What the Legislature is doing: the CliffNotes – DeLeo pokes Zuckerberg – Ragey rage over Silver Line service- The most important dog in MApoli – What will Obama crib from Deval next?

SAUSAGES: So the Legislature did a lot yesterday. Here’s the short version: The House passed both the veteran-assisting Valor Act and a bill aimed at preventing foreclosures. The Senate Ways and Means committee released its version of the budget, which boosts spending on cities and towns and calls for a new State Police unit to investigate EBT abuse, which is different from the welfare abuse crackdown the House proposed. Now the full Senate has to pass its budget with whatever amendments it chooses to tack on, agree with the House on a compromise version and then ship that sucker off to the Governor for his signature. I’m not getting into vetoes and line items in the short version, I’ve already bored you enough.

DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH: Remember yesterday’s Daily Boston Herald Ragey Rage story about the MBTA providing disgustingly convenient service to the Convention Center? Well the folks over at UHub don’t seem to be very accepting of the Herald’s crack bus-following investigation.

TOO CLOSE FOR MISSILES, I’M SWITCHING TO GUNS: Bob DeLeo wants Facebook to come back to Massachusetts in a bad way. You can support the Speaker’s attempt to woo back Mr. Zuckerberg by posting on DeLeo’s wall… wait, no you can’t, because it seems as though DeLeo doesn’t have any kind of official Facebook account aside from this pretty lame page. But look who does.

TOBY 2014: This is easily the most important political perspective offered in today’s local news media.

STICK TO DOT, BUDDY: From BoMag, ListMasster Emeritus Gin Dumcius goes all glossy on us and spends way too much time and effort analyzing what pieces of rhetoric President Obama will lift from Deval Patrick this election cycle.

Marian Walsh, ESQ Consulting Services - Experience that informs. Passion that performs.
LEGISLATURE:

Local government, school officials praise Mass. Senate budget – – WickedLocal.com

Senate panel hikes local aid in Mass. budget – Boston.com

Mass. House passes bill preventing foreclosures – Boston.com

Mass. Senate to resume debate on health care bill – Boston.com

DeLeo to Zuckerberg: Come back to Massachusetts – BostonHerald.com

STATE NEWS:

WGBH Media Player Greater Boston: May 15, 2012The federal Secure Communities program is enacted statewide in Massachusetts

Mass. to release April jobs report – Boston.com

Mass. marks eighth anniversary of gay marriages – Boston.com

ELECTIONS:

Tisei looks to oust incumbent Tierney

GOP US House hopeful Tisei delivering signatures | Politics – WCVB Home

Don’t bet on Mitt Romney winning in Massachusetts

Crowded Field for Senate Race to Replace Fargo – The Boston Globe

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Red Mass Group:: How to Contain Health Care Costs: Secure Communities

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Blue Mass Group | “Schilling asks R.I. for more money”

Blue Mass Group | Yet another reason why nobody should ever pay attention to a campaign’s internal polls

Political Rhetoric, James Michael Curley Edition | MassPoliticsProfs

What Will Barack Obama Borrow From Deval Patrick’s Speeches? | Boston Daily

May 17, 2012: Casinos: Where Now? | Editorials – WCVB Home

MIKE MORAN: Mass. bake sale ban was a half-baked idea – Fall River, MA – The Herald News

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

VT vt-becomes-1st-ban-hydraulic-fracturing

ME LePage signs bill cutting MaineCare; debate goes on | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

ME 125th Maine Legislature adjourns | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

ME Sen. Collins: Hampden mail facility to stay open | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

PATRICK:

Patrick’s easy out – BostonHerald.com

Mass. Gov. breaks ground at UMass Dartmouth center – Boston.com MISC.

MIT names provost new president – Boston.com

RFK Jr.’s estranged wife, Mary, found dead in NY – Boston.com

EBT:

Senator tries to fortify EBT reform – BostonHerald.com

Mass. Senate takes different tack on EBT cards – Boston.com


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