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Smashing Casino Pumpkins at the Statehouse – VOTE YES on 3!

by MFI News

Yesterday, October 29,  MFI President Emeritus Kris Mineau had the distinct pleasure of smashing a slot machine with a sledge hammer in front of the Statehouse to emphasize VOTE YES on QUESTION 3! Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy,” and we can’t think of a more fitting epitaph for the scourge of casino gambling and […]

Mass. gaming commission hears for addicts

by mafamily

On Monday, the state gambling commission held a forum at North Shore Community College to develop strategies for minimizing the damages caused by problem gambling. The commission heard from gambling addicts, researchers and casino regulators. According to the Boston Globe, Scott Seely hit a $4,500 jackpot on a slot machine at a Connecticut casino and […]

Two Anti-Casino Events Where We Need YOU

by mafamily

From our friends at No Eastie Casino: Hi Neighbors, A Boston casino, with its big promises and flashy artist’s renderings, is going full-steam ahead — unless we step in and do something about it. We, the people, can say NO to this. The people of East Boston and Revere will have an opportunity to vote […]

Voters demonstrate that casino gambling is no “done deal”

by mafamily

Friends of the Family, Casino supporters rejoiced when the Legislature and Governor Patrick finally put their differences aside and approved three resort casinos for the Bay State. Their long battle to bring a Vegas culture to Massachusetts was finally over, and it was only a matter of time before the roulette wheels were spinning and […]

Freetown rejects tribal casino proposal

by mafamily

Another town has said no to casino gambling. Voters in Freetown voted Tuesday to reject a proposal by the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah to build a casino in the South Coast town. The non-binding referendum failed by a tally of 954-to-308. The federally recognized Quinnah tribe has proposed a $167 million casino, hotel, and retail […]

Speaker DeLeo shares fundraiser with Wampanoag tribe seeking casino

by mafamily

According to the Boston Herald, a fundraiser for House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and other Democrat legislators who have final say over a Mashpee Wampanoag casino bid is also on the tribe’s payroll as a public relations consultant. Brooke Scannell is a $3,000-a-month fundraiser for DeLeo’s PAC, Committee for a Democratic House, as well as […]

Casino industry spent millions to win in Massachusetts

by mafamily

According to Steve LeBlanc writing for the AP, the casino industry “hired a small army of lobbyists” who steadily made the argument for expanded gambling. A review by the AP of state lobbying records, in just the past five years, the gambling total reach $11.4 million. Since 2007, the total gambling lobbying jumped from $1.3 […]

Opponents of casino gambling meet

by mafamily

United to Stop Slots in Massachusetts recently held a conference where citizens committed to prevent casinos from coming to the Bay State shared ideas and created goals for the ongoing effort. The group agreed to continue to move forward with the following goals: Support the “Repeal the Deal” effort to place a referendum on the […]

A shifting strategy on fighting casino gambling

by mafamily

  Dear Friends of the Family, This week we received the news we partially expected, but had hoped would not come. Attorney General Martha Coakley has determined that the newly passed casino bill is an appropriations bill and thereby, per the MA Constitution, exempt from a citizens petition effort to repeal the law. In a […]

Boston Globe points out “cautionary tale” of Mohegan Sun

by mafamily

On Monday, the Boston Globe wrote about the Mohegan Sun casino in Montville, Connecticut. Right from the beginning the author points out the “cautionary tale for those who see casinos as economic saviors.” The self-contained nature of the casino has limited its effect on many local businesses, and town and business leaders “Warn their Massachusetts […]