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A Republican took over as Speaker of the House of Representatives today, but not the one anybody expected.
On opening day of the 106th General Assembly, Democrats outmaneuvered Republicans to seat Kent Williams, a Republican who is apparently sympathetic to Democrats and was immediately branded by the GOP as a liar who betrayed his party and his constituents.
Williams, R-Carter County, voted for himself in the surprise speaker election and got all 49 Democratic votes, edging him over Jason Mumpower, R-Bristol.
He is the first Republican speaker in 40 years, but it was a stunning upset for the GOP, who booed loudly.
Mumpower was widely expected to garner all 50 Republican votes and take over the Republican Speaker post from Jimmy Naifeh, D-Covington, who has held the post since 1991. He had gotten pledges from all 50 Republicans shortly after the Nov. 4 election that they would vote for a Republican speaker.
Wait a minute! You mean to tell me a politician fudged on his word? STOP THE PRESSES!
I hate to say this, but the voters have been screwed over for more years I care to count. Why should now be any different? I’ll be perfectly honest, I had never even heard of this guy before this evening, but the impression I got was that he was not real well liked.
But the pledge did not specify who that Republican should be. According to a text of the pledge, the House Republican Caucus members committed only to “vote for a Republican for Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives” as well as a Republican Speaker Pro Tempore.
Williams apparently sided with Democrats who knew that Naifeh could not pull in the one Republican vote he needed to keep his post.
Ok, here’s my question. If this guy is a RINO, why didn’t he just vote for the Dem Naifeh? Well, it seems to me, it’s not about the state, or representing the people of the state. It appears his vote for himself was all about, well…..him!
During the proceedings, Republicans nominated Mumpower and called for an end to the nominations. Gary Odom, D-Nashville, challenged the motions and made the surprise nomination of Williams. Then, all 49 Democrats voted for Williams — and so did he, to the dismay of the rest of the GOP. Naifeh called the vote official, and Williams took his oath.
He was elected by the folks over there in Carter County as a Republican. When he voted with the Dhimmis, even if it was for himself, he betrayed his constituents. I’ll grant you, I’m still learning about Tennessee politics, but there’s right, and there’s wrong. And IMHO, what this weasel did was just plain wrong. It’s not about party loyalty in my book. The Republicans won the majority, but the Dems are still in control. With their puppet, Williams, at the head.
Swiped from Daily Anti-Kos, who also has some interesting observations as well.
When “protesters” harrass children, it puts a very bright light on them, and not in the way they would like, not that anything the pro terrorists could say or do, put them in a good light anyway.
A snippet from On The wRite Side:
On Sunday, January 11, 2008 a portion of my daughter’s youth group from church attended a Christian concert festival called “Winter Jam” at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was expected to be a great time and it was once they entered the building. Unfortunately the group of ten to twelve year old children paid for their moment of fellowship and worship with every step they took towards the entrance.
When the youth group tried to enter the event, they were surrounded by a group of “Palestinian” protesters against Israel. The protesters surrounded the American children, screamed profanity and called them horrible names such as “baby murderers,” while waving signs of what was portrayed as “mangled” children from “Palestine.” In order to enter, the children had to be surrounding by adult chaperons and pushed through.
President Bush on Tuesday declared the District of Columbia to be a federal emergency area so the city can access federal funds to help pay for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.
“An emergency exists in the District of Columbia,” said the statement from White House press secretary Dana Perino.
City planners have said they expect a few million people to come from all over the country and even the world to see Mr. Obama’s swearing in one week from today.
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has said previously he needs $75 million, which is significantly more than the $15 million appropriated by Congress to pay for security and other logistical preparations.
How much does BO have left from his campaign? Why doesn’t HE pay for all the extra stuff the city seems to believe they need for his corona….uh….inauguration? He’s got a LOT of really rich friends, why don’t they kick in a few million each to insure their friend’s drooling acolytes?
I’m afraid I do NOT see this as an emergency, to be paid for by the American taxpayer!
