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May 16, 2014

Benton: Sick leave bill could doom Mass. businesses

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According to the Lowell Sun account of the event, Moulton recounted his own experiences with the veterans’ health-care system, noting that he once had to wait two hours for a simple blood test. (The VA hospital here in Phoenix has become ground zero for complaints about veterans’ care, with controversy swirling over allegations that 40 people died while waiting to be seen or treated.)

“It is outrageous that the wealthiest country on earth, with the most powerful military the world has ever seen, willingly sends its young men and women to the far reaches of the globe and then refuses to take care of them when they come home,” Moulton declared.

Tierney’s campaign was quick to respond, noting that a 2007 probe he spearheaded into conditions at Walter Reed Hospital helped win passage of the Wounded Warrior Act and noting his efforts to prevent closure of the very facility at which Moulton made his remarks.

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Good week, bad week: a little of both for GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker.

On the one hand, he will have an opponent in September’s primary. After first ruling that upstart Mark Fisher did not receive the minimum 15 percent delegate support to qualify, the state committee has decided the put the Shrewsbury businessman on the ballot rather than defend against his court challenge of the convention results.

But Baker, the former Swampscott selectman and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO, remains the establishment favorite, with Red Mass Group reporting the party’s executive committee will formally endorse him tomorrow.

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