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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Kiss That Casino Goodbye: Wood Village Casino Measure Calls off Campaign

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Well, that was $5 million down the drain.

The backers of the plan to build "The Grange" casino/movie theater/hella big water slide in Wood Village are "suspending campaign operations," according to a statement from now-former campaign manager Stacey Dycus.

The campaign, backed by Canadian firm Clarivest, spent more than $5.2 million selling voters on the idea that building the casino would create jobs and revenue for Oregon. But the issue had dismal polling: Only 28 percent of voters supported the idea.

"Despite the enthusiasm that has greeted us as we literally made our way across Oregon, in the last few weeks it appears to the campaign team that not enough Oregon voters are ready to add a private casino to the state's gaming options," reads today's statement.

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