Newport voters have fought off a fully fledged casino at Newport Grand Slots Parlor twice in as many election cycles. Now a casino is in the works for Tiverton, and opposition is mounting... will the state ever give up it's love affair with gaming?
So Twin River’s parent company wants to build a new casino in Tiverton. The idea is likely to raise a few eyebrows, but RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it has to be done.
There are many Rhode Islanders who don’t believe that state government should be in the business of promoting gambling. Those critics point out the lottery games and slot-machine emporiums that speckle New England like daffodils these days are little more than cheap taxes on the poor.
Newport residents defeated the expansion of table games like poker and blackjack at Newport Grand slot parlor two years ago. But because casinos with table games are likely coming to southern Massachusetts, the issue is back on the ballot.
This time however, a team of developers want to buy Newport Grand, and they have a plan to sweeten the pot, hoping to get approval. As part of our Rhody Votes coverage Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender explains how the issue is dividing residents in this historic city by the sea.
One of the developers behind turning Newport Grand into a casino said he’s surprised that Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed has now come out against table games in Newport. Her comments came shortly after Wednesday night’s vote by the Newport City Council to reject a host agreement with developers.