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Saturday, September 29, 2007

O on the show

Blogger David Oatney will be on WBIRs Inside Tennessee Sunday at 9AM on channel 10 in Knoxville. Tune in.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

3,500 take the poll

Over 3,500 people have taken the Knox News Sentinel poll on the tobacco tax police surveillance. This looks to be by far the biggest response they have ever gotten on any poll that I can remember.

As it sits now it is running at about 90% against, 5% for and 5% don't care.


I guess the Drudge Report has overloaded the Knox News Sentinel web server. I guess the top left corner or a story that is bold in red gets the most attention. The Sentinel story still comes up but is no longer accepting or showing comments. In its place a on line poll is posted on how people feel about the limits of sales. I think it has been up only an hour or so and well over a thousand votes have clicked off so far.

Go on over and get polled.

Drudge Report picks up on story

The Drudge Report Has picked up on the Tom Humphries story in the Knoxville News Sentinel about the big brother actions of the dpt. of revenue.

It is the top left hand corner story as of this posting.

Yes, I was quoted in the story.

Selective enforcement

It looks like big brothers selective enforcement of the tobacco tax is having people question where the line is drawn on the enforcement of interstate commerce. Of course if illegal aliens are coming across the state line to steal jobs from legal citizens the administration says this does not deal with our state commerce and chooses to turns a blind eye. But heaven forbid granny fill up with gas when she crosses the state line to buy groceries and a couple cartons of smokes. I think the administration might call this a triple crime. Three strikes and she is out!

I have to wonder about revenue agents going into other states to check on who buys what and how this is not part of interstate commerce. I wonder what the A.T.F. thinks of all this? If a person came back with what they purchase and started to re sell the product inside the state I could see people getting in trouble for illegal sale but besides that I think this is a federal issue.

Although this clip has some rough language in it, when ever I see it I think someone ought to send Regan Farr a cowboy hat with a badge.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007

Just drop the eggs and step away from the bag!

You may have read that Regan Farr plans to check people crossing the border to to see if they have over two cartons of smokes purchased from another state to beat the tax increase. If they do Farr wants an arrest and confiscation of the persons car. A person has to wonder how much money he will spend on this. I guess he has the staff from the "Crack Tax" just sitting around now so what the heck.....

The big question that people may want to consider is, who is in charge of interstate commerce? I have always been told that it was the federal governments job and only they can do it. I have had a little experience with this response myself. A few years ago I had a bill that dealt with Internet crimes and purchase of products (on line) from other states for use in Tennessee. I was told then that only the fed can deal with that. Now Farr is claiming it is him and he has the power.

I wonder if next he will be going after people who buy their groceries over the border to keep from paying the high sales tax on food (Is that one or two dozen eggs in the bag mam?) or what about Kentucky power ball tickets? Will he go after people who go to Dalton Georgia to buy cheap carpet (Hat tip Lee). What if I fill up with gas in another state because gas is cheaper. Many of Tennessee's largest population areas are on or quite close to the state border (Memphis, Chattanooga, Johnson city) so I would imagine this sort of thing happens on a regular basis. Where is the line drawn?

They got him!

As you may remember from an old post The Johnia Berry killer has been on the run for some time. Well, they finally caught him.

Another Ford to set the agenda for Tennessee?

Ford Jr. is talking about running for Governor. I don't think Lincon Davis thinks too much of the idea as word is he was eyeing the seat for himself for some time. Davis is less liberal then most Democrats and way less liberal then Jr.. Unfortunately for Davis, Jr. is the golden boy of the national democrat party so he will have access to the money again.

Is this primary starting to sound familiar as a Republican primary a short time ago?

Although I am probably not the best person to ask I would like to see Jr. run for Mayor of Memphis. If he can turn that city around I think it would prove he has real leadership abilities and not just a pretty face and some slick talk.

As it sits now I think Frist has to look like the front runner with a ton of other possible Republican names in the field. Marsha, Wamp, David Davis, Haslem, Ron Ramsey..........

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Retreat news and aiming higher

A week or so ago we had our Republican retreat. At our retreat we talked about things such as trends, polling, advertising and campaign strategy. We have top notch national guest speakers and professionals in to talk about their area of expertise and coach us.

I was pleasantly surprised when the specialist on polling said.

