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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:23 PM

House Dem Leader Lashes Out at GOP as Tennessee Taliban

Rep. Mike Turner says extremists have seized control of the state GOP and are trying to turn Tennessee into another Afghanistan.

“They’re preoccupied with sex up here,” the House’s No. 2 Democrat told reporters at his party’s weekly availability. “They’re got a real thing with sex. We’re about ready to put the turbans on, I think, and put the women in burkas here if we keep going at this rate.”

It’s the end of a bizarre week at the Capitol—even for this legislature—with sex education, abortion, the Ten Commandments, guns and creationism all on the agenda. And when Republicans weren’t pandering to their nutty base, they were passing laws to lift the ceiling on special-interest political contributions and giving hugs and fist-bumps to a party member who had just been released from jail on charges of beating up his wife.

“There are some things coming through that just make you think, good Lord! We’re making national news on all these crazy things. It’s just not good for the state of Tennessee. It’s not good for economics here. It’s embarrassing, it really is,” Turner said.

http://www.nashvillescene.com/pitw/archives/2012/03/22/house-dem-leader-lashes-out-at-gop-as-tennessee-taliban

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Reply House Dem Leader Lashes Out at GOP as Tennessee Taliban (Original post)
cynatnite Mar 2012 OP
freshwest Mar 2012 #1
Dawson Leery Mar 2012 #2
Samantha Mar 2012 #8
Fawke Em Mar 2012 #3
spanone Mar 2012 #4
SharonAnn Mar 2012 #5
white_wolf Mar 2012 #11
K Gardner Mar 2012 #10
jwirr Mar 2012 #6
IcyPeas Mar 2012 #7
malaise Mar 2012 #9

Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:37 PM

1. Wow, what an eye opener. Good for him!

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:39 PM

2. The John Birch Society controls the GOP.

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Response to Dawson Leery (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:22 PM

8. Yes, it does -- and no one is publicly talking about it

Amazing.

Sam

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:41 PM

3. Turner is my maiden name.

Maybe I'm related to this guy!

(I'm also a Tennessean).

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:42 PM

4. that's my state....there is no hyperbole involved, this is all true.

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Response to spanone (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 04:25 PM

5. It's my state, too. And it's just as bad as Turner describes. Maybe worse.

And around East TN, the belligerent ignorance on so many issues is pretty unbelievable.

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:31 PM

11. East TN sucks.

I live in Knoxville and have the great displeasure to be "represented" by Stacy "don't say gay" Campfield.

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Response to spanone (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:25 PM

10. I live in E. TN. This is no exaggeration. n/t

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 04:59 PM

6. I think the Representative is taking the right tack on this issue. He is comparing them to the

religion they all claim to hate and mocking them.

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:13 PM

7. who is he talking about here:

". . . .giving hugs and fist-bumps to a party member who had just been released from jail on charges of beating up his wife"

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Response to cynatnite (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:25 PM

9. About time

Rec

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