Mitt up in Fla. – Superbowl wagers – Black boxes know everything – Suspended Lawrence worker still being paid

SMOLDERING RUINS: Everything you ever wanted to know about motor vehicle black boxes like the one pulled from the smoking wreck of Tim Murray’s car(eer). (T&G)

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF LAWRENCE: A Lawrence planning department employee, and former State House aide to mayor Willie Lantigua, was suspended in August, but that didn’t stop him from getting paid this whole time. Must be some kind of crazy Office Space mix up, but only if the stapler guy was a repeat drunk driver. (Eagle Trib.)

ONE DOLLAR, BOB: Michael Bloomberg goes and rubs our noses in all sorts of finery and culture with what I think most of us can objectively agree is a way better Superbowl wager. When did these things become Showcase Showdown-style vacation packages?

Kennedys’ Cape home donated to institute (Photo: Stew Milne/Associated Press)
VIDEO:
I-Team: 39% Of Largest Boston Nonprofits Not Paying Property Taxes – CBS Boston Mayor Menino urges solution to MBTA budget deficit – WHDH-TV Haiti remembered on Beacon Hill – WWLP.co

MITT MONITOR:

Much unsaid as Mitt Romney cites his tie to Mexico – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney blitz Florida with negative campaigning | LA Times www.gazettenet.com

State GOP lawmakers praise Romney – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich barnstorm Florida on eve of important primary – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Mitt Romney shows confidence in Florida as polls put him ahead of Newt Gingrich – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

New poll gives Mitt Romney even wider lead in Florida primary – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Newt Gingrich says Mitt Romney denied Jewish seniors kosher meals while governor – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Romney picks up 2 delegates in South Carolina – AP: www.boston.com

Romney says he’s not letting up on Fla. campaign – AP: www.boston.com

Romney confident as Florida prepares to vote – AP: www.boston.com

MAYOR KEVIN WHITE:

The far-reaching influence of Kevin White – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

White’s Busing Legacy His ‘Biggest Blemish,’ Says Former City Councilor | WBUR: www.wbur.org

Final farewell in Boston for ex-Mayor Kevin White – AP: www.boston.com

CAMPAIGNS:

Warren campaign organizational meeting to be held in Weymouth – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger: www.patriotledger.com

Anti-Scott Brown group that agreed to third-party ad ban expands its website – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

MAYOR MENINO:

Mayor Menino urges solution to MBTA budget deficit – Boston News, Massachusettts News, WHDH-TV 7NEWS WHDH.COM: www1.whdh.com

Menino, Bloomberg go all-in on Super Bowl wager – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Menino urges new revenue for MBTA – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Boston mayor has cancerous mole removed from nose – AP: www.boston.com

DEVAL DIGEST:

Gov. Patrick proposal would increase aid to Taunton schools – Taunton, MA – The Taunton Gazette: www.tauntongazette.com

Arthur Bernard, Patrick’s former chief of staff, joins lobbying firm – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Patrick, Gengels cite progress in Haiti work – Worcester Telegram & Gazette: www.telegram.com

KENNEDY HOME:

Kennedys’ Cape home donated to institute – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Pa. dealer donates copy of JFK tape to archivists – AP: www.boston.com

Kennedys donate Hyannisport home | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com

Main house at Kennedy compound on Cape Cod given to Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate – AP: www.masslive.com

CAMPAIGNS:

Warren campaign organizational meeting to be held in Weymouth – Quincy, MA – The Patriot Ledger: www.patriotledger.com

Anti-Scott Brown group that agreed to third-party ad ban expands its website – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

CASINOS:

Tribe’s bid for casino won’t be smooth sailing – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Tribe under deadline pressure | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com

LEGISLATURE:

Haiti remembered on Beacon Hill | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

Delahunt backs off controversial wind energy deal, tells Hull he’ll help for free – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com

Senate to offer prescription-monitoring bill – AP: www.lowellsun.com

MISC:

I-Team: 39% Of Largest Boston Nonprofits Not Paying Property Taxes « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

