There is little to suggest that they are becoming any less combative over time. Their influence, however, may wane: several of them are not running for re-election.
The impending departure of those dissenters might actually embolden them during the remainder of this session. That could spell trouble as DeLeo tries to finish a very difficult budget, and takes on casinos and other tricky issues — giving the Speaker something DiMasi seldom had to worry about: voices of opposition.
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