Romney wins in Iowa by 8 votes – L.G. Murray crash data revelations: 108mph, asleep at the wheel – MBTA fare hike plan

FIRST BLOOD: Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucuses last night by just eight votes and is on track to roll on into New Hampshire with quite a head of steam. Now, some would credit his message or the GOP’s desire for a candidate that can effectively take on President Obama in the general, but we know what really put him over the edge. Also, have you seen this map? Even Iowa has elite coasts and fly-over-country.

LT. CRASH: State Police released the "black box" data on Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray’s November car crash and some of the details from his initial statement don’t jive with the new info. The biggest revelation, one that Murray himself says he now believes, is that the L.G. was asleep at the wheel when his state-issued vehicle accelerated to 108 mph before crashing and flipping. The Herald isn’t buying this version of events either, going so far as to issue an emergency "Howie Alert" banner yesterday afternoon.

Mitt Romney wins caucus by 8 votes (Photo: Rodney White/The Des Moines Register)
VIDEO:
Romney’s name not first on Mass ballot | WWLP.com New Hampshire Teams Prepare For First In The Nation Primary « CBS Boston Reconstruction expert doubts Lt. Gov.’s sleep story – My Fox Boston

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ROMNEY CAUCUS:

Romney edges Santorum by 8 votes in Iowa caucuses – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Romney edges Santorum in race for Iowa delegates – AP: feeds.boston.com

Analysis: Iowa win helps Romney, but lacks luster – AP: feeds.boston.com

Iowa GOP voters see Romney as best Obama opponent – AP: feeds.boston.com

Mitt Romney wins Iowa, in anything but a snoozer – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

Rick Perry reassessing presidential bid after Iowa caucuses – AP: www.masslive.com

Mitt Romney picks historic Des Moines hotel for campaign events – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

MITT MONITOR:

Romney’s name not first on Mass ballot | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

BostonHerald.com – Blogs: The Ballot» Blog Archive » McCain to endorse Romney: www.bostonherald.com

Experts: Romney looking good for GOP nomination – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Gingrich calls Romney liar over role in ads – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Mitt Romney accuses President Obama of engaging in class warfare – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

Perry says he can derail Romney in South Carolina – AP: feeds.boston.com

Romney says he looks forward to a long GOP race – AP: feeds.boston.com

Republican official: McCain to endorse Romney – AP: feeds.boston.com

MURRAY CRASH:

Reconstruction expert doubts Lt. Gov.’s sleep story: www.myfoxboston.com

Car data contradict Murray’s comments after crash – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Lt. gov answers inconsistencies uncovered by ‘black-box’ data – Sentinel & Enterprise: www.sentinelandenterprise.com

Lt. Gov. Tim Murray was driving 100 mph at time of Nov. crash, may have fallen asleep at the wheel – Boston.com: feeds.boston.com

MBTA FARE HIKE:

MBTA proposes fare hikes, cuts in services – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

MBTA to travelers: Take a (fare) hike – Sentinel & Enterprise: www.sentinelandenterprise.com

Lawmakers set to fight T hikes – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

INAUGURATIONS:

Mayor Sullivan, other Braintree officials sworn in to office – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com

Weymouth mayor, other town officials sworn in – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com

Scanlon sworn in for 9th term » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

Dumas takes the fifth – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik, other elected officials sworn in | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Westfield Mayor Daniel Knapik lists priorities for next 2 years | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Kevin Jourdain elected Holyoke City Council president following Mayor Alex Morse swearing-in | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Gardner City Council elects its first female president: www.telegram.com

THE FEDS:

Barney Frank laments political attacks – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal meets with chambers of commerce from current and future congressional districts | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

Lawmakers blast utilities over missteps – Milford, MA – The Milford Daily News: www.milforddailynews.com

Tobey gets nod to head development panel » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA: www.gloucestertimes.com

Rhoton hopes to challenge Rep. Torrisi » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Mayor hires chief of staff » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

STATE NEWS:

Mass. pension board divests from Iran businesses – AP: www.boston.com

Mass. Legislature returns from recess – AP: www.boston.com

Levine announces candidacy for 4th Congressional District seat – Raynham, MA – Raynham Call: www.wickedlocal.com

U.S. Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren meets with officials and residents in Quincy | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Democratic U.S. Senate challenger Elizabeth Warren comes out swinging at Dorchester town hall discussion | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

NH – New Hampshire Teams Prepare For First In The Nation Primary « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

NH – As eyes turn to N.H., front-runner becomes the target – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

CT – Clash Over Privacy Of Social Security Numbers – Courant.com: www.courant.com

ME – Republican lawmakers reject cuts to Maine group homes | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

CORRUPT STATIES:

State Police endured own arrest woes in 2011 – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Trooper faces extortion charge in bookmaking case – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

OPINION:

Romney’s harvest – Opinion – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Mitt, we still hardly know ye – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Death wish: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

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