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Last week's federal court convictions in the job-rigging trial of three former state probation department managers raised anew the allegations of a system rigged for the politically connected and the voices of those who warn of the dangers of one-party rule on Beacon Hill. During the trial, witnesses outlined department efforts to ensure that individuals recommended by lawmakers were hired. And several lawmakers testified that they were afforded by House Speaker Robert DeLeo's office an opportunity to recommend someone for a probation job. In each case, that person was hired. (DeLeo denies any involvement, was not charged and has strongly refuted suggestions of any wrongdoing.) But will this case have a broader impact on who succeeds Gov. Deval Patrick next year? Please vote in this week's Flash Poll and add a comment.
What kind of impact will last week’s convictions of three Massachusetts probation officials have on this fall’s campaign for governor?
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