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Thursday, March 31, 2005


Check out the comments from yesterdays blog. I have confirmed this story. The sponsor was not allowed to roll his bill (a common practice to allow a speaker time to bring in speakers ,witnesses, get more info to present or prepare a presentation) . When will they learn? How many more examples will we see of this partisanship? I guess more seats will have to change hands before we can have an open government of, for, and by the people.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005


Wow! What a day, this site just gets bigger and bigger. To the bloggers that made this site grow thanks. If I knew how to link our sites I would but until I was elected I probably spent all of 2 hours a year on the computer, if that. (No need to say it, I will say it for you.... We know, it shows). Today was quite an experience. I had everything from applause and congratulations, from people on both sides of the isle, to a few people who ignored me and let me know that I wouldn't be able to even pass gas in the state house. Most were very nice and took it with good temperament and even joked about it. Some were just nervous to be around me. The response from the other bloggers, email, radio call in shows, and telephone calls has been great. I appreciate it all, the good and the bad. A few legislators came to me with stories I should tell and encouraging me to keep it up. Don't worry, I am not going to change but I still want to encourage other legislators to blog. You don't have to be outspoken but it’s still a great way to communicate. Come on in the water’s fine and if I can do it so can you. For those I had dinner with, don’t worry. I wont reveal your name. In this one case I will protect the guilty:-)

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Hitting the fan

Well it seems that the word is out as to what happened at the calendar committee last Thursday (one of my bills was for all intents and purposes killed by the speaker and friends for what was quoted on this blog) but thanks to some of my fellow bloggers in the room and a few critical interns for said speaker confirming the story by trying to rub it in (oops!!) the Tennessean is doing a AP story about this blog site and the stir it has caused. I guess bloggers really do hear it first. Hopefully this will open some eyes of voters to problems legislators face as well as the power of this new media to some legislators.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Respect my authority!! (with credit to cartman)

Many people have made comment that I should get alysha0 or other people fired as an intern in speaker Nafieh's office for her attacks against me and for her blogging on company time. First, let me say that to my knowledge I have never met this person and that decision should be up to speaker Naifeh based on her skills at her duties, for all any of us know she may be speaking for speaker Naifeh. When I started my blog I did it to listen to, speak with, and inform people. Not to silence anyone. I am not trying to discourage any competition. In fact, I have always felt that trees competing for the light have always grown the tallest. An informed public makes the best democracy. I encourage other Representatives to blog.
Bill Hobbs has even offered to set up this site. I will even go as far as to set up a blog for any representative (republican or democrat) who wants one. In the battle of philosophy and information, I offer all a gun; the bullets are up to them. Those who use fear, punishment, and oppression instead of wisdom, philosophy, and logic show their own inaptitude at leading. They are more dictator than leader and will not be allowed to lead for long in a free and informed society. I try not to follow this style of management. Maybe that is what some of my critics fear most.

Thursday, March 24, 2005


Today we voted on ethics reform on the house floor. As originally drafted this bill was pretty short and not very descriptive, but once on the house floor the amendments began to fly fast and furious. The first one brought was by Kim McMillan and was much more descriptive. Many people had questions and concerns, not about the theory but more about the wording as is usually the case. Many people wanted to postpone this bill until Monday to digest the info and come back with questions comments and possible adjustments. Frank Buck seemed the most heated. He has been a strong advocate of this type of reform for many years and I am sure he wanted to get it right. Most of the amendments were killed and the bill rolled on. The only one that I am sorry to see did not make it on was the amendment to make these violations a felony. The minimal fine some mentioned was only $50 which seemed like a joke to me, when some people could pocket tens of thousands of dollars I bet they could afford it. Oh well at least it’s a step

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Tempest in a tea cup

My, my, my how the attacks innuendo and threats have hit and hit big, on and more so off this blog, since I launched this little site. I guess some people don't want the sunshine in their dark little secret corner .I should have known I have been told roaches run when the lights come on. Okay, for the record some dems have been very nice helpful and encouraging to me but others fear being exposed for what they are say and do. I guess the truth hurts when it looks you in the mirror and some people don't want the truth out. Sorry I guess I missed the memo. A great story once told of a man who charged at wind mills. He was often warned that if he charged at the windmills the wind mills would swing down their great arms and send him down into the mire.....or up among the stars. If this blog is to be my pony I say charge!! Wind mills ahead!!


Tuesday, March 22, 2005


Many of the people in the legislature (at least in the house )are outspoken, and I appreciate that. When there is a free flow of ideas, thoughts, and feelings regardless of point of view people are more informed and the cream tends to rise. Things can get heated but I don’t mind that. I don’t take much personal, and at least someone who is outspoken has a point of view and is somewhat paying attention. At times I like to play devils advocate just to test someone’s theory or philosophy and to see how well thought out there argument is. Here is a copy of an e-mail I received from Chris Clem (one of the houses more outspoken members). Read at your own risk.

