Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Maine Voters Reject Passamaquoddy Casino

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The Passamaquoddy Tribe´s quest for a harness racetrack with 1,500 slot machines in Maine appears to have been rejected by a majority of Maine´s voters in yesterday´s referendum.

The Passamaquoddys had hoped to build a racetrack with slot machines and bingo but 52% of the voters were against it, based on 80% of the state´s precincts vote tallies.

Earlier this year, the state´s legislature passed a bill that would have authorized the tribe to build a racetrack and casino but the governor vetoed it. The sole casino operator in Maine is Penn National Gaming, the former owner of Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania.

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