If the dollar has little value, then donate a few.

Thursday, April 30, 2009


The bill allowing the selling of raw unpasteurised milk has passed. Rep. Frank Nicley and Rep Glen Casada have been working on this bill for years.

Guns in restaurants

Is off to conference committee. The issue of contention is the limit on age restricted venues. The senate striped that restriction off. Some in the house want it on.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Plates of God, plates of shame

Do these ideas sound farmilliar? They should to this blogs loyal readers. Licence plates for religious people. This is looking like the first step For an idea brought up a year ago.

Another plate idea to put a tint or identifying information on the plate for DUI offenders has also passed committee. I thought their may be a renewed push for this last year as well. Will it have the votes to go all the way? We will see.

Word on the hill

Word on the hill is revenue projections will be down 1.2 to 1.3 billion dollars for the year in the next report.

This could get bigger then you think

The tax on gas is currently a fixed amount per gallon. Road builders want to make it a % of sale price. The logic is that since road building is funded by the gas tax and roads are made up of mostly oil product when oil prices go up their cost of road production does also. The down side is when gas prices hit say $4.00 be it because of oil prices or an out of control stock market then the tax could double or triple from its current rate. A sizable tax increase when gas prices are already high. Expect more from this issue as time rolls on. It could turn into a campaign issue for some races.

More from Humphreys

Judicial selection passes committee

A bill for a new judicial selection process passed the gov opps committee today. It was more or less a rehash of the old process. The gov opps committee is the only Democrat controlled committee. Speaker Williams came in to insure the bill by Joe McCord passed. It is all going to come down to the senate and what they make happen.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What are we doing?

I have heard a lot of talk about the legislature and the bills we are pushing as well as the budget. Comments like.....

"Why don't you work on creating jobs?", "What is taking so long?" "Pass the budget and go home" "Why all the gun bills", "Why all the time on those resolutions?"

As far as creating jobs, the only jobs created by government are government jobs. Growing government is not the goal. Growing business is. When government grows, the taxes needed to employ each extra person is seldom recouped by their being employed. Private business on the other hand does grow an economy. Recruiting employers or selling employers on the benefits of locating, starting up their business in the state is pretty much handled by economic and community development. Not legislators. Legislators are not recruiters as they are thought of in the traditional sense. The best way we can help is by catering to the needs of the employer. Low taxes, having a good workforce, good roads or infrastructure and hoping ECD does their job seems to work best. Incentives such as huge tax breaks, extra special infrastructure and other bonuses costs money (at least in the short term) and that is something we have little of this year.

As far as passing the budget goes the governors people have to run the bills. There really are only a small handful of bills (4 or 5) that have a huge impact on the budget and they are up to the governor when they run. It is not up to us. He is probably waiting for the latest numbers to see how much he can spend. He is also probably twisting arms to try and get some people to bond huge amounts of debt and pass the tax increases he wants. When he has those things or is about as close as he thinks he is getting he will start the ball rolling. When it does happen, we can not all just jump in and work on the budget. That is not how it works, Sorry. It goes through the committee process and finally to the floor. For the most part, the only time many of us will see it is when it hits the floor for final vote. By that time all the wheeling and dealing is done and most votes are locked in.

On the gun bills, yes we have passed a lot of gun bills this year but the fact is with the exception of the castle bill no real gun bills passed for about 20 years. Only more gun restrictions. When there are that many bills held back for so many years, then when things get even close to fair it is going to look like a waterfall. If one or two gun bills had passed every 4 or 5 years for the last 20 years would their be this uproar?

I doubt it.

The same will probably happen in a few years on several other issues when they get the numbers to pass. Issues like education reform, crime and punishment, life issues, election reform, illegal immigration and others. By stopping reasonable reforms for years the pressure to change is getting so great that when change does come it will look like a tsunami.

Until that time most of the time spent on the floor will be on resolutions. When we have little to nothing of consequence to debate on the house floor session goes quite quickly. Bills that change a "Them" to a "They" don't spark a lot of debate and pass by huge margins. As for the honoring resolutions go most of the time the long resolutions are run by two people. One Democrat and one Republican. You know who you are. Take those two out of the picture and about half the time is cut from doing resolutions. A year or two ago we made it so the cost of resolutions were supposed to be taken out of a legislators mail account after a certain number but I don't think it has ever been enforced.

