Lowell debate puts spotlight on Warren, rest of Dem field – CW on Grossman’s funds – Feds in town for fisheries hearing

FIGHT NIGHT IN L-TOWN: It’s the big night in Lowell as the Democratic candidates in the U.S. Senate race gather for their first debate to determine who should take on Sen. Scott Brown next fall. Even though local congresswoman Niki Tsongas (AKA The Elizabeth Warren of Lowell) is behind her (Sun) Warren’s still nervous (Herald). Brown himself says he’s not worried about polls showing him neck-and-neck with Warren (AP).

TREASURING: CommonWealth takes a look at Treasurer Steve Grossman’s Binge Fund Raising Opportunities.

THROW THEM BACK: All our top congressional officials came to the State House yesterday to talk about fish. (CCO).

2012:
Tsongas endorses Warren ahead of Dems’ debate – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com
Local Republicans say tie in poll hard to believe – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com
Warren admits to butterflies as she preps for first debate – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
US Rep. Niki Tsongas endorses Warren in U.S. Senate race – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Payne & Domke: Warren’s Lead Puts The Burden On Her Challengers | WBUR: feeds.wbur.org
US Sen. Brown: I’m not worried about poll numbers – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

STATE NEWS:
Grossman’s binge fundraising – CW: www.commonwealthmagazine.org
Lawmakers eye changes to green power act | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com
Racetrack owner aids politicians’ charities – The Boston Globe: www.google.com
Charges sought against 2 Massachusetts state employees in Fall River pool death probe | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

THE FEDS:
Power players tackle fishing dilemma | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com
John Kerry, Scott Brown work together despite different goals – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
Former Kerry staffer joins top lobby group – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

CRAVEN:
UMass names new building authority chief – The Boston Globe: news.google.com
Katherine Craven hired to run UMass building authority – Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com

MITT MONITOR:
Romney warns Pakistan of serious consequences – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

PATRICK:
Governor: DNC gave Boston a boost | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper: www.charlotteobserver.com

MISC.
On day four of protest, Occupy Boston participants say they’re still mulling options – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
City won’t back a Walmart in Roxbury – The Boston Globe: feeds.boston.com
Unemployment benefits OK’d for ex-board official – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
3rd Berkshire District candidates spar on several issues – Berkshire Eagle Online: www.berkshireeagle.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Blue Mass Group | Mitt Romney continues to amaze in flip-floppery when it comes to abortion: feedproxy.google.com
Can the state rein in MassHealth? – WL: www.wickedlocal.com
ChrisMatth | CrazyKhazei: Scott Brown’s team is all brains…: feedproxy.google.com
Blue Mass Group | Scott Brown fumbles when asked about Small Business Filibusters: feedproxy.google.com
Massachusetts Liberal: Late to the party: baystateliberal.blogspot.com
Democracy inaction | MassPoliticsProfs: www.masspoliticsprofs.com

VIDEO:
Massachusetts Senate to resume casino gambling debate: www.myfoxboston.com
Boston Driver Says Cyclist Went Too Far In Videotaped Confrontation « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com
Warren Draws Close To Brown In Poll – Boston News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com
Protesters gather for Occupy Boston: www.myfoxboston.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
RI Political Scene: Costa says she’s not part of Chafee recall drive | Politics | projo.com | The Providence Journal : www.projo.com
CT State To Rehire 56 Rookie Troopers – Courant.com: www.courant.com
VT State readies to move beyond No Child Left Behind law – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com
ME Gov. LePage announces job-creation workshops | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com

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