The Privilege of One-Party Rule
Throughout the legislative session just ended, the Providence Journal has been checking in with four freshman legislators, one of them being North Kingstown Republican Doreen Costa. This snippet, from the end-of-session iteration, points to one of Rhode Island’s major political problems, and the consequence of indomitable one-party rule:
Lesson number two: Don’t “question or argue” with the speaker, “privately, or on the floor.”
“You just don’t,” she said. “You know you’re not going to get anywhere if you argue with the speaker.”
It just isn’t right, nor indicative of a healthy political culture, for legislators to feel that way.