LG breaks Speranzo tie for Gov Council approval – Brown adds to warchest – BCBS to pay back value of CEO severance

GOVERNOR CAMEO: Not a ton happened yesterday, and believe it or not, the Governor’s Council meeting was the most interesting part of the whole day. (AP) Rep. Speranzo was confirmed by the Council for a Chief Magistrate job, but only after Gov. Patrick stopped by to allow Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray to cast the tie-breaking vote. There were no screaming matches or tearful outbursts, for the record.

MONEY RACE: Scott Brown is still raising a bunch of money. (Sun) His opponents, not so much. (Globe)

SEVERANCE: And Blue Cross Blue Shield decides to eat $4.2 million to get this whole Cleve business behind them. (BBJ)

2012:
Brown war chest leaves Democratic rivals far behind – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com
Khazei leads potential Brown challengers in fund-raising – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

HEALTH CARE:
Blue Cross puts Cleve-gate in the rear view mirror | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
State finds fourth case of abuse at Carney – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to rebate $4.2 million to ratepayers to offset CEO’s severance | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

STATE NEWS:
Lt. Gov. Murray hosting talk in Framingham Monday – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com
Massachusetts Probation Department hirings based on political connections, National Association of Government Employees charges in suit | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Mass. Lawmaker Narrowly Approved For Judicial Post | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org

THE FEDS:
Federal-agencies-making-plans-to-raze-Superfund-complex: www.metrowestdailynews.com

TRANSPORTATION:
Massport asks for release from 9/11 lawsuit | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
MBTA considers airing audio ads – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Springfield candidates for mayor defend City Council budget cuts | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

MITT MONITOR:
Romney Raises $18M For Presidential Campaign | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Romney tweaks Huntsman with Utah supporter list : feeds.boston.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
MELePage has a message for at-risk students | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
CT Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Speaks To Business Groups In Bristol This Morning – Courant.com: www.courant.com
NH Lynch vetoes RGGI repeal | Concord Monitor: www.concordmonitor.com
VT No ‘smoking gun’ AG says Entergy officials won’t be charged with perjury – Brattleboro Reformer : www.reformer.com
LePage’s son unhurt in I-295 car crash | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Red Mass Group:: Shhhh… The Governor is thinking. : www.redmassgroup.com
The Great Ethics Debate | First Proposal: Why are We Changing the Rules Again Dan?: feedproxy.google.com
BostonHerald.com – Blogs: Lone Republican» Blog Archive » Oops there goes Romney again: www.bostonherald.com
Blue Mass Group | Khazei the big winner in early MA-Sen fundraising: feedproxy.google.com
Romney Leaves A Lot On The Table – TP: feedproxy.google.com
Blue Mass Group | Prelude to the Senate race: Confronting Scott Brown: feedproxy.google.com
Hyperlocal news in trouble – Download: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Blue Mass Group | Setti Warren: Solid on jobs, deficits, health care; soft on Mars: feedproxy.go

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