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

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

Opponents criticize transgender rights bill – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe –
Mass. House approves transgender rights bill – AP:

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

Romney takes no chances with TV – Nation – The Boston Globe:

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

Tisei officially enters 6th District congressional race – Wakefield, MA – Wakefield Observer:
Tisei makes it official, challenges Tierney » Local News », Gloucester, MA:

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

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

Mass. gov asks again for emergency fishing aid – AP:
State seeks $21 million in relief for fishing losses |
Governor calls for ‘disaster’ fishing aid » Local News », Gloucester, MA:

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

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

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