Politico: Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is the “Republican Star You’ve Never Heard Of”

by Colonel on February 21, 2013

“He is, in short, the most important Republican governor you’ve never heard of. …

Since his election in 2010, Haslam has overhauled the Tennessee civil service, stripped back teacher tenure, cut taxes, enacted tort reform and expanded charter schools. Add up the various items on his agenda, and it looks a lot like a version of the pro-growth platform Washington Republicans have been grasping for.

Haslam has done all that during his first term without triggering the kind of large-scale backlash that other aggressive Republican governors have encountered. …

The 54-year-old Haslam, who recorded a 68 percent approval rating last month, disavows any interest in national office. Yet to friends and allies, Haslam’s experience in Tennessee is at the very least a model for national Republicans groping around for ideas that appeal to the middle class.

” — Alexander Burns, Copyright 2013 Politico LLC

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