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Democratic lawmakers complain that GOP in Nashville is railroading them
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/1/12 | Tom Humphrey

Posted on 04/01/2012 1:56:09 PM PDT by SmithL

NASHVILLE — Outnumbered Democratic legislators say their ideas are being ignored — or sometimes stolen — by majority Republicans who are "rubber-stamping" questionable GOP-generated legislation in a rush toward adjournment of the 107th General Assembly.

Republican leaders say the Democrats are being treated fairly, though some politically-motivated proposals are scrapped quickly. Democrats did the same thing, Republicans say, in the days when they were in power.

Democratic discontent reached a session high point last week when the party's entire legislative leadership boycotted the traditional weekly bipartisan breakfast hosted by Gov. Bill Haslam for lawmakers of both parties.

The move revolved around what Democrats saw as gubernatorial aides reneging on an agreement with House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh in his efforts to negotiate modest compromises to Haslam's civil-service reform bill (HB2384).

Fitzhugh withdrew a series of amendments in the belief they would be replaced by compromise versions approved by Mark Cate, senior advisor to the governor, who had voiced a hope for bipartisan action on the bill. But then he was told there was no agreement.

"I got my legs cut out from under me," said Fitzhugh.

The bill, which would basically abolish the current civil-service system and replace it with one that some Democrats see as giving the governor too much power to bring patronage into the hiring and firing of state workers, is perhaps one of the most hotly-argued policy issues of the current legislative session.

Railroaded, or fairly debated?

(Excerpt) Read more at knoxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: rats

1 posted on 04/01/2012 1:56:13 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Democrats running away...again.

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2 posted on 04/01/2012 1:58:54 PM PDT by flatfish
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To: SmithL

The Republicans should just quote our dear leader. “We won”. And attribute the quote.


3 posted on 04/01/2012 1:59:03 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Tennessee ‘Rat ping


4 posted on 04/01/2012 1:59:10 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: SmithL

A dose of their own medicne for the last 200 years or so.


5 posted on 04/01/2012 2:00:28 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: SmithL

The Dems conveniently forgot about the shenanigans that they played with Jimmy Naifeh at the helm.

Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it Dems?


6 posted on 04/01/2012 2:01:31 PM PDT by TennTuxedo
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To: SmithL
If the electorate wanted their views enacted into law THEY WOULDN'T BE IN THE MINORITY!

A five year old can understand it.

7 posted on 04/01/2012 2:02:05 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: SmithL
"Democratic lawmakers complain that GOP in Nashville is railroading them"

You mean like the House and Senate Demoncrats did to the Republican members congress when jamming Obamacare down our collective throats? Like that? Life just ain't fair sometimes, but don't worry, the demoncrats will make all fair and equal one day.

8 posted on 04/01/2012 2:03:24 PM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: SmithL

and the RATS, take another one in the.........HA ha!!!

9 posted on 04/01/2012 2:03:41 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SmithL

Waah waah waah.


10 posted on 04/01/2012 2:14:53 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj
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To: SmithL

Progressives: forever the victims.


11 posted on 04/01/2012 2:19:01 PM PDT by antidemoncrat
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To: TennTuxedo

I lived in Tennessee until 10 years ago. This is justifiable payback. I think Naifeh retired but I would like to think he could experience it firsthand. He whined while he was doing it.


12 posted on 04/01/2012 2:24:01 PM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: SmithL

Hey Dem’s!

If you quit “railroading” us at the Federal level, we’ll quit doing it at the State level.....

Deal?


13 posted on 04/01/2012 2:24:01 PM PDT by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Beat me to it, f, though I’d have spelled it differently.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!


14 posted on 04/01/2012 2:45:23 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: SmithL

“Democratic legislators say their ideas are ignored”

“Democratic ideas”?? The only ideas they have have had for the last 50 years are 1) continued enlargement of the government; 2) enslavement of all formerly free men; 3) government owning your very life; 4) killing innocent babies; 5) forced euthanization of all useless eaters (ie, people over 50); 6) US giving up all war fighting capabilities; 7) compulsory union membership for 100% of workers; 8) debasement of our currency; 9) fiscal irresponsibility; 10) no energy production; and 11) wide open borders.

Did I miss anything on their platform of “ideas”?


15 posted on 04/01/2012 2:48:57 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: SmithL

If these Tennessee Republicans are standing up to the Democrats and taking charge and enacting conservative ideas, they should be removed from office and sent directly to Washington.


16 posted on 04/01/2012 2:56:12 PM PDT by rbbeachkid (Get out of its way and small business can fix the economy.)
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To: SmithL

It’s OK when THEY do it.


17 posted on 04/01/2012 3:03:16 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: SmithL

BS


18 posted on 04/01/2012 3:05:04 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

LOL

This is like Saddam complaining about his treatment in jail.


19 posted on 04/01/2012 3:32:21 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: duffee

How would you like to have Jimmy for a neighbor? He can now devote all his time to having coon suppers.


20 posted on 04/01/2012 5:30:40 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: SmithL

I’m looking for a state to retire to (from the People’s Republic of Maryland where I currently reside) and, based upon that article, Tennessee is moving high on the list.


21 posted on 04/01/2012 6:07:44 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Coldwater Creek

I went to one of the coon suppers years ago probably in the early 70s. I was a paint salesman and Hughes Wholesale Grocery in Covington was a customer of mine.


22 posted on 04/01/2012 6:38:14 PM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: duffee
That's interesting! Was Hughes om the square? I have lived in Covington for 14 years.
23 posted on 04/01/2012 8:41:17 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Coldwater Creek

Hughes was a wholesaler and was down near the RR. A lumber Co, Mays Howard? was near them, East of
of the lumber company you would turn at the service road on the West side of the tracks. My first Scottish Terrier came from Covington and was named Baxter, after the motel. My second Scottie is named Duffee.


24 posted on 04/02/2012 6:26:03 AM PDT by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: House Atreides

We came to TN in 2010 from CA. Wonderful!! (Tip: Eastern TN is most conservative.)


25 posted on 04/02/2012 6:32:16 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam (Don't blame me; I voted for the American.)
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To: duffee

my home was just east of the Ruffin homes. Colson Lumber owns the old lumber yard just before the RR tracts. It burned last year.

Covington has a great history.


26 posted on 04/02/2012 7:37:47 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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