"We're going to have to get tough. We've told the Republicans that we want at least 30 votes for the budget or we're not going to vote for it. That's what we want them to do. We're going to share the interest in this budget. It's going to be a bipartisan budget. If they can't deliver 30 votes, then we're not going to vote for it either."At the same time, Democratic leader Gary Odom announced his party is dropping its opposition to the GOP bill to put Republicans in charge of the state Election Commission. Republicans had been threatening to retaliate against Democrats by refusing to vote to reauthorize the commission.
"The election commission is in wind-down. That means that we do not reauthorize it by the end of session, then it goes away," Odom said. "If we have local election commissioners resign or die, then there will not be a mechanism to replace them."
Said Turner: "They're trying to stack the election commission in their favor obviously. It's probably just as good to go ahead and do it I guess. I'm still going to have trouble voting for it, but I probably will."