Tornado anniversary – Axelrod visit mobilizes local Dems and Romney backers – Cherokees plan Warren protest at Dem con.

TORNADOES: It’s been one year since tornadoes ravaged Western Mass. and the anniversary has local leaders evaluating the region’s recovery. The area’s citizenry are looking back on the storms as well, offering their own takes on how to bounce back from disaster. The Herald profiles the creators of a website that tracked residents’ needs in the tornadoes’ aftermath.

BIG LEAGUES: If any of you had looked at the front steps of the State House yesterday around noon, you would have seen a couple of things: chanty, sign-holding Romney supporters; Romney-dissing elected Democrats; bubbles; lots of TV cameras; some folks from Buzzfeed (!) and David Axelrod’s mustache. These ingredients created a swirling mess of a rally/counter-rally that showed at least two things: the Romney folks have their stuff together in the state and local Dems are willing to step up to the plate for the Big O.

THE BIG POW-WOW: Thought Marisa DeFranco was going to be Elizabeth Warren’s biggest headache tomorrow at the Democratic state convention? Think again: a group of Cherokees is planning to protest the confab and bring further attention to an issue some folks are still really into and that at least one prominent official doesn’t care about.

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

Mitt Romney’s State House counter-rally shows campaign’s nimbleness to date

Mitt Romney praises Barack Obama for killing Osama bin Laden but gives him overall an ‘F’ grade

Massachusetts legislators spar over Mitt Romney’s record as governor at dueling campaign events

Obama aide spars with Mitt Romney backers

Obama Campaign, Democratic Leaders Bring Romney Attacks To State House


STATE NEWS:

Dempsey pushes $212M House spending bill

Deval Patrick explains why Massachusetts rejected Curt Schilling plan for 38 Studios

Reaction to Mass. court ruling on gay marriage law

Gov. Patrick signs Mass. VALOR Act for veterans

Congressional candidate Bill Shein to boycott Massachusetts Democratic Convention, claiming ‘consistent breaches of party neutrality’

House sends voter identification proposal to study

Patrick mum on ‘Gateways’

LOCAL HEADLINES:

Taunton council approves casino deal

Bureau of Indian Affairs reviews Mashpee land-in-trust application

Lottery’s online looks draw fire from store owners

SENATE RACE:

Deval Patrick: ‘I don’t care’ about Elizabeth Warren heritage flap

Tribe-ulations for Liz Warren as Cherokees plan protest

Warren demands Brown apology over ‘parents’ dig

Sen. Scott Brown on cruise control

Massachusetts Democratic convention in Springfield could be turning point for U.S. Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren

WESTERN MASS. TORNADO:

Patrick to tour WMass to mark tornado anniversary

Springfield leaders proud of strides in tornado recovery but see great challenges ahead

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown sees progress, work to be done on eve of tornado anniversary in Springfield

State officials hear complaints from Western Massachusetts residents still waiting on insurance claims in wake of tornado


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