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Concentration of power held by speaker blamed as a key factor

Ex-speakers Thomas M. Finneran, (above) and Charles F. Flaherty both pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges. Ex-speakers Thomas M. Finneran, (above) and Charles F. Flaherty both pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges.
By Brian C. Mooney
Globe Staff / June 3, 2009

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Criminal charges were filed yesterday against the third consecutive speaker of the Massachusetts House, a dubious distinction that propels the Bay State into a class of crooked politics that rivals Illinois and its corrupt governors. (Full article: 673 words)

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