"Bruised maybe, and perhaps a little weakened," Chas Sisk reported, "Haslam also is growing bolder as he wraps up his first year in office. On issues ranging from the living wage to the death tax, the governor has begun to stand his ground, setting himself up to take a more assertive role during next year’s legislative session."
In the latest manifestation of Haslam's new fearlessness, he is openly suggesting the GOP might have overreached with its national campaign to suppress the votes of the elderly, the poor and other Democratic constituencies. According to Channel 5, he has been asking Republicans to change their photo ID voter law in the coming session to exclude old people from its requirements. But lawmakers are refusing. Already apparently, they've had enough of bold Haslam. They prefer weak-kneed Haslam, the one who signed this law earlier this year without stating a single reservation.
Who will win this first test of wills between the governor and his party's hardliners?