It should be. With an extra fee tacked on for when the resolution is done on the full house floor. It would save the state a ton of money on some people and we also wouldn't be spending 20 minutes for every kid that mowed some legislators yard.

touch em all

The annual legislators/staff vs intern softball game was tonight and once again the legislators came out on top. The interns bats started strong with an 8 run first inning but the legislators clawed their way back into the game with great fielding and consistent hitting that slowly but surely scored run after run inning by inning. Their was some controversy about the score that almost erupted into full on dirt kicking but cooler heads prevailed and a compromise was reached. Final score legislators 17 interns 14.

Joke of the week (The economy is bad when)

The economy is so bad:

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

Even people who have nothing to do with the Obama administration aren't paying their taxes.

Hotwheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

McDonalds is selling the 1/4 ouncer

People in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's names.

A truck of Americans got caught sneaking into Mexico .

The most highly-paid job is now jury duty.

People in Africa are donating money to Americans.

Motel Six won’t leave the light on.

The Mafia is laying off judges.

Congress says they are looking into the Bernard Madoff scandal. So, let’s see if I understand this correctly, the guy that made $50 billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $750 billion disappear.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Carr collision

Rep Henry Fincher stepped over the line today when questioning a bill of Rep. Joe Carr on the house floor. The floor debate is supposed to be on the merits of a bill. Occasionally their may be some good natured ribbing, possibly a strong attack on an issue with a slightly veiled shot at the person. But that is usually as far as it goes. Finchers personal attacks today were over the line. I don't know what is going on with Fincher lately but it is as if there is a chip on the shoulder where he feels he has to personally attack someone instead of the issue. He did about a week ago with Brian Kelsey and now has baselessly attacked Joe Carrs personal integrity questioning his campaign donations because of a bill he was carrying. Carr had no such conflicts.

If Fincher knew of any real conflict he should bring them up if he is so inclined. You know, something like if he were a lawyer and if he took a bunch of money from lawyers and then he carried a bunch of legislation to change the law to make thing easier for lawyers. Like HB66, HB67, HB69, HB70, HB389, HB583, HB584, HB699, HB2108. Some might say he could then make the claim and not look completely foolish and petty when there is no conflict of interest.

Baby daddy bill passes

My bill to allow people to stop future child support payments made by a person who has proven through DNA testing to not be the father of a child has passed. You may remember debate last year from this video.

I wonder

If this story had any thing to do with the next.....
April 9, 2009

To: Knoxville-area UT Students, Faculty and Staff
From: UT Police
Subject: Mugging in Fort Sanders Wednesday Night

The UT and Knoxville police departments are investigating a mugging that
occurred at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, near the intersection
of Highland Avenue and James Agee Street.

The victim, a UT student, reported that three unidentified men
approached him and demanded money. Two of the assailants then struck him
and took his money, according to the victim. He was not injured during
the encounter. The suspects fled on foot east toward the World's Fair

The victim described his assailants as all in their early- to late-20s.
One assailant was described as white with blond crew-cut hair, about
5-foot-8 and 160 pounds, with a light build, and wearing a dark hoodie.
Another suspect was described as black with dark braided hair, about
5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, with a medium build, unshaven, and wearing a
dark hoodie with Bob Marley on the front and blue jeans. The other
assailant was described as black with dark hair, about 6-foot-3 and 220
pounds, with a heavy build, and wearing a dark hoodie, blue jeans and
Timberland boots.

I guess they missed the sign

Students robbed at gunpoint at UT Knoxville. Didn't the criminals know guns aren't allowed on campus?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bond baby bond!

Just had a caucus meeting about the final weeks of the legislature. Most people think the house will not be ready to close up shop until early June some time. Possibly later. A lot of the hold up is centering on the governors budget and plans. The governor has put forward a budget that has a lot of assumptions in it with no alternative plans should the original plan not pass. The budget assumes a doubling of the states debt in bonds. Most people I hear from on both sides of the aisle are not real fond of the idea. It creates a lot of interest payments we have never had in the past. I don't think the governor has much hope of it passing.

The budget also assumes a tax increase on family owned property often called a FONCE's. Most think half the FONCE will pass. Probably the part on out of state FONCE owners.

It also assumes a tax increase on on employers for their unemployment insurance.

