Romney slams “career politicians” in Perry’s backyard – Brown backs Quincy council hopeful – Irene damages – More trouble in Lawrence

MITT MONITOR: Former Gov. Mitt Romney took it to GOP presidential primary opponent Gov. Rick Perry in Perry’s own state of Texas yesterday, slamming "career politicians," of which Romney has only been one of for a decade or so. (AP, PI)

2012: While Elizabeth Warren’s not quite ready to throw her hat over the fence just yet (Globe), Scott Brown’s backing a candidate for city council in Quincy (WL) which is incidentally Ramblin’ Tom Conroy‘s next stop (Ledger).

DISASTER ZONES: Ben Downing is concerned about flood damage (MassLive). David Linsky wants to hear about power outages (WL). Linda Dean Campbell wants someone to do something about Lawrence (Eagle Trib.)

Republican Mitt Romney, on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s turf, assails ‘career politicians’ | AP:
Romney to attend Tea Party Express event in N.H. from Political Intelligence:
Romney addresses VFW convention in Texas from Political Intelligence:
PolitiFact Georgia | Georgia pol whips up debate on Romney record:
In bashing Harvard, Romney hits alma mater from Political Intelligence:

Elizabeth Warren not set to announce Senate run, but she’s ready for a fight – The Boston Globe:
Sen. Scott Brown to attend Sept. 10 event for Quincy city council candidate – WL:
Senate candidate Tom Conroy in Quincy on Wednesday – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger:

Sen. Ben Downing: Flooding of roads, bridges and culverts remains a concern in the Berkshires after Irene |
Unhappy Linsky wants to hear from residents about NSTAR – –

Methuen lawmaker calls on governor to take action in Lawrence » Merrimack Valley », North Andover, MA :
Top Lantigua aide hospitalized » Merrimack Valley », North Andover, MA :

State, local officials prep for ethanol trains – CommonWealth Magazine:
FBI forms terror task force at Logan – WWLP:
Logan Airport Opens Counterterrorism Office | AP:

Judge denies ex-Mass. speaker new trial – AP:
Judge Denies DiMasi New trial | WBUR:

Feudin’ Republicans – CW:
Tarr’s, others’ Secure Communities call too late » Local News », Gloucester, MA:
Audit to examine troubled Mass. special ed agency – AP:
Arrest Of Obama’s Uncle Fodder For Political Blogs | WBUR:
State senator poised to become next head of Mass. AFL-CIO from Political Intelligence:

Victory for liberty and the right to videotape public officials – On Liberty blog –
Blue Mass Group | Crazy Khazei = Cyberbullying:
Massachusetts Liberal: Taking one for the team:

NH Protesters in Lebanon | Concord Monitor:
CT Malloy Tours Irene Damage –
ME Maine panel backs Democratic congressional redistricting plan | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :

Gov tours hurricane damage – Moody’s likes Vegas companies’ chances in MA – Obama uncle arrested

IRENE: Gov. Deval Patrick was out and about yesterday touring areas damaged by hurricane Irene (WWLP, ABC40, Republican). But he wasn’t out and about enough on Sunday for some (AP). PI likes his snazzy disaster vest.

CASINO PUN: Moody’s is putting its chips on Nevada’s Caesar’s Entertainment Group and other Las Vegas companies to get pieces of the expanded gambling pie. (LV Review-Journal)

WACKY UNCLE ONYANGO: So President Obama’s uncle got picked up for drunk driving (outside the Chicken Bone!) and is now possibly going to be deported to Kenya (AP, Herald) . I guess the MetroWest Daily News didn’t think this was all that important when they quietly reported the arrest, and his name, last Friday. (h/t K.C.)

Governor tours Franklin County damage |
Governor Tours Storm Damage – WGGB abc40/FOX 6: News, Weather, Sports: Springfield, MA:
Mass. Gov. defends low profile during Irene – AP:
Gov. Deval Patrick describes ‘extraordinary flooding’ in Western Mass. from Tropical Storm Irene |
Debris across Cape keeps chain saws buzzing |
Come heck or high water, Patrick has the look from Political Intelligence:
Nearly 4,000 Western Massachusetts residents still without power |

Moody’s sees payoff for Las Vegas companies if Massachusetts legalizes casino gaming – Business –
DeLeo’s shift helped pave way for casino deal – The Boston Globe:

