UPDATE:Baldacci, immediately vetos approval of Tribes Racino

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UPDATE:Baldacci, immediately vetos approval of Tribes Racino

Gambling foes gird for statewide campaign
Wednesday, August 23, 2006 - Bangor Daily News

Supporters of a tribal racetrack casino in Washington County said Tuesday they believe they have enough signatures to place the matter before voters next year.

"We will be on the ballot," predicted Passamaquoddy tribal representative Fred Moore, whose group ended its petition drive last week after submitting an additional 8,000 signatures to state elections officials.

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[size=24]Indian racino backed[/size]
By Mal Leary, Capitol News Service

Thursday, March 29, 2007 - Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA - In a 12-1 vote the Legislature’s Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday supported a proposal to allow the Passamaquoddy Tribe to build and operate a racino and commercial racetrack in Washington Country.

But the panel’s deliberations — which included charges by one member that unnamed legislators had made racist comments about American Indians in Maine — may foreshadow an ugly debate by the full Legislature.

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[b]Tribal-racino backers feeling luckier this time around[/b]

By PAUL CARRIER, Staff Writer

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Backers of Washington County's bid for slot machines at a harness-racing track were thrilled when the Legislature sided with them twice back in 2005. But Gov. John Baldacci had the final say when he killed both bills with vetoes that the Legislature was unable to override.

"It all looked pretty good until the governor dropped the hammer," said Calais businessman and "racino" supporter John Marchese.

[url=http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/070401racino.html]SOURCE[/url]

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I can remember when Baldacci was a staunch supporter of a Casino not Racino in Washington County. Now that he has a racino in his hometown I doubt very much that he will show any kind of support for anything let alone a racino in Downeast Maine.

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Let them have it with only one stipulation.

It will only cost you $ 80,000,000 , refund of land claims
setllement.

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Hope it gets on the ballot that way I can vote against it..

No Slots for Maine!

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Lets vote on continuing the Lottery, as well. No Casino, No Slots, and NO LOTTERY!

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Sounds good to me close 'em all down. The lottery, like a casino, is a tax on people who are bad at math.

Anonymous
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[b]Tribe to earmark share of gambling proceeds for scholarships[/b]

April 4, 2007

AUGUSTA, Maine --Supporters of a proposed Indian-owned racino in Washington County said Wednesday they plan to earmark a share of its revenues for college scholarships and hope to win legislative backing for the citizen-initiated bill by a "veto-proof" two-thirds majority.

The Passamaquoddy Tribe said it would set aside 3.5 percent of the revenue from the harness racetrack and slot machine operation for scholarships at Washington County Community College that would be available to students statewide.

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Looks like the tribe has been watching Baldacci and company and has learned how to bribe the voters to get what they want.

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I am confused. I saw an article recently that indians in Maine get free tutuion at state schools. Why would they need these scholarships?

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The referendum goes down 53-47 percent. Bet on it. :lol:

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Let us not forget the elusive search for tax relief
that would satisfy us all. Given that is not going to happen
anytime soon, these things tend to gain support , since it offers
something to many at least initially!

Plus it is always a way to screw D. Bailey and his crowd.

It does not matter if taxes don't go up, when,they are too high to begin with.
Anything that will contribute in some way to an area and bring in
money then has some appeal.

Of course I wonder if this happened and it bettered Wash. Cty. would we see the end
of the "Two Maines" syndrome so populized by A. King and others! Doubtful!

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[quote]Why would they need these scholarships? [/quote]

From my interpretation of the press release, the scholarships would be for any Washington County resident.

But again, I'm expecting the referendum to tank - and here's why.

1. There's a lot of resentment toward Hollywood Slots from fraternal organizations and veterans' posts due to the loss of income from traditional gaming, like sealed tickets and bingo. Bills to authorize a limited number of poker machines and even to legalize Texas Hold 'Em tournaments for NPO's traditionally get shot down in Legislative committees. So this is a good opportunity for the Elks, Eagles, VFW and Legion members to get even. Disclaimer: I belong to three of the aforementioned groups and I will definitely vote "no."

2. Then there's the usual Christian fundamentalist anti-gambling vote. While their numbers aren't big, they do turn out. Ask Chandler Woodcock. How do you think he won the GOP nomination?

3. Finally, there's the anti-Native American bias. We don't like to admit it's there, but let's get real. The forged petitions and mail order drug company fiasco hasn't done much to enhance their image, either.

Anonymous
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[b]Penobscots ask OK for slots on Indian Island[/b]

By Glenn Adams, April 9, 2007

AUGUSTA, Maine --Representatives of the Penobscot Indian Nation asked Maine lawmakers Monday to allow them to operate 400 slot machines during high-stakes bingo games on their reservation on Indian Island, saying they need to compete with Bangor's Hollywood Slots.

[url=http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2007/04/09/penobscots_as...

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I believe that would violate the original claims
settlement i.e. no expansion of gambling on reservation!
Proof of this was attempt to go to York county and a racino in Wash. Cty., not on
reservations!
Yes , there is a bias , I recent it being manipiulated and used to assist those who
have been predjudiced in past, to have their guilt absolved , by voting for these proposals!

I believe in total equality , indian can have gambling establishment, whiteman
can have same!

