Patrick Hobnobs with Obama, and More

By Sarah Birnbaum

Feb. 27, 2012

BOSTON — This week in Massachusetts state politics, Gov. Deval Patrick continues his whirlwind tour of the nation's capital, former House speaker Sal DiMasi fights for his pension and the treasurer mulls online lottery sales.
Governor Patrick is in Washington, D.C., for the National Governors Association winter meeting. But he’s also squeezing in some politicking. Patrick was recently named a chairman of President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, and this weekend, he defended the president’s policies on ABC’s “This Week" with George Stephanopoulos. Later on Monday, Patrick and other governors will meet with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House; in the evening, he’ll attend a White House reception in celebration of Black History Month.
Also on Feb. 27, DiMasi's attorneys will be back in court fighting for his pension. DiMasi hopes to recoup close to $30,000 in benefits. His pension was suspended in September when he was sentenced to 8 years in prison for bribery and fraud. 
On Thursday, Steve Grossman, the state treasurer, will appoint a gambling industry consultant to help decide whether the state should sell lottery tickets online. The consultant, along with a 20-member task force, will consider the potential impact of online gambling on lottery agents and the effect of online gambling on the nascent casino industry. The task force plans to issue its report in May.

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