Everett Democratic City Committee to Hold 2018 Caucuses

The Everett Democratic City Committee is pleased to announce that they will hold their Annual Caucus on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Edward G. Connolly Center, 90 Chelsea Street, Everett. Registration will open at 9:30 a.m. and close promptly at 10:00 a.m. Once registration is closed and the caucus begins, no additional registration will be permitted. Continue reading Everett Democratic City Committee to Hold 2018 Caucuses

State Representative McGonagle’s Speech in Support of Housing Bond Bill

State Representative Joseph McGonagle (D-Everett) was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2014 represenFeb 15_State Repting the 28th Middlesex District. He is currently serving his second term.

McGonagle serves as Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing. He is also a member of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, The Joint Committee on Election Laws, the Joint Committee on Transportation, the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, and the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Prior to his election, Representative McGonagle served several terms on the Everett Board of Aldermen and Everett City Council. Continue reading State Representative McGonagle’s Speech in Support of Housing Bond Bill

The Gaming Commission’s Work is Not Over With the Resignation of Steve Wynn

By JoshuaResnek

Matthew Maddox is the new president of Wynn Resorts whose former leader, Steve Wynn, has resigned in disgrace following revelations in the Wall Street Journal and further revelations in the Las Vegas Sun about Wynn’s appalling behavior.

Dozens of women interviewed told stories about Wynn’s sexual advances and sexual incidents – and there were dozens of women who came forward by name.

Enter Mr. Maddox, the new president of Wynn Resorts. He worked side by side with Wynn for more than a decade. He rose through the ranks to become Wynn’s main man.

Wynn liked him. He liked Wynn. They spent an enormous amount of time together both socially and time together for the business while building the company.

Both men came to know one another well.

Might they have shared a secret or two?

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will be examining Maddox’s suitability to be the president of the corporation that owns the gambling license at the Wynn Boston Harbor Casino and Hotel in Everett.

The Commission’s investigative arm will be scouring Maddox’s past, as they scoured Wynn’s past 4 years ago.

Four years ago the investigators reported Wynn was perfectly suitable after a long and thorough investigation.

Will Maddox receive the same suitability OK as his predecessor after a long and thorough investigation?

Will commission investigators ask Maddox if he was a visitor to Wynn’s main office during the decade he worked as his right hand man?

If Maddox answers, “Yes,” will they then ask:

“Did you ever wonder what went on inside the room with the massage table or did Mr. Wynn tell you about his many conquests?”

How does Maddox answer such questions?

If he answers, “No,” he is a liar.

If he answers “Yes,” he is unfit to be the president of Wynn Resorts.

If Maddox says he had no idea what kind of man Wynn was in his private life, that there was no way to know what Wynn’s sexual proclivities were and what his sexual excesses consisted of, he is a liar as a fool.

Such claims of not knowing about a man he worked side by side with for more than a decade is the stuff of stale fiction.

The Gaming Commission investigators who did the original look into Wynn’s suitability should be fired. In fact, they should be investigated.

If the same investigators look into Maddox’s life and determine he is suitable, well, what is there to say?

The Gaming Commission has a tough job to do determining exactly who has not been soiled by their longtime association with Wynn.

It is both obvious and damning that everyone who worked closely with Wynn knew about his excesses.

The same way an alcoholic friend can’t hide his drinking habit, Wynn couldn’t hide his sexual abuse of women from his closest colleagues.

That was then.

This is now.

Is Maddox a suitable replacement for his former boss?

Let’s see what happens.

EDITORIALS: February 15

Some People Fight to Win; Some People Fight to Lose

The City Council did the right thing by appropriating $5 million Monday evening so the public schools were not decimated by teacher layoffs and cutbacks in services to students. The vote was unanimous, and we compliment the good judgment shown by the City Council. Continue reading EDITORIALS: February 15

Border Wall Reflects Some Daylight Between Capuano, Pressley

By Andy Metzger

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

A rift over the proposed southern border wall emerged Tuesday between Congressman Michael Capuano and his challenger in the Democratic primary, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.

Neither Capuano nor Pressley support the proposed wall on the southern border that President Donald Trump has championed, but Capuano indicated he would be more open to the idea if it meant achieving some of his immigration policy priorities. Continue reading Border Wall Reflects Some Daylight Between Capuano, Pressley