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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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10/30/2014

article Massachusetts Reconsiders Bet on Legal Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Three years after a state law paved the way for legalized casino gambling in Massachusetts, voters are set to decide next week whether New England...
article MGM Springfield, Repeal the Casino Deal continue debate on ballot question 3
(Massachusetts) -- In just six days, Massachusetts voters will determine the fate of casinos in the Bay State, as they decide on whether or not to repeal the gaming law...
article Question 3 on state ballot would repeal 2011 law for licensing up to three resort casinos in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Voters Tuesday will decide whether to repeal the 2011 casino gaming law allowing the state to license up to three resort casinos and one slot parlor...
article Question 3 will decide fate of four Massachusetts casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Anti-gambling groups and residents worried about the social and financial impacts of casinos will have one last chance to repel them from the state at...
article The problem with gambling research
(Massachusetts) -- Casino gaming is on the rise across much of the developed world, with governments increasingly unable to resist the allure of windfall taxes and a...

10/29/2014

article Anti-casino coalition members say economic benefits of Springfield gaming facility illusory
(Massachusetts) -- Representatives of the "Repeal the Casino Deal" campaign said on Monday the short-term job gains promised by casino companies will not...
article Casino opponents destroy a slot machine on the State House steps
(Massachusetts) -- Those that hope to repeal the state’s gaming law wanted to send a clear message: they are going to smash casinos out of Massachusetts one way or...
article Massachusetts Question 3 debate: MGM Springfield president, Repeal the Casino Deal coordinator offer sharp disagreement on casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Michael Mathis and Alan Cabot sat just a few feet apart during a debate at the CBS 3 studio in downtown Springfield on Wednesday, but they were miles...
article MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis says casino will provide jobs, an issue resonating with voters
(Massachusetts) -- With less than one week remaining until Election Day – when the fate of the state's casino law will be decided, MGM Springfield President...
article Republican candidate for treasurer visits Plainridge Park Casino, opposes repeal of state gambling law
(Massachusetts) -- Mike Heffernan, the Republican candidate for state treasurer, toured the construction site of Plainridge Park Casino Tuesday and urged voters to...
article Jendrysik: Legalized gaming debate can last a lifetime
(Massachusetts) -- As the commonwealth of Massachusetts stumbles down the road to legalizing casino gambling, the Nov. 4 election provides this former economics teacher...

10/28/2014

article Boston Globe: 'Pull The Plug On Flawed Casino Law'
(Massachusetts) -- The Boston Globe came out with an editorial this week saying that the 2011 Massachusetts casino law is a rotten deal for state residents and the law...
article Some voters are still confused of casino question wording
(Massachusetts) -- Election Day is one week away and while voters may have made up their minds about casinos, many are still confused on how to vote on the ballot.
article Voters Can Repeal Law Allowing Massachusetts Casinos on Election Day
(Massachusetts) -- In the Capital Region, communities await a decision from the state on where a casino will be placed. Across the border in the Bay State, another type...
article Will all bets be off? Massachusetts voters to decide casino gambling's fate
(Massachusetts) -- Looking to rake in some much-needed cash, the Massachusetts legislature approved casino gambling in 2011. Bids were taken. Several licenses for slots...
article Wynn promises unique design for Everett hotel
(Massachusetts) -- Steve Wynn told financial analysts on Tuesday that he has finished the redesign of his proposed casino hotel in Everett and said the property will be...
article A Reply To Barney Frank's Liberal Case For Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Over at MassPoliticsProfs, Maurice Cunningham responds to former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank's op-ed making the liberal case for casinos.
article Lottery is monitoring the popularity of high-priced tickets
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Lottery players are shifting their buying habits, favoring higher-priced instant tickets over multi-state jackpot drawings, which has...

