Rep. Tom Calter, (D – Kingston) says he’s for gambling in Massachusetts, but not in Middleboro. He seems confident that the Governor is on board with that.
Then, the Raynham Call prints this story about Rep. David Flynn (D – Bridgewater), who is suddenly on the fence about retiring. The article cites the following cryptic reasons for this change of heart:
Two years ago, Flynn, who wears the honorary title “House Dean” for his earliest Statehouse service, said he would be ready to call it quits in 2008 to spend more time with his family.Meanwhile, the BIA will be holding hearings in Middleboro and Mashpee...
Now, he says, there are many critical issues affecting his 8th Plymouth district constituents in Bridgewater, Raynham and Easton.
Topping his concerns are the budget, casinos, commuter rail, and the future of the Raynham dog track.
He says where the casino goes, so goes the train. If a planned gambling resort is licensed for Route 44 in Middleboro, 40 or 50 more trains will be running through Bridgewater 24 hours a day.
Palmer, East Boston, Plainville, New Bedford, Worcester, Chicopee. At the tracks, in the cities, in suburbia, in the countryside.
‘Round and ‘round and ‘round she goes, but where the casinos could land… nobody really knows.
So don’t do your victory dance just yet.
Deval is just as dead set on selling his casino plan as the Wampanoag Tribe is dead set on putting their casino in Middleboro.
Think they won't put one there if there's already casino in New Bedford? Did Foxwoods stop Mohegan Sun?
Still looking for a sure bet? Here it is. If Deval gets his way, three casinos will go up in someone’s backyard. And if that backyard isn’t in Middleboro, it doesn’t mean a thing. Because the Tribe will still try to put one there. They are following the Connecticut plan after all. That State fought casinos, too.
By making slots legal in Massachusetts at all, the welcome mat is being rolled out for them in Middleboro.
And a lot of legislators still just don’t understand that.
And remember, it’s not like the Governor sent the Tribe packing. According to this article in the Cape Cod Times:
State officials oppose the plan because the tribe did not build in adequate safeguards for environmental protection, zoning, transportation, labor, public safety, public health and consumer protection...
Sounds like nothing a good old State controlled commercial casino license couldn’t clear right up.
Folks, Gladys is sorry for the buzz kill. I know a lot of you see this development as a really hopeful sign. It’s just that I’ve watched what a game this has been for so many of the factions involved.
And speaking of games, think about this… what’s the quickest way to get rid of the opposition?
Let them think that they’ve won.