I’ll be on New England Cable News’ “NewsNight” today at 7 p.m., talking about Glenn Marshall’s meltdown and the fate of the Middleborough casino with host Jim Braude.
Here’s your morning roundup of casino-related developments:
- Marshall is out as chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, with members refusing even to give him the 30-day grace period he had requested (Cape Cod Times).
- Marshall’s legal woes continue (Cape Cod Times).
- His false claims of war heroism will be reported to the FBI (The Day of New London, Conn.).
- More questions about how tribal funds were spent (Cape Cod Today).
- Officials of neighboring towns ask the Patrick administration to move slowly on the casino (Boston Globe).
- But Gov. Patrick blows the biggest decision of his tenure, reportedly deciding to endorse casino gambling (WBZ-TV). Perhaps this is just a pre-Labor Day trial balloon?
- Hal Brown spins like crazy (Casino-friend.com).
Obviously the Middleborough casino will never be built. The big-money players will move on once they realize that this will be tied up in the courts for years. Dissident tribal members are already suing in federal court. Middleborough casino opponents vow to keep fighting. The Jack Abramoff connection must be explored more deeply. In that context, New Bedford’s going to start looking better and better.
But casino gambling will be bad news anywhere, and I hope Patrick comes to his senses before making this official.
Update: This is hilarious. WBZ Radio (AM 1030) reports that Patrick’s office is denying that the governor has made up his mind, but WBZ-TV (Channel 4) is standing by its story.