Mitt to talk health care – Tolman targets Brown? – Court reform unopposed in House

EXPLAINER: Everyone get ready for another big speech/lecture from Mitt Romney as he struggles to explain his position(s) on health care policy to GOP primary voters! Politico has a story on what Mitt needs to say. WBUR treks to New Hampshire to find out if it’ll work.

CHARLIE AND CHRIS: An interesting piece on NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s fund raising trip to Boston last month. Bonus Charlie Baker cameo! (NJ.com)

THE OTHER OTHER WARREN: Former state senator Warren Tolman tells Boston.com he’s weighing a run against Scott Brown. He also found time to go on Greater Boston and do the pundit thing with Sen. Hedlund.(WGBH)

COURT REFORM: The House passed Speaker DeLeo’s court reform bill yesterday . Globe, CW

MITT MONITOR:
Romneys Mass. Health Law Defense Plays Well Among Key N.H. Voters | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Romney tackling health care vulnerability – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Romney support for individual mandate complicates health care politics – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.google.com

REDISTRICTING:
GOP-led group offers 2 proposed congressional maps – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Push on for minority congress district | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
Group proposes splitting South Shore to create a mostly minority congressional district – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise: www.enterprisenews.com

COURTS:
Mass. House approves Probation Department overhaul – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
DeLeo-flexes-muscle-on-court-reform.aspx: www.commonwealthmagazine.org

2012:
Democrat Tolman weighing challenge to Brown – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
For Scott Brown, Senate campaign starting early – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

LEGISLATURE:
Lawmakers want gun loopholes closed – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com
Mass. Lawmakers Recess Constitutional Convention | AP: feeds.wbur.org
Bill’s mane focus is increased horse racing – Sentinel & Enterprise: www.sentinelandenterprise.com
Bill would allow beer, wine at supermarkets – Sentinel & Enterprise: www.sentinelandenterprise.com

THE FEDS:
Kerry keynote speaker at Mass. Maritime | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com
U.S. should stick with troop-drawdown plan, Tsongas says – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com
Rep. Richard Neal: ‘The bill has come due’ on raising debt ceiling | masslive.com: blog.masslive.com

STATE HEADLINES:
Coakley wants answers about Conn. power plant tax – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise: www.enterprisenews.com
Panel: Public Pensions Need Reforms | Worcester Business Journal: www.wbjournal.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Poll finds support for tax on soda: www.telegram.com
Bump says fixing state government starts in auditor’s office – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com
Phoenix: No more Mr. Nice Council Five-way Boston bloodbath: thephoenix.com

DURANT:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Durant considering master plan, roundtable approach to issues: www.telegram.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Durant win strengthens GOP influence in Central Mass: www.telegram.com
GOP Gains Mass. House Seat, Dems Hold Another | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Durant win gives 20% of House to GOP: www.telegram.com

LANTIGUA:
Lawrence mayor sorry for getting aid to heat home – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
Mayor says girlfriend will return heat subsidy » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA : www.eagletribune.com
State investigates fuel aid to Lantigua, girlfriend » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA : www.eagletribune.com

DiMASI:
Lobbyists at center stage at DiMasi trial | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com

MEDIA:
The Boston Globe Could Print The Boston Herald | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
WFCR expands into downtown Springfield | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

TRANSPORTATION:
Train breakdown snarls commuter rail service – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Blue Mass Group | Romney backed a *federal* individual health care mandate in 1994: bluemassgroup.com
The Download: Southern comfort: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Blue Mass Group | You know, Mitt makes a lot of sense.: bluemassgroup.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
RI Gay marriage foes, fans opposed to civil unions | Politics | projo.com | The Providence Journal : www.projo.com
NH Lynch vetoes right-to-work | Concord Monitor: www.concordmonitor.com
VT Health care for all nears reality in Vt. – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com

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