State GOP Opts to Keep Open Primaries
Memphian Ryder one of those on prevailing side, along with Governor Haslam.
April 20, 2011 at 7:21AM
Much media attention has been focused on what has often seemed an undeclared power struggle between Governor Bill Haslam and Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, the Senate Speaker who has differed with the governor on numerous issues — including collective bargaining for teachers, with Ramsey apparently on his way to achieving his goal of outright abolition. Ramsey, a Haslam opponent in last year’s Republican gubernatorial primary, has disclaimed an interest in challenging Haslam again in 2012 — perhaps because, as Tennessee Conservative Union head Lloyd Daughterty recently opined, the position of lieutenant governor is arguably “just as powerful if not more powerful.” As Daughterty argued, "Governors are going to come and go, but there's no term limits on the speaker, the lieutenant governor."