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

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Speaking of UT

"What time is it? why it must be time for UT to increase tuition.

I'll be your huckleberry

The TEP comes out against the lack of coverage in the Knoxville media market for gay pride week or march or parade or whatever it was.

Claiming "Thousands" of people were at some event that no one ever heard about before or after I find hard to.......believe.

They say they are mad for the lack of coverage that they could use as a counterpoint against my bill saying teachers shouldn't be teaching about homosexuality to very young children (as young as 5 years old). They are also mad because I pointed out how UT is crying poverty, increasing tuition at 9-10% a year and yet has money to pay for things like new permanent staff and a new meet up room for gay outreach.

Well please TEP, shout it from the rooftops. I stand behind what I said and my legislation.

In light of the latest SCOTUS decision

FIREARMS REFRESHER COURSE

1. "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not."~Thomas Jefferson

2. "Those who trade liberty for security have neither." ~ John Adams

3. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.

4. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.

5. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.

6. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.

7. You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.

8. Know guns, know peace, know safety.

No guns, no peace, no safety.

9. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.

10. Assault is a behavior, not a device.

11. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.

12. The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights Reserved.

13. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.

14. What part of 'shall not be infringed' do you NOT understand?

15. Guns have only two enemies; rust and politicians.

16. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.

17. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Suprise!, Suprise!, suprise!

The ACLU comes out against checking immigration status of people incarcerated that can not provide information about their status.

Heddi Weinburg goes on and on with the old saw about requiring people to have immigration papers on them at all times.

Not true. Verification can be done by providing information from memory. A valid SSN, Drivers license number or other information can be given that could satisfy the requirements.

Even if it did not where is the harm? We check fingerprints of people arrested against the criminal fingerprint database all the time. I fail to see much of a difference here.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Joke of the day

"Bredesen's endorsement has Republicans running scared"

ROFLH!

That is rich! Bredesen coat tails are one of the biggest running jokes in the legislature. The Republicans call him the kiss of death for any Democrat candidates. In almost 8 years can anyone name any candidate who won anything close to a non lock race where Bredesen campaigned for the Democrat?

After his kind words to Ramsey a few weeks ago I thought Bredesen was trying to put the hex on him. Luckily he came out for McWaster. Giving Ron back some life.

One of the big ones


There are only a few groups that I take pride in getting endorsements from. Tennessee Right to Life is one of those groups. I just found out this morning that not only did I receive there endorsement but I was the ONLY candidate in my race to fulfil their basic criteria. That could be big. Here is the full list of those who made the grade......Right to life endorsements.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Those crazy Brits

Sometime I think American TV just isn't thinking big enough to entertain any more.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Illegals and the workforce

How do illegals get jobs in Tennessee? WVLT gives the rundown.

If I blame you for being tardy it is because I was late.


Lets get one thing clear. While there was a lot of postponement and indecision on some issues in the legislature, it was not really the legislatures fault. Republican or Democrat.

Why?

Everyone knew the the governor was holding out on presenting the supplemental budget. We could have, and would have been done a month sooner (and a lot fewer things would have gone through) if we had a budget working through the system when it was originally promised. Instead many legislators were left twiddling their thumbs waiting on the governor.

Idol hands, devils workshop, all that.

Bredesen is getting credit for finally helping end session and saying at the end if legislators didn't compromise he would campaign against some people who were unwilling to compromise to close out the budget (Assumed to be Kent Williams and the Democrats).

While what he said helped, it could have been said a month sooner.

Make no mistake. With the exception of the final days, the final budget negotiations and legislators working on superfluous issues was not the big hold up to ending session. It was the governors failure to present his final budget plan until the end. Legislators just found ways to fill their time while waiting.

This story has it all

Is this what the president meant when he said he wanted states to give cash to caulkers?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Door to door blitz!

My campaign is having a door-to-door blitz this Saturday from 10-2 pm. If you would like to join us we will be gathering in the lot at the CEDAR BLUFF SHOPPING CENTER 9113 Executive Park Drive (in front of Tim Burchetts HQ). Please call 455-2627 if you can make it. Free t-shirts for everyone who walks! If you facebook you can get some more info or RSVP here.

Thanks!

Polite applause?

The KNS about misses the boat on this one. Polite applause for Tennessee's education improvements?