Super Bowl an ad for UMass – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Ex-Lantigua aide still paid for not working » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal donates $500 to Regreen Springfield tree planting program | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – State bond commission gives final approval for jackson laboratory research center on uconn health center – Courant.com: www.courant.com

ME – Clean energy won’t be on November ballot in Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

ME – Bill would drop 4-year term for Maine housing chief – AP: www.pressherald.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Blue Mass Group | Why 150 People Wore Swimsuits and Snorkels in the Streets of Boston Today: bluemassgroup.com

Red Mass Group:: John Zimini and Family give Timothy Murray $1,500 Around Time He Got MassHousing Job: www.redmassgroup.com

Blue Mass Group | MA leads nation in ‘Pay For Success’ Social Innovation Contracts: bluemassgroup.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Act II: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

Mr. Maginn or Mr. Magoo? | MassPoliticsProfs: www.masspoliticsprofs.com

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Kevin White tributes – Maginn hires Willington – The keeper of Mitt’s millions – Feds demand Lawrence progam money back

WHITE: Tributes to and remembrances of late Boston Mayor Kevin White, some taking a critical bent, continue to pour in.

WITH APOLOGIES TO COLERIDGE: At Jenzabar/Did Bob Maginn/A stately politics-dome decree. Where Tork, Blute and Willington ran/With funds measureless to man/To win seats for the minority. (Globe)

MITT’S MILLIONS: The Globe takes a look today at the delightfully patrician named R. Bradford Malt, the Ropes & Gray chairman who serves as the keeper of Mitt Romney’s vast wealth.

L-TOWN: The Feds finally get around to asking for their money back after a Lawrence anti-poverty program’s ex-director was caught working 15 hours a week and mostly just playing cards down at the Elks club. (EagleTrib.)

City set for crowds to celebrate life of Kevin White (Photo: Bill Brett for the Boston Globe)
VIDEO:
Senator Kerry pays tribute to former Mayor White – WHDH Keller @ Large: Gerry Leone Talks Efforts Against Repeat Offenders, Domestic Violence – CBS Boston Inaugural bash held for W. Spfld mayor – WWLP.com

HUB HEADLINES:

Senator Kerry pays tribute to former Mayor White – Boston News, Massachusettts News, WHDH-TV 7NEWS WHDH.COM: www1.whdh.com

Where Kevin White fell short – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

City set for crowds to celebrate life of Kevin White – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Kevin White: A Reporter Remembers | WBUR: www.wbur.org

Turner to challenge ouster from Council in court – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

MITT MONITOR:

Boston lawyer keeps steady hand on Romney’s holdings – Business – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Mitt Romney opens double-digit lead in Florida polls | GazetteNET: www.gazettenet.com

Mitt Romney reaches out to Hispanic voters – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

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LEGISLATURE:

Keller @ Large: Gerry Leone Talks Efforts Against Repeat Offenders, Domestic Violence « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

Maginn hires third from GOP – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

Inaugural bash held for W. Spfld mayor | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

Unclaimed cash can be windfall for towns – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com

Bettencourt, Scanlon outspent 2011 foes » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

MISC:

McGovern endorses Warren’s candidacy – Worcester Telegram & Gazette: www.telegram.com

Blogging under the golden dome – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

ME – State seeks routes to increase safety | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Red Mass Group:: Jones: "Dead Men and Women Walking": www.redmassgroup.com

An extended primary for the GOP might be good – Less Is More blog – Boston.com: boston.com

Blue Mass Group | Tisei’s quarter-mill in cash: bluemassgroup.com

Massachusetts Liberal: I object!: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

Committees take up hands-free and minor witness shield bills – Clarence Thomas at Holy Cross – Probation indictment rumors ramp up

IMMINENT: We’re all still waiting for the axe to drop on the rumored handful of pols caught up on the wrong side of the Probation Department scandal. The Sun apparently has sources confirming at least some of the rumors that have been floating around for awhile.

