Top Mass. GOP figures plot 2014 strategy: A select cohort of top Massachusetts Republicans met quietly last week to discuss the party's prospects for 2014. Jim O'Sullivan writes about the meeting.
Patrick's tax change fails in Senate vote: The Senate voted 29 to 9 Thursday to dismiss Governor Deval Patrick's attempts to further increase the gas tax to help fund the state's $800 million transportation finance bill. Martine Powers details the bill.
- Mayoral rivals recall Lawrence DiCara: In front of a crowded dining room at the Palm Restaurant, four of the men hoping to succeed Mayor Thomas M. Menino discussed education policy, economic development, transportation, and recalled 1983 mayoral candidate Lawrence DiCara. Wesley Lowery reports on the event.
Optimism for Senate, but not for House: Faced with the Democratic threat of the so-called "nuclear option" to change the rules and forbid the filibustering of executive-branch appointments, Republicans agreed to confirm a number of President Obama's long-delayed nominees. Scot Lehigh details the agreement.