Gambling debate back on Beacon Hill – Senate begins budget talk – Setti Warren booked a venue, won’t say why

GAMBLING ADDICTION: What’s old is new again on Beacon Hill: Welcome back (WBUR), Gambling debate (MORE: Sun, AP)! We missed you. So what’s different this time around? Western Mass. developers have clear plans for casinos in Holyoke and Palmer (MassLive) and a new study shows how much Massachusetts citizens are contributing to the gambling industries of adjacent states (WWLP).

THE BUDGET GAME: After monthly revenue numbers went through the roof (MassLive), the Senate budget debate (AP) is beginning to look interesting. Gov. Patrick says he’s looking for middle ground in the battle (WBUR). MORE: Salem News

GUESSING GAME: Gee, why would Setti Warren need to book an event at the same Legion hall he announced his mayoral bid in? (Newton Tab) Guesses are to be tweeted with #settivenue.

GAMBLING:
Mass. Lawmakers To Revisit Casino Gambling Bills | WBUR
Gambling debate rekindles today – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com
Developers of proposed casinos in Holyoke, Palmer to air plans on Beacon Hill | masslive.com:
Mass. lawmakers to hear casino bills, again | AP: www.masslive.com
Mass residents spent $850M at casinos | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

BUDGET:
Mass. Senate Leader Calls For ‘Performance’ Budget | AP
Patrick Hopes To Find Middle Ground In Budget Battle | Radio Boston
Massachusetts state tax collections skyrocket for April | masslive.com:
Reps: Budget was good effort all around » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

THREATS:
White powder mailed to Attorney General Martha Coakley, Sen. Scott Brown | AP:

2012:
Warren books hall, won’t say if it’s for Senate announcement – – WickedLocal.com

STATE NEWS:
Lenk confirmation vote Wednesday – AP: www.lowellsun.com
Massachusetts Department of Corrections did not learn Tamik Kirkland’s mother had been shot until after Kirkland escaped from prison | masslive.com
State cracking down on escalators with expired inspection papers – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise: www.enterprisenews.com
Jury Set For DiMasi Trial | WBUR
Middlesex Sheriff’s Department sergeant arraigned on drug charges – Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 – Somerville Journal

ENVIRONMENT:
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick proposes tough biomass plant rules | AP:
Biomass ousted from Mass. renewable energy portfolio – Mass High Tech Business News: www.masshightech.com
Stricter Mass. regs would cut renewable energy credits to biomass plants | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com

THE FEDS:
Kerry plans trip to Afghanistan – AP: www.patriotledger.com

PATRICK:
Patrick to keynote Florida Democratic dinner – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com

TRANSPORTATION:
What’s going on with the Porter Square MBTA station construction? – Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 – Somerville Journal

LANTIGUA:
Lantigua dismisses ‘distractions,’ claims progress » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA : www.eagletribune.com

MISC.:
Globe, Herald shut out of top audience gainers | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Blue Mass Group | Barney Frank tries to open up the Fed
The Download: Now to the political calculus: www.commonwealthmagazine.org

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
ME Legislators craft bill to restructure turnpike agency | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
VT Well testing at Yankee put on hold – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com
RI Chafee’s 2008 book raises possibility Pakistan knew where bin Laden was | Politics | projo.com | The Providence Journal : www.projo.com

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