I know it was mostly all republican agenda items but come on! Where have they been? We did WAY more then just fully funding the BEP. This year was a real watershed year for Tennessee education! Probably the biggest movement forward in my memory. Most the advancements were during the special session but a lot happened after that as well.

Opening up charter schools, working on teacher tenure, increased teacher accountability for individual student achievement, more value added to TCAPs for increased student participation and effort, Teacher step raises and longevity bonus, eligibility for over half a billion dollars in "Race to the top" funds. All that AND fully funding the BEP.

It may not be the immediate overnight silver bullet fix everyone asks for and we didn't get to every thing we wanted but this year will definitely have long range positive results. Give Republicans 4 or 5 years and I could see us making the kind of turnaround Florida did a few years ago. Taking huge jumps in national standings. This year in education should about get a standing O. Give Republicans a few more years of real control and your hands will be sore.

Bank on it.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

That equals one vote each

Robin Smith goes for Mae Beavers (with a presser). Van Irons goes for Susan Lynn with a presser and a throws in a video to boot.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Is second good enough for Tennessee?

Colorado has upped the anti in the high stakes battle for education dollars by removing a chunk of their teacher tenure protection. As you may know Tennessee got about a half a billion dollar bonus from the federal government this year for our efforts to reform K-12 education.

We were the top dog and got the rewards.

Now, Colorado has decided to stand up to the teachers unions and get in the game by saying tenure should be based on improved results of the students, not just teachers hanging around.

As we look to next year my fellow Tennessee legislators will need to ask themselves. "Is second place good enough for Tennessee?"

Thursday, June 10, 2010

sine die

We are out of here.

Its beginning to sound a lot like Christmas

The technical corrections bill is turning into a Christmas tree bill with all the bills that passed the house after the budget but were not taken up by the senate are being added as amendments.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Interesting

Today in Tennessee we passed the health care freedom act. Keeping powers of health care at the individual level and away from the federal plan.

Today in 1861 Tennessee seceded from the union.

Coincidence?

Health care fredom act

Passed 53-32

Another million dollar idea

I guess everyone has them. Million dollar ideas that they never move on. A few years later someone else does the same thing I was thinking and make their fortune. Every now and again I get ideas to do things or ideas that I think will make millions as well.

This was one of those ideas.

Another year wiser.

Or so I hope. As session gets prepared to (Hopefully) wrap up today I celebrate my birthday. Another 365 in the book and a chance to look back and reflect on the good positive things and people who have been so kind to me over this past year.

Thank you all.

In light of the date and the impending "New National Holiday" announcement I decided to post this for for all you music aficionados....



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Thanks again!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Working to become my favorite politico



Hat tip: Ben Cunningham

Parting shots on getting it done

As You may know the house had a dust up over returning today (Saturday) or Tuesday next week. "Who cares?. What is the big deal?" You may ask. Well, it matters and there was a big dust up for a reason.

Members of both houses were told last week to come prepared to work through the weekend. The senate stuck to the plan. The house did not. That hurt the senators but helped the house members and will end up costing the state more money.

You see, last night when we were getting ready to call it a night, the senate had already called it a night and went home. They were scheduled to return in the morning (Saturday) with us to finish the mop up work and call it a session until 2011.

When the house did not return in the morning as expected it threw the entire plan into A whirl.

First, it caused a lot of senators to stay an extra day for nothing. With out the house they could not finish their work even if they wanted to. Some things, both bodies have to be present for (Conference committees and such) When the house doesn't show it is like trying to clap with one hand. It does not work. Senators paid for an extra night at a hotel for nothing (They are out of session days to collect per diem) and when they return it will be completely on their own dime as well. Hotel and gas.

The house on the other hand, the story is the complete opposite. By coming in on Saturday they would have collected per diem for Saturday, but if we ran into Sunday, they could not collect per diem for that day.

By putting off session until Tuesday the house can collect per diem for both Monday (as many members plan to come in on) and Tuesday, the last official session day. They also get to collect their mileage expense at about $.50 a mile for another weeks trip expense because they didn't use up that last day on Saturday. For some members that can add up to an extra $300.00 or $400.00 bucks into the house members pocket.

