It looks like Speaker Sal DiMasi is on the verge of resigning from the House of Representatives. Rumors are swirling on Beacon Hill, with a couple of Democrats shoring up support among the rank-and-file for a run at the soon-to-be-vacated speakership.
If DiMasi does go, look for casino gambling to return as an issue. The North End Democrat held the line against the proposal, but in his absence -- and with the state budget shortfall certain to impact people -- legislators and their constituents will, unfortunately, see casinos as a solution.
Update (1/26): The Globe is reporting that DiMasi has resigned as of tomorrow.