Senate passes health cost reform, auto repair bill – Galvin: No bra magic trick video for you – Ice cream stand threatened? Not on Steve Grossman’s watch

ENGROSS OUT: The Senate passed its version of health care cost containment last night, but oh, that’s not all they had up their sleeves, as they also decided to get the Right to Repair bill over with while they were at it. That’s two big pieces of lawmaking out the way for Terry’s Troops, while Speaker DeLeo’s still standing outside Mark Zuckerberg’s window with a boombox playing Peter Gabriel songs – just kidding, the House passed a change to the regulations governing retail price stickers and scanners, kind of a BFD.

WE ALL SCREAM: So, you remember the ice cream stand that was shut down by the state in Great Brook Farm the other day and my comment that ice cream maniac Steve Grossman should do something about it, right? Well he did. From the Treasurer himself:

“I wanted to let you know that I spoke today to both Mark Duffy at the Great Brook Farm ice cream stand and Ed Lambert, and I’m hopeful that a workable solution can be found soon. When ice cream and small businesses are on the line, I’m on it!”

There you have it. So if the stand is reopened for business, serving “delectable sundaes and frappes” as Sun scribe Chris Camire would say, you can thank Steve Grossman. But if the stand stays shuttered, expect some kind of terrible attack ad about it in two years.

GALVIN ADHERES TO MAGICIANS’ CODE, DOES NOT REVEAL SECRET: In a complete shock to both Beacon Hill and the rest of the Commonwealth he’s served for decades, Secretary of State Bill Galvin turns out to be no fun at all and refuses to force the release of that assuredly hilarious video of the Abington town official doing the old “magic bra trick” during a meeting.

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LOCAL NEWS:

Somerville commission accuses City Hall of retaliation – Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 – Somerville Journal

Dorchester’s Donna Summer dead at 63 | Dorchester Reporter

Taunton mayor and Mashpee Wampanoag tribe reach casino agreement – – WickedLocal.com

LEGISLATURE:

Mass. Senate OKs Its Health Care Cost-Cutting Bill | WBUR

Drowning victim’s dad pushes for bill in Mass. – Boston.com

State Senate budget would keep 45 beds at Taunton State Hospital – The Sun Chronicle Online – News

KENNEDYS:

Joseph P. Kennedy III’s silence on aunt’s death underscores family distance from campaign – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com

AP source: RFK Jr.’s wife Mary Richardson Kennedy hanged herself | masslive.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Gary Johnson’s new ad has an exploding watermelon – Less Is More blog – Boston.com

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AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

ME Maine lawmakers leave door open for return | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

STATE HEADLINES:
State to Swimmers: Don’t Go for a Dip at the Fells – Winchester, MA Patch

State-denies-release-of-Abington-bra-trick-video

The Daily Item: State officials, auditor to begin probe of Lynn DPW accounts

Mass. jobless rate drops to 6.3% – Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com

ELECTIONS:

Massachusetts Democrats criticize Sen. Scott Brown over campaign contributions from JPMorgan | masslive.com

Former Kennedy, Kerry aide Mary Beth Cahill to help pro-Obama group – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com

The Massachusetts Indian War of 2012 – KansasCity.com

MISC.

Developer: Pols can’t keep approving new casinos – Boston.com

Mass. Gov. signs medical emergency law – Boston.com

Curt Schilling’s company reportedly making overdue $1.1 million payment to Rhode Island | masslive.com

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