Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fox news interview

Fox news reports on my "Don't teach Gay bill" and talks about the national implications.

From the story...

He also cited cases in Massachusetts and California. In Lexington, Mass., the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage, a couple sued after their 5-year-old son brought home a book from kindergarten that described a gay family. Another couple joined the lawsuit after a second-grade teacher read the class a fairy tale about two princes falling in love.

A federal judge though, threw out the lawsuit in 2007 saying that parents' rights to exercise their religious beliefs are not violated when their children are exposed to contrary ideas in school. The Supreme Court refused to take up the case.

In California, schools have addressed topics such as gay households, homophobia and sexual orientation for years in an effort to battle anti-gay discrimination. Children as young as 5 are taught about gay issues in some school districts.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what's coming," Campfield said.


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CNN Interview

Welcome CNN viewers

If you are here to comment about my bill regarding the teaching of homosexuality to young children please feel free AFTER YOU HAVE READ THE POST BELOW.

While I appreciate your coming to my blog and your desire to comment I will state up front I feel it is a parents responsibility to decide when a child is ready to grasp such a complex issue as sexuality and what they want to tell the child about that complex subject.

All children develop mentally at different rates. I do not feel a teacher with an agenda (Be it pro or con) is the appropriate person to decide "Now is the time" for an entire class just because they may think one way or another on an issue and want to espouse it. I doubt any people in opposition to the my bill would want a teacher who said "Homosexuality is evil, dirty and wrong" just because the teacher felt it was appropriate and that is what they thought the children needed and were ready to hear.

I only mention homosexuality in the bill because there is not a need for homosexuality to be mentioned in regard to teaching the basics of reproduction (XY chromosomes etc.) heterosexuality is.

Will this stop anti bullying legislation we already passed? No. I co sponsored the anti bullying legislation that passed a few years ago. The golden rule is still in effect no matter what the issue of bullying is.

We are falling behind the rest of the world in math, science, and English amongst
other things. This will be just one less issue teachers have to worry about teaching as part of their curricula. Schools should not turn into social petri dishes. Teach the basics and leave the social issues to the families to decide the what and when.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Rules for comments

I have not needed to re post my rules for comments in a while but some people think the inmates run the asylum. Not going to happen. Here they are again.

Rules for comments


It is my blog so I will put up or take down what ever I want. I do this for my entertainment. Not yours. If you don't like it don't read it.

I don't mind dissenting opinion but keep it clean, respectful and on topic.

If all you have is insults, or you like to go overboard, save it and put them on your blog because they won't go up here.

If you can not control yourself I will ban you.

Constructive criticism is welcome on bills or issues I am talking about but see above.

If you want it to be off the record let me know and I wont put it up. Better yet, just E mail me.

If you want to crack on my spelling, grammar or other things that I am sure drives the seventh grade English teacher in you crazy, go ahead, I am not offended and some times I appreciate it. I may correct my errors, or not, but if that is all you got, odds are it won't go up.

Enjoy!

It's all true, except when it isn't

You see a lot of funny things from the media. You see things you know are not true stories that say things that are half stories just to try and drive wedges between people or to make it look like some things that have support look like they doesn't.

This story is just one example. If you read the headline and look at the picture it looks like half the power Republicans in the state came to a big press release saying they were against my bill.

Well, I hate to let some people down but that's not the case.

I looked close at the picture and realized there was no such press release that was attended by anyone. It was a picture from months ago being used to perpetrate a false perception.

Today after session Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey came over to my desk and let me know that he DOES SUPPORT the handgun owners on college campuses bill. He said he was more then happy to vote for it or do anything he could to help move it along. He said he was just asked by a reporter if it was a top issue to him and he said no. He had plenty of other big issues he was working on and more or less didn't have time to mess with it but he did support it. He also said he did not care if I brought it forward or not. That the decision was totally up to me and if I wanted to move it that I should go for it.

I figured it was a media ginned up false story even before I talked to Ron. Sadly (For some medias credibility), I was right.

