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.

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

BUDGET:
State will miss budget deadline, leaders say – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Our View: Legislators have no excuse for late budget » Opinion » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA : www.google.com

LANTIGUA:
Anti-Lantigua group readies recall signatures » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA : www.eagletribune.com
Group in Mass. begins effort to recall mayor – AP: feeds.boston.com

DiMASI:
Feds offer range for Sal DiMasi’s sentence – AP: feedproxy.google.com
Judge Rules DiMasi Can Keep His Pension | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Massachusetts prosecutors to resume case against convicted former House Speaker Salvator DiMasi’s associate, Richard Vitale | AP: www.masslive.com

FIREWORKS:
Lawmaker: OK fireworks for sales, safety – AP: feeds.boston.com
Bill gives towns power over fireworks | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

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

MITT MONITOR:
So far, Mass. GOPers agree: It’s Mitt – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com
Romney tweaking Obama on economy – PI: feeds.boston.com

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

BOSTON:
Boston City Council passes $2.4b budget – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

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

ISRAEL:
Mass. names first Israel trade representative | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
Bay State and Israel unveil agreement | AP: www.wwlp.com

2012:
Losing bidder faults Newton mayor – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

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

The 14th Annual Muzzle Awards – News Features : thephoenix.com

SHERIFF K:
Sheriff’s employee says he’s a scapegoat: www.myfoxboston.com

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

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

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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)

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

BUDGET:
Patrick signs 10-day interim state budget – AP: feeds.boston.com
Legislating through the budget- Download: www.commonwealthmagazine.org

EDUCATION:
Plan OK’d to link teacher evaluations to student test scores -AP: www.telegram.com
MCAS becomes test for teachers – CommonWealth Magazine: www.commonwealthmagazine.org

TRANSPORTATION:
MBTA reports busiest month in nine years: www.myfoxboston.com

DiMASI:
Judge to decide if board can halt DiMasi’s pension – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

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

MITT MONITOR:
Romney relying on Mass. fundraisers – PI: feeds.boston.com

LANTIGUA:
Former boss of trash firm called to Lantigua grand jury » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA : www.eagletribune.com

GAMBLING:
Gambling-addiction conference comes to Hub | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com

THE FEDS:
Brown names new communications director – PI: feeds.boston.com

MISC.
Korean ambassador pushes trade bill in Boston | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
IG: Spending abuses the worst he has seen – Lowell Sun Online : www.lowellsun.com
Barnstable Sheriff’s office gets a financial boost | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com

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

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)

BUDGET:
Lawmakers: Secrecy allows for smoother budget talks – Sentinel & Enterprise : www.sentinelandenterprise.com

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

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

HEALTH CARE:
Patrick wants payment bill signed this fall – Globe: www.google.com
Legislators vow bill to curb health care costs – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

BIO:
Gov, mayor to D.C. to hunt biotech cos. – BostonHerald.com: www.google.com
Patrick, Menino to make pitch to biotechs | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com

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

SENATORIAL OP-ED:
Bringing casinos to Mass. all about jobs – Sentinel & Enterprise : www.sentinelandenterprise.com
State eyes novel service funding model | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com

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

EDUCATION:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Wilson leaving behind a UMass that is much different: www.telegram.com
UMass health plan riles students – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

MISC.
FEMA closing down disaster centers | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com
In a rundown office, two watchdogs struggle to keep an eye on $2.4 Billion – News Features: thephoenix.com

STATE NEWS:
State health officials declare all-out war on mosquitoes – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com
South Coast Rail delayed over EPA concerns | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com

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

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

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

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)

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

HEALTH CARE:
State lawmakers begin health care summit: www.myfoxboston.com
State launches summit on high health care costs – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com

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

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

TRANSPORTATION:
WHDH-TV – MBTA expands ‘Quiet Car’ program: www1.whdh.com

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

MISC.:
Judge To Rule This Week On Whitey Bulger Attorney | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Monday morning briefing – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
Activists in Mass. revel at N.Y. gay marriage law – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

MITT MONITOR"
‘RomneyCare’ — a revolution that basically worked – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Romney, Bachmann lead in 2012 Iowa caucus poll | AP: www.masslive.com

