New In The Phoenix -- DeLeo & Dissent

In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I write about the level of intraparty dissent under the current Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Robert DeLeo.

Two years ago, I wrote that "voting off" -- that is, casting roll-call votes contrary to then-Speaker Sal DiMasi -- had virtually ceased in the House. That article, which appeared shortly before allegations against DiMasi began to surface, was subtly titled "DiMasi's Sheep." (Even more non-provocative was the "Stepford Pols" cover, depicting a group of DiMasis in women's clothes.)

Now, I write, voting off has returned, at least to some extent, in the first year under Speaker Robert DeLeo. Is this a sign of a healthier chamber? Evidence of his lack of control? Or is it really just a bunch of whiny John Rogers supporters, miffed that their guy lost the Speakership battle?

Read for yourself, here:

The Crying Game: House Speaker Robert DeLeo tolerates dissent. Then why do some call him a bully?

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