The Legislature and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission are in a power struggle over who controls the simulcasting of horse and greyhound races. The issue surfaced on Thursday at a meeting of the Gaming Commission, where the agency approved the sale of Suffolk Downs to a private developer. During its deliberations, the commission veered off into(...)
Members reject plea by Brockton developer to grant a commercial license regardless of Mashpee Wampanoag plans
The state’s Gaming Commission rejected a proposal by the developers of a Brockton casino plan to either expedite the licensing process or declare that it will issue a Southeast region gaming license regardless of what happens with the Mashpee Wampanoag plans for a Taunton gaming resort. Chairman Stephen Crosby, echoing a consensus among the five-member(...)
Is legal action next over Mashpee tribal land?
Now that the federal government has authorized the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to take more than 300 acres of land in Taunton and Mashpee into trust, the big question is whether the decision will be challenged in court. Tribal officials say a successful challenge is very unlikely, but all involved are treading very carefully. In its(...)
Letter writer worked for rivals of Wynn Resorts
THE MYSTERY FIGURE who spurred a state ethics investigation of Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby turns out to be Charles A. Baker III, a lawyer and top Democratic political operative who last year represented rivals of Wynn Resorts in the hunt for a Greater Boston casino license. Baker sent a letter to the State(...)