Political Happy Hour: June 23, 2015

Here’s your afternoon Nebuchadnezzar of politics, from Joshua Miller of the Boston Globe.

HELP ME MAKE A LIST OF THE TOP 20 MOMENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS POLITICAL HISTORY. Because it will be fun. Send one or two ideas of events that should make the cut, and I’ll start counting down next week. I suspect the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the drafting the Massachusetts Constitution will make the list. But does Deval Patrick’s 2006 election as the state’s first African-American governor? What about the 1919 Boston police strike, which boosted Calvin Coolidge’s national profile? Chappaquiddick? Scott Brown’s upset 2010 US Senate victory? The Mayflower Compact? JFK’s assassination? Send word: and @jm_bos

THAT MOST EXCITING OF OLYMPIC EVENTS — POLLING, via Jim O’Sullivan on “The US Olympic Committee, which will decide in the coming months whether to move ahead with Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics, has commissioned a poll of city residents to learn more about public opinion. ...”


OLYMPIC OPPONENTS ARE NOT BIG SPENDERS, via Fiona Molloy on “No Boston Olympics raised nearly $15,000 and spent just under $3,000 in the first quarter of the year, the co-chairman of the group told Boston Herald Radio ... today ... ‘We don’t need a lot of money to do well in this debate because we have the facts on our side,’ said Chris Dempsey. ...”

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GAMING CHIEF HAILS DAWN OF CASINO ERA IN MASSACHUSETTS, via Sean P. Murphy on “Speaking on the eve of the opening of the first casino in Massachusetts, state Gaming Commission chairman Stephen P. Crosby on Tuesday morning touted his agency’s role in bringing what he said would be as much as $400 million a year to the state in new tax revenue while creating 10,000 new jobs. ...”

CASINO COPY, via Plainridge’s website: “Good times, great food, and wicked winning begin on June 24, 2015 at Plainridge Park Casino, Massachusetts [sic] first and only casino. ...”

Is “wicked winning” something people say?


FOR YOUR RADAR, via press release: “The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate will welcome Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) to speak at the Institute on Monday, July 20th. Lewis will discuss voting rights issues, the importance of civic engagement and his work with the late Sen. Kennedy. ...”

NATIONAL — OBAMA NOTCHES VICTORY WITH TRADE VOTE, via Jonathan Weisman of the New York Times: “The Senate narrowly voted Tuesday to end debate on legislation granting President Obama enhanced negotiating powers to complete a major Pacific trade accord, virtually assuring final passage Wednesday of Mr. Obama’s top legislative priority in his final years in office. ...”

2016 — TRUMP-MENTUM, via Reid J. Epstein on “He’s dismissed by the political professionals, but there is no denying that the appetite for Donald Trump among Republican primary voters is real. The New York developer and reality television star is second among 2016 presidential candidates in a new Suffolk University poll of New Hampshire Republicans — behind only former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. ...”

BRITISH TABLOID HEADLINE THAT MADE ME CHUCKLE, via the Sun: “Mariah’s slip just a blip on Italy trip | Singer Carey suffers wardrobe malfunction on holiday but jet ski instructor is quick to lend a hand”

You’ll forgive me for not linking to the photo. I work for a family newspaper after all.


DESSERT — $30 SCRATCH TICKET, SURPRISINGLY, DOES NOT CAUSE MASSIVE FEELINGS OF REGRET FOR PURCHASER, via WCVB: “A newlywed from Orleans has 15 million extra reasons to be happy after winning big on an instant scratch ticket offered by the Massachusetts State Lottery. Stacy Foster, who was married May 1, claimed the first $15 million grand prize in the lottery’s new Supreme Millions instant game. Stacy and David Foster went to a store on Route 6 in Eastham on Saturday and asked for a $30 Supreme Millions ticket that was inside a machine behind a different register. ...”

Every time I send out this newsletter, I feel like I’m, ahem, wicked winning. Maybe you’ll feel that way as well when you get it. Sign up here for Political Happy Hour, which slips and blips its way back tomorrow.

Joshua Miller can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.