10/27/2014

article Critics say casino mogul delaying report until after referendum
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts has ignored its own deadline for filing a detailed traffic report for its Everett casino in a move casino repeal advocates view as an...
article Wynn Resorts discussing pollution cleanup at Everett casino site
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts will discuss its plans to clean up the polluted, former chemical plant site in Everett where it wants to build a $1.6 billion resort...
article Wynning Bid in Boston
(Massachusetts) -- Steve Wynn and the city of Everett were the winners in the contest for the license for the Boston Metro casino zone, with Suffolk Downs and the...
article Casinos: A Losing Bet For Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos should have no place in Massachusetts, and Ballot Question 3 is our chance to stop them. (A “yes” vote on Question 3  says...
article I-Team: Casinos – The real impact
(Massachusetts) -- The question of casinos in Massachusetts has been a hot topic for over a decade. The state legislature approved a law for the creation of a limited...

10/26/2014

article Our View: Our views on the Mass. ballot questions
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters will decide four statewide ballot questions when they head to the polls on Nov. 4. The Editorial Board has heard the arguments...
article The gamble on Question 3: Casino projects hang in the balance
(Massachusetts) -- The Bay State’s foray into casino gambling has been a journey fraught with controversy and plot twists. The next chapter comes Nov. 4, when...
article Advocates and opponents: Candidates take sides on casino question
(Massachusetts) -- The candidates for state Senate for the 1st Plymouth and Bristol District have opposite views about the state’s gambling legislation, and...
article Casino law must go / Opponents: Casinos no quick economic fix
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos will ravage rather than rejuvenate the state's economy, gambling opponents say. And they hope the electorate from the Berkshires to Cape...
article Opinion: Preference and principle define ballot initiatives
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ marquee governor’s race features different flavors of moderate vying for votes in the middle. It’s all about...
article Place your bets: State voters to decide fate of casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Penn National Gaming has a license and its Plainville slot parlor is under construction. MGM and Wynn Resorts have been approved for casino licenses...
article Supporters urge 'no' on 3
(Massachusetts) -- Supporters of the state's casino legislation say massive projects planned for Springfield and Everett will transform the economies of two regions...
article Editorial: 'No' on Question 3
(Massachusetts) -- ISSUE: The proposed law would: 1) prohibit the Massachusetts Gaming Commission from issuing any license for a casino or other gaming establishment...
article Guest Opinion: Cast yes vote on Question 3 to stop Mass. casino mess
(Massachusetts) -- Not a single casino in Massachusetts has opened, yet we’ve seen headline after headline — grand jury indictments, allegations of cronyism...
article Ham: Stop casinos and legal larceny
(Massachusetts) -- It's about the money. The casino and slots slated for the state are about money. A powerful legislator dictated that gambling would expand and...
article Yes on Question 3: Pull the plug on flawed casino law
(Massachusetts) -- THROUGH THE looking glass of Massachusetts politics, yes means no, and casino gambling means sustainable economic development.

10/25/2014

article Casino supporters canvass Western Massachusetts urging to vote
(Massachusetts) -- Supporters gathered at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Springfield on Saturday morning to canvass Western Massachusetts and...
article Election 2014 Debate: Should Massachusetts’ Casino Law Be Repealed? [audio]
(Massachusetts) -- Today we look at Question 3 on the Massachusetts ballot, which allows voters to choose whether or not to repeal the state’s casino law.
article Pro-casino activists hitting the streets Saturday to urge a 'no' vote on ballot question repealing Massachusetts gaming law
(Massachusetts) -- With the hopes of increasing support for maintaining the Massachusetts law which paves the way for up to three casinos and a slots parlor in the...
article Repeal the Casino Deal produces 1st TV ad, seeks contributions to bring it to air
(Massachusetts) -- Anti-casino activists in Massachusetts have produced their first TV ad, but without the funds to bring it to broadcast, they are turning to their...
article Column: An Everett casino means regional problems
(Massachusetts) -- WHEN IT comes to Question 3 — that is, whether to repeal the state’s casino law — I’m a NIBBY voter. Not In Boston’s...
article VIEW FROM FRONT PORCH: Vote yes on Question 3 to benefit Cohasset
(Massachusetts) -- How many times in life have we said to ourselves, "Oh, if I could only do that over"? From large life decisions ("Did I actually marry...
article Incentive program to prevent overspending by gamblers proposed for Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- A customer sits in front of a slot machine, but before pulling the lever for the first time he pauses to voluntarily set a limit on the amount of...

