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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Rep. Nate Bell still firing at Republican Party

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 7:45 AM

click to enlarge REP. NATE BELL: Firing back into the party he left.
  • REP. NATE BELL: Firing back into the party he left.
Rep. Nate Bell, who bolted the Republican Party after splitting with the party on moving the 2016 presidential primary election, still has plenty to say about Republican affairs, including a longer time in office for the GOP party chair.

He's been lighting up Twitter with objections to party rules and procedures, notably a proposed rule change that he says will extend the term limits of the state party chairman, currently Doyle Webb, from eight to 12 years. (It's a paid job, in the $90,000 range I seem to recall.)

Bell commented:

8 years in office is good enough for the POTUS but not for an @ARGOP chair. Proposed rule adds 50% to term. 

More time for Doyle Webb is in keeping with the general movement of the Republican Party, which, when in the minority, lobbied long and hard for term limits. Once in the majority, Republicans led by Sen. Jon Woods, schemed to extend term limits, now a whopping 16 years in a single chamber, enough to accrue massive power. Woods also orchestrated a huge pay increase, a loosening of a rule aimed at restricting lobbyist wining and dining and in a laughably named "ethics reform" bill in the last session stripped out an amendment that would have prevented stacking of lobbyist money to throw wingdings for powerful legislative leaders.

What's the old cliche about power and corruption?

Nate Bell gets it. You'll find comments from him on Twitter on other party maters as well.




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