JPKIII looks to reupholster family carpetbag – Mitt’s McDuck days – Frank says district map forced retirement – Galvin in charge

I FOR ONE WELCOME OUR NEW GINGER OVERLORD: Does this scrawny Middlesex County assistant DA really think he can just carpetbag into Barney Frank’s district and beat the electoral might of a Sam Sutter? The legislative experience of a Cindy Creem? The hair and on-TV-all-the-time-ness of a Mike Ross? The… Pachecocity of a Marc Pacheco? What’s this kid’s name, anyway? Oh. Never mind then, carry on. (Globe, Herald)

MITT MONITOR: WBUR continues it’s look at Mitt Romney’s glory days of corporate swashbuckling and Scrooge McDuck-like money swimming.

Photo of the day: Mitt buys lots of pizza.

HE SHOULD START A BLOG: Barney Frank is saying the new district map would pretty much just have been a pain in the neck to win. (Globe)

PAINT IT BLACK: That special electricity in the air you feel around Beacon Hill today can mean only one thing: Secretary of State Bill Galvin is going to be Acting Governor today. Gov. Patrick’s off to Chile and the L.G.’s headed to Florida for a Lt. Governor’s conference, leaving the true Lord of the Hill in charge. Everyone look busy.

Exclusive: ‘I’m Innocent,’ DiMasi Says On Eve Of Prison City Moving To Remove ‘Occupy Boston’ Protesters Former MBTA union officials indicted on larceny charges

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REP. BARNEY FRANK RETIREMENT:

Barney Frank says new voting map edged him out – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Barney Frank says new voting districts influenced decision not to run – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

A Kennedy considers run for Frank’s seat – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

Kennedy dynasty’s new hope – BostonHerald.com: news.bostonherald.com

Frank’s Departure The Latest High-Profile Mass. Political Shift | WBUR: www.wbur.org

MITT MONITOR:

Romney’s Bain Years: Turnaround Specialist-In-Chief | WBUR: www.wbur.org

Romney knocks Gingrich as ‘lifelong politician’ – AP: www.boston.com

DIMASI:

DiMasi still says he is not guilty – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: ‘I’m Innocent,’ DiMasi says on eve of prison – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

Ex-Mass. speaker heads to prison, claims innocence – AP: www.boston.com

LEGISLATURE:

GOP senators seek hearings on drunken driving acquittals – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

State facing different deficit – Sentinel & Enterprise: www.sentinelandenterprise.com

Republican senators seek tougher Mass. OUI laws – Sentinel & Enterprise: www.sentinelandenterprise.com

Legislation could ease state’s motorcycle helmet laws – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

Legislators avoid rancorous redistricting of years past | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

P’town selectmen: Hire officer for MacMillan Pier | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com

Mayor suggests checking city assessors’ records before tax bill arrives – Sentinel & Enterprise: www.sentinelandenterprise.com

Lowell manager: Vote may be needed to adopt health-reform law – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com

Report says selectmen’s response to Stamps shooting fell short – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News:
www.metrowestdailynews.com

Holyoke Mayor-elect Alex Morse starts office transition website, gets White House party invitation | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Activists begin effort for ballot question to repeal new casino law in Massachusetts | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

VACANT SEATS:

Forum roundup: State Senate hopefuls vie for Second Middlesex seat – Watertown, MA – Watertown TAB: www.wickedlocal.com

Holliston man signals run for Rep. Dykema’s Legislature seat – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

Ross eyeing run for House – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com

EDUCATION:

Numbers help tell the Lawrence schools story » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Students describe efforts at Lawrence High » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

State to take over Lawrence schools » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

State OKs charter school expansion » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

Turnaround process for troubled school starts Friday » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

TRANSPORTATION:

MBTA considers the future of commuter rail service – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Former MBTA union officer from Quincy accused of theft – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise: www.enterprisenews.com

State DOT board weighs options for operation of commuter trains – Worcester Telegram & Gazette: www.telegram.com

OPINION:

For Romney, distortion becomes a strategic coup – Opinion – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Mitt Romney’s biggest enemy: Mitt Romney – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

MISC:

US Sen. John Kerry reflects on Egypt, Pakistan – The Daily Hampshire Gazette: www.gazettenet.com

With high number of Massachusetts homeless families still living in hotels, Gov. Deval Patrick confident about new HomeBASE program | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

PROMISES, PROMISES: Candidates shield records – AP: www.boston.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – Lopes Wins Democratic Support – Courant.com: www.courant.com

ME – Bill Nemitz: GOP may get last word on Maine Clean Election funds | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

ME – Maine’s senators support extending payroll tax cut | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

VT – Vt. gets $18M for health plan – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com

VT – State hosts health care financing meeting – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com

NH – In N.H., Perry stumbles on legal voting age – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Cindy Creem ‘very interested’ in 4th Congressional seat | Mass Politics Blog: blogs.wickedlocal.com

Khazei thinking about run for 4th Congressional seat | Mass Politics Blog: blogs.wickedlocal.com

Newton native Mike Ross considering run for 4th Congressional Seat | Mass Politics Blog: blogs.wickedlocal.com

SoapBlox:: Talking Barney and Newt on Broadside With Phil Johnston: www.redmassgroup.com

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