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More Superlative Peformances in the 2012 Legislative Session

More superlative performances from the 2012 session of the 107th General Assembly (Note: This is an unedited version of a column in Sunday’s News Sentinel. Edited version HERE):
Reelection Resolution of the Year – By remarkable coincidence, it seems the representatives who sponsored the most controversial statement-of-opinion resolutions are facing Republican primary opposition in seeking a new term. There was strong competition the production of the non-binding resolutions, but if the objective was to rally the base with red-meat rhetoric, irritating Democrats in the process, the best was Rep. Kevin Brooks’ HJR588, condemning “nefarious and destructive nature” of United Nations Agenda 21. Gov. Bill Haslam refused to sign the measure, but then he’s not facing a Republican primary opposition this year.
Most Conservative Democrat – Rep. John DeBerry of Memphis, who often voted with Republicans on social issue legislation and occasionally brought his gift for oratory into play, as with an impassioned speech in support of the “gateway sexual activity” bill. Honorable mention to Reps. Eddie Bass of Prospect, who reportedly flirted with switching parties at one point during the session, and John Mark Windle of Livingston.
Most Liberal Republican – No nominations.

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Haslam Unhappy With Media Attention to ‘Craziest’ Legislation

By Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is expressing exasperation at the attention given to the “craziest” proposals measures flowing through the Tennessee General Assembly. But instead of taking lawmakers to task, the governor points the finger at the news media.
During a panel discussion about work force development and higher education this week, Haslam argued that an overhaul of standards in schools has failed to gain the proper attention from reporters.
“We’re redefining accountability, and you’d be hard-pressed to find 100 lines of print in any paper of the state,” Haslam said. “Now, today in the Legislature there’s a conversation about saggy pants and what they should do there.”
“So we have to go to our friends in the media and say: ‘Really?'”

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