Jan. 31, 2011

TOP FIVE:
MetroWest: Repeal of alcohol sales tax spurs sales
AP: Special counsel named to help in Tim Cahill probe
Fitchburg S&E: Quinn Bill may face phase out
Keller @ Large: Speaker DeLeo Talks Budget, Casino Gaming « CBS Boston
Globe:Gains from governors travel unclear

STATE NEWS:
Massachusetts: State details fed stimulus impact – 95.9 WATD-FM
Herald: Monday morning briefing
Globe:Welcome to the average Massachusetts town
AP: Mass. Dropout Reform Plan Eyes Paid Parent Leave
MetroWest: Local farmers get behind new Commonwealth Quality seal

LEGISLATURE:
Globe:State parole bill could have wide consequences
MetroWest: Marlborough woman sparks lighter sales bill
Cape Cod Times: Peake set to lead tourism committee

HEALTH CARE:
WBJ:Behind the Sound Bite: Municipal health insurance reforms
Cape Cod Times: Tier system could increase insurance co-pays on Cape

THE FEDS:
Gloucester Times:Sen. Brown revives call for indy NOAA probe
Lowell Sun: After Tucson, Tsongas schedule goes on
Herald: Scott Brown seeing green with $7M

FISHERIES:
AP:Wind firm sets meeting with fishermen
Cape Cod Times: Cape fishermen fear losing prime grounds to turbines

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Cape Cod Times: Nantucket wrestles with sewer funding options
Worcester T&G:Snow budget is plowed under
Herald News: Area towns would feel state’s proposed cuts to local aid in fiscal 2012 budget

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
RMG:Governor Patrick’s Budget on Health Care: Playing Around the Edges
WL:MASS. MARKET: States manufacturing gain is worth celebrating
BMG:DA Sutter says "Who needs the Defendant – hold their trials without them!"
WL:Republican legislators rely on civility in the Bay State
RMG:Renewing Catholic Culture in Massachusetts (Part I)

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
RI Projo: R.I. Senate bill looks for taxes from Route 195 relocation land in Providence
RI Projo: Fox’s fundraiser nets Democrats, lobbyists, even GOP
RI Projo : State facing $10-million payment on jobless fund loan
ME Portland Press Herald: LePage defends environmental package
ME Portland Press Herald: State House Notebook: The joke’s on the media, LePage tells contractors
ME Portland Press Herald: Experts: Snow doesn’t disprove warming
NH AP:Testimony set on same-sex marriage bill

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Jan. 28, 2011

TOP FIVE:
Globe:DeLeo poised for major shake-up
E-Trib: Dempsey could be next Ways and Means boss
WBUR:Senates Murray: Budget Not Going To Be An Easy Exercise
Globe: Proposal to shrink drug-free school zones draws fire
MassLive.com/Republican: Sen. Stephen Brewer and Rep. Todd Smola say safeguards for communities would be essential for them to vote for allowing casinos

BUDGET:
Sun-Chron:Lawyers: Proposal won’t save money
Sun-Chron:Gov. Patrick banking on bottle bill expanding
Lowell Sun: Homeless advocates: Cuts may turn emphasis to permanent housing
Lowell Sun: Officials on prison-closure plan: They’re already overcrowded
MassLive.com/Republican: State budget cuts local aid, jobs – MassLive.com
Local towns not surprised by Patrick’s leaner state budget plan – Milford, MA – The Milford Daily News

GAMBLING:
Globe: Plainridge Racetrack owners betting on state OK on expanded gambling – The Boston Globe
MetroWest: Northborough board says legislators don’t seem to be heeding requests
Worcester T&G:Vigilance urged on casino preparations

HEALTH CARE:
Globe: Merger talks test CEOs diplomatic skills
Worcester T&G:Mass. health care spending freeze meets skepticism
Globe:Patricks health care proposal praised

LEGISLATURE:
AP: Mass. House members getting committee assignments
Sampan: Asian Americans penetrate into the legislature system

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Worcester T&G:Town officials dial up Beacon Hill

BANKRUPTCY:
MetroWest: Report says more Massachusetts residents filing for bankruptcy
CW:The Download: Killer bees, space aliens, and the invasion of the bankrupt states

