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Mass. Gaming Commission weighs economic viability

Despite concerns from some industry leaders on the economic viability of having three resort casinos and a slots parlor in Massachusetts, gambling experts say if done correctly, four such venues would be successful in increasing state revenues.

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9/21/2014

article Amiralian: Keep horse racing alive in Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- Now that Steve Wynn has won the rights to build a casino in Everett, Mass., defeating both Mohegan Sun and Suffolk Downs, and ending Suffolk's 79...
article Gambling’s former top lobbyist lands at Harvard
(Massachusetts) -- THE AMERICAN CASINO industry is looking nervously over its shoulder at Massachusetts, where voters in November will decide whether to repeal the state...

9/20/2014

article From Here to Eternity: The Massachusetts Casino Journey
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts casino licensing law is back in the news in a big way this week, as the Wynn Everett project won the Greater Boston casino license after...
article Casino repeal campaign group drafts Berwick
(Massachusetts) -- The group fueling the push to repeal the state’s casino law is enlisting former Corner Office hopeful Don Berwick, a staunch casino opponent who...
article Industry spending big to KO bottle bill changes
(Massachusetts) -- The beverage industry is pouring millions of dollars into a campaign to defeat a referendum to expand the state’s bottle bill to include...

9/19/2014

article Emily's List: Casino Predictions For Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Greater Boston host Emily Rooney joined Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio. Rooney supplied another edition of "Emily's List...
article MGM Springfield preparing for November referendum
(Massachusetts) -- Court Square in downtown Springfield transformed into an outdoor dinner party hosted by MGM Springfield on Friday night. Tables for the 200 attendees...

9/18/2014

article Gelzinis: Anti-casino Davids focus on Goliath
(Massachusetts) -- Seems like only yesterday East Boston was sure a casino would steer the neighborhood toward the land of milk and honey. When that dream died, it was...
article Pro-casino, anti-casino activists agree in principle to debates across Massachusetts ahead of November vote on casino repeal ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- Repeal the Casino Deal activists hoping to kill the Massachusetts casino law via a ballot question in November issued a challenge on Wednesday for pro...

9/17/2014

article After the Wynn: What’s Next for Mass. Casinos?
(Massachusetts) -- So, just shy of three years after the passage of the state’s expanded gambling law, we know who is building where in the Boston area....
article EDITORIAL: Wynn decision gives Mass. voters needed clarity
(Massachusetts) -- Voters of all persuasions can be glad for one thing: The Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s decision Tuesday to award a casino license to Wynn...
article Wynn casino in Everett officially approved
(Massachusetts) -- Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who was unable in the past to reach an agreement mitigating the impact of a casino in the adjoining city of Everett,...
article Wynn weighs fight vs. casino bill repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts, newly issued the Boston area’s sole casino license, is mulling whether to jump into the fight against the anti-casino ballot...
article Anti-casino activists challenge casinos, lawmakers to debate as Wynn finalizes Boston license
(Massachusetts) -- Anti-casino activists are calling on the state's top lawmakers and executives from the three casino companies that have won state gambling...
article Prince George’s County looking for citizens to sit on casino advisory board
(Maryland) -- Prince George’s officials are looking for residents interested in serving on a board advising the county on matters related to the upcoming MGM...

9/16/2014

article The winners and losers of casino gambling
(Atlantic City) -- In May 1984, Donald Trump opened his Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in New Jersey’s glittering gambling capital, Atlantic City, saying it could be...
article In fight for Boston casino license, there’s one big winner and a long list of losers
(Massachusetts) -- Like any good high stakes poker tournament, the Boston casino licensing produced one big winner and a long list of losers.
article Mark Arsenault on why Wynn won approval for Everett casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Globe’s Mark Arsenault explains why he thinks the gambling commission approved Wynn's casino proposal.
article Mass. gambling commission approves Wynn proposal for casino in Everett
(Massachusetts) -- The state gambling commission has approved a proposal for a glittering $1.6 billion Wynn Resorts casino in the city of Everett, a community just north...
article Mass. Gaming Commission spares Walsh from embarrassment
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Marty Walsh spent last week bashing James F. McHugh, one of the state gaming regulators, alleging the retired federal judge was biased against...
article Mayor Walsh open to negotiations with Wynn
(Massachusetts) -- Hub Mayor Martin J. Walsh opened the door this afternoon to negotiate with Steve Wynn, who won the coveted Boston-area casino license in a 3-1 vote...
article Press conference on casino in Everett
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission talked about why they approved Wynn’s proposal in Everett.
article Wynn Is Given Casino License in Boston Area
(Massachusetts) -- After a tortuous, monthslong process, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday chose Wynn Resorts as the winner of the sole license for a casino...
article Wynn Resorts wins Boston gambling license with $1.6B plan for waterfront casino in Everett
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts Ltd., the casino company founded by Steve Wynn, was awarded the sole license to operate a casino in the Boston area, beating a rival plan...
article Wynn Resorts wins license to build casino near Boston
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday awarded a license to build a casino just outside Boston to Las Vegas developer Wynn Resorts Ltd.
article Gaming comissioners ready to talk casino preferences
(Massachusetts) -- After days of deliberations, four members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission broke for lunch Tuesday and said they'll begin discussing their...
article McHugh worries politics could sink Wynn casino
(Massachusetts) -- As the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday debated the pros and cons of Wynn Resorts versus Mohegan Sun, an interesting philosophical divide...
article Suffolk Downs Loses Casino Bid on 3-1 Vote
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry was dealt a devastating blow when the Massachusetts Gaming Commission decided to award the...
article WALKER: Everett, of all places, just became a casino destination
(Massachusetts) -- It was always folly to bet against Steve Wynn. One of the world’s biggest casino operators prevailed today in his bid for the casino license...
article Some in Revere mourn missed casino opportunity
(Massachusetts) -- While some in Revere saw the denial of a proposed casino there as a missed chance for economic development in the working-class community, others...
article Sarno Says He Respects Bishops’ Opinion On Casinos, Disagrees
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says he is not surprised by a statement from the leaders of the four Roman Catholic dioceses in Massachusetts, calling...
article Wynn agrees to concession on traffic penalties
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts, in a significant concession, told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission today it would pay up to $20 million toward penalties on traffic...

