DiMasi back in MA to squeal on Probation Dept.? – McMurtry’s license to ill – Setti’s global summit – Massaging the budget – The Globe’s new farm

WORTH THE WAIT?: Sal’s back, but not for long and he may be taking a few of his former colleagues with him when he heads back to jail. The Globe is reporting DiMasi may testify to a Worcester grand jury about Probation Department shenanigans. The incarcerated former House Speaker was listed as "in transit" on an official website yesterday and no one would say where he was headed. (Globe)

OLD McBARON HAD A FARM: You want innovation in the news business? How about a farm on top of the Boston Globe building in Dorchester. Beat THAT. (DotRepo)

LICENSE TO ILL: If this passes, I want a giant sparkly "thug life" sticker on my driver’s license. (Metro)

THE NEWTON ACCORDS: It’s been almost a whole day since word came out about Mayor Setti Warren’s Global Diplomatic Summit and I still can’t find a single mention of it in Foreign Affairs. Don’t they know how important this is? I can’t wait to see Christiane Amanpour outside Newton city hall interviewing Setti about China, sanctions to Iran and the french toast at Johnny’s Lunchonette. (Newton Tab)

BUDGET: Dear MetroWest Daily News: if you’re going to use the word "squeezing" in the headline, please refrain from using such a suggestive photograph of A&F secretary Jay Gonzalez to illustrate your point.

DiMasi may testify to US panel (Photo: John Tlumacki)
VIDEO:
Jailed Ex-House Speaker On The Move – WCVB Boston Rose Kennedy Greenway wants to discuss funding – My Fox Boston I-Team: Illegal Dumping Caught On Tape – CBS Boston

MITT MONITOR:

Obama expands lead over Romney, new poll shows – Politics – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Romney Says Obama Infringing Upon Religion – Politics News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

Romney leads area in funds » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

Romney: No Komen money for Planned Parenthood – AP: www.boston.com

Romney looks to squelch Santorum’s late rise – AP: www.boston.com

Romney intensifies fight for social conservatives – AP: www.boston.com

DIMASI:

Jailed Ex-House Speaker On The Move – Politics News Story – WCVB Boston: www.thebostonchannel.com

DiMasi may testify to US panel – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

DiMasi’s trip seen as ‘diesel therapy’ – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

CAMPAIGNS:

Scott Brown’s campaign says Democratic tweet is a slight to Springfield – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Neal has upper hand in Congressional race – North Adams Transcript: www.thetranscript.com

Elizabeth Warren gets nod of support from Rep. Barney Frank during New Bedford campaign stop | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Elizabeth Warren calls for job creation while touring New Bedford small businesses | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Barney shows a little love for Liz – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

LEGISLATURE:

Massachusetts congressmen stockpile cash in preparation for new districts – AP: www.gazettenet.com

Legislators move forward with sentencing bill » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

Escalating costs crowding out other priorities in state budget – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

Health care needs squeezing Massachusetts budget – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News: www.metrowestdailynews.com

Legislating getting noisy on Beacon Hill – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

CASINOS:

Old foes gird for slots parlor fight – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

The Daily Item: Revere slates 3 meetings on casino impact: www.itemlive.com

MISC:

Rose Kennedy Greenway wants to discuss funding: www.myfoxboston.com

I-Team: Illegal Dumping Caught On Tape « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

State rep stands in unemployment line to emphasize need for jobs bills – Milford, MA – The Milford Daily News: www.milforddailynews.com

Chrysler Super Bowl commercial ‘Halftime in America’ creates political debate – AP: www.masslive.com

Chuck Turner lawyer predicts disaster if they lose – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – Watchdog Hiring Still Criticized, Even After Do-Over – Courant.com: www.courant.com

ME – LePage pushes lawmakers to make his cuts | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

NH – Bill limits consecutive sentences | Concord Monitor: www.concordmonitor.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Blue Mass Group | U.S. House Transportation Bill Will Hurt Bay State: bluemassgroup.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Singing speaker: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

The Passion of the Mitt | MassPoliticsProfs: www.masspoliticsprofs.com

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