Massachusetts: Beneath the Sacred Dome

"We must have a moral housecleaning." intoned Republican Governor John Volpe.

"if Massachusetts is to hold its rightful, honored place among the states of our nation." Appearing before a joint session of the state legislature, Volpe was urging the formation of a Citizens Crime Commission to root out, among other things, illegal gambling. The Governor had good cause for concern—for by last week it appeared that beneath its gilded dome, the Massachusetts Statehouse itself was one of Boston's busiest bookie joints.

The dustup began last November, when Republican Representative Harrison Chadwick appeared on CBS television and charged that some legislators were...

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