Romney tweaks his climate-change stance from Political Intelligence:
Romney to address veterans convention in Texas – AP:

Obama relative arrested on drunk-driving charges in Framingham – The Boston Globe:
Obama’s uncle arrested on drunk driving charge – AP:
Living American dream illegally –

U.S. Senate candidate stops at Newton diner on statewide walking tour – –

One Roxbury Company Gives CORI Registrants A Second Chance | WBUR:
UMass incoming class largest in college’s history |
Poll shows support for banning credit scores in auto insurance coverage – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger:

State will cut free flu shots by over half – The Boston Globe:
Massachusetts’ plan to cut free flu shots threatens high-risk patients, health-care officials say |

Dream life, no redistricting, for Delahunt – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger:
Boston man in plot to kill Worcester prosecutor – AP:
Falmouth planners pursue bylaw on turbines |

VT Brattleboro begins the cleanup – Brattleboro Reformer:
CT Financing, Loans Available To Companies Hurt By Irene –
ME GOP jobs plan: Repeal regulations | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :
ME Irene is a nightmare for Vermont, upstate New York | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :
VT State, town officials pledge to rebuild:

Blue Mass Group | Kerrigan’s Stunning Upset – Results of MaSen Madness Round One:
Because disasters are good for the economy! – Less Is More blog –
Red Mass Group:: How Many More Obamas are Commonwealth taxpayers supporting? :
Massachusetts Liberal: Oh that’s different. Never mind:
Massachusetts: Is the Kennedy Liberal Legacy Coming to an End? – Daniel Doherty:

Irene blusters through New England – T shut down Sunday – Damaging floods wash out much of region

STORM: We got Irened. 1 dead, thousands still without power. (WBUR)

TRANSPORTATION: The MBTA shut down yesterday (Globe) but is back up today. (Sun).

HERO: wouldn’t have put up with that nonsense.

Here’s video of Rep. Peter Kocot looking at floods. (MassLive)

Irene Leaves 1 Dead, Thousands Without Power In Mass. | WBUR:
Along East Coast, day of destruction — and relief – AP:

Video: A journey down the flooding Mill River in Northampton during Hurricane Irene |
Monson relieved as damage limited – The Boston Globe:

MBTA shutdown leaves many stranded – The Boston Globe:
T resuming service Monday – AP:
Emergency traffic plan addresses worst-case scenario |

Mass. outages may take week to restore | AP:
Storm Knocks WBUR Offline Briefly | WBUR:
Power outages: Many Western Mass residents still in the dark after Hurricane Irene pummels region | AP:

Surfer arrested for refusing to leave Mass. beach | AP:
Looming storm provides boost to the bottom line |
Southbridge Man Killed By Fallen Power Lines | WBUR:

Campaigns find that some truths are inconvenient – AP:
Senate-minded Sooner? –
Capuano still weighing his options on possible Senate bid from Political Intelligence:

Crap shoot over casinos – Boston Business Journal:

Monday Morning Briefing –
Tax supporters turn to the ballot box – Stateline:
Beckman to kick off hospital oversight stint – Boston Business Journal:
State will take years to dig out from foreclosures – Boston Business Journal:
Lobbyists throw cash at gov’s – Lowell Sun Online:

Vitale seeking plea deal on state charges – The Boston Globe:

MetroWest mulls shared public health resources – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News:

Political Scene: Rhode Island GOP campaign coffers have big edge | Politics | | The Providence Journal :
Democrats In 2012: Larson meeting points up challenges for Democrats in 2012 — jobs and Obama –
Irene leaves 171,000 still without power in Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :
Maine emergency officials assess Irene’s wake | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :
Vermont battles epic flooding throughout state – Brattleboro Reformer:
Irene Hits Hard – Brattleboro Reformer:

Irene incoming – Patrick preps supplemental budget – Perry takes aim at health reform – Brown disavows Crazy tweets

STORM: Irene’s coming (MassLive/Republican). The storm is forcing our elusive governor to make an appearance at the Framingham bunker today. But wait – a Patrick siting! (Globe)

SUPP: Of course I kid, since the gov has been busy this whole time preparing a supplemental budget. (Globe, Ledger, Taunton Gaz.)

MITT MONITOR: Texas governor Rick Perry critisizes that state’s health care reform law (Hill, Globe). But does former governor Romney care? No, he’s too cool for that. (Herald)

CRAZY: Scott Brown wants nothing to do with this twitter nonsense. (PI, Sun Chron.)

