Casino supporters and opposition square off in debate

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With less than three weeks till election day, those in favor and against a proposed resort casino in Oxford presented their cases to business leaders in Southern Maine.

"One thing that no one is going to dispute is that there will be job creation as part of this proposal," said Rob Lally, speaking in favor of Question One on november's ballot.    "You look at the economy.  You look at unemployment.  We compete for that disposable income.  As a tourism industry, which is so critical to Maine, we have to compete for those dollars and a four season resort will definitely bring people to Maine."

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Debate examines Oxford County casino referendum

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The sides for and against a proposed casino in Oxford County will debate the statewide referendum question this week.

The Portland Regional Chamber is sponsoring the debate Wednesday morning in South Portland. The debate will be moderated by Chris Hall of the chamber.

In support of the casino will be Rob Lally of Black Bear Entertainment and Mount Abram Ski Resort, and Michael Chammings, town manager of Oxford.

In opposition will be Dennis Bailey of CasinosNO! and Dan Cashman representing Citizens Against the Oxford Casino.