Thursday, May 12, 2011

Harwell Keeps a Promise

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell has promised that she would move the collective bargaining bill to the House floor and yesterday she essentially did that:

Those who were concerned that Beth Harwell wouldn't take a hard stand on much of anything, that she would be unwilling to take real political risks, and that she would avoid doing anything at all that would anger the "superstructure" of lobbyist power on Capitol Hill were proven wrong in spades this week. The Speaker has taken a great risk for the sake of a bill that she might personally rather not deal with because she knows that many in her caucus do believe in the legislation, and she made a promise that she would see this bill to the House floor. Speaker Harwell has done what she promised to do.

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