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The years of legislative infighting that led up to the legalization of casinos in Massachusetts were supposed to be the hard part. When Gov. Deval Patrick signed casinos into law in late 2011, the rest was supposed to be downhill. It hasn't been. Casinos have been legal in Massachusetts for two and a half years now, and their fate is more uncertain than ever.

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The on-again, off-again run by John Fresolo to recapture his old state rep seat in Worcester ended on Wednesday when he sent a letter to state officials asking them to take his name off the September ballot. "I just don't think it's the right time now," Fresolo told the Telegram & Gazette.

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Politicians can proclaim their disinterest in an office all they want, especially president, but until the deadline passes - or they stop talking and acting like a candidate - they will be included in the conversations.

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The SAT, the college admission standardized test, has been under siege for years. Many critics of the exam contend that the test does not correlate to academic success in college and skews toward wealthy parents who can afford send their children to pricey test preparation courses.  

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The race for governor is still young, but so far, it's a contest that's lacked both star power and sizzle. Early polling shows that the race hasn't registered with voters. It's possible that the hottest point of contention in November won't come from the gubernatorial candidates themselves. Instead, the real heat in November will surround casino gambling.

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