Most of the business owners I know are about through the roof already because most have had their unemployment insurance rates multiply several times in the last few months. I have even had one report that it went up by over 1000 percent on one employer. That is right, over 1000%. The fund as it is, is about to go broke even with new increases because of the increased number of people going on unemployment. Now the governor wants a tax increase on top of that jump. Their are two reasons that he wants an additional tax increase.

First to keep the unemployment payments up where they are, so we can get the stimulus money (expected to increase unemployment payments another $25.00 per week). We can't get the money if we cut benefits to balance the unemployment fund.

The second reason is if the fund does not get balanced then the fed can step in and make the state increase taxes or do cuts to services (Guess witch one they would chose). Who knows how this will all shake out. I am not for the tax increase but I wonder if their is any wide spread willingness to cut benefits or find the money elsewhere. The business groups(NFIB etc.) seem willing to go with a tax increases on their members.

I am still shaking my head on that.

Voter photo

Dies in committee on a tie vote. So still no one has to prove they are who they say they are to vote. This is why bipartisanship favors the former ruling party. Nothing changes.

Lottery bill dies

The bill to more or less stop government from subsidizing lottery ticket sales for people on government assistance failed in subcommittee today for lack of a second. I have a plan in mind for a new bill next year to mirror NY law. NY says all government subsidies for the past 10 years must be paid back from the lottery winnings.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Memphis Planned parenthood covers up rape of a minor

Planned Parenthood in Memphis Tennessee gets busted on tape for telling a supposed 14 year old who claims to have a 31 year old boyfriend to lie about her boyfriends age. Obviously, because we have not passed SJR127 the question on the legality of abortion without parental consent is not a legal issue at this time but clearly statutory rape is illegal and in many cases against the law if not reported.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Guns in local parks

Passes. The bill allows legal Tennessee carry permit holders the ability to carry in local parks . It gives local governments override potential. They can allow or not allow at parks and may allow some parks but not others.

Guns in state parks

Passes. The rumored amendment to carry anywhere not posted if you have a permit never came up. Johnny Shaw offered an amendment to make shooting ranges mandatory at all state parks. It was really just a ploy to give the bill a huge fiscal note and thus kill the bill. The amendment was killed. The bill passed 71 - 22.

Frank Nicley passes his first bill. Congrats to him!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Another cas story

Cas Walker is a sort of Knoxville folk legend. Sort of like a conservative smaller town version of John J. Hooker. Stories of the old coon hunter go far and wide. I have always had a odd fascination with them. As a child I remember seeing his show and shaking my head wondering how he was on the air. The older I grew and the more I heard the more I appreciated the creativity and work ethic of him. He was a bread apart. Some of the more humerus stories I have heard are....

Around Easter Cas would advertise to sell little baby chicks on live TV. For Easter he would die them all different colors to get the kids to want them. So there is Cas going down the line of baby chicks doing close ups on each one saying "Look at this cute little green chick. Isn't it wonderful! or this blue one wouldn't your child love one of those? And this pink one." And just as he says that and the camera goes to a close up on the pink one, the little pink one falls over dead. Cas without missing a beat says "Well the pink one is now half price"

Got to love live TV.

Another time a friend told of the time he got over on old Cas. He was a butcher at a local competitors of Cas and would walk over and hang out with his friends at the Cas Walker store during his lunch break. They were standing there chewing the fat when Cas pulled in to the store. Cas walks right up and asked how long he had worked today. The guy told him about half the day. Cas reached in his pocket grabbed some money put it in his hand and said "Your fired! Don't ever come back looking for work from me!" The guy just smiled took the money and walked away. Not a lot of stories like that one.

I have others and some can be found here

Why the MSM keeps losing

David Oatney reports on the dismissive nature the MSM took with the TEA party movement. While speaking at the Knoxville event I knew it would be the case. The worst example I heard was the Nashville TEA party being reported as a few hundred people by NPR. Eight to ten thousand would be my guess. Here is one photo of the event.
The Knoxville event was huge as well. The crowd was past overflow capacity.
People coming in and out I would guess the number at three to four thousand people. The impressive part was that these events were all held during the day in the middle of the week. For every person who showed there were probably at least 100 who wanted to be there but could not.

Let me be clear, These were not all Republicans or "fringe" people. They were just good average people. New people to politics who love their country and were sick of a government run wild with spending. Past and present. Yes, I even saw some Democrats and known Obama supporters.

