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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is a straight-shooter on most issues, but on casino gambling he’s tied up in knots.

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There’s nothing like a summer news lull to fan the flames of a good scandal, and it’s House Speaker Robert DeLeo ’s turn in the glare of the beating summer sun. After insisting for years he’s done nothing wrong in handing out patronage jobs at the Probation department, DeLeo’s name is being spoken as often as the three defendants  -- actually more in the case of two of them - in the federal corruption trial of top Probation officials.

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Marty Walsh blinked. Or maybe he scored big.

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Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen recently visited "Vegas-by-the-Sea" and found nothing good to say about Atlantic City's casino experiment. In the time-honored tradition of journalists everywhere, Cullen tapped the consummate local expert, a taxi driver, for his view on the Bay State's gaming proposition. "You say Massachusetts is gonna have casinos?" the cabbie said. "You people are nuts."

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It would be hard to swing a dead cat in the State House without hitting a member of the nearly all-Democratic Legislature who has railed in one form or another against rising income inequality, which has become the cause of our time, particularly among liberal-leaning types.

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