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November 8, 2013

Column: New people in high places

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Elsewhere the news was not so good. Former GOP state representative candidate Brett Schetzsle surrendered the Ward 6 seat on the Beverly City Council he’d held for the last two years. Salem’s Sean O’Brien lost his bid for the open Ward 4 seat in that city. And in Peabody, businessman Scott Frasca wasn’t able to crack the at-large field on the council.

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Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua has succeeded in fooling a lot of the people for a very long time. But Tuesday, he finally got his comeuppance, losing his office by the thinnest of margins to City Councilor Daniel Rivera.

Police were immediately posted to keep the ballots secure in the event of a recount. Is it premature to suggest they lock City Hall in the event Lantigua is declared the loser?

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Big Labor scored another big win with Marty Walsh’s election as mayor of Boston, which means taxpayers there should hold on to their wallets.

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The Bay State’s not-so-senior senior senator, Elizabeth Warren, is receiving plenty of national attention. Earlier this year, a speech decrying Republican tactics that led to the shutdown of government went viral. And this week’s Time magazine highlights a recent comment Warren made in defense of increased funding for the National Institutes of Health: “Refusing to invest (in health research) ... is the budgetary equivalent of cutting off your feet to save money on shoes.”

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