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.

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

SPECIAL ED:
Feds subpoena pay records in special-ed probe – Lowell Sun Online: http://www.lowellsun.com
Auditor calls for state control of agency – AP: feedproxy.google.com

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

MITT MONITOR:
Questions linger about secret Romney donation from Political Intelligence: feeds.boston.com

STATE NEWS:
State officials to lead 11 tours of forest and wildlife lands – – WickedLocal.com: http://www.wickedlocal.com
Many use safety-net health care despite MA reform | Reuters : news.google.com
More than 10,000 appliances sold in Massachusetts rebate program | masslive.com: http://www.masslive.com
South Boston ex-legislator, aide plead not guilty – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

LANTIGUA:
Lantigua vows challenges to recall petitions » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA : http://www.eagletribune.com
Results Of Lawrence Mayor Recall Effort Could Come In Days | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org

TRANSPORTATION:
Outgoing and incoming MassDOT chiefs Jeffrey Mullan and Richard Davey -Greater Boston: http://www.wgbh.org

GAMBLING:
Mohegan Sun holds summer barbecue in Palmer to discuss casino project | masslive.com: http://www.masslive.com

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

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Mitt is not the lone star – Download: http://www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Red Mass Group:: John Tierney-Profile in Courage : http://www.redmassgroup.com
Blue Mass Group | Brown’s invite-only “jobs tour” can’t hide his anti-jobs voting record : bluemassgroup.com

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

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