Patrick proposes rainy day fund deposit – The Boston Globe:
Quincy project gets $5m in governor’s budget – Ledger:
Patrick’s budget includes $3M for Taunton infrastructure improvements – Taunton Gaz.:

GOP Lawmakers Want Patrick To Reconsider Deportation Program | WBUR:
GOP bill would force Mass. to join federal program on illegals – Lowell Sun Online:

Perry: Romney realizing Massachusetts healthcare law is ‘huge problem for him’ – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room:
Mitt Romney slams Obama’s vacay, ignores Perry –
Romney greeted by 100 protestors in N.H. from Political Intelligence:
Romney sticks with strategy despite Perry’s surge – AP:
Rick Perry’s critique of Mitt Romney’s health law has practical focus – The Boston Globe:

Brown staff: Talk to ‘CrazyKhazei’ author about ‘CrazyKhazei’ tweets from Political Intelligence:
Brown: I wasn’t aware of negative Khazei tweets – The Sun Chronicle Online – News:
Brown disavows anti-Khazei tweets, says he won’t tolerate it again – The Boston Globe:
CrazyKhazei like a fox? – CW:

Massachusetts casino derby – NECN:
Casino provision for tribe sparks debate in Massachusetts – The Boston Globe:
Area selectmen discuss potential casino’s ripple effect – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News:

Elizabeth Warren Receives Major Union Endorsement Before Launching Senate Candidacy – HuffPo:
Khazei: I made a big effort in Newton before Mayor Warren announced | Mass Politics Blog:

Somerville blasts Green Line delay – The Boston Globe: – Blogs: City Desk Wired» Blog Archive » So where’s that sinkhole? Right here …:

Failed recall petition stands; new drive can begin » Merrimack Valley », North Andover, MA :

State to join enforcement effort in clubs » Merrimack Valley », North Andover, MA :
Bishops support in-state tuition for undocumented- Catholic Free Press:

New state law takes concussions head-on – Brattleboro Reformer:

Herb Chambers, Kevin Youkilis record ad with Biz Markie (video) – Boston Business Journal:

In Boston City Council race, Michael Flaherty lags in fund-raising – The Boston Globe:

Obamas find solace in dinner with Patricks from Political Intelligence:

Boston’s Last Congressman – Talking Politics :
Blue Mass Group | Greta Van Susteren: What’s Mitt and Scotto going to do about Fehrnstrom?:
Blue Mass Group | Nice Twitter account you got there … be a shame if something were to happen to it…:
ATTENTION Disenfranchised Democratic Primary Voters of the 12th Bristol District! – RMG

Fehrnstrom fesses up – Polls: Perry overtakes Romney – Gambling interests spend big – Senate Madness

TWEETS FROM THE SILO: An early favorite for the "Most insider story no voter will actually care about" award: the CrazyKhazei saga. (Globe)

COMEBACK COIF?: If an underdog is strapped to a the roof of a car, is he still considered an underdog? (PI) They still love him in New Hampshire (Herald).

GAMBLING: Even before a single casino is built, the money’s already beginning to flow on Beacon Hill and across the state. (Sun Chron., Globe)

MADNESS: Deval Patrick vs. Marty Walsh? Tom Reilly vs. Trav? Steve Grossman vs. The Benator? It’s a political dork’s dream come true over at The Peoples Seat’s "MaSen Madness" tournament. Get your vote on.

And if you’re looking for something to do tonight: 5:30 at a certain beloved Faneuil Hall Chinese eatery, say goodbye to an almost-as-beloved outgoing Senate staffer. There’s nothin’ wrong with him.

