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

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