Trent and Bonna bring us this news of a Tennessee Democratic Legislator who just doesn’t get it:
A powerful state House member who had complained about giving up legislative perks gathered the votes yesterday to strip key provisions from the legislature’s ethics bill.
Memphis Democrat Ulysses Jones’ amendments removed items such as a provision that would have banned contributions from political action committees 20 days before elections and another that would have ended lobbyists’ donating to and hosting fundraisers for legislators.
Lobbyists should be allowed to contribute to campaigns, Jones said. “They’ve got candidates they want to support, so I don’t see any problems with that,” he said.
And here’s a Democrat who gets it (although, I think a permanent ban on legislators becoming lobbyists might be a tad too much):
Two other proposals from [Democratic State Senator Rosalind] Kurita drew some Senate opposition: One would ban legislators from ever becoming lobbyists, and another would put Senate proceedings on “streaming video” on the Internet.
And Tom brings us this comment from another Democrat who gets it:
Sen. Roy Herron, D-Dresden, who drafted the Senate version with Sen. David Fowler, R-Signal Mountain, said he strongly prefers the idea of prohibiting gifts rather than disclosing them.
"I think we’re better served if legislators don’t accept anything from lobbyists except information," said Herron.