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The superminority quandary (access required)

House Democrats have introduced 178 bills in the 2011 legislative session, and at the 52-day mark only 19 of those bills remained alive.

In filing bills, they have a choice: Make a statement and lose, or move to the center and (maybe) survive.

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Pension-reform: Similar destinations, divergent routes (access required)

In pursuing pension-reform, Speaker Adams travels a lonely road, and Sen. Yarbrough stops for visits along the way.

Two bills — one still embryonic, one written and ready — represent the common goal of reforming the state’s pension system. They also represent two very different approaches to legislation.

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