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GOP Social Agenda on the March This Week in Legislatorland (or is it ‘Wonderland’?)

GOP hardliners’ social agenda will be on full display in the General Assembly this week, reports Andy Sher, with serious moves toward changing state policy mixed with mostly symbolic protests against what sponsors see as either federal lassitude or overreaching.
Nearing the back stretch of a session dominated by Republicans, the beleaguered House Democratic Caucus chairman said he feels like he’s in “Alice in Wonderland.”
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Chairman Mike Turner, of Nashville. “It’s kind of like I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole.”
Republicans swept the House, the Senate and the governor’s office in November’s elections, and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, is unperturbed by the criticism.
“They’ve been calling us right-wing kooks for the last decade, and it is now 64-34 [GOP majority] in the House and 20-13 in the Senate,” he said, chuckling.
“Baby, keep pouring it on, because the people of the state of Tennessee are with us on most of these issues.”