9/15/2014

article Analysis: Deck Is Stacked Against Casino Repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Policy scholars often say that implementation is the stage in the policy process when the rubber meets the proverbial road. Passing legislation is...
article Casino cash floods campaign spending
(Massachusetts) -- Casino cash is beginning to play a role in the buildup to Election Day, when voters will decide whether to repeal expanded gambling in Massachusetts.
article Roman Catholic Bishops Support Mass. Casino Law Repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Roman Catholic leaders in Massachusetts are urging residents to vote in favor of November's ballot question to repeal the state's casino law.
article State’s Roman Catholic bishops back repeal of casino law
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s four Roman Catholic bishops on Monday formally backed the effort to repeal Massachusetts’ casino law at the ballot in November...
article Boston-area casino bidders agree to substantial changes
(Massachusetts) -- For 30 tense minutes, it seemed as if the years of anticipation over granting the Greater Boston resort casino license could end in an instant on an...
article Boston-area casino bidders agree to substantial changes in applications
(Massachusetts) -- The two finalists for the Greater Boston resort casino license, Mohegan Sun and Wynn Resorts, agreed to a number of substantial changes to their...
article Boston-Area Casino Bidders to Face Board Tuesday
(Massachusetts) -- Deliberations over who will receive the lone Eastern Massachusetts casino license will continue Tuesday, when the commission will speak with competing...
article Our View: Casino revenue is unreliable
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming regulators in Massachusetts are expected to decide this week whether casino mogul Steve Wynn or the Mohegan Tribe will be awarded the casino...
article Commission plays tough with Wynn traffic issue
(Massachusetts) -- Calling it a “take it or leave it” proposition, the state Gaming Commission appears poised to call the bluff today of gambling titan Steve...
article Tuttle: Future of horse racing in Revere hinges on support for casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- Top Suffolk Downs executive Chip Tuttle is relieved “politicking” associated with the competitive casino licensing process ends this week...

9/14/2014

article Casino cash floods campaign spending
(Massachusetts) -- Casino cash is beginning to play a role in the buildup to Election Day, when voters will decide whether to repeal expanded gambling in Massachusetts.
article As casino decision looms, new questions arise
(Massachusetts) -- During last week’s casino hearings, the chief investigator for the state gambling commission revealed that a longtime business partner of the...
article Final casino decision in the cards
(Massachusetts) -- The Gaming Commission is in the spotlight with its long-awaited decision expected this week to award its highest-profile license for a Boston-area...

9/13/2014

article Bay State may not hit promised jackpot with casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The Bay State is set to enter the gaming industry just as casinos across the country are losing revenue and even closing, raising questions about...
article Boston blasts gaming commission, casino licensing process again
(Massachusetts) -- Boston's top attorney blasted the Massachusetts Gaming Commission once again when he sent them a letter critical of their handling of the casino...
article Boston mayor claims Gaming Commission's manipulating the casino process
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Marty Walsh ripped the state's Gaming Commission, days before it's expected to decide which project gets the nod to build a casino in...
article Patrick defends gambling commission against Walsh’s accusations
(Massachusetts) -- Governor Deval Patrick, who had a hand in appointing the state gambling commission, defended the panel on Friday from accusations of law breaking and...
article Elizabeth Warren reiterates her opposition to casinos; Michael Capuano declines to give his position
(Massachusetts) -- Two members of the Massachusetts federal delegation gave two very different takes on the state's casino law during recent campaign events with...

