Judges warn of budget catastrophe – Muni-health deal praised – Red Line evac – Highway bills heard

COURTS: Calling this year’s cuts to the Judiciary budget "catastrophic," (CW) the leadership of the third branch is speaking out about possible courthouse closures (T&G) and asking Gov. Deval Patrick to stop all judicial appointments. (Herald, T&G, BBJ)

MUNI-HEALTH: Leaders on both sides of the issue praised, or at least tolerated, the municipal health care plan reform legislation signed yesterday by Patrick. (Sun, CW)

MASSD’OH: Could things get worse for the state’s transportation systems? The light collapse saga continues, lawmakers may be looking to make some highway (BBJ) changes (Telegram) and hundreds of commuters had to be evacuated yesterday from a Red Line tunnel (Globe). And what’s next? Ads on the MBTA website since – why not? – you’re going to be refreshing the alerts page every other minute to find out why your train broke down. (Globe)

MUNI-HEALTH:
Municipal health-insurance deal draws praise – Lowell Sun Online : www.lowellsun.com
Health compromise becomes law – CommonWealth Magazine: www.commonwealthmagazine.org

COURTS:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Court closures back on the table: www.telegram.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Fight vowed on court closings: www.telegram.com
Massachusetts judges plan to close 12 courthouses | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjour
Budget-strapped judges tell Gov. Deval Patrick: Halt appointments – BostonHerald.com: www.google.com
SJC decries ‘catastrophic’ budget – CommonWealth Magazine: www.commonwealthmagazine.org

TRANSPORTATION:
Hundreds evacuated from stuck MTBA trains – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
State considers dropping Mass. Pike tolls | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Legislators hope to bridge differences over design of span: www.telegram.com
MBTA selling ads on its website to raise revenue – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

STATE NEWS:
Cons poised for disability bucks – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com
Ethics fine delinquents rile lawmakers – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
Mass. treasurer launches pension abuse probe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Pool inspectors’ authority eyed after death in Fall River public swimming pool | AP: www.masslive.com

2012:
U.S. Rep. Lynch hasn’t ruled out Senate run – WL: www.wickedlocal.com
Head of company that complained about Warren, donated to Brown – WL: www.wickedlocal.com

MITT MONITOR:
Romney rejects Iowa group’s anti-gay marriage pledge from Political Intelligence: feeds.boston.com
Romney parking lot ban irks North End parents from Political Intelligence: feeds.boston.com

THE FEDS:
Kerry tells AARP members he will protect Social Security from Political Intelligence: feeds.boston.com

LEGISLATURE:
Senate approves bill for Cambridge co’s HQ expansion | Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
Veto doesn’t stub out debate on fate of Hub’s cigar bars – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Norfolk’s Winslow joins push for Caylee’s Law in Mass. – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.google.com
4 Mass. pols push to pass ‘Caylee’s Law’ – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com

MISC.
Patrick lends an ear in Milford – Milford Daily News: www.google.com
Rubinsky is named AP’s New England news editor – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
ME Center: Maine housing authority wants to charge too much for data | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
ME Maine Gov. LePage holds six bills until January | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
VT Entergy: Court has right to accept new information – Brattleboro Reformer : www.reformer.com
NH Majority leader wants Caylee’s law | Concord Monitor: www.concordmonitor.com
CT Prison Unions: Prison Unions Warn Of Inmate Riots If Cuts Go Through – Courant.com: www.courant.com
RI 7 companies vying to conduct gambling study for state of Rhode Island | Politics | projo.com | The Providence Journal : www.projo.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Blue Mass Group | This is Another Edition of Why NH Sucks: feedproxy.google.com
Blue Mass Group | New Website On the Legislative Committee Rules Fiasco: feedproxy.google.com
Red Mass Group:: A Judiciary Communications Breakdown? Who’s on first? : www.redmassgroup.com
Murray: Zero-based budgeting can work for state – WL: www.wickedlocal.com
The real “culture of corruption” – CommonWealth Magazine: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Red Mass Group:: Bathroom Bill ads hit the airwaves : www.redmassgroup.com
Blue Mass Group | Kum-ba-yah budget?: feedproxy.google.com
All quiet on the union front – DL: www.commonwealthmagazine.org

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