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Tea party stirs things up

Loose operation’s influence grows with voter discontent

In Boston, Christen Varley (center) led a Tea Party meeting to discuss gubernatoral candidates, at a meeting in The Green Dragon. In Boston, Christen Varley (center) led a Tea Party meeting to discuss gubernatoral candidates, at a meeting in The Green Dragon. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
By Stephanie Ebbert
Globe Staff / March 21, 2010

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Organizers of the Greater Lowell Tea Party’s first candidates’ forum had to open the accordion-door divider of the Bunting Club’s function hall to accommodate a crowd that swelled to nearly 150 people this month. The voters nibbled on donated baked goods, folding dollar bills into a collection can with a sign that said, “Your donations will work for ... (Full article: 1180 words)

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