The state Senate may be trading one galoot for another, but at least Speaker John Wilder's "900-year reign"—as one Pith commenter put it today—has come to a surprising and welcome halt. Those casting the most powerful votes in today's Republican coup that elected the GOP's Ron Ramsey speaker and lieutenant governor were Democrat Rosalind Kurita, who put sense ahead of party loyalty, and Republican Micheal Williams, who was expected to vote with the Democrat Wilder but didn't. (In the process, he may have saved his ass from a state party-backed primary challenge.) Check out Nashville Post
for all the gnarly details.
UPDATE: There's a good City Paper
story today on yesterday's Senate chamber drama, with Ramsey on the record saying he will take a bipartisanship approach to committee appointments. And the Times
story (AP) here