Capuano talks 2012 – Key witness to take the stand in DiMasi trial – Senate budget released today – No Veep love for Lowell

CAP SPEAKS: Congressman Mike Capuano thinks he could win the Democratic US Senate primary but doesn’t know if he could beat Scott Brown, and is still looking for "an honest path to victory." ( Somerville Journal) Meanwhile Newton Mayor Setti Warren continues to be explosive. (WL)

LALLY LAND: Former Cognos sales agent and accused corruption conspirator Joseph Lally takes the stand today in the trial of former House Speaker Sal DiMasi ( WBUR). Yesterday the jury heard testimony on DiMasi’s financial woes ( Herald, Globe) and how a Speaker can basically get inexperienced lawmakers to do whatever they want ( AP).

BUDGET: The Senate releases its budget plan today ( Globe). The T&G looks at Senate Ways and Means Chair Stephen Brewer’s "frugal" approach.

BUMMER: VP Joe Biden will not be coming to UMass Lowell to enthrall graduates with a speech about public rail and budget negotiations. (Sun)

Dimasi Trial Continues With Lallys Testimony | WBUR:
Lawyer shells theory DiMasi was broke – Herald:
Ex-Massachusetts State Rep. Robert Coughlin testifies he sponsored amendment for ex-speaker Salvatore DiMasi | AP:
Prosecutors try to link credit line to kickback scheme, DiMasi – The Globe:

Congressman Capuano discusses potential challenge to Scott Brown – Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 – Somerville Journal:
Senate candidate Warren hits Massachusetts campaign trail – –
Conroy latest Brown challenger – The Sun Chronicle Online – News:
Democrat Bob Massie on why he can beat Scott Brown – Greater Boston:

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Frugal is Brewer’s watchword:
Senate leaders unveil plan to give relief to unions – The Boston Globe:
Mass. Senate to unveil state budget proposal – AP:

Virus breaches Mass. unemployment system | Boston Business Journal:
Mass. warns of breach in job services computers -AP:
Data breach could mean more trouble for unemployed » Local News », Salem, MA :

Romney Fundraiser A Psychological Boost To Supporters | WBUR:
Romney has it all — except GOP stalwart support – AP:

Sheriff fined $10,000 for campaign finance law violations » Local News », Salem, MA :
AG, lender reach deal | Boston Business Journal:
Patrick visits Westborough software company – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News:
Massachusetts cracks down on human trafficking – Greater Boston:
State Sen. Gale Candaras of Wilbraham to announce proposal to change Massachusetts alimony law |

Brown won’t say if he supports Medicare overhaul – AP:
NOAA to fishermen: ‘We’re sorry’ » Local News », Gloucester, MA :
Groundwork Lawrence inspires Tsongas » Merrimack Valley », North Andover, MA :
West: Obama ‘a black mascot’ and ‘black puppet’ – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe –

Lawmakers plot strategy to keep 5th District intact – Sentinel & Enterprise:

UMass Lowell Biden its time on grad speaker – Lowell Sun Online:
UMass Lowell unsuccessfully courts Biden to address grads – Lowell Sun Online:

Packed room for biomass hearing |
Push to stop spread of invasive mussels |
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Planned Parenthood opponents in Gardner back off:

Blue Mass Group | Scott Brown and the Ryan Budget:
A Romney we can respect – The Boston Globe:
The Download: Brown’s DiMasi diversion:
Red Mass Group:: Gov. Patrick’s Regulatory Regime for Payment Reform :
Blue Mass Group | Flahertys Strong Views on Boston Council and Mayor:
Massachusetts Liberal: Misplaced annoyance:
Massachusetts Liberal: Listen and learn:

ME Poll suggests Maine voters are leery about economy, where state is headed | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :
RI Kennedy to wed July 15 | Politics | | The Providence Journal:
R.I. House committee OKs bill on civil unions | Politics | | The Providence Journal :
CT Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Wants Swift Legislative OK On Health Center Plan –
RI Lawmaker out of custody case – Monitor:
ME GOP hails Maine health care overhaul as it becomes law – AP: