Saturday, December 31, 2011

11 of 11

This is my personal top 11 rundown of people and events that shaped the year.

11. The Occupy whatever thing. I know everyone else is putting that at number 1 but in reality I see it as all sound and no fury. In reality what did they shape or change? An election? No. Policy? No. Some big issue? No. They acted like homeless people, cost the state money, caused a stink by going to the bathroom wherever or on whatever they wanted and generally whined about their life. Big deal. That is what the Democrat party has been doing legislatively for years.

10 Muslims and Ron Paul. The Murfreesboro mosque, the "Sharia bill" and libertarianism have been a twister for Tennessee turning friend against friend battling religious freedom vs. National security vs spending.

9. The governor. He sort of sat back, Learned what was going on and why, stayed out of fights, had a limited agenda and got his feet under himself. Smart move.

8. De funding planned parenthood.... Or not....Or yes.... Well sort of....soon...I think.

7. Beth Harwell election as speaker. She set up committees to her favor and then found she had to often break tie votes to pass conservative issues wanted by the majority.

7 (bonus). The freshman class. In the house they are a great bunch and when they get there feet under them could be a force to be reckoned with. In the senate, Kerry Roberts was ready to go day one and Jim Summerville has blown away my expectations.

6. The pen. Re drawing the district lines was all some people wanted to talk about before the election. In the end I think it will be a non issue. The idea of redistricting for huge margins was put aside for reasonable gains and no risks.

5. John J. Hooker/ Mae Beavers. What can I say. John Jay is still a force to be reckoned with and with Mae, they are relentlessly working to fix our court system and to follow the constitution.

4. Curry Todd. Passed a big 2nd amendment bill.....then..... well, I am sure you know the rest.

3. Ron Ramsey on judicial election. You could have knocked them over with a feather when the Lt. Governor came in to break the tie getting elect means elect out of Judiciary committee.

2. Jack Johnson masterful passage reforming tenure and collective conferencing. Not a lot of credit given but much is deserved.

1. All of the rest. What can I say? We cut taxes, passed a lot of good stuff in a short period of time and went home. Not bad.

See ya next year!

If you like Reagan you'll love Newt

At least that's the sentament from Ronald Reagan's son Michael Reagan.

Reagan said Newt is...

a person who we believe will help continue my father's vision . . . A man who fought in Congress for my father's programs. That person is Newt Gingrich.

“Millions of dollars have been spent in negative ads against him. But let's discuss the real Newt Gingrich.
. . . Newt became a leading ally of my father, Ronald Reagan. He helped Congress push through massive tax cuts. He worked to secure a military buildup that helped defeat the Soviet Union.
Under his leadership Congress also limited the welfare state. . . As a leader in the Reagan Revolution, Gingrich began to confront both Democrats and Republicans in Congress for their cozy insider deals. . . Gingrich led the most reform-minded Congress in America. . . He has helped keep my father's legacy alive."

Thursday, December 29, 2011

ACLU files lawsuits to slow law

The ACLU has started to file lawsuits to slow the law that would account for the illegal alien population in our jails and prisons. This time they are saying the rules made to fulfill the state law were not done in public and were thus a violation of the sunshine law.

My question is since the state legislature is not covered by the sunshine law, is the group making rules for the law covered by it? Either way, the ACLU says it doesn't care if it wins or loses, it is all a ploy to slow down the law so they can get other lawsuits going. Got to love the frivolous lawsuit system. Another example of where loser pays would help so much.

Doctor shopping and HIPPA

Ken Yeager is starting to roll out some of his ideas to have doctors and pharmacists check IDs and drug history of patients previous to making more prescriptions for some drugs that are being abused.

The oxy/Roxy (Oxycontin / roxycontin) drug problem is getting to out of control levels.
People are doctor shopping and getting multiple prescriptions for the same drug from multiple doctors. With the current system, many good doctors don't realize they are being taken advantage of (or choose to look the other way) and are over prescribing.

The lobbyist for the doctors don't want to be required to check the database previous to making more prescriptions citing additional work. This seems odd in that I think a doctor could be liable if they did not check the database and something went wrong (Bad mix of drugs, overdose, etc.)

The current bill also allows access to the database to law enforcement. I cant see that part of the bill passing HIPPA or constitutional muster though.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Stat of the day

Members of mayors against guns...er illegal guns, are 45x more likely to be convicted felons then Florida handgun permit holders.

