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1972 Congressional Election

When Richard Nixon selected Brad Morse to be the Under Secretary General of the United Nations in 1972, it made for a wild election to select the next Representative for the Fifth Congressional District. The Democratic Primary results (district wide vote totals follow candidate name; Lowell vote follows in parenthesis:…

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1978 Massachusetts House redistricting

After Ed LeLacheur’s passing last week, I began researching his electoral history and was reminded that prior to 1978 there were four state representatives for Lowell. That all changed as a result of a Constitutional referendum that appeared on the state election ballot in 1974. The question addressed the redistricting…

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Doherty v Donoghue debate photos

Thanks to Paul S for sharing some of his excellent photographs from the August 16, 2010 debate between First Middlesex State Senate Democratic candidates Chris Doherty and Eileen Donoghue (pictured above). The debate was sponsored by Lowell radio station WCAP and was held at Lowell High School’s “Little Theater.” The…

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WCAP’s Doherty v Donoghue debate

Tonight’s WCAP-sponsored and broadcast debate between Democratic State Senate candidates Chris Doherty and Eileen Donoghue was a spirited affair that touched on some of the major issues identified thus far. The format and the setting (Lowell High School’s “Little Theater”) both worked well and allowed the focus to remain on…

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Technicalities of Golf

[youtube]WiQ9bd3t-fI[/youtube] I don’t play or follow golf, but all the stories about the controversial ending to yesterday’s PGA Championship caught my attention. A golfer named Dustin Johnson was leading by one stroke on one of the final holes. All he had to do was shoot par and he would win…

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Charles Cowley – Week 8

Here’s the eighth installment of my Twitter “tweets” of Charles Cowley’s “Illustrated History of Lowell.” We’ve almost reached the city’s incorporation in 1826 (as a town). Much happened here before Lowell even existed. In 1819 Moses Hale + Oliver Whipple built a (gun) powder mill on Concord River in Lowell…

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Kennedy for Senate

Back in June at the Democratic State Convention at Worcester’s DCU Center, the speech by Vicki Kennedy during the tribute to her late husband, Senator Ted Kennedy, was the highlight of the convention, even eclipsing Governor Patrick’s very good nomination acceptance speech. At the time I remember thinking “is this…

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1992 state election

Another in my series on recent Massachusetts state elections. For other year’s results, check out our Elections page. 1992 was a presidential election year. The Bill Clinton-Al Gore ticket defeated George Bush and Dan Quayle nationally, in Massachusetts (1,318,662 to 805,049), and in Lowell (14,492 to 12,653). This election was…

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Ed LeLacheur’s first election

Long-time Lowell State Rep Ed LeLacheur passed away this week. He was first elected in a special election held in 1975 to fill the vacancy created when Ray Rourke resigned from the House to become the Deputy Secretary of Transportation. The House district at the time included Lowell Wards 10…

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