Western probation chief arrested – Blute Back -Winslow on Kraftsino and Congress – Former DeNucci aide lashes out at Bump

TODAY IN CORRUPTION: Get used to that face, because you may be seeing a lot more of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz next year as the Probation Dept. patronage scandal continues to unravel. (Republican)

DAN WINSLOW: Not a fan of a proposed Foxborough casino or of the United States Congress, for that matter. (Sun Chron.)

BLUTE: That sound you hear coming from columnists across the state is the dusting-off of a thousand old jokes. Blute’s back, baby. (Globe)

BAD BLOOD: Team DeNucci is not pleased with how Suzanne Bump has portrayed the former longtime auditor, and neither is Peter Lucas. (Sun)

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MITT MONITOR:

Grueling journey on campaign trail – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Huntsman campaign targets Romney on factory closings – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Romney, Gingrich trade barbs on ads – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Pro-Romney Super PAC Slams Gingrich – Politics News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

Mitt Romney sidesteps payroll tax dispute; rival Newt Gingrich dives in – AP: www.masslive.com

Mitt Romney challenged in Ashland, New Hampshire, on criticism of Barack Obama for apologizing for US – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Romney says he would deport Obama’s uncle – AP: www.boston.com

CASINOS:

No sign of end to escalating Foxboro casino fight – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Norfolk rep. campaigns vs. Foxboro casino – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Cards on the table – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Phone polls testing support flood Foxboro – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

THE FEDS:

Sen. Brown lashes out at Republicans who rejected payroll tax compromise – North Adams Transcript: www.thetranscript.com

Fish appeal claims feds misled 禄 Local News 禄 GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA: www.gloucestertimes.com

TODAY IN CORRUPTION:

Chief Hampshire probation officer Christopher Hoffman charged with obstructing investigation into state probation department | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Deputy sheriff in Mass. agrees to ethics fine – AP: www.boston.com

STATE NEWS:

Blute returns to politics with state GOP post – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Holiday liquor bill receives mixed reviews from store owners in Berkshire County – North Adams Transcript: www.thetranscript.com

MassDOT reimburses Franklin Co. towns | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

No surprise as Feeney chosen Hub city clerk – Boston.com: articles.boston.com

Council slows mayor’s push for bargaining change 禄 Local News 禄 GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA: www.gloucestertimes.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Mayor-elect rolls out new committee assignments: www.telegram.com

Proposed 1 a.m. Springfield entertainment curfew has Mayor Domenic Sarno and nightclub officials clashing | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Springfield NAACP President Talbert Swan blasts Easthampton City Councilor Donald Cykowski for ‘racist’ remark about Puerto Ricans | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – Lawmakers Can’t Agree On New Congressional Districts, Send Decision To State Supreme Court – Courant.com: www.courant.com

ME – Pingree presses USDA to identify source of tainted meat | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

VT – DOH discovers tritium in Connecticut River – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com

NH – A ‘Supreme’ run for president 禄 Local News 禄 GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester,

MISC:

Number of serious hospital mistakes in Mass. unchanged – Boston.com: articles.boston.com

Staff At West Roxbury VA Delivers For Troops In Afghanistan 芦 CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

Lee Solar energy plan jolts neighborhood – Berkshire Eagle Online: www.berkshireeagle.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Blue Mass Group | Billionaires speak up for the 1%: bluemassgroup.com

Keller @ Large: Mitt Romney Still Target Of Vile Religious Slander 芦 CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

Fair Massachusetts Besmirched | MassPoliticsProfs: www.masspoliticsprofs.com

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