SAUSAGE MAKING: In legislative news, we’re back to talking about a New York-style hands-free cell phone bill (Globe) and the Judiciary Committee will soon be dealing with a bill to ban the media from identifying witnesses under the age of 18 in criminal trials. (Gatehouse)

THE SILENT BEATLE: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was in his former stomping grounds of Worcester yesterday to accept an honorary degree and to deliver an uncharacteristically wordy and emotional address about his days at Holy Cross. (T&G)

Scott Brown leads session to plot strategy for saving Hanscom base (Photo: Tom Landers/Globe Staff)
VIDEO:
Gov. Deval Patrick on the state’s finances, crime, Tim Murray and more – Greater Boston Could casino gambling takeover hole left by alcohol ads on MBTA? – My Fox Boston NAACP wants meeting with Sen. Brown – WWLP

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GOP DEBATE:

Analysis: Romney is fiery, focused in Fla. Debate – AP: www.boston.com

Republican debate: Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum strong, Newt Gingrich flat | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Romney: Gingrich attacks on him are ‘repulsive’ – AP: www.boston.com

Romney rejects ‘anti-immigrant’ label by Gingrich – AP: www.boston.com

Gingrich, Romney attack each other on foreclosures – AP: www.boston.com

Santorum defends Romney, Gingrich on wealth attack – AP: www.boston.com

Romney, Gingrich joust over ties to Reagan – AP: www.boston.com

Romney responds to Gingrich immigration shot – AP: www.boston.com

MITT MONITOR:

Romney turns more aggressive – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Romney failed to disclose income from Swiss bank – AP: www.boston.com

Why is investment income taxed less than wages? – AP: www.boston.com

DEVAL DIGEST:

Gov. Deval Patrick on the state’s finances, crime, Tim Murray and more – Greater Boston: www.wgbh.org

Patrick critical of Bruins goalie’s protest – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Gov. Patrick envisions community of colleges – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

THE FEDS:

NAACP wants meeting with Sen. Brown | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

Feds turn back Kerry’s bid for cod assessment – AP: www.itemlive.com

Golnik appoints campaign leaders » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Scott Brown leads session to plot strategy for saving Hanscom base – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

STATE NEWS:

Could casino gambling takeover hole left by alcohol ads on MBTA?: www.myfoxboston.com

Conservancy has Boston’s ‘seal of approval’ – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Rally touts bill to ban alcohol ads on all state property – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Framingham helps taxpayers seek relief – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

Winslow says he’ll fight prison closing – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com

Area fraternal clubs blindsided by property tax bills – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – Board of Regents President: Back-Up Plan – Courant.com: www.courant.com

ME – LePage: Renewable energy plan a ‘job-killer’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

ME – State cuts would hit Portland extra hard | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

BostonHerald.com – Blogs: Lone Republican» Blog Archive » Where is my property tax cut?: www.bostonherald.com

Blue Mass Group | Romney forgets $3 million in Swiss bank account: bluemassgroup.com

Eric Fehrnstrom in the spin room after Jacksonville debate – Less Is More blog – Boston.com: boston.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Hedging his bets: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

Gov’s budget – Brown and Obama look to halt insider trading – Keating and Delahunt hate eachother

BUDGET: Gov. Patrick’s $32.3 billion budget proposal for FY2013 (Republican) was released yesterday and met with positive (MWDN) and not-so-positive (AP) reactions.

BROS: What was all that special "us time" between President Obama and Scott Brown after the State of the Union all about? Keller looks at the pledge to stop insider trading in Congress. (WBZ)

BILLS: Bill Delahunt and Bill Keating hate each other. (Globe)

BIRTHDAYS: Rep. Antonio Cabral (D-New Bedford) – Happy birthday, chairman!

THE GREATEST NIGHT OF YOUR LIVES: Do you guys like answering useless trivia questions? How about answering them in a bar, surrounded by equally dorky #MApoli nerds? You are in luck! Or you will be in luck sometime in February. Stay tuned.

