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Commission hears arguments on Taunton tribal casino

FALL RIVER — Mashpee Wampanoag chairman Cedric Cromwell boldly predicted Thursday that his tribe will overcome legal obstacles this year to building a Taunton tribal casino and urged the state gambling commission to extend a ban on commercial casino development in Southeastern Massachusetts.

Moments later, state Representative Robert Koczera, a New Bedford Democrat, said the tribe faces “insurmountable obstacles” and passionately urged the commission to immediately open the region to commercial bidders.

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