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Ruling on casino ballot question ‘healthy,’ Coakley says

The Massachusetts high court’s ruling to permit a casino repeal to go before voters this fall was “healthy,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said today, while defending her effort to block it.

Coakley sought to portray the Supreme Judicial Court ruling as a natural step in the policy process.

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“I am pleased that the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled on this issue of great interest to voters in Massachusetts. I am pleased that they have made a decision that now lets this to go to the ballot. And we are working as we speak to certify the question. We made a decision, as we always do on ballot questions, based upon the facts and the law before us,” Coakley said.

“I think sometimes the law is not commonsensical, in fairness,” Coakley said at a news conference at her Boston office.

Coakley said she personally would vote against the ballot question that would strike the casino law from the state’s books.

The two-term attorney general, vying in a three-way primary for the Democratic nomination for governor, said she did not expect the court’s ruling to affect the campaign.

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