In tight market, no relief for renters, apartment hunters (Photo: Kayana Szymczak)
VIDEO:
Middlesex corruption investigation closes with no charges but a fine, calls for campaign finance – My Fox Boston Keller @ Large: Brown Presses Obama To Stop Insider Trading – CBS Boston Federal student loan rate set to double – WWLP

MASS BUDGET PROPOSAL:

Patrick seeks job cuts, new school aid – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Governor’s budget plan includes more money for schools – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

Local lawmakers aren’t biting on tax – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Gov. Deval Patrick’s $32.3 billion Massachusetts budget boosts UMass, cuts teen pregnancy prevention, meals for the elderly | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Patrick unveils $32.3B budget plan – AP: www.capecodonline.com

State budget includes cigarette tax hike – Worcester Telegram & Gazette: www.telegram.com

Proposed Mass. budget could mean longer RMV lines – AP: www.boston.com

Advocates fault Mass. Gov. Patrick on budget cuts – AP: www.boston.com

Highlights of Mass. budget proposal – AP: www.boston.com

Immigrants praise Mass. Gov. Patrick’s budget – AP: www.boston.com

Gov. Deval Patrick insists public will support tax on soda, candy – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

MITT MONITOR:

Romney money edge washed away in Fla. – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney battle for Florida’s Hispanic vote – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Mitt Romney blasts Barack Obama’s negotiating ability with tyrants – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Mitt Romney says net worth is about $200 million – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

President Obama challenges Republicans to raise taxes on rich, as Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich swipe at him on economy – AP: www.masslive.com

THE FEDS:

Keller @ Large: Brown Presses Obama To Stop Insider Trading « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

A big Delahunt footprint in Keating’s new district – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Brown says he will honor ad cease-fire – Worcester Telegram & Gazette: www.telegram.com

EDUCATION:

Federal student loan rate set to double | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

The Daily Item: Patrick tours NSCC in aftermath of community college unification plan: m.itemlive.com

The Daily Item: NSCC president warns against Patrick’s proposal to centralize community colleges: m.itemlive.com

SHERIFF CORRUPTION CASE:

Middlesex corruption investigation closes with no charges but a fine, calls for campaign finance: www.myfoxboston.com

DiPaola saga ends with no charges – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

MISC:

In tight market, no relief for renters, apartment hunters – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Nonprofit touting tax credit for low earners » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

Mayor hopes to spur business » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

Officials demand Greenway ‘transparency’ – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – State Budget Deficit Grows To $144.5 Million – Courant.com: www.courant.com

ME – Former Patriot, others support concussion bill – AP: www.pressherald.com

ME – Probe to look into funding in casino vote | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

ME – LePage’s own story helps raise awareness of abuse | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

VT – In Vermont, an attorney general’s losses raise doubts – AP: www.reformer.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Celebrating fair play and equal justice under the law – On Liberty blog – Boston.com: boston.com

Obama administration protects birth control access for women – On Liberty blog – Boston.com: boston.com

Blue Mass Group | SOTU: Why Barack Obama will remain in the White House: bluemassgroup.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Messed up priorities: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

Mitt Romney Is to Michael Jordan As . . . | MassPoliticsProfs: www.masspoliticsprofs.com

Obama lays out election year priorities in Sotu – Speech reactions – Patrick budget today – Errant email reveals Greenway PR woes

SOTU: President Obama gave his State of the Union address (NYT) last night. Here are some bulleted highlights:

  • When he mentioned community colleges, I almost forgot who was speaking.
  • .25% of Twitter chatter was about John Kerry’s zombie face. And don’t tell me it was from hockey. This is a hockey face. This is a broken nose.That man is patient zero and he just infected everyone in the federal government except for designated survivor and your new non-zombie leader, President Tom Vilsack.
  • Among the handful of political journalists I watched the speech with, Hilary’s headband was by far the most talked about policy point.
  • There’re plenty more, slightly more insightful, reactions from public officials and leaders further down today’s list.

HOUSE 1 FOR EVERY1: Soaring rhetoric not your thing? How about nuts and bolts budget numbers? It’s your lucky day here in the Commonwealth. (AP)

BRAINS: While Sen. Scott Brown had to sit next to the reanimated Foreign Relations chairman for an entire speech, his probable opponent Elizabeth Warren didn’t have it any better, facing a tough grilling by an impartial and hard-hitting newsman. Just kidding, she had a softball chat with Jon Stewart. (MassLive)

GREEN: This story on Greenway salaries fell right into the Boston Herald’s lap.

