine) -- Lawmakers in Maine will debate whether to permit sports betting in the state. Bills allowing sports betting by Maine casinos or the state’s American...
article Maine legislators to debate legalising sports betting
(Maine) -- Lawmakers in Maine will debate whether to permit sports betting in the state. Bills allowing sports betting by Maine casinos or the state’s American...

1/14/2019

article Maine lawmakers to consider whether to allow sports gambling
(Maine) -- Maine lawmakers are poised to debate whether to allow Mainers to legally place bets sports games. The Portland Press Herald reports that lawmakers could...

1/12/2019

article Maine Legislature poised to debate legalized sports betting
(Maine) -- Mainers could legally place bets on football, baseball, basketball and other professional and college games under several bills to sanction and regulate...

1/9/2019

article 200 people attend forum about ‘Indians’ mascot in Skowhegan
(Maine) -- Close to 200 people attended a public forum Tuesday on continued use of the Skowhegan “Indians” nickname for high school sports teams, but judging...
article Maine Man Behind Illegal Sports Betting Operation Gets 15 Months in Federal Prison
(Maine) -- The man who ran what is believed to be the biggest illegal sports betting operation in Maine has been sentenced to 15 months in a federal prison.

1/8/2019

article Maine man gets 15 months for state’s largest gambling operation
(Maine) -- A Maine man who netted millions running an illegal sports gambling operation is going to prison for 15 months. Sixty-two-year-old Stephen Mardigan was...

1/6/2019

article Forum on Skowhegan High’s ‘Indians’ nickname slated for Tuesday
(Maine) -- Penobscot Nation Ambassador Maulian Dana took to the stage Jan. 2 at the inauguration of Gov. Janet Mills in Augusta to thank her for her support in efforts...

1/4/2019

article Maine Court Declines to Take Up Tribal Gaming Question
(Maine) -- In the on-going feud in the state of Maine over tribal gaming, the Maine Supreme Judicial has declined to take up the issue of tribal casinos in the state....

11/28/2018

article Houlton Band withdraws from Maine Legislature amid inaction on gaming
(Maine) -- The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians is withdrawing its representative from the Maine Legislature, a further sign of the erosion in tribal-state relations....

11/27/2018

article Maliseets ponder next steps in tribal casino plans
(Maine) -- Following last week’s decision by Maine’s top court to not take a stand on the constitutionality of tribal gambling, the Houlton Band of Maliseet...

11/23/2018

article Maine’s top court declines tribal gaming question
(Maine) -- Maine’s Supreme Court issued an opinion on a question propounded by the House of Representatives regarding the status of tribal gaming and the...

11/21/2018

article Maine Supreme Court Won’t Weigh in on Tribal Casino Question
(Maine) -- The Maine Supreme Court has declined to rule on whether the state’s tribes can operate casino gaming legally without the approval of the legislature,...

11/20/2018

article State’s highest court declines to hear question on tribal casino
(Maine) -- Maine’s top state court is declining to weigh in on the constitutionality of tribal gambling. In their brief opinion Tuesday, the supreme court justices...

11/4/2018

article Man banned from Maine casino, threatened with theft charges after thinking he’d won money
(Maine) -- A central Maine man is now banned from a local casino after what he says was an honest mistake. CBS 13’s I-Team discovered you could be taking a gamble...

11/1/2018

article I-Team: Maine man banned from casino after common mistake at slot machine
(Maine) -- The I-Team investigates confusion at the casino. A central Maine man is now banned from a local casino after what he says was an honest mistake. We discovered...

9/25/2018

article Court Seeks Input on Whether It Should Weigh Tribal Gaming
(Maine) -- Maine's top court is asking the public about whether it should weigh in the legality of tribal gaming without state approval. Efforts to allow tribal...

9/18/2018

article Maine High Court Seeks Comment On Whether It Should Consider Indian Gaming Question
(Maine) -- Just before it adjourned earlier this month, the Maine House of Representatives passed an order asking the Maine Supreme Court to interpret a U.S. Supreme...

9/17/2018

article Tribes might finally get some help with gaming efforts in Maine
(Maine) -- Thirty years after the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, some tribes are still waiting to benefit from the $32 billion and growing industry....

9/16/2018

article Maine House Asks Court Whether Tribe Could Run Casino
(Maine) -- Maine's top court could weigh in on whether a tribe could run a casino on tribal land without state permission. The House last month approved Rep. Henry...

9/1/2018

article State agrees to settle $500M fine against casino
(Maine) -- Maine is set to slash fines lodged against backers of a failed casino effort from half a million dollars to $100,000. The Maine ethics commission voted 4-0...

8/30/2018

article Ethics commission says slashing casino campaign fine was in state’s best interests
(Maine) -- The Maine ethics commission voted Wednesday to accept a $100,000 payment from the backers of a failed 2017 ballot question campaign that asked voters to...

8/29/2018

article Ethics staff wants to lower fine against casino campaign because it’s unlikely to be paid
(Maine) -- The backers of a failed referendum drive to bring a casino to York County in 2017 could be getting a major reduction in the fine they owe for violating Maine...

8/28/2018

article Ethics commission staff recommends reducing fine for failed casino campaign
(Maine) -- The backers of a failed referendum drive to bring a casino to York County in 2017 could be getting a major reduction in the fine they owe for violating Maine...

