These days, all our lawmaker's plans are colossally bad so what's a little thing like ending our resemblance to a democracy?:
Tennessee's Colossally Bad Plan to Change Its Primary System:
You can hear bad ideas almost every day. But only occasionally do you
hear a colossally bad, ill-conceived idea, one that leaves you
wondering who dreamed it up.
Tennessee state Sen. Frank Nicely, a
Republican from Strawberry Plains, has introduced S.B. 471, which would,
beginning in 2016, eliminate party primaries for the U.S. Senate in
Tennessee. Members of the state Legislature would instead select the
nominees. Republican House and Senate caucuses would pick the GOP
nominee, and their Democratic counterparts would select their
candidate. State Rep. Harry Brooks, R-Knoxville, has also introduced the
bill in the Tennessee General Assembly.
My first reaction was to
be dismissive. In Washington, as in state legislatures around the
country, we often see goofy bills and resolutions introduced, but most
thankfully die without any action being taken. But what really got my
attention was the news that the Tennessee Senate’s State and Local
Government Committee voted 7-1 last week to advance the bill. And, no,
this isn’t an April Fool’s joke.
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