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Republican Role Reversal: Defending TVA (once it was ‘creeping socialism”)

By Matthew Daly, Associated Press
WASHINGTON — In a political role reversal, Republicans are blasting President Barack Obama’s plan to consider selling the Tennessee Valley Authority, an icon of the New Deal long targeted by conservatives as an example of government overreach.
Obama’s 2014 budget proposal calls for a strategic review of the TVA, the nation’s largest public utility with 9 million customers in seven states from Virginia to Mississippi.
Selling the U.S-owned power company could reduce the federal deficit by at least $25 billion and “help put the nation on a sustainable fiscal path,” Obama says in a budget document.
Not so fast, say GOP lawmakers in the region.
“It’s one more bad idea in a budget full of bad ideas,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., a longtime TVA champion.

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New Normal Role Reversal: The House is the Senate

One curiosity in the new normal of Republican rule in the General Assembly seems to be a role reversal of the House and Senate in institutional attitude.
In the old normal, senators would harrumph at length on a bipartisan basis about being members of “deliberative body” of ladies and gentlemen while viewing the House with some disdain as a bunch of chest-thumping, lock-stepping good ole boys and girls.
Representative, in turn, regard senators disdainfully as something of an elitist debating society, foolishly dithering away hours and days in arcane arguments over the minutia of mundane matters.
In the new normal, the House has become the deliberative body while the Senate is home of the Republican lockstep railroad.
Perhaps the best current example is handing of Gov. Bill Haslam’s bill to abolish the current civil service system and replace it with a new, merit-based plan for state employees. As for long-term impact on the operation of state government, it is probably the most significant and complex piece of legislation considered this year.

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