Casino bill tantalizingly close to final approval – Transgender rights, anti-human trafficking, redistricting pass – Tisei makes it official

WAIT FOR IT: Still waiting on that gambling bill. Still waiting. But the legislature passed transgender rights (AP), anti-human trafficking (AP) and the new district maps (Republican), so they did get something done. Just not the 800 lbs. gorilla in the room. And that gorilla has a gambling problem and wants his free casino-floor booze so I wouldn’t make him wait too much longer. (Globe, Republican, AP, Herald, T&G)

TISEI: Former Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei is back on the campaign trail, officially announcing his bid for John Tierney’s seat in Congress. (WL, Gloucester Times)

Russell Simmons Speaks To Occupy Boston Protesters – CBS WHDH-TV – Ex-Mass. speaker loses bid to stay out of prison Casino Approval Spurs Neighborhood Fears – Boston News Story – WCVB Boston

CASINO BILL:
Final approval on casinos may come today – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com
Deval Patrick: Massachusetts casinos bill means ‘opportunity to create some additional middle-skill jobs … is here’ | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Mass. House, Senate roll call vote on casino bill – AP: www.boston.com
Key senator in hospital for casino vote – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com
Deval Patrick: Let the gaming begin! – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com
Legislature rolls the dice on casino gambling – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger: www.patriotledger.com
Mass. Communities Brace For Slots, Casinos « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com
The Daily Item: Revere residents cheer casino vote: www.itemlive.com
Local reps say gaming bill to bring jobs, money » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com
Casino vote deals tribe winning hand | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Casino bill almost a done deal: www.telegram.com

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS BILL:
Opponents criticize transgender rights bill – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com
Mass. House approves transgender rights bill – AP: www.bostonherald.com

LEGISLATURE:
Parents ask legislators to pass special-needs bill – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com
Massachusetts House votes for congressional redistrict plan, but bill stalls in Senate | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Mass. lawmakers approve human trafficking bill – AP: www.bostonherald.com
Senator to help pantries increase awareness » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

MITT MONITOR:
Romney takes no chances with TV – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

THE FEDS:
Senator Scott Brown seeks to impose insider-trading rules on Congress – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com
McGovern: Corporations Are Not People | Worcester Business Journal: www.wbjournal.com
John Tierney’s wife to invoke spousal privilege – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

2012:
Tisei officially enters 6th District congressional race – Wakefield, MA – Wakefield Observer: www.wickedlocal.com
Tisei makes it official, challenges Tierney » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA: www.gloucestertimes.com

DiMASI:
DiMasi loses his bid to stay out of prison – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com
Convicted Speaker ‘Set Up’ By Casino Forces, Wife Claims – Politics News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

MASSACHUSETTS HEADLINES:
Patrick OK’s bed saving for nursing homes – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com
Board OK’s controversial school moves – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com
Gov. Patrick touts airports’ benefits – Fall River, MA – The Herald News: www.heraldnews.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Mayor still set on building a new police station: www.telegram.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Fitchburg will deficit-spend for snowstorm costs: www.telegram.com
Linehan, Lee request recount in District 2 City Council race – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com
Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni creates youth advisory board to tell adults what to do | masslive.com: www.masslive.com
Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Obama praises WPI camp: www.telegram.com

EMERGENCY FISHING AID:
Mass. gov asks again for emergency fishing aid – AP: www.boston.com
State seeks $21 million in relief for fishing losses | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com
Governor calls for ‘disaster’ fishing aid » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA: www.gloucestertimes.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
VT – State, NEC contest Vermont Yankee license in federal court – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com
VT – New committee to look at disaster response – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com
RI – Rhode Island governor readies for Mass. casinos – AP: www.boston.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:
BostonHerald.com – Blogs: City Desk Wired» Blog Archive » DiMasi soon to be bunked behind bars: www.bostonherald.com
Red Mass Group:: Senate Republicans Offer Alternative Congressional Districts Map: www.redmassgroup.com
House OKs transgender rights bill «: sunpolsandpolitics.wordpress.com
Massachusetts Liberal: Conspiracy theory: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

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