Senator Michael W. Morrissey of Quincy and Representative Brian P. Wallace of South Boston, both Democrats, will seek to amend a bill scheduled for debate in the state Senate today and in the House next week that would change the state's presidential primary from March 4 to Feb. 5.
The amendment calls for a nonbinding referendum that would ask primary voters: "Do you support the establishment of up to three resort casinos in Massachusetts?"
They may as well ask the electorate "do you think radiation is the best cancer treatment?" There are very few knowledgeable voters on casino issues. This is why we elect leaders to make these kinds of decisions, they're the ones who are supposed to research the issues and then engage with local constituents who have an expertise in the area or strong opinions.
However, if Beacon Hill reps are too cowardly to do that, they at least owe the populace the time to allow them to learn about the issue. They owe the populace a full-scale commissioned report on all the pros and cons, through the lens of statistical and other forms of analysis. There are dozens of questions with no answers yet - and still, greedy pro-casino people are ready to ignore all of them. Seriously, any person who would sign onto that amendment deserves a primary challenge.