Still no budget! – Health care proposals – Bastien wants fireworks – Trouble for Lantigua in possible recall

WHUDGET?: It’s the end of June! That means there must be a shiny new budget all done and ready for the governor’s signature, right? No. No, it does not mean that (Globe). Get angry, Salem News! Keller wants to know why sausage takes so long to make. (WBZ)

HEALTH CARE: In health care news, the Ledger looks at the long road ahead, WBUR reports on a proposal to freeze premiums, Sen. Timilty gets yells at (Sun Chron.) and Charlie Baker finds himself on a new board (MHT)

BOOM: Known bottle rocket enthusiast Rep. Rich Bastien stares New Hampshire in the eye and demands legal fireworks in Mass. (WWLP)

LANTIGUA WATCH: Uh-oh, Willie. (Eagle Trib.)

SPEECH: Dan Kennedy brings you the 14th Annual Muzzle Awards!

SHERIFF K’S BAD DAY: Fox25 won’t leave Peter Koutoujian alone.

Scolding for Timilty on health care vote – The Sun Chronicle Online – News:
MedVentive adds Charlie Baker to board of directors – Mass High Tech Business News:
A Call To Freeze Health Care Premiums | WBUR:
Health-care hearings hint at long road ahead – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger:

State will miss budget deadline, leaders say – The Boston Globe:
Our View: Legislators have no excuse for late budget » Opinion », Salem, MA :

Anti-Lantigua group readies recall signatures » Merrimack Valley », North Andover, MA :
Group in Mass. begins effort to recall mayor – AP:

Feds offer range for Sal DiMasi’s sentence – AP:
Judge Rules DiMasi Can Keep His Pension | WBUR:
Massachusetts prosecutors to resume case against convicted former House Speaker Salvator DiMasi’s associate, Richard Vitale | AP:

Lawmaker: OK fireworks for sales, safety – AP:
Bill gives towns power over fireworks |

Rep. McGovern On Afghanistan Gov’t.: ‘None Of This Is Sustainable’ | WBUR:
Panel OKs veteran bills co-sponsored by Sen. Brown – AP:
Kerry wants Feds to pay fishermen legal bills | Boston Business Journal:
Kerry Urges Privacy Protections – PI:

So far, Mass. GOPers agree: It’s Mitt – The Sun Chronicle Online – News:
Romney tweaking Obama on economy – PI:

MBTA agrees to parking-fine grace period – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger:
State transportation chief given peek at Route 128 reconstruction » Local News », Salem, MA :

Boston City Council passes $2.4b budget – The Boston Globe:

Massachusetts closes deep-water swimming pools after Fall River workers fail to notice drowned woman for 2 days | AP:
Wanted fugitive working for state contractor:
Embattled Mass. agency head steps aside – AP:
Bay State blows its biotech horn | Boston Business Journal:

Mass. names first Israel trade representative | Boston Business Journal:
Bay State and Israel unveil agreement | AP:

Losing bidder faults Newton mayor – The Boston Globe:

Patrick, Murray leave Greater Lowell out of the ‘conversation’ – Lowell Sun Online :
Natick town treasurer charged with drunken driving – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News:

The 14th Annual Muzzle Awards – News Features :

Sheriff’s employee says he’s a scapegoat:

Red Mass Group:: Culture of Corruption: Lobbyist Holocaust Edition :
Red Mass Group:: What is the Real Reason for Patrick DC Trip? :
Dems design the other side of Scott Brown’s baseball card | Mass Politics Blog:
Red Mass Group:: US Rep Bill Keating Violates House Ethics Rules :
Risky Business:
What other vaguely offensive things should Mayor Menino ban next? -Phoenix:

Malloy To Legislature: Let Me Cut Budget, Privatize Services, Decrease Tax Credit –
R.I. Senate votes 21-to-16 for civil unions | Politics | | The Providence Journal :
Green: Catherine Smith and the jobs tour –
LePage signs bill opening Maine to charter schools | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : http://www.pressheral

Medical marijuana and Right to Repair hearings pack State House – 10-day budget signed – Brown campaign gets baseball cards

HILL ACTION: There were two big hearings yesterday on Beacon Hill: Medical marijuana (AP, Republican) and the ‘Right to Repair’ bill (Enterprise, WWLP).

