Republicans aren’t crazy, he says. They only seem crazy in the newspapers.
Dunn, an important member of the House leadership team, says he’s voting for legislation requiring the Transportation Department to advertise bids for contracts by publishing notices on the department's website instead of in newspapers around the state.
That’ll cost newspapers $250,000 a year. At a House Transportation subcommittee meeting, Dunn said it serves them right.
Dunn said he used to like reporters and saw the state’s public notice cash as “almost kind of a little subsidy that the people pay in order to have the news brought to them.” But not anymore.
“Last year as I read so many reports that were completely inaccurate, I felt there was a disservice going on. People say, ‘Oh, the Republicans are making us laughingstocks in Tennessee.’ No, it’s bad reports.”