Gambling’s back, so back – Lenk confirmed for SJC – Worcester 6th coming to a head – What to do with unexpected revenues?

GAMBLING: Expanded gaming is officially back in fashion. Yesterday’s gambling hearing was long (MetroWest), familiar (MassLive) and uhh (WWLP), long (T&G). The A.G. says the law will need to be cleared up if we end up with casinos (T&G). A Wampanoag leaders says he doesn’t need a gambling bill anyway (BBJ).

BIG MONEY, NO WHAMMIES: What do you do when you find money you didn’t know you had in your pockets? How about $580 million? The BBJ takes a look at what to do with unexpected state revenues. The righty bloggers have their own ideas.

THE LONGEST RACE: The T&G has two stories on the candidates in the Worcester 6th.

SJC: After a close Governor’s Council vote featuring some vocal dissenters, Barbara Lenk is headed to the SJC. (AP)

TWASTING TWIME: Check out the suggestions the Twitterati came up with for why Mayor Setti Warren needs to rent a venue and won’t say why.

GAMBLING:
Gambling supporters, opponents revise casino debate on Beacon Hill – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com
Wampanoag chairman: tribe could skirt gambling law | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
Advocates, opponents clash at Massachusetts casinos hearing on Beacon Hill | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Gambling back in the Statehouse spotlight: www.telegram.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Coakley: The law will need a hand to deal with casinos: www.telegram.com
WMass makes case for casino development | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com
Casino supporters regret revenue loss | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com
Ross: Protect track’s simulcasts – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

BUDGET:
The state finds $580M. What now? | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com

THE 6TH:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Durant: No tea party fundraising: www.telegram.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Firefighters union endorses Alicea in 6th District: www.telegram.com

STATE NEWS:
MBTA Ridership Up By 5 Percent | AP: feeds.wbur.org
Coakley speaks on foreclosures and immigration » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA : www.salemnews.com
Patrick tours construction career day in Hopkinton – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com
Greater Boston: www.wgbh.org

LENK:
High court nominee Lenk confirmed -AP: www.lowellsun.com

ENVIRONMENT:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Divisive wind turbine plans OK’d: www.telegram.com

BIN LADEN:
Local authorities praise bin Laden photo decision – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Chairman of Needham tax assessors arrested for tax evasion | AP: www.masslive.com
Cuts leave local cities scrambling » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA : www.salemnews.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – City Council puts hold on CSX, National Grid projects: www.telegram.com

MITT MONITOR:
Romney Has Big Lead In N.H. GOP Poll | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org

DiMASI:
DiMasi Corruption Trial Set For Opening Statements | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org

THE FEDS:
Delegation: Don’t cut community services – Political Intelligence – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Brown admits he was fooled by fake pictures of bin Laden body – Political Intelligence – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Keating set to host veterans fair Saturday | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
The Pulse: One nursing strike is averted
Revenues are up, is there still a need to raise taxes? – Less Is More blog – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Red Mass Group:: Found Money(?) : www.redmassgroup.com
The-Download-Eternal-vigilance-in-Boston-and-beyond.aspx: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
BostonHerald.com – Blogs: Lone Republican» Blog Archive » Whos pro-criminal illegal immigrant in MA?: www.bostonherald.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
N.H. Senate nixes bullying law changes – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com
NH Pension bill headed to negotiation | Concord Monitor: www.concordmonitor.com
R.I. House minority leader not easy to pigeon-hole | Politics | projo.com | The Providence Journal : www.projo.com
ME LePage taps Emery to tackle reforms | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
ME Bill would set bidding process for new casinos | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
ME House OKs sweeping anti-abortion bill | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com

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