STAND-IN: And guess what? There’s still no budget, except for this little bitty one. (AP)

SCOTTO COLLECTIBLES: Why didn’t they think of this sooner? (AP)

Bill would legalize medical marijuana in Mass. – AP:
Massachusetts medical marijuana bill would establish regulation system with statewide dispensaries |
‘Right to Repair’ hearing reveals sharp divisions – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise:
Mechanics torn on Right to Repair Bill |
Special election to fill Canessa’s seat set – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise:

Patrick signs 10-day interim state budget – AP:
Legislating through the budget- Download:

Plan OK’d to link teacher evaluations to student test scores -AP:
MCAS becomes test for teachers – CommonWealth Magazine:

MBTA reports busiest month in nine years:

Judge to decide if board can halt DiMasi’s pension – The Boston Globe:

Setti Warren won’t ask Newton voters for tax hike in 2012 | Mass Politics Blog:
Baseball cards a tool in Brown campaign | AP:

Romney relying on Mass. fundraisers – PI:

Former boss of trash firm called to Lantigua grand jury » Merrimack Valley », North Andover, MA :

Gambling-addiction conference comes to Hub | Boston Business Journal:

Brown names new communications director – PI:

Korean ambassador pushes trade bill in Boston | Boston Business Journal:
IG: Spending abuses the worst he has seen – Lowell Sun Online :
Barnstable Sheriff’s office gets a financial boost |

Retirement system challenges reform | Concord Monitor:
Governor signs into law expansion of death penalty | Concord Monitor:
Welch to introduce GPS tracking legislation – Brattleboro Reformer :
New Maine marijuana law changes procedures | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :

Honchos head to DC for bio con – Secret budget talks yet to result in a budget – Attention turns to health costs – Romney-Perry ’12

FRANKENTINI: Everybody’s in D.C. hanging out with biotech firms, probably schmoozing and drinking genetically modified daiquiris on the roof of the convention center. (Herald, BBJ)

BUDGET?: No budget. Super secret conference talks continue. (Sun) This is like the ‘Chinese Democracy’ of budgets.

CONSERVATIVE CAMELOT: This Texan wants a Romney-Perry ticket in 2012.

HEALTH: Gov. Patrick yesterday called for a health payment bill by the fall while lawmakers vowed to maybe actually go about doing that. (Globe)

Lawmakers: Secrecy allows for smoother budget talks – Sentinel & Enterprise :

State’s Right to Repair bill fight heating up – The Sun Chronicle Online – News:
Mass. to hold hearing on medical marijuana:

New kind of Austin-Boston may help GOP – San Antonio Express-News:
Rep. Michele Bachmann slams Mitt Romney | The State Column:

Patrick wants payment bill signed this fall – Globe:
Legislators vow bill to curb health care costs – The Boston Globe:

Gov, mayor to D.C. to hunt biotech cos. –
Patrick, Menino to make pitch to biotechs | Boston Business Journal:

Judge to decide on Bulger bid for public defender – AP:
Bulger’s Girlfriend Hires High-Profile Defense Attorney | WBUR:
Bulger tells FBI agents he came back to Boston armed and often – Framingham, MA – AP:

Bringing casinos to Mass. all about jobs – Sentinel & Enterprise :
State eyes novel service funding model | Boston Business Journal:

Rep. Tom Conroy applauds gay marriage ruling in New York – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News:
U.S. Senate candidate getting ready for walk across state – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News:

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Wilson leaving behind a UMass that is much different:
UMass health plan riles students – The Boston Globe:

FEMA closing down disaster centers |
In a rundown office, two watchdogs struggle to keep an eye on $2.4 Billion – News Features:

State health officials declare all-out war on mosquitoes – The Sun Chronicle Online – News:
South Coast Rail delayed over EPA concerns | Boston Business Journal:

Hampshire Council of Governments applies to become default electricity supplier to 22 communities |
Lowell City Council told banning sex offenders from library is illegal – Lowell Sun Online :
Chicopee City Council budget vote may have been made in error |

