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  1. A recent poll from PPP in Louisiana... (2 Replies)

    …shows Hillary within 1 point of all the leading Republicans except Christie – she’s beating him by 4! Someone over at DKos ran the numbers: if she carries every state that was carried at least once by Bill Clinton or Obama, the electoral college goes to her by 434 to 108.

  2. Heh... (0 Replies)

    In defense of his toe-tapping dance
    Larry Craig said he had a wide stance
    But it doesn’t ring true
    That a man in the loo
    Could spread out after dropping his pants!

  3. Shenanigans like that would soon be exposed (0 Replies)

    While it would work in theory, I think that it would backfire in practice

  4. Then make the robot all penalty huge... (2 Replies)

    …so that it hurts. 200 times the money spent on the calls might deter them, no?

  5. If you watch the video with Dr. Berwick... (1 Reply)

    …in my post that David put on the front page, around 18 minutes in he talks about his plans for single payer – emphasizing that it is a simplified payment system, with care delivery remaining the same or improving as resources are freed up to concentrate on care.

  6. I would also recommend watching... (1 Reply)

    …the video currently on the front page, my interview with Don Berwick, where he explains how we can and should get there.

  7. You're welcome lspinti! (0 Replies)

    I was very proud of that episode – after we finished, Don commended me for my preparation, but all I did was read his web site! He truly is the candidate we need, I’m looking forward to voting for him in November…

  8. Thanks, MP (0 Replies)

    I’m glad you liked my interview – more importantly, I hope you heard what Don was saying. It’s well past time to “have conversations” about the progressive items the commonwealth needs – concrete action is what’s required, and Don is the one candidate promising to deliver it.

  9. I have the show rendering now (0 Replies)

    I’ll get the YouTube version tomorrow, will have it on the web by Thursday. He was a tremendous guest, we talked about every single issue bullet on his web site.

  10. Thanks! (0 Replies)

    You’re right, Don did a great job refuting Keller’s BS – you’ll hear a few of those same points on my show, but of course, I didn’t preface them with nonsense…

  11. Dr. Berwick visited me in Milford today (1 Reply)

    We spent an hour discussing this issue and many more for a future episode of my local access TV show. He won’t get into the on-air rotation for a couple of weeks – Suzanne Bump and Karen Spiewak are already in the rotation – but the YouTube version will be ready by Wednesday, I’m planning to put it into a post here at BMG.

  12. Links, please (0 Replies)

    You say they’ve been debunked, but provide no proof. As to both sides should be heard, that’s the same nonsense we’ve heard over and over through the years – tobacco, leaded gasoline, creationism, global climate change, I could go on and on.

    Provide proof, or admit you have none.

  13. There's no editing of comments... (1 Reply)

    …because if comment editing were allowed, unscrupulous commenters would be able to change what was said after other commenters reply.

  14. Kindt, Grinols, Goodman, and Gazel hab=ve been debunked by whom? The AGA? (0 Replies)

    As to “Why Casinos Matter”, I’d love to see a link debunking that report, where is it?

  15. Casinos absolutley have a detrimental effect on local economies (1 Reply)

    From PBS Frontline:

    States which embrace legalized gambling activities can expect enormous socioeconomic costs and a decline in the quality of life. Unlike traditional business activities, legalized gambling activities cater to a market consisting of addicted and potentially addicted consumers, and most pre-existing traditional businesses will find it quite difficult to compete for “consumer dollars” which are being transformed into “gambling dollars.” For example, the field research strongly suggests that the introduction of widespread legalized gambling in South Dakota, including casinos and video lottery terminals (VLTs), over a two-year time span caused a one percent increase in the number of problem and probable pathological gamblers– a recognized addictive behavior pursuant to the American Psychiatric Association (Clotfelter and Cook 1989; Better Government Association 1992). Each newly-created pathological gambler has been calculated to cost society from $13,200 to $52,000 per year (Maryland Department of Health 1994; Better Government Association 1994). These costs are not just reflected in society as a whole, but impact on all businesses. In particular, small businesses could easily experience disproportionate negative impacts, and unlike large corporations, small businesses would be less likely to have the asset base necessary to cushion against those negative impacts.

    Maybe you should read a few of these studies before making such sweeping pronouncements:

    Alberta Lotteries and Gaming. 1994. Gambling and Problem Gambling in Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta. January.

    American Psychiatric Association. 1994. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. (“pathological gambling”) Vol. 312.31, pp. 615-618.

    Bartlett, John. 1968. Familiar Quotations. 14th. Edition. Boston; Little Brown.

    Better Government Association. 1992. Staff White Paper. Casino Gambling in Chicago. Chicago, IL.

    California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, 1992. California and Nevada: Subsidy, Monopoly, and Competitive Effects of Legalized Gambling. ES-1. Sacramento, CA: California’s Governor’s Office. December.

    Clotfelter, Charles and Phillip Cook. 1989. Selling Hope, Cambridge, MA: National Bureau for Economic Research, Harvard University Press.

