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State GOP to work on gaining power
Kno ^ | 1/11/9 | Tom Humphrey

Posted on 01/10/2009 8:11:30 PM PST by SmithL

Despite election wins that shifted control, it could be difficult

NASHVILLE - The 106th General Assembly convenes this week with Republicans controlling both the House and Senate for the first time in 140 years and the state facing the biggest financial shortfall in all of Tennessee history.

The session, which officially begins at noon Tuesday, will be devoted largely to Republican moves to transform the election victories that provided the party a shaky 50-49 majority in the House and solid 19-14 advantage in the Senate into governing power.

They may have some problems in the process.

The state faces an estimated $1 billion budget deficit. Monthly tax revenue figures have been lagging, with December numbers more than $80 million lower than expected

Gov. Phil Bredesen says the mounting shortfall will mean a 15 percent cut in most departmental budgets.

Tentative plans call for the Legislature to go into a three-week recess after this week, then return Feb. 9 to officially get the bad budget news in the governor's "State of the State" speech.

In the interim, officials hope, Congress will move toward enactment of a national economic stimulus package that may provide states with some budget-balancing help, though Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz says no "silver bullet" solution to Tennessee problems is likely.

Power shift benefits ET leaders in GOP

The first order of business Tuesday will be election of speakers of the House and Senate. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey of Blountville is assured of another term presiding over the Senate. In the House, Republican Leader Jason Mumpower of Bristol will replace Democrat Jimmy Naifeh as speaker if all 50 Republicans are present and vote as a bloc.

Mumpower said last week he is "very, very comfortable" about winning the speaker's position, though Naifeh said he remains optimistic ...

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TOPICS: Tennessee; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: mumpower; naifeh; ramsey

Jason Mumpower, left, house Republican leader from upper East Tennessee, and Lieutenant Gov. Ron Ramsey, a Republican from Blountville, are ready for the opening of the 106th General Assembly at the state capitol in Nashville, with the GOP in control of both houses for the first time since President Ulysses S. Grant’s administration.
1 posted on 01/10/2009 8:11:30 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Better get that football team working first...


2 posted on 01/10/2009 8:16:26 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Der neuen Fuhrer: AKA the Murdering Messiah: Keep your powder dry, folks)
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To: SmithL
Those two clowns are so incompetent they cannot set a state wide speed limit!!
3 posted on 01/10/2009 8:22:23 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts for Super-Rich Bankers! Republicans do!)
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To: SmithL
"The last Republican to serve as House speaker was Bill Jenkins, who held the office in 1969 and 1970. At the time of his election, the House was evenly divided with 49 Republicans, 49 Democrats and one Independent. The Independent voted for Jenkins."

Obviously, they're not very swift on history. The Independent, a bizarre old man iconoclast from West TN, refused to vote for either the Democrat or Republican. A Black Knoxville Democrat broke the logjam and voted for Jenkins. Heaven forbid they'll mention that.

4 posted on 01/10/2009 8:26:00 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Why that brother was racist against his own people obviously, they must shield the public.

I’ve seen you post about Jenkins before.

Do you have any background on the old coot and the black dem? I imagine the latter was...’dealt with’.

5 posted on 01/10/2009 11:35:25 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: SmithL

end tenncare

6 posted on 01/11/2009 12:07:38 AM PST by GeronL (intermitten freeper)
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To: Impy

The old guy was a freshman Independent (I can’t recall if he ran on Wallace’s “American” Party ticket). He had this long beard that looked like if he were 20 years younger he could’ve been a member of ZZ Top. Nobody in the legislature looked as wild as he did, like a grizzled Civil War vet transported 100 years in the future. What was quite peculiar was that there was no bio information on him in the TN Bluebook of the time, only his hometown in West TN. He served his term and vanished into the ether.

The Black Democrat, name of Booker, IIRC, didn’t appear to be punished, he was reelected in 1970, though I’m blanking at the moment, I think he may have tried to move up to the State Senate and failed in ‘72. I’d have to double-check. He’s still alive, but he never switched parties like a future Black Dem that held his seat in the ‘80s (although he eventually switched back when he failed to win office as a Republican and Independent).

7 posted on 01/11/2009 11:43:02 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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