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Following the release of new state health guidelines, Hollywood Slots Casino in Bangor is reopening Friday at noon, a day after the Oxford Casino reopened its doors.

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The Maine Ethics Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the 80 percent reduction of a $500,000 penalty against two backers of last year's failed casino referendum.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A failed campaign to bring a third casino to Maine's York County cost about $146 for every vote in favor of the plan.
The political action committee Progress for Maine and a series of affiliated ballot question committees that funded a voter signature drive spent a combined $8.4 million on a citizen initiative that failed in a landslide loss. The Portland Press Herald reports that only 57,280 voters supported the casino compared to 285,372 who rejected it - an 83 to 17 percent margin.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine ethics commission is set to discuss its investigation into the financing of a failed, multimillion-dollar effort to build a third casino in the state.
The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning.

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The Maine Ethics Commission has delayed by a few days a decision on whether to penalize the campaign behind a casino proposed for York County.  The commission is investigating whether the campaign hid the source of over $4 million in funding for more than a year.

LISTEN: Maine Calling On The York County Casino Referendum

Oct 24, 2017
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Ballot Issue 1 on the November ballot reads: “An Act To Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County. Do you want to allow a certain company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and local approval, with part of the profits going to the specific programs described in the initiative?” Our panelists debate the pros and cons of the ballot measure.

PORTLAND, Maine - Officials behind a campaign to bring a new casino to Maine have picked a campground and mobile home park as a potential site.
The Portland Press Herald reports Progress for Maine identified the area in Old Orchard Beach in an economic development study released in September. The political action committee is backing a vote to bring the casino to York County.
A spokesman for the campaign downplayed the study Thursday, saying the site was only selected as a "base case'' scenario to determine the casino's potential economic impact.

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The two political action committees supporting and opposing the creation of a casino in York County have filed their first campaign finance reports.  So far, they have raised only a fraction of what's expected to be spent for the duration of the campaign.

Progress for Maine, the campaign committee supporting Question 1 on the ballot, has raised $1.8 million and spent $1.5 million, mostly for advertising. A Bad Deal for Maine, the group opposing the York county casino, has incurred debts of about $28,000 to set up the committee. 

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A controversial casino campaign already under investigation by the state agency that enforces election laws is about to get a new level of scrutiny from the Legislature.

PORTLAND, Maine - Supporters of a failed referendum proposal to create a casino in southern Maine have dropped an appeal.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced earlier this month that campaign fell short of submitting the necessary 62,123 voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Casino supporters delivered 91,294 total signatures, but only 35,518 were deemed valid.

Casino supporters announced that they were appealing to the state supreme court. But supporters reversed court this week, withdrawing the appeal on Tuesday.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters of a proposal to create a casino in southern Maine spent $2.9 million on the failed effort, making it one of the most expensive referendum campaigns in state history.

The Sun Journal reports that a Lewiston-based political consultant and former state lawmaker was paid more than $760,000 for the failed petition effort.

The figures are included in a report filed by the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine judge says the secretary of state was within his right to reject a referendum proposal to create a casino in southern Maine.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said the campaign fell short of the necessary signatures to make the ballot. One of the big reasons was that 32,526 signatures were deemed invalid because the signature of the circulator or the notary didn't match the signature on file with the state.

Justice Michaela Murphy sided Thursday with Dunlap.

A bill that would pave the way for a third casino in either Cumberland or York counties failed Wednesday in the Maine House.

Supporters of a citizens initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Maine have failed to qualify for the November ballot.

The secretary of state’s office has invalidated about 47,000 signatures, which means organizers have fallen short of the more than 61,000 signatures needed.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says his office works hard to follow a rigorous process that involves confirming that petition circulators are registered voters, that voter signatures match those that are kept on file and that they are properly notarized.

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FALMOUTH, Maine - Veterans advocates will try again Tuesday to win passage of a bill that would allow for another casino in southern Maine.