Brown up by 9 in new poll – Contraception flap continues – JK3 makes it official – ListMasster survives trivia night

EXCEPTIONAL: Is this the first real dust-up of the senate campaign so far? It’s extreme – no, it’s not – it’s in the Blunt language – no, it’s not, you’re doin’ it wrong. Is the whole race going to be like this? And hey now look at this, a new poll has Scott Brown up by nine points over Elizabeth Warren. (Greater Boston, Braude, WHDH, Globe)

TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Well, I’m still alive. Though the angry hordes of trivia-goers were at times less than satisfied but the questions, pace and duration of the MassterList Trivia Challenge, in the end most had a good time. We’ll do it again sometime soon and it’ll be at least marginally smoother. A hearty combination thank you/congratulations goes out to the Liberty Square Group who not only sponsored the event but also took home the grand prize of the entire Bill Weld fiction trilogy. What a wonderfully post-Citizens United feeling I got when I realized the underwriters had won. Thanks for making me look corrupt, guys!

PARTY POOPER: Joe Kennedy announced for Congress and I guess he decided to raise money and glad-hand instead of coming to my awesome trivia night. (Newton Tab, AP)

Kennedy hits the campaign trail (Photo: Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
VIDEO:
Dozens Of Housing Violations Found In Allston Student Apartments – CBS Boston Veterans get info, talk military cuts – WWLP.com DOT fighting distracted driving – WWLP.COM

CAMELOT RETURNS:

Kennedy hits the campaign trail – Metro – The Boston Globe:www.bostonglobe.com

Joseph Kenedy III runs for Congress – Greater Boston: www.wgbh.org

Will Kennedy name be enough? Inexperienced Joseph III running for Barney Frank’s seat – AP: www.gloucestertimes.com

Another Kennedy enters politics – The Sun Chronicle Online – News:www.thesunchronicle.com

Mass. Gets A Kennedy In A Race Again | WBUR: www.wbur.org

Patrick Kennedy lends support to cousin – BostonHerald.com:www.bostonherald.com

Joseph P. Kennedy III kicks off run – BostonHerald.com:www.bostonherald.com

Will Massachusetts elect another Kennedy? – BostonHerald.com:www.bostonherald.com

MITT MONITOR:

Risking union ire, Romney slams Santorum’s labor votes – Nation – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Rick Santorum edges ahead of Mitt Romney in new poll from Michigan – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

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LEGISLATURE:

Patrick must file bill to broaden overseer’s power » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA: www.eagletribune.com

Senate OKs bill pressuring utilities on storm response – Sentinel & Enterprise:www.sentinelandenterprise.com

Massachusetts Senate approves bill aimed at improving response by utilities to major storms | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Mass. Senate backs bill on power outages – AP: www.boston.com

CAMPAIGNS:

Elizabeth Warren on the US Senate race – Greater Boston: www.wgbh.org

U.S. Senate candidates Marisa DeFranco and James King spent nearly as much as they collected in 2011 | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

Hyannis lawyer eyes Atsalis’ House seat | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com

BASE CLOSURES:

Veterans get info, talk military cuts | WWLP.com: www.wwlp.com

Air Force touts base cleanup efforts | CapeCodOnline.com:www.capecodonline.com

STATE HEADLINES:

DOT fighting distracted driving | WWLP.COM: www.wwlp.com

Request for Murray’s data denied – Metro – The Boston Globe: www.bostonglobe.com

Kerry, Brown back Hillman for federal court – Sentinel & Enterprise: www.sentinelandenterprise.com

MBTA budget debate may bring state-line tolls back on the table – Sentinel & Enterprise:www.sentinelandenterprise.com

Local, state officials call for more state funding for Framingham – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News:www.metrowestdailynews.com

Grandparents group, state Sen. Stephen Brewer, convince convenience stores to stop selling herbal stimulants | masslive.com: www.masslive.com

State hires outside help for tribe casino deal | CapeCodOnline.com: www.capecodonline.com

MISC:

Dozens Of Housing Violations Found In Allston Student Apartments « CBS Boston: boston.cbslocal.com

Foxboro boards split on remote voting – The Sun Chronicle Online – News:www.thesunchronicle.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – New Britain: State Agency At City Hall To Discuss Allegations Involving Computer Files – Courant.com:www.courant.com

ME – Recount launched for GOP caucuses | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram:www.pressherald.com

ME – Federal official says she offered to send team to Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

ME – Bill cuts off pensions of public workers who commit crime on job | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram: www.pressherald.com

ME – Maine GOP voters upset over uncounted votes – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com: www.boston.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Blue Mass Group | No, Senator Brown’s position is not the same as Senator Kennedy’s: bluemassgroup.com

Red Mass Group:: Why Mike McLaughlin and Ken Martin are a bigger story than Chicken Nuggets: www.redmassgroup.com

Red Mass Group:: As their Argument Falls Apart, Kevin Franck and John Walsh Double Down On Absurdity: www.redmassgroup.com

Blue Mass Group | Where’s the money for MBTA (and schools and parks)? — Part II: bluemassgroup.com

Red Mass Group:: Suffolk: Scott Brown has 9 Point Lead Over Elizabeth Warren: www.redmassgroup.com

Blue Mass Group | New Suffolk poll has Scott Brown up 49-40. Hmm.:bluemassgroup.com

Massachusetts Liberal: Playing with fire: baystateliberal.blogspot.com

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