Romney calls for ed reform, vows 6% unemployment if elected – New poll: Brown/Warren race neck and neck – Senate budget debate leads to drunk driving loophole closing

MITT MONITOR: Mitt Romney yesterday called education the "civil-rights issue of our era," and proposed a nation-wide overhaul and restructuring of the education system. The presumed GOP presidential candidate didn’t stop there though, as Romney also pledged to keep unemployment at or below six percent if he’s elected.

BUDGET: As part of the first day of their budget deliberations, the Senate passed an amendment to close a loophole in the state’s drunk driving law. The budget debate now enters day two, beginning at 10 a.m.

OFF TO THE RACES: And there’s a "dead heat" in the U.S. Senate race according to a new Suffolk University poll that places Sen. Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren firmly within the margin of error.
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MITT MONITOR:

Mitt Romney pledges 6 percent unemployment by the end of first term – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com

Mitt Romney lays out education views in speech before Latino group – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com

Romney Turns Focus From Economics To Education | WBUR

SENATE RACE:

Poll: Dead heat in Mass. US Senate contest – Boston.com

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

BostonHerald.com – Blogs: Lone Republican» Blog Archive » Senate budget is not a money bill

Brown vs. Warren in the Suffolk University/7News Poll | MassPoliticsProfs

Red Mass Group:: Allocation Committee requires signed affidavit under penalty of perjury affirming support of Mitt

Blue Mass Group | Judge Mulligan, the Nephew and the Courthouse – The Governor, the Child Rapist, and the Globe –

STATE NEWS:

Attorney General addresses Harvard Law Class Day – Boston.com

Coakley won’t address Mass. Democratic Convention – Boston.com

States looking at new tolls to pay for highways – Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com

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LOCAL HEADLINES:

Marylou’s hiring practices draw federal scrutiny, owner says its witch hunt – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News

LEGISLATURE:

Mass. Senate closes drunken driving loophole – Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com

AM Briefing: Senate Budget Debate Continues; Jobs Bill Passes House | WBUR

Senate closes ‘Melanie’s Law’ loophole – AP

Mass. Senate adopts prostitution program amendment – Boston.com

Tax amendments to Mass. budget ruled out of order – Boston.com

LOCAL ELECTIONS:

Senate candidates clash over cards – The Sun Chronicle Online – News

Hargraves’ defeat ‘defining moment’ in Groton politics – Lowell Sun Online

Deborah Mauger elected chairman of Board of Selectmen

MISC.

Hazy past for casino backer | CapeCodOnline.com

Champion for CCCC students steps aside | CapeCodOnline.com

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

CT Bysiewicz, Murphy Square Off Tomorrow in Their First One-On-One Debate | Capitol Watch

VT Meeting with NRC doesn’t go as planned – Brattleboro Reformer

ME New laws aim to boost deer numbers | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

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