    Congressional Hearing, 1994. The National Impact of Casino Gambling Proliferation: Hearing Before the House Committee on Small Business. 103rd Congress, 2nd. Session. Washington, D.C.

    Dyckman, Martin. 1994. “Misleading the Public.” St. Petersburg Times. November 1, p. Al3.

    Florida Governor’s Office of Planning and Budgeting. 1994. Casinos in Florida: An Analysis of the Economic and Social Impacts. Tallahassee, FL: Florida Governor’s Office.

    Goodman, Robert. 1994. Legalized Gambling as a Strategy for Economic Development. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Center for Economic Development.

    Grinols, Earl. 1994. “Bluff or Winning Hand? Riverboat Gambling and Regional Employment and Unemployment.” Illinois Business Review (Spring ): 6-11.

    Grinols, Earl and J. Omorov. 1995. “Development or Dreamfield Delusions?: Assessing Casino Gambling’s Costs and Benefits.” University of Illinois, September.

    Illinois Governor’s Office. 1992. Governor James Edgar, Press Release. “Governor Warns Land-Based Casinos Could Bring Crime Surge as well as Overall Loss of Jobs and State Revenues.” September 29 (summarizing several Illinois State reports).

    Iowa Department of Human Services. 1995. Gambling and Problem Gambling in Iowa: A Replication Survey. July 28.

    Kindt, John. 1995. “U.S. National Security And The Strategic Economic Base: The Business/Economic Impacts Of The Legalization Of Gambling Activities.” Saint Louis Law School Journal 39, p. 567.

    Kindt, John. 1994a. “The Negative Impacts Of Legalized Gambling On Businesses.” University of Miami Business Law Journal 4, p. 93.

    Kindt, John. 1994b. “The Economic Impacts Of Legalized Gambling Activities.” Drake Law Review 43, pp. 51, 66 n. 119.

    Lavelle, Louis. 1994. “Voters Deal Loss to Casinos; Gambling Backers Lose Despite $16-5 Million Campaign.” Tampa Tribune. November 9, pp. 1, 5.

    Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration. 1994. Task Force on Gambling Addiction in Maryland. Annapolis, Maryland.

    Nelson, Todd. 1993. “S.D. bankruptcies down 5 percent: Judge: Gambling caused most cases.” Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) January 15, p. 1.

    News Leader (Springfield, Missouri). 1995. “Jeff City rejects riverboat gambling approved in ’92.” November 8, p. 1.

    Petroski, William. 1995. “Study: More gamblers in jeopardy.” Des Moines Register. August 25, pp. Al, A2.

    Politzer, Robert, James Morrow and Sandra Leavey. 1981. Report on the Societal Cost of Pathological Gambling and the Cost-Benefit Effectiveness of Treatment. 5th National Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking.

    Teske, Paul and Bela Sur. 1991. “Winners and Losers: Politics, Casino Gambling, and Development in Atlantic City.” Policy Studies Review 10 (Spring/ Summer): 130-137.

    Simurda, Stephen F. 1994. “When Gambling Comes To Town.” Columbia Journalism Review (January-February): 36-38.

    Spayd, Liz and Yolanda Woodlee. 1993. “Trade Board Rejects D.C. Casino Plan.” Washington Post. September 25, pp. Al, A8.

    Thompson, William, Ricardo Gazel, and Dan Rickman 1995. The Economic Impact of Native American Gambling in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Policy Research Institute Report.

    U.S. Commission on the Review of the National Policy Toward Gambling. 1976. Gambling in America. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office.

    Van Der Slik, Jack. 1990. “Legalized gambling: predatory policy.” Illinois Issues (March): 10.

    Wartzman, Rick. 1995. “Bayou Backlash: Gambling Is Proving To Be a Poor Wager For State of Louisiana: Business Is Disappointing And an FBI Graft Probe Roils a Jaded Electorate.” Wall Street Journal. September 11, p. 1.

    Worthington, Rogers. 1995. “Poor get poorer at tribal casinos, says study of Wisconsin ‘gamers’.” Chicigo Tribune. April 11, p. 1.

  16. Check your inbox... (0 Replies)

    I just got an email from Coakley:

    Dear John -

    I know it’s the end of the month and we have a big fundraising goal to meet so I should be emailing you about that, but I need to let you know about the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Massachusetts Buffer Zone law.

    I am deeply disappointed in the Court’s decision. This law was designed to protect patients, health care workers, and the public from intimidation and harassment as they try to receive health care.

    Thousands of women and their families rely on the care providers like Planned Parenthood offer, and they should be able to access that care safely.

    With today’s decision, our work begins again. But I can promise you I will never stop fighting for women’s access to health care, and for safety and equality for all our residents. Today’s decision just reminds us that our work is far from done, and it is imperative we elect someone with a track record of standing up for women’s rights and working to make our state a more safe and equal place for all.

    Starting today, I will work with Governor Patrick, the legislature, and advocates like Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts on passing legislation to protect the zone. And if it doesn’t happen before this legislative session is over, I can assure you, it will be one of my first priorities as governor.

    Thank you,

    For the record, I’m with Berwick – but at least Coakley is getting out in front of this.