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Continued: Hot Dish Politics: Representative turned minority status into power position

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Bishop is sending out his manuscript for review to old-timers like me, planning for publication this summer. He hopes the lessons he learned can be of use to the minorities of the future.

He writes that “legislating without a gavel” is a “tricky dance,” requiring quick footwork and cooperation with a majority partner who may be less than willing at first. It may not be for everyone, because succeeding at the “dance” requires legislators to say “no” to friends and interest groups.

“When they do, they gain respect that they’re independent,” Bishop writes. “They show they have integrity.”

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