I was talking to some friends about the TEA party the other day. We all agreed that while people voted for "Change" in this last election it was more in the hopes it would be a change to a smaller government model. They voted for a "Change" because they were mad. Now that they are getting more of what they did not like in the first place. They are extremely mad. The new spending push is the straw that broke the camels back.

This kind of turnout nationwide for a political event that had literally no name, money or long range planning behind it is unheard of. For the media to dismiss, minimize the movement, the cause and the passion these people have and insult them in the ways I have seen and heard shows their agenda. To dismiss it is to dismiss their own readers and watchers. More and more people are going to alternate methods of news reporting for a reason. These type reports are just another straw.

Lawyer v. Lawyer

Attorney Rob Huddleston gives an update on the Tennessee plan and where it is at. Rob is and has been quite outspoken about the plan that stops real contested elections of judges who are supposed to be elected. Probably to the chagrin of some of his fellow attorneys and judges.

Meanwhile Missouri (The state Tennessee modeled its plan after) is looking at repealing its appointment process and going to real elections.

Guns on campus

Say uncle points to an article from inside higher ed about guns on campuses and how the new laws (In some states) are finding no problems when legal gun owners can carry.

Joke of the week (car crash edition)

After a head on collision with another car an elderly father was taken to the hospital with a severe head injury. After hours in the operating room doctors came out to a nervous wife. The doctor pronounced with a heavy heart.

"His body is still alive but we have lost all brain activity"

The wife, looking quite shaken by the news, replied.

"Wow, we have never had a liberal in the family before."

Friday, April 17, 2009

Judges lobby

The dean of capitol hill reporters talks about the supremes lobbying Ron Ramsey So much for the separation of powers. I had two in my office doing the same thing and I questioned their being their as well. A little hypocrisy of not wanting to run for political office for fear of politics corrupting them, but more then willing to lobby for political influence on what they want for their political agenda in hopes of hitting their political goals. Aren't they always claiming they are above all that?

It reminds me of a friend of one of the new supremes (Who is also a lawyer) saying they were so happy they were on the supreme court because now they could make so many laws. I had to remind him they are there to interpret the laws legislators make not make them up as they go. He just chuckled at the thought.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Word on the hill

Word on the hill is Democrat leadership is planning on bringing an amendment to Frank Nicleys gun bill allowing carry permit holders to be able to carry in parks. The amendment would be brought on the full house floor and say if you have a permit you can carry everywhere that is not posted otherwise. After Democrat stonewalling gun bills for 20 years I must say I am intrigued but weary.

The bill is expected to hit the house floor this next week.

Good bill of the day

We passed a bill stopping the looting of the "dedicated" gas tax money today. The money is supposed to go for road construction but has been a favorite picking pot when governors want to spend more then they have and then leave continuing expenses for another day or administration.

"This is not an issue"

I love how the ACLU wants to push homosexual web pages on children of all ages in Tennessee schools and yet some people say this is not an issue in Tennessee. One school teacher thinks these web pages are needed to continue pushing her idea of what should be taught on these issues to children.

Tea party X 2

The Nashville tea party was rocking! I was hearing reports of 8 and 10 thousand or more people protesting our governments out of control spending. Walking around with the people was great. I ran into fellow bloggers Ken Morraro, Bob Krumm and Ben Cunningham and many others. As I was walking around some people came up and asked to get a picture with me under their tent. When we got under their tent They had a petition they were signing in support of my House resolution 104 (States rights). In the morning they turned it over to me with a reported 10,000 signatures front and back!


After my last committee I hopped in my car and hustled to Knoxville. I was Lucky enough to be one of the featured speakers of the day at the Knoxville tea party. I consider it a real honor considering "Politicians" were more or less "persona non Grata" at most tea parties.

The crowd was great! It was the largest live crowd I have spoken in front of in many years. Most estimates were 2,500 to 3,000 people! They were waving signs and flags hooting and hollering. It was electric!

Thanks to one and all who came and peacefully protested wasteful government spending.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tea Party Nashville

Wow! Just outside and it is getting huge! Well over a thousand by my estimate and 30 minutes till it even kicks off! Horn honkers, Sign wavers, Music, Radio shows, bagpipes, people in period costumes, flags, politicos. It is awesome!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tea Party

I have just been scheduled to speak at the Knoxville Tea party tomorrow at a the words fair site. My scheduled time slot is some time after 5:00. More information can be found here. They are looking like they are going to be huge events growing across the nation and even the world M. Malkin has more. Word is Lee and Terry Frank will be broadcasting live and have even made T Shirts for the event. Dr. Helen Smith and hubby Glen Reynolds The instapundit will also be reporting from Knoxville for Pajamas media.

