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Massachusetts’ fledgling casino watchdog has launched its pay-to-play license bidding system, offering gambling developers extra access to state officials in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in upfront application fees.

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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...

7/2/2014

article Boston takes pounding from Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Wednesday unanimously rejected a request from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to put the Greater Boston casino...
article It’s Business As Usual For The Mass. Gaming Commission, Despite Looming Ballot Question
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling officials are proceeding as usual, despite the looming ballot measure that could repeal the state’s casino law.
article Moran: Expect the endless spin of casino referendum ads
(Massachusetts) -- You will soon find yourself deeply involved in an intense courtship. Does that sound like a half-baked prediction from a stale fortune cookie, or...
article Patrick predicts voters will reject casino repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Back from Panama, Gov. Deval Patrick said he has found a lot to like in the fiscal 2015 state budget that landed on his desk Monday, and has few...
article Support for casino gaming in Massachusetts holding strong, WBUR poll concludes
(Massachusetts) -- A week after the state's highest court ruled that the voters of Massachusetts will get their chance to decide the fate of the 2011 Expanded Gaming...
article Two New Polls Show Support for Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- A couple of new polls point to continued majority support in Massachusetts for keeping the state’s casino legislation in place, but they bring...
article Boston's casino talks now head to arbitration despite Mayor Walsh's delay request
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Marty Walsh has tried to put it off as best as he could. But Boston now appears to be headed for arbitration to resolve disputes over how much...
article Gambling panel rejects Boston request to delay casino licensing
(Massachusetts) -- The state gaming commission today rejected an appeal by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh for a delay in the commission’s decision on a Greater...
article Gaming Commission Blocks Boston’s Request to Stall Casino License Process
(Massachusetts) -- The board responsible for awarding gambling licenses in Massachusetts denied Mayor Marty Walsh’s request to stall the process in the Greater...
article Gaming Commission shoots down Walsh request for license delay
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission today unanimously denied a request by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh to delay awarding the coveted Greater Boston...
article Marty Walsh mulls his next hand
(Massachusetts) -- A frustrated Mayor Martin J. Walsh yesterday didn’t rule out suing the Massachusetts Gaming Commission after it denied his request to delay...
article Massachusetts denies Boston request to delay casino license
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gaming regulators unanimously denied a request from Boston's mayor on Wednesday to delay awarding a casino license near the city...
article State gambling commission denies Mayor Walsh's request to delay Boston-area casino license
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators have turned down Boston's request to halt the eastern region casino license process until after the November election,...

7/1/2014

article Poll: Voters favor retaining state’s gambling law by slim margin
(Massachusetts) -- By a narrow margin, Greater Boston voters favor retaining the state’s new gambling law that allows for three casinos and one slot-machine parlor.
article Casino panel weighs delaying Boston-area license
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators will consider and possibly vote on Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's request to stop further action on the eastern region...
article Casino vote-delay hearing is today
(Massachusetts) -- The Gaming Commission will hold a hearing today on whether it should delay giving out the coveted Greater Boston casino license until after Bay State...
article Mass. Budget Bets Voters Don’t Repeal Casino Law
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts state budget approved by legislators on Monday relies on about $75 million in revenue from the new casinos and slot parlor, the same...
article Nucci: Casino board needs a dose of common sense
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is on yet another collision course with Mayor Marty Walsh and the city of Boston. And once again, it sounds like...
article Why A Repealed Casino Law Wouldn’t Affect The Mass. Budget Much
(Massachusetts) -- In recent days, there’s been some grumbling about a state budget that relies, in part, on gaming revenue that might disappear if voters repeal...
article Wynn to give hiring preference to Suffolk Downs employees
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts has a suggestion for Suffolk Downs employees worried that the East Boston racetrack may close: Come work for us.
article Is the casino market too saturated?
(Massachusetts) -- Atlantic City may lose three of its 12 casinos before the end of the summer, while New York is on the way to adding up to six. 22News discovered what...
article R.I. has stake in hedge fund angling for Massachusetts casino license
(Rhode Island) -- The looming threat to Rhode Island’s finances from the advent of casino gambling in Massachusetts brings with it a potentially awkward twist for...