Hey Man! Were getting the band back together!

OK, I know they are a little older but I saw them both separately and both did great shows. DLR was probably the best show I ever saw after the big break up. I may have to check into tickets in January.

Van Halen - Long Version Trailer from Van Halen on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

13 and 38 nets 6

UT's football program ranks 13th most valuable in the nation by Forbes magazine. They say the athletic department grossed $38 million dollars last year and they donated $6 million to the university.

Meanwhile the university explains how they make more money by losing.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Yager goes after drugs part II

Senator Ken Yager is taking step two in correcting Tennessee's huge drug problem. Last year he did a sweeping bill that went after the pill mills. It goes into effect Jan 1 and should put a dent in the problem at that level.

This year he is getting doctors and pharmacists to step up to the plate and check on clients history (using the new database) previous to prescribing or checking ID previous to filling of prescriptions.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Joke of the week

I just got off the phone with friend living in Iowa near the Northern border. She said that since early this morning the snow has been nearly waist high and is still falling. The temperature is dropping way below zero and the north wind is increasing to near gale force. Her husband (an Obama supporter) has done nothing but look through the kitchen window and just stare. She says that if it gets much worse, she may need to let him in.

Over before it begins

By looking at the list of delegates it appears Machelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum had no delegates for Tennessee. Lets just say they won the state. They would not be able to collect any votes at the convention for winning the state.

While it may not be a big issue for a few states, do that too often and you would have to all but run the table in the other states where they did have delegates to be able to win the nomination.

It could be quite interesting to see where all the candidates stand in all the states regarding delegates.

Hat Tip: Eric H.

What child is this?


Two big cases coming down in the battle for life. First was the recognition of the unborn as minor children by the Utah supreme court being upheld. The other could be brewing in Tennessee. The double homicide of a mother and unborn child could be prosecuted at a state level thanks to the Tennessee version of the Lacy and Cody Peterson law we passed last year.


Tennessee’s law is very plain and specifically states that when a defendant “commits a homicide or assault against a pregnant woman, the woman’s fetus, regardless of viability, is also considered a victim of the offense.”

Tennessee joined 26 other states which define the killing of an unborn child at any stage of gestation as a form of homicide.

Studies conducted about violence against pregnant women found that homicide is the leading cause of death among pregnant women.

A good move to pass the law but lets do some deduction for the next step. The definition of viability of an unborn baby. We changed it for victims of murder. That has been upheld and is the law of the land in 26 states.

If the definition of person hood can be legislated and upheld for unborn victims of murder, why not for victims of abortion? Could the definition for a baby be set up to say a person is viable at 20 weeks? 10 weeks? two weeks? conception?

Tis the season to think of all the good done by what many would consider a child born to an un married mother. A mother with little to no income. A mother without a health care plan for her or her unborn baby. A mother practically homeless in a society that may not have looked so acceptingly at an unmarried pregnant woman.

A child that many mothers, in a moment of panic might do away with, not realizing all the good that one child could do for all of society.

Nations Winningest Basketball coach dies

My mom just alerted me the nations winningest men's college basketball coach has passed on to the great reward. I was on hand and a student at the college when he broke the record (win 876) as well as when Pat summit broke his record.

The list.

The current list of qualified presidential delegates is out. So if you are so inclined...
UPDATE: Fixed Link

And I would have no problem with being tested myself

Tom Humphrey does a good rundown on my drug testing for public benefits bills and how they are different from the Florida bill.

Campfield said his proposed legislation will be designed to eliminate objections that arose in Florida, both as to the cost and the legality.

"I've looked at Florida and there were some things good and some things bad. We're going to do it differently and make a better scenario," he said.

First, Campfield proposes to have the legislation exclude persons already signed up for benefits and apply it only to new applicants. Also, the applicant would be required to cover the cost without state reimbursement. He estimated the costs could be kept to "only $4 or $5" by limiting the tests to "hardcore illegal drugs," such as cocaine, heroin and marijuana.

One objection to the Florida law, he said, is that the screen included prescription drugs in violation of medical privacy rights. Another legal objection in Florida was that those found to be using drugs could be prosecuted. His bills, Campfield said, will provide that a positive test be used only to block benefits, not for prosecution.

