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GORDON FOX AND TERESA PAIVA WEED

Speaker of the House Gordon Fox has his talons all over the 38 Studios deal.

After huddling with Schilling, he pushed through a $75 million addition to a jobs bill ― money that eventually funded the video game company's loan guarantee.

But Fox also gets a turkey for something he hasn't done: that is, initiate legislative hearings on just how the 38 Studios deal went up in feathers. Ditto for Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed.

The Schilling fiasco isn't just the state government's single biggest failing in memory. It's emblematic of something larger: Smith Hill's troubling tendencies toward inside dealing and gross incompetence.

Of course, digging deep would undoubtedly implicate the legislative leadership in these problems; no turkey wants to put his own neck on the chopping block. But if the legislature isn't willing to look into the 38 Studios implosion, then what good is the cackling brood?

Bonus squawk: Fox and Paiva Weed get a couple of turkeys for pushing through a major restructuring of education governance ― merging the boards that oversee K-12 and higher education ― at the tail end of this year's legislative session, without any public hearings.

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