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February 28, 2014

Tomorrow is good day to be a Democrat

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There is a long backup at the medical examiner’s office, which is not unusual, according to a spokeswoman for District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

Hail, Chip

How about that Chip Tuttle?

The Suffolk Downs chief operating officer was a point man in the campaign to get Revere voters to approve Mohegan Sun’s proposed $1.3 billion resort casino on track property, which they did on Tuesday.

About 63 percent of voters supported the plan, which was a higher percentage than an earlier vote in November, despite organized opposition. Now, of course, they must get the green light from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which isn’t expected to issue casino licenses until late May or June.

If you want to congratulate Chip, he’ll be at the Salem Academy Charter School’s 10th anniversary gala March 14 at Hawthorne Hotel. He and his wife, Leslie, are on the steering committee for the event.

Singing protest

Members of the environmental advocacy group Better Future Project burst into song last week at the Energy Facilities Siting Board’s meeting in Boston approving Footprint Power’s plan to build a natural-gas power plant in Salem.

This is the same group, if you recall, that organized the big protest march here a few weekends ago against the plant.

To the accompaniment of a ukulele, or some such instrument, they sang: “We don’t want no fossil fuels, we don’t need no gas; Build only the best for Salem, and ban the worst in Mass.”

Just as this was taking place, someone in the room texted state Rep. John Keenan the news about the vote and the singing protest. He texted back a suggestion that Footprint principals Peter Furniss and Scott Silverstein stand up and start singing “God Bless America.”

Better Future Project and others, by the way, are already talking about “civil disobedience” to try to block the plant.

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