The Republican party controls the majority of state houses and governorships. Unfortunately, those in power have some of the most right wing and whackiest politicians we have ever seen. Will this be the end of the Republican party - eventually? Can we as a nation survive until it dies or regains back its center?http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/04/03/17585534-tennes...Tennessee's nutty new Senate primary plan<snip>"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."
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