Ford Nova?

I remember back in one of my early marketing classes we were talking about great marketing blunders. The big one that I remember was the Chevy Nova. Nova is Spanish for "won't run" or "won't go". Ouch! Good car, bad marketing.

The word is now coming out that Harold Ford is not going to run for governor of Tennessee. This Ford not running is probably a good marketing idea for Ford beside the fact that he probably doesn't even live in Tennessee any longer. He is probably making more money with TV and being a talking head then he would were he to run and probably lose for higher office. Were that to happen he would be all but done for a good long time.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Joke of the week (losses edition)

The Dept of Defense briefed the president this morning,
They told OBAMA that 2 Brazilian soldiers were killed in Iraq .

To everyone's surprise, all the color drained from Obama's face.
Then he collapsed onto his desk, head in his hands,
visibly shaken, almost in tears.

Finally, he composed himself and asked, 'Just how many
is a Brazilian?'

This is especially funny since he obviously has no
understanding of billion or trillion either.

Messin with the numbers

Frank Cagle does a good article on gerrymandering. His solution is to redraw the lines now.

Republicans would probably pick up a few seats if they are fair. Democrats are in a tough spot. If they are lucky in the next election and can pick up a seat then they can draw the lines all crazy again. They will put Republicans in Democrat districts or put sitting incumbents in districts with other sitting Republican incumbents. Even if that happens Republicans could still win.

Most figure even with the pen they wont be able to hold on any longer. There is a slim chance Democrats might be able to hold where they are if they pull it all off but it probably wouldn't last long. If Republicans stay in control and do the same thing to Democrats that Democrats have done (Or would do) to Republicans then the Republicans could jump up into the 60+ members in the house. A huge loss for the Dems.

The question is the classic "pay me a little now or pay me a lot later" scenario, do Democrats bite the bullet, take a little loss now and avoid a big loss down the road or do they hold off and pray for a hail Mary to come through even if it still may not put them over the goal line.

Taxing our way into prosperity?

The Nashville Business Journal says no. Increasing taxes and mandatory pay increases actually drive employers away. Tennessee has dropped from third best job recruiter to ninth best in one year for those reasons.

In related news the FONCE tax increase, the health care providers tax increase and unemployment tax increase on businesses are all marching forward.

The kind of gift that keeps on giving

If Democrat Congressman Steve Cohen didn't exist I would have to make him up. He is just too good.

After I introduced a bill to try and slow people from waisting money on lottery tickets if they are on government assistance Cohen tries to attack me with....

"The idea of limiting somebody because they might be getting some kind of government benefit ..... .... I'm surprised he didn't suggest some kind of mandatory work program."

Wow! what a concept! Work for a reward! A crazy thought, I know!

Even the old Democrat model "New deal" had a requirement of work for reward. The new Democrat model? No work for reward.

Some people cant understand why the district he represents cant get out of the cellar in about every category that matters and why employers are running out of the area like their hair is on fire. If a representative mimics the ideals and work ethic of the people he represents I see one reason.

That was a joke?

And I thought the Democrats were finally getting on the right side of the gun issue. I guess it was all a joke. With a party that keeps dropping seats for being on the wrong side of the gun issue, who is the April fool?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Bumped again

This time I was bumped off Kuvoto by no open studio in Knoxville. Every one is off for the holiday. First pirates now rabbits. They want to try again on Monday.

Hi Pot. My name is Kettle.

Rep Gary Moore goes after a Republican for carrying a bill dealing with his occupation (Home inspection) Gary cries conflict of interest. Of course Gary's occupation is Fire fighter and union honcho. Anyone care to look over Gary's legislation?

Two more states get constitutional rights

Texas and Missouri are two more states about to allow guns on campus by ALL carry permit holders They will be an addition to Utah who passed it a little while ago and I think Vermont who to my understanding has virtually no limits for legal gun owners. Over 25 states had pushed for campus Carry this year. The wave is starting.

Of course the other side is starting to fight back with advertising

Once again.

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

More lottery stuff

WVLT does a story and has a poll.

