Having sustained the most unethical actions any party caucus could imagine, the House Platform gang is ready to exact their revenge on the operatives who allied with liberals to take down 8 incumbents and replace them with tax-raising challengers. Please read our previous article about the AP bombshell report of the Speaker Charles McCall's team organizing campaigns against their conservative incumbents.
Josh West & Chris Kannady are two of McCall's hand picked leaders who did the dirty work.
The returning conservatives are not saying much, but what we do see emerging is the possibility that the emerging freshman class which Speaker Charles McCall created will turn on him and pick their own Speaker.
McCall had a good will agreement with the House Platform Caucus last March. It lasted less than a week. Then he killed an alternative funding measure which would have allowed the public school teachers to get an increase in pay of about $4000, without any increase in the state budget.
40% of the House will be completely new members. Most of them have an alliance with public education special interests.
Will the remaining (& some new) conservatives really trust McCall? Don't count on it.
At the same time, Democrats are poised to add perhaps 10 seats and make the House more evenly divided. That dynamic count lead to many liberal initiatives getting real floor votes and probably a massive tax orgy will take over the capitol in May.