In this week's dead-tree edition of The City Paper, I examine Gov. Bill Haslam's apparent inclination to defer to the legislature's will on most issues, or at least to avoid crossing them in public. In his Sunday column — which you should be reading weekly, anyway — Tom Humphrey looks at the issue from a different angle, summed up in these excellent lines:
When the bill landed on his desk, the governor did not sign it. He did not veto it. He did nothing.
Still, that is something. It's called evolution.
Both pieces reference a reluctant campaign promise Haslam made to the Tennessee Firearms Association during a Q & A session with the group in 2010 (see the video above). When pressed on his feelings about repealing the state's handgun carry permit law, Haslam said he didn't believe such a measure would pass the legislature, but that he would sign it if it ever did.