This also puts me in mind of another similar situation on my election of judges bill. A story came out a few weeks ago that Speaker Beth Harwell was against the election of judges bill. John J Hooker who has been a leader on this issue for years spoke to Beth and was assured it was a similar situation. She supported it and was ready to help make sure it passed. Some people loose credibility story after story.

On CNN tomorrow

I am scheduled to be on CNN tomorrow (Tuesday) at @ 1:10PM.

Friday, April 22, 2011

On Alen Colmes tonight

I will be on Alen Colmes national radio show tonight at 10:30 Eastern. Sorry no link, I didn't even realize he was still on the air anywhere until his producer called.

Was that Mike bell holding the light?

Rep. Frank Nicley has one of his farm tom turkeys shot by a drive by hunter. As Jeff Foxworthy said "You know your a redneck when your favorite hunting story begins with....Then I slowly rolled down the truck window".

Public notices are pushing foreclosure up.

Lately I have gotten a few e mail about keeping the process of public notice for foreclosures the same. The cries of “This is a move by the big banks to steal people’s houses without the owner even knowing it”.

I thought it is time to tell all the facts on this issue and let the people find out who is really contributing to increased foreclosures.

The “Big evil bank” myth.

Hate to let the bank haters down but banks don’t want any houses. Trust me. I talk to bankers on a weekly basis. They have waaay to many houses now and fear a total collapse of the market. They don’t want to foreclose. They want to keep people in the houses they have and keep them paying something. The banks know most homeowners owe more on the mortgage then the house would be worth on the open market. Banks know they will flat lose money if they take a house and have to try and sell it, especially in this market.

For them to be actually trying to increase foreclosures now in any way shape or form is ludicrous.

Who wins with public notice? Not the homeowner.

Who do people think pays for all that newspaper printing if a homeowner wants stop foreclosure? It’s not the bank. It’s not government. It is not the foreclosure attorney, it’s not the Realtor. It’s the homeowner who is already struggling to make ends meet and pay off the mortgage debt. Banks know this makes it more expensive for people to keep their home but the paper does not print the descriptions for free and will demand payment up front.

If a homeowner does finally get foreclosed on, who do you think still has to pay that amount for the public notice? The same homeowner who just lost their house, and still is stuck paying the difference in what the house sold for and what was owed to the bank.

What’s the cost of this disclosure for a foreclosure? It is a wide range. I have heard prices from $450.00 to the thousands depending on the paper, the description of the property, the number of printings required (3 currently) and the steps the homeowner took to stop the foreclosure previous to potential sale.

The ads themselves are all but useless even if you did see one. Besides the name, I know of virtually no regular person who can easily decipher a public notice add. The legal description of a property is not the street address as you might think. It is 99% surveyor legalese.

Its more like 40 lines of “Measuring 40 feet from the green pin at 30 feet from center line of a point at map marker 126, then turning 36 degrees to the north west corner sweeping away from said pin traveling 26 feet to the northern most point before turning back to the south at a 12 degree angle for 56 feet away from said marker to the blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.”

If you can tell me the legal description of your home off the top of your head I will buy you a coke. It is the lengthy legal description that causes most of the cost for the notice. If ads are to continue they need to be cut down to the person’s name of who is being foreclosed on, the mortgager, a street address of the property and possibly a deed number. 3 to 4 lines max.

The only real winner.

Its not the banks. It's not the homeowners. It's the newspaper that collects the exorbenant fees for the mandated multiple long public notice reports that no one reads.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Electing judges passes house

My bill to say the word "Election" in the constitution (when talking about judges) means the same as the word "Election" for legislators, passed the house judiciary sub committee today!!

Rollin' Rollin' rollin'

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Don't teach gay" bill passes senate ed

The bill saying parents, not teachers, should be the one deciding what and when a child (Pre k - 8) is prepared to learn about homosexuality passed the full senate education committee today.

7 years in the making and it finally gets out of the first subcommittee or full committee.

There was some twists and turns but in the end it came out in a very acceptable form.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Stick a fork in um

Fred is done!!!

