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Casino vote should be Nov. 5, and all should have a say

Mayor Menino hates the idea of letting the whole city vote on the proposed casino at the Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston. An ardent casino booster, Menino has done everything he can to clear away obstacles. He wants to confine the vote to just East Boston, where casino developers have poured money into a marketing blitz to soften up the electorate, and where the plan is thought more likely to win approval.

But according to the state Gaming Commission, that’s not Menino’s decision to make: Under the state’s gambling law, whether to allow the entire city to participate in the approval referendum is determined “by a vote of the local governing body.” If the Boston City Council orders a citywide referendum, Menino can’t veto its decision.

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