“If they need our votes on a good bill for people of Tennessee that we can reach across the aisle and work with them, we’re there for it. But some of those people, they’re against breathing, so they’re never going to go along with what we’re trying to do here."
—State Rep. Mike Turner (D-Old Hickory), chairman of the House Democrats’ 28-member caucus, giving The City Paper's Andrea Zelinski a likely preview of the state legislature's new unipartisan era. But there'll probably be plenty of conflict on the other side of the aisle, Zelinski writes in this week's CP, sorting out the "fifty shades of red" that will make up the GOP's new supermajority. “We don’t function in bureaucracies like our Democratic counterparts,” Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) tells Zelinski. “And so the task of herding 70 members will not be unlike herding cats.”