Senate Republicans Vote to Place State Attorney General Under Their Thumb



AG Bob Cooper is totally out of control.
  • AG Bob Cooper is totally out of control.
Our Republican supermajority took another small step today toward its ultimate goal of absolute authority. The Senate voted 22-9 to amend the Tennessee constitution to take away the Supreme Court’s power to appoint the state attorney general and give it to the legislature.

Conservatives are miffed at Attorney General Bob Cooper for refusing to join the lawsuit brought by many other Republican states against ObamaCare. Plus, he persists in writing opinions that their crazy bills are unconstitutional. Once the attorney general is under the supermajority’s thumb, this kind of thing won’t happen.

For bonus points, Republicans get to mess with the state Supreme Court, which they still hate for ruling in favor of abortion rights in 2000’s infamous Planned Parenthood v. Sundquist decision.

“We’re just trying to bring some accountability to the process,” Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, said. “It takes away even the appearance that [the attorney general] does not answer to the people.”

This resolution hasn’t been heard in the House yet. If the House adopts it next year, it will need to pass the next General Assembly by a two-thirds vote, and then it will go on the ballot for voter approval in the 2018 election.

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