Condi VP rumors – Obama camp slams Romney over Bain exit – Scott Brown may or may not have spoken to Hillary Clinton

FUNERAL DRUDGE: Word on the street is Mitt Romney might pick Condoleezza Rice as his running mate. Battenfeld offers up a few other names, too. Condi would be an odd choice, since it would mean breaking Romney Campaign Rule #1: Don’t ever use the B-word or even mention that guy that ran the country before the guy that’s currently running the country.

YOUR PUNISHMENT MUST BE MORE SEVERE: Any veep talk would be a breathe of fresh air for Romney, because this Bain stuff just keeps kicking.

HERE’S MY NUMBER: It’s not quite as fantastical as meeting with kings and queens, but Scott Brown is now insisting he’s telephone BFFs with Hillary Clinton. His staff had to come clean and admit they’ve only talked twice, but everyone knows HillRod mostly texts.

MORE IMPORTANT: It’s Friday, so stop what you’re doing and just watch

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MITT MONITOR:
Bill Clinton perplexed by Romney’s tax statements – Boston.com
Mitt Romney needs pick like Marco Rubio, Condoleezza Rice or Kelly Ayotte
Romney attacked on Bain exit date
CASINOS
Surrounding towns want voice in Taunton casino debate – – WickedLocal.com
Towns fear casino’s impact – Taunton, MA – The Taunton Daily Gazette
Questions linger over casino deal – Taunton, MA – The Taunton Daily Gazette
Patrick defends tribal casino compact | WWLP.com
State, tribe ink casino compact | CapeCodOnline.com
Gov. Patrick signs casino compact – Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com
LOCAL:
BRA approves 8-figure tax break for State Street – Boston Business Journal
Heard Around Town: Mayor Bettencourt lays down the law » Local News » SalemNews.com, Salem, MA
Menino energy chief heads to private sector – Boston Business Journal
BEST OF THE BLOGS:
Massachusetts Liberal: Never mind!
Red Mass Group:: With Bialecki and Patrick it’s always the other guys fault
Lawmakers Can Ensure Energy Supply without Bankrupting Ratepayers
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Red Mass Group:: Patrick Administration says Flags can be Displayed at Housing Authorities
Tisei’s campaign coffers growing «
Blue Mass Group | Support Grows for L’Italien Comeback Bid
CAMPAIGNS:
Tisei raises $568G in Qtr. – Lowell Sun Online
Brown’s talk of constant White House calls butts against reality of staff’s own records – The Boston Globe
Western Mass. 1199 SEIU members pledge support for US Rep. Richard Neal following vote to preserve Affordable Care Act | masslive.com
Race Heats Up In 6th Congressional District | WBUR
Green Party strains to be heard now that Jill Stein has replaced Nader – Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com
AROUND NEW ENGLAND:
Braddock Pleads Not Guilty To Campaign Charges; More Arrests Possible – Courant.com
Connecticut Committee Weighs Affordability, Benefits In Designing Health Insurance Exchange – Courant.com
Malloy Appoints Rep. Michael A. Caron to Public Utilities Regulatory Authority – Courant.com
Bill Nemitz: Yes, there is a man with authority to mute LePage | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Court: PUC fell short on smart meters | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Mass. officer focus of probe in Red Sox slur | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
STATE NEWS:
Attorney General Martha Coakley seeking $4 million penalty for Western Massachusetts Electric Co. based on response to October snowstorm | masslive.com
State reverses flag ban at Mass. housing complex | masslive.com
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray talks jobs, economy, as report shows jobs in Bay State rebounded faster than previously thought | masslive.com
Mass. high court tosses lawsuit on turnpike tolls – Boston.com
MISC.
Mihos hit with $900K judgment | CapeCodOnline.com
Hispanic pols slam Marco Rubio – BostonHerald.com
Pols rip number of OUI repeats – BostonHerald.com
Barney Frank, Deval Patrick to help draft national Democratic Party platform | masslive.com
BUDGET:
Gov. Patrick responds to House budget overrides – Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com
Senate vote ensures Taunton State Hospital stays open, for now – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News
Senate rejects EBT, hospital amendments – BostonHerald.com
Senate’s Therese Murray piles on Deval Patrick for EBT gibe – BostonHerald.com
Like House, state Senate rejects Gov. Patrick’s plan for welfare benefit cards – Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com
Mass. lawmakers save hospital, reject gov’s plans – Boston.com

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