9/12/2014

article Regulators To Begin Deliberations On Greater Boston Casino License
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will meet Monday to consider issuing a license for a casino in greater Boston. The gambling industry regulators...
article Column: Mohegan and Mashantucket ads: Gambling is bad
(Connecticut) -- So the Mohegan Indians are now in the nail-biting stage of their bid to run a Boston casino. Based on the early scoring, their prospects are not looking...
article Mayor Walsh rips casino process as biased
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh once again blasted the state gambling commission Thursday, this time accusing the board’s acting chairman of bias against...
article Patrick stands behind casinos but is mum on how next gov. should respond if law repealed
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Deval Patrick reiterated his support on Wednesday for the state's landmark casino law, but declined to say what the next governor should do...
article Editorial: Steve Wynn, City of Boston both need deal on mitigation
(Massachusetts) -- TRAFFIC IN Sullivan Square in Charlestown is already a mess, and the addition of a resort casino across the Everett border would make the gridlock far...

9/11/2014

article Casinos spending big to fight ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- Casino cash is beginning to play a role in the buildup to Election Day, when voters will decide whether to repeal expanded gambling in Massachusetts.
article Mayor accuses Gaming Commission of `bias' against Boston
(Massachusetts) -- A fed-up Mayor Martin J. Walsh today blasted the state's Gaming Commission -- and it's acting chairman -- for having a "bias"...
article The Latest on the Fight for the Boston-Area Casino License
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has met for three days this week to talk about competing casino proposals in Everett and Revere, from Wynn Resorts...

9/10/2014

article Boston-area casino bidders claim errors in state review
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators this morning opened the third day of deliberations over the Greater Boston casino license with a review focusing on possible...
article Gambling Board Won’t Decide on Boston-Area Casino This Week
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will not decide on where a Boston-area casino will be built before early next week.
article Gaming Commission sets final conditions
(Massachusetts) -- The pair of gaming giants battling for the Boston-area casino license have the final conditions from the state Gaming Commission and their written...
article Regulators recommend changes to casino plans
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators choosing between Wynn Resort's planned casino in Everett and Mohegan Sun's planned casino in Revere are considering...
article The Latest on the Fight for the Boston-Area Casino License
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is meeting all week to talk about competing casino proposals in Everett and Revere, from Wynn Resorts and Mohegan...
article Wynn Resorts, Mohegan Sun, given more time to respond to requirements for Boston-area casino license
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling regulators said Wednesday they will hold off on awarding the lone Boston-area casino license this week to give Wynn Resorts and...
article Massachusetts casino panel's preliminary review gives Wynn edge
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gaming regulators have so far given Wynn Resorts’ $1.6 billion Everett casino project higher marks than Mohegan Sun’s $1.3...
article Wynn could pay fraction of Sullivan Square redo cost
(Massachusetts) -- After two days of deliberations, the Gaming Commission is due to decide today which conditions to place on the Greater Boston casino license, and City...

9/9/2014

article Deliberations continue on Greater Boston casino license
(Massachusetts) -- In the second day of deliberations on the Greater Boston casino license, Wynn Resorts earned the top scores in the economic development and project...
article Pro and Anti Casinos: Massachusetts to Decide Whether to Repeal Gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Two large gambling companies are fueling the campaign to save Massachusetts casinos from being shut down.
article Here's why Wynn has a slight edge in gaming commission's Boston-area vote
(Massachusetts) -- Heading into the final stretch, Wynn Resorts seems to have a slight lead over Mohegan Sun as the Massachusetts Gaming Commission prepares to decide...
article Wynn tops Mohegan Sun in panel’s initial review
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s initial review of the two companies vying for a Greater Boston casino license gives the Wynn Resorts...

9/8/2014

article Big Campaign War Chest Edge for Casino Industry in Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- So, here’s the tale of the tape on the casino referendum front. As expected, some of the more vested interests in Massachusetts have already put...
article Money pours into ballot question campaigns
(Massachusetts) -- A push to keep bottle deposits off water and sports drinks is swimming in money, and an effort to stymie a repeal of the state’s casino law hit...
article All Things Travel: Greater Boston Rolls The Dice On Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The most important decision for Boston travel and tourism for the next decade will be made this week. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is holding a...
article Walker: Carlo DeMaria not worth gamble
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s casino commission may decide this week whether Everett or Revere will be the Eastern Massachusetts site for legalized gaming, when...

9/7/2014

article Here's what you need to know about the money behind the casino ballot battle
(Massachusetts) -- The fight over casino gaming’s future in Massachusetts is shaping up to be a multimillion-dollar campaign, with two months to go before voters...
article Where candidates for governor stand on casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The future of casino gambling in Massachusetts has become a major topic of debate among the three Democrats and two Republicans seeking the...
article Carlo DeMaria not worth gamble
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s casino commission may decide this week whether Everett or Revere will be the Eastern Massachusetts site for legalized gaming, when...
article Small steps for push to improve Tewksbury
(Massachusetts) -- It's been just over a year since a proposal to build a casino in Tewksbury was shot down by voters. Selectmen had touted the casino as a way of...

