The Sun Chronicle: Gov. blocks bill to reduce state’s take on simulcast dog racing at Plainridge…

Gov. Deval Patrick has blocked legislation that would reduce the state’s take on simulcast greyhound racing featured at Plainridge Racecourse and the state’s two other race tracks.

Patrick sent the bill back with an amendment knocking out a provision he said would drain $600,000 budgeted for the state Gaming Commission and create a continuing shortfall.

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Walpole Times: South Walpole rep helps craft new Super PAC law

Walpole’s Representative Shawn Dooley helped pass legislation that limits the anonymity of seemingly independent political campaigns called Super PACs, a bill that Dooley said will force dark money into the light. Signed by the governor earlier this month, the new legislation forces the top five Super Political Action Committee donors to list their names on any advertisement they fund, making the money more transparent, Dooley said. Dooley (R-Norfolk) was the Republican appointee to the conference committee that hammered out the legislation, something he called a necessary reform in campaign finance.   Continue Reading

The Sun Chronicle: Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville waits word on reduced harness dates

Governor has yet to sign bill shortening the track’s harness racing season

PLAINVILLE – Plainridge Park Casino is waiting to see if Gov. Deval Patrick will sign a bill allowing it to cut back on its harness racing dates to 80 this year.

The Legislature has passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, and the governor has until Aug. 21 to decide whether he will approve it.

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Walpole Times: Legislators restore Walpole prison mitigation money


The state legislature restored prison mitigation money to Walpole in a nearly unanimous effort, overriding the governor’s $2.2 million veto for prison host towns.

In what Rep. John Rogers (D-Norwood) called a bipartisan effort, the legislature overturned Gov. Deval Patrick’s prison mitigation veto last Wednesday, bringing $2.2 million back to help prison host towns like Walpole. As a result, Rogers said Walpole will see about $800,000 as a reimbursement for prison aid costs some time this fall.

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The Sun Chronicle: Great horned owl released in Norfolk after rehabilitation

NORFOLK – A great horned owl downed by damaged tail feathers a few months ago, was back flying high into the night Monday with a hand from the town’s animal control officer.

Norfolk Animal Control Officer Hilary Cohen, who captured the juvenile bird of prey outside the home of state Rep. Shawn Dooley, R-Norfolk, after the injured owl hopped across Cleveland Street into his yard, was able to release it back into nature following treatment at Tufts Wildlife Hospital in Grafton.

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The Sun Chronicle: Bill to boost job training overwhelmingly passes House and Senate

Bill will provide $12M to vocational schools and community colleges to train workers for jobs in manufacturing, technology and hospitality fields

State Rep. Betty Poirier, R-North Attleboro, says when she goes to work in Boston every day she sees signs the city’s economy is “burgeoning.”

Seven or eight large, skyscraper-type, buildings are being constructed. Wealth and jobs seem to be everywhere.

Now, she said, the Legislature is attempting to bring that boomlet to other parts of the state through an $80 million economic development bill passed in the closing minutes of this year’s legislative session.

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