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Political Happy Hour with Joshua Miller

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Here’s your afternoon flask of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe.

BREAKING THIS AFTERNOON — MASS. GAMING COMMISSION APPROVES WYNN PROPOSAL, via Mark Arsenault, John R. Ellement and Martin Finucane on BostonGlobe.com: “The state gambling commission has approved a proposal for a glittering $1.6 billion Wynn Resorts casino in the city of Everett, a community just north of Boston. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-1 today to approve the proposal by the international casino giant, led by celebrity billionaire Steve Wynn, one of the most successful developers in casino history. The panel went forward with approval for the project, despite a question on the November ballot [Question 3] that would repeal the state law, enacted in 2011, that authorized three casinos and a slot machine parlor in the state. The Wynn Resorts project beat out a proposal by Mohegan Sun to build a casino in Revere, another city north of Boston, at the Suffolk Downs racetrack. ... ” http://bit.ly/XdhBH8

PHOTOS: http://bit.ly/1s5kFU8

WYNN EVERETT WEBSITE, with some jazzy music on its homepage: http://www.wynnineverett.com/

Quick response from a supporter of casino repeal — Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone tweets this afternoon: “I live within a mile of the proposed Wynn casino in Everett and never got a vote. #Yeson3 ...”

49 DAYS UNTIL THE ELECTION — WHICH MEANS ONLY 50 DAYS UNTIL THE 2016 CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF IN EARNEST

COMING ATTRACTIONS: New Jersey Governor and potential White House contender Chris Christie is set to campaign in New Hampshire tomorrow with GOP hopefuls Scott Brown, running for the US Senate, and Walt Havenstein, running for governor.

SUPER PAC LAUNCHES $500K EFFORT AGAINST SCOTT BROWN, from me on BostonGlobe.com: “A Democratic super PAC is attacking Republican Scott Brown with a new, hard-hitting TV ad that says he’s getting rich from his connection to a company that’s shipping jobs overseas. The 30-second spot begins with video of Brown, who is running to unseat incumbent US Senator Jeanne Shaheen, saying he will be nobody’s yes man. ‘But after losing in Massachusetts, Scott Brown said yes to a quarter-million dollars from this company that ships jobs overseas,’ a male narrator says in the negative spot from Senate Majority PAC, a group devoted to keeping Democrats in control of the US Senate. ...” http://bit.ly/ZolwlX

Here’s the spot: http://youtu.be/bKbKsEbm6vY

PAC IS PART OF BIG MONEY DEM FIREWALL AIMED AT PROTECTING SENATE CONTROL, via Matea Gold of the Washington Post: “If Democrats cling to their Senate majority this fall, it will be in large part because of a well-funded group connected to Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid that has helped build a formidable firewall around vulnerable incumbents. Senate Majority PAC, fueled by billionaires and labor unions, has been the biggest-spending super PAC of the 2014 midterm contests. Together with an allied tax-exempt group, Patriot Majority, the pro-Democratic effort has poured at least $36 million into ads and voter outreach ... The groups’ early, aggressive presence in pivotal Senate races spotlights how, four years after being dramatically outgunned in the outside money game, Democrats are now some of its most adept players. ...” Worth the click: http://wapo.st/XwMeYu

BIG ISSUE FOR PROGRESSIVE BASE IN MASSACHUSETTS — COMPANY SEEKS OK FOR PIPELINE, via Philip Marcelo of the Associated Press in Boston: “An energy company is seeking federal approvals for a natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition. Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday. ... Environmental activists said Tuesday that they intend to line up scientific and legal experts to challenge the proposal. ... Gov. Deval Patrick has said he remains skeptical about the ... proposal ... U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are among the Massachusetts politicians that have said they oppose the plan outright. ... ” Link via TheRepublic.com: http://bit.ly/1wod15w

DEMOCRAT SETH MOULTON, WHO BEAT CONGRESSMAN JOHN TIERNEY IN PRIMARY, IS UP WITH NEW VERSION OF A TV SPOT: The ad ends with Moulton, who faces Republican Richard Tisei, saying, “I’m Seth Moulton, and I approve this message because the politicians in Washington broke it, now you and I have to fix it.”

The 30-second spot, which the campaign said is backed by $80,000 over one week: http://youtu.be/C_ZVsptlMWY

WHO IS MORE EXCITED TO BE AT THIS MEETING? Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who is on a multi-nation trade mission, or London’s mayor, via a tweet from a Patrick spokeswoman, Heather Johnson: “London Mayor Boris Johnson and @MassGovernor talking urban infrastructure and innovation in transportation. #MAinEU pic.twitter.com/DZuoz1ceEG

THIS IS PRETTY CATCHY: Evan Falchuk, an independent candidate for Massachusetts governor, today released a campaign song (!). I wish more candidates did this. Ahem, Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker.

Song, oh so much worth the click: http://youtu.be/5soazRTaUsU

What’s your campaign theme song? Send word — or any comments, feedback or tart epistles — to me at joshua.miller@globe.com. I’m also on Twitter, @jm_bos.

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