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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-13-09 06:57 PM
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12. Speaker Williams is the kind of moderate Republican Tennessee used to be noted for.
Edited on Tue Jan-13-09 06:59 PM by Fly by night
I had the pleasure of meeting with him last year to obtain his support for the TN Voter Confidence Act, which bans DREs in favor of paper ballots and mandatory audits. (The bill passed the House on a 92-3 vote and the Senate on a 32-0 vote.) Speaker Williams was most gracious and gave me much more time than I expected. He also stood up on the House floor last year to decry the Republicans' latest anti-choice bill as nothing more than crude, cynical politics.

I am so happy that he is our new Speaker. We have been expecting that a Republican-controlled House would neuter or rescind the Voter Confidence Act. I'm much less worried about that now.

The scene at the House was just the sort of grunt-fest you would expect from the knuckle-draggers who have captured our state Republican Party. The boos didn't just come from the galley -- they also came from the mouths of Rethug legislators on the House floor.

K&R for a chance to return moderation to our disloyal opposition here in the Orange State.
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  -GOP Defeat in Tennessee; State House in "Absolute Chaos" Are_grits_groceries  Jan-13-09 06:30 PM   #0 
  - For once I like the sound of "bi-partisanship"  Merlot   Jan-13-09 06:36 PM   #1 
  - Freeper Exploding Head Syndrome will be BIG news in DC next week too  jpak   Jan-13-09 06:36 PM   #2 
  - Very smart move by the Dems. n/t  cynatnite   Jan-13-09 06:37 PM   #3 
  - most unfortunate...  Brucie Kibbutz   Jan-13-09 06:37 PM   #4 
  - I'm gonna start watching the sessions on TV now...  cynatnite   Jan-13-09 06:39 PM   #5 
  - this is good news...the thugs have majority in both houses and this guy is a friendly thug  spanone   Jan-13-09 06:44 PM   #6 
  - Hell, that's a victory in these here parts. lol  jules1962   Jan-13-09 06:48 PM   #9 
     - I have had the pleasure of voting against both Jason Mumpower. . .  sinecure62   Jan-13-09 07:23 PM   #14 
  - OMG! DELISH!  OnceUponTimeOnTheNet   Jan-13-09 06:46 PM   #7 
  - haaaaaaaaaaaa  Blaze Diem   Jan-13-09 06:47 PM   #8 
  - As a native Memphian,  reflection   Jan-13-09 06:51 PM   #10 
  - Memphian?  jberryhill   Jan-13-09 08:40 PM   #20 
     - Memphian.  reflection   Jan-14-09 06:51 AM   #26 
  - outstanding!  fishwax   Jan-13-09 06:54 PM   #11 
  - Speaker Williams is the kind of moderate Republican Tennessee used to be noted for.  Fly by night   Jan-13-09 06:57 PM   #12 
  - This is the only time I've ever been proud of a republican from my little town!  notsodumbhillbilly   Jan-15-09 12:17 PM   #31 
  - It's Operation Chaos! Thanks for the idea, Limbaugh, you fat fuck.  11 Bravo   Jan-13-09 07:15 PM   #13 
  - I looooove it!  Lint Head   Jan-13-09 07:50 PM   #15 
  - Brilliant! It's fantastic that the Dems approached him.  MadMaddie   Jan-13-09 08:00 PM   #16 
  - "Naifeh Outflanks Republicans On House Speaker"  mcg   Jan-13-09 08:00 PM   #17 
  - Mumpower loses bid to become Tennessee House speaker  mcg   Jan-13-09 08:10 PM   #18 
  - He did vote for a Repub--himself nt  HelenWheels   Jan-15-09 12:04 PM   #30 
  - I bet Phil Valentine had to be put on suicide watch.  Brucie Kibbutz   Jan-13-09 08:30 PM   #19 
  - Good work by the state Dems and this intelligent Republican.  StreetKnowledge   Jan-13-09 08:46 PM   #21 
  - Ha Ha HA  Froward69   Jan-13-09 09:27 PM   #22 
  - great story  Liberal_in_LA   Jan-13-09 09:29 PM   #23 
  - Let's hope this spreads to other states!! nt  Are_grits_groceries   Jan-14-09 05:15 AM   #24 
  - Oh, that is beautiful. n/t  yibbehobba   Jan-14-09 05:32 AM   #25 
  - Ten kinds of awesome  Hardhead   Jan-14-09 07:53 AM   #27 
  - I hope our national "leaders" are taking notes.  Are_grits_groceries   Jan-14-09 08:06 AM   #28 
  - Congrats to Tennessee! We almost had the same thing in reverse in New York  Jim Lane   Jan-14-09 02:23 PM   #29 

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