Cleanup continues in W. Mass. – Romney declares candidacy, Obama ‘failed’ – Palin comes to the North End

TORNADO ALLEY: Tornado cleanup continues today, with word from Sen. Kerry about federal assistance (Wash. Post). Gov. Patrick hopes the death toll stays at four. (MassLive) The Herald alerts us to pols’ that and are not in Western Mass.

MITT MONITOR: Meanwhile, former Gov. Mitt Romney announced he’s running for president (Globe) against Barack Obama, who is a huge failure (Herald). Two political experts and a blogger discussed Romney’s bid last night on Greater Boston.

SARAH SURVEILLANCE: Meanwhile meanwhile, Sarah Palin came to Massachusetts and didn’t at all try to distract people from Romney’s announcement.

State AG presses feds on Pilgrim plant re-licensing |
UMass: Fee hikes are driven by less government funding – Lowell Sun Online:

DiMasi lawyers urge judge to toss out corruption charges – The Boston Globe:

Why the Attorney General of Massachusetts Has Giraffes on Her Desk – News – ABA Journal:

Gov. Deval Patrick says he hopes Western Massachusetts’ death toll will hold at 4 |
Springfield City Councilor Jose Tosado suspends mayoral campaign for month due to tornadoes |
Kerry: Federal aid likely after Massachusetts tornado – The Washington Post:
Pols prop up image with visits –
Gov. Patrick: People of Springfield ‘shaken’ – AP:
Amid ruins, counting blessings – AP:

Officially in, Romney all about the economy – The Boston Globe:
Analysis: New Hampshire Important For Romney | WBUR:
Romney said he had right policy on auto companies – AP: – Blogs: Katy on the Campaign Trail» Blog Archive » Romney: Obama has failed:
Greater Boston – New Hampshire politics:

Palin: Im Not Stepping On Romney Announcement | AP:
Palin takes a swipe at Romney along Freedom Trail –
RealClearPolitics – Palin Slams "RomneyCare" in Massachusetts:

Massachusetts Liberal: Tone deaf politics:
Red Mass Group:: Top Ten Things About This Weekend’s MassDems Convention in Lowell :

CT Malloy Warns Of Layoffs If Unions Reject SEBAC Deal –
N.H. Senate OKs expanding states capital punishment law – AP: Cape DA again denies ties to gambling – AP:
RI Senate panel takes up civil unions | Politics | | The Providence Journal :
ME Legislature challenges federal ethanol rules | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :

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