Just minutes after laughing at the thought that capping non-economic damages could be good for Tennessee Fred gets caught. He is visibly shaken after the beating and is clearly on his heals for the rest of the committee.









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Thompson comes out FOR punitive damages caps

Not now, but back in 2007 Senator Fred Thomson was strongly in favor of punitive damages caps

From HIS article....

Only a few years ago, Texas was losing doctors fast. Rising malpractice insurance rates were fueling what analysts called a crisis. In some parts of the state, emergency wards were closing and residents were facing long trips for even basic medical care. The doctors who were most likely to leave the state were those hit hardest by malpractice insurance premiums -- the "high risk" specialists such as neurosurgeons, cardiologists and obstetricians.

Then, in 2003, Texas passed Prop 12, capping non-economic damages in medical malpractice suits to $750,000. $250,000 of that applied to physicians. There were no limits put on damages for medical expenses or economic expenses such as past and future lost income.

At the time, there were only four insurance companies left in Texas willing to cover doctors, and they were scheduling rate increases. Now 30 insurers are doing business in the Lone Star State and others are moving into the market. Rates have fallen on an average of more than 20 percent. Malpractice lawsuits have fallen 50 percent,

So many doctors have now requested Texas medical licenses that thousands are backlogged and an emergency appropriations was passed to help the Texas Medical Board speed up their processing. Now, other states are considering similar legislation to stop the loss of their own doctors to Texas. I consider this a small but important victory for the principles of Federalism.

Woof!

Rep. Jo Ann Favors seems to have had a panic attack at the sight of a dog at the capitol. Two legislators have been known to bring their dogs with them to work, Sen. Mike Faulk and his chocolate lab and Rep. John Lumburgh with his yellow lab "Nash". Both dogs seem completely harmless to me. More likely to lick you to death then anything. I wonder if could have been a seeing eye dog that elicited the same response.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mandating teaching gay history

The bill mandating that state schools must teach gay history just passed in California on a party line vote.

Second amendment on campus for faculty and staff

Passes house judiciary sub and goes to full committee.









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Also under appeal

By now I am sure many of you have heard John Ford has won an appeal of some of his corruption charges stemming from his "Tennessee Waltz" conviction.

Earlier today Rep. Mike Kernel mentioned his son has also appealed his conviction for hacking Sarah Palin's e mail account.

More to come?

First steps of Obamacare passes senate

The first steps to implement Obamacare in Tennessee (SB1538) passed the Tennessee state senate today 31-1. Yes, I was the one.

Well, it is cheaper if we reuse the rope.

With the issues regarding lethal injection all tied up in courts, one of my favorite Reps (Barret Rich) gives alternatives.


“To change the protocol in Tennessee, we wouldn’t require legislation or a change in statute,” Carter has said. “It would be a departmental review, and then we could put it into play right away.”
Rich said he would be satisfied with even scrapping lethal injection for other methods altogether, though there is no legislation pending that would allow that.
“If they want to paint us into the corner and stop us from having lethal injection, then I certainly have no problem with hanging or putting someone to death with a firing squad,” he said.

SJR 127 passes senate

The constitutional amendment saying nothing in the state constitution talks about abortion (Long and short) passed 24 to 8.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Joke of the week (the brain)

In the hospital the relatives gathered in the waiting room, where a family member lay gravely ill. Finally, the doctor came in looking tired and somber.

"I'm afraid I'm the bearer of bad news, he said as he surveyed the worried faces. The only hope left for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant. It's an experimental procedure, very risky, but it is the only hope. Insurance will cover the procedure, but you will have to pay for the BRAIN."

The family members sat silent as they absorbed the news. After a time, someone asked, 'How much will a brain cost?'

The doctor quickly responded, "$5,000 for a Democrat's brain; $200 for a Republican's brain."

The moment turned awkward. Some of the Democrats actually had to 'try' to not smile, avoiding eye contact with the Republicans. A man unable to control his curiosity, finally blurted out the question everyone wanted to ask, "Why is the Democrats brain so much more than a Republicans brain?"

