In the CP, Jeff Woods reports on the surprise uprising against Rep. Glen Casada's bill to bar cities from making their own ordinances on everything from workplace nondiscrimination to health care and minimum wages. Woods writes Casada "acknowledged he was taken aback" by the resistance to the bill and would seek ways to make it more palatable.
Meanwhile, back on the Death Star:
Conservative Christian leader David Fowler played the bad cop, immediately vowing to make these lawmakers uncomfortable. He said his group, the Family Action Council of Tennessee, would bombard the representatives with angry emails from home. ...
“The big four cities that want to expand their powers beyond that of state and federal government have been lobbying against the bill in recent days. That’s exactly it,” Fowler said.
He said the bill’s defeat would mean “any city could now decide to let workers have a day off if their dog dies. That just creates a nightmare for businesses. It really does hamstring the flow of commerce from community to community.”
Let the Balkanization of Tennessee commence! And if I were a city employee without a sickly pet, I'd at least start looking into a copy of Old Yeller.