10/24/2014

article BARNEY FRANK: The liberal case for casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Maybe it’s because I retired, but I apparently missed the meeting — the one in which it was decided that liberals should oppose casinos....
article Interfaith anti-casino gathering: Massachusetts policy 'is creating gambling addicts
(Massachusetts) -- "Really gratifying" is how organizer Steve Abdow described the turnout for Thursday's interfaith, anti-casino gathering at the Greek...
article Trump critic: Mass. $$$, population can support casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters should pay no heed to one-time casino mogul Donald Trump's warnings that the casino market in the Northeast is already...
article Wynn to Hold Forum for Employment and Vendors
(Massachusetts) -- As soon as Wynn Resorts received the Greater Boston casino license, the calls began pouring in from potential employees and vendors. All of them had...

10/23/2014

article Groups rally for ballot questions on casino repeal, sick time
(Massachusetts) -- Clergy, academics, and other advocates urged support on Wednesday for ballot questions that would repeal the state casino law and provide many workers...
article Should Massachusetts Voters Overturn Casinos?
(Massachusetts) -- Question 3 on the Massachusetts ballot asks voters if they support or oppose the Bay State casino law. John Ribeiro of Repeal the Casino Deal and Jay...
article Incentive program proposed to prevent gambling overspending
(Massachusetts) -- A customer sits down in front of a slot machine, but before pulling the lever for the first time he pauses to voluntarily set a limit on the amount of...
article Revere, Track Union Files Lawsuit Against MGC for Wynn Decision
(Massachusetts) -- The City of Revere and a union representing some Suffolk Downs employees filed a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) last...

10/22/2014

article Gaming researcher debunks Trump remarks
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters should pay no heed to one-time casino mogul Donald Trump's warnings that the casino market in the Northeast is already...
article Casino backers spending heavily on TV ads
(Massachusetts) -- Pro-casino television ads by an industry -backed political group have run nearly 3,000 times on local broadcast stations, while underfunded gambling...
article Stop gaming debate on casino gambling
(Massachusetts) -- With the general election just two weeks away, the four referendum questions on the state ballot are getting almost as much attention as the governor...

10/21/2014

article Casino companies spend another $4.5 million to defeat casino repeal
(Massachusetts) -- The three licensed casino companies in Massachusetts, including MGM Resorts, have donated another $4.5 million to the campaign to oppose a repeal of...
article Casino Company Cash Continues To Dominate Ballot Question Spending In Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- All three companies slated to receive casino licenses in Massachusetts are spending millions to beat back a ballot question aiming to repeal the state...
article Casino firms spend heavily to fight repeal of law
(Massachusetts) -- Casino companies that have been awarded licenses in Massachusetts donated $4.5 million this month to a group fighting repeal of the state's casino...
article Travel company chairman is the leading donor to the casino repeal effort
(Massachusetts) -- The effort to repeal the state's 2011 casino law has attracted a number of Boston's deep-pocketed executives and philanthropists. But there...
article Trio charged in casino land sale
(Massachusetts) -- Convicted felon and mob associate Charles Lightbody was kept closely in the loop during the final weeks of negotiations to sell his Everett land to...

