D4 likes JPKIII so far – Bipartisan casino regs bill offered – Lawrence mayor skips State of City deadline

YOU BUY A BARNCOAT AND CROSS YOUR FINGERS: What do you do if you’re Sean Bielat and you see in the Boston Herald this morning that "42 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents" have a favorable opinion of the Kennedy family and that you’re losing 60-28 nine months from election day?

STATE OF THE CITY, WARD OF THE STATE: It looks like Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua is blowing off the State of the City address again this year. Can you blame him? Maybe the state receiver can give the speech instead. (Eagle Trib.)

TOO BIG TO FAIL: Efforts to set a cooling-off period for elected officials taking jobs in the casino industry got a second wind this week due to the unlikely alliance of Sen. Jamie Eldridge and a pair of central Mass. Republicans. Their bill would also prohibit any tax-payer bailout of casinos. (T&G)

Friends’ blueprint expands Esplanade access, amenities (Photo: Watercolor illustrations by Frank Costantino)
VIDEO:
Bill would Give Widow Accidental Death Benefits – My Fox Boston MGM wants casino on town meeting agenda – WWLP.com National guard troops welcomed home in Reading – My Fox Boston

MITT MONITOR:

Romney ‘not expecting a landslide’ in Michigan – Politics – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Two Romney surrogates in Oklahoma don’t follow script – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Mitt Romney hosts $10,000-a-head event for lobbyists and industry insiders in Washington – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

A fourth defeat for Romney? Lack of ads could hurt – AP: www.boston.com

Conservatives: Romney’s OK if Obama is alternative – AP: www.boston.com

EDUCATION:

Mass. granted ‘No Child’ waiver – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Parents Hope ‘No Child’ Waiver Helps Improve Schools « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

10 states granted waivers from No Child Left Behind: www.stateline.org

Mass. freed from ‘No Child Left Behind’ – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Local legislators leery of Patrick’s college plan – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

No Child Left Behind waiver granted to Massachusetts, 9 other states | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

LEGISLATURE:

Bill would Give Widow Accidental Death Benefits: www.myfoxboston.com

Fernandes’ DNA bill approved by House – Milford, MA – The Milford Daily News: www.milforddailynews.com

Massachusetts law on insured birth control is similar to US rule set by Barack Obama – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

CAMPAIGNS:

Reserve real judgment on comeback till November – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Poll: Joe Kennedy III has huge lead in U.S. Rep race – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Moran planning a run for 17th Essex Representative » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Kennedy moves to district – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Elizabeth Warren lags in key district – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

CASINOS:

MGM wants casino on town meeting agenda | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

The Daily Item: Turnout sparse for Revere casino confab: itemlive.com

D’Emilia named to gambling panel – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise: www.enterprisenews.com

Brimfield residents to weigh in on MGM casino at annual Town Meeting | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Landowner: All roads could lead to Uxbridge casino: www.telegram.com

AG:

$318m for state in banks deal – Business – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Coakley: State to get $318M from national foreclosure settlement – AP: itemlive.com

TRANSPORTATION:

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – MBTA to hold hearing March 7 in Fitchburg: www.telegram.com

Loss of South Shore ferries would hurt economy, local officials say – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

Methuen, Lawrence Democrats to elect state convention delegates » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Lantigua fails to file campaign finance reports » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

State of city deadline missed again » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Health care law debated » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

Waltham says “hi’’ to its neighbors to help curb domestic violence – The Boston Globe: www.boston.com

Andover state representative boosted by mailings by Marlborough committee – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

MISC:

National guard troops welcomed home in Reading: www.myfoxboston.com

Friends’ blueprint expands Esplanade access, amenities – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Casting presidential ballot the hard way: www.telegram.com

New Jersey firm makes bid for Salem power plant – Marblehead, MA – Marblehead Reporter: www.wickedlocal.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – New Britain: Malloy’s Plan For Allocating School Aid Is Lauded By City’s Legislative Delegation – Courant.com: www.courant.com

ME – Court system to tighten bail regulations in domestic abuse – AP: www.pressherald.com

ME – Romney takes to Maine’s airwaves | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Red Mass Group:: Senator Brown steps up in a big way, voicing support for Religious Liberty: www.redmassgroup.com

Blue Mass Group | Did you hear the banks got a trillion dollar bailout today?: bluemassgroup.com

Keller @ Large: Earmarks An Issue In Mass. Senate Race « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

Blue Mass Group | Why I’m supporting Elizabeth Warren: bluemassgroup.com

Blue Mass Group | Gov. Patrick converts an opponent: bluemassgroup.com

Massachusetts Liberal: What’s in a name?: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

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