Munis could get hit by fed debt cuts – Special Ed. scandal deepens – Lantigua vows challenge to recall effort – Brown begins shift to ’12 mode

TRICKLE DOWN: The federal government is still downgraded… but he state is doing just fine… but now some towns and cities that rely on federal aid could be getting the raw end of Congress’ debt deal (WBUR). Michael Widmer sounds the alarm (Enterprise). John Kerry’s going to personally save each Massachusetts municipality while serving on the Über Komitee, right? (Globe)

TODAY IN CORRUPTION: The special ed scandal gets real. (Sun, AP)

LANTIGUA: Willie Lantigua does not go down without a fight (Eagle Trib.). Even if he does get recalled, can you imagine what it would take to physically remove him from City Hall?

CORRECTION: A mistake was made yesterday when MassterList reported that the House Ways and Means fish had died. I got my offices and fish confused and am happy to report that Kelly Slater, formerly known as Jack Bauer, is alive and well, as . Hope you didn’t spend too much on flowers for the family.

Moody’s Adjusts Outlook For 12 Mass. Cities And Towns | WBUR:
Municipal experts worried more about federal aid cuts to Brockton area cities and towns than lower credit ratings – –
Kerry on 12-member deficit-cutting committee – Globe:
Tierney wants hearings on S&P from Political Intelligence:
The debt deal will affect students |
State Rep. Tom Conroy responds to Moody’s negative outlook – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News:

Feds subpoena pay records in special-ed probe – Lowell Sun Online:
Auditor calls for state control of agency – AP:

With eye on 2012, Senator Scott Brown looks to Massachusetts issues – The Boston Globe:
Mass. Dems hit Brown over Social Security comments – PI:

Questions linger about secret Romney donation from Political Intelligence:

State officials to lead 11 tours of forest and wildlife lands – –
Many use safety-net health care despite MA reform | Reuters :
More than 10,000 appliances sold in Massachusetts rebate program |
South Boston ex-legislator, aide plead not guilty – The Boston Globe:

Lantigua vows challenges to recall petitions » Merrimack Valley », North Andover, MA :
Results Of Lawrence Mayor Recall Effort Could Come In Days | WBUR:

Outgoing and incoming MassDOT chiefs Jeffrey Mullan and Richard Davey -Greater Boston:

Mohegan Sun holds summer barbecue in Palmer to discuss casino project |

Sarofeen set to challenge Kirk for mayor’s seat » Local News », Gloucester, MA :
Candidate, wife: Conflict wouldn’t exist – S&E:
Activists and critics disagree on success of ward representation system in Springfield |
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – – Council OKs $5.7M supplemental budget:
Study: Boston schools’ sugary drinks ban paid off – AP:
State to give Seekonk break on cost of road project – The Sun Chronicle Online – News:
State eyes federal grant for project to extend Neponset River trail – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger:

Mitt is not the lone star – Download:
Red Mass Group:: John Tierney-Profile in Courage :
Blue Mass Group | Brown’s invite-only “jobs tour” can’t hide his anti-jobs voting record :

Mainers tell Snowe they want to see cooperation – AP:
NH Shaheen visits UNH offshore research site | Concord Monitor:
CT Connecticut mulls seeking waiver to ‘No Child’ law – AP:
NH Lynch to choose new DOT leader – Monitor:
Vermont to seek waiver from federal education law – Brattleboro Reformer:
ME Olympia Snowe: ‘Embarrassed by all of us’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram :

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