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Casino Opponents Push For Ballot Question To Repeal Gaming Law

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A group of casino opponents in Massachusetts will hold a final drive this weekend to collect signatures to put a question on next November’s ballot to repeal the state’s gambling law.

The organization “ Repeal The Casino Deal” is hoping to exceed the goal this weekend to collect a total of 70,000 signatures of registered voters by the  Wednesday deadline.  Volunteers plan to canvass more than a dozen communities including West Springfield, Longmeadow,Hadley and Lenox, according to Steve Abdou one of the organization’s founders.          Casino opponents believe the state-wide repeal drive has picked up momentum as a result of votes in Palmer and East Boston earlier this month to reject proposed casinos.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.