Grand Divisions

Tennessee Equality Project seeks to advance and protect the civil rights of our State’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their families in each Grand Division.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Kurita's green thumb

Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Rosalind Kurita (D-Clarksville) received high marks on this year's Tennessee Conservation Voters scorecard. My first question was, "What about her opponent in the primary, Tim Barnes?" But it's a scorecard that assesses the records of legislators; it's not a complete voter guide.

This year’s top-ranked members of the Senate are Senators Raymond Finney R-8 (Blount and Sevier counties), Bill Ketron R-13 (Lincoln, Marshall, Maury and part of Rutherford counties), Rosalind Kurita D-22 (Cheatham, Houston and Montgomery counties), Doug Jackson D-25 (Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Humphreys, Lawrence and Lewis counties) and Steve Roller D-14 (Franklin, Bledsoe, Coffee, Grundy, Sequatchie, Van Buren and Warren counties). The top-ranked Representatives are Mike McDonald D-44 (Sumner county) and Mike Kernell D-93 (part of Shelby county), Gary Moore D-50 (part of Davidson county) and John Mark Windle D-41 (Fentress, Morgan and Overton counties).

There's a mixture of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, but all we have are Democrats at the top in the House. Maybe the Senate is the Senate, after all, as former Lt. Gov. John Wilder would have it.

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