9/6/2014

article Casino panel will put conditions on license
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission, which is set to begin its deliberations tomorrow on the coveted Boston-area casino license, will give Mohegan Sun and...
article Panel to vote on Boston-area casino this week
(Massachusetts) -- Over the next five days, the state’s top gambling regulators will tackle their most important assignment: weigh the merits of competing casino...
article Many area legislators cool to casino law repeal
(Massachusetts) -- As it heads toward a high-stakes ballot vote in November, the effort to repeal the state’s casino law is drawing a mostly cool reception among...
article Clarence Fanto: Casinos not the cure for downtrodden
(Massachusetts) -- Did you know there’s a statewide primary Tuesday that will determine the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor, attorney general and...

9/5/2014

article Casino cash coming / $4 million in ads set to be rolled out before vote
(Massachusetts) -- A pro-casino group with big-money backing from two gambling giants is prepping to hit Bay State airwaves with a stunning $4 million ad blitz in the...
article Pro-casino group raises $1.8M to oppose repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling companies, organized labor and their supporters have pumped nearly $1.8 million into their political campaign to defeat November ballot...
article Markey will vote to keep casino law on books
(Massachusetts) -- Casino opponents this week relished support for their cause from US Senator Elizabeth Warren, but the Cambridge Democrat’s Bay State partner in...
article Sen. Ed Markey says he will vote to uphold Massachusetts casino law
(Massachusetts) -- Casino opponents this week relished support for their cause from U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, but the Cambridge Democrat's Bay State partner in the...
article Amid uncertainty over Massachusetts casino law, MGM details pitch for expanding into Japan
(Massachusetts) -- While voters across Massachusetts prepare to decide the fate of the state's 2011 casino gaming law, the one company whose project is already...
article State congressional delegation is split on casino question
(Massachusetts) -- When it comes to casino gambling in Massachusetts, there is little consensus among the state's congressional delegation.

9/4/2014

article Rules loosen for casinos / Subcontractors forgo criminal checks
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission has softened its requirement that the subcontractors that casino vendors hire automatically submit to criminal background...
article The Casino Repeal Effort Is Looking More Like A Long Shot
(Massachusetts) -- Earlier this year, it looked distinctly possible that a referendum to repeal the casino law would pass. The margin had narrowed from its pre-2014...
article COLUMN: Martha Coakley is hedging her bets on casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Martha Coakley is bouncing around on the casino issue like a pair of dice on the craps table. Only by chance do you find out what she really thinks.
article Lawmaker denies casino industry swayed endorsement
(Massachusetts) -- A state representative from Revere denied Thursday that casino industry lobbyists played any role in her decision to change her endorsement in the...
article Martha Coakley, Steve Grossman, Don Berwick argue about Springfield casino in final televised debate
(Massachusetts) -- The three Democrats running for governor – Attorney General Martha Coakley, Treasurer Steve Grossman and former Medicare and Medicaid...
article Thoroughbreds will get 75 percent of Mass. gaming subsidies
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission endorsed the recommendation of its Horse Racing Committee to divide monies in the Race Horse Development Fund at a...

9/3/2014

article No more casino licenses until after November election, says Jeff McCormick, independent candidate for governor
(Massachusetts) -- With state officials closing in on a decision this month between two competitors for a Boston-area casino license, one candidate for governor is...
article Poll shows Massachusetts voters still overwhelmingly support casino law
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts residents appear to be mostly supportive of the state's 2011 expanded casino gaming law as Repeal the Casino Deal activists continue...
article Senators split on casino question
(Massachusetts) -- Hold those anti-casino horses: Not every Bay State senator is in that stable. A day after anti-gambling advocates seized on remarks by U.S. Sen....
article U.S. Sen. Warren supports repealing state casino law
(Massachusetts) -- Anti-gambling activists are touting a major boost from Sen. Elizabeth Warren as their campaign to repeal the state’s casino law heads into the...
article Will a casino in Massachusetts really help financially?
(Massachusetts) -- Around 5-thousand ex-casino workers began filing for unemployment Wednesday after Revel Casino closed in Atlantic City. Now, many residents here in...

9/2/2014

article Costs Mount For Massachusetts Casino Bidders {sub req'd]
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts licensing process could cost casino giants hundreds of millions of dollars when all is said and done, making it one of the most...
article Sen. Elizabeth Warren's casino remarks encourage Massachusetts gambling opponents
(Massachusetts) -- U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Cambridge, told reporters Monday that she opposed the Massachusetts law allowing casino gambling and has not changed her...
article Where candidates for governor stand on casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The future of casino gambling in Massachusetts has become a major topic of debate among the three Democrats and two Republicans seeking the...

