Redistricting committee in W. Mass. – Health care: innovation, Mitt & Newt – Patrick & Romney ‘collision course’

The Redistricting committee hauled themselves out to Springfield (on a Saturday!) to hear from lawmakers and locals (AP) about how to carve up the western portion of the state after census data showed a population drop in the the region. Masslive.com has audio of the testimony, including remarks from Congressman Richard Neal and Sen. Stephen Brewer. Meanwhile, the Enterprise reports on the South Shore’s redistricting efforts.

A year after the passage of federal health care reform, the Cape Cod Times takes a look at how the state is taking the lead on health innovation.

Speaking of health care, fallout from the state’s own reform law seems to keep popping up for Gov. Patrick and his immediate predecessor. The Globe’s Michael Levenson peers into their pasts, futures and souls.

I wonder if this guy will have anything to say about Mass. health care reform.(Eagle-Trib.)

REDISTRICTING/CENSUS:
Western Mass. lawmakers: Dont take away our Congressional seat – AP
Census figures show slow population growth in Boston metro area – The Boston Globe
City looking at why population is declining â and how to stop it – – WickedLocal.com
What they said: Rep. Richard Neal, Sen. Stephen Brewer, others make case for two Western Mass. Congressional districts | masslive.com

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Michael Flaherty mulls run – BostonHerald.com
Retiree expenses constrain colleges – The Boston Globe
AW OL boss walked with almost $10K » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA
Methuen keeps state aid despite student removals » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

LEGISLATURE:
Fidelity, Evergreen Execs To Appear Before Panel | AP
State Rep. Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera mum on clerk magistrate job | masslive.com
Boria makes bid for 6th House seat – T&G
State plans ‘oversight’ hearings on MBTA snags » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA
Town Talk: Lawmakers hosting forum on public employee pensions » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

THE FEDS:
Markey Introduces International Travelers Bill of Rights Act – Belmont, MA – Belmont Citizen-Herald

STATE NEWS:
State seeks to lead health care reform pack | CapeCodOnline.com
Monday Morning Briefing – BostonHerald.com
Bill would allow munchies at funerals – BostonHerald.com
Representatives speak on open meeting law – North Adams Transcript
2 Massachusetts utilities make very different wind power deals | AP
Prisoners, taxpayers feeling pain – Lowell Sun Online

MITT MONITOR/2012:
Patrick, Romney on collision course – The Boston Globe
Gingrich at Salem State Wednesday » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

MISC.
Bad news for seniors on social security | WWLP.COM

NUCLEAR SHOWERS BRING MUTANT FLOWERS:
State steps up monitoring after radioactivity found in rainwater – The Boston Globe
Low levels of radioactive I-131 from Japan nuclear plant found in Massachusetts rainwater | masslive.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS/OPINION:
Governor again makes news on a Friday – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com
Massachusetts Liberal: The odd couple
Red Mass Group:: Fidelity and Evergreen to get scolded
Red Mass Group:: Special Election in the 10th Middlesex.
Bill Keatings campaign mask is off – BostonHerald.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
VT House approves ‘Big Bill’ – Brattleboro Reformer
NH Lynch: Senate should reject House’s cuts | Concord Monitor
CT Lawmakers Thwart Malloy’s Plan To Put Vocational Schools Under Local School Districts – Courant.com
RI Political Scene: Raises, longevity bonuses for some at State House | Politics | projo.com | The Providence Journal
ME State House Notebook: Big day looms on election funding front | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

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