Friday, May 22, 2009

Murray calls Deval Irrelevant, Ok's Powerball but not slots

So the differences in ethics reform has reached a new level of uncooperative name calling by the Senate President saying that Deval is irrelevant. This move is probably not going to help any of us and it will be very interesting to see if Deval vetoes the budget on principal. Not that he can do anything with it.

They approved a plan to join the Powerball lottery but removed slots on tracks.

They did vote to reject an amendment to delay the ending of greyhound racing by two years. This was a ballot question that passed to end greyhound racing by Jan 2010.

The House will take up a gambling bill this fall, but I wonder if the Mashpee Indians can still go ahead with their own casino on the Cape.

A new Harvard School of Public Health study out today confirms what most health officials already knew... Hard plastic drinking bottles that are made with bisphenol A are leaching the chemical into our bodies. One major concern is baby bottles when heated. The Chemical lobby has done well in the dissemination of propaganda to the State House. I would certainly warn any parent who is using these bottles to stop and replace with glass. It may take many more years before someone can correlate childrens diseases with bisphenol A, but the evidence is clear now and should not be ignored by any of us, regardless of whether the State passes the ban or not.

The Town passed a budget last night. While watching the slow and tedious procedure, I had to shake my head when supporters of the Cops in Town, voted to increase cruisers by two, when the Chief didn't ask for any. One full time position will be taken away in Town to pay for the cruisers, that I thought were paid form a grant. And it looks like the Concerts on the Common may not happen without Town support (20K) or some very big contributors and Town Meeting did not approve any help at all.

Rizoli rants, Willy's and Ms. McCarthey love for the cops, Mr. O Neil insulted by someone and more hatred towards SMOC seemed to dominate this year. The Wind Turbine by-law will come up next week and will be referred back to sponsor, so I'm told.

Gas is still going up, Mass Pike may do a wave through at tolls this weekend, NH said no to collecting any tax from Mass residents who shop in their State, and unemployment is this State has hit 8%. New credit car rules may slow down the companies from racking up unfair service fees, and Dick Chenney is back with more phyco babel about how fruitful it is torturing prisoners. And the market is up... go figure.


At May 22, 2009 at 1:50 PM , Blogger Framingham resident said...

Cheney is not the only one spewing psycho babel. If you watched town meeting last night you saw Framingham’sown version of that. These people get up just to hear themselves speak, not even to talk about anything that impacts the budget. No wonder town meeting goes on for so long. If they restricted the speakers to those that have a comment on something relevant to the budget, town meeting would have been over 2 weeks ago.

At May 22, 2009 at 2:00 PM , Blogger Can't think of a name said...

This is all just politics in motion here in MA. The governor can not veto the sales tax, they had enough votes to make that veto worthless, so he is just playing to the voters. Why were they even trying to extend the time for racing in the state? Like it or not, and I don’t like it, the voters said close in in 2010. What gives them the idea that they should over ride what their constituents said they wanted?

At May 22, 2009 at 2:48 PM , Blogger Old Blogger said...

Murray is not being a very good leader of the dems in the state when she is bad mouthing the sitting governor, who is the highest ranking dem in the state. She seems to think she is more powerful than the governor. She should read her organizational flow chart. Stupid woman making stupid remarks.

At May 22, 2009 at 3:44 PM , Blogger Old soldier said...

Why not allow gambling in the state. We need to make money, and that is a way to accomplish that. Look at the busloads of people going to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun every single day from MA. The money in their pockets is helping to keep CT up and running. Why not keep those funds in our own pockets?

At May 22, 2009 at 4:07 PM , Blogger Alpha Dog said...

Are the Wampanog indians really trying to put a casino on their land on the Cape? I had not heard anything about that.

At May 22, 2009 at 4:31 PM , Blogger Arnold said...

Why doesn’t the Herald ask all these losers not voting for the ethics reform why they are opposed to the reform. Might get some interesting answers. Not honest answers of course, but interesting. These people are so confident that they are not worried about refusing to release information to a newspaper. They do not care that makes them look like they have something to hide. They are so use to lying and cheating us that they seem to have forgotten we can fight back. I say we remind them.

At May 22, 2009 at 4:45 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

I gotta feel empathy for TMM's who really want to do some real work....some of the diatribes are so out of the picture. Ed tries his best I think.

As far as I know, the Wanmpanog's are federally recognized as a tribe now, which means they are sovereign nation and don't take orders from the white man. The site has been chosen in Middleboro but faces some serious challenges. I'm pretty sure the Governor can't stop them. They own the land now.

The track owners are friends with all the wrong people at the State House. The delay would have gave them more time to do something other than dog racing. I don't know why smaller casinos couldn't have been adapted to those places now. The track and it's land in Rhynam is bigger than the State of RI. As are the rest.

As we all know, whatever it is or was in casinos' would have been better to be debated now instead of the Fall, which means, further delays in revenue for the State.

At May 22, 2009 at 5:18 PM , Blogger James said...

I ask again, does this sort of thing really surprise anyone here in the Bay State? If it does, you sure have not been paying attention to the news lately. Same old, same old if you ask me.

At May 22, 2009 at 5:34 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

James.. yes it is... but this time.. our economy is in more trouble than I have ever seen and I've never heard or read more discourse from voters ever before.

I lived trough high mortgage rates in the early 70's, high employment in parts of the 80's and 90's, but I've never seen so much open resistance to meaningful change at the State House as I do now. With all this technology at our hands with web sites, blogs and home computers, we now have more access to more reveling info that can't be hidden from our view any longer.

It wasn't that long ago that we would have to wait for the news in the papers and write letters to our reps with postage. The information age has produced a bright light on the rats who have taken over our lives.


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