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

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