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Sides in fight over Massachusetts casino law ready to raise their voices

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MGM Resorts International via Springfield Republican / AP

This Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, file photo of an artist rendering provided by MGM Resorts International via The Republican shows part of a proposed casino complex in Springfield, Mass.

From an East Boston campaign office with creaky floors and used furniture, leaders of the statewide effort to repeal Massachusetts’ casino law are getting ready to throw their first punch against the billion-dollar business.

Canvassers next week will begin knocking on doors, and volunteers will crank up the phone banks, said Darek Barcikowski, manager of the Repeal the Casino Deal campaign.

Across town, the gambling companies that will defend the casino law are gearing up their own campaign, which is expected to cost more than $10 million.

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