Some bills in Tennessee's Republican-controlled legislature would reduce local zoning and planning powers and give the state more say in such things as local regulation of signs. This is seen as inconsistent by some who note that GOP lawmakers are quick to holler about overreach from Washington.
Tennessee lawmakers are also considering whether to keep local governments from creating worker benefit standards that exceed state requirements. The genesis was one county's law that set minimum wages for government contractors. Talk about the importance of local control goes out the window, one critic told stateline.org, when a policy preference gets in the way.
Bottom line: You can't separate the debate over the structure of government — who can do what — from the debate over ideological positions.