Newt’s rise causes headaches for Romney camp – Barney’s college courses? – Coakley sues big banks – Casino plans take shape in Foxboro, Suffolk Downs, Palmer

NEWT RISING: Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s sudden surge in the polls is just one of the problems the Romney campaign is dealing with this week. (WCVB, Globe) They’re also batting back attacks from doppelganger Jon Huntsman (PI) and they had to go visit the old folks in Maine (AP)

BANKS: I guess Martha Coakley paid one ATM fee too many and decided to sue all the banks. (WCVB)

FRIDAY FUN: If Barney Frank retires and becomes a distinguished college professor, what classes would he teach? Respond on the Twitters with #ProfBarneyCourses.

IF BRIAN LEES SAYS IT’S OK, I GUESS IT’S OK: Casinos everywhere: Foxboro, Suffolk Downs, Palmer.

VIDEO:

Ex-Chelsea housing chief’s son, Matthew McLaughlin, fired Three arrests at Occupy Boston over a sink ‘Right To Repair’ Proposal Will Be Left Up To Voters

WARREN V. BROWN:

GOP blasts Elizabeth Warren attack vs. Scott Brown – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Online Poll: Elizabeth Warren-Scott Brown Senate matchup in dead heat – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Democrat Elizabeth Warren criticizes Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown at newspaper publishers meeting | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Democratic Senate front-runner blasts Brown’s record on jobs – Sentinel & Enterprise: www.sentinelandenterprise.com

Democrat Thomas Conroy unveils US Senate plan to jumpstart economy – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

MITT MONITOR:

Gingrich’s surge gives Romney camp pause – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Romney Campaign Works On Anti-Gingrich Strategy – Politics News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

NH Senate President Peter Bragdon announces endorsement of Mitt Romney – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Anti-Mitt Romney web ad shows advance of new technology, challenge to message control – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com:www.boston.com

Romney visits former President George H.W. Bush – AP: www.boston.com

CASINOS:

Kraft in discussions to propose casino near Gillette – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

The Daily Item: Tuttle: Casino will make Suffolk the main course: itemlive.com

TUTTLE TALKS CASINOS » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

Casino chief eyes Foxboro – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: m.thesunchronicle.com

Casino proposal in Palmer backed by Brian Lees, Hampden County clerk of courts | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

STATE NEWS:

Massachusetts Sues Banks Over Foreclosures – Boston News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

State auditor: Office was a wreck – Sentinel & Enterprise: www.sentinelandenterprise.com

State to challenge convicted cop’s pension again » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

HOUSING:

Ex-Chelsea housing chief’s son, Matthew McLaughlin, fired: www.myfoxboston.com

Former Chelsea housing chief Michael McLaughlin’s son is fired from state post – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

State supports Natick Housing Authority plan – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

Hub To Regulate Sales Of Electronic Cigarettes – AP: www.thebostonchannel.com

It’s official: LeBlanc wins recount for Ward 3 seat » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA: www.gloucestertimes.com

Tax break bid denied » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

Framingham DPW director may file suit against town – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Shakeup of state police unit assigned to Worcester DA: www.telegram.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Northbridge school superintendent given no-confidence vote: www.telegram.com

OPINION:

Mitt, now’s the time to really sweat Newt – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Conroy: Not ready just yet – Opinion – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

The politics of hair – Arts – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Bye, bye Barney Frank – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

MISC:

Peeking into campaign digs – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Chris Matthews at Springfield Public Forum: Future leaders should lead like JFK | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick signs jobs pact with Chilean president Sebastian Pinera – AP: www.masslive.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – Eddie A. Perez: Convicted Ex-Mayor Of Hartford Wins $70,947 For Back Vacation, Sick Time – Courant.com: www.courant.com

ME – Bill Nemitz: Lawmaker stands up for state’s unemployed | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

ME – Maine senator acquiesces on surtax on rich | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

VT – Gov. Shumlin defends health care funding – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com

VT – Vt. Gov. Shumlin supports doctors prescribing pot – AP: www.boston.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Blue Mass Group | Coakley to Big Banks: It’s On!: bluemassgroup.com

Red Mass Group:: Tim Murray: The Godfather: www.redmassgroup.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Scotto’s problem: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

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