9/1/2014

article Elizabeth Warren: I will vote to repeal Bay State casino law
(Massachusetts) -- U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she will vote to repeal the state’s casino law when the hotly debated question goes to the ballot in November.
article Massachusetts Casinos to be Reconsidered in November Vote
(Massachusetts) -- The future of casino gambling and entertainment in one of the most populous of the United States’ northeast states remains up in the air, with...
article Casinos may offer lessons about protecting privacy
(Massachusetts) -- In 1998, economist Gary Loveman quit his teaching job at Harvard Business School to join a casino in Las Vegas. It was a first step in a series of...
article Lieutenant governor candidates split on casino gambling; Democrats agree on sick time, charter schools
(Massachusetts) -- The four candidates for lieutenant governor are split on whether to repeal the state's casino gambling law. Steve Kerrigan, a former aide to Sen....

8/31/2014

article Inauspicious timing of Atlantic City’s woes for casino supporters
(Atlantic City) -- Cash vouchers in hand, Edna Kozakas poked around the gambling floor at the Showboat casino last week, looking for the last bits of luck among the...
article Massachusetts May Shut Down Casinos Before Even One Opens
(Massachusetts) -- With the casino industry showing signs of retrenchment, voters in Massachusetts may do something that voters nowhere else have done, at least in the...

8/29/2014

article COLUMN: Casino effort in Massachusetts may be a case of bad timing
(Massachusetts) -- Somewhere, far from the blackjack tables, poker parlors, and glittering roulette wheels of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, I think something...

8/28/2014

article Anti-casino activists take issue with Martha Coakely keeping 'open mind' on saving MGM Springfield if repeal effort is successful
(Massachusetts) -- The Repeal the Casino Deal movement in Massachusetts is taking aim at Martha Coakley over the Democratic candidate for governor's statement...
article Don Berwick says despite opposition to casinos, he'd 'govern according to the will of the people' if he wins
(Massachusetts) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick isn't shy about his opposition to casinos. He has studied the topic, traveled the country and...
article Penn National raising final beam at Plainville casino
(Massachusetts) -- Penn National Gaming is marking a milestone in its $225 million casino project at Plainridge harness racing track in Plainville.

8/27/2014

article Plainridge Casino construction continues despite ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- Bearing an American flag, covered in signatures - names of the men and women closest to the construction project - the final beam at the Plainridge...

8/26/2014

article Repeal the Casino group begins campaigning
(Massachusetts) -- It's been more than a year since Springfield voters approved a casino in downtown and since then campaigns have formed to repeal that vote. The...
article Mass. slots parlor plans `topping out’ event
(Massachusetts) -- Penn National Gaming has invited officials, residents and labor leaders to attend a “topping out” ceremony on Wednesday to place the final...
article Plainville slots parlor to mark milestone
(Massachusetts) -- With a statewide vote approaching on whether to continue down the casino path in Massachusetts, racino proponents plan to gather Wednesday in...
article Mass. bettors drawn to pricey “World Class” ticket
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Lottery’s most expensive instant ticket, priced at $30, is the biggest success of its kind in the industry, beating nine other...

8/25/2014

article Casino Ballot Question Is Getting Active
(Massachusetts) -- Casino opponents and proponents began ramping up efforts late last week on campaigns to promote their causes for the statewide ballot question that,...
article Racino backers to mark structural milestone
(Massachusetts) -- With a statewide vote approaching on whether to continue down the casino path in Massachusetts, racino proponents plan to gather Wednesday in...

8/23/2014

article Christian right, political left unite in opposing casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Politics famously makes strange bedfellows, but this odd coupling is as strange as it gets: On the issue of casino gambling, the liberal left and the...

8/22/2014

article Repeal the Casino Deal activists take issue with politicians saying repeal of gaming law may not mean demise of MGM Springfield casino project
(Massachusetts) -- Anti-casino activists are voicing their displeasure with statements by some elected officials and political candidates that if the ballot question to...
article AG candidates joust over guns, gaming in DEM debate
(Massachusetts) -- The two Democratic candidates hoping to be the state's next attorney general scrapped over online gaming, the Market Basket crisis, and gun safety...
article Gov. blocks bill to reduce state’s take on simulcast dog racing at Plainridge, other tracks
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Deval Patrick has blocked legislation that would reduce the state’s take on simulcast greyhound racing featured at Plainridge Racecourse...

8/21/2014

article Kostrzewa: Regulators to award Boston casino license in September
(Massachusetts) -- Perhaps the most competitive fight for a casino license in Massachusetts will be decided in three weeks. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said that...
article MGM Plans To Work With, Around Springfield Interstate Construction Project
(Massachusetts) -- Consultants representing casino operator MGM say they plan to coordinate their construction schedule around the renovation of I-91 in downtown...
article Boston could get less for leaving casino table
(Massachusetts) -- Boston is looking at a possibly smaller payout from Wynn Resorts if the gambling giant is allowed to build in Everett now that city officials have...