15 Ways to know if you are a Democrat in the Tennessee Legislature:

15. You define “capitalism” as selling your vote for $237,000.

John Wilder is your vision of new leadership for the Twenty-First Century.

13. You become incensed and blow your top if Rep. Clem comments that you are working against his bill.

You believe that the gender roles are artificial but being homosexual is natural.

You are against capital punishment but support abortion on demand.

You fundamentally believe that businesses oppress people, and that government creates prosperity.

You believe that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.

You believe that the only reason TennCare hasn’t worked is because the right people haven’t been in charge.

You want to prohibit an East Tennessee citizen from contributing $750,000 to various pro-life candidates, but are grateful that Phil Bredesen and Al Gore contributed a combined $4 million to elect democrats in Tennessee during the same time period.

Even though no democrat in either chamber has ever voted for a republican for leadership, you nevertheless complain that republicans are too partisan for not voting in greater numbers for democrats.

You are so certain that homosexuality is normal and a safe alternative lifestyle that you are willing to gamble children’s lives on your political beliefs.

You lampoon republicans for defending traditional values based upon deeply held religious convictions; yet, you quote scripture in defense of homosexuality, saving animals, killing human babies and stricter environmental laws.

3. You fight hard for the rights of convicted felons to vote. Most democrats may not be convicted felons, but most convicted felons are democrats.

2. You fear that the “West Tennessee Mafia” will soon lose its control of Leadership and be replaced by the “Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy” otherwise known as “Bunch, Casada, Davis and Dunn.”

1. The new face of the Democrat Party: “Gay Adoptions, Abortion, John Ford and Jimmy Naifeh.” It makes you long for the days of Governor Ray Blanton and selling pardons.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

On the floor (for Bill Hobbs)

I encourage any one who is really interested in watching a house session to check it out on the web at www.tennessee.legislature.tn.state.us then click house then click video streaming.

Here is how a session usually goes prayer, pledge, personal orders (welcome visitors and congratulate people for accomplishments); consent calendar/resolutions (naming bridges, roads, memorials etc.) then the real meaty bills come up. Usually by the time they get to the house floor they are decided; most are decided in committee. If it is a republican bill and good, it is usually killed in committee and brought back as a democrat bill or it is just killed outright. Occasionally one gets through though, but the person who brings it better have strong bipartisan support because democrats control all leadership, committees and majority on all committees. If they don't like it they kill it in committee so they don't have to go down on record as having to vote on the house floor for or against something that could be unpopular when it comes time to get re-elected.

Today Bill Dunn who is well respected and has bipartisan support (on this bill) has a bill to allow the people to vote on the ability to recognize marriage between on man and one woman in the constitution .I feel the people should have this right and I will vote for it. Well, debate is about to start I have to go. Sorry about any typos or bad grammar.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Day One

Hi! Welcome to my blog.

My goal with this blog is to share with you some of the experiences and things that happen in the legislature that you may not hear about, what really happens behind the scenes, and to point out the decision making process that we go through before we vote on bills.

Many times here in Nashville the saying is: What happens in Nashville stays in Nashville. I am not a believer in this. I am more of a believer that you shouldn't do anything in private that you wouldn't mind seeing on the front page of the paper. So here we go.

My first impressions of Nashville started when I pulled into the two-level heated parking garage. It was snowing outside, but I have never yet seen the doors close. The words throwing money out the window came to mind, except the doors were bigger than any window I had ever seen. I wonder how many truly needy people could have received health care, better education, etc. with the money wasted just in this one department. The only argument I ever heard regarding this was that the heat is needed to keep the exposed waters pipes/sprinkler system in the parking garage from freezing. This might have a modicum of credibility if water froze below seventy-five degrees, but that doesn't happen too often even here in Nashville. You can actually break out in a sweat if you do too much in the heated garage. I guess the self-serving legislators worry more about their own personal comfort than saving the tax payers a buck.

Being new, I wasn't quite sure how to change this, but expect to see a bill addressing this matter next year. Many people come to me with good ideas but I can only submit ideas in the first few weeks of session. If you have an idea, thought, opinion or even just a rant feel free to post it here I may try to submit it as a bill next session. (Disclaimer) I offer no promises other than it will be read. Stay tuned for more observations as session rolls on.

Re: John Ford. Many people have asked me about this person, and the problems regarding his "indiscretion." Let me say what you hear is probably only the tip of the iceberg. Although I do feel all people are innocent until proven guilty, usually where there is smoke there is fire. In this case, I smell an inferno. I would hope that the senator would step down from his chairmanship, as well as from the senate altogether previous to the impeachment proceedings, which I hope would be soon to come (should these claims be proven). It makes you wonder what our lieutenant governor was thinking when he put him in charge of the committees he is in charge of. Possibly he was lost in the cosmos with which he so in tune. Good thing he's in charge.

Stacey Campfield