The senate, on the other hand, is out 2 days per diem and a lot of extra driving for nothing. They are not happy.

How do they return the favor?

They do not plan to return until Wednesday. The house will return on Tuesday and collect their last per diem day, but as I said, unless both bodies are present, it does not work. The house will have to stick around and wait for the senate. The Senate is sticking it back to the house members by making them stay at the capitol for an extra per diemless day (Wednesday) to return the favor.

Silly games because some house members got greedy for a few hundred extra bucks or wanted to stick it to the senate.

"The Dean" Has another theory

Friday, June 04, 2010

Tonight and tomorrow or Tuesday

Democrats are fighting to not come back tomorrow. Naifeh says if we come back tomorrow they wont get any more mileage and per diem.

Dems won a straw vote.

Veto override

"Guns in bars" override of the governors veto passes 61-30

Democrats fighting for felons again

The felon voting bill is back up. The Dem's are going nuts.

Need a simple solution to keep your voting rights? Don't commit a felony or be ready to pay your court costs to get your rights back.

Arizona type check in Tennessee

Tennessee's bill (HB670) to alert immigration officials to people who's immigration status can not be determined after arrest is back in the house.

A bunch of Senators tried to opt their county out. Knoxville being one of them.

I asked the sponsor to in the house to remove the Knoxville exemption. (amendment number 11)

Race, race, race.

The Democrats are going crazy. All their legislation to force racial quotas and give money out based solely on a persons skin color is facing strong opposition on the house floor. I am no lip reader but if I could I don't think some Republican members are being called Christian sons of god.

Early in the day I was cut off as I disagreed with preferential treatment for minority owned businesses.

Later at one point Rep. Tommy Brown was waving her cross at Rep. Bill Dunn and even shook her bible at him as he brought an amendment to say a "blacks only" scholarship should be need based not skin color based. Especially since it went for teacher scholarships and 24% of teachers are minorities and much smaller % of the state population is minority.

Tommy Lasorda and I

Thursday, June 03, 2010

On the floor

Baseball legend Tommy Lasorda was on the house floor a few minutes ago. I stepped outside to get a photo with him as he exited. He had a line of people waiting to get a handshake and a photo with him. He dutifully went hand to hand. Photo to photo. When it was my turn I shook his hand and said "Happy cows make sweeter milk"

He lit up. "Hey!, That's right! Where did you hear that?!"

"From you." I replied. "It's one of my favorite quotes from you"

"Oh! Well thank you! Thank you very much!"

He replied.

Sweet!

"Well I'll be a son of a Dunn"

Bill Dunn's son Danial has started a political blog. You can view it here.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Double down and add a lot more

You didn't like the idea of one fish pond?

Well guess what? They have a solution!

Double down! Make it two fish ponds, add in two boat docks and put it on a credit card.

Yes, the latest budget proposal that passed out of budget sub adds in another fish pond (in addition to the one Kent has been talking about) and adds spending for two new boat docks as well. The cost is paid for from sale of bonds (Think credit card purchase) and the cost of the debt for the new projects will be $2.5 million a year.

A lot of other new spending projects were also put on the budget before it got out of committee, but the thought is some members were voting for anything just to get it up to the house floor where it can be striped out later.

Where is the money for all of this coming from? The reserve funds would be well below 5%. Some people think they are going to try and add in money that is already promised to other projects to make it look like we still have 5% cash reserves to the bond rating people (the people who give the state a credit score).

Most people "in the know" don't think that will fly and think it could cost us our AAA Bond rating (credit score). If that happens our interest rates will go up on our state loans.

Quote of the day

"The legislature and the budget is similar to a cooking show, with the budget the roast.

Legislators spend 59 minutes of the hour adjusting the garnish and setting the table. The final minute of the show the uncooked roast finally gets delivered, they throw a 10 pound roast in a 5000 degree oven and then wonder why they don't get a tasty meal."

More on the infant mortality study

I was talking to a fellow legislator about the infant mortality study. Some facts became quite clear as to the cost and benefit for the millions invested. About 40% of the money goes for salary of the employees. One person makes $200K plus a year. Another big chunk of the funds goes to duplicating the services provided by The March of dimes.

The only original thing that could be found that they do is printing of fliers to put in inner city clinics. I wonder what the results of those fliers is.