Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Charlie Cook: Tennessee's Colossally Bad Plan to Change Its Primary System

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.

 TGW: Power-Mad GOP Lawmakers Seek to End Democratic Primaries for U.S. Senate