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Friday, March 30, 2012

Its where, not why.

The guns in parking lots issue has taken a little bit of a turn. Last week I offered an amendment to the bill that allowed people over 21 who have a Tennessee hunting permit to carry guns (most likely rifles) in their cars as long as the guns were secured and hidden from site as is similar to the rest of the bill previous to my amendment.

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey has come out against the move. but the question with this bill is not who can or has the right to carry or posses firearms. That issue has been decided by the supreme court. It is an individual right. The reason for the ownership or transportation should not be a question. It is your right to own or transport for any reason. Not just safety.

The entire argument for guns in cars in parking lots is based on the notion that the car is sovereign territory. It is your private property. Same as your house or your person. You can or should be able to do what ever you want on "your property". That includes gun ownership and transportation as long as there is no clearly diminished public safety. A gun does not become more or less safe if it is owned for hunting, public safety, target shooting or just as a collectible. A gun is what it is. An inanimate object.

Now you can make the property rights argument as to whose property rights are involved and who has supremacy of those rights and when but the reason for ownership or transportation should not be a factor in that decision.

Somebody has to say it.

I have goten a few questions on if Tennessee has a "Stand your ground" policy. As I recall I am pretty sure we do have it in Tennessee.

Now, to the entire Zimmerman thing in Florida I have no comment on the possible guilt or innocence of the people involved. Time and a jury will hopefully be able to find the truth.

As to the "hoodie gate" issue. I am sorry but people wearing pulled up hoodies do appear ominous and I don't care what color the person is. If I saw a person in A pulled up hoodie (especially in the summer in Florida) I would fear the person was trying to concele their identity for some nefarious reason. Seldom a good thing. There is a reason banks tell customers that hats and hoodies are not allowed to be worn inside the bank. It is not because they have some deep seated closet racism in their heart. It is because hats an hoodies obstruct the view of to a persons face and as to who a person is. A common tactic of criminals.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I'm not dead yet!!!

As has been reported the porn tax was "killed" on a voice vote in the house sub committee. But as has often been stolen from Monty Python skits

"I am not dead yet!!"

The sponsor (Rep. Joe Carr) asked for a roll call vote on the bill. He asked before the "vote" and then again after the "vote". The roll call vote would have had each member call out their preference on the bill one by one putting them on record.

The rules of order require it to be done if it is asked for by the sponsor or members of a committee. When it wasn't done it allows the bill to be brought back for another official vote. In fact I had the same thing happen to me when I was in the house (sorry, I cant remember the bill. I just remember the situation).

The bill could still get clubbed like a baby harp seal or come back to life but I wouldn't say it's dead yet.

Pants fall to floor

The baggy pants bill passes out of education committee and heads to a full floor vote in both houses. It says schools will set dress codes that are not obscene.

It prohibit students from exposing "underwear or body parts in an indecent manner that disrupts the learning environment"

In other words PULL UP YOUR PANTS!!!!

Sex education Passes!!

A rewrite of the sex ed curriculum passed the senate education committee UNANIMOUSLY!!! There is a lot of great improvements all around. A lot of clarity language that needed to be fleshed out has finally been done.

Vandy crucifies Catholic club

Vandy has implemented a plan that will not allow a Catholic club to require their club president to be a Catholic.

I know, crazy.

That may hold up but Mae beavers has a bill that would allow for re establishment of religious groups (with their own rules) on colleges that accept the lottery scholarship fund.

Guess who that might apply to?

Gun people as geeks

Heh. Ok, so maybe there are some simmilarities.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hectic times

Session is in full speed mode now. A lot of big bills are all coming through at the same time. The best way I can describe it is drinking water out of a fire hose. The next few weeks it gets quite stressful but if you are like me and love what you are doing it is a great time of year even with all the stress. A lot of opportunity to make some real positive changes for the people of our state.

So many people don't realize all the changes we are making and how hard it is to get some things crafted to where they need to be. We really are doing a lot (Especially compared to years past) if we did not get to your pet issue it is probably because it was overtaken in priority with some other issues that had more momentum. I would say in the next few years things will really be humming for Tennessee but until then we are just playing cleanup and catch up.

A welcome change

After fighting for so many years against what tax increases were going to be added onto people during the Bredesen administration, it is nice to see we are now fighting to decide what taxes we are going to take off of people.

Mountain top removal ban unconstitutional?

As I was leaving the chambers last night I was told that a ban similar to the ban on mountain top removal being discussed in Tennessee was struck down as unconstitutional for Kentucky by a federal judge in DC. I guess this kills the Tennessee bill as well.

More to come.