The doctor smiled at the childish innocence and explained to the entire group, "It's just standard pricing procedure. We have to price the Republicans brains a lot lower because they've been used."

So your saying there is a chance

Just got off the phone with Rep. Bill Dunn. While he said he was not currently getting in the 6th dist state senate race he did say he was going to have a family meeting tonight and talk it over with them.

For the good of the state, those who know his family are encouraged to call.

More to come????

Friday, April 15, 2011

Who's in who's out in Dist 6

Sen. Jamie Woodson is out as of July 1 or when ever session is over (Think early June)

An interim Senator will be named by the Knox county commission that will last until an election can be held.

Blogging reporter/Photographer Dan Andrews is strongly considering a run for the position of interim senator.

An election date will be set by the governor. Word is they are trying to combine the city council election and the state senate race to save on election costs.

Names being thrown around now...

Rep. Bill Dunn. The man that could probably clear the field and run unopposed. Bill looked all but in but later decided not to go for it because it disturbed his sleep one night thinking about it.

Rep. Harry Brooks. The education numbers man has told others he is not interested. Some wonder if he is going to run for state house again next year or not.

Rep. Frank Nicely. He represents a chunk of the current area. While not in the district with the redistricting he may be in the district at the election. He could be a leader.

R. Larry Smith. Former Knox county Repub party chairman and county commissioner seems to be testing the water.

Mike Hammond. Knox county commission chairman and radio personality seems to be sniffing around. With his radio gig, some wonder if he can take the time off. Possibly he would only run for the interim position.

Sally Reid Absher. 6th district state executive committee woman. An out of nowhere election victory shows she could be a force with strong TEA party support.

More names may pop up its only day one. Please feel free to throw out hints, rumors or wishfully thinking in the comments section.

McKay out

Greg McKay has been removed as administrator of elections for Knox county. The search for his replacement is on.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

BREAKING!!!!!

Knoxville Senator Jamie Woodson Just announced she is stepping down from the state senate July 1 to take a job with SCORE (An educational think tank).

A temporary senator will be appointed at that time by the Knox county commission until a special election can be held.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Man bites dog

The "Marmaduke bill" that would have removed the law requiring a dog be tethered and instead require that it only not be in the drivers side front seat died in senate transportation committee today.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tennessee's new state song

You may think I am kidding but there is a move to make a song by "Roy D. Mercer" one of the states 8 official state songs.

IF you are not familiar with "Roy D. Mercer" He was a semi well known crank caller who would call random people, make threats of "I am going to whip your @$$!" record it and put it out for the public to hear.

Last year we stopped a bill by one of our minority members (I think it was Johnny Shaw) from making a song that one of his constituents made into a state song because it never charted. Now, the same case is here for a Republican member. The bill passed state and local committee and is now set to go to the full senate floor.

Are UTK and Vandy terrorist organizations?

This homeland security expert (Lt. Col. Myers) calls them out as a breeding ground for terrorists.









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He later calls them the "incubators" for violent terrorists and says he thinks they should be investigated. I ask some detailed questions about his inferences and ask for proof.









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Monday, April 11, 2011

The governors bills get fiscal notes too

The governors proposal to allow higher ed students to go to college during summer time. Good idea except one thing. It costs 55 million first 3 years. Nice thought but most people question the timing. Haslam wants it to pass as a stand alone idea. Others want to add in cuts to bring the cost a little more in line.

We will see.

Quote of the day (Political balance)

"I like the new Fred Thompson/Bill Haslam tort reform bill. When it started out, there were no caps on economic damages and a high cap on non economic damages.

Completley imbalanced.

Then Bill sat down with Fred and negotiated. Now, there are no real caps on economic or non economic damages.

That's balance!"

Sunday, April 10, 2011

My feature article in Hustler

That's right. I am even being featured in Hustler. No pictures please.

Paving the way

Jerald Mc Cormick drops the wood on Democrats as he looks to the future...

