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The Democratic field is only just now beginning to solidify for the governor's race, and exuberant minions of the fledgling candidates already are slinging mudballs behind the scenes. It takes all the journalistic ethics Pith in the Wind
can muster to resist the temptation to publicly disseminate this anonymous nastiness. ... Oh let's face it, we can't stop ourselves. Here's some opposition research that we've just received in our email box about someone who hasn't even said he's running yet, Sen. Jim Kyle. Guess certain of these declared candidates would rather that Kyle stay out of the race.
1. Kyle voted to allow municipal bond swaps in 1999. As we know, that's now saddling many of our municipalities with heavy interest payments. Of course, everyone else in the legislature voted for that, too.
2. Kyle voted for a 3.75 percent flat rate income tax in the Senate Finance Committee in 1999.
3. Kyle sponsored a bill in 2004 to raise the pay of legislators on the next-to-last day of session. His co-sponsor was none other than his Shelby County colleague Sen. John Ford. As originally written, the bill increased legislator salaries from $16,500 a year to $24,600. As amended and enacted into law, it indexed legislator pay to state employee salaries and resulted in a 9.5 percent pay hike for lawmakers in 2006.
Update: Kyle tweets.