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Globe endorsements for 2012 election

A recap of the Globe’s endorsements for Tuesday’s ballot:

 PRESIDENT

Barack Obama. He stopped a potential depression and a war, and deeply damaged Al Qaeda. His reelection would produce a budget deal that would create a sustainable economy based on human capital rather than financial transactions, investing in education and infrastructure.

 US SENATE

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Elizabeth Warren. She would be the fierce advocate for higher education funding and medical research that Scott Brown hasn’t proven to be, despite his willingness to cross party lines on certain occasions. Further, the consumer protection bureau that Warren created is an important check on lenders and credit bureaus.

 US HOUSE

Sixth District (North Shore): Richard Tisei. Incumbent John Tierney has a solid record, but his family scandal, and lack of complete transparency on the issue, opened the door to a new option. Tisei is a moderate Republican with a long record of bipartisanship on Beacon Hill.

Fourth District (Boston suburbs to Fall River): Joseph P. Kennedy III. This Kennedy has an impressive resume (Stanford University, Harvard Law School, Peace Corps, Barnstable and Cape and Islands DAs’ offices), and diligence and sensitivity. His opponent, Sean Bielat, brings much of the same, but his social positions are too conservative for Massachusetts.

Third District:Niki Tsongas (northwest of Boston); Fifth District: Edward Markey (Malden and suburbs); Eighth District:Stephen Lynch (Boston, Quincy, and suburbs); Ninth District :William Keating (South Shore, Cape Cod, and South Coast). All four are incumbents.

 BALLOT QUESTIONS

QUESTION 1: Skip it. The automakers and repair shops reached a workable compromise on Beacon Hill concerning the so-called “right to repair.” Skipping the question will deprive either side of the votes, endorsing the compromise that is already in place.

QUESTION 2: No. Though carefully drawn, the law allowing physician-assisted suicide is deeply divisive. Rather than force a moral reckoning on a procedure that will benefit relatively few people, the state should instead concentrate on providing end-of-life medical discussions and full access to palliative care. Then, and only then, should the Legislature consider ways to allow physician-assisted suicide.

QUESTION 3: No. Medical marijuana should be available to those with serious diseases and conditions — but only if regulated by the FDA. Asking the state to regulate it, as Question 3 does, would put Massachusetts health officials in the position of overseeing a drug that hasn’t been properly studied and tested.

 STATE SENATE (open seats)

First Essex independent Paul Magliocchetti (Haverhill), Second Essex Democrat Joan Lovely (Salem), Third Middlesex Democrat Michael Barrett (Lexington)

 FOR STATE HOUSE (open seats)

10th Norfolk: Republican Richard Eustis (Medway); Sixth Plymouth: Republican Karen Barry (Duxbury), Second Essex Democrat Barry Fogel (West Newbury), 21st Middlesex Democrat Kenneth Gordon (Bedford), 14th Essex Republican Karin Rhoton (North Andover)

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