Romney wins Fla. primary – Worcester council has bone to pick with Galvin – Lawrence overseer’s hands tied on payroll abuse

MR. SUNSHINE: Even though his team screwed up their turnout math, (NJ) Mitt Romney still brought a cold, technocratic electoral hammer (WP) down on GOP presidential nomination rival Newt Gingrich yesterday in the Florida primary. (Miami Herald) And you know what that means: Mitt’s getting a Secret Service detail! So what’s the next obvious thing for a presumed Republican presidential candidate to do? Go to a cold state and gain the support of their most polarizing female populist. (PI)

WAIT, WHICH PART’S THE PANHANDLE?: The Boston Herald declares that Romney’s Florida victory was all because of his "decisive panhandle win." Which is a great headline and all, except for the fact that Gingrich totally romped all over Romney in panhandle counties.

LORD OF THE HILL: Worcester City Council is soooo mad at Bill Galvin for not allowing a special election to fill the seat of former Rep. Vincent Pedone. So mad. (T&G)

NEVER CHANGE, L-TOWN: Suspended employees that continue to be paid months after the fact. A mayor who has not taken any action and refuses to comment on the situation. And finally, a state-appointed financial overseer who can’t really do anything except express how concerned he is. Welcome to Lawrence. (Eagle Tribune)

Romney rolls in Florida (Photo: David L. Ryan/Globe Staff)
VIDEO:
Romney Wins Big In Florida, Routing Gingrich – CBS Boston Boston preps for funeral of former Mayor White – My Fox Boston Rebuild Spfld. final draft presented – WWLP.com

MITT MONITOR:

Romney rolls in Florida – Politics – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Romney Wins Big In Florida, Routing Gingrich « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

Decisive panhandle win clears way for Mitt Romney – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

A drawn-out negative race could mean peril for GOP – Politics – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney wins Florida primary, surges ahead of Gingrich – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Mitt Romney uses Florida victory to pivot back to his target all along: President Obama – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Mitt Romney heads to Minnesota amid talk of Michele Bachmann endorsement – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Florida GOP voters lift Romney on electability – AP: www.boston.com

Romney wins Fla. primary as returns show big lead – AP: www.boston.com

Romney raised $24M in late 2011 – AP: www.boston.com

Analysis: Romney proves he’s tough and adaptable – AP: www.boston.com

Romney takes better than 3-1 lead in GOP delegates – AP: www.boston.com

Romney turns focus back to President Obama – AP: www.boston.com

Romney has money, momentum in GOP race – AP: www.boston.com

Officials: Romney to get Secret Service protection – AP: www.boston.com

Romney turns to killer instinct to win Florida – AP: www.boston.com

LEGISLATURE:

Bill would require screening on prescription pain relievers – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Prescription bill would require doctors to register with state monitoring board – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com

Lawmakers join call for interim cod rules » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA: www.gloucestertimes.com

New Senate bill would monitor prescriptions – AP: www.telegram.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

Rebuild Spfld. final draft presented | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

Overseer: I don’t control paychecks for no-show workers » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Local lawmakers discuss banning fundraisers during budget season – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

Southwick voters reject $72 million school construction and renovation project | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Southwick votes no, Granville and Tolland yes, for school construction project; proposal dies | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Westfield Mayor Daniel Knapik asks City Council to create new Public Safety Communications Department | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

STATE NEWS:

Rep. Devers likes bill banning fundraisers during budget talks » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

State sets up $1M loan fund for fishermen – AP: www.lowellsun.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – State opinion on special election riles Worcester City Council: www.telegram.com

Massachusetts Governor’s Councilor Kelly Timilty dies at 49 – AP: www.masslive.com

MAYOR KEVIN WHITE:

Boston preps for funeral of former Mayor White: www.myfoxboston.com

Boston preps for funeral of former Mayor White – AP: www.boston.com

MISC:

Casino developer seeks an injunction – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Metro – Menino not on track with T cuts, fare hikes: www.metro.us

Former Marlborough council candidate indicted for voter fraud – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

BROWN V. WARREN:

Elizabeth Warren sees future of manufacturing at Lenox Tools in East Longmeadow | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Mass. US Senate rivals spar over taxing the rich – AP: www.boston.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Red Mass Group:: An Open Letter to Joe Kennedy III from Congressman Connie Mack: www.redmassgroup.com

Harvard grads Mitt vs. Barack: Who wins the Harvard Square campaign money race? | Mass Politics Blog: blogs.wickedlocal.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Cash warfare: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

Romney and the Big Mo | MassPoliticsProfs: www.masspoliticsprofs.com

Fall River Mayor Flanagan to Hillary Clinton: Keep Azores consulate open – – WickedLocal.com: www.wickedlocal.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – Lawmakers Propose Increase in State Minimum Wage – Courant.com: www.courant.com

ME – Maine lawmaker facing charges steps down | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

ME – Pingree: MaineCare proposal is ‘illegal’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

ME – Maine straw poll holds value for Romney, Paul, but major impact unlikely | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

VT – Vt. lawmakers push for closer health financing due date – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com

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