Already lately like a toddler taking his first wobbly steps, he's started gently disagreeing with Ron Ramsey and the Republicans in the legislature. He's expressed concerns about the GOP's election-year hopes of chopping taxes on inheritances and investment income. He's said he's not sure it's a good idea for the legislature to enact a law to boot Occupy Nashville off the plaza, and he's come out against barring cities and counties from passing living-wage ordinances.
In an interview with the AP, Haslam admitted that this year he was a little behind the curve and didn't really know what was happening at times. (That's a shocker.) But rest assured he's up to speed now and striding fearlessly into his second year in office.
“I think what you’ll see is we’ve had the chance to do our homework better. And … because of that, and because you’ve been around the track one time, I think it’s a little bit easier to be engaged in more things than we were last year.”
In other news, Haslam told the AP he has no worries that his bungled Occupy Nashville crackdown might have tarnished his first year in office. "Not one bit," he said. His reasoning? Around the country, mayors and police trying to end occupations screwed up worse than he did.