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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nothing could be farther from the truth.....

Many Dems seem to have a twisted view of Republicans. They seem to think all Republicans think about is cutting taxes. For those of you who don't live in the South, and think we are a bunch of uncivilized red necks - well, it's simply not true!

In fact, we have several ladies' groups all over the South that meet regularly to discuss current events and develop needed home-skills.

For example, this photo was recently taken at a Republican ladies group meeting in Karns Tennessee, where they were discussing the elections coming up in November 2010 and in 2012

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ideas

As my Facebook friends know I am in NY visiting family. I was reading the local paper about the legislature in NY and their per diem system. It was interesting in that legislators only receive full per diem when they stay the night. Otherwise it is about a third. Same if a legislator lives within 50 miles 1/3 per diem.

Not bad ideas.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Quote of the day (Hey, it's biblical)

I have often wondered why it is that the conservatives are called the “right” and the liberals are called the “left” until I read this verse in the Bible.

Ecclesiates 10:2 (NIV)

“The heart of the wise inclines to the right,
but the heart of the fool to the left.”

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

May I suggest

You may have heard there is going to be an interim state senator for the 7th senatorial district.

With Tim Burchett being sworn in as county mayor Sep. 1 he will be forced to give up his senate seat 2 months before a new senator is elected.

While I have no vote in the matter (It will be appointed by the county commission) and I am not putting my name forward for the interim position, I do have a suggestion. Many people may find this odd but I think my former Republican primary opponent Steve Hill would be a great person to fill the seat.

While I admit I did not know Steve previous to the election I grew to respect and like him as the race went on.

Early on, Steve said "Stacey, when this race is over, one way or the other I hope we will be friends". Now I admit I have heard that sentence (or one like it) several times before while running and helping other people run for office. I have heard it so often I almost laugh now when I hear it because it is laughable how seldom it actually happens. Not that I don't want it to, but as races heat up, people get desperate or angry and let their emotions get in the way of running the clean race they originally intended. Once it gets dirty peoples feelings get hurt and friendships go away.

Usually, people crack the final month of a race. Steve never did. He was first class the entire election. From start until after the finish.

From the start I always felt Steve was running for the right reason. Not as some personal vendetta or for self aggrandizement but to help our state. He was open, honest and when we spoke on issues it was as friends. Even where we were on different sides of an issue (Not often) it was not to the point of anger and it was never personal. When my campaign advisers and I spoke, we all agreed if I were not running Steve would be a great alternative. After the race Steve called, conceded the race graciously and asked how he could help keep the seat Republican. He knew the importance of inter party support and why it is important that Republicans keep the seat.

Now that there appears to be an opening for an interim appointment my mind goes to my thoughts earlier in the race. Steve is a class guy and would be a great senator.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Quote of the day

"Stacey, you are David Hasselhoff, Tennessee is your Germany and the Democrat party is the rest of the world"

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

More wrong then ever.

So close, yet so far away. The Dems have finally got one small issue right but it only makes them more wrong.

I said in a past post that the failing Pre K program was still partly funded by lottery funds.

Yes, I say failing because by the governors own study on the results of Tennessee Pre K has proven that Pre K not only has no lasting positive effect but also, in some cases, has had negative effects.

I guess the Democrats have lost trust in their Governor and his own study. I am sorry to see that the Democrats have turned on their own like this.

The Democrats are right in one small area, but it only makes them more wrong. For years the lottery paid for the failing Pre K program. This year, for the first time, the governor shifted the cost of pre K funding away from lottery proceeds and into the general budget (in attempt to expand and make more permanent his failing program).

How is that worse? In the past, the failing Pre K program was mostly limited to the lottery funds. Now the failing pre K program is being propped up by funds that could go into K-12 or higher ed funding.

Why do the Democrats hate funding our childrens best opportunity for a quality education in Tennessee? Who knows.

Soon to be in every mail piece

Nathan Vaughns love for Obama and Pelosi may not be as popular now as it was a year ago.

I would expect that quote in about a dozen mail pieces.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Joke of the week (IT'S SO DRY IN TENNESSEE)

That the Baptists are starting to baptize by sprinkling,

The Methodists are using wet-wipes,

Presbyterians are giving rain checks,

And the Catholics are praying for the wine to turn
back into water!


IT'S SO HOT AND DRY IN TENNESSEE....the birds have to use potholders to pull the worms out of the ground.

....the trees are whistling for the dogs.

....the best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance

....hot water comes from both taps.

....you can make sun tea instantly.

....you learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.

....the temperature drops below 95 F (35 C) and you feel a little chilly.