6/30/2014

article Poll: Slim majority supports Massachusetts casino law
(Massachusetts) -- A new casino poll shows that a majority of voters would favor keeping the law in place, though it's a slim margin of the 400 people questioned.
article Ballot Buster in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Repeal the Casino Deal won a major victory last week when the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that its initiative that would repeal the Massachusetts...
article Costly casino campaign likely
(Massachusetts) -- Casino supporters have spent millions to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to Massachusetts — with limited success. Groups seeking to repeal the...
article Poll: Casino vote will be close
(Massachusetts) -- A new poll shows that a majority of voters would favor keeping the state's expanded casino gambling law in place, although the margin is too close...
article Anti-casino advocates call on lawmakers not to include casino revenues in $36b state budget
(Massachusetts) -- Anti-casino activists are calling on lawmakers not to include about $73 million in casino licensing and slot parlor revenues in the state budget they...
article State budget accord relies on casino money
(Massachusetts) -- House and Senate leaders reached compromise Sunday on a $36.5 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts Tuesday, but a Senate effort to...
article State budget gambles on 'phantom' casino funds
(Massachusetts) -- Lawmakers approved a $36.5 billion state budget that relies on $73 million in casino revenues that could evaporate if voters repeal the state’s...

6/29/2014

article High Stakes: Expensive campaign expected for casino question
(Massachusetts) -- Casino supporters have spent millions to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to Massachusetts — with limited success. Groups seeking to repeal the...
article Walsh seeks delay on casino decision
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh appealed Thursday to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to delay a decision on a Greater Boston casino license until voters...
article Our View: Better luck next time
(Massachusetts) -- If voters were to repeal the Commonwealth of Massachusetts gaming law in November, the Supreme Judicial Court's message to casino operators and...
article Majority may not be enough to repeal casino law
(Massachusetts) -- If Massachusetts voters repeal the state’s casino gambling law, they’ll need to do so by a wide margin or risk seeing the state...
article Mazzaglia: Will casino repeal succeed?
(Massachusetts) -- One of the most contentious issues in the commonwealth today can be summed up in a single word – casinos. Casinos were first identified as a...
article Opinion: In casino case, SJC delivers a setback to all vested interests
(Massachusetts) -- CASINO OPPONENTS and Martha Coakley’s gubernatorial rivals aren’t the only ones who should be pleased with last week’s big state...
article Campaign against casinos continues - Leominster opposers take fight statewide
(Massachusetts) -- Before last summer, Robert Young was just a resident minding his own business. Then The Cordish Cos. of Baltimore in July accounced the company would...
article Churches crucial to casino fight
(Massachusetts) -- When the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that voters have a right to decide in November whether to repeal the state’s casino law, it was due in no...
article Editorial: Walsh’s gaming gambit
(Massachusetts) -- The city of Boston has intentionally dragged its feet in negotiations with casino developers over mitigation. Now Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is calling...
article Gaming board pushes Boston on arbitration
(Massachusetts) -- The state Gaming Commission said yesterday it will hold Boston and casino developers to deadlines this week to select arbitrators and proceed with a...
article Pols & Politics: Walsh as mayor has ‘evolved’ on casinos
(Massachusetts) -- An “evolved” position — that would be the popular political spin. But Mayor Martin J. Walsh — God bless him — doesn...

6/28/2014

article A Decision of Seismic Proportions
(Massachusetts) -- Tuesday’s decision by the Supreme Judiclal Court ordering that the question of whether Massachusetts can issue licenses for casino gambling now...
article Casino decision could impact political landscape
(Massachusetts) -- When the state’s highest court this week cleared the way for voters to decide the fate of casinos, the Massachusetts political world scrambled...
article Editorial: No time for complacency on casino ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- The Supreme Judicial Court’s unanimous decision to allow a casino referendum onto the ballot in November doesn’t just put a fly in the...
article Caesars Entertainment Appeals Federal Judge Decision in Massachusetts Lawsuit
(Massachusetts) -- Caesars Entertainment will appeal a federal judge’s decision to dismiss its lawsuit against the top Massachusetts regulator, according to a...
article Gaming Commission To Weigh Boston’s Request To Halt Casino Process
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators agreed Friday to hear arguments next week and possibly rule on Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s request to suspend the...

