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In the Capitol basement, political dreams fade

A platform in the basement of the Capitol has been the stage for some of the state's brightest political stars twice a month for the past four years.

But Tuesday, it was more like a political gallows: Two seated behind the rostrum lost statewide elections last week, a third was defeated in the August Republican primary and the fourth was dissuaded from seeking higher office in behind-the-scenes political negotiations last year.

Story here.