8/20/2014

article Anti-casino group to Charlie Baker: 'Respect the will of the voters'
(Massachusetts) -- The chairman of an anti-casino group criticized Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker for suggesting that as governor he’d work to...
article Baker Says He’d File Bill To Save Springfield Casino If Voters Repeal Gaming Law
(Massachusetts) -- Republican Charlie Baker says if he wins the governor’s office in November and voters also repeal the state’s casino gambling law, he...
article Charlie Baker wants Springfield casino even if law dumped
(Massachusetts) -- If he wins the governor's office in November and Massachusetts voters also repeal the state's casino gambling law, Republican Charlie Baker...
article Charlie Baker: If repeal effort is successful, I'll file legislation to put Springfield casino back on the map
(Massachusetts) -- If the effort to repeal the casino effort passes in November, and Republican Charlie Baker also becomes governor, he will work legislatively to...

8/19/2014

article Pro-casino coalition forms to fight repeal of expanding gaming, includes MGM and WMass business, community groups
(Massachusetts) -- A new group has formed to oppose the state's casino repeal effort, with help from numerous Springfield area organizations and from MGM Resorts,...

8/18/2014

article Wynn Scoffs At Boston Casino Criticism [sub req'd]
(Massachusetts) -- Steve Wynn’s resorts may be considered the gaming industry’s elite, but word has apparently not reached Massachusetts, where a pair of...
article Kostrzewa: A $100 million bet on Mass. voters
(Massachusetts) -- Penn National Gaming already has spent $80 million to start to build Massachusetts’ first slots parlor and plans to spend $20 million more...
article Gambling foes roll repeal dice
(Massachusetts) -- With less than a month to go before the state Gaming Commission is expected to decide who will get the sole Boston-area casino license, foes of...
article Pro, anti-casino groups launch political campaigns
(Massachusetts) -- Pro and anti-casino groups are launching their campaign operations this week as voters will decide in November whether to repeal the state's...
article Pro-casino group launches anti-repeal campaign
(Massachusetts) -- The ballot committee opposing a campaign to repeal the state casino law is ramping up its efforts. The group, named the Committee to Protect...
article Both sides of casino debate ready campaign moves
(Massachusetts) -- Groups on both sides of the casino debate are touting the start of their campaign operations this week, as voters are set to decide in November...

8/16/2014

article Anti-casino canvassers in Bourne today
(Massachusetts) -- If you get a knock at your door today in Bourne, don’t be surprised if it’s someone urging you to vote for a ballot question seeking to...
article Anti-casino canvassers in Bourne today
(Massachusetts) -- If you get a knock at your door today in Bourne, don’t be surprised if it’s someone urging you to vote for a ballot question seeking to...

8/13/2014

article Meet the man who wants to save the Bay State's nascent casino industry
(Massachusetts) -- Jay Snowden is taking a big risk in Plainville — even for a gambling man like him. As chief operating officer of Penn National Gaming, Snowden...
article Casino debate prompts fiery exchange between candidates
(Massachusetts) -- A hot-button issue that will be before voters on November’s ballot set off a fiery exchange between Democratic candidates for attorney general...

8/11/2014

article Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville plans to start hiring in September
(Massachusetts) -- Plainridge Park Casino intends to start taking job applications next month for the slot machine parlor it's building at the Route 1 racetrack.

8/10/2014

article Penn National bets Mass. voters won't overturn casino law
(Massachusetts) -- Plans to open the state's first slot parlor are moving forward at a harness racing track near the Rhode Island state line despite a vote in three...

8/8/2014

article Boston Mayor Calls Gaming Commission Decision ‘Petty’
(Massachusetts) -- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Friday called the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s decision to strip Boston of its surrounding community status for...
article Gaming Panel Strips Boston Of Surrounding Status For Wynn Plan
(Massachusetts) -- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh accused the Massachusetts Gaming Commission of favoring casino supporters over city residents after the panel unanimously...
article Marty Walsh: Casino panel fails Boston taxpayers
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission yanked Boston’s surrounding community status with the $1.6 billion Wynn casino project in Everett in a controversial...
article Casino debate prompts fiery exchange between AG candidates
(Massachusetts) -- A hot-button issue that will be before voters on November’s ballot set off a fiery exchange between Democratic candidates for attorney general...

8/7/2014

article Gaming Commission strips Boston of its surrounding community status for Wynn casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission stripped Boston of its status as a surrounding community for the planned Wynn Resorts casino in Everett.
article Gaming commission: Boston waived its rights
(Massachusetts) -- The dispute between Wynn Resorts and the city of Boston took on a new dimension on Thursday as the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 4 to 0 that...

8/6/2014

article Sides in fight over casino law ready to raise their voices
(Massachusetts) -- From an East Boston campaign office with creaky floors and used furniture, leaders of the statewide effort to repeal Massachusetts’ casino law...
article Many ready to help lottery winners avoid taxes
(Massachusetts) -- Efforts by online advertisers to buy or sell lottery tickets has given support to a sort of underground economy. With few rules or law enforcement to...

