Talk show roundup: Brown on Warren, Hudak on yard sign – Romney boys swarm campaign trail – Maginn gave to Dems

MASSterCLIPS: What’s better than watching a week of local political talk shows? A week’s worth of pols sounding off in just over four minutes. So latch your infantile attention span onto this week’s MASSterCLIPS to see Scott Brown focus in on Elizabeth Warren and his relection bid, Sen. Bob Hedlund discuss Ron Paul and Barney Frank, Andrea Cabral crack wise about Mitt Romney and Bill Hudak explain that pesky old yard sign on OTM.

FUEL TO BURN, ROADS TO DRIVE: Can’t get enough of those Romney Boys? You’re in luck, as they are all over the place (Fox, Herald) while ‘man of the people’ Mitt keeps on rockin’ in Iowa. (AP)

YOUR TAKEAWAY MAY DIFFER: Bob Maginn gave Deval Patrick money because Jesus would want him to. That’s what I got out of this, anyway. (Globe)

PHOTO OF THE DAY:
Chelsea housing tenants suffer, officials benefit – The Boston Globe (Photo: Wendy Maeda)
VIDEO:
Romney siblings stump for father in New Hampshire – My Fox Boston Thousands Expected For Firefighter’s Funeral Today – WCVB Boston Mom Wants Justice For Falmouth Soldier Killed In Apparent ‘Quick-Draw’ Game – CBS Boston

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MITT MONITOR:

Romney siblings stump for father in New Hampshire: www.myfoxboston.com

Mitt Romney boys do it up for dad – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Mitt Romney talks of patriotism in Iowa and New Hampshire – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney tries to come across as ‘man of the people’ – AP: www.masslive.com

Area volunteers aid NH effort – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

AG:

Coakley: Charities receive little money from professional fundraisers – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger: www.patriotledger.com

AG releases report on professional fundraisers – AP: www.bostonherald.com

INAUGURATION WEEK:

The Daily Item: Incoming, outgoing Revere mayors pass symbolic ‘keys’: www.itemlive.com

Beverly inaugural set for Tuesday » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

Inauguration week festivities in Springfield to include free admission to Bright Nights | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

CASINOS:

Ameristar Casinos plans to close deal for Springfield land and compete for Western Massachusetts casino license | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

THE FEDS:

Tierney, Frank back fishing lawsuit appeal » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA: www.gloucestertimes.com

STATE NEWS:

GOP chair concedes he gave money to Democrats – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Chelsea housing tenants suffer, officials benefit – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

MISC:

Mom Wants Justice For Falmouth Soldier Killed In Apparent ‘Quick-Draw’ Game « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

Thousands Expected For Firefighter’s Funeral Today – Boston News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

Obama, Palin both descendants of long-gone Cape minister | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

RI – R.I. to ask voters to approve table games – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

ME – Portland mayor says he had surgery for cancer | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

VT – Petitions for town officers now available – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com

CT – Dem Conn. Sen. Edith Prague, 86, suffers stroke – AP: www.boston.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Red Mass Group:: The SJC’s Cape Wind Decision: www.redmassgroup.com

Biundo: Ready For NH – Talking Politics: blog.thephoenix.com

Blue Mass Group | Scott Brown Flip Flops and Later Flips Again on Raising Taxes: bluemassgroup.com

Gold Mass Group:: State Committee Meeting November 2011 Concluded: www.goldmassgroup.com

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MASSterCLIPS: Brown on Warren – Hedlund on GOP primary, Frank – Hudak ‘On the Record’

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown took to the airwaves this week to frame his reelection bid against presumed opponent Elizabeth Warren. NECN’s Jim Bruade’s political panel, including state Sen. Bob Hedlund (R-Weymouh) discussed the Republican presidential field, as well as outgoing congressman Barney Frank. On WCVB, congressional candidate Bill Hudak talked about his run for Rep. John Tierney’s seat and his GOP primary opponent, former state Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei.

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Brown claims he’s not getting any love in Senate – Romney eyes victory in Iowa – FxBoro casino derailed?

