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Proposed North Fork casino could face statewide vote

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Gambling group set to deliver signatures

In the beginning of what could almost assuredly become a hot-button topic in California’s 2014 November election, a self-proclaimed gambling watchdog group said it will deliver the signatures necessary today to force a proposed Madera County casino’s gaming compact to a statewide vote.

The proposed gaming house by the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians would bring some 2,000 slot machines and an eventual hotel on a 300-acre parcel of land near Avenue 17 and State Route 99.

Ratified by the state legislature in June and approved by Gov. Jerry Brown, the compact between Brown and the tribe to build the casino has come under fire from several outside groups since its conception.

At the forefront of those critical groups is Stand Up for California, which has battled the North Fork casino and many like it for several years. It is responsible for a failed statewide referendum in 2008 similar to the one it currently seeks...


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