8/5/2014

article Massachusetts Casino Repeal Effort Will Be a Tough Fight
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Supreme Court has opened the door for residents of the Bay State to repeal the casino expansion bill that was passed in 2011. In...

8/4/2014

article Anti-casino group readies final campaign push
(Massachusetts) -- Buoyed by successful petition drives to place the 2011 state law that legalized casinos before voters in November, the group Repeal the Casino Deal is...

8/2/2014

article Casino woes in New Jersey cast a shadow on Massachusetts projects
(Massachusetts) -- Atlantic City, N.J., a resort town that built its modern image on casinos as much as sand, faces the prospect of having four major vacancies on its...
article Editorial: Casino catastrophe
(Massachusetts) -- Is anybody in the common-wealth paying attention to what’s going on down in Atlantic City, N.J.? Back in 1976, when the first casino was built...

7/31/2014

article Mohegan Sun, Wynn Resorts release two drastically different quarterly earnings reports
(Massachusetts) -- The two casino companies vying for the lone eastern Massachusetts resort casino license released earnings reports this week showing gains for one and...
article MA casino opponents point to dwindling NJ revenues
(Massachusetts) -- Some casino opponents in Massachusetts say the trouble currently facing the industry in Atlantic City is a sign that expanded gambling is an...

7/28/2014

article Massachusetts Casino Repeal Could Leave Tribes Holding All The Aces [sub req'd]
(Massachusetts) -- The budding casino repeal campaign in Massachusetts could backfire on activists, potentially leaving the state with a pair of tribal gambling palaces...

7/27/2014

article Atlantic City casino closings put focus on gambling saturation
(Massachusetts) -- Some casino opponents in Massachusetts say the trouble currently facing the industry in Atlantic City is a sign that expanded gambling is an...

7/24/2014

article Casino panel to HUB: negotiate with Wynn
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission — claiming the city is “abandoning” its casino-related interests in Charlestown — said it would...
article State casino and human services agencies to jointly address problem gambling
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators are set to sign an agreement with the state's health and human services agency to address problem gambling.

7/23/2014

article Wynn plans to use oysters as part of Mystic River cleanup, but Massachusetts regulators say not so fast
(Massachusetts) -- Will hundreds of thousands of oysters help clean up the polluted Mystic River? One of the two companies vying for the lone eastern Massachusetts...

7/22/2014

article As Massachusetts Gaming Law Awaits Voters, Plans For Developing Casino Workforce Continue
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos coming to Massachusetts are no sure thing. That is after last month’s ruling by the state’s highest court that allows a repeal...
article Wynn: Casino is my oyster / Will clean up Mystic River if he wins license
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts plans to use more than 250,000 live oysters to help clean the contaminated Mystic River if it receives a license to build its proposed $1...

7/19/2014

article VENNOCHI: Casinos are Massachusetts’ future — or region’s past?
(Massachusetts) -- Thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues would fall like manna from gambling heaven. For two decades, that’s been...

7/18/2014

article Wynn offer pales beside Sun’s / Rejected Everett deal a fifth of Mohegan’s
(Massachusetts) -- The best-and-final offer Wynn Resorts made to Boston — but Mayor Martin J. Walsh rejected — to soften the impact of the casino it wants to...
article Wynn Resorts offers Boston $1m upfront, $2.6m annually
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts has offered the City of Boston $1 million upfront and $2.6 million annually, along with hiring preferences for city residents, as...
article Democratic candidates for treasurer agree on opposition to casinos, expanded gaming options in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for state treasurer stood in agreement in their opposition to casinos and expanded gambling...
article Harvard professor calls for 1000-minister anti-casino conference
(Massachusetts) -- Stand For Democracy, a group of Harvard students, faculty, and alumni, brought together organizers, activists, community leaders, Harvard students,...
article Work on Plainridge casino continuing even as gambling repeal looms
(Massachusetts) -- Penn National Gaming continues to build the Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville despite the Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling on June 24 allowing...
article Gambling: an American love/hate story
(Massachusetts) -- This November, Massachusetts voters will decide on a question of lasting significance to the state’s cultural and economic landscape: whether to...

7/17/2014

article Wording of ballot question repealing Massachusetts casino law could prove confusing in November
(Massachusetts) -- "No" means "yes" and "yes" means "no." That potentially confusing truth applies to the ballot question voters...

7/16/2014

article Video: Harvard hosts anti-casino group
(Massachusetts) -- A group of religious leaders, community organizers and Harvard University professors came together today to declare their joint mission to stop...
article Lotteries Take In Billions, Often Attract The Poor
(Massachusetts) -- Santo Domingo Liquors in Lawrence, Mass., has two cash registers. But sometimes only the lottery register has a line. Elizabeth Correia, eight months...