6/27/2014

article Massachusetts Gaming Commission to consider halting Boston-area casino license until ballot question decided
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission at its meeting Wednesday will consider a motion to put the brakes on the granting of any casino licenses for the...
article Walsh asks casino regulators to halt process until vote
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Martin Walsh on Thursday asked state gambling regulators to halt the process for awarding the Boston-area casino license until after a November...
article MGM Springfield wins first casino license in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield, MA MGM Resorts International received a unanimous vote from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) approving an agreement to award MGM...

6/26/2014

article Casino decision for southeastern Mass. delayed
(Massachusetts) -- Competition for a casino license in southeastern Massachusetts is on track to get stiffer. State gambling officials on Thursday pushed back the region...
article Gaming panel issues new casino deadlines
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has extended the deadline to issue a commercial casino license in Southeastern Massachusetts until the end of...
article State opens door to more competition for casino licenses southeastern Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling officials on Thursday voted to accept new applicants for casino licenses in southeastern Massachusetts and granted more time to apply....
article Casino decision could impact political landscape
(Massachusetts) -- When the state’s highest court this week cleared the way for voters to decide the fate of casinos, the Massachusetts political world scrambled...
article Gov. Deval Patrick says he will vote against repeal of casino law
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Deval Patrick said on Thursday that he will vote against a ballot question that would repeal Massachusetts’ casino gaming law.
article Speaker: Casino ban would bring 'tough decisions'
(Massachusetts) -- House Speaker Robert DeLeo says state budget officials and lawmakers would have to make some "tough decisions" if voters repeal the casino...
article Walsh asking gaming panel to delay decision on casino license
(Massachusetts) -- The Walsh administration is asking the state Gaming Commission to delay making any decision on awarding the sole Boston area license until after a...
article Walsh seeks delay in awarding of casino license
(Massachusetts) -- Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh says he will ask the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to delay its decision on a Boston-area casino license. “Right...
article Casino ballot question a boost to Somerville officials after denial of mitigation request
(Massachusetts) -- Although Somerville is set to receive only a fraction of the impact mitigation it requested for a future Wynn casino in Everett, officials are hoping...
article EDITORIAL: Casino debate begins anew, and candidates must join in
(Massachusetts) -- Now that the Supreme Judicial Court has ordered that a referendum on repealing the state’s 2011 casino law appear on the November ballot, it...
article VENNOCHI: Scrap the casino idea — Boston is booming
(Massachusetts) -- Boston doesn’t need it anymore. The city’s booming economy is the best argument against building a Boston-area casino — and for...
article Caesars to appeal dismissed lawsuit against state
(Massachusetts) -- Caesars Entertainment has filed notice that it intends to appeal a federal judge's decision dismissing its lawsuit against the state's top...

6/25/2014

article Anti-Casino Ballot Question Will Dominate Mass. Governor’s Race, Analyst Says
(Massachusetts) -- The casino freight train that’s been roaring through Massachusetts ever since the state Legislature passed a casino law in 2011 could come to an...
article Casino firms may unite to fight repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Casino developers deeply invested in Massachusetts are discussing joining forces on a political campaign to protect the state’s 2011 casino law...
article Casino repeal activists vow to build on momentum
(Massachusetts) -- Three years ago, when the state’s casino law passed after years of debate, casino gambling in Massachusetts seemed all but inevitable. The fight...
article Casino repeal ballot could collide with licenses already granted
(Massachusetts) -- If voters repeal the state’s casino law in November, some developers could lose millions in fees already paid to the state. “There is no...
article Experts warn voters: Get ready for casino ad blitz
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling backers from across the country are ready to flood Massachusetts for a multi-million-dollar showdown against grass-roots anti-casino...
article Gambling foes court donors
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming foes biding their time until the state’s high court cleared a casino repeal ballot question are now being courted to put their money...
article House Speaker Robert DeLeo unsure if public vote on casino law will be final word on issue
(Massachusetts) -- Facing the sudden reality that Massachusetts voters could scrap the 2011 gaming law he authored, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Wednesday he would...
article Anti-casino group seeks to broaden its appeal
(Massachusetts) -- The anti-casino movement, which scored a huge victory when the state supreme court on Tuesday allowed a referendum on Massachusetts' gambling law...
article East Boston, Revere React To Casino Ballot Question
(Massachusetts) -- Residents on both sides of the casino debate are to Tuesday’s state Supreme Judicial Court ruling that voters will decide the fate of casinos.
article Evensen: Could Massachusetts lead nation away from gambling?
(Utah) -- Perhaps the biggest issue facing Massachusetts’ voters this November will have nothing to do with candidates for public office. It will be a citizens...
article Fate of Raynham park up to voters
(Massachusetts) -- Voters will again decide the fate of Raynham Park, this time with simulcast greyhound racing now on the line.
article MGM Meets with Potential Vendors, Suppliers One Day After SJC Ruling
(Massachusetts) -- The President of MGM Springfield spoke Wednesday at a breakfast meeting about plans to go forward with the casino project.
article On gambling, the state Supreme Judicial Court got it right
(Massachusetts) -- It’s always refreshing when justices weigh in with a good dose of common sense to countermand overreaching by government officials.
article WALKER: Longer odds for casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Perhaps we will wake up one day and discover that the notion of casinos and slots in Massachusetts was all just a long, strange dream.
article Raynham Park's Carney unfazed by proposed simulcast dog racing ban
(Massachusetts) -- The fate of Raynham Park will once again be in the hands of the voters, with simulcast greyhound racing now on the line.
article Gambling fight unsettled as special session nears
(Arkansas) -- Proponents of a bill to prevent the Arkansas lottery from expanding into video lottery games at multiple outlets haven't given up trying to prove to...