" We do all the polling for the state house and state senate races in 35 states. We do over 4.2 million dollars worth of polling for state house races. In all our polling one candidate was head and shoulders above all the rest in all the states we poll. Stacey Campfield had by far the highest percent of positive personal contacts with constituents. 32% of the people contacted said they knew and/or had personally met and had a positive interaction with Stacey and 37% said they had personally met and/or had had a positive interaction with Stacey or someone who worked with Stacey."

I was quite pleased.

My team works incredibly hard to try and be accessible and accommodating as possible to constituent wants, needs, questions and concerns. We may not be able to be or give all things to all people but we try and go the extra mile.

Congrats and the credit goes out to my team for hitting the mark. Next time they poll I think we can go even higher. Lets keep up the good work.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A torch for an old friend

No, it is not that kind of torch. An old H.S. buddy of mine want to carry the Olympic torch in China (where he now works). To be able to do it he has to win a vote on line. If you would take 5 seconds go here,click in the code and push vote it may help fulfill his dream.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Legislator busted for speeding




Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Phil to stop Predators or photo oping?

Well it is good tho see that the governor is looking at the online predators issue But instead of mugging for the cameras with some music celebrity how about asking for some actual laws to pass. Informing parents of the potential problem is good but stopping the criminals and being able to put them back away is better.

Another avenue to look at would be to try to stop teachers with a history of abuse from being able to skip to a new school district and start over with new kids. The TEA may not like it but if you are serious you may want to look into it. I will bring a camera and take your picture when it passes.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

More TWRA questions

A new article by the Knox news sentinel has raised more questions about the actions of TWRA. Lack of over site and possible conflicts of interest seem to abound in TWRA. As I have said in the past timing is everything. Just two days ago I sent a list of questions to Nat E. Johnson the
Assistant Executive Director of TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)

Although some what technical here are the questions that may expose more of the same type of problems that have been appearing in our media as of late. I shall post the response if and when I receive one.

From the letter

As you know, with recent reports in the media TWRA is and will be under great scrutiny. Responding to these questions may help elevate many peoples fears and concerns.

How many one bid or no bid contracts, sales or purchases did TWRA do last year with a total or combined value of over $25.00? How many one bid or no bid contracts are not reviewed on a yearly basis? What were the values of these contracts, sales or purchases? Were any contracts or purchases not given to the low bidder? Were any sales not sold to the high bidder? If yes, what was the value of the contracts or sales?

Were any contracts, sales or purchases with a total or combined value of over $25.00 given or entered into with any one who has direct or indirect oversight of TWRA or who has direct or indirect funding control over TWRA? Has anyone who has direct or indirect oversight of TWRA or who has direct or indirect funding control over TWRA received travel, travel expenses, general expenses, trips or gifts from TWRA?

Has anyone who received any contracts, sales or purchase agreements received travel, travel expenses, general expenses, trips or gifts from TWRA?

Has anyone who has any decision making power as to who receives contracts, purchases or sales contracts received travel, travel expenses, general expenses, trips or gifts from people who received the contracts, sale items or won one bid or no bid contracts with TWRA? What was the value of these gifts or expenses?

Has TWRA entered into any contracts, purchased items or sold items to any ranking members of TWRA or any of their immediate family with a total or combined value of over $25.00? If so who and for how much?

If you have any questions about these questions feel free to contact me at any time

Thank you for your timely response to these questions.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

The dam letter

This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania This guy's response is hilarious, but read the State's letter before you get to the response letter.
SUBJECT: DEQ File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

The dam

Dear Mr. DeVries:

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond.

A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity.

A review of the Department's files shows that no permits have been issued. Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.

The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 2006 .

Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff.
Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on the site may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action.
We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter.
Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.

David L. Price
District Representative and Water Management Division

Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries:

Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. Price,

Your certified letter dated 12/17/05 has been handed to me to respond to.
I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget Lane , Trout Run, Pennsylvania . A couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood "debris" dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skillful use of natures building materials "debris." I would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity.

My first dam question to you is:
(1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers, or
(2) do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request?

If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued. Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.

I have several concerns. My first concern is, aren't the beavers entitled to legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation -- so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer. The Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event, causing flooding, is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the department is required to protect. In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling their dam names.

If you want the stream "restored" to a dam free-flow condition please contact the beavers -- but if you are going to arrest them, they obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter, they being unable to read English.

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream. They have more dam rights than I do to live and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beavers' Dams).

So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until 1/31/2006 ? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then, and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real environmental quality, health, problem in the area. It is the bears! Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone.

If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! The bears are not careful where they dump!

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.


