Monday, October 19, 2009

Committee Change-Up?

Tennessee House Speaker Kent Williams is now likely going to be forced to change the complexion of a few House committees because of the outcome of the special election in Tennessee House District 62 last week:

Kent Williams has said from the day he was selected Speaker by 49 House Democrats and affirmed with his own vote that he intended for the partisan makeup of committees to reflect the partisan makeup of the body of the House. In other words, Williams intended to appoint committee chairs based on the rough percentage of seats which each party holds, not based on who has the overall majority (i.e., majority party controls all committees, as happened under Williams' predecessor Jimmy Naifeh). Most Republicans obviously didn't like this arrangement, but under it, the Republicans may control more committees by raw votes because of Pat Marsh's victory in Shelbyville last week.

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At Monday, October 19, 2009 3:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with what Naifeh did with the chairmanships. Who ever wins fifty plus seats should control ALL the chairmanships and have majorities on ALL the committees.

At Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then you are no better than Naifeh, Obama & Pelosi. What about the other 49 districts of citizens that voted also? Do they not deserve representation? I would guess you wish we Republicans would have 49% representation or some sort of power in DC right now, as do I. Wouldn't that be a better representation of how the people voted than us getting Obamaism crammed down our throats?


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