BIRTHDAYS: Happy birthday to Brockton Rep. Christine Canavan! Know any one notable you’d like to embarrass with a MassterList birthday greeting? Let me know.

Obama wants higher taxes for rich, incentives for jobs (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
VIDEO:
Obama makes pitch for economic fairness in State of the Union address – CBS News Corruption investigation wrapping; deal would let sheriff’s sister avoid prosecution – My Fox Boston Local reaction to President’s address – WWLP

STATE OF THE UNION:

Local reaction to President’s address | WWLP.COM: www.wwlp.com

Obama makes pitch for economic fairness in State of the Union address – Political Hotsheet – CBS News: www.cbsnews.com

Obama: American Dream ‘Defining Issue Of Our Time’ – Politics News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

State of the Union: U.S. Rep. Richard Neal’s reaction | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

State of the Union: Massachusetts Democratic Party chair John Walsh | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

State of the Union: Massachusetts Senator John Kerry | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

State of the Union: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

State of the Union: U.S. Sen. Scott Brown reacts to president’s address | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

State of the Union: President Obama right on economic disparities, political pundits say | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Mass. congressional delegation responds to speech – Worcester Telegram & Gazette: www.telegram.com

Methuen veteran praises Obama’s State of the Union address » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Mayor Driscoll goes to Washington » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

President gives Sen. John Kerry another black eye – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

DEVAL DIGEST:

Mass. Gov.: Boost programs for struggling students – AP: www.boston.com

Mass. budget proposal to be unveiled by Patrick – AP: www.boston.com

Community colleges glad for new interest – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Gov. Patrick: Educated workforce is goal – Worcester Telegram & Gazette: www.telegram.com

Gov. Deval Patrick’s budget proposal to include $10 million for education in 24 cities | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Patrick’s community college plan under scrutiny | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com

Gov. to unveil FY 2013 budget proposal | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

Patrick to unveil budget proposal today – AP: www.lowellsun.com

NECC president likes much of Gov. Patrick’s community college plan » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Patrick’s plan for colleges creates stir » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

Gov. Patrick proposes education grants for Fall River, Taunton – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com

MITT MONITOR:

In Romney’s tax returns, details on Mormon tithe – AP: www.boston.com

Romney talks housing, ends up defending banks – AP: www.boston.com

Mitt Romney paints Newt Gingrich as ‘influence-peddler’ for Freddie Mac – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

LEGISLATURE:

Three-strikes bill critics call for more analysis – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Bill boosts oversight of special education – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

STATE NEWS:

Corruption investigation wrapping; deal would let sheriff’s sister
avoid prosecution: www.myfoxboston.com

Email puts Greenway on hot seat – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

State pays half of park budget – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

MISC:

Mass. home sales in 2011 worst in two decades – Milford, MA – The Milford Daily News: www.milforddailynews.com

The Daily Item: LHAND proposes veteran housing: itemlive.com

Springfield unemployment rises as region loses 2,600 jobs | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – GOP Senators: Take Overtime Out Of Pension Calculations – Courant.com: www.courant.com

CT – Total Of 8 Employees Leave State Service As Result Of Food Stamp Controversy – Courant.com: www.courant.com

ME – Portland Republican gets into race against Pingree | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

ME – Maine delegates hope it’s more than rhetoric | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

ME – State of the State: LePage talks tough on jobs, spending and abuse | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

VT – Vermont lawmakers to hear from public on mental health – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com

VT – House compromises on budget adjustment – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Every State of the Union speech in last 50 years – Less Is More blog – Boston.com: boston.com

A black eye «: sunpolsandpolitics.wordpress.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Game On: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

Patrick calls for revamped Comm. Colleges, health and crime bills in speech – Romney releases tax returns – One less heartthrob in D4 race – One less Hudak in D6

SOUGHTS: Gov. Patrick offered his State of the Commonwealth address to a packed joint session of the legislature last night, calling for a revamped Community College system to aid job training and demanding that lawmakers give him acceptable health care cost reform and crime bills. (Republican, T&G, PI, Herald, Globe)