Brown links to ‘CrazyKhazei’ Twitter feed from Political Intelligence:
Scott Brown adviser confesses he’s Twitter’s CrazyKhazei – The Boston Globe:
OK, So About This Crazy Twitter Thing – Talking Politics :

Mitt Romney woos Granite State –
Romney defends saying ‘corporations are people’ from Political Intelligence:
Perry surpasses Romney in new polls from Political Intelligence:
Romney against federal-right-to-work law from Political Intelligence:

On the Vineyard, Obama fever is no longer raging – The Boston Globe:
President works in some golf during his working vacation |

Gambling interests spending big on Massachusetts casino bill – The Boston Globe:
Plainridge’s gamble just may pay off – The Sun Chronicle Online – News:
Casino Bill Revamps Law Enforcement, But Critics Say It’s Not Enough | WBUR:
2011 Massachusetts casino bill explained: 3 regions, 1 slot parlor, on-site state lottery sales |
Gambling Bill Opponents Say Crime, Commuting Being Ignored | WBUR:
Gambling bill could end up in court – CommonWealth Magazine:

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Patrick pressured on illegal immigration after fatal crash in Milford:
Report due next month in death at pool – The Boston Globe:
Plan would put troubled special-ed agency into receivership – Lowell Sun Online:
Garry backed GOP turncoat for commissioner’s job – Lowell Sun Online:
MEMA keeps eyes on Irene |

Menino wages ticket war on tank trucks in Hub – Boston Business Journal:
Thomas M. Menino fuels tanker ire –
Dept. of Transportation to pull the plug on Mass. Pike signs – Boston Business Journal:
Bright signs to go dark at Natick stop – The Boston Globe:

A Kennedy to join Middlesex DA’s office – The Boston Globe:
Kennedy leaving Cape DA’s office for Middlesex post |

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Judge Agnes hears good, bad:
Abortion foes ask judge to end clinic buffer zones – The Boston Globe:

Brunelle, Orrall to square off in 12th Bristol district – AP:

US seeks 12-year sentence for ex-House speaker Salvatore DiMasi – The Boston Globe:

Quake should be wakeup call for NRC, says Markey from Political Intelligence:

Romney, Former Frontrunner? – Talking Politics :
Red Mass Group:: MA Casinos? Eight arguments against (to start) :
Keller @ Large: Is 12 Years Too Harsh A Penalty For DiMasi? « CBS Boston:
Massachusetts Liberal: A wild and Khazei guy:
Blue Mass Group | Eric Fehrnstrom admits he’s the evil genius behind CrazyKhazei:
Blue Mass Group | Some CrazyKhazei tweets look a little different now that we know who wrote them:
Blue Mass Group | Fehrnstrom wasn’t “Going Rogue” – Paging Sen. Brown:

State Collected $300 Million In Child Support In Fiscal 2011 –
Cookies disabled? | Concord Monitor:
Vermont opposes Entergy’s attempt to bar witnesses – Brattleboro Reformer:
LePage launches ‘zero-base’ budgeting | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :

Beacon Hill leaders reach casino deal – VA quake shakes MA – Creem backs Khazei

DOG DAYS: Yesterday was just your typical, boring August Tuesday. Except a casino bill was released. Then there was an earthquake (NECN). Then the major news of the day hit: Cindy Creem’s endorsement of Alan Khazei. (PI) Setti is unfazed! (WL)

GAMBLING BONANZA: So here are your casino stories: T&G, Herald, Globe, SouthCoast, CC Online, Sun, Republican, Taunton Gazette, WBUR.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Casino efforts on deck again:
House Speaker Robert DeLeo all in on Bay State gaming bid –
Massachusetts leaders agree on casino bill – The Boston Globe:
Bill calls for 3 casinos, 1 slots parlor |
Gov. Deval Patrick reacts to new casino gambling bill headed for Legislative debate |
Raynham Park owner George Carney eyes slots and resort casino – Taunton, MA – The Taunton Gazette:
New Gaming Bill Promises New State Revenue, Jobs | WBUR:
Governor Patrick, legislative leaders agree to 3 resorts, 1 slot parlor; full vote expected in September – Lowell Sun Online:
Mashpee tribe gets casino boost |

No damage in Massachusetts from 5.8 magnitude earthquake:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Virginia earthquake felt in Central Mass.:

Newton’s Creem backing Khazei’s Senate campaign from Political Intelligence:
Newton Mayor Setti Warren: In Senate race for the long haul – WL:

Seniors to protest Romney in N.H. from Political Intelligence:
Mystery Romney donors lists address at postal box from Political Intelligence:
Romney has big lead in new poll of state GOP | Detroit Free Press |

Mass. court orders new trial in Nantucket slaying – AP
State seeks control of troubled special ed agency – AP:

Changes To Hazmat Truck Routes Draw Support, Ire | WBUR:
Fast14 helps redeem MassDOT reputation from Political Intelligence:
T’s salary structure has little flexibility – CommonWealth Magazine:

