There was an interesting paragraph in anArticle about how the
rent-seeking business community was backing Richardson:
Following the November elections, Republicans will caucus to name their candidate for Speaker, who is then elected by the full Legislature in January. This is only the third challenge to a sitting Speaker since the Legislature gained its independence from the governor in 1966. Former Democratic Speaker Tom Murphy faced and put down the previous two.
It sounds like there was a civil war down at the Gold Dome that I’ve never heard about. How was the legislature dependent on the Governor prior to ’66?