TOTAL CUPCAKE CAPITULATION: Gov. Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Department of Public Health to lift school bake sale ban.

Out in California though, the Nanny State rolls on: “L.A. Readies Plastic Bag Ban,” even as “Reusable Bags Blamed for Norovirus Outbreak.”

As my former colleague Rich Miniter wrote back in 2008 at PJM, “In the 1950s, the most puritanical place in America was somewhere in Kansas. Today it is Los Angeles.”

No word yet if L.A.’s plastic bag ban will apply to this key local industry, though.