MITT’S MILLIONS: After another round of criticism from his GOP presidential primary opponents in last night’s debate (CNN), former Gov. Mitt Romney released the last few years of his tax returns. The documents show that Romney was right when he pegged his approximate tax rate at about 15 percent, mostly from taxes on investments. The takeaway: Mitt Romney is very, very, very, very rich. (Globe)

HEARTTHROB DIGEST: Proving that a congressional race only has room for one dreamboat candidate, Boston city councilor Mike Ross has dropped his potential bid for Barney Frank’s seat, apparently submitting to the unflagging charm of Joseph Patrick Kennedy III. (Globe, Herald) Still hoping to take a page from the Gingrich playbook and consolidate broad anti-dreamboat support: Herb Robinson.

TAKE 2: Take that entire last paragraph about Barney’s seat, make it about Tierney’s seat, and substitute "Bill Hudak" for Ross and "Richard Tisei" for JPKIII. (Salem News)

Patrick seeks broad changes for community colleges (Photo: Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
VIDEO:
Romney Defends Investments, Readies Tax Returns – WCVB Boston W. Mass reacts to Governor’s address – WWLP Thomas’ White House Snub ‘Not About Politics Or Party’ – WCVB Boston

MITT MONITOR:

Romney Defends Investments, Readies Tax Returns – Politics News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

Mitt Romney’s tax returns show income of $20.9m last year – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Romney Faces Tax Questions After Debate – Politics News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

Newt Gingrich saved by commercial as Mitt Romney wages relentless debate assault – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Tax returns show Mitt Romney made over $42 million from investments past two years – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Romney accuses Gingrich of potential wrongdoing – AP: www.boston.com

Romney says his taxes are entirely legal and fair – AP: www.boston.com

Analysis: Romney tries pit bull approach in Fla. – AP: www.boston.com

Romney paid $3M in federal income tax in 2010 – AP: www.boston.com

STATE OF THE STATE:

W. Mass reacts to Governor’s address | WWLP.COM: www.wwlp.com

Patrick seeks broad changes for community colleges – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick calls for new laws to reduce crime, boost job training, overhaul health care | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Text of Gov. Deval Patrick’s state of the state address – AP: www.masslive.com

Governor Patrick makes community colleges focus of his sixth State of the Commonwealth speech – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Gov. outlines agenda – Worcester Telegram & Gazette: www.telegram.com

Gov. Deval Patrick outlines priorities in annual speech – AP: www.bostonherald.com

Mass. Gov. Patrick: Changes needed to curb crime – AP: www.boston.com

Scandal clouds Deval Patrick’s speech on the state – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Quotes on Gov. Patrick’s state of state speech – AP: www.boston.com

LT. MURRAY PROBE:

Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray seeks probe of ex-housing director – AP: www.gazettenet.com

Lt. Gov. Murray requests investigation of political fundraising for him by former Chelsea housing chief – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Murray requests fundraising probe – Worcester Telegram & Gazette: www.telegram.com

CAMPAIGNS:

Councilor opts not to seek Frank’s seat – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Third-party ads nixed by Brown, Warren – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

The Daily Item: Hudak pulls out of Sixth District race: www.itemlive.com

Hudak drops out of 6th District race » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

Warren tours city – Worcester Telegram & Gazette: www.telegram.com

Michael Ross scuttles congressional bid – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

KERRY’S BLACK EYES:

John Kerry’s black eyes have tongues wagging – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

John Kerry, on the right wing, breaks nose – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

STATE NEWS:

Thomas’ White House Snub ‘Not About Politics Or Party’ – Boston Sports News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

One woman’s quest for a civil casino debate – Arts – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

MBTA T cuts protested at State House – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Beacon Hill remembers firefighter » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

MA Teachers Union sues over question | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

Critics: Mass. sentencing bill too costly – AP: www.boston.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – Malloy Wants To Pour $125 Million Into Pension Fund; Blames Rowland – Courant.com: www.courant.com

ME – Republican presidential candidate coming to Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