JEFF PERRY:
Herald: Jeffrey Perry rejects hack mantle – BostonHerald.com
Herald: Deval Patrick’s sheriff snub seen as Jeffrey Perry fallout

THE FEDS:
Lowell Sun: Tsongas slams GOP plan to cut campaign funding
WBUR:After One Year, Brown Surprises All But Himself

MISC.:
Herald: Tweets on Beacon Hill OK’d as critics grouse
AP: Lobbyists donating heavily to Mass. officials
AP: Mass. AG collects $8M in wage violations in 2010
VIDEO | WGBH: Tim Cahill on life after politics
VIDEO | WGBH: Does the Parole Board need a victim’s advocate?
BBJ:SJC rules on family trust
Gov. Deval Patrick’s plan to reduce sentences draws concern
BBJ:Evergreen shares fall on debt plan changes

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
ME Portland Press Herald: Rhoads admits his role in Cutler Files
ME Portland Press Herald: LePage aide denies bid to politicize employees
VT Brattleboro Reformer:Fed funds will lower Brattleboro school tax
NH Concord Monitor: Pension overhaul in works
NH Concord Monitor: Speaker wants state to defend rep
RI Projo: R.I. Labor Department clears ex-Chafee aide of ‘double-dipping’ on unemployment benefits

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
RMG:Evangelidis Walks the Walk
Quinn:Voters said no to booze tax, but who cares?
BMG:Building a stronger human service system in Massachusetts
BMG:Is it time?: Vermont going single payer

Jan. 28, 2011

TOP FIVE:
Globe:DeLeo poised for major shake-up
E-Trib: Dempsey could be next Ways and Means boss
WBUR:Senates Murray: Budget Not Going To Be An Easy Exercise
Globe: Proposal to shrink drug-free school zones draws fire
MassLive.com/Republican: Sen. Stephen Brewer and Rep. Todd Smola say safeguards for communities would be essential for them to vote for allowing casinos

BUDGET:
Sun-Chron:Lawyers: Proposal won’t save money
Sun-Chron:Gov. Patrick banking on bottle bill expanding
Lowell Sun: Homeless advocates: Cuts may turn emphasis to permanent housing
Lowell Sun: Officials on prison-closure plan: They’re already overcrowded
MassLive.com/Republican: State budget cuts local aid, jobs – MassLive.com
Local towns not surprised by Patrick’s leaner state budget plan – Milford, MA – The Milford Daily News

GAMBLING:
Globe: Plainridge Racetrack owners betting on state OK on expanded gambling – The Boston Globe
MetroWest: Northborough board says legislators don’t seem to be heeding requests
Worcester T&G:Vigilance urged on casino preparations

HEALTH CARE:
Globe: Merger talks test CEOs diplomatic skills
Worcester T&G:Mass. health care spending freeze meets skepticism
Globe:Patricks health care proposal praised

LEGISLATURE:
AP: Mass. House members getting committee assignments
Sampan: Asian Americans penetrate into the legislature system

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Worcester T&G:Town officials dial up Beacon Hill

BANKRUPTCY:
MetroWest: Report says more Massachusetts residents filing for bankruptcy
CW:The Download: Killer bees, space aliens, and the invasion of the bankrupt states

JEFF PERRY:
Herald: Jeffrey Perry rejects hack mantle – BostonHerald.com
Herald: Deval Patrick’s sheriff snub seen as Jeffrey Perry fallout

THE FEDS:
Lowell Sun: Tsongas slams GOP plan to cut campaign funding
WBUR:After One Year, Brown Surprises All But Himself

MISC.:
Herald: Tweets on Beacon Hill OK’d as critics grouse
AP: Lobbyists donating heavily to Mass. officials
AP: Mass. AG collects $8M in wage violations in 2010
VIDEO | WGBH: Tim Cahill on life after politics
VIDEO | WGBH: Does the Parole Board need a victim’s advocate?
BBJ:SJC rules on family trust
Gov. Deval Patrick’s plan to reduce sentences draws concern
BBJ:Evergreen shares fall on debt plan changes