For once I agree with Rep. Cohen

The ultra liberal US Rep from Memphis and godfather of the lottery Steve Cohen, has suggested people who don't like my ideas limiting lottery winnings of people on government assistance should play the lottery more! That way if they win they could afford to run against me!

I love the idea!! If anyone wants to run against me, (Heck, all liberal office holders for that matter) I think you should do as Rep. Cohen suggests and put all the money you can raise or save into lottery tickets. That way when it comes time to actually run you wont have to worry about money!

This is the logic that is leading our country. No wonder he is climbing the ranks of the Democrat party so quickly!

This man needs to be in charge of the national Democrat party or at least the fund raising arm of it. A dollar and a dream Steve. A dollar and a dream.

Growing legs

My lottery idea is growing legs. I just got a call from another legislator in Arkansas who likes the idea and wants to try and incorporate it into their lottery they are now forming. This could grow legs like the porn tax has. I had one interviewer say they thought it should be done on a national level. Interesting.

Back on Fox

I have been scheduled for Neil Cavuto tomorrow.

Calling Peter Pan

Barring pirate attack, I will be on "The Daily Buzz" morning show tomorrow at 7:05 Eastern.

Overseas military right to vote?

Democrats say NO!

Even the left agrees

The Commercial Appeal does a front page story on my lottery bill. Although the original article was negative in tone (I was warned it would be when I did the interview) The comments are a majority in favor of the idea of the bill. Usually the comments on that page are especially liberal. This time not so much. I guess on this issue even the left agrees.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


Bumped off of fox news because of the breaking news regarding the Somali pirates.

Fox news national

I am scheduled to be on FOX News National today at 3:35 Eastern with Shepard Smith. I will be talking about my lottery bill.

Intern Basketball

The annual legislators vs Interns basketball game was last night and was great. The interns started out on a great run using their big people and 20 person deep bench but the legislators (All around 6 foot?) were able to claw back into the game despite the puny bench of 3 players. The inters were jingling the keys early but at the end of 40 minutes of play came up a little short in their quest to defeat the legislators.

Good game interns ;-)

Monday, April 06, 2009

She is so proud!

Rep. Susan Lynn is quite proud that she debuted at NUMBER 1 in the Nashville Scenes power rankings.

Guns in restaurants that serve

Passes. Expect the time limits 11PM to 5AM) to disappear before it is all said and done.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Joke of the week (Government jobs edition)

If the "stimulus" package is not accepted as drafted they may have to lay off Andre'.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

At last

As I teased long ago the story is starting to come out now about some big name corruption left over from the Rockey Top investigation. Three big names are thrown out to start. Drew Johnson starts to drop the bombs. Tom Humphreys defends one of the three big names mentioned. More to come????

Friday, April 03, 2009

My hometown

As many of you have probably heard there was another mass shooting in Binghamton New York killing at least 12. This one hits extra close to home in that I lived only a few miles from the scene of the crime for much of my life. My sister and brother in law work for one of the hospitals that went into shutdown and I know the building where it happened well.

When I first heard the news, all I heard was "A mass shooting in Binghamton at a school" My phone line started to burn up as I started to call my family. My nieces are still in school up in NY and my mom often does volunteer work that has her at area schools.

Luckily they all were OK and the true story was more to the effect of "Shooting in a classroom near a state school in Binghamton" It is looking like just another crazy unchecked killer on a rampage before suicide.

Some of the arguments I heard while making the case for my gun bills was their may be confusion with multiple shooters. There is plenty of security on campuses already. It is a low crime area so what could happen?

Let me assure you. The police coverage in that area of Binghamton is incredibly heavy. Way more then UT. One thing that area has is tons of cops and the station is very near by (A mile or so?). The crime rate is pretty low. Shootings are a real rarity.

The result? It was not enough. The police were there in minutes but waited outside for over an hour. The shooter finally got bored of pulling the trigger and did himself in but only after taking over a dozen lives. The police are now on hand to make reports, draw chalk outlines and clean up the mess.

What a relief.

I am sure the dead in Binghamton are relieved they never had to worry about any confusion over someone who might have been firing back at the killer. They probably were told they had nothing to fear with such a low crime rate area and I am sure many felt strongly nothing could happen.

We see the result. My prayers go out to those who have lost.

Air America, come and get it!