Our conservative Majority is committed to fighting back against the excesses from Washington and fundamentally transforming how government operates here in Tennessee.

Our agenda calls for reductions in job-stifling regulations, reforms to give business a stable environment in which to thrive, and initiatives in education that reward hard-working teachers and place student achievement as Tennessee's top priority in education. We are removing burdens that limit small business and investment opportunities here. Essentially, the values that Tennesseans want form the backbone of the principles guiding our Legislature.

Sadly, our Democratic friends have shunned a seat at the negotiating table and turned, instead, to transparent political games. Their liberal attacks are mired in the quicksands of yesteryear. We will concede the point that when it comes to the creation of useless government programs, they have us beat every time. But that is not a viable path to prosperity for Tennessee. The ash heap of history still smolders with the remains of those who have unsuccessfully tried that route.

For years, Democrats had complete control in Tennessee that yielded less-than-acceptable results. It is now time to take a conservative approach to governing that empowers the individual, reins in government, and unleashes the power of free market principles in the Volunteer State. These policies will lead to long-term job growth in Tennessee and make our state a top destination for businesses.

Friday, April 08, 2011

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The pending STATE shutdown

At the federal level the pending shutdown looks to be keying on federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

In Tennessee it could be the same thing.

In the senate health committee (that I am a member of) funding for health care clinics in Tennessee came up for review. I asked if any money was still going to abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

It is.

Nashville and Memphis still turn over money to the abortion provider.

I asked if we could do a budget amendment saying no funding shall go to any group or agency that provides abortion services. The committee went into a spin as arguments for and against started to fly. The committee decided to quit for the day, take a week off and see where we were next Wednesday.

I know where I will be.

I plan to offer the amendment again. If not there, then on the full senate floor.

More to come...

Arizona allows guns on campus

Arizona becomes the 23rd state to allow guns on campus.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

No boom boom for choo choo

The bill to allow Chattanooga to decide if they want to sell fire works failed 12 to 11- 6. Without 17 it is sent back to calender committee.

Didn't like it then.....

Don't like it now.

I often said I did not like it when Bredesen gave his top staff big pay raises as we were cutting jobs and services across the state. How could any administration, with a straight face, tell others that the time for everyone to tighten the belt is now and then go and give their top people pay increases? I thought it was hypocritical, bad policy and leadership.

To be fair, I must say I don't like it any better when a Republican governor does the same thing.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Thats two under a buck

Rep. Frank Nicley pulled a two fast ones today.

The first one was by using two bills with similar captions. He amended one bill (that another member originally brought on a different topic) that was placed in a committee he has control over to be identical to a bill he drafted that was sent to a committee he does not control.

The bill has to do with farming of white tail deer.

After he got his "new" bill into his committee Nicley also used slick maneuver number two by grilling one opponent of the bill if they thought elk should be tested for wasting (A disease some animals get) if they were imported from farms outside the state. No, the opponent made it clear there was no danger of wasting disease from imported elk and no need to test the elk.

Nicley then asked if there was any issue with the prospect of importing white tail deer. The opponent had to try and shift tune and argue that there could be a real danger of wasting disease in imported deer and they should be tested (even though it is no more prevalent in farm deer then it is in farm elk). Of course it was clear at that point that the move was just an attempt to put a fiscal note (Cost to the state) on the bill to kill it.

They keep underestimating Frank. Big mistake.

Casada gets full contact

After Rep. Glen Casada first ran his bill on sexual neutrality they said it was the bottom of the 9th and he had two strikes against him. Today he hit a strong double by removing the restrictions on mandating wages and other issues and instead only limiting the cities ability to create a special protected class of people for one city that would create a legal quagmire for the rest of the state.

I asked Glen to explain how he did it and he said it was two fold. First he narrowed the issue and two he just let the churches tell their legislators how important this issue was to them. After some legislators realized how important it was it sailed through.

PTA "gotcha" questions

The PTA was in my office today. They had two issues of concern, Stopping the governors charter schools expansion and my bill to allow school superintendents to be elected. Their only real problem? They did not even know how many schools were in my district.

