An interesting exchange on the floor of the Tennessee State House today. Democrats introduced a number of amendments to the House Redistricting plan, all of which were placed on the table by the Republican majority; effectively killed.
By all accounts, this amendment would have been tabled by the Republicans as well, but that’s not exactly how it worked out.
Here’s the floor debate.
You’ll note, at the end of the video Minority Leader Fitzhugh rightly tried to go into caucus to talk this out. It’s not really good form to send a fellow caucus member’s amendment to the table, especially when its likely to be tabled by the opposing side in the first place.
I understand the emotional nature of the redistricting process, but that shouldn’t trump the desire to maintain the long-term working relationship between caucus members. Rep. Parkinson may find he needs a friendly vote in the future that should be a gimmie, but might not be thanks to this action.
Ed. Note: No one has mentioned anything about withholding votes or not supporting someone’s legislation or anything like that. This is based on what I’ve observed from years of watching the legislative process across Federal, State and Local governments. Legislators have long memories and just like regular people, can hold grudges. Contrary to popular belief, they are only human.
Congratulations to Antonio Parkinson on his Democratic Primary win in the HD-98 election.
This was a very low turnout election. The Commercial Appeal reports just 629 of the 30,000+ registered voters turned out to vote.
The general election is on March 8th, the same day as the scheduled Memphis City Schools charter surrender vote. No Republicans filed petitions for the seat, so barring a huge write-in campaign, Parkinson will serve the district in Nashville for the next two years.
Edited to add: Apparently the CA got the number wrong. The Election Commission reports that 268 people have voted in the election. Still, that’s way too few.
The Commercial Appeal is reporting that only 166 people have voted in the HD-98 special election to replace Ulysses Jones, who passed away late last year.
In November there were 8300+ votes for Jones in an uncontested election. 166 people represents 2% of that already low number.
I know that reporting on this election has been largely lost in the shuffle of the MCS Charter issue, but seriously, 166 people? Will the next person representing HD-98 be elected by fewer than 1000 voters?
This is crazy. Under what strategy does getting as few people as possible to the polls result in a winning effort?
There must be absolutely no campaigning going on. In fact, I usually get these things forwarded to me, if I don’t get them directly, and I’ve received nothing on this election except for a notice of one fundraiser.
In any case, and this is not meant as a slight to any of the candidates in the race, whomever wins with such a low voter turnout is in serious jeopardy in 2012. If four candidates haven’t built their brands enough and campaigned enough to get 1000 people to the polls, chances are they’re going to see a challenge in the 2012 primary and general.
All I can say isn “wow”!