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Road ahead may get rocky for Governor Patrick

Tight finances, ailing agencies pose challenges

Private dinners at the White House. Rousing speeches to far-flung Democratic Party conclaves. A prime-time, nationally televised appearance at the ­party’s convention.

All that is now in Deval ­Patrick’s rearview mirror. Now the governor has returned to Massa­chusetts and is forced to give his full attention to the less glamorous world of the State House, where he faces a host of potentially explosive issues that will sorely challenge his ability to shape his legacy during the last two years of his governorship.

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