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$22/hr minimum wage: Will Senator Warren get a wisecracking ally?

Minimum wage hike? Sen. Elizabeth Warren's comments about a $22 minimum wage have gone viral, but she didn't bring it up at a lighthearted gathering on St. Patrick's Day, when she met in Boston with several of the candidates for the other Senate seat in the Massachusetts delegation.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) of Massachusetts (r.) answered questions from the media alongside state Sen. Karen Spilka (D) of Ashland, Friday. Senator Warren's comments about a $22 per hour minimum wage during a committee hearing last week have gone viral.

Marshall Wolff / MetroWest Daily News / AP Photo

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Minimum wage would be $22 per hour if it kept pace with worker productivity, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) of Massachusetts noted in a committee hearing last week. The self-avowed liberal is about to be the senior senator from the Bay State, despite having served only a few months.

Candidates are already lining up for the special election to fill the seat recently vacated by John Kerry.

Two of the candidates used the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast in Boston on Sunday to trade friendly jabs.

 

Rep. Edward Markey said that just as President Obama released his birth certificate in response to questions, he and Rep. Stephen Lynch will release the long forms of their birth certificates.

Mr. Markey, the longest serving House member from Massachusetts, said his birth certificate will show he was born in Congress.

He said the birth certificate of Mr. Lynch, a union ironworker before he entered politics, shows he was born with his work boots on in a manger he welded himself.

Markey also took aim at the national GOP, saying it was expanding its ranks by reaching out to numerous country clubs and yacht clubs.

"From the greens to the fairways, it's truly a grass-roots effort," he said.

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