There was a problem with one of the plug-ins, TinyMCE Advanced, that was causing what appeared to be an endless PHP loop. Since it’s disabled, things should now be running normally on the entire Ol’Broad/silent E speaks/Ick’s Corner universe of blogs.
Before I could even hit “publish” this morning, my site flew out the window. So, since I had this in my drafts, I figure I might as well post it.
Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee urged Democratic Chairman Barney Frank on Monday night “in the strongest possible terms” to postpone a debate and vote to release the second half of the $700 billion financial bailout package.
Stating the obvious here, does anyone really think BF gives a flip what anyone, especially Republicans, says? He’s one of the major reasons there was a ‘need’ for a bailout. What does he care what the recipients do with the money….it’s not his! Slam the brakes on this bailout B.S.!
As the 106th General Assembly convenes at noon today, there will be the customary backslaps and handshakes, as well as the stories and pranks, that accompany the giddy start of every legislative session.
But one thing will be different this year: Republicans will be in charge of both chambers, a historic shift that will bring many changes to the legislature, particularly in the House, where everything from committee chairmanships to lawmakers’ offices is likely to turn over.
Probably the biggest, and most closely watched, transformation will be the expected switch in who holds the speaker’s gavel, which Jimmy Naifeh of Covington has held tightly since 1991, making him the longest-serving House speaker in Tennessee.
Gotta tell ya, if all the Repubs don’t show up, or if one does defect, there should be someone else taking that seat come the next election. That Naifeh guy has wielded way too much power in the state for long enough. I’ve yet to hear anyone say anything nice about the guy.
The Taliban has reportedly killed a traditional dancing girl in Pakistan, underlining its growing power in the the North-West Frontier Province.
Shabana’s bullet-riden body was found slumped on the ground in the centre of Mingora’s Green Square, strewn with money, CD recordings of her performances and photographs from her albums.
A Taliban leader later appeared on FM radio to admit the killing and warn the militant organisation would not tolerate any ‘un-Islamic vices’.
Seems to me that anything, and EVERYTHING is ‘un-Islamic’. I guess murdering women, for whatever reason, is VERY Islamic, eh? Pigs! Every one of them!
Seventeen days into the Israeli offensive in Gaza, and with casualty numbers nearing 900, Hasna said that “it is the civilians, the simple, helpless people who are paying the real price of this war.”
The frustration, he added, is growing immensely: “The Gazans are frustrated and that frustration is directed at everyone – Israel, Hamas, the Arab nations and the world… all they want to do is survive for the sake of their children. This (war) is a trauma whose scars will be visible long after a ceasefire is reached.”
I really hate to state the obvious, but I will, since there seem to be quite a few folks that are under the delusion that Israel started this whole mess. If the people of Gaza had NOT voted Hamas into office, then Hamas probably wouldn’t have been firing rockets into Israel. There was no cease fire anywhere, except on paper. If Hamas didn’t use the citizens as human shields, there would be a lot less casualties. It’s quite simple really! Hamas quits firing rockets, admit they are out gunned, out manned, and out of their minds, Israel stops pounding them into the sand.
Every public body will have to take class background into account when making decisions under radical new legislation unveiled by the Government today.
The law means that all public authorities – from Whitehall to local councils – will be subject to an over-arching legal duty to bridge the divide between rich and poor.
The new duty, which is to be tacked onto the Equalities Bill, has been described by one Cabinet minister as ‘socialism in one clause’.
I may catch some flack for this, but for the love of pete…..what the hell is wrong with the Brits? It is NOT the ‘duty’ of any government to bridge any gaps between rich and poor! It is the duty of the parents to insist their kids get a good education so they, themselves, can bridges gaps in income. People have brains, they really need to learn how to use them, and stop expecting the gubmint to solve their problems!
Well, if ya popped in and saw a very rude notice, stating that the site had been suspended, I have NO idea why. Well, someone will explain it to me eventually, but that doesn’t mean I’ll undertand.
You sir, are my hero!!!
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.