Durant tops Alicea in special election – Lawn triumphant – Former associate on DiMasi witness stand – Meet Tassy Warren

SPECIAL ELECTIONS: Republican Peter Durant defeated incumbent Democrat Geraldo Alicea to finally end the six month saga of the 6th Worcester. (T&G) Democrat John Lawn pulled out a victory over the GOP’s Jim Dixon to keep Peter Koutoujian’s former seat firmly in the blue category. (Globe) Left and Right have their say.

GOING DUTCH: The DiMasi corruption trial continues lumbering along with testimony from a former DiMasi associate who says he split payments from Cognos with the former Speaker (Globe). MORE: PI, Herald, WBUR

FIRST LADY (OF NEWTON): Setti Warren’s A+ #1 all-time supporter? Mrs. Setti Warren. (WL) The Mayor also defends against early criticism that his senate run could harm Newton. (WL, Greater Boston)

ELECTIONS:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Durant ousts Alicea: http://www.telegram.com
Councilor wins race for Mass. House seat – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Red Mass Group:: Seat Durant Now : http://www.redmassgroup.com
Blue Mass Group | Lawn signs work in 10th Middlesex race: feedproxy.google.com

DiMASI TRIAL:
DiMasi trial witness: ‘I don’t want to be here’ – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Associate: Sal’s cut was 80 percent – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
Reluctant Witness Takes The DiMasi Stand | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Ex-associate testifies he split checks from Cognos with DiMasi – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

WARREN/2012:
Greater Boston: Newton mayor Setti Warren on his Senate run: http://www.wgbh.org
Warren says Senate campaign won’t interfere with mayor job – – WickedLocal.com: http://www.wickedlocal.com
Tassy Warren: 100 percent behind her husband’s bid for U.S. Senate – – WickedLocal.com: http://www.wickedlocal.com

LEGISLATURE:
Bill would let teens start driving at 15 1/2, with learner’s permit | masslive.com: http://www.masslive.com
Mass. lawmakers in constitutional convention – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Massachusetts Senate expected to change House plan to control costs of municipal health insurance | masslive.com: http://www.masslive.com
Ross aims to amend land-taking – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: http://www.thesunchronicle.com

STATE NEWS:
Poll finds support for soda tax – The Boston Globe: http://www.google.com
Transgender bias in workplace costs millions, study says – The Boston Globe: http://www.google.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Bump’s strong start: http://www.google.com
Civil rights fines to fund education grants – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

SUMMER JOBS:
Funding to boost city summer jobs – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: http://www.thesunchronicle.com

MITT MONITOR:
Romney to give major health care speech – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Carr: Maybe Mitt could just call in sick – BostonHerald.com: http://www.google.com

THE FEDS:
Kerry: bin Laden death could help Afghan stability – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Kerry jumps into cable fight – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Tierney names Payson his new district director » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA : http://www.salemnews.com

GOV’S COUNCIL:
The Download: Governor’s Council on thin ice: http://www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Governor’s Council Deathwatch – Less Is More blog – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

TRANSPORTATION:
Upcoming Amtrak project to impact MBTA service – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

EDUCATION:
UMass Lowell offers free-tuition deal – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT:
Hearing on Pilgrim plant safety is rather sedate – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger: http://www.patriotledger.com
Officials say power plant is needed » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA : http://www.salemnews.com
Cape Cod water tech initiative moves forward – Mass High Tech Business News: http://www.masshightech.com

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Boston Workers Among Area’s Highest Paid – Banker & Tradesman: http://www.bankerandtradesman.com
Taxpayer dollars help heat mayor’s home » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA : http://www.eagletribune.com
Ballooning health care cost towns $3.2 billion compared to state plan – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com

MISC.:
Wilson To Be Interim Head Of Kennedy Institute | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
DA Mastroianni launches criminal investigation into DOC employees accused of phoning death threats to murder suspect Tamik Kirkland | masslive.com: http://www.masslive.com

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