EDUCATION:
State board on verge of overhauling teacher evaluation process – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
VT Entergy, Vt.’s legal showdown continues – Brattleboro Reformer : www.reformer.com
CT connecticut union leaders will consider next move for state concessions deal – Courant.com: www.courant.com

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

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Massachusetts Liberal: They can’t handle the truth: baystateliberal.blogspot.com
Massachusetts Liberal: At the front lines: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

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)

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

BROTHERS:
Two brothers: one a mob boss, one a Beacon Hill king – Lowell Sun Online : www.lowellsun.com
Pols recall Bulger bros’ power – BostonHerald.com: www.google.com
Romney pushed to oust Bulger over brother -PI: feeds.boston.com

CANESSA::
Rep. Canessa resigning effective Friday; new job with Southcoast Health | SouthCoastToday.com: www.google.com
Canessa to be Southcoast’s State House link | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com

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

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

TODAY IN CORRUPTION:
A former Massachusetts scientist convicted of siphoning federal transporation funds | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
IG report details trips, dinners for local superintendents – Lowell Sun Online : www.lowellsun.com

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

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

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

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Download: It’s the ethics, stupid: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Red Mass Group:: Culture of Corruption: DeLeo Throws a Time for Petrolati : www.redmassgroup.com
Keller @ Large: Billy Bulger, Others Were In Denial About Whitey’s “Reign Of Terror” « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com
Keller @ Large: Whitey Bulger Arrest Raises A Lot Of New Questions « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

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

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

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

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

TODAY IN CORRUPTION:
State workers union sues over patronage | Boston Business Journal: www.bizjournals.com
State: Former Special Ed Director Stole Millions | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Auditor investigating alleged spending abuses at education group – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Chuck Turner’s support group raises funds, concern – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com

HEALTH CARE:
Blue Cross cries foul over AG Martha Coakley’s cost report: feedproxy.google.com
AG says shifting health payments not enough – AP: www.telegram.com

AG ON A ROLE:
Wayland selectmen violated Open Meeting Law, AG says – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
AG rejects town’s fine for public drunks – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

TORNADOES:
WAMC: Governor Urges Long Range Planning For Tornado Recovery (2011-06-22) : www.google.com

MITT MONITOR:
GOP’s Romney starts fundraising swing in California – San Jose Mercury News : www.google.com
Romney to Huntsman: Go away – DL: www.commonwealthmagazine.org

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

THE FEDS:
Mass. lawmakers call for more aggressive withdrawal from Afghanistan – PI: feeds.boston.com

LEGISLATURE:
Gender rights bills urged | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com
Senator files bill to replace Feoffees with public board » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA : www.salemnews.com

2012:
Hull man running for state Senate – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger: www.patriotledger.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Blue Mass Group | Boston blogger outrages legislators : feedproxy.google.com
Red Mass Group:: Democratic Hedlund Challenger Says Vote for Me, Because I Can Access Beacon Hill’s Closed Doors : www.redmassgroup.com

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

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. MassCrooks.com, 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)

TODAY IN CORRUPTION:
Cahill led lottery advertising blitz during his run for governor – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
$10m in special education funds diverted, inspector general says – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

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

BCEC:
Convention center of attention – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com
Boston Convention Center Expansion Moves Forward | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Panel backs expansion of Boston convention center – AP: feeds.boston.com

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

TRANSPORTATION:
Past violations litter MBTA bus drivers’ records – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – WRTA works out new contract with administrator: www.telegram.com

MAKIN’ MONEY:
Mass. Gov. Patrick to hold Philadelphia fundraiser – AP: feeds.boston.com
House arrest keeps Tierney’s wife from rep’s fund-raiser – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com

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

MISC.
In 4 Years Since Health Mandate, Mass. Has Collected $65M In Fines | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
NRC officials review Vermont Yankee grades – AP: feeds.boston.com
Physiologists want specialty recognized | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Culture of corruption, cont’d – DL: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Boston media still obsessed with Whitey – Gatekeeper blog – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Massachusetts Liberal: Woulda, coulda, shoulda: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
CT Community College Faculty Union and Supervisory Judicial Marshals Union Approve Deal – Courant.com: www.courant.com
NH Democrats pan state budget | Concord Monitor: www.concordmonitor.com
Maine lawmakers, voters bond on borrowing: Skip it this year | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com