ME – Democrats to LePage: Be positive in address | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

VT – Health care reform State releases report on single-payer plan – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

State of the Union Preview: Obama expected to discuss economy, jobs | masslive.com: blog.masslive.com

John Kerry earns hockey street cred with two black eyes at Bruins White House visit | masslive.com: blog.masslive.com

Is Tim Thomas a libertarian? – Less Is More blog – Boston.com: boston.com

Red Mass Group:: Broadside Appearance to Talk About Tim Murray:"McLaughlin Didn’t Appoint Housing Authority Members": www.redmassgroup.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Silent treatment: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Taking it to the House: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

How Realistic Is a Newt Win? | MassPoliticsProfs: www.masspoliticsprofs.com

Deval Patrick’s State of the Commonwealth | MassPoliticsProfs: www.masspoliticsprofs.com


State of the State – Gingrich tops Romney in SC – Could Mitt’s taxes come out? – Globe on Murray/McLaughlin duo

ORATORY: Later this evening, Gov. Deval Patrick will deliver his state of the Commonwealth address in the House chamber, perhaps offering hints of budgetary insight and nuggets of policy priority wrapped in Patricky oratory nougat. (MassLive)

BUT MARGIN OF DEFEAT LESS THAN TAX RATE: Mitt Romney’s fortunes seemed to have changed a bit since last week. Well, maybe not his fortunes, since I’m pretty sure he’s still sickeningly wealthy, but at least his political future maybe be in trouble. It seems like only yesterday he was sitting pretty, and securely, on those hay bales in Iowa. Now things are getting desperate in the face of – it’s difficult to write this without laughing- former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s obscene win over Romney in the South Carolina primary on Saturday. What’s left for the Romney camp to do? Release the kraken! (AP) Or hire Sterling Moore to bat the nomination away from Newt at the convention.

LEFTOVERS: Here’s the Globe’s Murray/McLaughlin story from yesterday in case you missed it. Eno asks questions.

Mitt Romney laboring to regain advantage (Photo: Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)
VIDEO:
Romney looks to regroup after surprising finish – NECN Keller @ Large: Analyzing Body Language Of Local, National Politicians – CBS Boston Westover performs flyover at Pats game – WWLP.com

MITT MONITOR:

Romney looks to regroup after surprising finish: www.necn.com

Mitt Romney laboring to regain advantage – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Mitt Romney still has strong organization, money | GazetteNET: www.gazettenet.com

Romney to release taxes; Gingrich ready for Obama – AP:
www.telegram.com

Romney’s tax data on the way – AP: www.telegram.com

Mitt Romney rolls into Florida and launches a fresh salvo at Newt Gingrich – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

CAMPAIGNS:

Keller @ Large: Analyzing Body Language Of Local, National Politicians « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

Northampton mayoral win cost David Narkewicz nearly $55,000 | GazetteNET: www.gazettenet.com

The Daily Item: Tisei opens campaign office in Lynnfield: itemlive.com

LEGISLATURE:

Black community aims to block 3-strikes bill – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

GOP wants new public pension system – Metro – AP: www.bostonglobe.com

Most Mass. politicians oppose anti-piracy bills – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

Tough new parole bill facing critisism | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

THE FEDS:

Brown launching radio ads in Senate campaign – AP: www.boston.com

CASINOS:

Behind The Sound Bite: Brimfield Casino Plan | Worcester Business Journal: www.wbjournal.com

MISC:

Westover performs flyover at Pats game | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

Military shift may shield N.E. jobs – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Kirk, other mayors heartened by state aid plans » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA: www.gloucestertimes.com

Angry, and not just at MBTA fare hike – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Mass. lawyers to lobby for civil legal aid funding – AP: www.lowellsun.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Blue Mass Group | Romney Loses 18 Point Lead in Florida: bluemassgroup.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Too little, too late?: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

Red Mass Group:: What Did Deval Patrick Know, and When Did He Know It?: www.redmassgroup.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

ME -State of the State: Reflective words, big goals | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

ME – Bill seeks better sportsmen’s-landowner relations – AP: www.pressherald.com