7/15/2014

article Berwick Plays The Casino Card, Slams Baker
(Massachusetts) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Donald Berwick took shots at his competition Tuesday, including presumptive Republican nominee Charlie Baker.
article Call for questions: What shall we ask representatives from Repeal the Casino Deal?
(Massachusetts) -- The Republican and MassLive.com Editorial Board will meet with representatives from Repeal the Casino Deal this week.
article Harvard professors, religious leaders to back anti-casino effort
(Massachusetts) -- A group of Harvard University professors and religious leaders are slated to join forces with casino opponents today in a united push behind the...
article Know what you’re voting for on casino ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- Casino opponents will have a chance in November to un-do the casino process in Massachusetts. But the wording of that ballot question could cause...

7/14/2014

article Tribes Could Win It All in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts has named the winner of one of the three regional resort-casino licenses up for grabs in the state. But as the process of selecting...

7/12/2014

article Coakley seeks strict controls on casino credit to gamblers
(Massachusetts) -- State Attorney General Martha Coakley is urging regulators to adopt tight controls for casinos that offer credit to gamblers, including standards for...
article Gambling: an American love/hate story
(Massachusetts) -- This November, Massachusetts voters will decide on a question of lasting significance to the state’s cultural and economic landscape: whether to...

7/10/2014

article Casino law backers organize to fight repeal
(Massachusetts) -- A new political committee has been created to fight the anti-casino ballot question, raising the potential for a flood of money from well-heeled...
article Top Attorney Forms Ballot Committee Opposed to Casino Law Repeal [4th Item]
(Massachusetts) -- A ballot committee opposed to the proposed repeal the state's casino law formed on Tuesday. According to a filing with the state Office of...
article Keep or toss out state's casino law?
(Massachusetts) -- Janet Sullivan Kennedy, a member of Foxboro's racino committee, has some advice for people who don't live in communities targeted for a casino.

7/9/2014

article Committee forms to oppose Massachusetts casino ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- A new political committee has formed to oppose a ballot question that would repeal Massachusetts' 2011 casino law.

7/8/2014

article Fitzgerald: Mayor can strike a blow against insidious addiction
(Massachusetts) -- Marty Walsh would do well to consider the story of a suburban priest who, knowing he had to strike while the iron was hot, banned bingo from his...
article Walsh whacks Wynn, claims he ‘hasn’t stepped up to the table’
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh — fresh off scoring what he called a “lucrative” deal with Mohegan Sun for its proposed Suffolk Downs casino...
article Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane says repeal of casino gambling law would not require reconsideration of town budget
(Massachusetts) -- Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane, in response to a question on the matter, has offered his thoughts on the effect of the Massachusetts'...

7/7/2014

article Tribal casinos could move forward without voter approval
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters have four months to decide whether they want to repeal the state’s gaming law. The most recent Suffolk University poll...
article Under Cloud Of Referendum, Boston Casino Battle Intensifies [sub req'd]
(Massachusetts) -- Mohegan Sun has gained a public relations edge on rival Wynn Resorts as they battle for a blockbuster Boston area casino license, but the gains are...

7/6/2014

article Editorial: Hold casino bets until voters decide
(Massachusetts) -- When the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled last week that a referendum question to repeal the 2011 law authorizing gaming in Massachusetts...

7/5/2014

article Campaign View: Casinos and politics
(Massachusetts) -- A campaign that had been looking for a theme found one last week, with a little help from the Supreme Judicial Court. Now casinos will be on the...
article Herr: Casinos are federal, state and local issue
(Massachusetts) -- In his column July 1 ("The politics of casinos"), Rick Holmes writes there are no federal issues involved in the casino debate in...

7/4/2014

article Impact Of Casino Repeal On Tribal Plans Uncertain
(Massachusetts) -- With voters to consider repealing Massachusetts’ controversial casino law in November, local officials and gambling experts say there’s...
article MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION: New casino applicants allowed in S.E. region
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling officials pushed back the region’s licensure schedule last Thursday and voted to allow new applicants into the process. “If...
article Casino question could be confusing
(Massachusetts) -- Four months from now voters will go to the polls to decide the fate of casinos in the Commonwealth, but voting “Yes” or “No”...
article Why Opening a Casino Is a Terrible Idea
(Massachusetts) -- A number of smaller towns are opening up casinos in the hopes of emulating the success of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. As far as economic development...

7/3/2014

article Editorial: Hold casino bets until voters decide
(Massachusetts) -- When the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled last week that a referendum question to repeal the 2011 law authorizing gaming in Massachusetts...
article Hotly debated Mass. casino repeal will be Question 3
(Massachusetts) -- It seems the most mundane of bureaucratic tasks: assigning numbers to the state’s ballot questions. But the numbers, unveiled Thursday, will...
article Revere mayor took donations from men tied to Wynn plan
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Daniel Rizzo of Revere, a supporter of a Mohegan Sun casino planned for his city, has blasted a rival proposal by Wynn Resorts over allegations...

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