State reacts to debt deal cuts – ‘No’ votes lash out at deal – Ernst fired – Keating no fan-a of Havana

BOBBY SAY RELAX: We all survived and the country is still sort of functioning! Now we get to start worrying about what the debt ceiling deal, and its massive set of cuts, means for Massachusetts (AP, Republican). Speaker DeLeo says not to panic (Berk. Eagle), but that’s not stopping some industries from wondering what the feds will cut (WBUR).

CONGRESS: Meanwhile, the grumbling (WL) of the delegation continues (Salem News).

YOU’RE FIRED: In the latest round of ‘The Apprentice: MassDOT’, Jeff Mullan finally fired Helmut Ernst, who lost this week’s challenge (don’t talk to the press). Does the last contestant get to be the new Secretary? (Globe)

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: Bill Keating’s vote to restrict travel to Cuba. Hey, why not? (TP)

DeLeo: Don’t panic over debt – Berkshire Eagle Online:
Leaders examining possible debt deal fallout – AP:
Capuano pans U.S. debt compromise – Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 – Somerville Journal:
Tierney: Debt deal does nothing for jobs, economy » Local News », Salem, MA :
Massachusetts finance secretary Jay Gonzalez braces for impact of debt limit law |
Local Businesses Grapple With Debt Deal | WBUR:
Mass. Health Industry Worries About Federal Cuts | WBUR:

Big Dig chief engineer fired over fallen light fixture – The Boston Globe:
Logan Launches New Security Program | WBUR:

Abortion foes target Mitt Romney’s health care law in Massachusetts – The Boston Globe:
Group seeks repeal of health insurance mandate – CommonWealth Magazine:
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Birth control full coverage rules welcome:
Mass. group seeks to allow pot for medical use – AP:

Tax collections up 6.6% from a year ago – AP:
Quincy lawmaker pushes to monitor sex offenders online – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise:
Massachusetts Treasurer Steven Grossman puts limit on purchase of lottery tickets in wake of reported scheme | AP:
State OKs reduced Unitil rate hikes – Lowell Sun Online:
Tax-free weekend big for big box stores |

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Nation’s anti-drug boss lauds local program:

Top court to decide Quincy court video dispute – –
U.S. Sens. Scott Brown, John Kerry, Rep. Richard Neal propose tax relief for tornado vicitms |
Congress starts vacation, government to lose more than $1 billion with unresolved FAA shutdown |
Weeks after speaking on Beacon Hill to support workplace anti-bullying legislation, South Hadley teacher Deb Caldieri is fired |

Keating Veers Right On Cuba – TP:
Green Line delay – The Download:
Red Mass Group:: Big Dig Engineer fired… for talking to the press? :
Blue Mass Group | Nassour calls Romney’s position “the height of irresponsibility”:

CT Vote Splits Connecticut Legislative Delegation: Debt Ceiling Vote Splits Connecticut Legislative Delegation –
CT Governor Backs O’Brien In New Britain Democratic Primary –
CT Funeral Homes: State Plans To End Regulation Of Funeral Homes –
ME Snowe, Collins: Averting disaster was priority | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :

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