The Tennessee waffle waltz

Tennessee House Joint Resolution 149 passed out of the Conservation and Environment Committee this week, and continues its journey to the House floor. The constitutional amendment, which gives Tennesseans the right to hunt and fish, will now face the Budget Subcommittee. If it passes this General Assembly with a 2/3 majority vote, it will appear on the ballot in 2010 in a voter referendum.

Meanwhile, Nashville Scene's Jeff Woods writes of the state House's vote against introducing guns into the Capitol building: "That's right, it's OK with our courageous lawmakers for licensed gunmen to take their weapons into saloons and playgrounds and state parks. But when it comes to the Capitol, well, that's obviously a different matter. As it turns out, there are legitimate restrictions on Second Amendment rights …"