casino referendum

New England News
1:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Hard Rock Official Discusses Casino Referendum Campaign

Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland at the casino referendum campaign headquarters in West Springfield, MA.
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The campaign to convince voters in West  Springfield ,Massachusetts to ratify a development deal  for a resort casino was formally launched Tuesday evening.  Officials with Hard Rock Hotels and Casino hosted about 50 people for a cook-out at its newly opened campaign headquarters for the September 10th referendum.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland about the pro-casino campaign.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

More Voter Referendums On Gaming Projects Set In Massachusetts

Hard Rock has begun the campaign to convince voters in West Springfield, Massachusetts to endorse the company’s plan for a resort casino. It will be the second western Massachusetts casino project to face a make or break referendum.

       Hard Rock officials will host a public grand opening Tuesday for the campaign headquarters for the September 10th casino referendum.  The event will mark the formal launch of the “West Side Yes” pro-casino campaign. 

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New England News
7:16 am
Mon July 22, 2013

West Springfield Expected To Set Casino Vote Soon

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The town council in West Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a meeting to set a date for a voter referendum on the casino development deal proposed by Hard Rock International.

The President of Hard Rock New England said he'll ask the council when it meets on Tuesday to schedule the referendum for Sept. 10, before the start of the Big E expo the following weekend.

Hard Rock wants to build an $800 million resort casino on part of the Eastern States Exhibition fairgrounds.

Springfield voters last week approved a casino development deal with MGM Resorts.

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New England News
12:13 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

MGM Wins Voter Approval For Springfield Casino

An artist rendering of the project MGM Resorts International hopes to build in Springfield, MA
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MGM Resorts International has cleared a major hurdle in the competition to build a casino in western Massachusetts. Voters in Springfield, in a citywide referendum Tuesday, endorsed the company’s plan for an $800 million project in the south end of the city’s downtown.

       MGM officials declared a landslide victory after unofficial results from the Springfield election department showed the citywide referendum passed by 58 percent “yes” to 42 percent “no.”  Just under twenty-five percent of the city’s registered voters went to the polls.

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New England News
4:50 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Strong Turnout Reported For Springfield Casino Vote

Casino proponents and opponents seek the attention of voters arriving at the Springfield Boys and Girls Club where two polling places are located
Credit WAMC

Voter turnout is described as good for today’s casino referendum in Springfield Massachusetts. Voters will either endorse or reject an $800 million casino development proposed for downtown Springfield by MGM Resorts.

   Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola said it appears voter turnout is on pace to reach 25 percent by the time the polls close at 8 p.m.   That would be considered a good turnout, and a far cry better than three weeks ago when just 15 percent of the city’s voters went to the polls for the special election for U.S. Senate.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Clergy Urge "No" Vote On Springfield Casino

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Clergy in western Massachusetts vow to spread an anti-casino message in advance of next Tuesday’s  voter referendum in Springfield on MGM Resorts’ $800 million project. The casino operator on Monday promoted  opportunities for minority and women owned businesses.

       Pastors representing the Council of Churches of Western Massachusetts announced plans at a Monday news conference to hold an anti-casino rally, stage  leaflet drops, publish a position paper and have people stand in front of dozens of churches this weekend holding signs urging a “no” vote next Tuesday.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Anti-casino Forum Draws Large Crowd

Scott Harshbarger, the former Massachusetts Attorney General and former president of Common Cause, addresses the audience at an anti-casino forum in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

Opponents of casino gambling rallied supporters in Springfield, Massachusetts last night where a citywide referendum on MGM Resorts’ $800 million casino development is less than three weeks away.

      A crowd of about 300 people sat in the sweltering hot sanctuary of Christ Church Cathedral and applauded as speakers denounced what they said were the false promises of the gambling industry.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Casino Opponents To Speak In Springfield

A group working to defeat next month’s casino referendum in Springfield Massachusetts is holding a campaign kickoff event this Wednesday.  One of the scheduled speakers is Robert Steele. He is a former Congressman from Connecticut who witnessed the growth of casino gambling in Connecticut in the 1990s. He is the author of the novel, The Curse: Big-time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town.

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New England News
12:19 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Springfield Casino Vote To Be Held Before State Completes Background Probes

A rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino development in Springfield, MA
Credit MGM Springfield

City officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have begun a voter education campaign in advance of the July 16th referendum on the casino project proposed by MGM Resorts.  Supporters of a  rival casino project in western Massachusetts are also gearing up for a referendum campaign, although no date has been set for the vote in Palmer.

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New England News
4:19 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Springfield Casino Vote Will Not Be On June 25th

There will be no casino referendum in Springfield on June 25th , the same day voters  head to the polls in Massachusetts for the special Senate election.

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