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Biddeford, Maine Mayor Pulls Back from Casino Campaign

27 September 2002

BIDDEFORD, Maine – As reported by the (Maine) Press Herald: "Bowing to public pressure, Mayor Donna Dion has abolished the city-sponsored Web link that extolled the virtues of a casino and labeled some casino opponents as `religious activists.'

"The Web site drew criticism from casino opponents, including some of Dion's fellow city councilors.

"The flap began a week ago, after Dion had been criticized for joining the political action committee representing the Passamaquoddy Tribe and Penobscot Indian Nation. The tribes want to build a $500 million casino in southern Maine.

"While many communities oppose a casino, Biddeford and Sanford officials are considering hosting the tribes' project, should the Legislature legalize casino gambling.

"…Casinos No!, a political action committee that is lobbying against a casino being built in Maine, praised Dion on Thursday for abolishing the pro-casino Web link…"

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