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Plight of the minority: Was self-assigned ‘watchdog’ role a success for the Democrats? (access required)

Lacking the numbers to block Republican-backed bills, Democratic legislators billed themselves as watchdogs whose main task at the Capitol was to highlight legislation they considered to be harmful to the state.

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