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February 28, 2014

Benton: Hold off on that raise, councilors

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Up on Beacon Hill, legislators have also conspired to pass a law allowing them to receive automatic pay raises without having to vote on them. That doesn’t make it right.

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We suspect many Bay Staters scoffed when Gov. Deval Patrick told a Washington-based news organization this week he wouldn’t rule out a run for president in 2016.

While Patrick hastened to add that such a candidacy is unlikely, he’s wise to keep his options open. Indeed, I can recall how it was a little more than eight years ago that a then little-known lawyer came by The Salem News’ offices on Dunham Road in Beverly, accompanied by a lone aide, to introduce himself. The candidate was Patrick; his aide was a young political organizer by the name of Khalil Byrd.

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Correction: That report on the Koch brothers and their furtive effort to gain influence for the far right can be found at www.propublica.org. Last week’s column mistakenly gave it a .com address.

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Datebook: Democratic activist Agnes Ricko of Lynn, an iconic political figure here on the North Shore, will be honored with the state party’s Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Award at an event on May 27 at 6 p.m. at Fenway Park. Her co-recipient is U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield.

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