Campfield said that he believes, when calculations are complete, passage of the legislation will result in the state saving a substantial amount of money, not spending more.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

25?

With some twists and turns still possible, the ballparks on the senate redistricting plans are starting to come out. Adjusting district lines in a fair and legal way to balance out the population shifts from across the state is looking like it should produce at least 25 strongly Republican leaning Senate districts out of 33.

22 is filibuster proof.

More to come later.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

You said you love me with my faults

This just gets better and better. After the last debate in Iowa you would think Michele Bachmann discovered some big dark secret about Newt's history with Freddy Mac and decided to attack him on it.

Then this video comes out where Newt talks about his involvement with Freddy Mac and the ways he thinks they need fundamental reform from back in 08.



Does that sound like he is lobbying to prop them up?

And who could that be right beside him? Why if my eyes and ears don't deceive me it is Machele Bachmann! I am pretty sure this is also just another clip from the same video where she is caught gushing all over Newt that I posted earlier.

Quote of the day (Comments on my facebook)

" I fail to see where I am not conservative."

"Well I guess I would start with your own facebook description of yourself where you claim to be "Very Liberal"."

Judging judges a third way

While Mae Beavers looks at the issues with the court of the judiciary, Frank Cagle (spurred on by the Judge Baumgartner case and other judicial problems) looks at the issues involving judges and offers a third road....

some states have a position, at least in major metropolitan areas, called a courts administrator. The administrator assigns cases, manages the court system, and files regular reports. Such a position could insure that judges come back to the office after lunch. That all the judges carry a full and fair load. The judges wouldn’t be able to pick and choose cases and grant continuances at will.

The judges would be independent in the courtroom and on matters of law. But the administrator would be able to file reports to the Court of the Judiciary if a judge is lazy, absent or impaired.

Yes, we have court clerks in Tennessee. But does anyone seriously think a court clerk could confront Baumgartner or any other judge? A court administrator would have to be protected by civil service and be subject to removal only by the state Supreme Court.




While the Cagle solution in and of itself would not have stopped a situation like Baumgartner's and his drug problem, it might have given someone who is independent and not fearful of reprisals, the authority to do things like implement drug tests for judges and make sure they are at least carrying their fair load of cases. A step that could be implemented by the court of the judiciary, now or later.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Did I mention Ron Ramsey is awesome?

The Lt. Gov. comes out in favor of my drug testing bill and puts it at the top of the agenda for next year.

Got to love that!

Let me offer another scenario

The governor has decided to set up a task force to study opportunity scholarships and report back in fall of 2012.

Proponents of "vouchers" are disheartened as they feel their should be action on the issue this year. By putting off the legislation until next session makes the senate have to go thought the entire issue all over again.....

Or does it?

Let me offer another scenario.

As many people know, leadership is looking for a fast end to session this year. The goal of being out at the end of April is realistic. Some think the middle of April is possible. Except we already know we may be coming back in December of 2012 for one issue. Tennessee's three billion dollar Obama care mess.

December 2012. Last I checked that would be well after the fall 2012 completion date for the study on vouchers. With two back to back quick sessions we would have plenty of legislative days to pass one bill through the house if they can find consensus (We have moved bills through both bodies in one day before).

We could hold session open and do them both in one stroke during an extended regular session or a special session if need be.

Just an idea.

A tale of two children at school.

TN Reports does a good rundown on the opportunity scholarships legislation that is looking to be a big issue in the state house this next year (It already passed the senate last year). The ideological battle can best be seen watching the two videos.

The "Hold off lets not do anything this year" angle by Rep. Richard Montgomery.

And the "Help the children this year" angle by Rep. Bill Dunn.

And the 3 billion dollar horse you rode in on too!

As you may have heard the idea to postpone the Tennessee implementation of Obama care may be put off until after the supreme court hopefully rules it unconstitutional.

Why the push? While to some it may be because one way or the other you have to vote for Obama care (either set up by the state or by the federal government) but it also has to do with the cost to set it up. Just all the paperwork will probably cost the state millions. Millions that could be saved if it is struck down. The overall cost to the state is in the 3 billion dollar range if we have to go through with it. Considering our budgets lately have run in the 28-30 billion dollar range with nearly half of that money coming back from the fed, you could be looking at a 20% increase in state taxes to pay for this mess if it is upheld and we are forced to fully implement.