6/24/2014

article Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling clears way for casino law repeal vote in November
(Massachusetts) -- The state's Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that a question seeking the repeal of the state's casino law can go on the November ballot.
article Casino referendum vote: Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says he is optimistic, ready to support law
(Massachusetts) -- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said Tuesday he is optimistic and city leaders are prepared for an educational campaign to help convince voters statewide to...
article Casino repeal can be on ballot, state’s high court says
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s highest court decided Tuesday that a casino repeal measure can appear on the November ballot, touching off a ferocious referendum...
article Clearance of casino question raises political, budget stakes
(Massachusetts) -- The Supreme Judicial Court ruling paving the way for statewide debate over a November ballot question repealing the state's casino law is...
article Massachusetts court: Casino issue going to voters
(Massachusetts) -- The state’s highest court ruled Tuesday that voters can decide the fate of Massachusetts’ casino gambling law, throwing the future of...
article Plainridge owners to fight casino law repeal effort; court rules question can go on ballot
(Massachusetts) -- The state Supreme Judicial Court has overturned a decision by Attorney General Martha Coakley, ruling that a question asking voters to repeal a casino...
article Ruling on casino ballot question ‘healthy,’ Coakley says
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts high court’s ruling to permit a casino repeal to go before voters this fall was “healthy,” Attorney General Martha...
article Supreme Judicial Court rules anti-casino petition can go to voters
(Massachusetts) -- Casino opponents will be allowed to take their case directly to voters in November. The state Supreme Judicial Court ruled this morning that efforts...
article Boston Mayor Marty Walsh praises SJC decision on casinos, says ruling won't impact city's negotiations
(Massachusetts) -- The mayor of state's capital praised the state's highest court just hours after it issued a ruling on Tuesday clearing the way for a ballot...
article Casino backers, foes react to court's ruling
(Massachusetts) -- Reaction is pouring in after the state's highest court ruled that a question seeking to repeal the Massachusetts casino gambling law could appear...
article Casino opponents celebrate court decision allowing casino law repeal to proceed
(Massachusetts) -- Opponents of casino gaming in Massachusetts are celebrating after the state's highest court ruled Tuesday that it will allow the ballot question...
article East Boston, Revere Reacts To Casino Ballot Question
(Massachusetts) -- Residents on both sides of the casino debate are to Tuesday’s state Supreme Judicial Court ruling that voters will decide the fate of casinos.
article Gaming commission says it will continue its work
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission says it’s going to continue its work of reviewing casino proposals, even though a question on the November...
article LEUNG: Winners and losers in decision on casino repeal vote
(Massachusetts) -- The house always wins, but not this State House. The casino law was one of Beacon Hill’s biggest bets, and it could be a complete bust. Tuesday...
article Martha Coakley is 'pleased' with SJC's ruling on casino gambling repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Attorney General Martha Coakley told a room full of reporters on Tuesday that her position on casinos remains unchanged in light of the Supreme...
article Reaction to high court's decision allowing casino law repeal question to proceed to ballot
(Massachusetts) -- After the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced Tuesday it was allowing a question repealing the 2011 Expanded Gaming Act to proceed to the...
article Repeal possibility is a frustrating step back for some people
(Massachusetts) -- In Springfield where MGM hopes to build an $800 million resort casino, people have mixed feelings about the high court’s ruling. Massachusetts...
article Winning slots parlor disappointed, but says 'full steam ahead'
(Massachusetts) -- Penn National, which was awarded a license earlier this year to install slot machines at Plainridge Racecourse, expressed disappointment in the...
article Penn National Gaming: Ballot Question Ruling Won’t Slow Plainville Development
(Massachusetts) -- Penn National Gaming says this morning’s decision from the Supreme Judicial Court allowing for a ballot question this November that could lead...
article Attorney to assist town in plan to bring a casino
(Massachusetts) -- The Board of Selectmen entered an agreement with a Boston law firm to assist the community in negotiations to bring a casino to the town.
article Workers at Plainridge betting on project continuing
(Massachusetts) -- Trainer Steven Nason hasn’t had much time to process the news yet, but he already knows that the future holds a lot of question marks.

