Romney opponents hammer Bain record in SC debate – Menino preps schools, crime plans for State of the City speech – Kennedy name a cash cow for Dems and GOP

MITT MONITOR: Mitt Romney’s Republican primary oppoenents are still hammering the former Mass. governor on his record as a venture capitalist and Romney is still standing by his days at Bain Capital. (Globe, Herald, AP)

SCHOOLING: Possibly because he finds his long list of potential sucessors lacking, Tom Menino will use his State of the City address tonight to announce the overhaul of a Boston vocational school, hopefully to allow for a new "mayoral studies" tract that will provide the mayor with an heir apparent by 2021. In the meantime, he’s planning to crack down on crime. (Globe, Herald)

WE WILL HAVE MY REVENGE, DUDE: In which Dan Winslow offers Joe Kennedy III some real estate advice and Doug Rubin points out the obvious. (Herald)

Smaller lineup of Republican candidates meet for debate
VIDEO:
Front-Runner Romney Fends Off Attacks During SC Debate – CBS Boston Republican Sean Bielat to annouce run for Rep. Barney Frank’s seat – My Fox Boston United States Coast Guard Lt. Joe Klinker comments on cruise ship wreck – My Fox Boston

MITT MONITOR:

In SC Gingrich, Perry continue Bain Capital attack – AP: www.boston.com

Romney offers robust defense of Bain tenure – AP: www.boston.com

Romney: Scrap campaign finance laws – AP: www.boston.com

Romney hunted moose — no elk, no varmints – AP: www.boston.com

Romney says he may release tax returns in April – AP: www.boston.com

Rivals attempt to halt Romney’s momentum in debate – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Rivals assail Romney – AP: www.telegram.com

Romney Well Ahead In Florida – Politics News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

Jon Huntsman’s departure a marginal help to Mitt Romney in SC – AP: www.gazettenet.com

Smaller lineup of Republican candidates meet for debate – Politics – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Mitt Romney defends record on ‘tough situations’ – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Front-Runner Romney Fends Off Attacks During SC Debate « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

CAMPAIGNS:

Joe K3, Liz Warren could avenge Kennedy clan – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Brown, Warren want to block all attack ads – AP: www.telegram.com

6th District hopeful Tisei touts fundraising success » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

Republican Sean Bielat to annouce run for Rep. Barney Frank’s seat: www.myfoxboston.com

Attleboro man will seek Frank’s House seat – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Bielat to kick off congressional run – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com

City man to run against Kennedy for Congress seat – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: thesunchronicle.com

HUB HEADLINES:

Menino to focus on crime in record State of the City – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Menino seeks to overhaul vocational high school – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

LEGISLATURE:

Bill targets spending for ed collaboratives » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA: www.gloucestertimes.com

STATE NEWS:

Probation Dept. charges could be imminent – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

MBTA considering fare hikes, service cuts – Milford, MA – The Milford Daily News: www.milforddailynews.com

West Springfield Mayor Gregory Neffinger delaying police appointments until new chief named | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

MISC:

United States Coast Guard Lt. Joe Klinker comments on cruise ship wreck: www.myfoxboston.com

84% of American disapprove of job Congress is doing, new poll indicates | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

ME – LePage joins traditional King event, dances | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

ME – Tax plan trumps Maine’s bid for Kestrel | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

NH – Income tax ban floated – AP: www.concordmonitor.com

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