Protesters outraged over T hikes – Bill Hudak wants to sell you a magic elixir – Creepy photo showdown

OFF THE RAILS: It was a somewhat ugly scene in Copley Square yesterday, (Herald) as several hundred protesters rallied against plans to raise MBTA fares and cut services. One face that appeared in the crowd more than any other: Deval Patrick, who was depicted on many signs and directly called out by the protesters for not doing enough to prevent fare increases.

SNAKE OIL SALESMAN: What could be stranger than Bill Hudak’s absolutely amazing email to supporters in which the erstwhile John Tierney opponent switched from full-throated campaigning for a conservative voice to represent the North Shore to a fuller-throated sales pitch for a wonderfully crazy Utah health elixir? Why, David Bernstein’s connect the dots blog post about how it’s all about Mitt Romney’s buddies, the Olympics, skater Bonnie Blair and probably a Mormon conspiracy or something. (Phoenix)

MAKE IT STOP: What is the more terrifying photo? The Onion’s photoshop of a captured Scott Brown or this one from Charlie Pierce’s blog (originally from the Washington Post) showing an advancing army of soulless Mittbots?

TRIVIAL PURSUIT: So the MassterList Trivia Challenge is this Thursday and is sure to be a huge success/disaster (a succaster). Here’s a little sample question: Who was the first Massachusetts colonial governor born in Massachusetts? First one to answer gets a t-shirt or bumper sticker or something. Hit me up: @Massterlist

Voices rise against MBTA changes (Photo: Yoon S. Byun)
VIDEO:
Serious safety problems a cause for concern on local buses – My Fox Boston I-Team: Essex County Sheriff’s Fundraising Questioned – CBS Boston Rep. McGovern visits Franklin County – WWLP.com

MITT MONITOR:

Romney, under-funded rivals in hunt for cash – AP: www.boston.com

Romney raps GOP rivals’ government backgrounds – AP: www.boston.com

Most of Romney’s top fundraisers remain anonymous – AP: www.boston.com

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum fight over each’s record getting earmarks from Washington – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

‘Dogs against Romney’ protest planned for dog show in New York tomorrow – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Mitt Romney attacks Barack Obama’s budget – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Rick Santorum has small lead over Mitt Romney in new national poll – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Tabloid turns Mitt Romney ‘Dear John’ letter from future wife into ‘love triangle shocker’ – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

THE FEDS:

Rep. McGovern visits Franklin County | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Brown critical of Obama’s home heating assistance budget request: www.telegram.com

Scott Brown’s ‘People’s Pledge’ not written by senator but third party – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

Democrats Prepare Battleground For Brown’s Re-Election | WBUR: www.wbur.org

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Kerry says yes, Brown says no: www.telegram.com

Poll: Brown, Warren Running Neck And Neck In Senate Race | WBUR: www.wbur.org

Sen. John Kerry says President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget is ‘balanced blue print’ | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Mass. senators: One yea, one nay on Obama budget: www.telegram.com

MBTA FARE HIKES:

Your Tax Dollars at Work: 2011 MBTA payroll – BostonHerald.com: bostonherald.com

MBTA riders cry foul over fee hike, service cut plans – BostonHerald.com: www.bostonherald.com

Voices rise against MBTA changes – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

LOCAL POLITICS:

Vispoli eyes state Senate seat » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Former mayor’s daughter hired as city treasurer » Local News »
SalemNews.com, Salem, MA: www.salemnews.com

AG: North violated open meeting laws – The Sun Chronicle Online – News: www.thesunchronicle.com

Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com – Rep. Durant will give up Spencer selectman seat: www.telegram.com

MISC:

Serious safety problems a cause for concern on local buses: www.myfoxboston.com

I-Team: Essex County Sheriff’s Fundraising Questioned « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

Massachusetts’ highest court rules intent to sell pot still a crime – AP: www.gazettenet.com

Gambling bill amendment allows 4 casinos – AP: www.boston.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

ME – Bill aims to set new bail rules in domestic abuse cases – AP: www.pressherald.com

ME – Maine GOP: Romney win will stand for now – AP: www.pressherald.com

ME – Maine runs out of time on No Child Left Behind | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

VT – Protesters arrested again at VY headquarters – Brattleboro Reformer: www.reformer.com

NH – N.H. bill would call for 4 casinos – AP: m.itemlive.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Blue Mass Group | Rick Santorum leading in national polls? Really?: bluemassgroup.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Can you hear them now?: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

DeLeo, Deval, and the Democratic Party | MassPoliticsProfs: www.masspoliticsprofs.com

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