Herb drops out of Senate race – Herb joins MA-4 race – Hodgson will not run – Jingle Booze Bill passes

CALCULATED POLITICAL DECISION: Newton’s own Herb Robinson has dropped out of the Senate race in order to run for Barney Frank’s seat in Congress on a nuclear regulation-heavy platform. Since Herb and many of his friends have themselves fallen victim to tragic, yet oddly fortunate nuclear or space travel accidents, this might be a winning campaign. (WL, Patch)

THE HERB EFFECT: Not running for the seat is Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, who was seen as a favorite GOP candidate, but has not to my knowledge, been radically empowered by nuclear, gamma, beta, cosmic or any other types of rays and/or spider bites. (Sun Chron.)

WHOO: Jingle Bell Booze Bill passes. (AP)

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2012:Newton’s Robinson Leaving Senate Race to Run for Congress – Brookline, MA Patch: brookline.patch.comSenate hopeful Elizabeth Warren calls for full LGBT equality | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Hodgson won’t run for Congress – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

LEGISLATURE:Mass. lawmakers OK Dec. 26 liquor sales – AP: www.boston.comWind bill in Mass. looks headed for demise – AP: www.boston.com

Wind siting bill dies | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com

State energy cuts likely – Berkshire Eagle Online: www.berkshireeagle.com

Murray’s wreck records deemed public, state police refusing to turn them over: www.myfoxboston.com

CASINOS:Advocates: It pays to have a casino – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.comAds put out by Wynn consultants – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Mass. to begin talks over tribal casino compact – AP: www.boston.com

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Romney defends time in business world – AP: www.boston.com

Romney: Illegal immigrants should have to leave – AP: www.boston.com

AP source: SC governor to endorse Mitt Romney – AP: www.boston.com

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Schools get $684K of free cash » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA: www.gloucestertimes.com

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The Daily Item: Kennedy battles Melrose mayor in radio competition: itemlive.com

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