10/20/2014

article Question Three: Putting Casinos Before The People
(Massachusetts) -- After Massachusetts passed the casino law in 2011, the opposing views on expanded gambling seemed like a moot point. But the question of casinos is...
article Wynn makes its first donation to thwart the casino repeal ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- When casino operators Penn National and MGM started plowing millions into a campaign this summer to stop a ballot question that would repeal the state...
article Casino campaigns intensify in Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- With just two weeks until the statewide casino referendum, both sides of the “repeal” question are stepping up their campaign efforts.
article Owner's alleged mob ties could stall development of Middleboro property
(Massachusetts) -- The fate of nearly 170 acres of property in Middleboro could be tied up in federal court for years, now that its owner has been indicted for scheming...
article Proposal for horse racing in Brockton wins support
(Massachusetts) -- Plans to bring thoroughbred horse racing to Brockton for the first time in almost 15 years on Monday picked up the strong endorsement of Mayor Bill...

10/19/2014

article Casino opponents’ lottery forecast based on faulty data
(Massachusetts) -- Casino opponents are forecasting a doomsday for the Massachusetts Lottery if casinos are allowed to open in the state, but their predictions are not...
article Casino question could be a jackpot
(Massachusetts) -- Top union officials are vowing a strong Election Day turnout to defeat a casino-repeal ballot measure — a push that could prove the wild card...
article Jewish, Christian and Islamic Leaders Lead Anti-Casino Movement in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts state law passed in 2011 and approved by the legislature that allowed developments of casino’s in the state is now facing an...
article Editorial: No good reason to stop the casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts did not plunge recklessly into the casino business. It was debated for years, with considerable tugging back and forth between the...
article Lottery revenue threats challenge treasurer candidates
(Massachusetts) -- One of the biggest challenges facing the three candidates hoping to become the next Massachusetts treasurer is how to protect the state lottery from...
article MGM to meet with Indian Orchard Citizens Council on Question 3
(Massachusetts) -- Representatives from MGM Resorts International will meet with the Indian Orchard Citizens Council to discuss Question 3 on the November ballot. The...

10/18/2014

article Keller @ Large: New Poll Shows Support For Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- A new Boston Globe poll shows voters rejecting Question Three, the ballot question aiming to repeal the casino law. John Ribeiro was a key architect...
article Mass. voters to decide fate of casino law
(Massachusetts) -- In this suburb a few miles from the Rhode Island state line, construction crews are moving earth, pouring concrete and filling out the steel frame of...
article Question 3 – Gamble of a question
(Massachusetts) -- I’m not a huge fan of casinos. I don’t see them as a must have or a guiding light to save this state’s budget woes (nothing will be...
article Repeal the Casino Deal campaign stickers put on meters
(Massachusetts) -- Drivers may have noticed casino campaign signs in front of people’s homes, businesses, and even on parking meters in downtown Springfield.

10/17/2014

article Berwick to help casino foes raise $$$
(Massachusetts) -- Former candidate for governor Don Berwick is staying active in Massachusetts politics. A day after Democratic gubernatorial nominee Martha Coakley...
article Bishops urge support of ballot casino repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Casino tycoons assure Bay Staters that they will bring jobs and revenue here, but opponents call their pledge a bluff. The people opposed to expanded...
article Last chance to fix a bad bet
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Deval Patrick has promised that casinos will "spur economic growth in every region of the commonwealth." That's a tall order....
article Patrick mulls ballot questions
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Deval Patrick is ready to bring his strong approval rating to bear on four ballot questions, aiming to preserve gas-tax and gaming policies he...
article Repeal proponents: Casinos will cut local aid
(Massachusetts) -- The anti-casino ballot committee has released a report claiming the state’s expanded gambling law will deal a serious blow to lottery revenues,...

10/16/2014

article Ballot Question 3: Voters Decide Casino Fate
(Massachusetts) -- In the town of Plainville, five miles from Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium, construction is almost finished on a $225 million slot parlor set to...
article Fate of Casinos to Impact Central Mass
(Massachusetts) -- In less than three weeks Massachusetts will decide the fate of casinos in the state, something that stands to have an impact on Central Massachusetts...

