Oct. 24, 2011
BOSTON — In Massachusetts politics this week, another Bay State resident enters the race for president, the casino gambling conference committee is expected to come together and anti-drunk driving advocates call for tougher DUI laws.
Monday afternoon, Massachusetts will officially have two residents in the race for the White House: Republican Mitt Romney is being joined by Lexington physician Jill Stein of the Green Party. She is running to the left of Barack Obama, saying he’s betrayed key voting blocs. Stein most recently finished a distant fourth in the 2010 race for Massachusetts governor against Deval Patrick. She plans to kick off her presidential campaign from the State House steps at 12:30 p.m.
Also this week, the casino gambling bill rolls forward. The Senate is set to name the remaining members of the conference committee. Among the thorniest issues is what to do with an amendment in the Senate version of the bill that would bring back "happy hour." Supporters say bars and restaurants should be able to offer discounted drinks in order to compete with casinos. Critics, however, say it will lead to more drunk driving deaths. The governor has declined to weigh in.
On October 27, advocates come to Beacon Hill to push for stricter drunk driving laws. They back a bill that would require all convicted drunk drivers to install ignition interlock Breathalyzer systems in their cars.