Not so sure about this one

A bill to say a charter school can have no more then 3.5% foreign born workers even if they are in the country legally on a work visa is up for a vote on Wednesday in education. It seems to be another move to stop people who may be of a foreign religion from being employed at a charter school.

I always thought of America as a place for freedom of religion. All religions, just as long as they did not do violence to others.

This bill could also cut some federal funds available to charter schools because it discriminates against legal workers. I question if it is even constitutional on similar grounds. We will see where it goes.

For the indians

My bill to recognize the Tennessee native American Indians who stayed behind after Andrew Jackson forced many tribes to move to Oklahoma it the trail of tears is up for a vote later today.

The recognition would allow the ancestors of these native Americans who stayed behind to use the name "Indian" when selling crafts without paying a $100,000.00 fine as is required now. It also would allow them to apply for scholarships and grant money but would not allow them to open casinos.

As you can imagine, the federally recognized tribes in other states (the ones that moved) do not like this bill as it would allow more people to compete with them in selling their wears and for the scholarships.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Drug testing for unemployment?

We might get to run drug testing for unemployment benefits this year as well as drug testing for TANF benefits. We were able to suspend the rules and put it on the calendar for this week.

It was close but we got the 2/3 needed to suspend the rules and put it on the committee calendar. The total was 19 to 9.

April 16?

The speculative day session will end....

Saturday, March 24, 2012

HOT RUMOR!!!!!!!!

I was talking with a good friend of mine from capitol hill and he turned me on to the HOT RUMOR floating around in Nashville.

As many of you know John J Hooker has long loved the Tennessee state constitution. He has worked diligently to hold us to the words Judges shall be elected by the qualified voters of the state. With that in mind he is very dissatisfied with the inaction of the house leadership to fix the unconstitutional judicial selection process. So dissatisfied that he is thinking about doing something about it.

What Pray tell is he thinking about doing you ask? Why running against speaker Beth Harwell of course for the state house.

Here comes the kicker....

He wants to run against her AS A REPUBLICAN in the REPUBLICAN PRIMARY!!!

Fight off, Fight on.

Republican state Rep Scotty Campbell has decided to not seek re election to the state house of Representatives and instead will seek to pursue educational goals. The former staffer for Kent Williams who won a tough 7 way primary to get in to office two years ago was looking at a stiff re match with the former runner up Timothy Hill, brother of State Rep Mathew Hill and son of Kennith Hill the chairman of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority.

Hill had cleared the field this time, raised an $18,000.00 war chest, filed his qualifying petition and was ready to go to battle. It was looking to be one of the biggest primary battles in the state.

Now it looks like Hill may only have to prep for battle with his brother on the state house floor. The district includes Sullivan,Johnson and Carter County, with Carter county being added in redistricting.

Timothy Hill is a small business owner of Right way marketing in Blountville. A company that specializes in advertising and research.

Friday, March 23, 2012

How old is this????

Paul Harvey from 50 Years ago.
Via the Tennessee Journal...

“This is like Kentucky playing Slippery Rock. I have
to win.” — Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, son of a dairy
farmer, on the UT Agriculture Day on the Hill milking
contest Tuesday that pitted him against House Speaker
Beth Harwell. Ramsey described the matchup as
“the boot-wearing, tobacco-chewing” pickup driver
against “the Belle Meade belle.”
■ But Harwell won, collecting twice as much milk
during the 60-second event as Ramsey.
■ Few saw it happen, but video captured a mysterious
hand pouring something into Harwell’s bucket halfway
through the contest. Later in the day Rep. Charles
Sargent (R-Franklin) received a letter, purportedly
from TBI director Mark Gwyn, formally notifying him
that the agency had “opened a file on this matter” and
warning that “a proven allegation of fraud could result
in your removal from office” under TCA 8-17-106.
■ “I’ve never seen cold milk come out of a goat before.
That’s all I’ll say.” — Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey.

Oh Snap!!!

Deb Maggart goes old school hammer on Mike Turner after he said Republican were preoccupied with sex.

“As usual, Chairman Turner and the Democrats are overcompensating for something. Perhaps it's their limited legislative agenda?

"Regardless, the reality is, this week alone the Republican Majority advanced proposals to eliminate the death tax in Tennessee, create a FastTrack grant program for local economic development projects, and revise the unemployment benefits program so Tennesseans who legitimately need support can receive it without burdening taxpayers. That's called a jobs agenda. Turner and his crew should help us with this instead of filing bills for transvestites (HB 187), legalizing pot (HB 294), and raising the gas tax (HB 2277). That's a reckless agenda that hurts Tennessee."