10/15/2014

article Casino gaming might impact lottery revenue
(Massachusetts) -- Opponents of MGM Springfield, have been concerned not as many people will play the lottery if they’re gambling at the casino. The lottery brings...
article Massachusetts Will Vote on Question to Repeal Casino Gaming
(Massachusetts) -- Construction is busy at the Plainridge race track in Massachusetts, where Penn National Gaming is building a new slot parlor. Businesses along...
article MCMORROW: Charlestown’s stake in Wynn game
(Massachusetts) -- Ever since Steve Wynn proposed building a massive casino on a polluted riverfront lot in Everett, the wrangling over the facility has happened in the...
article VENNOCHI: Well-funded pro-casino ads tug at the heartstrings
(Massachusetts) -- James J. Murren, chairman of the board and CEO of MGM Resorts International, is a great salesman for casinos, especially the one he wants to build in...
article Casino funding goes to small-business loans
(Maryland) -- A granola company, a cafe and a contracting firm owned by a disabled veteran are the first three recipients of $700,000 in loans from a new Baltimore...

10/14/2014

article Massachusetts mayors denounce anti-casino study
(Massachusetts) -- A group of Massachusetts mayors and town executives are questioning a study released last week by anti-casino activists that claimed casinos would...
article Municipal leaders denounce anti-casino study that suggests casinos would hurt local revenue
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts mayors and town executives on Tuesday challenged a study by anti-casino activists that claims new casinos will reduce city and town...
article Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse to appear with Repeal the Casino deal supporters at public presentation featuring comedian, ex-congressman
(Massachusetts) -- Anyone in Western Massachusetts looking for more information about the casino repeal effort in the commonwealth will have an opportunity next week to...
article Plainville town manager joins others in opposing anti-gambling question
(Massachusetts) -- Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes, along with a group of casino supporters, is fighting back against claims that expanded gambling in Massachusetts...
article Treasurer: Casinos will not drain Lottery $$
(Massachusetts) -- State Treasurer Steve Grossman slammed claims by casino repeal advocates that gambling parlors will reduce Lottery profits by more than 20 percent and...
article Maryland Live! dealer training school leads to federal lawsuit
(Maryland) -- A federal class action lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Maryland Live! casino in Hanover claiming the casino's dealer school was a "prop"...

10/13/2014

article Author Robert Steele decries gambling
(Massachusetts) -- The promises coming from proponents of keeping gambling on the books in Massachusetts this election are not true, according to Connecticut author...

10/12/2014

article Pro-casino group launches third ad opposing repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Defenders of the state casino law will release a new television ad Saturday, highlighting the money Massachusetts gamblers spend in out-of-state...
article Voters to decide fate of state gaming with Question No. 3
(Massachusetts) -- Question 3 on the ballot for the Nov. 4 state election would repeal the state's Expanded Gaming Act of 2011, even though licenses have been...
article Fitzgerald: Casino ads don’t show gambling agony
(Massachusetts) -- By now you’ve probably seen the ad, showing an earnest working man in a hard hat telling viewers how family guys like him will be assured of...
article Fitzgerald: Clergy shouldn’t need ‘talking points’ to fight casinos
(Massachusetts) -- If you saw the story in yesterday’s Herald telling of clergymen from across the commonwealth gathering under the majestic arches of Old South...

10/11/2014

article Richard Brunswick: Question 3 can stop casino mess before it starts
(Massachusetts) -- To the editor: I am writing to express my agreement with columnist Clare Higgins and a letter-writer in encouraging voters to vote yes on Question 3...
article The pros and cons of repealing the casino bill
(Massachusetts) -- There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call looks at Question 3, one of the four questions on the...

