Budget Week kicks off – Mitt and Marco? – Campaigns for everything in high gear – Scott Brown needs a bigger office

Welcome, my friends, to Budget Week. What did the Speaker have to say about this year’s budget and his no-new-taxes pledge? You tell me. I didn’t watch it.

A FIRST-TERM SENATOR?!: Our Man Mitt is still on the campaign trail, hitting it hard general election-style. As he lunges towards the center, talk is picking up about who his vice presidential pick will be, with Florida senator Marco Rubio (who I don’t seem to remember being a shining example of a centrist) being mentioned time and again as a likely pick. Rubio has recently scaled back his answer to the VP question from ‘no, never never,’ to ‘sure, maybe,’ so we’ll see where this goes.

THE TRENCHES: There are other campaigns, oh yes there are. Campaigns for Congress. Campaigns for Governor’s council. Campaigns for everything else.

BUT THERE IS BOTTLE SERVICE: Much like a fancy restaurant, Scott Brown’s office requires reservations for large parties. Is there a drink minimum and deposit, too?

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Mitt Romney returning to N.H. to make general election pivot – Politics – The Boston Globe

Rubio doesn’t rule out possible spot on GOP ticket – Nation – The Boston Globe

Rubio Joins Romney On Campaign Trail – Politics News Story – WCVB Boston

Romney would cut health care, add to defense – AP

Report ties partner in firm founded by Mitt Romney’s son to possible Walmart coverup – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com

Adviser disputes Mitt Romney’s likability problem, says voters will see ‘man of integrity and character’ – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com

Guns over butter in Romney’s ideal plan – AP

Elizabeth Warren talks about Earth Day – BostonHerald.com

No room at Senator Brown’s office – Metro – The Boston Globe

Adam Chaprales to announce bid for Congress in 9th District – – WickedLocal.com

Gloucester woman part of governor’s Council race » Local News » GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Tierney, state delegation reel in PAC cash – AP

Perennial candidates keep local elections competitive – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise

New 6th District towns could be tough for Tierney » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA


Mitt Romney returning to N.H. to make general election pivot (Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP)
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Blue Mass Group | Earth Day: Spend some time thinking about how to MAXIMIZE your impact

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Keller @ Large: House Speaker Robert DeLeo Talks State Budget, Taxes « CBS Boston

Special education policies in Mass. reviewed – Metro – The Boston Globe

Mass. House to begin debate on $32B budget plan – Boston.com

Pol pushes for itemized cellphone records – BostonHerald.com

No-no on promos – BostonHerald.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
ME – LePage, Democrats stalemated on interim DA | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

CT – Connecticut GOP primary: Romney Romp, Low Turnout Predicted For Tuesday’s Primary – Courant.com

Mashpee Wampanoags won’t confirm or deny planned acquisition of Silver City Galleria mall for proposed casino – Raynham, MA – Raynham Call

Bay Staters living near casino sites feel left out – AP

I-Team: Police Re-Capture Accused Killer Accidentally Set Free « CBS Boston

Menino challenges Boston: Shed 1 million pounds – Health & wellness – The Boston Globe

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Headline list by Hannah McGoldrick

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