A Senate vote that approved conceal and carry gun legislation has sparked conversation at the Capitol that there’s a split among Senate Democrats. It’s a split that sees the rural, conservative Democrats at odds with the urban, liberal members of the party. The vote was along those ideological lines with the outstate Democrats voting with the Republicans in favor of the measure. Democrat Senator Harold Caskey of Butler sponsored the bill and actually took charge of the effort to end a lengthy filibuster by introducing a motion to “move the previous question” – a rarely used parliamentary procedure intended to end debate and force a vote. He says he could get nowhere with members of his own party. Caskey says he’s not sure whether this split will do any damage to the Democratic Party.
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