10/10/2014

article Pro-casino group launches third ad opposing repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Defenders of the state casino law will release a new television ad Saturday, highlighting the money Massachusetts gamblers spend in out-of-state...
article Baker says he'd try to save casino in Springfield — but not Everett or Plainville — if voters repeal gambling law
(Massachusetts) -- Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker said Friday he would seek to save a planned casino in Springfield even if voters repeal the state gambling law,...
article Charlie Baker says he would not fight for Everett casino, Plainville slots parlor, if voters reject gaming law
(Massachusetts) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker said he would not seek to keep the proposed Everett casino or Plainville slots parlor if voters...
article Mass. Treasurer Candidates Square Off Over Lottery, Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Candidates for Massachusetts’ Treasurer are debating the impact casinos could have on the state’s profitable lottery, which largely funds...
article Fitzgerald: Clergy shouldn’t need ‘talking points’ to fight casinos
(Massachusetts) -- If you saw the story in yesterday’s Herald telling of clergymen from across the commonwealth gathering under the majestic arches of Old South...
article Opinion: Why I’m voting for casino repeal
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission recently awarded a casino license to Wynn Resorts. ON NOV. 4 I’m going to vote “yes’’ on...

10/9/2014

article Poll: Casino repeal effort seems to be gaining momentum in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The effort to repeal the 2011 Massachusetts Expanded Gaming Act seems to be gaining momentum, with less than a month until election day.
article Pro- and anti-casino lawn signs as confusing as wording of Massachusetts ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola says her office has received several calls asking for clarification about Question 3 on the Nov. 4 ballot regarding...
article Vote no on Question 3: State needs the jobs casino will create
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Legislature and Gov. Deval Patrick created model legislation to authorize resort casinos. This law adopts new standards and best...
article Gaming Panel: Wynn in dark on land owners
(Massachusetts) -- THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION gave no indication Thursday whether it planned go back to the drawing board on a Greater Boston casino license...
article Massachusetts Gaming Commission brushes off concerns about Wynn casino proposal, indictments
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reemphasized its position that members acted appropriately while vetting the planned Wynn casino in Everett after...
article Regulators: No wrongdoing by Wynn in land sale scheme
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators say they see no wrongdoing by Wynn Resorts following last week’s arrest of three owners of the land the company wants...
article Suffolk Downs asks regulators to reevaluate casino choice
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators sounded unmoved Thursday by a request by Suffolk Downs officials to reconsider the selection last month of Wynn Resorts to...
article Suffolk Downs: We Still Want That Casino
(Massachusetts) -- Suffolk Downs is asking the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to reconsider its decision to award the Boston-area casino license to Wynn Resorts.
article Despite Question 3, Plainridge casino forges ahead
(Massachusetts) -- The fate of casino gambling in Massachusetts is far from certain as a ballot question that could nix it looms closer. But developers of the Plainridge...

10/8/2014

article Anti-casino group study: New casinos will hurt state lottery profits for municipalities
(Massachusetts) -- Anti-gambling activists, in a study released Wednesday, suggest local aid from state lottery profits will drop by as much as $103 million if and when...
article Anti-casino group: casinos will hurt town budgets
(Massachusetts) -- Anti-gambling activists are warning of devastating impacts it says new casinos will have on police, fire and other municipal government services.

10/7/2014

article Casinos, labor ante up to stop repeal vote
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling companies, organized labor and their supporters have pumped nearly $1.8 million into their political campaign to defeat November ballot...
article Question 3: Should the voters repeal casinos?
(Massachusetts) -- THE HOUSE AND SENATE. There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call looks at Question 3, one of the four...

10/6/2014

article Casino repeal campaign deals with cash shortfall
(Massachusetts) -- With four weeks to go before Election Day, casino opponents — already scrambling for funds to match the slick, industry-funded TV ads blanketing...
article Wynn Resorts joins campaign against casino repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts, which won the Greater Boston casino license last month, will join other local license holders in a statewide campaign against repeal of...
article ‘No On Question 3 Campaign’ Gets Energized in Everett, Revere
(Massachusetts) -- Only minutes had gone by after the decision by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) to award a casino license to Wynn Resorts before Everett...
article Construction at Plainridge Park Casino hits half-way mark, Plainville officials told
(Massachusetts) -- Construction of the new gambling facility at Plainridge Park Casino is more than half finished, but interior work will be extensive and time consuming...