Lynch vetoes voter ID | Concord Monitor:
Bill to legalize same-sex civil unions slated for June 29 vote by R.I. Senate Judiciary Committee | Politics | | The Providence Journal :

Red Mass Group:: Governor Patrick: Leading from Beyond :
Red Mass Group:: Derek Maksy, Republican candidate from Lakeville, Enters 12th Bristol Special Election :
Why Elizabeth Warren’s good for business | Mass Politics Blog:
Blue Mass Group | Defending the Bulgers (Somebody Has to Do It) -Joan Vennochi Is Right – Libel – Howie Carr and Blood Money:
Red Mass Group:: On "Balanced and On Time" Budgets :
Blue Mass Group | “What’s good for biotech is good for you.”:

Waiting for a budget – More Whitey – Redist. plan calls for Lawrence to change hands – Health care summit

WHITEY: The big news is still Whitey and the wait for further legal action. (WBUR)

ELEVENTH HOUR: Anyone seen the budget? It’s got to be around here somewhere. (MetroWest, Globe)

LATIN VOTE: A Latino advocacy group is suggesting moving Lawrence from Sen. Finegold’s district to Sen. Baddour’s to maximize the Latino vote.(Eagle Trib.)

SPORTS!: More drinking, less fighting when trophies come to town, study suggests. (Globe)

Massachusetts, others eye new model to fund social programs – The Boston Globe:
Keller @ Large: Robert DeLeo On Whitey Bulger, State Budget, Casino Gambling « CBS Boston:
State budget cuts slash into summer fun – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News:

State lawmakers begin health care summit:
State launches summit on high health care costs –

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Filing suit was the right thing for Chandler:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Recently elected state rep relishes role in Legislature:
amednews: Massachusetts bill would give patients the right to film surgery :: June 27, 2011 … American Medical News:
Bill would let towns fine companies for double poles – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News:

Proposal would create Latino-heavy legislative districts — and make targets out of Baddour and Finegold » Merrimack Valley », North Andover, MA :

WHDH-TV – MBTA expands ‘Quiet Car’ program:

Hiring laws in question – Berkshire Eagle Online :
Recall raises issues, tension at forum – Lowell Sun Online :
Distant island city enjoyed Lantigua largesse – The Boston Globe:
Mayor reconnects with his public, breaks out in tweets on Twitter – The Boston Globe:
Data: Boston titles mean more drinks, not fights –
Milton selectmen to meet Monday on Gov. Stoughton property – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger:

Judge To Rule This Week On Whitey Bulger Attorney | WBUR:
Monday morning briefing –
Activists in Mass. revel at N.Y. gay marriage law – The Boston Globe:

‘RomneyCare’ — a revolution that basically worked – The Boston Globe:
Romney, Bachmann lead in 2012 Iowa caucus poll | AP:

State board on verge of overhauling teacher evaluation process – The Boston Globe:

VT Entergy, Vt.’s legal showdown continues – Brattleboro Reformer :
CT connecticut union leaders will consider next move for state concessions deal –

NH GOP puts stamp on session | Concord Monitor:
ME Lawmakers due back in Augusta this week | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :

Massachusetts Liberal: They can’t handle the truth:
Massachusetts Liberal: At the front lines:

Whitey to return to Boston – Reminders of Bulger era influence and scandals – Canessa gone – Still no budget

With ex-fugitive mobster Whitey Bulger on his way back to Boston today for a court appearance, a shell-shocked Hub looks forward to the fallout. (AP) The Herald and Sun look back at the influence of the Brothers Bulger while Political Intelligence reminds us that Mitt vs. Billy wasn’t that long ago. I hope someone has the foresight to blare "Shipping Up to Boston" when Whitey gets off the plane.

Rep. Canessa’s hasty exit from the House – SouthCoast Today, BBJ.