6/23/2014

article As casino surge continues in Northeast US, MGM says diversity of on-site entertainment options will make it long-lasting draw
(Massachusetts) -- Over the past decade, more casinos have opened in the Northeast United States than in any other part of the county, resulting in tough times for...
article Boston, casino companies extend impact aid talks
(Massachusetts) -- Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has asked for more time in the city's negotiations with Mohegan Sun and Wynn Resorts on financial compensation for the...
article Fitzgerald: Gambling bets on neglecting children
(Massachusetts) -- On its surface, it’s being framed as an environmental issue, prohibiting the inclusion of a day care center in Steve Wynn’s dream of...

6/21/2014

article New Bedford recommends November extension of casino deadline
(Massachusetts) -- City officials are asking the state's Gaming Commission to extend the region's casino application deadline to November, not the March 2015 cut...
article Alan Chartock: Poorest most easily hurt by casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Sometimes when you buy something, you find out later that you made a mistake. Unfortunately for you, you still own it. The rush to open casinos, both...

6/20/2014

article Cheat sheet: Casinos in Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- So tell me again what’s going on with casinos in this state? For years, Massachusetts gamblers have been losing money to the Connecticut tribal...
article Study: Casino Boom In Northeast Could Create Gaming Glut
(Massachusetts) -- Too many casinos, not enough people. That’s the take of a study by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, showing more casinos have opened in the...

6/19/2014

article Gambling commissioner James McHugh steps into the spotlight
(Massachusetts) -- Nobody calls state gambling commissioner James McHugh a media star or a quote machine. Throughout his two years on the casino panel, the 70-year-old...
article After initial fanfare, skepticism on casinos grows
(Massachusetts) -- On Friday the 13th, the morning after a full moon, gambling commission chairman Stephen Crosby’s car broke down on his way to Springfield for a...
article Boston Globe Poll: Voters Would Approve Casinos Again
(Massachusetts) -- If given the chance, Massachusetts voters would still support bringing casinos to the state, according to a new poll by The Boston Globe. One-third of...
article Poll shows Mass. voters still support casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters still support Las Vegas-style gaming in the state, even as they’ve soured on the commission charged with selecting casino...
article OP/ED: Casino Could Be Bad Bet For Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- A casino in Springfield, Mass., is not a done deal — yet. But last week's announcement by the Massachusetts gambling commission that it...
article Five ways casinos are shaping this election season
(Massachusetts) -- Pitting unions against social liberals: 1Two key Democratic constituencies; opposite sides of the issue. The unions representing the building trades...

6/18/2014

article Casino opponents confident question will be on ballot
(Massachusetts) -- The group behind a push to repeal casino gambling in the Bay State plans to hand in 26,000 signatures supporting their ballot initiative Wednesday.
article Massachusetts casino foes say they can get repeal on ballot
(Massachusetts) -- An effort to repeal a 2011 Massachusetts law allowing casinos in the state took a step forward on Wednesday, as opponents said they had collected...
article Somerset hiring firm in pursuit of resort casino
(Massachusetts) -- The town fathers are ready to take the gamble. Selectmen signed a contract Wednesday night to hire on a contingency-fee basis a noted Boston law firm...

6/17/2014

article MGM Gets First Massachusetts Casino License
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts won the first casino license in Massachusetts last week for a proposed casino in Springfield (l.). But voters in the Bay State appear to...
article Anti-casino group: Enough signatures gathered to place repeal question on November ballot
(Massachusetts) -- Anti-casino group: Enough signatures gathered to place repeal question on November ballot
article Casino repeal activists say they have enough signatures
(Massachusetts) -- Casino repeal activists say they’ve collected more than twice the required signatures to clear the final hurdle to get on the November ballot....
article Casino repeal activists say they have enough signatures
(Massachusetts) -- Casino opponents said Tuesday that they had collected more than twice the signatures needed to bring a repeal measure before voters in November, if...
article Casino repeal supporters vow to continue fighting
(Massachusetts) -- A group trying to repeal casino legislation in Massachusetts said they will continue fighting to get a question on the ballot in November.
article Referendum looms over casino contracting effort
(Massachusetts) -- The state gaming panel is in a fevered race to license state contractors to work on the new Springfield gambling palace and the Plainville slots...
article Repeal the Casino Deal collects double the amount of signatures needed to maintain anti-casino ballot question's viability with court ruling pending
(Massachusetts) -- Anti-casino activists in Massachusetts report they have collected more than double the amount of signatures needed to keep a ballot question repealing...
article Boston's options limited as clock ticks down on possible casino deal
(Massachusetts) -- Time is running out for Boston to strike a host community agreement with the two proposed resort casinos in Everett and Revere.

6/15/2014

article MA Casino Gambling Update: What You Should Know
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling regulators named MGM Springfield as Massachusetts' first licensed casino Friday. Here's a look at the project and what's next in...

6/14/2014

article Casino Repeal Effort Clouds Gaming License Award
(Massachusetts) -- MGM got the nod Friday from Massachusetts gaming industry regulators to build a casino in Springfield. MGM officials celebrated their success in...
article Anti-casino group says it received warm welcome at Massachusetts Democratic Convention in Worcester
(Massachusetts) -- While Democrats on Beacon Hill led the charge in 2011 to put a law legalizing casinos on the books, anti-casino advocate John Ribeiro told the News...

6/13/2014

article Final Vote Gives Casino License To MGM In Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International received the full blessing of Massachusetts gambling regulators Friday to build and operate an $800 million casino in the...
article MGM Gets Approval to Build Massachusetts’ First Resort Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gambling regulators on Friday gave the green light to a planned $800 million MGM Resorts International casino in the western part of the...
article State signs agreement on Springfield casino plan
(Massachusetts) -- The state gambling commission voted to award the first Massachusetts resort casino license to MGM Resorts, an international company that greatly...
article Both Sides on Casino Issue Look to State Supreme Court Ruling
(Massachusetts) -- While the Massachusetts Gaming Commission names MGM Springfield the winner of the Western Massachusetts casino license, the license can’t be...
article Polls Find Casino Popularity On Decline in Massachsuetts
(Massachusetts) -- Public opinion on casinos is shifting in Massachusetts, as the state’s highest court now must decide on a ballot referendum to repeal...

6/12/2014

article Casino regulars weigh delaying Southeast license
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling officials are concerned Massachusetts won't see any viable casino proposals emerge in the Fall River/New Bedford area and are...
article Gaming commision may extend license deadline another 6 months
(Massachusetts) -- Concerned that no viable casino proposals will emerge in the Fall River/New Bedford area, state gambling regulators are considering delaying awarding...
article Casino site’s owner to sign pledge
(Massachusetts) -- The co-owner of the Everett property where Steve Wynn wants to build a casino has changed his mind and says he is willing to sign a pledge that he has...

6/11/2014

article Gaming Panel Gets Closer to Awarding State’s First Casino Resort License
(Massachusetts) -- The group that oversees gambling in Massachusetts has begun taking the final steps in the process of awarding the state’s first license for a...
article Bay State cools to casino popularity
(Massachusetts) -- Gaming is more popular and uni­versally accepted than ever, accord­ing to the results of a national poll released Tuesday by the American...
article Spinning the casino poll numbers
(Massachusetts) -- THE LATEST POLL on casino gambling in Massachusetts brings troubling news for the casino industry, while it’s sure to lift the spirits of...