10/5/2014

article Plainridge slots parlor construction moves ahead
(Massachusetts) -- Construction of the state’s lone slots casino is moving ahead on schedule, with no obvious signs of concern that a vote on Nov. 4 could stop...

10/4/2014

article Gambling opponent to visit SouthCoast
(Massachusetts) -- Former Connecticut Congressman Bob Steele will spend Wednesday spreading his anti-casino gospel throughout SouthCoast, discussing Connecticut's...
article Editorial: Indictments over Everett site give voters much to ponder
(Massachusetts) -- WHEN MEMBERS of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarded the Greater Boston casino license to Steve Wynn, they already knew there was something...

10/3/2014

article Wynn Resorts joins campaign against casino repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts, which won the Greater Boston casino license last month, will join other local license holders in a statewide campaign against repeal of...

10/2/2014

article Casino clash shaping up ahead of election
(Massachusetts) -- While casino opponents may not have a chance to square off against casino CEOs and the lawmakers who crafted the state’s expanded gambling law,...
article Casino repeal faces long odds
(Massachusetts) -- If gambling opponents could pick a political climate for a casino repeal vote, they could hardly do better than right now.
article Indictments fuel casino repeal group
(Massachusetts) -- The Repeal the Casino Deal group is seizing on the indictments of three men tied to the Everett site of Steve Wynn’s proposed gambling palace as...
article Majority of Massachusetts voters still support casino law, but repeal effort gaining momentum around potential home of MGM Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- While polling shows anti-casino activists are struggling to gain traction statewide with efforts to repeal the Massachusetts casino law, they are...
article Editorial: Steve Wynn’s whining
(Massachusetts) -- Since he first began poking around Massachusetts, casino mogul Steve Wynn has made it clear that he views his operations as a priceless gift to the...

10/1/2014

article Poll Finds Majority Oppose Casino Repeal
(Massachusetts) -- A new poll finds a majority of likely voters in Massachusetts say they’ll vote against repealing the state’s casino gambling law.
article Letter: Casino will harm Western MA
(Massachusetts) -- If you believe we Springfield-area residents can’t wait for a casino or believe it won’t affect you, consider this before voting on ballot...

9/30/2014

article Steve Tocco takes a victory lap on Wynn win
(Massachusetts) -- Perhaps one of the biggest gambles Steve Wynn ever made was trusting Steve Tocco. While former governor Bill Weld acted as Wynn’s lawyer and...

9/29/2014

article Boston casino not yet a clear Wynn
(Massachusetts) -- A gaming insider whose opinion is respected in the industry has a theory that Massachusetts gambling regulators unknowingly handed some momentum to...
article Lots of issues on voters' minds heading into Springfield gubernatorial debate
(Massachusetts) -- Raising the minimum wage. Repealing casino gambling. Restoring party balance to the Statehouse.
article DeLeo, Rosenberg turn down invitations to debate casino law
(Massachusetts) -- Legislative leaders who served as chief architects of the Massachusetts casino gambling law that’s now the target of a repeal effort have both...
article Governor Candidates Square Off In Springfield Debate
(Massachusetts) -- Squaring off, five candidates for governor came together in their first televised debate at City Stage in Springfield in a one hour debate Monday...
article New poll shows Charlie Baker, Martha Coakley deadlocked
(Massachusetts) -- Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker are deadlocked in the governor’s race and a ballot measure that would repeal the state...

9/27/2014

article Stonehill hosts events on casino ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- The Martin Institute at Stonehill College in Easton will host a luncheon event featuring members of the Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs Tuesday, Sept....
article Bleak future for New England thoroughbred racing
(Massachusetts) -- New England's storied thoroughbred racing industry looks like it's trotting to a close. Suffolk Downs, the region's lone remaining track,...