HIS-TOR-Y: If it was still before Christmas and not half a week after, I would call Scott Brown the Rudolph of the U.S. Senate, where the other Senators apparently don’t let him join in any of their reindeer games. But it is after Christmas, so I guess Scott Brown’s not Rudolph, and just a guy who likes to give interviews at Mul’s. (AP) Brown also went on Keller to "drop the gloves" against presumed opponent Elizabeth Warren. (WBZ)

GREETINGS, EARTHLINGS: Refusing to limit his awkwardness to just New Hampshire (Monitor), Mitt Romney sees an audience in Iowa. (AP)

Foxborough casino’s opponents use social media to build their cases – The Boston Globe (Photo: Gretchen Ertl)
VIDEO:
Scott Brown Is Ready To Drop The Gloves Against Elizabeth Warren – CBS Boston Kraft Group "disappointed" with Foxborough board’s decision to not negotiate casino proposal – My Fox Boston Mass. Representatives call out National Grid – WWLP.com

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BROWN BRIEFINGS:

Scott Brown: Media’s pulling punches with Elizabeth Warren – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Scott Brown seeks underdog role – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Scott Brown Is Ready To Drop The Gloves Against Elizabeth Warren « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

AP Interview: Sen. Brown says top Dems target him – AP: www.boston.com

Sen. Brown says Frank’s departure hurts fishermen – AP: www.boston.com

Mass US Sen. Brown says Iraq must control violence – AP: www.boston.com

Sen. Brown predicts ‘close race’ for Mass. Senate – AP: www.boston.com

CASINOS:

Kraft Group "disappointed" with Foxborough board’s decision to not negotiate casino proposal: www.myfoxboston.com

Casino backers’ ‘next steps’ uncertain – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Far from the meetings, Foxborough residents find little support, debate over casinos – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

Foxborough casino’s opponents use social media to build their cases – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

Supporters of Foxborough casino race to catch up in public relations battle – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

Casino plan near Patriots’ home divides Mass. town – AP: www.boston.com

Foxboro voters will have several chances to decide casino issue – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Counsel advises to proceed slowly – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Wynn resorts: Push-polling not ours – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Foxboro selectman apologizes for behavior – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Casino fight takes center stage – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Harrington denies pressure from Kraft to back casino – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

What’s next for casinos? – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

MITT MONITOR:

Steve Forbes, campaigning for Rick Perry, attacks Romney’s capital gains tax policy – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Romney, sensing opening, makes big push in Iowa – AP: www.boston.com

Romney’s ride stays remarkably smooth in GOP race – AP: www.boston.com

MISC:

Frank, Tierney file amicus in fishing appeal | SouthCoastToday.com: www.southcoasttoday.com

It’s just a bill on Beacon Hill – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

STORM RESPONSE:

GOP Lawmakers Want To Change Storm Response | WBUR: www.wbur.org

Mass. Representatives call out National Grid | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

Mayor, officials to take oaths Tuesday – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Calls mounting for resignation of Easthampton City Councilor Donald Cykowski | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

New In The Phoenix — The Upcoming Year Of Mitt – Talking Politics: blog.thephoenix.com

Blue Mass Group | Scott Brown bids for Poor Little Rich Boy vote: bluemassgroup.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

NH – Romney’s awkward ways | Concord Monitor: www.concordmonitor.com

VT – Vermont sticks with village-focused growth policy – AP: www.reformer.com


Gingrich praised RomneyCare in ’06 -Coakley monitors casinos – Mitt focusing on Obama – Lawrence receiver in ’12

NEW BIFFLES: "Hawkeyed" Attorney General Martha Coakley’s gaming industry oversight is the top story in today’s Herald. Wait, what? Does the Herald know this is the same Martha Coakley that ran for Senate? I guess they’ve decided they like her now, seeing as they went so far as to give her the tough superhero pose. Or it’s all viral marketing for the Avengers movie.

MITT MONITOR: Things are picking up speed up north in New Hampshire and out west in Iowa as the two states prepare to vote for a Republican Presidential nominee. Mitt Romney doesn’t seem worried about his competition and is focusing on the President (AP). And what’s 90s pop culture icon Newt Gingrich’s problem of the moment? Oh, just the republication of a newsletter he authored praising Romney’s 2006 health reform bill. (Globe) Nothing but trouble, these newsletters.

IS THE MAYOR FREE?: Lawrence is still without a school receiver (Eagle Trib.)

