Candidates For Mass. Treasurer Worry About Casinos’ Impact On Lottery

The treasurer chairs the lottery commission, which sends most of its profits to towns and cities to do with as they please. Democratic treasurer candidates say that lottery money will go down if casinos open and they say – for most communities – casino tax revenue won’t make up the difference.

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Candidates For 9th Hampden House District Agree On All But Guns


The three candidates vying for the seat now held by retiring Massachusetts state Representative Sean Curran of Springfield saw eye-to-eye on most of the issues discussed at a candidate roundtable. But as New England Public Radio’s Tom Relihan reports, they diverged on gun control.

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Agreement On Policy, If Not Tone, Among Republicans Vying To Replace Brewer


In a candidate roundtable, both Michael Valanzola and James Ehrhard said they are against the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline that would cut across the district. And both support tax relief and the repeal of the casino law. However, differences arose in how they would represent the district in a legislature dominated by Democrats.