There is no such thing as a free lunch.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Another big event

The Republican caucus had a Christmass/fundraising celebration tonight. Wow! huge crowd.

Still open.

I had a little conversation with the governor tonight. No matter what may be reported elsewhere he said he is still open to the possibility of cutting taxes this year. We will just have to wait and see how the numbers work out.

Money we could do without

Mustard magnet Scott DesJarlais is doing more then using the term "Waste, fraud and abuse" as trite terms at election time. He is attacking some of it. Things like rewards for recruiting people to go on food stamps. This goes beyond the "If you build it they will come" mentality of government freebies. This is the "If you don't want to come we will give you bus fair to get here." Sort of thinking.

Sort of reminds me of the parent who told me of how his child's school repeatedly tried to get him to put his child on "free or reduced lunch" even though his child always had plenty of lunch money.

The school told the father that the more kids they could get on free and reduced lunch the lower their academic standards could be and the more government money they would get.

How did we get like this?

More degrees or more money?

John Morgan argues the the Tennessee board of regents will need more money and wants to pump out more degree students.

While an actual degree is one step better then where we were (just looking at income and volume going into, but not graduating from, college) I think we need to take it to the next level. Reward for degrees that actually help students get jobs. As I posted on earlier, China is only subsidising college degrees that get at least 60% of their graduates jobs when they graduate.

I think we need to start looking at a similar model for Tennessee colleges.

You ask for job killing red tape? I give you the TDEC and the EPA.

The Republican caucus had a listening tour where they talked to actual employers on the regulation and red tape that cost Tennessee business jobs. Guess who came up as a huge problem?

TDEC and the EPA.

Marsh pointed toward the red tape business owners must go through to prepare a site for building construction as another problem.

The number of permits required at the local, state and federal level put an undue burden on new and existing businesses, he said.

Task force members met with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation officials to ask them to expedite permits. He also encouraged local governments to "streamline" their processes.

Brown noted a situation in Martin where a local businessman trying to open a business had to wait nine months for the Department of Environment and Conservation to approve soil tests and oversee sewer installation before he could start work on the building.

State boards and commissions are also making it more difficult to run a business by raising fees. A state dry cleaning board, for instance, raised a fee for a chemical to $2,000 from $500 and will graduate the rate to $7,500 through 2014, Brown said.

As a result, a number of dry cleaning businesses left the state, including moving to Mississippi from Memphis, and started shipping clothes back and forth across the state line, he said.

Too often, board and commissions raise fees and businesses don't find out until after the fact, Brown said. "And that's red tape," he noted.

In addition, federal restrictions through the Environmental Protection Agency are causing problems for potential businesses, he said.

Marsh cited a situation in Shelbyville where a person trying to build a Microtel and Godfather's Pizza is being held up by the U.S. Game and Fish Commission as it tries to determine whether construction could affect an endangered bat species.

He detailed another case in which a meat processing plant in East Tennessee is having to shut down an entire production line if a hog squeals so it can be determined whether the animals are being treated properly....


...."It's just the people making the rules don't know what they're talking about or they haven't done the proper studies," Marsh said.


Democrat leader Rep Mike turner countered

State Rep. Mike Turner, D-Old Hickory, called the task force a charade.

"They've given total disrespect to working folks and middle-class people," said Turner.

Among other things, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus said the task force is primarily attacking workers' benefits and workers' compensation.


Giving me a nice segway into my next post.

Were getting the band back together. Does that count?

The Governor and LT. Governor look to some of the issues as to why we have $311 million dollar fraud problem in unemployment.


We doubt that anyone believes Tennessee has $311 million to be throwing away on improper benefits of any sort in this weak economy.

What caused the overpayments? There are several causes, but one of the more significant reasons is the continued payment of benefits to people after they get work. Nearly a quarter of workers kept claiming -- and getting -- benefits even after they had landed jobs. Some of that is the result of ignorance on the part of the workers, and some is the result of outright fraud.

In addition, some -- though certainly not all -- of the unemployed are gaming the system.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey alike have heard from numerous employers that have offered jobs to jobless workers, only to be turned down.

"[T]hey'll say, 'Well, my benefits don't run out for six more weeks, eight more weeks, and I don't want to be hired until then,'" Ramsey said....

