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South of the Border, a Casino Game of Thrones Begins…

UPDATED 3/12/15 11:13AM: For a correction on a quote. Senator Bobb Duff said, “bus out our jobs,” not “bust out our jobs.” HARTFORD—Determined to counter the expansion of gambling in Massachusetts and other nearby states, legislative leaders, tribes and organized labor here laid out plans to


Take My Council, Please: An Opening Bet for the Public’s Trust…

SPRINGFIELD—A cautious, but generally supportive City Council approved the first step of a casino ethics ordinance Monday evening signaling more debate, discussion and possible amendment in the weeks ahead. Ward 2 Councilor Michael Fenton, the body’s president, and Ward 7 Councilor Timothy Allen introduced the

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Springfield Casino Ethics As More Than a Game of Chance…?

SPRINGFIELD—Fresh from being sworn in for a second year as the City Council president, Ward 2 Councilor Michael Fenton kicked off the election year legislative session with a casino ethics ordinance that has turned heads across the state and the nation. The ordinance, an amendment

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Editorial: Springfield in a Post-Casino Referendum World…

The question of whether casinos are coming to Massachusetts and Springfield in particular is decided. Voters last week, as expected, retained the law establishing the “resort-style” facilities by a margin more or less consistent with polling. We opposed the law, opined against MGM Springfield and

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Make a Motion to Call the Question 3…

Four ballot questions will face voters’ judgment this November. Not only is this a fairly large amount of questions, but all of them are deep, substantive issues with far-reaching implications. That may be a little bit of an overstatement on some questions, but there is

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Briefings: Springfield Voters Take MGM’s Bet…

Tonight Springfield voters approved MGM’s plan for a “resort style” casino.  The Yes vote won by 16 points for a 58-42% win.  By most measures this would be a dramatic victory for MGM and its supporters and an ignominious loss for the opponents. While it

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Analysis: MGM’s Wizardry of the Odds…

After months of sniping and one-upsmanship, MGM, the Las Vegas-based casino developer, beat out Penn National to forge a community host agreement with the City of Springfield.  Mayor Domenic Sarno, in an at times mushy and naïve announcement, said that the South End proposal would