Betting on a Capitol gun ban?

Betting on a Capitol gun ban?

Political reporters just love stories about lawmakers “wasting” tax dollars. Every two years, when a new batch of legislators would arrive in town, there was a tradition that they got to decorate their offices with whatever they wanted. Lavish sofas, mirrored walls, wood-paneled break-fronts and you name it as each new arrival competed with the other for top decorating honors while running up the tab on the taxpayer’s dime. And, soon after they settled into their new digs, the news media pounded out stories on how much was being doled out until those poor souls cried uncle. It was then that the State Capitol Commission was hatched. When new carpeting was need to cover the House floor, some of the old-timers knew there would be taxpayer pushback. So, instead of lawmakers voting for that expenditure, the Capitol Commission of non-elected appointees by legislative leaders was created — and it did the dirty work. And the commissioners seemed content to take the heat, since citizens couldn’t un-elect them, and they felt they were performing a civic duty by watching over the Capitol on more legitimate projects that were actually in the public interest. But then this. Video went viral of gun-toting protestors standing in the Senate gallery, waving around loaded firearms while peering down at the senators on the floor below, who were trying to concentrate on the business at hand. Not long after, the state’s top law enforcement officer wrote the Capitol Commission explaining that the commission had the […]

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