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
ME Portland Press Herald: Rhoads admits his role in Cutler Files
ME Portland Press Herald: LePage aide denies bid to politicize employees
VT Brattleboro Reformer:Fed funds will lower Brattleboro school tax
NH Concord Monitor: Pension overhaul in works
NH Concord Monitor: Speaker wants state to defend rep
RI Projo: R.I. Labor Department clears ex-Chafee aide of ‘double-dipping’ on unemployment benefits

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
RMG:Evangelidis Walks the Walk
Quinn:Voters said no to booze tax, but who cares?
BMG:Building a stronger human service system in Massachusetts
BMG :Is it time?: Vermont going single payer

Jan. 27, 2011

TOP FIVE:
Worcester T&G:Patrick plan will cut spending by $570M
WBUR:Patrick Proposes Cutting Funding To Emergency Shelters For Homeless Families
Globe:Duffly is narrowly approved for SJC
Phoenix: A DeLeo Shake-Up Coming? – Talking Politics
AP:Lawmaker treated after State House fall

BUDGET:
Globe:Steep cuts in Patricks budget plan
WBUR:Expert: Gov. Patricks $1B Health Care Savings Not Feasible
Herald: Gov Deval Patrick’s ‘painful choices’
AP:Gov. Patrick budget would close 2 Mass. prisons

HEALTH CARE:
VIDEO | GB: Can "global payments" fix health care costs?

LEGISLATURE:
Masslive: Palmer Rep. Todd Smola brings legislative focus back to MCAS, Common Core with new bill
Worcester T&G:Lawmakers to talk about casino gaming at forum in Warren
AP:Special election to fill Koutoujian’s seat set

COURTS:
Worcester T&G:Judge needs more time to decide election dispute
Herald: Lawyer: Sal DiMasi bracing for ‘difficult fight’
Globe:Judge refuses to toss charge in DiMasi case

COAKLEY:
AP:Coakley opposes Patrick on drug-free zone
Globe:AG forms units to tackle public corruption, financial fraud

THE FEDS:
WBUR:Mass. Lawmakers React To State Of The Union Address

BIOTECH:
AP: Robert DeLeo snowed out of biotech talk
Cape Cod Times: Fall River, UMass finalize biotech deal

EDUCATION:
DotNews:Chang-Diaz puts the focus on upgrading graduation rates | Dorchester Reporter
AP: Report: Massachusetts faulted on Latino student education

MISC & STATE NEWS:
Phoenix: Strange bedfellows: The right and left team up on criminal-justice reform – News Features – Boston Phoenix
Globe:Probations deputy commissioner resigns
Globe:State auditor cuts 31 workers

LOCAL NEWS:
DotNews: At forum, District 7 hopefuls talk about Turner, and their priorities | Dorchester Reporter
Cape Cod Times: Harwich courts Cape Wind

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
ME Portland Press Herald: Advocates urge facts over welfare anecdotes
ME Portland Press Herald: States rising pension debt a threat to other programs
ME Portland Press Herald: LePage focuses talk on cutting regulation
VT Brattleboro Reformer:Experts mull clean energy
NH Concord Monitor: Senator: Raise retirement age of safety workers
CT Courant: State Tax Exemptions In The Cross Hairs

Jan. 26, 2011

TOP FIVE:
Worcester T&G:Patrick to detail cuts, priorities
WBUR:After One Year, Brown Surprises All But Himself
Globe:SJC nominee Duffly faces close vote today
Globe:At Dudley Square, Turner backers say hes guilty, but 3-year sentence harsh
Herald: Gov. Deval Patrick bid to combine Parole, Probation agencies rebuffed

BUDGET:
AP: Patrick kicking off annual Mass. budget dance
DHG: State colleges brace for governor’s budget proposal
Worcester T&G:Shortfall will bring more cuts

PAROLE/PROBATION:
Globe:Patrick pushes probation takeover

THE FEDS:

Cape Cod Times: Keating: Obama’s blueprint inspiring
Globe:Kerry signs on to gun legislation
Globe:Kerry, Brown strategize to keep regional military bases open
Globe:Frank lashes out at GOP efforts to cut federal spending to 2008 levels
Globe:Markey’s bill would ban BPA from bottles
Globe: Brown aims to link his book tour, campaign – The Boston Globe
Sun-Chron:Area lawmakers pair up for civility’s sake

