Roll Call suggests the junior senator may be looking at the statehouse:
“Sen. Corker is sometimes very frustrated with the process in the Senate, he is someone whose mindset is executive oriented,” one Tennessee GOP operative said. “He’s got an impressive private sector background and he’s used to getting things done, and that is the antithesis of the Senate.”
With the AG saying the proposal would imperil collegiate athletic teams, a Senate panel rejected a constitutional amendment proposed by Jim Summerville that would end "preferential treatment" based on sex, color and so on.
Speaker Harwell said narrowing a school voucher program ultimately to the bottom 10 percent of schools was the only way it would get out of committee, and she's OK with that. Gov's office says Haslam will continue pushing to focus program on low-income students in their lowest-performing schools.
Chairman Tony Shipley is stirring the hornet's nest by advancing his version of a pseudoephedrine bill while stashing the governor's on his subcommittee's last calendar. While Republicans like the governor and House Majority leader are steamed, Harwell said she didn't think the governor's bill was ready, anyway.
Rep. Richard Floyd said he was one vote down in a subcommittee hearing his bill to allow in-state students in the U.S. illegally to pay in-state tuition rate, so he delayed it, but he still likes its chances long-term.