Mitt’s chocolate confession – Maginn wins – MBTA ready for winter – Rebuilding after tornadoes

GATEWAY DRUG: Chocolate milk. Oh, oh, I’m sorry – HOT chocolate milk. With restrictive habits like that, it’s hard to see how such a self destructive individual could ever be president. Hopefully, Mitt can get the help he needs to turn his life around and break away from lactose addiction. (PI)

TORNADOES: Six months after tornadoes whipped through Western Mass., devistated town are still rebuilding. (Republican)

WINTER COMMUTES: While not quite as bad as tornadoes, winter storms can still mean frustration for commuters and the MBTA. The Worcester T&G says transit officials expect to have it under control this year.

HE SHOULD START A BLOG TOO: So is this Scott Brown Op-Ed on Legislative inside trading in the Herald a one-time deal or did they give him his own column too?

GOP: Maginn wins. (Republican)

Patrick admin: No new taxes 2013, cuts Occupy Boston seeks injunction to bar removal Bikers want to ditch helmet law

MITT MONITOR:

Investment skeletons hiding inside Mitt’s closets – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Mitt Romney not allowing cheap shots – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Mitt Romney’s first Iowa TV ad same as most recent N.H. spot – with efforts at local appeal – Politics – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Romney: Obama Will ‘Cower’ Over Record – Politics News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

Mitt Romney: Mormon social restrictions ‘liberating’ instead of inhibiting – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Mitt Romney discusses his Mormon faith, middle class struggles and plan to break partisan gridlock in Washington D.C. | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

OPINION:

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Liar, liar, Romney’s goose on fire: www.telegram.com

Bielat’s challenge pushed Frank toward exit – Opinion – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

DEVAL DIGEST:

As Deval Patrick travels to Chile, Brazil, his power shifts to William Galvin – Politics – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Mass. Gov. Patrick to meet with Chilean president – AP: www.boston.com

Patrick leading trade mission to Chile, Brazil – AP: www.boston.com

LEGISLATURE:

State works on gambling oversight – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

State senate president will not support windmill delay – North Adams Transcript: www.thetranscript.com

AG limits Foxboro print law – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Massachusetts Gaming Commission appointees to be nominated with help of search firm, top state politicians say | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Incoming Mass. Republican Party chairman Bob Maginn vows to get Sen. Scott Brown re-elected, boost GOP presence across Bay State | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

MassGOP taps Bob Maginn as new party chairman – AP: www.boston.com

THE FEDS:

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – McGovern’s GOP ex-rival now seeks seat in Boston: www.telegram.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Obama nominates Judge Hillman: www.telegram.com

Amid Frank’s Criticism, Rep. Defends Redistricting | WBUR: www.wbur.org

EDUCATION:

State report: Other expenses cutting into districts’ per-student spending – Milford, MA – The Milford Daily News: www.milforddailynews.com

Westborough School Committee questions 2013 budget increase – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

MBTA:
Metro – Record highs in T ridership: www.metro.us

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – MBTA outlines measures to improve storm record: www.telegram.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

NH – Herman Cain thanks New Hampshire staff, vows to keep fighting for now – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

NH – Jon Huntsman speaks at N.H. State House – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

CT – New District Lines For House, Senate – Courant.com: www.courant.com

ME – Lawmaker can keep office in upcoming rival’s district | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Romney’s Reading Response – Talking Politics: blog.thephoenix.com

Blue Mass Group | Scott Brown’s fundraising letter: bluemassgroup.com

Red Mass Group:: Bob Maginn Wins the Chairmanship of the Republican Party: www.redmassgroup.com

BostonHerald.com – Blogs: The Ballot: bostonherald.com

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