JUDICIARY:
AP: Governor’s Council voting on Fernande Duffly
Globe:SJC rules against docking pay for damage
Enterprise: Nothing found at Brockton court after 2nd bomb scare in week
MassLive.com/Republican: Former Judge W. Michael Ryan found innocent of both charges in Northampton assault case

TURNER:
Dot News: Judge orders Turner to serve three years in prison
Globe:Turner sentenced to 3 years in prison

EDUCATION:
Worcester T&G:Exam woes go beyond a single test
WBUR:Patrick Fields Tough Questions From Third Graders
MassLive.com/Republican: Attorney General Martha Coakley to hold hearing on bullying legislation in Springfield

MISC.:
VIDEO | GB: Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian
Gloucester Times:North Shore legislators get more than $40K from lobbyists
Banker & Tradesman:MassDevelopment Bond Helps Keep 115 Affordable Housing Units At Boston’s Bowdoin Manor
MetroWest: Healthy aging report says seniors must be willing to seek help
Mother Nature gives state workers another free pass – BostonHerald.com
Globe:DiMasi, codefendants to seek dismissal of charges

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Globe: State aid may ease some of Belmont’s budget woes – Belmont – Your Town – Boston.com
WL:Patrick plan could force Newton into GIC – Newton, Massachusetts – Newton TAB
95.9 WATD – Plymouth County: Commissioner switches party affiliation

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
BMG:Perry getting no love from the base
CW:The Download: Chuck ‘n’ Sal
RMG:Is Karyn Polito angry?
BMG:Chief Justice Ireland on probation: a poorly-argued case
Landmark: Glodis: My six years as sheriff

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
CT Courant: Malloy To Offer No-Increase Budget
NH Concord Monitor: Bill to pare education draws ire
NH Concord Monitor: Bill bars utility shutoff
VT Brattleboro Reformer:Shumlin presents budget Slashes $83 million without raising taxes
ME Portland Press Herald: Business leaders praise plan to loosen Maine environmental rules
ME Portland Press Herald: Gov. LePage’s plan to extend Medicaid eligibility time attacked
ME Portland Press Herald: Maine Senate Democrats take issue with Philip Congdon’s nomination

Jan. 25, 2011

TOP FIVE:
Lowell Sun: Senators, Donoghue back parole reform
Worcester T&G:Wind turbine advocate deflated by delays
CW:Ireland appeals to keep probation
Enterprise: Gov. Deval Patrick’s recommended increase in anti-gang grant funding would benefit Brockton – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise
Cape Cod Times: Perry lands high-paying sheriff’s post

PAROLE:
Globe:Senators file bill to tighten parole
State Senate pushes tough parole reforms
Sun-Chron:Timilty, Ross getting tougher on parole
Fox25: New parole head donated to Patrick

LEGISLATURE:
Dwyer Files Bill To Reform Parole Board After Police Officer Death – Reading, MA Patch
Globe: Massachusetts Public Health Council voices support for head injury rules – The Boston Globe
Legislation gets tough on domestic violence – Milford, MA – The Milford Daily News
MetroWest: DA Leone, state lawmakers file domestic violence legislation
BBJ:MBA will support alimony reform bill
Murray invites citizens to sign up for legislative seminar
CW:The Download: DeLeo’s declension?
Swift action eyed on reform bills

JUDICIARY:
MassLive.com/Republican: Hampden County lawyers say Gov. Deval Patrick’s plan to hire public defenders will cost more | masslive.com
AP:Mass. gov. wants to end private lawyers for poor
WBUR:Expert: Public Defenders More Effective In Representing Poor Defendants

PERRY:
Patriot Ledger: Perrys new 6-figure job went unfilled for two years – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger
Globe:New job for Jeff Perry: special sheriff
WBUR:Former Candidate Perry Named Special Sheriff
AP:Ex-Congressional candidate gets sheriff’s job

CAHILL:
AP:Mass. treasurer confirms SEC request for documents
Globe: Goldman Sachs fired ex-Cahill aide over outside activities – The Boston Globe

HEALTH CARE:
Officials split on governor’s health plan
Worcester T&G:Health care takes priority for Manager O’Brien