Since they oppose legislation that has an effect on education, I asked them to tell me which schools in the county I represented. How many grade schools? How many middle schools? How many high schools? I realized that although they were confident in supporting and proposing legislation that would affect public education in the 7th senatorial district, they had no idea which schools were actually in my district.

Our meetings are arranged well in advance of their visit. The Tennessee PTA was chartered in 1911, and most people know who they are and what they represent. They meet with me every year, and my support of public education has not changed, but they could not adequately talk about the schools in my district, which led me to believe that perhaps they had not spent time visiting those schools and talking with the parents and teachers to find out exactly what they need or how they feel about proposed legislation that will affect my districts schools and their student's education.

I hope they come better prepared before they try to talk about education in the future because if someone does not have a correct response on a "gotcha" question their point of view may not be considered valid.

Judges on electing judges

Knoxville Judge Dale Workman who actually runs for office sent me a an unsolicited note on the supreme court running for office. I have reproduced it below unedited with his permission.



The Tennessee Plan is not, has not been nor as constituted will not be a merit selection system for judges. As compared to the “modified Missouri Plan” which was created in the ‘70s for the intermediate appellate courts it is a purely political and special interest power control plan.
The Tennessee Plan was enacted for two reasons: 1. To limit or eliminate the appointment of Republican judges or any judge not favored by the special interest of the Democratic party; 2. To eliminate to possibility that certain members of the Supreme Court might suffer political retribution for the removal of all but one of the Democratic members of the Supreme Court by the special interest at a Democratic executive committee in the late ‘80s.
As Gov. Bredesen so accurately proved in his lawsuit against the selection committee of the Tennessee Plan special interest attempted to force him to select their candidate not aid in insuring any appointee was “merited”.
The greatest flaw is the limiting of a Governor of either party recruiting the best lawyers to serve on our courts. No successful lawyer will apply and risk not being on the list of three knowing whim or political influence, by either Democratic, Republican, independent or special interest, controls the process. However if a governor went to the best lawyers you can think of in any area of the state and said “I want you to give up your practice and give back to the state by serving on our Supreme Court” how many would turn a governor down?
The Supreme Court was elected by the people directly from its creation in the Constitution of 1835 until 1990’s. What happened to suddenly make the public unable to select judges when they select Presidents, Senators, Mayors and legislative body members with special interest spending money. Is a judge who special interest gets appointed to a judgeship not in the same situation? Do the members of our Supreme Court ever refused to hear a case because a lawyer or group of lawyers or special friend influenced the body to appoint them?
Most of you have heard previously that I oppose the “Tennessee Plan”. After one of those comments I got a phone call from a highly placed person in the court system. The comment was “Dale, why do you oppose this when your people are in charge then they can control the appointment?” I told that person that’s exactly what is wrong. This is not merit selection and it is wrong for special interest to control be it liberal, conservative, moderate, Democratic , Republican or Tea Party. Do not misrepresent to the public.
Now all of proceeding is different from whether good grounds exist to not have judges run statewide. The Tennessee plan is special interest in control behind the scenes not that can be seen by funding a candidate.
If you think the public should not directly elect judges what should be changed? First the Tennessee Constitution says that judges are to be elected from districts they serve. So members of the appellate courts or supreme could be elected from grand divisions.
If no election is desired go back to a system that the Governor can appoint anyone he chooses, without a group limiting his or her choices. This enables a Governor of either party to go recruit the very best.
Then after they are appointed let a group review their work and recommend to retention or give the Governor an option not to reappoint. Then if the Governor reappoints go to the yes/no retention vote.
The trial judges should be left as they are popular election with no group limiting a Governor appointing a vacancy. How can the public be smart enough to elect a City, General Sessions or Circuit judge but to ignorant to select a Supreme Court judge?

Tennessee right to life fighting to neutral

While other states are moving to put reasonable restrictions on abortion Tennessee is having to pass a constitutional amendment to get to neutral.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Quote of the day Pop quiz

Who said it and what were they talking about?

