A week after its ruling, the impact of the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision to allow the casino referendum on the ballot appears easier to measure. While the entire concept of repeal had long been a factor in the gubernatorial and attorney general races, it existed largely in the theoretical. It was rallying cry for the candidates opposed to casinos and an effective one, but it was not quite tangible. Last Tuesday’s ruling changed that.
The ruling provided convenient proof that campaigns have advanced to the point where the events of the world and the commonwealth are now prompting responses from candidates regularly. That the casino decision would is a no-brainer, but as it was followed by US Supreme Court cases that affected Massachusetts directly, including the buffer zone, contraceptive coverage and the state’s union rules for personal care attendants. These prompted a flood of press releases and tweets from candidates.