6/10/2014

article Gaming Panel Gets Closer to Awarding State’s First Casino Resort License
(Massachusetts) -- The group that oversees gambling in Massachusetts has begun taking the final steps in the process of awarding the state’s first license for a...
article Keller @ Large: Casinos No Longer A Sure Bet For Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- Any day now, the state Supreme Judicial Court will issue its ruling on the legality of the initiative petition to stop casinos from coming to...
article Mass. Begins Review Of Proposed Springfield Casino
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators are beginning their final review of a proposed $800 million MGM casino in downtown Springfield that is in line to become...
article Nucci: Poll shows odds don’t favor casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Casino opponents, especially in Greater Boston, shouldn’t fold their hand yet. There’s been a dramatic shift in what Bay State voters...
article Plainville getting nervous about anti-gambling poll
(Massachusetts) -- Penn National Gaming has repeatedly said it is unconcerned with a referendum effort to repeal the state's casino law, but local officials are...
article Candidates clash on casinos, welfare at Suffolk-Herald debate
(Massachusetts) -- The five Democratic candidates for governor clashed on casinos, illegal immigration, and photo IDs on welfare cards during lively exchanges at today...
article Opinion: Lotteries — Robin Hood in reverse
(Massachusetts) -- WHEN JESUS said, “The poor you will always have with you,” who knew the Massachusetts Lottery would be around to make sure he was proved...

6/9/2014

article Is Mass. headed in the right direction?
(Massachusetts) -- There’s a new poll out today from Suffolk University and the Boston Herald, and while it deals mostly with the governor’s race, the...
article Poll finds support for casino gambling dropping in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Support for casino gambling is dropping in Massachusetts, according to a poll released Monday by the Suffolk University Political Research Center and...
article With state nearing decision on 1st casino license, poll shows voters still have doubts
(Massachusetts) -- While gambling regulators move closer to awarding the state's first resort casino license, a poll released on Monday suggests that many voters...

6/8/2014

article Voters flip-flop on casino issue
(Massachusetts) -- In a serious blow to expanded gambling in Massachusetts, a new Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll shows support for Las Vegas-style casinos has...

6/7/2014

article MGM poised to become state's 1st casino operator
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International is nearing a final ruling on its bid to become Massachusetts' first licensed casino operator, with a proposed $800...

6/5/2014

article Anti-casino expert relays issues with gaming to group at Liberal Club
(Massachusetts) -- When Congress opened casino gambling to poor American Indian tribes in 1988, it had no idea the Pandora’s box it would be opening when it passed...
article Casino enemies prepare for vote
(Massachusetts) -- An antigambling group that has fought for the right to vote on a casino repeal measure is now retooling for the next step: persuading people to vote...
article Boston Mayor Backing Off Casino Legal Fight
(Massachusetts) -- Boston’s new mayor is backing off legal threats to block the award of one of the most lucrative new casino licenses in U.S. gaming in a quiet...

6/2/2014

article GOP gubernatorial candidates Charlie Baker, Mark Fisher support allowing ballot question to repeal casino gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Both Republican candidates for governor said Monday that they would support putting a question on the Massachusetts ballot in November asking voters...
article Baker, Fisher talk health care, casinos, taxes
(Massachusetts) -- While they agreed on considering bringing the Olympics to the Boston area and in worrying about the impact of casinos, Shrewsbury businessman Mark...
article Gambling addiction group backtracks on email
(Massachusetts) -- A pair of email blasts from an agency in that helps gambling addicts — which is in line to receive a piece of the $5 million Bay State casinos will be...

6/1/2014

article First casino license could be awarded in mid-June
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ 1st license for a Las Vegas-style casino could be awarded as shortly as mid-June, following four straight days of meetings by...
article Gambling regulator to lawmakers: Revise casino law
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts' top gambling regulator is urging lawmakers to address employment and income tax provisions included in the 2011 casino law before...
article Gambling Regulator To Lawmakers: Revise Casino Law
(Massachusetts) -- Before the legislature breaks for summer, Massachusetts’ top gambling regulator wants lawmakers to address parts of the 2011 casino law dealing...
article Massachusetts on pace to be slowest state to open commercial casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The promise of revenue and jobs from legalized gaming in Massachusetts remains just that as circumstances throw roadblocks in front of a very...

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