Pressure on DeLeo – Big 3 gear up for Gambling – Final budget looms – Barrios quits – Firework freedom

In the wake of the DiMasi conviction, the all eyes are on Speaker Robert DeLeo and the rest of the Legislature when it comes to dealings with lobbyists and how the sausage gets made. (Herald)

Don’t worry everybody, Rep. Richard Bastien is here to save the Fourth of July, the day we commemorate how George Washington killed General Howe with an M80. (Herald)

And of course it’s also time for our slightly newer annual tradition: rushing to pass a budget (AP) then having a tense debate on gambling. (Globe)

Former Senator Barrios quits as the head of GLAAD after endorsing a telecom bill pushed by a donor. (AP)

LEGISLATURE:
Gambling debate goes on behind closed doors – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Time running out to vote on MA Budget | AP: www.wwlp.com
Pols fiireworks bill sparks debate – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
Right to Repair Debate Comes to Easton – Easton, MA Patch: easton-ma.patch.com

STATE NEWS:
State drafts an approach to keep families in homes – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Report: Many Mass. parolees end up back in prison – AP: feeds.boston.com
Increase of food stamps in Massachusetts: www.myfoxboston.com

DeLEO:
Speaker under scrutiny – BostonHerald.com: bostonherald.com.nyud.net

TORNADOES:
Tornado relief centers – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Gov. Deval Patrick will host a public forum to discuss tornado relief | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

REDISTRICTING:
Officials trying to save 6th District » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA : www.salemnews.com

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Some communities reluctant to regionalize services, say officials – Sentinel & Enterprise: www.sentinelandenterprise.com
Secure Communities proposal may hit wall in Marlborough – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Panel says state law on tuition imperils budget: www.telegram.com
Pit-bull owners feel bite – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com

TRANSPORTATION:
Several hurt on escalator at Back Bay MBTA station – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Woman walking on Massachusetts Turnpike struck by tractor trailer | AP: www.masslive.com

MISC.
Monday morning briefing – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
Barrios quits GLAAD leadership post – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

MITT MONITOR:
Romney adds chapter to abortion history: www.boston.com

BEST OF TE BLOGS:
Blue Mass Group | Bruins sailed, MBTA failed: feedproxy.google.com
Parole failure – Glass 1/3 empty or 2/3 full? – James Alan Fox – Crime & Punishment blog – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Massachusetts Liberal: Spotlight on DeLeo: ba

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