Murphy falls on his sword then slams DeLeo’s leadership – Tisei’s sister arrested for cocaine possession earlier this year – Communities hear western casino plans

THE HONORABLE REPRESENTATIVE: Cleaning crews worked all night to get the stains out of the room A-1 rug after yesterday’s ritual seppuku by former House Whip Charley Murphy. Murphy’s vengeful spirit then issued a letter completely trashing Speaker Robert DeLeo’s leadership of the House. (Globe, Herald)

SURVEY SAYS: Criminal family members may be the theme of the coming campaign for the North Shore’s seat in Congress. Instead of an election, I prosed Rep. John Tierney and challenger Richard Tisei settle things on the Family Feud. News broke yesterday that Tisei’s sister had been arrested for cocaine possession earlier this year, tarnishing a bit the former Senate minority leader’s shining armor as he crusades against the family- and scandal-plagued incumbent. (Globe, AP)

OTHER PLACES: Just a reminder that there are a couple other casino zones around the state aside form the Boston/Foxboro one.

MITT MONITOR:

Mitt Romney target of new round of attacks from Democrats, support groups – Politics – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Mitt Romney says “nay” on Donald Trump debate – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Romney will skip debate hosted by Donald Trump – AP: www.boston.com

Thousands of Mitt Romney Cabinet e-mails automatically purged by state computers – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

Romney steps up pace of campaign as caucuses near – AP: www.boston.com

TISEI TROUBLES:

Would-be John Tierney challenger Richard Tisei acknowledges family legal problem – Politics – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Ex-state Sen. Tisei’s sister faces cocaine charges – AP: www.boston.com

MASS. U.S. SENATE HOPEFULLS:

Spotlight on Warren, Democratic hopefuls debate – Politics – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Mass. US Senate hopefuls discuss Occupy movement – AP: www.bostonherald.com

MURPHY RESIGNS:

Murphy resigns House majority whip post – Politics – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Ex-whip Charles Murphy slams Robert DeLeo on way out the door – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

CASINOS:

Gamblers enough to go around – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com

Springfield casino plan draws 450 to hear Ameristar Casinos preview | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Residents debate proposed casino resort | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

TOWN BUDGETS & TAXES:

Lowell Council shifts maximum tax burden on businesses – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com

Ayer selectmen vote 3-2 to shift tax burden to help businesses – Lowell Sun Online: www.lowellsun.com

City eases business tax share – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com

Council adds $1.3 million to budget » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Auditor to Douglas: Keep handling finances the same way: www.telegram.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Shrewsbury begins work on next year’s budget: www.telegram.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Single tax rate stays in Leicester; increase is 74 cents: www.telegram.com

Monson tax rate set for fiscal 2012; tornado affected the rate | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

HUB HEADLINES:

Mayor Menino’s plan antes up for East Boston renewal – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Hub Mayor To Invite Football Team To Lunch – Boston News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

Menino sees bio, tech uses if postal service exits – Boston Business Journal: www.bizjournals.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

The Daily Item: Revere mayor-elect hosts well attended transition meeting: www.itemlive.com

The Daily Item: Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy and Jamie Cerulli from the Mayor’s Office look over a draft of the findings by the Center for Economic Development and Sustainability at Salem State at a meeting with the Lynn Chamber at City Hall on Tuesday.: www.itemlive.com

Mayor: Refusal to settle harassment case could cost $1.5 million » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Recall attempt against Lantigua revived, again » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Holyoke City Council reluctantly OKs transfer to pay Geriatric Authority bills | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

THE FEDS:

State rep. appointed to influential panel – North Adams Transcript: www.thetranscript.com

Nurse brings concerns over jobs to Brown – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com

Activists occupy Senator Scott Brown’s DC office – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

MASS HEADLINES:

Report: Mass. communities still facing fiscal woes – AP: www.boston.com

Poor economy puts unprecedented stress on property tax to fund Massachusetts municipal budgets – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

Rte. 109 project in Medway secures $400K from government – Milford, MA – The Milford Daily News: www.milforddailynews.com

Charter facing new state review » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA: www.gloucestertimes.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – Connecticut Legislators Are Granted Extension On New Boundaries For Congressional Districts – Courant.com: www.courant.com

CT – Two Veteran House Democrats Retiring From Legislature – Courant.com: www.courant.com

ME – Maine’s high court denies appeal of robo-signing ruling | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

RI – ‘Holiday tree’ remark could cause Rhode Island governer to find coal in Christmas stocking – AP: www.masslive.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Massachusetts Liberal: Prince of Darkness feeling at home: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

Stonehill Forum – Talking Politics: blog.thephoenix.com

Dem Senate rivals take aim at Brown «: sunpolsandpolitics.wordpress.com

Red Mass Group:: "Coward Scott Brown won’t Meet Constituents"…. because he’s on Guard duty!: www.redmassgroup.com

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