What Will Retention Vote Mean for Fall Voting?

Tom Humphrey writes in Sunday’s Knoxnews that last week’s elections revealed increased strife between opposing factions of the Tennessee Republican party, and while Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has “been something of a middleman between the two factions,” the fact that he used his own campaign funds to finance the anti-retention effort may make him appear more aligned with the right wing of the party. Humphrey also suggests that voters saw last week’s election as a referendum on the judicial branch, but may see the fall elections as a referendum on the legislative branch of government and whether it deserves new powers granted to it in Amendment 2. Finally, he reports that Ramsey’s failure to unseat any of the justices “has led to speculation of diminished prestige…if not...actual influence over policy decisions.”