It's time to stop the wahmbulances and actually do something about these casinos. We don't want them in Massachusetts - and luckily we have a Democratic process to stave them off. I did some legwork yesterday, calling both my local legislators, Representative Doug Peterson and Senator McGee. Senator McGee was the interesting phone call, because I didn't even ask to find out his position: he doesn't have one. In fact, it sounded as if he was going to decide for whichever side calls him the most. Let's make sure it's Team Progressive.
If you vote for Senator McGee - or even if you don't - here's his Beacon Hill number: (617) 722-1350. Be polite, because his office was very polite to me, and let's hope we can get him solidly on our side. Why? Not only is he a vote, but he's an important vote. Lynn, where McGee is from, is right next to one of the proposed sites - Wonderland - and has the state's only casino (that I know of), Horizon's Edge. But it also has myriad people who aren't exactly the type to support a casino in their backyard. We can win him over.
We need to start creating a master list of where everyone stands on this issue - or at least who we can sway to our side. These people need to be called over and over again. If anyone has any names to contribute, put it in the comments. If I can get a bunch, I'll post them to BMG and we'll go from there.