Friday, September 14, 2007

Naifeh: Bredesen is a "Lowlife"

Well Phil welcome to the club. Jimmy Naifeh said people who think Briley should step down are "Pretty lowlife". I see by this last article that you have said Briley should step down also. I guess that lumps you in with the rest of us that Naifeh thinks are just a bunch of "lowlifes".

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The city paper tells the TDP to "step up"

The City Paper does an editorial on how it is time for the Tennessee Democrat Party to step it up and clean their own house.

I couldn't agree more. There are a few good conservative Democrats still out there. I know if they could wrestle power away from the fringe elements that lead their party we would all be better off. But this desperate attempt to hold majority and power at any and all costs even to the detriment of Tennessee's citizens will only quicken and extend the time the Democrats spend in the minority when it does happen.

As the saying goes, there will come a point where one more straw will break the camels back. To say the camels (in this case the voters) legs are wobbling is an understatement. The Tennessee Democrat Party needs to lighten the load a few bails.

DUI laws killed

The Knox news sentinel has an editorial on some of the DUI laws that were killed this last year. Some issues that came to mind are how it takes FIVE offences to get any real time behind bars. FIVE. Can we really say we are hard on DUI offenders with that standard? Others have pointed out how the kicking of a door is a more serious offence then a DUI. I guess by that logic more deaths must have occurred from dented doors then from DUIs.

Many problems for legislators have sprung from drugs and alcohol. Jerry Cooper, Ofelia Ford, Kathrine Bowers, Rob Briley all have had run ins with the law in the last year that sprung from (allegedly) substance abuse. These are just the cases that made it to the public eye. I agree we need to take another long look at our laws. Possibly banning free alcohol for legislators should be given another shot (No pun intended). Tennessee has some great commercials about cracking down on DUIs. The police are doing their part. It is time the legislators do theirs.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Briley DUI stop

Edited, with beeps for profanity.

Part I

Part II

Hat tip: A.C.

Mark Rose said my thoughts on this issue well

Fred in Knoxville

Fred Thompson will be in town on Monday for a fund raiser. Just FYI.

Briley arrest video

The Nashville City Paper is all over the Briley arrest As I was told early on, The video is not pretty.

Angry and abusive is how officers described state Rep. Robert Briley when they apprehended him Saturday. From Briley questioning the ethnicity of the arresting officers and then calling them all brown shirts and Nazis, to threats of "You better call my @##$%% brother" (City councilman and failed mayoral candidate David Briley) prior to arrest, to asking to have the officers shoot him saying THEY had "already ruined his life a week ago.”

Chunks of the video including the sobriety test, some of the name calling as well as Briley kicking out the police car window can be viewed here but as I said it is not pretty.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

It's 9/11

Have you forgotten?

Dirty Hsu stinks, lingers, grows

As Hillary Clinton ducks and dodges to get away from the dirty Hsu money. She is taking the steps to return more of the dirty money with close ties to Hsu. The total is now up to $850,000.00 of dirty money ties just given to Clinton. The names of those connected have not been released as of yet.

Still the Tennessee Democrat party who got more direct money from Hsu then Clinton is keeping the dirty money. It would be interesting to see how many more of the dirty names connected to Hsu also gave to the Tennessee Democrat party.

Its all timing

Timing is a funny thing. Just a few days after the Governor realizes how all the DUI laws were killed this last year. The man at the forefront of killing the laws gets a DUI.

Go vote!

If you live in the city of Knoxville please go vote. Turnout has been dismal. After five days of voting the voter turnout has been under one thousand votes. Crazy things can happen in a low voter turnout race. It is your duty no matter what side of the isle you are on so take the ten minutes or so grab a friend and go push the buttons.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Briley, crafty in his crime

I suspect that Rob Briley was actually quite crafty in some of his crime. I would expect nothing less.

One issue avoided was when the police finally got him pulled over and were coming up to him with guns drawn. Briley quickly went back to his car and finished his drink previous to his arrest. Tough to prove he was drinking alcohol just from an empty cup. The same could be said of an empty Makers Mark bottle. It could be from months ago thus no open container charge on either count.

Another issue was avoided by refusing his Breathalyzer test as well as refusing a blood test. Briley can blame his erratic driving and behavior on his prescribed medicine (as he has) and not the non prescribed kinds that are highly suspected. This was also used quite effectively by a few other Democrat state legislators in the last few months.

