Legislators in Action

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published Dec. 3, 2015

Legislators in Action

In a recent resolution, Blount County (Tennessee) Commissioner Karen Miller called for her fellow commissioners and state officials all the way up to the governor to prepare for "God's wrath" for recent national policies (same-sex marriage, etc.) she disagrees with. Though other states might be in for a smiting, Miller's resolution calls on God to spare Blount County (by the "safety of the Passover lamb"). In October, the commission tabled the resolution, 10-5, but she promised to reintroduce it. [WBIR-TV (Knoxville), 10-7-2015]

By September, Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser were finally out of the Michigan Legislature -- Gamrat by guard-escorted removal after her formal expulsion and Courser by pre-emptive resignation -- following the pair's months-long "secret" sexual affair and clumsy handling of its revelation. Courser's original defense strategy was to plant a bogus story of a gay-sex scandal, hoping to discredit as hysteria any news about his actual affair, but when that failed, he issued a 1,900-word plea, liberally quoting the Bible, acknowledging his hypocrisy and hoping for salvation from his colleagues (who failed to come through). [Associated Press via New York Times, 9-11-2015]

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