One sign of the evolving political times in Massachusetts came this week with the revelation that Raynham/Tunton Dogtrack is losing a choice state political plum its has enjoyed for the past year.

Raynham’s George Carney who has been wired tightly to State House political leaders for four decades, was jolted by State Treasurer Tim Cahill’s decision to strip his track of its exclusive right to redeem larger (over $600) lottery tickets. It was a costly loss for Carney whose dogtrack was receiving a one percent service fee of the lottery winnings as well as benefitting from the increased track handles which resulted from the gambling-oriented lottery winners.