Waiting on SCOTUS – Jay Carney’s F5 key threatened – Legislature takes up $32.5B budget today – No speaking ro le for Brown at convention – GOP hits Warren on OK house deals

YOU SKIP THE COFFEE, JAY: Do yourself a favor this morning: get to work, have a cup of coffee, look over the shiny new budget the Legislature’s taking up today and lay off the SCOTUSblog servers for a little while. It’s not like you’re going to somehow miss the news of the decision, and Jay Carney needs all the server bandwidth for his constant refreshing.

LET SCOTTY SPEAK: U.S. Sen. Scott Brown won’t have a speaking role at this year’s GOP national convention in Tampa. As much of a shame as it’ll be not to see Scotto up there at the big dance, it makes sense that he won’t be included on the already jam-packed speaker schedule for Mittapolooza 2012. Here is my speculative speaker rundown for the last night of the convention, which I’m confident will prove pretty accurate: Craig (2:30pm-5:00), Ben (5:00pm – 5:05), Josh (5:05pm – 5:10), Matt (5:10pm-5:20), Tagg (5:20pm 5:35), Ron Paul (5:35pm-8:50), Anne (8:50pm-9), Mitt (9pm-9:45). Everyone’s in bed by 10:30 and Brown can host an after-party once Mitt’s not looking. Everybody wins.

WHERE THE MUD COMES FLINGIN’ DOWN THE PLAINS: The national party might not be showing Brown the love, but the state GOP certainly has his back and is going after challenger Elizabeth Warren for her supposed Oklahoma house flipping deals. Even though “Oklahoma House Flipping with Prof. Warren” sounds like a failed HGTV reality show, the MassGOP went ahead and made videos anyway.

FOREVER YOUNG: Hey Gen Xers, I know you have a nagging anxiety about the day you hear one of your favorite songs from high school on an oldies station. Don’t worry though, because pretty soon there won’t be anything left on the radio except the same six nauseating “top 40” songs repeated forever. That, and maybe Howie Carr’s show will still be on so people can complain about there being no oldies station anymore.

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MBTA realizes an untapped revenue stream (Photo: Boston.com)

MITT MONITOR:

Mitt Romney campaigns in Virginia as new poll shows him with a small lead

STATE NEWS:

State’s health law to stay secure

Mass. House backs teacher evaluation bill – Boston.com

Mass. board OKs tax breaks for TJX, other firms

Mass. lawmakers approve MBTA bailout, roads bill

State House rally calls for children’s services reform

Utility workers to rally at Mass. State House

Gender imbalance

Mass. lawmakers release final $32.5B state budget

MBTA may sell station names

SENATE RACE:

US Sen. Brown, Warren joust on student loan deal

Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren debate across media spectrums, political universes

Scott Brown will attend Republican National Convention, but with no speaking role

Massachusetts GOP again takes aim at Elizabeth Warren over real estate transactions

BEST OF THE BLOGS:

Health Care Flip-Flops

Get ready for Thursday’s Supreme Court media frenzy

Travels with Charley: Murphy goes to Worcester to testify

There he goes again

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

ME – Congressman plans role in Maine marriage vote

ME – Leaders must act to keep lower student loan rate

CT – State Board Of Education Approves Guidelines For Teacher Evaluations

CT – State Officials Brace For Key Court Ruling Thursday On Health Care

VT – Groups seek Taser moratorium in Vermont; Shumlin not in favor

NH – Voter ID, tax credit bills to become law

LOCAL HEADLINES:

Thomas named to head UMass board of trustees

Judge hears challenge to Springfield foreclosures

Lawyer denies abuse allegations against Mihos

UMass stem cell lab to close

Meeting seeks to tailor governor’s economic plan to region

Non-profit pushes for plastic bag ban

PVTA won’t increase fares

Mountains of health care costs threaten South Shore cities and towns

Post by Mike Deehan
Headlines by Julie Varney

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