Dems debate in Lowell, target Brown’s record – Patrick aide arrested for OUI – Herb awesome

(D-BATE): It was a good night to be the Boston Herald. first off, the paper co-hosted the first debate between the Democratic candidates looking to take on Sen. Scott Brown next year. (Herald, Globe, AP) Here are some observations I took away from the evening between making insulting tweets and being envious of Marty Meehan’s hair:
– Elizabeth Warren seems to have dyed her blue blazer pinkish red. She hasn’t, however, changed the script at all.
– Marisa DeFranco shouted things. Passionate things.
– Tom Conroy Talked the Walk.
– Herb Robinson is even more of a titanic force of Awesome than I thought.
– It’s really weird to see Joe Dwinell tweeting from the stage and getting the tweets before what he’s talking about happens on the webcast.

TABLOID CATNIP: The other reason it’s great to be the Boston Herald this morning is because while the debate was going on, the Wedge Signal flashed in the night sky over Brookline as word came from police that Patrick administration adviser Ron Bell got picked up for an OUI.

NEW CONTEST: Anyone that can come up with a phrase Prof. Warren can use instead of "ragged edge of the middle class" wins a yet-to-be-determined prize. I don’t know if I can handle hearing her say that again, and the election’s over a year away. Tweet submissions @Massterlist.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Puny candidates no match for Herb. Herb smash Scott Brown! Herb no mean make nice blond consumer lady snort-laugh. Herb sorry. (Globe)

DEBATE:
Elizabeth Warren doesn’t miss beat in Herald debate – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
Elizabeth Warren, 5 other candidates knock Republican Scott Brown in first Democratic debate for Massachusetts Senate seat – AP: www.masslive.com
Front-runner smart, solid on big stage – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
Student’s-eye view of candidate answers – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
Plenty of laughs, but few zings – BostonHerald.com: feedproxy.google.com
Democrats face off at debate – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com
While Elizabeth Warren shines, other Democratic Senate contenders also glimmer – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

BELL:
Top Patrick aide charged with OUI, placed on unpaid leave – BostonHerald.com: www.google.com
Cops: Aide insisted, ‘I work for Deval’ – BostonHerald.com: www.google.com

VIDEO:
Senate delays casino gambling debate – AP: www.myfoxboston.com
Video: Scott Brown, in Senate floor speech, decries partisan gridlock in Washington – AP: www.masslive.com
6 Mass. Democrats face off in 1st US Senate debate – 7 News

LOCAL RACES:
Cabral, Mitchell advance in mayor’s race – South Coast Today
Northampton mayoral candidates Michael Bardsley, David Narkewicz square off in 1st public debate | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
West Springfield mayoral candidates Gerard Matthews and Gregory Neffinger trade knocks during debate | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Bettencourt: Fitzgerald plagiarized on website » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA : www.eagletribune.com

LEGISLATURE:
Legislation-aims-to-help-ESL-students: www.metrowestdailynews.com
Senate Delays Casino Gambling Debate – AP: www.google.com
Mass. House considers boosting state reserves – AP: feeds.boston.com
Monson to receive $75,000 from Massachusetts to help plan post-tornado rebuilding | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Massachusetts lawmakers agree on $506 million bill that includes $10 million for tornado damage | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Mass. bill would include pets in protective orders – AP: feeds.boston.com
Prescription drug disposal bill pushed | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com
Lawmaker poised to take reins of Mass. union – AP: feedproxy.google.com

STATE HEADLINES:
AG turns down booze bylaw – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com
State tax collections beat September forecast – Boston Business Journal: feeds.bizjournals.com
Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump notes improvements, remaining problems at Agawam Housing Authority | masslive.com: www.google.com

TODAY IN CORRUPTION:
Allard indicted for larceny – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com
City hall colleagues expressing shock – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com

BOSTON:
Yancey: School Department gets plush new offices, while high-school students get ‘substandard’ buildings | Dorchester Reporter: www.dotnews.com
Metro – Ed Davis: Boston’s top cop takes to Twitter: www.metro.us

LOCAL HEADLINES:
Weymouth lawmaker would roll back marijuana decriminalization – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com

TRANSPORTATION:
Metro – T budget taken for pricey Ride: www.metro.us

MISC.
Holyoke City Council seeks property tax and other economic-impact details of proposed $500 million casino | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Brown, in DC speech, decries partisan gridlock – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

MITT MONITOR:
Report: Romney donors giving more to outside group – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
A push for more farm-fresh food for schools – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com
Flood recovery ongoing – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com
Lawmakers submit 300 bills, fewer than average, for January session | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
Funding bill passes quietly, but battle to resume soon | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com
Group: Reject proposals to build casino, racinos | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram : www.pressherald.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
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