PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) — The second fight over gambling in Massachusetts pits the companies who have already won the right to operate casinos against mostly local activists who object to casinos largely on moral and religious grounds.
If approved, the Nov. 4 ballot question would make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to reverse course on casinos before the first one has even opened its doors. It comes as voters in six other states will decide whether to expand casino offerings this November.
Recent polls suggest the pro-casino side holds an advantage, but their lead has fluctuated, giving anti-casino forces hope.
Pro-casino supporters, meanwhile, are hammering their economic development and job creation message through slickly-produced television advertisements.