"At home, we can (teach them) values and thoughts that we as families think are appropriate."

Was it a Republican talking about homosexuality and sexual education or a Democrat talking about different possible scientific theories?

Click now for today's thrilling answer.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Mike Bell tribute

A little something for Sen. Mike Bell for passing his fee on white water rafting.

Caution: Strong language at end

The reeeeaaallll reason it failed

I was talking to some fellow republicans this last week over 2012 election prospects. While some were scared we might not be able to keep every single member elected in 2010. I have the opposite feeling. While I am hearing rumors some Republicans may get primaried those that get through should sail through the general. The redistricting numbers are just too overwhelming. That and we have a not so secret weapon.

Obama

If there is a fear by Republicans in 2012. It is that Obama will not run for re election. He has been the unifier of all unifier.



I honestly wonder if some Republican members voted against the presidential birth certificate bill because they feared it might possibly keep Obama off the ballot.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Big week coming up

This next week is going to be a rather big and controversial calender of events but at last the people are going to finally have their voice heard on several key issues.

First up is Mae Beavers and her pass the prescription bottle bill. It would ban the over the counter sale of cough syrup and make it prescription only. It also would add a five cent deposit fee to all such bottles and forbid their open presence in any automobile (HB 0.08 SB040oz).

Next up is "Monkey Bill" Dunn and his mandating the teaching of the bible in state schools. He argues it is part of Tennessee history by way of showing the prosecutions position during the Scopes "Monkey" trial(HB1925, SB6000). Crafty that Dunn.

Next Sen. Mike Bell and his bill to cover the naked Breasts and genitalia on statues and paintings around the state. You would think a man with five kids would have obviously seen it all before but I guess he doesn't want others to fall down his wayward path. I expect the cost of all the metal and marble work will doom this bill but only because of the tough fiscal times. (SB36-24-36 HB 34-24-34)

Sen. Beverly Morraro and Thelma Harper will team up on their bill to limit satellite dishes on houses. Their feeling is the large garish platters are in tight competition with, and decreasing the potential value of their hat collections (SB0002 HB 0002).

Sen. Bill Ketrons "Wine in mosques" bill will be up. His plan to introduce the sale of wine to the traditionally tea toting Muslim population has an incredible 6.7 billion dollar positive fiscal note. Who knew? (SB80%-HB20/20)

Sen. Jim Summerville will bring his bill to smash the schools to pieces as they have not bent to our awe as quickly as needed. (SB1908 HB28000)

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey will have a busy week as he jumps from committee to committee casting tie breaking votes on everything from cats in bars to military tanks in parking lots. (various bills)

Rep. Harry Brooks has his bill up to allow death by firing squad for people who throw cigarette butts out car windows. (HB4006 SB0357)

Rep. Julia "Hurricane" Hurley has her no speed limit in school zones near Hooters restaurants bill up (HB085, SB055). I may be wrong but that one might sound a liiiitle self serving.

Democrat leader Rep. Mike Turner will bring his "Card check" bill forward. It says if you are not a member of a union then you can not buy cigars or fatty foods at restaurants and supermarkets (HB275, SB325)

Rep. Craig Fitzhugh will bring the Democrat jobs package forward. It consists of hiring more democrats to be legislators (HB0049 SB0016).

Rep. Jimmy Naifeh will bring his "Fairness in government" bill forward demanding all bills with his approval get full house floor hearing and a clear up or down roll call vote by his chosen members (HB2010, SB2006)

Rep. Kent Williams finally gets his fish hatchery bill to the floor but is alerted that he actually drank what was being offered while waiting to be called forward. (HB.02 oz, No senate companion. Waiting for the return of Mike Williams)


Bill Haslam jumps up front and demands immediate action on key pieces of his cutting edge legislative package. He is taking a firm stand and is ready to ram rod through legislation on allowing moms to give away apple pie. (HB0016 SB0018)

Me? I just plan to sit back and watch. Happy April 1st.