Dominant Republicans Hope to Minimize Infighting

Now that Republicans have a so-called “mega-majority” in Tennessee’s legislature, some are more worried about infighting than about interference from Democrats.

It’s been 35 years since any party held such a dominating majority in Tennessee. Republican leaders are loath to squander it, so Senate Caucus Chair Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro says they’ll look to curb any bickering.

“It’s very easy to offend each other, because there’s a lot of egos, believe it or not, down at the state capitol. It’s easy to get mad at each other.”

With more than two-thirds control in both the state House and Senate, Republicans are now able to pass legislation without the presence of a single Democrat.

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