Ron Reagan, The liberal son of former president Ronald Reagan will be interviewing me at 7:05 tonight on his radio show for Air America. (I thought they went out of business?)

The topic will be my lottery bill.

Going national

I have been getting a lot of requests to talk about a bill I drafted but am just starting to run now.

I didn't think it was that big of a deal at first. It just says if you are on government assistance you can't win the lottery. I figure if you are so broke you need government help to cover your bare existence expenses you shouldn't be spending what money you do have on lottery tickets. Its not that big a deal. Just another bill idea I liked and had drafted but had not even put forward to the first committee.

First channel 6 called me about it. I did an interview with them and thought it might get some play after the bill ran. Probably just an eager reporter looking for some filler for when he might talk about the lottery down the line somewhere.

Then Gene Patterson brought it up to other legislators on his interview show "Tennessee this week" and did another segment on it in the round table discussion part of his show. I was a little put off. It wasn't a bill I was really focusing on. I hadn't even put the bill into the first committee yet.I hadn't done a press release, talked about it, put it forward or anything. Why the big deal?

Then the Tennessean did a story on it. OK, that's about it I figured. Must be a slow news day.

But yesterday I started to get interview requests from across the nation. I was supposed to do a few minutes for a radio show in Philadelphia. It ended up going over an hour in what was called the hottest segment for his show in a long time. the phones were jammed with calls both ways the entire hour. The host said he could keep going but his show was ending.

When I got home, I got an e mail from the Michael Medved show saying he was going to talk about my bill in his second hour of his show. Medved is nationwide and is on over 200 radio stations. Of course by the time I got the e mail the show had passed.

I still don't get it, but who am I to second guess what draws peoples interest.

Either way the bill will be up next week.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

The Hallerin Hilton Hill rule

I tried to add an amendment to an amendment to a bill. My amendment would allow all citizens to carry just about everywhere (including the capitol) if they have POST firearms training certification as well as a carry permit.

The original amendment would allow legislators to carry where ever they want including the capitol with said training.

My amendment (The Hal Hill rule) failed 42 to 53. Sorry Hal.

The amendment to allow legislators to carry failed 39 to 51

The original bill to allow judges to carry with similar certifications passed 85 to 10.

I got the idea from an interview I did with Hal Hill the other morning.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Must be in the front row!

I love it when a plan comes together. A good friend of mine gave me a call late this afternoon and asked what I was up to. After having my gun bills die I didn't have much left on the docket for the night so I sad "Nothing". He asked me to come on down and watch UFC 97 with him and his friends. One thing lead to another and I was lucky enough to get a ticket for $18.00 I got inside and again one thing lead to another and I ended up on the floor in the second row right outside the gate! Great show. excellent fights for the most part and A great break from the daily grind up here.

To my buddy who invited me. Thanks!

Gun bills die.

My two gun bills died today in committee. Thank you to Rep. Judd Matheny for the motion on my bills.

Interestingly this was sent to UT law school students and faculty on Tuesday by the dean of students.

A Law School staff member reported seeing two men behaving suspiciously in the Volunteer Hall Parking Garage yesterday morning at about 7:00 am. The two men did not appear to be students, faculty or staff, and did not appear to be getting into or exiting a vehicle parked in the garage, but rather were walking around looking into cars parked in the area designated for faculty and staff. The two men changed the direction in which they were walking, and started walking toward the staff member as she got out of her car and started walking toward the garage exit. Luckily the staff member was able to exit the garage, cross the street and enter the Law School without incident.

It was early in the morning, still dusky out and the garage was dimly lit . The two men were African American, appeared to be in their 30's or early 40's, wore dark baggy coats over dark hoodies and pants. One had on a dark knit hat.

The incident was reported to the UT Police, but by the time they arrived to investigate, the two men were gone.

Please take care and exercise caution whenever you're entering or exiting the Volunteer Hall Garage (or any parking garage for that matter) - especially when you're walking alone, and particularly in the early morning or at night. When at all possible, walk in groups.

Please report any suspicious persons to the UT Police immediately, particularly if you see persons who do not appear to be entering or exiting a vehicle.

Good to know that the campus police will be available to make a report after the crime has taken place. Dont you all feel safer?

Guns on campus

I did an interview with WNOX on my bills allowing teachers former military and former police to carry on campus. You can hear the interview here and vote on the poll in the lower right hand corner. I did the interview at 5 AM so I may sound a little foggy.