Foxboro casino proposal is dealt a setback (Photo: Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff)
VIDEO:
Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney set sights on different targets in caucus run-up – Boston Globe Foxboro holds meeting to debate building of casino – WHDH Prince parents got $225K in settlement – WWLP

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CASINOS:

Residents on both sides berate Foxboro pols – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Martha Coakley: We’re watching – BostonHerald.com: news.bostonherald.com

Board levels blow to Kraft/Wynn plan – BostonHerald.com: news.bostonherald.com

Foxborough casino proposal is dealt a setback – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Foxboro Votes To Not Enter Casino Negotiations With Kraft, Wynn « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

No Dice: Foxboro Residents Shoot Down Casino Proposal – Project Economy News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

Experts urge caution in placing casinos – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

Timilty still not a casino believer – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Met with opposition – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Mohegan Sun eyes vote next year for Palmer casino in Western Massachusetts | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

MITT MONITOR:

Courting N.H. voters could cost Romney – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

In NH, Romney Criticizes Obama Instead Of GOP Rivals – AP: boston.cbslocal.com

Newt Gingrich extolled Mitt Romney’s health reform in Massachusetts – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Boston Herald endorses Mitt Romney in GOP primary – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney set sights on different targets in caucus run-up – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Town & Country, in 1967 edition, envisioned White House for ‘eligible’ Mitt Romney – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Pragmatism in Iowa could benefit Romney – AP: www.boston.com

Gingrich sharpens attacks on Romney, Paul – AP: www.boston.com

BEACON HILL:

On Beacon Hill, committees secretly do much of work – Milford, MA – The Milford Daily News: www.milforddailynews.com

Legislature quality can be hard to quantify – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

MISC:

Newt Gingrich hailed Mass. health law in ’06 paper – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

The Daily Item: Brickett students take fight against ‘idling’ to Beacon Hill: itemlive.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

Aggregation gives options without obligation – Sentinel & Enterprise: www.sentinelandenterprise.com

Framingham to repost Town Manager job – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

Northampton gets $408,000 state grant toward securing undeveloped land near Mineral Hills Conservation Area | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

One week to Polipalooza | MassPoliticsProfs: www.masspoliticsprofs.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

ME – Greg Kesich: LePage and Occupy Maine lead list of 2011’s winners | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

VT – Vermont proposal aims to prevent undecided governor’s race – AP: www.reformer.com

Foxboro prepares for Kraft casino decision – Rogue T sign gains sentience, decks halls – Transparency on Beacon Hill

FA LA LA LA LA: Your top stories this morning are the 800th day of Bob Kraft casino coverage (Herald) and a T sign that sang a Christmas song (Globe). Is anyone else bothered that as soon as the MBTA’s communications system gained self-awareness it joined in fighting the War on Christmas?

HEARINGS, HOW QUAINT: And no wonder there’s no news, everything happens behind closed doors in the first place. (Sun Chron.)

Kraft: Listen, then decide (Photo: Keith Nordstrom/ The Sun Chronicle)
VIDEO:
Foxborough Readies For Casino Showdown – WCVB Mitt Romney leads in N.H. before nation’s first primary – My Fox Boston MBTA riders defend "Deck the Halls" dispatcher – My Fox Boston

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CASINOS:

Rep hopes ruling puts web poker back in play – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Foxboro split with proposal on brink – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

If you build it, corruption may come – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Foxborough Readies For Casino Showdown – Project Economy News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

Groups cry foul over video – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Kraft: Listen, then decide – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham nervous about Foxborough casino – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

Mass. gambling threatens Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

Foxborough prepares for heated casino debate – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

MITT MONITOR:

Unaligned N.H. vote a test for Mitt Romney – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Mitt Romney leads in N.H. before nation’s first primary: www.myfoxboston.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

After 10 years, Bonfanti prepares for big changes » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

Attorney: Wayland selectmen letter violated Open Meeting Law – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Mayor-elect announces staff picks: www.telegram.com

Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette proposes new way to modify charter | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Holyoke mayor-elect Alex Morse won’t reappoint City Solicitor Lisa Ball; DPW chief William Fuqua may face residency rule | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

STATE NEWS:

Investigation shows state lagging in online presence – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

MASS. ELECTIONS:

Mass. Senate hopefuls make final 2011 money push – AP: www.boston.com

Outside groups air barrage of ads in Mass. race – AP: www.boston.com

LEGISLATURE:

Big bills, less view at Statehouse – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Beacon Hill bracing for another tight Mass. budget – AP: www.boston.com

MISC:

Holiday prank cheers riders, sours T bosses – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

