The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI
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Welcome to another edition of my weekend column – as always, send your takes, tips and trial balloons to email@example.com.
1. Tuesday’s General Assembly primaries were largely good news for House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, giving their Democratic caucuses no reason to rebel. But their allies suffered different fates. Two top Paiva Weed deputies – Michael McCaffrey, her possible successor, and Dan DaPonte – fought off spirited challenges, while two Fox lieutenants – Peter Petrarca, the senior deputy majority leader, and Jon Brien – lost their seats. There’s no reason to think their defeats will harm the speaker: Petrarca was defeated by Greg Costantino, the brother of Fox’s best friend, and Brien lost to union-backed Steve Casey. Their defeats do, however, cloud the outlook for the post-Gordon era – Petrarca in particular was seen as likely to be a key part of the next leadership team. Power abhors a vacuum, so watch to see which backbenchers raise the
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