9/26/2014

article Gaming's Future in Massachusetts is Still Up in the Air
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts have won the two gaming licenses available in Massachusetts, but before they spend billions on their new resorts the...
article How Mass. Seeks To Deal With Problem Gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Even without casinos, gambling is big business in Massachusetts. The Lottery took in a record $4.8 billion last year — the equivalent of about $...
article OP/ED: Proposed Wynn casino will exacerbate Sullivan Square traffic
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission got it half right, albeit for the wrong reasons, when it rejected a casino license to Mohegan Sun for its proposal...

9/25/2014

article Crosby urges horseracing applicants to “get creative”
(Massachusetts) -- Facing criticism for their role in potentially extinguishing the live thoroughbred racing industry, state gambling commissioners stressed Thursday...
article State gambling commission seeks to keep door open for thoroughbred racing in Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission today signaled its willingness to accept “placeholder” applications from potential operators of...
article State gambling commission seeks to keep door open for thoroughbred racing in Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission today signaled its willingness to accept “placeholder” applications from potential operators of...

9/24/2014

article Coalition to Protect Mass. Jobs to focus on population centers in campaign to save state's casino gaming law
(Massachusetts) -- With just six weeks until the Massachusetts voters decide the fate of the state's 2011 casino law, the pro-casino movement is officially taking...
article Momentum on Side of Casinos in MA Repeal Effort
(Massachusetts) -- On November 4th, Massachusetts will decide the fate of casino gaming in the Bay State in the form of a ballot referendum. If approved, the Referendum...
article Pro-casino Group Campaigns To Defeat Massachusetts Ballot Question
(Massachusetts) -- A statewide campaign to fight repeal of the Massachusetts casino law had a formal kickoff in Springfield today.
article Cahill: AG’s crime unit should vet casino bidders
(Massachusetts) -- Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill said Wednesday that he would employ the AG’s organized crime task force to vet casino...

9/23/2014

article Both Sides in Casino Debate Plan Strategies for Ballot Question Vote
(Massachusetts) -- Casino supporters officially kicked off their statewide campaign on Tuesday to defeat an attempt to repeal the state’s gaming law.
article Casino Backers Launch Formal Campaign To Defeat Anti-Casino Ballot Measure
(Massachusetts) -- Casino supporters formally launched their campaign in Springfield Tuesday to oppose a ballot measure repealing Massachusetts’ casino law.
article Casino law ad focuses on jobs
(Massachusetts) -- In the first television commercial defending the state casino law, the City of Springfield stars as a financially stressed urban center that really,...

9/22/2014

article Casino law ad focuses on jobs
(Massachusetts) -- In the first television commercial defending the state casino law, the City of Springfield stars as a financially stressed urban center that really,...
article Wynning Bid in Boston
(Massachusetts) -- Steve Wynn and the city of Everett were the winners in the contest for the license for the Boston Metro casino zone, with Suffolk Downs and the...
article Casino Opponents Trying to Play David to Gaming Industry’s Goliath
(Massachusetts) -- Supporters of the casino repeal effort seem like they’re embracing the role of the underdog. Campaign finance filings released earlier this...
article Debt Piling Up For Anti-Casino Group
(Massachusetts) -- The group attempting to repeal the state’s casino law owes consultants, lawyers and supporters about $440,000 and has less than $11,000 in cash.
article Pro-casino group ramping up campaign spending
(Massachusetts) -- A casino-financed group seeking to defeat November's ballot question to repeal the state's gambling law is ramping up its campaign spending.
article Pro-casino group steps up spending to defeat anti-gambling ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- Led by the owners of Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, a casino-financed group seeking to defeat a November ballot question to repeal the state...
article Pro-casino group to launch campaign in Springfield to defeat statewide ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- The group organized to defeat the ballot question proposing to repeal the state's casino gambling law plan to formally launch its campaign Tuesday...
article Jeff McCormick, anti-casino candidate for governor, releases job creation plan in Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- Standing in front of the Main Street headquarters of MGM Springfield, candidate for governor Jeff McCormick said casinos are not the way to bring good...

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...

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