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AP Story on TN GOP Supermajority’s Troubles

By Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
N ASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam began the year by dismissing what he called misguided predictions that the new Republican supermajority in state government would devolve into infighting.
Haslam went so far as to announce in his annual State of the State address in January that that narrative “makes caricatures out of us and sells all of us short.” But GOP relations soon turned turbulent, and by the end of the session key legislative proposals had gone off the rails.
Haslam had to torpedo his own limited school voucher bill for fear it would be hijacked by fellow Republicans seeking a more expansive program, and the leaders of the state House and Senate were no longer on speaking terms their respective chambers killed off each other’s bills on campaign finance, judicial redistricting and charter schools.
A usually celebratory post-session press conference by the governor wasn’t attended by either speaker, and the GOP caucus soon later announced they severing joint fundraising efforts.

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