Obama family vacation rolls along |
Level 3 sex offenders face library restrictions in Lowell – Lowell Sun Online:

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Lays Off 56 Troopers; Union Calls Move "Unjustifiable Risk” To Public Safety –
Chairman of N.H. Republican party facing pressure to resign – The Boston Globe:
Senator urges repeal of tax on tours – The Boston Globe:

Keller @ Large: What If Casinos In Massachusetts Fail? « CBS Boston:
‘Nevergreen’ debacle a Patrick production – SUn:
Red Mass Group:: Carolyn Dykema: The Face of Smug Indifference to Violent Crime :
Herald having difficulty covering itself – CW:
Blue Mass Group | Scott Brown is actually trying to raise money off his incredibly lame “jobs” video:
Red Mass Group:: 12th Bristol Special Election Results – Keiko Orrall has won GOP Primary :
Massachusetts Liberal: Beacon Hill earthquake:

3-and-1 Casino bill set – Romney to lay out jobs plan in NV – Lottery aide let go amid advertising investigation

CASINOS: It’s on like Donkey Kong, if Donkey Kong was a game you could gamble on in a casino.(Globe, WBUR)

MITT MONITOR: Speaking of casinos, the Las Vegas Sun has some details on former Gov. Mitt Romney’s intention to reveal his new jobs plan next month. Maybe the plan is to build resort casinos everywhere.

LOTTO: Lottery chief of staff and Cahill loyalist Alfred Grazioso Jr. was let go from the agency yesterday after staffers alleged he coached them to be nonresponsive when answering investigators’ questions about the former treasurer’s use of a Lottery advertising blitz. (Globe) Quincy mayor Thomas Koch stands up for Team Quincy. (Ledger)

Gambling bill raises hopes for casinos – The Boston Globe:
Lawmakers Set To Introduce Casino Bill | WBUR:

Marijuana and assisted suicide on Massachusetts 2012 ballot? – Lowell Sun Online:
Albert Arroyo case prompts IG to push ‘general’ fraud law –
State, local officials to celebrate reopening of tornado-damaged businesses in Monson |
Law would have sex offenders divulge online IDs – Sentinel & Enterprise:
New film set for tax breaks for filming in Mass. – AP:
State launches push to wipe out child abuse – The Sun Chronicle Online – News:
Candidate calls for governor to declare state of emergency, bring in National Guard » Latest News », North Andover, MA:

Legislators join in denouncing Clean Harbors settlement – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger:
Primary to be held for vacant Mass. House seat – AP:

Romney to unveil his jobs plan from Nevada – Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 | 6:23 p.m. – Las Vegas Sun:
Romney, Huntsman applaud Khadafy fall from Political Intelligence:

Mayor Warren gets Senate endorsement from leader of state’s Black and Latino Caucus – –

Cahill holdover ousted from lottery board post – The Boston Globe:
Quincy mayor defends ex-lottery official – –

Acting GM Named For Boston’s T | AP:
Davis to steer MBTA as interim general manager – The Boston Globe:
App gives commuters an outlet to the MBTA – Sentinel & Enterprise:
MBTA Commuter Rail could cut night, weekend service – Boston Business Journal:
Northeast rail corridor gets $745 million for upgrades | AP:


Amherst lab closing may cost police |
SJC rejects conviction in Lowell murder – The Boston Globe:

Verizon Workers Union Rep. Optimistic A Deal Will Be Made | WBUR:
Media backs Patriot Ledger’s push to unseal O’Connell case – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger:

Chris Shays Says He’ll Run For U.S. Senate Once D.C. Work Is Done –
Vermont leads in energy efficient schools – Brattleboro Reformer:
Redistricting plans up for comment in Augusta | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :
Three’s a crowd in race for 1st Congressional District | Politics | | The Providence Journal :

Blue Mass Group | Brown says biggest problem is: he doesn’t know what’s next:
Red Mass Group:: “Artificial Libertarian Islands?” Let’s sink them. :
Red Mass Group:: The wacky and pathetic legacy of Timothy P. Cahill :
Warren wins one over | Mass Politics Blog:
Massachusetts Liberal: Tone deaf candidate: – Blogs: Lone Republican» Blog Archive » Governor Patrick is wrong!:
The net pushes aside alternative newspapers – Gatekeeper blog –
Doing Scotto No Favors – Talking Politics :