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Jul 9, 2012

Massachusetts governor signs $32.5 billion budget

BOSTON, July 9 (Reuters) – Massachusetts Governor Deval
Patrick on Sunday signed a $32.5 billion state budget for
fiscal 2013 that boosted funds for education, including
community colleges, and projected savings in health care costs.

The budget, for the year that started July 1, marked a move
away from years of austerity. In fiscal 2012 Patrick slashed
spending by $750 million, the biggest year-on-year cut in two
decades.

Jun 28, 2012
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MA governor puts Romney in healthcare bear hug

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Before there was Obamacare with its controversial individual mandate on health insurance, there was Romneycare in Massachusetts…with a similar mandate that all residents of the state obtain health insurance or pay a penalty. And Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was happy to remind Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican candidate for president, of that fact on Thursday.

After the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the centerpiece of Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul, Patrick – a key Obama surrogate – met with reporters and expressed shock at the negative spin that Romney, his predecessor in the Massachusetts governor’s mansion, continues to put on federal legislation that is similar to the state law he once championed.

Jun 28, 2012
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Pelosi boils down winning back the House to A-B-C

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Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, says her party can take a strategy to regaining a House majority that is as simple as A-B-C.

At the Reuters Washington Summit on Wednesday, Pelosi, the Minority Leader in the House, repeated her optimistic contention that her party has a 50/50 chance of winning back control, two years after a crushing defeat in the 2010 mid-term elections.

Jun 27, 2012
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Obama letter brings Democratic donors out of the woodwork

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A fundraising appeal from President Barack Obama on Monday netted Democratic Congressional candidates their biggest online fundraising day ever, New York Congressman Steve Israel said at the Reuters Washington Summit.

Obama made an email appeal asking supporters to donate $3 or more to help the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The appeal raised $580,000, said Israel, chairman of the DCCC, which helps recruit and raise money for candidates for the House of Representatives.

Jun 27, 2012

Wandering Cape Cod bear captured in Boston suburb

BOSTON (Reuters) – He’s baaack: A male black bear captured on Cape Cod earlier this month, where it was tranquilized and moved to central Massachusetts, showed up again on Tuesday just six miles from downtown Boston.

State officials said they had captured the bear in a tree in the Chestnut Hill area of Brookline, just west of Boston, and confirmed it was the same bear which roamed the Cape for about two weeks before being captured and relocated on June 12.

Jun 22, 2012

Schilling says game firm collapse cost him $50 mln

BOSTON, June 22 (Reuters) – Former Boston Red Sox pitcher
Curt Schilling, owner of bankrupt 38 Studios, said on Friday
that the rapid collapse of the videogame development company had
cost him $50 million of his own fortune.

Schilling made the comments to a WEEI, a Boston sports-radio
station, in his first interview since Providence, Rhode
Island-based 38 Studios filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on June 7
and laid off its roughly 400 workers.

Jun 21, 2012

Mob suspect Bulger wants trial delay, prosecutors object

BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors have asked a judge to deny a request from reputed Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger to postpone his murder trial for a year.

Bulger, who spent years on the FBI’s most wanted list, turns 83 in September. He has pleaded not guilty to 19 murder charges, which date from the 1970s and 1980s.

Jun 18, 2012
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Romney, Boehner do burgers

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It was an all-American moment for Mitt Romney and House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday in their first joint appearance since Romney clinched the Republican nomination for president.

The pair rallied in Troy, Ohio, in Boehner’s Congressional district, along with Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman.

Jun 18, 2012

Romney small town tour preaches mostly to the choir

NEWARK, OHIO (Reuters) – Enthusiastic crowds waving American flags and holding campaign signs are greeting Mitt Romney on a five-day bus tour but the Republican’s first big campaign swing since the primary season ended is reaching out to voters who are already in his column.

Romney’s “Every Town Counts” trip through battleground states is unlikely to win over many of the independents who will decide November’s election against President Barack Obama. Instead, Romney is addressing mostly loyalists who waited in long check-in lines to hear him and, on Sunday, braved a thunderstorm to listen to their candidate.

Jun 16, 2012
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Ann Romney’s horse, trainer headed to Olympics

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A horse partly owned by First Lady candidate Ann Romney will be representing the red, white and blue in London this summer after almost certainly qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team in dressage, “the highest expression of horse training.”

Rafalca, a 15-year-old Oldenburg mare, and California-based trainer Jan Ebeling came in third in the U.S. Equestrian Federation National Dressage Championships in Gladstone, New Jersey, on Saturday. That almost guarantees the pair a spot on the team, which has five dressage spots.

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      "Ros Krasny is Boston Bureau Chief, leading coverage of the New England scene. She was previously a regional Federal Reserve correspondent based in Chicago, and spent many years writing about agricultural commodity markets with Bridge News and Knight-Ridder Financial news."
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