Both parties say no, labor yes on casino

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by Associated Press

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Posted on October 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Both sides of a fight over ballot measures authorizing Oregon's first nontribal casino are claiming new supporters.

The investors who would own the casino they're calling "The Grange" picked up backing from the AFL-CIO on Thursday after agreeing not to oppose efforts to unionize the casino staff.

Meanwhile, the opponents announced that the state Republican and Democratic parties had both come out against the proposal.

The proponents have touted jobs that would be created building and staffing the casino and the restaurants, hotel and theater that would be connected to it.

The union's backing is a boost to their claim that the casino would create quality jobs. Meanwhile, the opposition from both major political parties follows similar opposition from three former governors announced on Monday.

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