Oh yeah, still no budget. (Bloomberg)

Bulger won’t recognize the Southie he fled | Boston Business Journal:
Capture of Boston Gangster Could Mean More Scandal | AP: feeds

Two brothers: one a mob boss, one a Beacon Hill king – Lowell Sun Online :
Pols recall Bulger bros’ power –
Romney pushed to oust Bulger over brother -PI:

Rep. Canessa resigning effective Friday; new job with Southcoast Health |
Canessa to be Southcoast’s State House link | Boston Business Journal:

Romney planning to raise cash while his rivals roam Iowa – The Boston Globe:
Dems say under Gov. Mitt Romney, Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 states in job creation – St. Petersburg Times:
Romney supporters launch independent finance group – AP:

Murray the key vote if Speranzo vote is deadlocked – Berkshire Eagle Online :
Gov. Patrick appoints Claudia Abreau clerk-magistrate of new Taunton District Court – Taunton, MA – The Taunton Gazette:
State supreme court denies Keith Luke motion to dismiss murder charges – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger:

A former Massachusetts scientist convicted of siphoning federal transporation funds |
IG report details trips, dinners for local superintendents – Lowell Sun Online :

State Lawmakers Racing to Close Budget Gaps Across U.S. as Deadlines Loom – Bloomberg:
MBTA bailout looms as debt mounts | Boston Business Journal:
State looks to shave bill to shelter homeless | Boston Business Journal:
Patrick: Medicaid block grants ‘bad for people’ – PI:

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank visits Norton selectmen – Gatehouse:
Barney Frank, Ron Paul introduce bill to end federal ban on marijuana | AP:

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Town scrambles for FEMA boost:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Write-in candidates gaining ground:
Vermont Yankee owners asks judge to limit state’s reach on nuclear power plant | AP:

Download: It’s the ethics, stupid:
Red Mass Group:: Culture of Corruption: DeLeo Throws a Time for Petrolati :
Keller @ Large: Billy Bulger, Others Were In Denial About Whitey’s “Reign Of Terror” « CBS Boston:
Keller @ Large: Whitey Bulger Arrest Raises A Lot Of New Questions « CBS Boston:

Senate panel hears casino bill | Politics | | The Providence Journal :
Malloy Talks Tough About Layoffs; Calls Special Session Next Week To Balance Budget –
Gov. Paul LePage to sign medical marijuana law | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :
Snowe: Regulate without harming | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :

Whitey Bulger arrested – No comment from brother William – House GOP offers ethics reforms – Crooked special Ed. director investigation deepens

ACT ACCORDINGLY: Whitey Bulger: caught! Herald. Globe. AP. Howie. His brother, former Senate President and president of UMass William Bulger, had no comment this morning.(AP) WHDH compares the brothers.

SNITCHES GET STITCHES: The House GOP introduced their new ethics plan yesterday (T&G), which includes a “snitch rule” for ratting out your boss. (WWLP, AP, Herald) The Phoenix’s David Bernstein has a different idea for reform and probably won’t be let in the building anymore. Side note: are Dan Winslow’s learned tortoiseshell reading glasses the new rugged barn coat?

TODAY IN CORRUPTION: The Auditor looks into this special education business. (Globe) Don’t just stand there and accept patronage – sue! (BBJ) And Chuck Turner’s reelection committee is now his defense fund, evidently, which is nowhere near as unethical as outright taking bribes. (Herald)

Whitey Bulger surrenders in Calif. after 16 years on run – The Boston Globe:
Neighbor Recalls Bulger In Calif. Showing Evidence Of His Temper | AP:
History Of ‘Whitey’ Bulger, 16 Years On The Run | AP:

William Bulger has no reaction to Whitey’s capture – AP
Whitey and brother, William Bulger, a study in contrasts – WHDH

MA Republicans call for ethics overhaul |
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – State GOP promotes ethics reform as new scandal comes to light:
Mass. GOP Proposes Changes To House Ethics Code | AP:
In the wake of the latest corruption scandal, let’s just torch the offending chamber – Talking Politics:
Republicans pushing House ‘snitch rule’ –

State workers union sues over patronage | Boston Business Journal:
State: Former Special Ed Director Stole Millions | WBUR:
Auditor investigating alleged spending abuses at education group – The Boston Globe:
Chuck Turner’s support group raises funds, concern –

Blue Cross cries foul over AG Martha Coakley’s cost report:
AG says shifting health payments not enough – AP:

Wayland selectmen violated Open Meeting Law, AG says – The Boston Globe:
AG rejects town’s fine for public drunks – The Boston Globe:

WAMC: Governor Urges Long Range Planning For Tornado Recovery (2011-06-22) :

GOP’s Romney starts fundraising swing in California – San Jose Mercury News :
Romney to Huntsman: Go away – DL:

Court hearing gets under way on Vt. nuke’s future – AP:
State may ease rules for pepper spray – MWDN:
Republican Charlie Baker on what he learned from his campaign -Greater Boston:
For-Profit Schools: Mass. law would hurt schools – AP:
Darren Alston confirmed as new clerk magistrate for Northampton District Court |

Mass. lawmakers call for more aggressive withdrawal from Afghanistan – PI:

Gender rights bills urged |
Senator files bill to replace Feoffees with public board » Local News », Salem, MA :

Hull man running for state Senate – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger:

Blue Mass Group | Boston blogger outrages legislators :
Red Mass Group:: Democratic Hedlund Challenger Says Vote for Me, Because I Can Access Beacon Hill’s Closed Doors :

R.I. House leaders unveil revised casino bill | Politics | | The Providence Journal :
Prospects Dim For Concessions Deal Between State Employee Unions And Malloy Administration –
Deadly force legislation approved | Concord Monitor:
$10.2 billion budget passes | Concord Monitor:
District redrawing deadlines set | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :

Cahill involved in Lottery ads – Spec. Ed. director diverts $10M – GOP to offer ethics reforms – MBTA bus hires shoddy records – BCEC Expansion approved by panel

TODAY IN CORRUPTION: I should start a whole new daily email exclusively about public corruption., who’s in? After a week of DiMasi news and additional headlines about his co-defendants other problems, today the Globe updates us on former Treasurer Tim Cahill’s possibly sketchy campaign season lottery ad buy. And ever wonder why Special Ed costs so much? This might have something to do with it, at least in the Merrimack Valley.

GOP COPS: The House GOP is going to clean up the ethics morass of the General Court, 32 votes at a time. (AP)

POP QUIZ, HOTSHOT: The MBTA has been hiring bus drivers with questionable driving records.  (Herald) OK, not that questionable, maybe.

GAMBLIN’: Analyst says casinos would be good for revenue, not so much for development. (WBUR) Also good for state revenues: if the Bruin’s $7,460 in booze taxes hadn’t gone to Connecticut.

BCEC: The Convention Center expansion looks more likely this morning. (Herald, WBUR)

Cahill led lottery advertising blitz during his run for governor – The Boston Globe:
$10m in special education funds diverted, inspector general says – The Boston Globe:

Casino opponents say negotiations taking place behind closed doors – Lowell Sun Online :
Analyst: Gambling Would Be Mass. Revenue Source, Not Development Tool | WBUR: feeds.wb

Convention center of attention –
Boston Convention Center Expansion Moves Forward | WBUR:
Panel backs expansion of Boston convention center – AP:

In wake of DiMasi conviction, Massachusetts GOP to propose changes to House ethics code | AP:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Rep. Fattman further clarifies crime victim remark:
Massachusetts Legislature approves $10 million for violence prevention for Springfield and other cities plagued with youth murders |

Past violations litter MBTA bus drivers’ records –
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – WRTA works out new contract with administrator:

Mass. Gov. Patrick to hold Philadelphia fundraiser – AP:
House arrest keeps Tierney’s wife from rep’s fund-raiser –

City passes budget; taxes rise – Lowell Sun Online :
Hampden DA says Baystate Medical Center use of live pigs for training doesn’t violate animal cruelty laws |

In 4 Years Since Health Mandate, Mass. Has Collected $65M In Fines | WBUR:
NRC officials review Vermont Yankee grades – AP:
Physiologists want specialty recognized |

Culture of corruption, cont’d – DL:
Boston media still obsessed with Whitey – Gatekeeper blog –
Massachusetts Liberal: Woulda, coulda, shoulda:

CT Community College Faculty Union and Supervisory Judicial Marshals Union Approve Deal –
NH Democrats pan state budget | Concord Monitor:
Maine lawmakers, voters bond on borrowing: Skip it this year | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :