Patrick backs Obama’s transpo spending – Brown back from training – Patrick losing green base? – Wal-Mart in Bos.

GET ON THE TRAIN: Gov. Patrick gets behind President Obama on federal transportation spending. (Globe)

CRITICAL ROLL: After Afghanistan training, Scott Brown now does +12 damage to orcs, dwarves and Harvard elitists. (Herald, AP)

FARASTEIN/BERNARONE: The Boston Phoenix works double-duty this week with stories on Gov. Patrick’s waning environmental support and Wal-Mart’s attempt to move into Roxbury.

JOEY BATTS: And look who else has a two-fer today: Our Man Battenfeld with The Search for Devel Patrick on NECN and a look at a possibly resurgent Kennedy dynasty for the Herald.

GAMBLING:
Dykema tells Hopkinton leaders she opposes casino bill – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com
Raynham dog track owner eyes possible license bid with gaming industry player – The Boston Globe: www.google.com

STATE NEWS:
Mass. colleges scramble for funding after earmarks end – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com
State seeks public’s comments on outdoor recreation – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger: www.patriotledger.com

FED/TRANSPORTATION:
Patrick joins Obama’s call to extend highway bill – AP: feeds.boston.com
What is Rich Davey thinking? – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com
Tropical Storm Irene took toll in lost transportation revenue – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Loss of transit funding could cost Mass. $500m a year – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com
FEMA running low on funds | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

PATRICK:
Gov: Fed act’s lapse will kill jobs – BostonHerald.com: www.google.com
Deval’s Green Blues – Talking Politics: thephoenix.com
Where is Governor Deval Patrick? – NECN: www.google.com

BROWN:
Sen. Brown Gets Guard Training In Afghanistan | AP: feeds.wbur.org
Sen. Scott Brown returns from Afghanistan – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com

AUDITOR:
Auditor calls for new powers to track public spending – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Auditor: Special-ed agency corruption ‘dirtier than the Big Dig’ – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com
State audits show spending abuses at several education collaboratives – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com

BOSTON:
As Income Gap Widens, Boston Tests New Anti-Poverty Program | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
In the Shadow of Walmart – News Features: thephoenix.com

MISC.:
AFL-CIO top job has one candidate – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise: www.google.com
Obama’s uncle set to fight deportation – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Service employees union does U-turn on political spending – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Red Mass Group:: The Globe *Hearts* Elizabeth Warren : www.redmassgroup.com
How do you solve a problem like Uncle Omar? -CW: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Blue Mass Group | Brown Returns from Afghanistan. Tread Lightly!: feedproxy.google.com
Red Mass Group:: Am I supposed to feel bad about this? : www.redmassgroup.com
Boss Tolman – Talking Politics : feedproxy.google.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
Republicans may push own redistricting plan | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
RI: Governor announces two judicial picks – AP: feeds.boston.com

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