Next blackout could be worse – T still calling for cuts, fare hikes – Work site diversity and paid sick days bills

ALL HANDS ON DECK: Most Boston politicians are furious with NStar for blowing up the Back Bay with their darkness bomb. (Okay, maybe that’s another overstatement) Don’t worry, though, there are backup pols, if not power: A.G. Martha Coakley is monitoring the aftermath and Sen. Marc Pacheco (D-Not at all Boston) is going to talk to us about how calamitously horrible the power grid is. (Herald)

DIVERSITY: Seen any city-funded construction sites around town full of white dudes from New Hampshire? It’s probably in violation of the contract stipulations and now the state may also start getting involved in mandating a balanced workforce for projects it funds. (Dot Reporter)

JORBS, JORBS, JORBS: The debate over paid sick days has has some Lowell-area lawmakers questioning the wisdom of requiring employers to provide days off based on the number of people they employ, saying it could discourage hiring. (Sun)

Ts: Riders from 30+ areas spoke their minds and ideas to MBTA honchos over the last few months, speaking out on how the T should avoid service cuts and fare increases (AP). Not a ton came of it, I guess. (Metro)

OMNIPRESENT: Agh! There he is again! (Enterprise)

Back Bay, South End await power (Photo: Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff)
VIDEO:
Lt. Governor Murray to tour Westover – WWLP.com I-Team: Veteran MBTA Police Officer Suspended For Sexual Assault – CBS Boston Local businesses hit hard by Back Bay blackout – 7NEWS WHDH.COM

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MITT MONITOR:

Woman pols slam Romney on Planned Parenthood ‘threats’ – BostonHerald.com

Romney keeps focus on delegates, despite losses – Politics – The Boston Globe

Mitt Romney still has the math in his favor – Nation – The Boston Globe

Romney Team Focuses On Electoral Math – Politics News Story – WCVB Boston

Dems ride Romney’s Planned Parenthood remark – AP

Mitt Romney keeps focus on growing delegate total – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com

New Pew poll shows Mitt Romney ahead of Rick Santorum, Barack Obama ahead of both – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com

Organizers of Oregon debate to decide Thursday if it will take place even without Mitt Romney – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com

Planned Parenthood blasts Mitt Romney for calling for ending its US funding – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com

A fact-check of Mitt Romney’s pre-primaries interview with CNN – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com

CASINOS:

The casino doctor is in – BostonHerald.com

Foxborough to revisit casino issue – Metro – The Boston Globe

Mashpee Wampanoags contact Gov. Patrick to negotiate compact for Taunton casino – – WickedLocal.com

Another casino forum coming – The Sun Chronicle Online – News

Mashpee Wampanoags seek Massachusetts casino negotiations – AP

State, Mashpee tribe ready to deal | CapeCodOnline.com

MBTA:

I-Team: Veteran MBTA Police Officer Suspended For Sexual Assault « CBS Boston

T might be able to ease cuts in service – Metro – The Boston Globe

Protesters Urge MBTA To Avoid Cuts, Fare Hikes – AP

MBTA cracking down on fare scofflaws » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Metro – Some MBTA riders call public input a waste of time

LEGISLATION:

Proposed law would track hiring on state funded job sites | Dorchester Reporter

Bill would help communities create quiet zones downtown – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News

Massachusetts legislators seek to reduce by $10 million the costs of providing lawyers for the poor | masslive.com

STATE HEADLINES:

Lt. Governor Murray to tour Westover | WWLP.com

Governor, legislators: Put our Greenway on your must-do list | Dorchester Reporter

Tsongas speaks to women about speaking up for themselves » Merrimack Valley » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Ross pushes for Gateway program – The Sun Chronicle Online – News

Lt. Gov. visits Westover A.R.B. | WWLP.com

Dem cracks showing a little early – BostonHerald.com

BOSTON BLACKOUT:

Local businesses hit hard by Back Bay blackout – 7NEWS WHDH.COM

Angry Hub pols blast Nstar, fear ‘next one’ – BostonHerald.com

Back Bay, South End await power – Metro – The Boston Globe

LOCAL POLITICS:

Kirk stands by Fort zone plan » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Ex-New Bedford mayor in line as NOAA regional chief » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Finance committee examines mayoral raise – Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Greenfield lawyer Isaac Mass appointed to Massachusetts State Ballot Law Commission | masslive.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT – Red Light Camera Bill Clears Committee, Faces More Scrutiny – Courant.com

CT – Education Reform: In Windham, Malloy Hears Praise, Sharp Criticism For Plan – Courant.com

ME – LePage budget plugs added $10.5 million gap | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

ME – Plan to streamline social services unveiled | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

ME – Senate rejects higher fines for campaign ad violations – AP

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