....The other big problem is the lack of verification that unemployed people receiving jobless benefits are making a good-faith effort to find work.

About 120,000 people in the state are currently getting unemployment benefits, but only 12,000 to 13,000 of those -- about 10 percent -- are required to submit weekly forms specifically naming two employers whom they have contacted. The others need only "certify" that they are seeking jobs. They don't have to give specific information. By no means does that prove that they are not seeking work, but it obviously creates a path to undeserved benefits for those who may not be actively looking for jobs.

CRUSHING!!

As a college professor himself, you might expect senator Jim Summerville to pitch softballs to higher education, you know, the " We need more money" or "Its not our fault" sort of thing when talking about how we can improve higher education.

Nope.

He crushes them.

Time was, a bachelor’s degree from a Tennessee public college or university meant that one had received a solid grounding in core subjects: writing and literature, a foreign language, U.S. history or government, economics, mathematics, and science.

But that’s no longer true.

At some campuses, students can pick from a wide range of courses, some of them narrow, specialized, weak in content, or slanted to the instructor’s political views. The fact that an institution has requirements called “Literature” or “Science” does not mean that students will actually study those subjects.

Some schools have dropped any pretense of rigor. A person can graduate from UT-Chattanooga or UT-Martin without taking a course in literature, foreign language, U.S. history or economics. Austin Peay, East Tennessee State, Middle Tennessee State and Tennessee State require no foreign language or economics courses, despite the oft-heard claim that we are preparing our students to compete in a global marketplace. UT-Knoxville began when America was young, but you can receive a diploma from there without studying U.S. history.

In a generation, a degree from a state college has become a degraded credential. But while its value has declined, higher education’s cost to Tennessee parents and students rises by leaps and bounds. In recent years, tuition at both the UT system and the Board of Regents schools have risen by 9-11 percent. Tuition alone (only a fraction of college expense) is two to three times what it was only a decade ago.
....


....One of the reasons for this inflation is administrative salaries. The chancellor of the Board of Regents (who does not even have a graduate degree) and the president of the UT system are paid six-figure salaries. This is to say nothing of the layers of vice presidents, deans and “diversity police” who live comfortably and well as long as this bubble lasts.

Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, puts the matter this way: “The price of attaining a college degree has skyrocketed, while the rewards have slumped. Sooner or later, people will notice that they are being asked to spend a great deal of money for a meager result.”

What’s to be done? First, the General Assembly should put a moratorium on tuition increases for three years. In that interval, we must also review and consolidate all the value-added data that are available. Let’s look at the causes for the escalating college costs, watered-down curricula, high dropout rates and crushing student loans. Maybe it’s also time to look at how more Tennesseans can achieve success, in life and in work, without college.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Like its a bad thing?

The dems are attacking Newt Gingrich for his long history of supporting TEA party causes like its a bad thing.



I guess the last election taught them nothing.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Judges, money and constitutional elections

Rep. Eric Watson does a good article on constitutional elections v the judicial selection process.

There are some legitimate reasons to consider keeping the Tennessee plan, however, at a very minimum the State Constitution must be amended to comply with the current practice of “selecting” judges. In such a case the people must approve the change at the ballot box back. That is how our state founding fathers intended for our state constitution to be amended. One of the most repeated arguments for retaining the Tennessee Plan is that the high cost of political campaigns could corrupt our judicial system. This is a legitimate concern; however it is possible to have judges comply with a different set of campaign finance laws than typical political campaigns. A few have even proposed some type of heavy restrictions on fundraising by judges with public financing as a part of the solution. This is a radical change that must be seriously discussed before moving forward. One thing is for certain, it is time for fundamental change in the process. Our state constitution is a sacred document that we must follow, not merely pages of suggestions for governing of state.

While he brings up some points often made by the opponents of constitutional elections some questions continues to come to my mind. Was there a real problem of money influencing Tennessee constitutional judicial elections previous to the judicial selection process being implemented? How much was spent electing our supreme court when we did things the constitutional way? If things are different now the question has to be asked.

Why?

Why would people suddenly think that what judges do is so important and in need of change if they are deciding things in a legal and constitutional way? Could it be because people are now seeing that our judges are not doing things in a fair and legal way? That their decisions are influenced by their own bias? That they are instead making laws up and doing things on their own intentions with little to hold them accountable?