....you discover that in July it only takes two fingers to steer your car.

....you discover that you can get sunburned through your car window.

....you actually burn your hand opening the car door.

....you break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 A.M.

....your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get
knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death"?

....you realize that asphalt has a liquid stage.

....the potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one out and add butter.

....the cows are giving evaporated milk.

....farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs

Monday, August 16, 2010

On the 14th, states rights and Obama

People are starting to take notice of the problems created by the questionable 14th amendment. You may remember me bringing this issue up over 2 years ago. The 14th was originally put forward to allow citizenship status to children of slaves (slaves who were brought to America against their will but were in the country legally). Now it is being used as a loophole for illegal aliens to claim similar citizenship status.

I brought forward legislation that says while some people think the 14th amendment was brought forward to also cover illegal aliens, it has never been (to my knowledge) ruled upon by the supreme court.

So until ruled otherwise, it is the state, not the federal government who have the right to issues or not issue state birth certificates. Therefore the state could put requirements on the issuance or non issuance of their state birth certificates.

My legislation said one parent on a birth certificate had to be a legal immigrant or citizen to get a state issued birth certificate.

If the federal government wanted to issue federal birth certificates to who ever and for whatever they want, they could, but the states are not be required to do it based on a questionable amendment.

If the states do not hold the rights to issue a state birth certificate then birth certificates would and should be standardised and paid for by the fed and not the states. A state like say Hawaii couldn't offer 2 separate types of certificates (an actual birth certificate and a certificate of live birth) to whoever they want for any reason they want.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

It just gets worse and worse

Tom Humphrey drops some more info on Jimmy Kyles partisan little hissy fit I pointed out in my last post by pointing out how the bill to spend lottery funds on energy efficient schools that Kyle blamed on Republicans was not put forward by Republicans at all but was actually run by a DEMOCRAT in the house!

Never mind my 2x4. Get your splinter!!!!!

Old habits die hard. I know Democrats are hard up to find any issue that resonates with the people of Tennessee and poor old Jimmy Kyle just doesn't know what to do as Democrat leader, but is he really having a hissey fit because Republicans supported energy efficiency in schools? I always thought Democrats were for energy efficiency?

Possibly, instead of always screaming "Those darn, evil Republicans" Senator Kyle could talk to his own party. When Republicans tried to make it so schools could use the money for what ever infrastructure needs they had, be it to fix a leaking roof, fix collapsing stairwells and the such it was Democrats who blocked the move saying it should go for "Light bulbs" and energy efficiency projects only.

If Senator Kyle does not like the lottery funds being used for things other then scholarships, possibly Mr Kyle should talk to his own governor who was the one who proposed the budget.

Possibly Senator Kyle should ask the governor why he started and continues to raid the lottery scholarship fund to pay for a program that has repeatedly proven to be without long term value. The pre K program.

Would Senator Kyle support ending Pre K?

Possibly Senator Kyle should just look in the mirror. If I recall correctly, he was one of the people who voted to allow scholarship funds to be used for things other then scholarships when the lottery bill first passed. He voted for the governors Pre K program that was originally fully funded by the lottery scholarship fund and continues to be funded by the lottery scholarship fund. He even voted for the budget this year that spent the lottery funds on energy efficiency.

Of course when in doubt it is always easier to scream "Those darn evil Republicans!" then taking any personal responsibility.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Ron Ramsey on Daily show

I know it was a few days ago but Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey was featured on The Daily Show August 10th you can view it here. His appearance starts about 7:30 into the show.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

TCU chief has heart attack

Lloyd Daugherty, the chairman of the Tennessee Conservative Union has suffered a massive heart attack while at his home in North Knoxville.

Lloyd has long been known for his being a leader against a state income tax and having been the man who helped lead the charge to remove current UT professor Penny White from the bench. The only time a judge has been removed since the unconstitutional yes/no retention vote system was set up.

He is currently in Park West Hospital and has had 2 stints put in his heart. One opened up an artery that was 100% blocked, the other opened up an artery that was 80% blocked.

Please keep Lloyd in your prayers.

Quote of the day

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."

~T.S. Eliot

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Did call make Target number 1?

An interesting news clip caught my eye as the Target store in the heart of the 7th senatorial district (The senate seat I am running for) was number one in sales for the entire nation While I am not taking full credit for their boom over the rest of the state and even the nation I did do an auto dial call to the entire district reminding them of the discount on clothing, computers and school items on the eve of the sale. It couldn't have hurt.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Elections are funny things

Good people win, good people lose. I heard a lot of ideas and concepts this election cycle.

