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Horseshit In The Legislature

The Globe beat me to it, but I'm just now getting the chance to blast the state legislature for trying to increase the amount of...
By David S. Bernstein  |  November 16, 2011

Man with a load of mischief

According to the Maine Sunday Telegram, gambling is OK in Biddeford or Washington County, but if it happens in Lewiston, it's pure evil.
Casinos: money and morals
By AL DIAMON  |  November 04, 2011
Libertarian angst: My problem with casinos and slots

Libertarian angst: My problem with casinos and slots

I've got to admit that I find the whole casino-gambling/slots business to be very messy. It challenges my libertarian instincts. I've managed largely to reconcile...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  September 13, 2011
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Deval's Green Blues

The document in question contains the final regulations for the state's biomass subsidies, and according to environmentalists, the Patrick administration is planning to reverse its pre-election position — and fly in the face of good science — for the be
Long supported by the state's environmental organizations, Governor Patrick has started a war with them over biomass
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 02, 2011

Gaming Pushed Until Fall

A joint statement just came from senate president Therese Murray and house speaker Bob DeLeo, saying that expanded gaming legislation will not be debated in...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 13, 2011
In the triumphant 6/17 issue: Best Music Poll victors, Oxy Morons, and Teflon Deval on a winning streak

In the triumphant 6/17 issue: Best Music Poll victors, Oxy Morons, and Teflon Deval on a winning streak

It's been one hell of week for Boston -- a Stanley cup victory, a parade that drew over a million people. So, too, has it...
By Kevin Sviokla  |  June 20, 2011

Deval Patrick and Casinos in MA

Deval Patrick is on a second-term winning streak, and casinos might be the next payoff

Last summer, when Deval Patrick's veto killed a gaming bill in the final days of the legislative session, many thought he had badly damaged himself politically. He was, after all, the one who had pushed for casinos in Massachusetts almost from the day he
Gaming the system
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 17, 2011

Your credibility's shot

He used his ability to appeal to a significant minority of the electorate to propel himself and his pals into the governor's office.
Dennis Bailey's political advice falls flat
By AL DIAMON  |  May 06, 2011

The DeLeo Dilemma

The Massachusetts House of Representatives does not seem to be in a great rush to work on Governor Deval Patrick's and Senate President Therese Murray's...
By David S. Bernstein  |  April 06, 2011

Vote for casinos in Maine

If you're opposed to casinos in Maine, there's one way to make certain the state won't be overrun with noxious gambling emporiums sucking up every dollar of disposable income we have left: vote in favor of every single one of them.
Hit the jackpot
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2010

Portland Phoenix Endorsements: 2010 referenda

Yep, you have to answer a lot of questions in the voting booth this year. Here's what they're about, and how we think you should vote on them.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2010

New In The Phoenix -- Casino Winners And Losers

In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- online and in print now -- I write about the end of the Massachusetts legislative session...
By David S. Bernstein  |  August 05, 2010

Snake Eyes For Baker

Governor Deval Patrick has pushed for three casinos, but opposed slots at race tracks. His Republican challenger, Charlie Baker, supports one casino, to test the...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 31, 2010

I Think Terri Wins

In the final hours, as often happens, the deals were made to reconcile the differences between the two chambers, and a whole bunch of legislation is...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 31, 2010

Deval Proactively Reacts

Word was strategically getting around earlier today that the Massachusetts House and Senate were "getting to yes," as senate president Therese Murray has put it,...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 29, 2010

Pity The Dog Tracks? Really?

With the end of the 2009-'10 formal legislative session fast approaching, Beacon Hill is jammed up over the question of how to shove money into...
By David S. Bernstein  |  July 29, 2010

Wilkerson, Casinos, Firefighters, Cap-And-Trade

Lots of news going around yesterday and today. Some thoughts:--No surprise that Dianne Wilkerson is pleading out, three weeks before her trial was set to...
By David S. Bernstein  |  June 03, 2010

Casino Mania

Sweeping America ...
By DAVID KISH  |  March 05, 2010

Worth the gamble?

Just three years after Rhode Island voters killed plans for a full-scale, Vegas-style casino, big-time gambling is in the cards again.
A push for full-scale Vegas-style casinos is in the cards again. Can poker and craps save a state in freefall?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 18, 2009

Lighthouse Retrofit Plan

Your Casino Here
By DAVID KISH  |  November 06, 2009

Brogan takes on teens, social networking in Teaser

Former Providence Journal reporter Jan Brogan is out with her fourth mystery, Teaser .
Literary Life
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 28, 2009

All the ugly people

Why did Maine voters give overwhelming approval to a tax-repeal referendum on Nov. 4, while simultaneously returning to office even more of the Democratic legislators who passed the unpopular tax in the first place?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 12, 2008

The plebiscites

Olympia has promised to spend at least $112 million developing a large casino-resort-hotel, likely somewhere in the town of Oxford, roughly an hour’s drive north of Portland.
There are three referendum questions all Maine voters must consider on Election Day.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 29, 2008

No side bets

Opponents of legalized gaming in Massachusetts are celebrating the death this past week of Governor Deval Patrick’s bill to license casinos, which was crushed by a seemingly decisive margin of more than two-to-one.
The governor’s gaming legislation crapped out, but are casinos still alive in a compromise? Plus, a school-budget crisis could start a political firestorm.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 26, 2008