Sands drops out of MA casino fight – Ayotte sounds off on VP shot, Biden’s gaffes – Trackers shake up campaign dynamics

THE VEGAS RETREAT: There won’t be a Sands resort casino built in Massachusetts, the Globe reports. Boston native and Sands chief Sheldon Adelson is pulling out, saying that having three casinos and a slot parlor isn’t the kind of market he wants to build in.

TRAIL TRACKING: After the Herald Truth-Squadded the heck out of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign worker assigned to track Scott Brown’s every move, the Globe takes a look today at the impact the practice has on campaigns and candidates.

SENATOR NEXT DOOR: Speaking of those Truthers, half of the Squad caught up with New Hampshire senator Kelly Ayotte to talk everything from Mitt Romney’s VP shortlist to Joe Biden’s tendency to make a gaffe here and there.

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MITT MONITOR:

President Obama on Bain-themed attacks against Mitt Romney: ‘This is not a distraction; this is what this campaign is going to be about’ – Political Intelligence

Dick Cheney to host fund-raising event for Mitt Romney – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com

Donations to Mitt Romney super PAC dip in April, still triple gifts to group backing President Obama – Political Intelligence

SENATE RACE:

Brown, in Wilmington, touts bill on aid for veterans’ spouses – Lowell Sun Online

Elizabeth Warren responds to false accusations of plagiarism with fundraising email | masslive.com

STATE HEADLINES:

Former Secretaries Rubin, Paulson to speak at BIO – Mass High Tech Business News

Map Shows Mass. Poverty Changes, By County | WBUR

State agency weighs new turbine regulations | CapeCodOnline.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Romney avoids McCain’s mistakes

Is Scott Brown A Birther? | WBUR

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Red Mass Group:: NECN Broadside with Marisa DeFranco talking about Bain/Booker, Gay Marriage/Obama and Brown/Warren

Defining the Working Class – Workers I | MassPoliticsProfs

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Blue Mass Group | Political Genius: Obama assigns Romney the 1%

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AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT Hearings scheduled for proposed high-speed rail – Boston.com

NH Biden makes 4th trip to NH this year | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

ME Maine moms pressing for safer chemicals | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

ME Gov. LePage signs fish and game bills | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

ME Anti-bullying bill wins late OK by Legislature | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

NH Former teacher, senator to run for Senate seats | Concord Monitor

CT Former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays Forces GOP U.S. Senate Primary Aug. 14 – Courant.com

LEGISLATURE:

State Sen. Gale Candaras seeks to increase state funding for Friends of the Homeless shelter in Springfield | masslive.com

Lawmakers are pushing for quick fix in drunken driving law – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News

Study: Paid sick-leave bill would save businesses millions – Boston Business Journal

POLITICS:

Mass. Democratic Party to work out of Richard Neal’s campaign offices | masslive.com

GOP candidates call for tighter ethics rules in state – The Sun Chronicle Online – News

MISC.

Adelson won’t seek a casino in Mass. – The Boston Globe

Governor wants more flexibility in health care spending – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News

Amherst, 1st town to opt out of Secure Communities law | WWLP.com

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