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Friday, December 14, 2018

The 5 Worst Ideas From Tennessee’s Tea Party Legislature

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This week, Tea Party groups in Tennessee have targeted Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) by holding “auditions” in five cities to find a formidable candidate to run against the state’s senior senator. The Tea Party groups turned against their Republican senator largely due to his support for the bipartisan Gang of Eight immigration bill. Then, during a town hall meeting, a crowd of Tea Party supporters cheered when U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) told an 11-year old girl that nothing can be done for her father who is undergoing deportation because there are laws that need to be followed. These incidents have become typical in Volunteer State politics, which is full of right-wing politicians who hold some of the most radical views and propose some of the most outrageous laws of any state party in the country.

From the state whose Tea Party legislators tried to forbid the use of the word ‘gay’ in public schools, emailed constituents to report that President Obama was staging a fake assassination attempt to stop the 2012 election, and proposed fining individuals who don’t use the public restroom or dressing room that match the gender listed on their birth certificate, here are five more of the worst ideas to come from the Tennessee Legislature.

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