Could that be a reason people suddenly see the need to be able to pull the judiciary back in to check?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Quote of the day

“We’re apparently the healthiest horse in the glue factory.”


— Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris,
on the stable outlook Moody’s gave Tennessee
for its Aaa bond rating.

Hat tip: Nashville Journal

Somewhere in the white house a teleprompter trembles in fear.

As Newt comes into the debate as the clear front runner in most states, he preps by studying Reagan.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Impossible

I am sure if there is any college in the world that has done everything possible to keep criminals with guns off campus it is Virginia Tech. I am sure they have passed every sort of ban and law out there to make sure criminals know guns are not allowed on campus.

How has it worked?

Well, there is another mass shooting going on on the campus of Virgina Tech as I type this.

No moody blues in Tennessee

Just got the presser on how, according to Moody's, Tennessee (Under Republican control) is better off now then ever. Meanwhile the federal outlook is not so good....


On behalf of Comptroller Justin P. Wilson, Treasurer David Lillard and Secretary of State Tre Hargett Today I am writing to inform you that we have been notified by Moody’s that it has removed the negative outlook from the State of Tennessee’s Aaa (or triple-A) General Obligation Bond Rating. According to the Moody’s release, the outlook was revised to stable to reflect the relatively lower level of risk posed by federal downsizing and spending cuts of United States in Tennessee. We were also advised that the rating of the United States still carries a negative outlook. That means that Tennessee is now rated higher than the United States.

The triple-A rating is the rating agency’s highest bond rating. Bonds rated triple-A offer exceptional financial security to investors.


Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Quote of the day (Occupy tent city edition)

“We have had to ask people to leave the plaza,” said Elli Whiteway, a Belmont University student who works on the Occupy Nashville media team. “We don’t want to be an eyesore."

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Monday, December 05, 2011

Drug testing unemployment benefits.

Ch 5 in Nashville profiles my bill to drug test people on unemployment benefits.



First let me say I would have no problem taking a drug test myself. I think if you get a check from the government you should be willing to follow their rules. That being said, no one forces you to take government benefits. It is something you ask for, Not something you automatically get. You don't want to take the test? don't ask for the benefit. We have limited dollars to provide services. Lets get it to those who need it. Not those who want a subsidy for their drug habit.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Who wants to Newter Obama?

We still need to find one last congressional delegate for Newt out in West Tennessee. 100 signatures turned in by Noon on Thursday and you can be a key part of beating Obama and reviving the Reagan revolution part II.

Interested? You can e mail me at stacey@votestacey.com or call me at (865)455-2627

Adam Corolla and possibly the best rant ever (Edited version)

Joke of the week (Dear Abby)

DEAR ABBY:

'I have always wanted to have my family history traced, but I can't afford to spend a lot of money to do it. Any suggestions?'

Sam in California


DEAR SAM:
'Register as a Republican, and run for public office.'

Abby

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Quote of the day

“We need to get out of the business of believing that
funding belongs to the school system, that our goal is to
preserve funding for that school system.” — Education
Commissioner Kevin Huffman

And we will happily take his vote

Guess who says Newt is ".....one of the best", "....Opening up my mind" Could support Newt in the general election, Doubts a third party run, does not care about Newts past marriages?

-Dr. Ron Paul

Friday, December 02, 2011

Monopoly busted

The PET (Professional educators of Tennessee) has seen an increase in membership since they have been given the same rights to recruit membership as the TEA/NEA. Of course the TEA has seen a decrease in membership.

That is capitalism at its finest. It even works for the teachers unions.

Well said.

While I support Newt. We have a deep bench. Here, Michelle Bachmann lays out the law that some do not understand

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Who wants to party in Florida?

Newt is rocking all over the place! Things have really picked up the last few weeks. It looks as if the Cain people are all jumping to Newt at a 2 to 1 rate. It is a great time to be peaking politically.

As the campaign for Newt comes together the state has been picking up delegates and traction like crazy. My phone has been blowing up the last few days from people wanting to get involved. We are still looking for a few final congressional delegates in the Shelby and Davidson (9th and 8th congressional dist.) area. My contacts are not as great out West as they are in Middle and East TN. If you are interested, contact me.

(865)455-2627

You would need to get a petition and have 100 registered voters sign it for you and have it in Nashville by noon on the 8th. After that it is a trip to Florida to help nominate Newt to be the next President!