Gaming Commission looks to Wall St. for Eastern casino bids – Lowell reps ready for budget overrides – Campfire bans on the cape – Bear sighting in Sharon

I LOVED YOU IN WALL STREET: Unlike in Western Mass., where every casino company and their brother is planning a huge resort, Eastern Mass. doesn’t have that much competition for its casino licenses. So the Gaming Commission may look to Wall Street to bring in the big buck investors they hope will want to compete with Suffolk Downs’ and the others’ bids to build casinos closer to Boston.

WELCOME BACK?: I don’t want to get my hopes up too much, but could this be our old friend and future governor, The Most Awesome Bear in Massachusetts, campaigning in Sharon?

BUDGET: With budget overrides and amendment debate potentially coming from the House today, the Sun looks at some local priorities.

AREN’T MARSHMALLOWS ALREADY ILLEGAL?: Uh oh. Everybody get ready for a little Ragey Rage: New regs to protect piping plover nesting grounds could mean bans against campfires, toasting marshmallows, fun and ‘Merica and stuff.

HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT: Worcester could soon wake up to the Day the Metal died. There’s got to be some kind of ancient scroll that curses anyone who dares tear down the Palladium to be haunted by Ronnie James Dio’s majestic ghost. (Actually, being haunted by Dio would be awesome. These guys will be damned to eternal juggalo gatherings or something.)

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MITT MONITOR:

Mitt Romney Talks Up Work With Massachusetts Black Caucus

Mitt Romney plans two London fundraisers on the eve of the Olympics

Obama, Romney clash over economic issues

Romney’s gain ‘trouble’ for Obama

Records prove Mitt’s not afraid of horsing around

SENATE RACE:

Senate rivals’ ideas differ on cutting US deficit

Bipartisanship isn’t dirty word in Massachusetts Senate race

Liz Warren backs Scott Brown’s new stolen valor law

Brown’s Sensitive TV Ad For Women: What If Warren Tried A Blatant Appeal To Men?


Barney Frank’s wedding means Massachusetts is again first at same-sex marrage (Photo: Fotique, Jaime E. Connolly/AP)
BEST OF THE BLOGS:

The Moakley Model and the race for the 6th

MA GOP tried to fix delegate selection for RNC.

Carlos Henriquez police report

Are you still proud of your vote for Deval?

STATE NEWS:

Big Dig debt preventing work on other transportation projects

Massachusetts Gaming Commission may pitch state to Wall Street

Legislation aims to improve early education

Backers renew call to pass Mass. ‘3 strikes’ bill

Legislature seeks EBT card override

Conservative Health Care Experts Blame Massachusetts Dems

LOCAL HEADLINES:

Michelle Obama to attend western Mass. fundraiser

Lowell teens lobby Mass. legislature on voting age

Obama tax plan has lots of local support

Former trash company chief testifies at Lantigua grand jury probing

AROUND NEW ENGLAND:

ME – Maine parties try to find 48 legislative candidates

CT – Democrat Chris Murphy Reaches $5.5 Million For U.S. Senate Race

NH – Voter ID faces federal scrutiny

RI – Exec at Schilling’s company blames Rhode Island for failure

Post by Mike Deehan
Headlines by Julie Varney

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