MA losing casino chess game

Rhode Island and Connecticut seem determined to keep luring as many gamblers out of Massachusetts as they can.

Rhode Island voters and residents of Tiverton, Rhode Island, approved separate ballot questions this week that would allow the Twin River Management Group to build a $75 million casino complex just feet from the border with Fall River, Massachusetts.

Once the complex is completed in the summer of 2018, Twin River will be in a much better position to compete for Massachusetts gamblers. The Tiverton complex will be about 47 miles from the slots parlor in Plainville, Massachusetts, and a convenient option for gamblers throughout southeastern Massachusetts, where a proposed Indian casino is on hold.

Meanwhile, Connecticut’s two casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, are looking for a location in the Hartford area to jointly open a satellite casino designed to blunt the impact of the MGM casino under construction in Springfield.

In this casino chess game, it’s not exactly checkmate for Massachusetts but the state is clearly at a disadvantage for now, particularly in southeastern Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission chose the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s proposal for a casino in Taunton over a private developer’s bid for a license in Brockton. But the tribe’s plans were dealt a major setback when US District Court Judge William G. Young ruled the federal government erred in allowing the tribe to take the casino land into trust as a reservation. The tribe hasn’t given up, but for now the Mashpee Wampanoag casino is in limbo.

Lloyd Macdonald, a member of the Gaming Commission who voted against the Mashpee Wampanoag proposal and has warned all along that the tribal casino was a legal longshot, floated the idea this week that the election of Donald Trump could be more bad news for the tribe. The Boston Globe reports that casino operator Trump was no fan of Indian casino operators. In 1993, Trump angered Indian groups by challenging the legitimacy of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, which owns Foxwoods.

“Go up to Connecticut, and you look,” Trump told a congressional committee. “They don’t look like Indians to me.”



The golf pro at Springfield’s two municipal golf courses is fired as IRS agents swoop down on the clubs. (Masslive)

The New Bedford City Council is asking local lawmakers to introduce legislation to regulate off-road vehicles as riders of dirt bikes and ATVs are increasingly riding recklessly on streets and sidewalks. (Standard-Times)

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh trumpets the city’s passage of the Community Preservation Act on Tuesday. (Boston Herald)


Democrats who had been considering getting rid of the tradition of the filibuster if they won control of the Senate and the White House may instead use the parliamentary maneuver to block the Republican agenda. (New York Times)


In a surreal scene, the man nearly the entire establishment from left to right deemed temperamentally unfit for the presidency came to the White House and met for over an hour with the man who is president, whom he spent years falsely claiming was not constitutionally eligible to hold the office.  (Boston Globe) Why is Trump making nice with Democrats? Here’s one theory. (Business Insider)

With the election over, Donald Trump got his Twitter account back. (Huffington Post)

And so it begins: Covering the mindset of the soon-to-be leader of the free world one tweet at a time shows him to be have mixed thoughts — or at least spins — on the wave of protests his election has set off, as he went from confrontation to conciliation over the span of several hours. (Boston Globe)

Elaine Kamarck warns the president-elect that all that governing stuff is complicated and hard. (Boston Globe)

Elizabeth Warren could emerge as a prominent opposition voice during a Trump administration. (Boston Herald) In a speech yesterday to the AFL-CIO, she challenged Trump to make good on some of his populist themes, but her outreach had its limits as she reminded the crowd that “he encouraged a toxic stew of hatred and fear. We will stand up to bigotry. There is no compromise here.” (Boston Globe)

Donald Trump could salve some wounds within his own party and among women by tapping Sen. Kelly Ayotte as attorney general or even as a Supreme Court nominee. (National Review)

Newton Mayor Setti Warren says he won’t run for reelection next year, setting off speculation that he could be eyeing a Democratic run for governor in 2018. (Boston Herald)

A Herald editorial tells those already taking to the streets in protest of Trump’s election to grow up.

Family leave was at least a partial winner, as Trump has vowed to mandate six weeks of paid maternity leave, though his plan does not extend benefits to fathers or address child care issues for low-income residents. (Boston Globe)

FiveThirtyEight starts examining what went wrong with polling in the election.

Not to be forgotten in the wake of the stunning campaign and win by Trump is the class action fraud trial set to start later this month and a number of other civil and potential criminal cases against the president-elect. (U.S. News & World Report)

Reports are emerging of harassment by Trump supporters, including two incidents in the Boston area. (Boston Globe)


Stocks surge to record highs after the initial post-election jitters. (Boston Herald)

Marijuana may soon be legal, but bosses will still be able to just say no — and fire employees who blaze ahead anyway. (Boston Globe)

Major League Baseball is abandoning a long tradition of donating pre-printed World Series champions clothing from the losing team to impoverished children overseas and will instead destroy Cleveland Indians paraphernalia to protect licensing agreements. (ESPN)


UMass President Marty Meehan paid $975,000 for a condo in the Harbor Towers. He says he plans to do a lot of entertaining there. (Lowell Sun)

State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg has filed legislation to make college debt more transparent by notifying students of their total load and monthly payoff amount. (State House News Service)


More than 100,000 people signed up for health care under the Affordable Care Act the day after the election, the biggest surge for enrollment so far this year. (New York Times)

Don Berwick, a pediatrician, former federal health official, and one-time gubernatorial candidate, says he has no doubt Donald Trump and Congress will repeal Obamacare but doesn’t know how — or if — it will be replaced. (Greater Boston)

Hospitals, including Brigham and Women’s in Boston, are experimenting with having some patients with serious conditions treated at home with regular doctor and nurse visits. (Boston Globe)


Brian Lang, a union leader and member of the T’s Fiscal Management and Control Board, says Keolis was on the verge of walking away from its contract with the state this summer. (CommonWealth)


Ian Bowles, a former cabinet secretary to Deval Patrick and a person familiar with presidential transitions, says Massachusetts must continue to lead on clean energy but also needs new pipelines into the region. (CommonWealth)


A new report shows incarceration rates in Boston are heavily concentrated in minority neighborhoods and says the levels are tearing at the social fabric and further destabilizing these communities. (CommonWealth)

A state trooper who was acquitted of manslaughter in the motor vehicle deaths of a Carver woman and her daughter but found guilty of drunken driving and carrying a loaded weapon while intoxicated will serve 120 days in jail after a judge sentenced him to three years in the House of Correction but suspended all but four months. (Patriot Ledger)


President-elect Donald Trump breaks protocol on press access. (Associated Press)

A new book by Fox News’ anchor Megyn Kelly offers some disturbing anecdotes of retaliation by Donald Trump as well as his attempts to offer favors in exchange for positive coverage. (New York Times)


Gravelly voiced singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82. (New York Times)