Romney takes Soc. Sec. message to FL – Frank to give back ponzi poker cash – Kerry get MA input for Super Committee

MITT MONITOR: Former Gov. Mitt Romney has strapped his campaign staff to the roof of his bus and hit the road to sunny Florida to woo octogenarian voters with assurances that Social Security is probably going to outlive them. (Globe, Politico) This is how I imagine Romney travels everywhere.

WHOMP WHOMP: Rep. Barney Frank, friend of the online poker lobby, is going to give back $30,000 in campaign donations from a group of poker players that was kinda-sorta just accused by the feds of running a ponzi scheme. (The Hill, Herald, PI)

MITT MONITOR:
Mitt Romney take Social Security pitch to Fla., mocks Rick Perry’s plan – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com
Mitt Romney cites bipartisan record, Canada in Florida apperance – Reid J. Epstein – POLITICO.com: www.google.com
Ex-Minnesota Sen. Coleman joins Romney campaign – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

TRANSPORTATION:
Tab for Massachusetts transit projects soars to $15b – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

BARNEY:
Rep. Frank plans to reject Ponzi poker haul – The Hill’s On The Money: thehill.com
Barney Frank will return money from indicted poker players – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
After inquiry, Frank gives up campaign money from gamblers accused of fraud – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Barney Frank doubles down on online gaming – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

THE FEDS:
Kerry meets with Mass. delegation to get ‘supercommittee’ input – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Scott Brown defends gay rights record from Democratic criticism – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

2012:
Mass. GOP urges Harvard to end Elizabeth Warren’s salary – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Conroy: Casinos are a loser – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

VOTER ID:
Debate over requiring voters to have ID | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com
Committee Reviews Voter ID Measure | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org

LEGISLATURE:
Mandatory Minimums Up For Debate On Beacon Hill | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Mass. senators files amendments to gambling bill – Boston.com: news.google.com
Paperless ticketing bill in Massachusetts gains support | TicketNews : www.google.com
Charge inmates for jail services? | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Gary Lefebvre announces candidacy for Chicopee mayor | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Walmart In Boston? Critics Say It Could Harm Local Businesses, Jobs | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Few turn out to vote in preliminaries | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com
City Council to Petition State to Raise Legal Dropout Age to 18 – Jamaica Plain, MA Patch: jamaicaplain.patch.com
Bristol County Commissioners: Old Fall River Superior Court up for bid Read more: Bristol County Commissioners: Old Fall River Superior Court up for bid -Raynham Call: www.wickedlocal.com

MISC.
Tea Party, liberals to play nice at Harvard – BostonHerald.com: www.google.com
127216-jolly-good-biomass-mess: thephoenix.com
Former Todd & Weld partners launch new Boston law firm – Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
Funeral Mass Held For Ted Kennedy’s Daughter | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
Massachusetts officials mark milestone in effort to reduce overdose deaths | masslive.com: www.google.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Signs 2 Executive Orders For Union Rights – Courant.com: www.courant.com
State cutbacks worry some fire officials | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
Governor Chafee calls on embattled lawmaker Gordon to resign | Politics | projo.com | The Providence Journal : www.projo.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Red Mass Group:: Plymouth County GOP: Who should the next State Party Chairman be? : www.redmassgroup.com
Massachusetts Liberal: When will we ever learn?: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

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