MBTA riders defend "Deck the Halls" dispatcher: www.myfoxboston.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Keller @ Large: Holiday-Themed Political Ads « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

Gold Mass Group:: November 2011 State Committee Meeting Continued: www.goldmassgroup.com

LG requests crash recordings be released – Gov got red carpet treatment, POTUS intro in Chile – MASSterClips video roundup on casino commission – #MApoli vote

YOU’RE NOT L.T. SMASH!: Nearly two months after the crash that destroyed the unmarked cruiser he was driving, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray is requesting that State Police release the "black box" data recording from the accident. (Globe, T&G, AP)

EL PRESIDENTE: Gov. Deval Patrick, who insiders say may leverage the powerful and untested Chilean vote for a White House run (AP), took to the radio waves yesterday to deride the state of the U.S. House GOP over the payroll tax stalemate. (AP)

MASSTERCLIPS: Gaming Commission takes shape – Newly named gaming commission chair Steve Crosby, A.G. Martha Coakley and Treasurer Steven Grossman discuss the formation of the new gambling panel. PLUS: Boston mayor Tom Menino on why he thinks Suffolk Downs is the right place for a casino.

NOT ALL ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES: This is it, folks. The final day to vote in the first annual #MAPolisthe most important vote of our lifetime. Voting ends at noon, and results will be announced a 1 p.m. on WRKO. I am going to call in at 1:15 p.m. to gloat and mercilessly trash my opponents.

Timothy Murray asks State Police to release ‘black box’ data from car crash – www.boston.com (Photo: Tom Rettig/The Telegram & Gazette via AP)
VIDEO:
Murray’s black box crash data to be released at his request: www.myfoxboston.com Wanted: chiefs to build casino industry | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com Expert says used electronics could still be storing personal information: www.myfoxboston.com

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MURRAY’S BLACK BOX:

Murray asks for ‘black box’ car data to be released – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Timothy Murray asks State Police to release ‘black box’ data from car crash – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – ‘Black box’ data on its way: www.telegram.com

Mass. Lt. Gov. urges release of crash data – AP: www.boston.com

MITT MONITOR:

Romney will not reveal tax data, at least for now – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

President George H.W. Bush: ‘Romney is the best choice for us’ – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Mitt Romney mixes family anecdotes with policy – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Romney welcomes Bush 41’s unofficial endorsement – AP: www.boston.com

DEVAL DIGEST:

Patrick blasts GOP over payroll tax stalemate – AP: www1.whdh.com

Gov. Deval Patrick: ‘Commonwealth’s airports create jobs’ – Taunton, MA – The Taunton Gazette: www.tauntongazette.com

Gov. Deval Patrick lauded in Chile as ‘future president of the United States’ – AP: www.masslive.com

THE FEDS:

Brown’s efforts add to moderate credentials – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Senator Scott Brown urges federal criminal probe into Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Sheriff, Brown greet new correction officers: www.telegram.com

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CASINOS:

Mass. must vie with Asia for casino investors – Business – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Friending in Foxboro’s casino fight – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com

OPINION:

Is Menino the education mayor or not? – Opinion – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

The Daily Item: Get a little Face(book) time online with Mayor Kennedy: m.itemlive.com

Peter Blute returns to Republican politics – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com

Holyoke City Council to meet Christmas Eve in wake of mayor’s veto of new tax rate | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

NAACP wants censure, resident seeks resignation of Easthampton City Councilor Donald Cykowski for ‘Puerto Rican’ remark | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

STATE NEWS:

AG sues Waltham auto school – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

Massachusetts will receive additional $21 million in home heating aid – AP: www.masslive.com

Businesses sued for allegedly dodging toxic spill cleanup | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – Conn. officials urge hiring of returning veterans – AP: www.bostonglobe.com

CT – Bristol: Council Districts, Polling Places Being Reconfigured – Courant.com: www.courant.com

ME – Waivers for cuts to be hard to get, Pingree says | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

ME – LePage requests heat backup plan by Tuesday – AP: www.pressherald.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

The first annual #MAPolis – Less Is More blog – Boston.com: boston.com

Red Mass Group:: Professor Cunningham’s pointers on the money: GOP needs a pulse in MA: www.redmassgroup.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Inmates run the asylum: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

LG requests crash recordings be released – Gov got red carpet treatment, POTUS intro in Chile – MASSterClips video roundup on casino commission – #MApoli vote

