This just in from Boston.com
House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, in a startling departure from previous stances against resort gambling, today decided for the first time to back a November ballot question asking voters whether they support casinos in Massachusetts.
It looks like DiMasi was feeling the heat and decided to get out of the kitchen. Could the November ballot get any more crowded?
For a decent summary of gambling ballot measures that have taken place in other states, prepared by the National Institute on Money in State Politics, see “High Stakes Gambling Ballot Measures 2006.” The bad news is it looks like there will be lots of money spent; the good news is, at least in other states, ballot initiatives have failed.