This is already being spun as the case, but Naifeh may have screwed the spin up in the public perception by saying how Briley is an alcoholic who has just gotten out of rehab and was under a great deal of pressure lately.

Quote of the day

“Pretty lowlife.”

That quote is from Democrat house leader Jimmy Naifeh. Not talking about the person arrested for DUI, Resisting arrest, Driving a 3,000 pound missile down our streets at 100 MPH, Hitting and then running after an accident with small family in their car, kicking out the window of a police cruiser.

No, he is talking about people who don't think Briley should be able to hold back DUI laws and be a chairman when looking at these felony charges.

Yes, Briley needs help and I hope he gets it (for all our sake) but I do not think he should have so much control over our DUI or ethics laws either especially in the face of these crimes.

Briley to face 2 felony charges?

Democrat Chairman Rep. Rob Briley could easily be looking at at least two felony charges after his hit and run, DUI, Resisting arrest destruction of government property crime spree. I have spoken with a police officer friend of mine about this case and was told that any destruction of property of value over $500.00 to $1,000.00 is a class E felony. Destruction of property valued $1,000.00 to 1,500.00 is a class D felony. The destruction of the police cruiser was valued in the paper at 1,500.00.

The other possible felony was when he was running from the law after hitting a car with a father, mother and small child inside. Evading arrest is a misdemeanor charge UNLESS you endanger others then it turns into a class D felony. I would think doing 100 MPH for 12 minutes on public roads, allegedly drunk especially after you have proven a danger on the roads by hitting another vehicle could qualify as endangering other people.

WSMV has the video of the perp walk.

I hear many other press groups are trying to get the video of the chase the sobriety test and the arrest. I hear it does not look good.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Vols and Peterson

How bout them Vols! It was a good game and I was happy to see the big orange D step up in the second half.

This week I was invited to sit in the presidents sky box for the game. It was very nice. The food was great and I actually sat on the 50 yard line. I usually like to sit with the crowd for the game but this was a pleasant change for every once in a while. About half way through the third quarter President Peterson came over and we were able to talk about UT's future, We spoke until the end of the game on issues from Politics to the lottery scholarship. It was odd to see how many issues we agreed upon.

I first asked what he thought of the various plans for the excess lottery funds. I said I was not a big fan of the idea to lower the standards for admissions, he agreed.

I then mentioned how some people want to up the amount of money given to each student, he thought that would have a limited return on investment as well, I agreed.

I then mentioned how I thought we need to think of ways to get more non traditional students back in school. People who had not gone on directly to college out of high school or had gone for a while and were having success but then stoped going for one reason or another. He agreed and said one of the schools biggest opportunities to get students who would graduate was to find a way to lure some of these students back to school.

Another area we talked on was growth at UTK. I know some students have complained about not being able to get in the classes they need and the large class sizes. He said he expected the growth to continue as more people come to UTK. He said applications for admissions to UTK was growing much faster than any of the other UT campuses. He expected the need to have more money come in to UTK to keep up with the need for more teachers and classrooms. We touched on the options of tuition increases, possibly allowing in more out of state students (who pay close to double the tuition of in state students) and a few other ideas to help UTK and possibly keep more students at UT schools but keep them closer to home.

Another area of interest for us both was on the idea of more of a focus on tech research for UT, It was an area that could have a strong return on our investment with the access to Oak Ridge and possible ties with our growing auto manufacturing industry.

We spoke on several other issues and topics (and much more in depth then mentioned here) I may post that on another day. I for one had a good time talking with President Peterson, he is an interesting person who had a down to earth feel about him.

Friday, September 07, 2007

What? The Department of Revenue was wrong?!?

Much to the regret of Regan Farr (head of the department of Revenue) the appeals court has struck down his beloved crack tax (the same one I and others said would have problems years ago) because it was deemed in a unanimous ruling as unconstitutional by a three judge panel. This is on appeal from a similar ruling that said the same thing just a short while ago. Word is Farr is going to spend more state money on lawyers fighting this decision and will again appeal.

I wish I could get back the old comments from my 2005 post where Farr commented what a great thing this tax was, how it was going to make huge money for the state and how I shouldn't talk about this wonderful law in a negative way as I didn't know what I was talking about.

I wonder if he still feels the same now with court costs mounting and the impending expense of law suits from those people who's rights have been violated by this law.

What? The AG was wrong?

Once again the Tennessee AG has proven not to be a reliable source for anyone except the present administration in its attempt to sidetrack illegal immigration reform. In this case The AG said Tennessee could not deny state services to illegals. Giving democrats an excuse to kill legislation to that effect.

