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May 9, 2014

Benton: Danvers stays the course

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Give Danvers state Rep. Ted Speliotis credit for helping to end the commonwealth’s reputation as the last bastion of Puritan repression.

In his leadership role, the Democrat has been instrumental in advancing legislation allowing the online sale of wine to Massachusetts residents and, on a local level, increasing the number of liquor licenses available in Danvers and Peabody.

Current restrictions on alcohol sales serve little purpose than to protect the profits of those who have traditionally dominated this industry and artificially inflate prices for consumers.

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Parking spaces near the Hawthorne Hotel were reportedly at a premium last Sunday as Salem police Chief Paul Tucker kicked off his campaign for state representative.

The event drew an estimated 300 people, and the candidate was introduced by Keenan, the current occupant of the 7th Essex District seat, as well as Mayor Kim Driscoll. Others on hand included Congressman John Tierney, D-Salem, and District Attorney Jon Blodgett.

Sounds like Daniel Morris, the 20-year-old SSU sophomore who was the only other person to file nomination papers for the post, faces an uphill climb.

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Datebook: Gubernatorial candidate Juliette Kayyem is among the scheduled speakers at the next meeting of the Salem Democratic City Committee on Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at SSU’s Ellison Campus Center. ... “Bag It,” the documentary film that’s helped inspire bans on plastic bags like the one enacted recently in Marblehead, will be shown on Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at Beverly Public Library. The showing is sponsored by Beverly Recycles.

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