Thursday, June 14, 2007

Are Pork Projects still Political? YEP

The Republican Leadership in the Senate first said NO WAY to pork projects....not going to happen they told us. Then they started "negotiating" during the last few days of the session and decided to "compromise." Did their "compromise" stop the pork projects OR change the way they would be allocated? Not one bit.


NASHVILLE - Secretary of State Riley Darnell was asked Wednesday if state legislators will influence his decisions on distributing $20 million in "community-enhancement grants" as authorized in the new state budget.

"Is the pope Catholic?" he replied. "Well, of course."


House Majority Leader Gary Odom, D-Nashville, said that he expects the grants he proposed under the $100,000-per-representative plan to all be funded by Darnell after they file the appropriate application and he gives Darnell the list.

"I'm going to tell Riley, 'You've got the list. What do I need to do to get a check in the amount I was requested by the organizations?' "

Asked what he would do if Darnell turned down his requests, Odom replied: "I don't think that's going to happen. We have a wonderful secretary of state."