Another piece of legislation to have people present photo ID previous to voting to keep voter fraud down has also proven to be legal. This was also killed on a party line vote.

Blogger book

Bill Hobbs has a book on Fred Thompson out. You can buy and read it on line.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Vincent Van gogh was right

Sometimes I think Van gogh was right and you need to cut off your ear. In this case it was the ear to the ground section of the latest Metro Puss I started to get calls this morning on the rumor of Jimmy Duncan the third possibly running against me.

I never get too excited about competition. I like running for office. I feel it is the great place for the battle of ideas and ideals.

Jimmy Duncan III lives in my district and, if he wanted to, I think he would be a formidable opponent. I think many people see him as the person most likely to fill his fathers position in congress when his father decides to step down. He is a good person with a bright future if that is what he is called to do. Still his father has always been a supporter of mine as well and was even so kind as to do a phone call for me and max out on a campaign donation in the last election. I found the rumor a little hard to swallow myself.

About 1:00 today I got a call from him saying he has no intention of running against me. He does not know how the rumor got started but he wanted to be sure that I knew he likes what I have been doing and hopes I keep it up. He also said he had not been getting calls to run against me but when this rumor came out he started getting calls telling him not to.

He even offered to put up a yard sign for me in the next election. That was very kind of him. As people who live around my district know, I love putting up yard signs.

Sorry ear, the story is not here.

Ladies and gentleman we have a fighter!

Please excuse me while I put on my partisan hat for a moment.

It is good to see that our new party leader is not afraid to mix it up with the Democrats. When they are right, we should all work together. When they are wrong it should be fixed or at least pointed out as wrong so the voters know why they should fix the problem at the next election. It is good to see Robin Smith is not afraid to point out the problems.

Tennessean article

I did a short article for the Tennessean on ethics and some of the things I think we need to do to improve our ethics laws.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

For Coble

I am now on facebook so if you want to reach me that way you can as well. More later.

Oatney on what is bad

Dave Oatney has a great post on the law and what he thinks people have rights to do.


I know most of you are going to find this hard to believe but people are starting to question the sincerity of the comptrollers report on illegal immigration that said illegals don't take jobs from honest citizens and don't use state services.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The Hsu is now on the other foot

Well the word is out that the Tennessee Democrat party will not give back the dirty Hsu money. When it was Jack Abramoff the Democrats and even their state party chair roared and cried and Republicans gave back the money. Some candidates had to fund raise the money just to give it back (as it had long since been spent) but they did.

Now that the Hsu is on the other foot (sorry I could not resist). The biggest recipient of this dirty criminal money on this national story is not Hillary Clinton or Obama who have been taking the heat in the national media (And have returned the money or donated it to charity). It was the Tennessee Democrat party who received $58,000.00 and Democrats can't stand up to their own past demands.

New Republican party chairman Robin Smith is calling them out.

From the article

Robin Smith, the chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, said she thinks the Democratic Party should return the donations and said the GOP would do so if the situation were reversed.

“If they can live with keeping that illegal money and not returning it to the people that were scammed, then that’s their conscience that they have to deal with,” Smith said.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Hsu's tainted money and the Tennessee democrats

As national news has pointed out Hillary Clinton has received a large chunk of money from questionable businessman Mr. Norman Hsu. Hillary did the right thing and gave the money away to charity upon finding out of his dirty history.

Now for the rest of the story. The Tennessee Democrat party and Harold Ford Jr. also have received huge amounts of this dirty money from Hsu. Will they give it to a charity as Hillary has done?

Steve Gill has the entire breakdown.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Old Cash

From the editor of the Knox News sentinel

The editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel wrote this in his weekly editorial column regarding illegal immigration.

This past Legislature saw many lawmakers reacting to constituents’ concerns — or, perhaps, pandering to their fears — with bills that would force residents to prove their legal status in order to get jobs, rent apartments, drive cars, conduct financial transactions or receive government services.

The Maury County sheriff has begun conducting raids to round up undocumented immigrants. And an arbitrary apartment landlord has decided to act on his own.

None of this is good.

None of it?

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Big party news

The Tennessee Republican party has just hired top political annalist and Blogger Bill Hobbs. Hobbs has a sharp political mind and will be another leader in the fight to take over the house. Hobbs joins Kara Watkins as bloggers that have been hired by Republicans.