I have been hearing a lot of talk about closing the primary races, shortening early voting and having instant run offs if no candidates get over 50% in a primary.

I must say I am intrigued by all of the concepts.

To me a primary is to select the best person from a particular party to go up against the best person from the other party. Lately it has become a battle where infiltration by people from the opposition party are picking the ones that fit there agenda best.

Why even have primaries if that is what is going to happen?

Also, while a win is a win, I don't think any true competitor likes a win with less then 50% of the vote. It is sort of like kissing a cousin. An instant run off is a possible solution. One of the only down sides I see at first glance is the additional cost of running another race by a candidate or funding the cost of another election by the state. Some more ideas on how to fix this problem are welcome.

Some candidates have also complained about the cost of running a "Long campaign". While voters enjoy the convenience of early voting the "long campaign" as it is called, is expensive to run. Sending mail or keeping up an advertising blitz for two weeks favors the rich candidates. Some people think shortening early voting to 8 days (possibly Saturday to Saturday) might be a good compromise and still give people a good chance to vote early.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Don't forget

Tomorrow is the final day of the sales tax free weekend. Any single item purchase under $100 for clothing or school supplies as well as any computer purchased for under $1500 is sales tax free until Sunday at midnight.

Bummer.

One of my favorite bloggers Mark Rose is stepping away from blogging. He was one of my favorite reads but I can understand how this sort of stuff can get under your skin after a while. Everyone need a break once in a while. I hope he takes a short break and decides to ease on back in at a later date.

Veni, vidi, vici

What a week. Up 44 straight hours going into election night and a winning result.

But while to the victor go the spoils. A true victor does not stand alone.

First I need to thank God for giving me this opportunity and allowing me to be born in this great country where a run like mine is still possible. To My competitors Nick supparo, Ronald Leadbetter and Steve Hill thank you for a spirited campaign. To Tim Burchett, for his years of service to our state and his kind words of support and encouragement, Thank you.

To my family, to my replacement (Steve Hall), to Speedy, Rob, Christen, Greg, Mark, Al Ford, Antonio, Danger Dave, Richard Jim and the rest of "the machine" , to the tea party movement (you guys and girls are great), to Lee and Terry Frank, Bill Hobbs, All the people that kept the faith and encouraged me when we were out raised 12 to 1 and it looked tough. You guys didn’t give up. You dug in, donated to the campaign, stood at the polls, knocked on doors, put out yard signs, talked to your friends, blogged and voted.

You made it happen.

Thank you.

Last but not least. My top volunteer. My "younger, better looking" twin, mini me, my stunt double, the man who put 100% into making it happen every day Bryan Dodson. I couldn't have done it without you.

Thank you.

And to my friends in the MSM who buy editorial Ink by the barrel and paper by the ton. Guess what Sentinel? This conservative just won!

Veni, Vedi, Vichi.

Now on to victory in November!!!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The O show

What can I say, conservative blogger and good friend Dave "The O show" Oatney is running for the State executive committee. Why is he running? Because he really cares about our state and the Republican party. He will be great at it. If you live in the area I would suggest dropping a vote in the box for him.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Help wanted

I am looking for some volunteers to stand with sign outside the polls on election day (Thursday). Locations all around Knoxville, flexible hours, No hard sell. Just stand and wave. Meal/meals provided depending on how long you can help. Free T shirt and invite to the election night party. If you are interested please shoot me an e mail @ stacey@votestacey.com or give me a call at (865)455-2627.

Sorry, my comment section is still not fixed so please don't try to get me through that.

Hitting the events

I will be hitting a bunch of events for the next few days. Most of the gubernatorial candidates are making one final swing through Knoxville. Today I went to Wamps event at Turkey Creek, tomorrow Ramsey is having a machine gun shoot at Cold Creek Armory at 4:30 Haslam is hosting an event Wednesday night on Sutherland ave. I plan on attending all the events.

TCU rates the candidates

The TCU (Tennessee Conservative Union) has rated the gubernatorial candidates. You can find it here.

Scary things

I was at the Downtown West polls on Saturday when a woman came over to speak with me. Her comment sent shivers down my spine. She said.....

"Stacey, I just want to let you know, I came in to vote for you, but when I gave them my drivers license they said I had already voted. I just want to let you know I hadn't voted yet. Someone has obviously used my name and voted for me. I stayed in there and argued with them for over half an hour but they wouldn't let me vote on a machine. They had me fill out a paper ballot but I know where that will go. I just thought I would let you know."

Is it an anomoly? I dont know. But this is the second time I have heard of this. As a poll it is not what you want to hear when there is supposedly a record number of "Voters" already having cast their ballot.