Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Morning Roundup: Halley's Comet Moment Passes and Lawmakers Go Back to Business as Usual

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 8:05 AM

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Now that the Race to the Top application has been delivered, the planets have unaligned and lawmakers go back into their usual drag-the-feet mode. Senate speaker Ron Ramsey: "I'm not sure anyone wants to tackle anything too controversial in this one week of special session that we have." ... A Capitol Hill Conversation on the special session. Metro rejects liability for damage from broken water mains. It was a force of nature like a hurricane. ... Harold Ford leaves Wall Street to focus on New York Senate race. ... Corker says Massachusetts Senate election sends a signal: Go back to the drawing board on health care. ... Wamp goes to Alabama to raise money. ... Democrats swear they aren't writing off Wamp's congressonal seat. ... TVA ash spill cleanup could take four more years. ... The Tennessean slaps lawmakers for failing the state in its time of need:

In truth, when it came to the crises their constituents faced last year, the legislature responded not at all. They made restaurants and state parks less safe and weakened protections of Tennessee's rivers and streams, not to benefit Tennesseans in general but to please the gun lobby and a few powerful developers.

Forward to 2010, and little has changed. Advocates of guns in bars are busily trying to rewrite that law to get around a judge's decision that it is unconstitutional. And legislators have voted to delay for two more years the installation of voting machines with a paper trail around the state.


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