With many Tea Party state legislators not returning to the Hill next year, do you think the 2013 legislative session will be:
Some anonymous comments:
The tea party was smacked down in Republican caucuses and conventions because the LDS Church and business community decided it was time to curtail right-wing shenanigans at the legislature. Both groups have an interest in moderate, common sense policies that are not driven by extreme ideology or rigid partisanship. Look for thoughtful, more balanced, center-right policies to move forward this session.
Looking forward to reasoned and rational discussion on topics such as the common core and sex education.
It was wackadoole BEFORE the Tea Party, it'll be screwball AFTER the Tea Party.
It's hard to say because I don't know the demeanor of the new folks. I think a lot of it depends on the senate leadership elections and no, I am not going to venture to say who will be where in that regard. I don't like tempting fate...
It's not just the Tea Partiers who are crazy. Few Republicans aren't.
It won't be tea party nuttiness, but the existing and incoming lawmakers are solidly and sanely conservative.
The Senate could move from 7 Dems to 5. This will be seen by the majority as a mandate from the people rather than the results of an expertly gerrymandered Senate Map. The people will gather much more frequently at the Capitol to protest the legislation that is decided in the Caucus Room rather than the House and Senate Chambers.
We can only hope that things will be more moderate but the right wingers probably will dominate again.
Just because we are losing Tea Party legislators doesn't mean the session will be any less conservative or out of balance.
It is way too early to make any definitive predictions about the in-coming class of new legislators. They appear to be conservative without being extreme.
Only far, far right wing instead of far, far, far, far, far, far right.
It really depends on the leadership. If we see some willingness to depart from ideological purity and drift over into pragmatism, we might see some progress on a number of vexing issues, including more funding for education, legislative ethics, and the balance between economic growth and environmental preservation. On the other hand, if ideology again trumps compromise, we could be in for another rough ride.
It seems the conservative wing has picked up steam in recent months and perhaps the Tea Party is re-establishing its influence.
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