YOU’RE NOT L.T. SMASH!: Nearly two months after the crash that destroyed the unmarked cruiser he was driving, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray is requesting that State Police release the “black box” data recording from the accident. (Globe, T&G, AP)

EL PRESIDENTE: Gov. Deval Patrick, who insiders say may leverage the powerful and untested Chilean vote for a White House run (AP), took to the radio waves yesterday to deride the state of the U.S. House GOP over the payroll tax stalemate. (AP)

MASSTERCLIPS: Gaming Commission takes shape – Newly named gaming commission chair Steve Crosby, A.G. Martha Coakley and Treasurer Steven Grossman discuss the formation of the new gambling panel. PLUS: Boston mayor Tom Menino on why he thinks Suffolk Downs is the right place for a casino.

NOT ALL ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES: This is it, folks. The final day to vote in the first annual #MAPolisthe most important vote of our lifetime. Voting ends at noon, and results will be announced a 1 p.m. on WRKO. I am going to call in at 1:15 p.m. to gloat and mercilessly trash my opponents.

Timothy Murray asks State Police to release ‘black box’ data from car crash –  http://www.boston.com (Photo: Tom Rettig/The Telegram & Gazette via AP)
VIDEO:
Murray’s black box crash data to be released at his request: http://www.myfoxboston.com Wanted: chiefs to build casino industry | WWLP.com: http://www.wwlp.com Expert says used electronics could still be storing personal information: http://www.myfoxboston.com
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MURRAY’S BLACK BOX:

Murray asks for ‘black box’ car data to be released – Metro – The Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com

Timothy Murray asks State Police to release ‘black box’ data from car crash – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: http://www.boston.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – ‘Black box’ data on its way: http://www.telegram.com

Mass. Lt. Gov. urges release of crash data – AP: http://www.boston.com

MITT MONITOR:

Romney will not reveal tax data, at least for now – Nation – The Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com

President George H.W. Bush: ‘Romney is the best choice for us’ – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: http://www.boston.com

Mitt Romney mixes family anecdotes with policy – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: http://www.boston.com

Romney welcomes Bush 41’s unofficial endorsement – AP: http://www.boston.com

DEVAL DIGEST:

Patrick blasts GOP over payroll tax stalemate – AP: www1.whdh.com

Gov. Deval Patrick: ‘Commonwealth’s airports create jobs’ – Taunton, MA – The Taunton Gazette: http://www.tauntongazette.com

Gov. Deval Patrick lauded in Chile as ‘future president of the United States’ – AP: http://www.masslive.com

THE FEDS:

Brown’s efforts add to moderate credentials – Metro – The Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com

Senator Scott Brown urges federal criminal probe into Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: http://www.boston.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Sheriff, Brown greet new correction officers: http://www.telegram.com

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CASINOS:

Mass. must vie with Asia for casino investors – Business – The Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com

Friending in Foxboro’s casino fight – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com

OPINION:

Is Menino the education mayor or not? – Opinion – The Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

The Daily Item: Get a little Face(book) time online with Mayor Kennedy: m.itemlive.com

Peter Blute returns to Republican politics – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com

Holyoke City Council to meet Christmas Eve in wake of mayor’s veto of new tax rate | masslive.com: http://www.masslive.com

NAACP wants censure, resident seeks resignation of Easthampton City Councilor Donald Cykowski for ‘Puerto Rican’ remark | masslive.com: http://www.masslive.com

STATE NEWS:

AG sues Waltham auto school – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com

Massachusetts will receive additional $21 million in home heating aid – AP: http://www.masslive.com

Businesses sued for allegedly dodging toxic spill cleanup | CapeCodOnline.com: http://www.capecodonline.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – Conn. officials urge hiring of returning veterans – AP: http://www.bostonglobe.com

CT – Bristol: Council Districts, Polling Places Being Reconfigured – Courant.com: http://www.courant.com

ME – Waivers for cuts to be hard to get, Pingree says | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: http://www.pressherald.com

ME – LePage requests heat backup plan by Tuesday – AP: http://www.pressherald.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

The first annual #MAPolis – Less Is More blog – Boston.com: boston.com

Red Mass Group:: Professor Cunningham’s pointers on the money: GOP needs a pulse in MA: http://www.redmassgroup.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Inmates run the asylum: baystateliberal.blogspot.com