Anonymous
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[b]Penobscots want slots on Indian Island[/b]
By Mal Leary, Capitol News Service

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA — Leaders of the Penobscot Indian Nation told lawmakers Monday that since the Hollywood Slots gambling facility opened in Bangor in late 2005, they have had a significant reduction in revenues from their high-stakes bingo games on Indian Island. They asked that 400 of the 1,500 slot machines allowed under current state law be allocated for their use.

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Bruce,

Unfortunately, no matter how you slice the 2-Maines pie, Washington County is still on the short end of almost every stick out there.

Anonymous
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[size=18]House votes yes on Down East tribal slot machines[/size]

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

AUGUSTA (AP) - The Maine House of Representatives voted 82-60 Tuesday in favor of a bill to allow the Passamaquoddy Indian Tribe to install slot machines at their proposed harness racing track in eastern Maine.

The bill now goes to the Senate and faces at least one more House vote. But even if it fails legislative passage, the initiated proposal is certain to go before voters next November.

[url=http://www.sunjournal.com/story/207113-3/MaineNews/House_votes_yes_on_Do...

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[b]Down East casino[/b]

Friday, April 13, 2007 - Bangor Daily News

Opponents of casinos may well disparage the economic impact of gambling as backhoes break ground on a $131 million Hollywood Slots facility in Bangor. But with the presence of this slots facility, approved statewide by voters, the question of gambling’s expansion becomes, as a matter of equity, a local one. The Legislature has understood this political change; the governor should too.

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[size=18]House passes bill allowing tribal racino[/size]

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - Bangor Daily News

The Maine House on Tuesday gave its final approval to a bill that would allow the Passamaquoddy Indian Tribe to develop a racetrack casino in eastern Maine, leaving only a final Senate vote before the measure is sent to the governor.

But the 84-59 vote in the House still lacked two-thirds majority that would be needed to override veto, which Gov. Baldacci has promised. An earlier Senate vote also narrowly missed the two-thirds threshold.

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Senate passes, Baldacci vetoes and House sends out racino bill
By Francis X. Quinn, April 26, 2007

AUGUSTA, Maine --Gov. John Baldacci, acting immediately after its enactment by the Senate, vetoed a measure Thursday that would allow the Passamaquoddy Indian Tribe to develop a racetrack casino in eastern Maine.

Concluding an expected chain of events, the House of Representatives upheld the veto right away, clearing the way for a statewide referendum on the racino proposal.

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This is what kills me - after the land claims settlement, at the time the largest in the nation, the Penobscots are still so poor they have to get discounted oil from Venezuela. And let's not forget PIN rx. Frankly, I do not have a lot of confidence in their ability to manage a business.

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"Felix Rodriguez, CEO of Citgo, with Governor Baldacci, meets Penobscot tribal Chief James Sappier. Maine's tribes will save $900,000 because of their Citgo agreement."

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[quote][b]Governor vetoes bill for Indian Island slots[/b]

By Portland Press Herald Staff Report
April 15, 2008 03:46 PM

Gov. John Baldacci has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the Penobscot Nation to operate slot machines on Indian Island in Old Town.

It would take two-thirds votes in both branches of the Legislature to override the veto.[/quote]

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Maine House sustains veto of Indian slots bill

By Glenn Adams
Associated Press Writer / April 15, 2008

AUGUSTA, Maine—Gov. John Baldacci vetoed a bill Tuesday to allow slot machines on Indian Island, saying it has not gone before voters, and lawmakers upheld the governor's action on a proposal that's been around since last year.
more stories like this

The House voted to sustain Baldacci's veto by a 94-49 tally, less than the two-thirds majority needed to override.

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Governor Vetoes L.D. 701, An Act to Authorize the Operation of Slot Machines on Indian Island in Old Town

April 15, 2008
Governor's Office

AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci today vetoed the bill L.D. 701, An Act to Authorize the Operation of Slot Machines on Indian Island in Old Town. In vetoing the bill, Governor Baldacci restated his position that an expansion of gambling must be approved by voters through the signature-gathering and referendum process.

The text of the veto message follows.

April 15, 2008

To the Honorable Members of the 123rd Maine Legislature:

I am enclosing L.D. 701, “An Act to Authorize the Operation of Slot Machines on Indian Island in Old Town,” which I am vetoing pursuant to Art. IV, Part III, Section 2 of the State Constitution.

My opposition to the expansion of gambling in Maine is well-documented and unwavering. In my view, such expansions must gain the approval of Maine’s voters via the signature-gathering and referendum processes set forth in Art. IV, Part III, Section 18 of the Maine Constitution. That is how expansions of gaming have traditionally been brought forward. While I recognize that L.D. 701 proposes a more modest expansion than prior proposals have, that should not alter the process. Gambling expansions of any size and scope so alter the fabric of the State that all of its citizens, not just the elected members of the Legislative and Executive branches, deserve an opportunity to be heard. Creating some sort of de minimis exception to this principle sends Maine down a perilous path, fraught with risk of unfair, arbitrary treatment among future gaming proposals.

I encourage the supporters of L.D. 701 to follow the examples from the past and give all of Maine’s citizens the opportunity to decide whether this expansion of gambling is in the best interests of the State.

With these concerns and commitments, I hereby veto L.D. 701 and respectfully urge you to sustain it.

Sincerely,

John E. Baldacci

Governor

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Other words:

You dumb legislators just because you think you're representing your
constituents and passed this bill don't expect me to sign it , I know better than any of you!

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