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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Get back to politicking

My amendment to stop political lobbying for or against legislation during government paid work hours failed to be added to the TEAM bill today. It would have made lobbying for legislation by non lobbyists (during government paid work hours) covered the same way as political campaigning for a candidate is covered in the little hatch act now.

It was funny how the entire committee room today was pack filled by TSEA union government employees.

In the middle of the day.

On a Tuesday.

During work hours.

I wonder how much the state paid out to have all of them sit in the committee room for 4 and 1/2 hours and cheer when people spoke against employing people based on the quality of their work.

When it came out that my amendment would penalize them for politicking the same way as the little hatch act would for politicking for a candidate while on the job, a gasp went across the room.

Well, you don't have to worry if you are a government employee. Your ability to tell your boss you don't feel like doing your actual job you are employed and paid to do, that you instead want to sit in a committee room all day or call 132 legislators and talk about politics and legislation during work hours. You can. You are still protected by law.


  1. Good thing the Tennessean didn't report it. Oh they didn't report the 17 people shot the other day in one incident in Jackson TN either? Oh well !

  2. So, which political party should conservative Tennessee taxpayers support if they want to stop having their money stolen so it can be used to lobby against them?

  3. Stacey, I don't understand how you got on this crusade to stop state employees from doing a little e-mailing, on company time, and on company computers, regarding legislation! I am wondering if some state employee telephoned you and was rude to you and maybe hurt your feelings or made you feel outdone! You have no reason to feel threatened by anyone!

    Any state employee who is that interested in legislation, and who is good enough an employee to get their work done and have time left over to send an e-mail or two to Nashville, should probably be considered an asset to the state of Tennessee! And there is plenty of reason to believe that they might be supporting you or one of your bills! I think you need all the support you can get!

    I think most companies allow a little social e-mailing on company computers, as long as people get their jobs done.

    And why would you be launching an all-out campaign to employ people based only on their being highly skilled and leave out giving any consideration to older employees, who may have served a company, to the very best of their ability, for possibly 30-40 years, providing their skills are adequate to get the job done?

    I have supported you big-time on many, many issues, but this one is so puzzling that I cannot understand it. As much as I support you, I'm glad this didn't pass.

    Why don't you try to come up with some legislation which would be focused on meeting some of the needs of the people of Tennessee? Why not spend some time trying to think of how you could help the people of Tennessee, instead of having them fined or thrown in jail for e-mailing to support some legislation over in Nashville?

    You can do better than this...and we older folks may be way more valuable to you than you give us credit for!

    Get a grip, Stacey!


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