Reps. ‘Reckoning’ Turner & ‘Bullying’ Hawk

Relations between majority Republicans and minority Democrats in the Tennessee House of Representatives are a little on edge these days, observes Andy Sher.
The latest example came Thursday when House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner, of Nashville, took aim at Rep. Glen Casada, R-College Grove, and one of a series of Casada bills targeting the Tennessee Education Association.
Complaining about what he called anti-union legislation, Turner vowed that “one day there will be a day of reckoning.”
That later drew a rebuke from Rep. David Hawk, R-Greeneville, who complained such “bullying” did not belong in House debates.
Later, both men headed out of the chamber for some heated discussion, but tempers eventually settled down.
Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, who has had his own moments with Turner, took it in stride…. said Democrats are “very frustrated” from their November losses.
“They’re not used to having to actually consult with us, and they’re certainly not used to being outvoted,” McCormick said.
“Those tensions are flying pretty high right now, and it’s understandable, but I think they’ll get used to it,” he said.

Note: There was another rhetorical flare-up in the House Consumer and Employee Affairs Committee last week, perhaps highlighted by Rep. Gary Moore, D-Nashville, declaring that he did not want to serve on a committee where Republican-sponsored bills were being “railroaded.” The dispute revolved around a Casada bill, which could make it easier to deny unemployment benefits to fired workers, and the parliamentary procedure used in approving it. It passed on a party-line vote.

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