7/20/2018

article Oxford County Fair won’t have harness racing this year
(Maine) -- The Oxford County Fair has eliminated its long tradition of harness racing from this fall’s schedule because it’s a losing proposition, Oxford...

4/10/2018

article Lawmakers in Maine still don't want to help tribes with gaming efforts
(Maine) -- Maine is staying in the dark ages when it comes to Indian gaming. But it's not for religious or cultural reasons, as the state is home to two non-Indian...
article Maine House blocks another tribal casino bid
(Maine) -- An attempt by a tribal representative to the Legislature to have the Maine Supreme Judicial Court determine whether tribes in Maine could operate casinos...
article Maine Lawmakers Narrowly Reject State Tribal Casino Proposal
(Maine) -- Lawmakers in the Maine House of Representatives have voted 73-67 against a proposal from the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians that sought the opinion of the...
article Tribal casino efforts derailed in Maine
(Maine) -- Attempts to allow the development of tribal gaming properties in the US State of Maine have once again fallen flat following a vote in the states' House...

4/9/2018

article Maine House blocks another tribal casino bid
(Maine) -- An attempt by a tribal representative to the Legislature to have the Maine Supreme Judicial Court determine whether tribes in Maine could operate casinos...

3/29/2018

article Oxford Casino increased its earnings last year to nearly $69 million
(Maine) -- The Oxford Casino in Oxford continued to outperform Hollywood Casino in Bangor, increasing its take of the $1.2 billion wagered in slot machines last year,...
article Oxford Casino sees strong year, adds 97 slot machines
(Maine) -- Players gambled $1.2 billion on slot machines at Maine’s two casinos last year, according to a Maine Gambling Control Board annual report. At Oxford...

3/25/2018

article Pharmaceutical, casino groups around top lobbyists
(Maine) -- Pharmaceutical companies, marijuana and casino groups and the state's largest utility are among the top spenders on lobbying as Maine's legislative...

3/24/2018

article Pharmaceutical, casino groups around top lobbyists
(Maine) -- Pharmaceutical companies, marijuana and casino groups and the state's largest utility are among the top spenders on lobbying as Maine's legislative...

2/22/2018

article Maine Tribes Want Right to Open Casinos Without State Permission
(Maine) -- Indian tribes in Maine are hoping to gain the ability to open casinos in the state without first seeking state approval. In order to do so, they hope to get a...

2/20/2018

article Court opinion could free Maine tribes to open casinos without state approval
(Maine) -- The Maine House of Representatives is scheduled Tuesday to consider asking the Maine Supreme Judicial Court whether Maine’s Native American tribes can...
article Tribes seek legal authority to proceed on casinos without state OK
(Maine) -- Native American tribes are pursuing a legislative order in the Maine House of Representatives that would ask the Maine Supreme Judicial Court whether the...

2/19/2018

article Court opinion could free Maine tribes to open casinos without state approval
(Maine) -- The Maine House of Representatives is scheduled Tuesday to consider asking the Maine Supreme Judicial Court whether Maine’s Native American tribes can...
article Maine Lawmakers To Consider More Disclosure On Ballot Initiative Financing
(Maine) -- Legislative leaders have voted unanimously to allow a new bill this session that requires more disclosure of the financing of ballot initiatives. Rep. Louis...

1/26/2018

article Casino revenue increases for town, county
(Maine) -- The town received $1.7 million from the table games and slot operations at Oxford Casino in 2017, according the Maine Gambling Control Board. The amount is $...

1/23/2018

article Backers of failed York County casino suing ethics commission over $500,000 fine
(Maine) -- The backers of a York County casino have sued the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, asking the court to order the commission to...

1/18/2018

article Casino-Adjacent Land In Maine Poised For $50M In Development
(Maine) -- After previous development plans failed, the owner of over 100 acres adjacent to the Oxford Casino in Oxford, Maine, is looking to sell. KW Commercial of...

1/15/2018

article Land surrounding Oxford Casino on the market
(Maine) -- More than 100 acres surrounding the Oxford Casino have potential for economic development in excess of $50 million in retail and mixed use, according to Kevin...

12/21/2017

article Drive for new casino spent $146 per vote in failed effort
(Maine) -- A failed campaign to bring a third casino to Maine’s York County cost about $150 for every vote in favor of the plan. The political action committee...
article York County casino drive spent $146 per vote in futile bid to win voter approval
(Maine) -- A failed campaign to bring Maine a third casino in York County shelled out about $146 for every vote it won in November, according to the latest campaign...

12/20/2017

article Ethics Commissioners to Discuss Casino Investigation
(Maine) -- The Maine ethics commission is set to discuss its investigation into the financing of a failed, multimillion-dollar effort to build a third casino in the...
article York County casino drive spent $146 per vote in futile bid to win voter approval
(Maine) -- Backers poured $8.8 million into a petition drive and referendum campaign that captured only 57,000 votes, likely the most costly campaign per vote in state...

12/19/2017

article Ethics Commissioners to Discuss Casino Investigation
(Maine) -- The Maine ethics commission is set to discuss its investigation into the financing of a failed, multimillion-dollar effort to build a third casino in the...

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...

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