THE FEDS/SotU:
AP :Brown To Sit With Dem At State Of Union
Salem News: Tierney, Republican colleague to sit together tonight
WBUR:Sen. Kerry: Biggest Challenge To U.S. Is Economy And Creating Jobs

EDUCATION:
Fitchburg S&E: State news provides little light for Fitchburg schools
AP:Bill to require financial info from Mass. colleges

TRANSPORTATION:
Worcester T&G:MBTA trains, beset by cold-weather delays, back on track
Lowell Sun: T scratches two Lowell trains

THE NEIGHBORS:
Banker & Tradesman:Boston Luxury Nine Zero Hotel In Danger Of Default
Globe:Flooding damages Athenaeum collections

LOCAL HEADLINES:
SouthCoast: Lang selected to lead Massachusetts Mayors Association | SouthCoastToday.com
E-Trib: DiNuccio first to enter Methuen mayoral race
WBUR:Turner Awaits Sentencing, But Not Without A Fight

MISC.:
CW:Hostage negotiations
MHT:Blog: HubSpot declares tech talent war in Boston
Broadside: Beacon Hill weather report
Berkshires score big time Navy contract | time, big, contract – WRGB CBS 6 Albany
Twitter may soon return to State House
Worcester T&G:State joins fingerprint database
Worcester T&G:Selectman: No meeting with Alicea
WL:Coakley to hold hearings on bullying laws – Marblehead, MA – Marblehead Reporter

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
BMG:Perry Pulls a Marian Walsh
BMG:Sense and silliness on municipal health care
Globe:Perry hire is puzzling
RMG:Why is hiring Jeff Perry any different than hiring Marian Walsh?

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
NH Concord Monitor: Pawlenty: Freedom is key
RI Projo: Rep. Melo has worked from local school committee to head of House Finance Committee
ME Portland Press Herald: Maine Gov. LePage:Loosen rules on environment
NH Concord Monitor: Union ends readings at State House | Concord Monitor
CT Gov. Malloy Rules Out Bankruptcy For Connecticut
ME Portland Press Herald: LePage makes two more Cabinet picks

Jan. 24, 2011

TOP FIVE:
Globe:SEC looks at Cahill, Goldman Sachs link
NECN: Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick urges residents to bundle-up
Transcript: Kerry, Patrick to visit Pittsfield
Patriot Ledger: Cigarette tax increase is back in the conversation – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger
State leaders target addictive prescription pills – BostonHerald.com

TAXES & BUDGET:
Herald: Deval hopes to boost youth aid despite cuts
Herald: ‘Mess’ feared as state nixes tax instructions
AP:Patrick kicking off annual Mass. budget dance

STATE NEWS:
AP: Mass. court to hear appeal in Boston Chinatown massacre case
Salem News: Cash from lobbyists is on the rise
Salem News: Agency to audit special ed funding
Herald: Monday Morning Briefing
Herald: You reap what you sow
MassLive.com/Republican: Census data shows large numbers of Puerto Ricans are moving to mainland in search of jobs
Worcester T&G:Motives are the crux of MCAS probe
Globe:T employee accused of driving bus drunk
Globe:Call for public defender overhaul

LEGISLATURE:
Herald: Some pols say Twitter ban for the birds
Sun-Chron:Timilty again named Senate’s Public Safety chairman

FISH:
Gloucester Times:Enviro seeks to halt state from backing fish suit
Cape Cod Times: Saltwater anglers now require $10 permits

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Globe:Flynns new cause rooted in family
Lowell Sun: Hope for a bridge fix
MetroWest: Selectman eyes Holliston town clerk job
Lowell Sun: Lowell work force cut by 9 percent in four years
Sun-Chron:Foxboro students to get bullying survey

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
RMG:SEC investigating Tim Cahill – Goldman Sachs link
Herald: BostonHerald.com – Blogs: City Desk Wired» Blog Archive » Tracking the Twitter ban on Beacon Hill

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
ME Portland Press Herald: Debate looms on reforming Maine welfare system
ME Portland Press Herald: New chairman: State Democrats ready to ‘dig in’
AP:Health reform plan raises questions
AP: Health care reform debate shifting to states