By Jeff Woods
on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 9:25 AM
It may be a rough election year for Republicans, what with that little annoying war going on and on and the economy twirling down the toilet, but they're keeping a brave face here in Tennessee. At the Statesmen's Dinner Saturday night, which produced a record $400,000 for state legislative candidates, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey predicted the GOP would take control of the Senate and the House too in November.
Unlike other states, where Republican prospects aren't so hot this year, Ramsey says, "We in the state of Tennessee are the shining star. We are the only ones who have a legitimate shot, and I mean a legitimate shot, of gaining seats."
So what happens if Republicans are running the show? Well, Ramsey says, at a minimum the legislature will never enact any of those nasty "Job Killer Bills" that the state Chamber of Commerce opposes each year. In this year's session, he says, the Democratic-run House passed all of them, but the Senate saved the day by refusing to go along.
One of those bills would have given unemployment benefits to women who have to leave work because their husbands have beaten them up. That kind of thing only creates a bad business climate. We owe a lot to those Senate Republicans.