We should chip in on that

The Tennessee Democrat party has decided to give their party chairman Chip Forester a 33% pay increase raising him up to $125,000.00 a year. After the results he has gotten in the last few elections I almost feel like Republicans should chip in on some of that.

Good enough for the college...

Tennessee is taking the steps to make it so college professors can teach at the high school level as well as at the college level. It seems only logical if they are smart enough to teach in college they can teach at a high school.

Also an alternative route to allow people to become a high school teacher is also being pushed for people with actual special life skills (Such as being a nuclear scientist at ORNL) so they can teach in their field in high schools.

Of course, the teachers unions are fighting these steps with every thing they have.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

One step at a time

My drug testing for TANF (Welfare type) benefits bill passed the Senate health committee!!!

Yes! I am stoked.

I have been working on this bill for a few years now and really would like to see it move. I had to shift it to suspicion based testing (Based on if you had a previous drug arrest in the last 5 years) rather then a blanket test but it is out of committee and moving.

One step at a time.


As many of you know I asked for a response from the AG on some pointed questions regarding the guns in cars in private parking lots bill. Where do private property rights begin and end versus second amendment rights begin and end type questions. Instead of responding to the questions I asked they just said the bill could be ruled as constitutional. Thank you very little. I then had to go on a fishing expedition and try to drag responses out of them. Very frustrating.

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Joke of the day (how government sets tax rates)

An elderly lady goes to check into a hotel. The clerk told her that $250.00 is the 'standard rate' so she insisted on speaking to the Manager.
The Manager appeared and forewarned by the desk clerk announced: "The hotel has an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference center which are available for use."
"But I won't use them," she said.
"Well, they are here, and you could," explained the Manager. He went on to explain that she could also have seen one of the in-hotel shows for which the hotel is famous. "We have the best entertainers from Edinburgh , Glasgow , and Aberdeen performing here," the Manager said.
"But I didn't go to any of those shows," she said.
"Well, we have them, and you could have," the Manager replied. No matter what amenity the Manager mentioned, the Elderly Lady replied, "But I didn't use it!"
The Manager was unyielding, so the Elderly Lady eventually decided to pay and wrote a check which she gave to the Manager.
The Manager was surprised when he looked at the check. "But madam, this check is only made out for $50.00."
"That's correct. I charged you $200.00 for sleeping with me," the Elderly Lady replied.
"But I didn't!" exclaims the very surprised Manager..

"Well, too bad, I was here, and you could have."

Fighting for union thuggery and corruption

Legislation that would have ended the legal defence of "I did it for my company or union" when dealing in cases of corruption, bribery, extortion and physical intimidation was up for debate today (SB3631 by Kerry Roberts). The unions and some Democrats were fighting tooth and nail against it. They argued that they were not doing those things but we should not make those actions illegal.

My question, Why not?

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That was as good as the defence got. The "We are the union and we are against the bill" probably would have flown in past legislatures but it's not working so good now.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The reverse income tax

In Georgia, people are starting to realize lotteries are similar to an income tax, only in reverse. It takes from the poor and gives to the rich.

a recent study in the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making confirmed what we sadly already know: that lower-income people who can least afford to play the lottery are often the ones who do.

The study found that lottery revenue "comes disproportionately from lower-income residents, who shelled out a larger percentage of their pay on the games than wealthier people," Bloomberg News reported.

And the toll seems especially high among our neighbors to the south in Georgia.

Georgia residents on average spend a higher percentage of their income on lottery tickets than residents of any state except Massachusetts. And that is typically money that flows out of the pockets of low-income residents to provide college scholarships and other benefits -- often to people who are not from low-income families.

"It's a pro-rich wealth-redistribution technique in Georgia," said Charles Clotfelter, a professor of economics at Duke University.

We're certainly not against college scholarships and some of the other good things that lotteries fund. But states simply shouldn't be promoting the vice of gambling, however noble the purposes behind the lotteries.

The lincoln Davis plan for Democrats

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I hope you are wearing your green.

More from the non existent sex ed classes.

Just some stuff I pulled down from one of the links on grade 6-8 sex education in Tennessee.

6.1 identify family influences in the development of personal values and
beliefs and how they will affect future decisions;

6.2 analyze changing roles and responsibilities (physically, socially and emotionally) throughout the life cycle as individuals and members of families;

6.3 evaluate the influence of attitudes, emotions, and behaviors on healthy family relationships.

Performance Indicators:
At Level 1, the student will be able to:
describe family structures, roles, and how they may change;• understand that character is developed within the family structure (e.g.,
two parent, single parent, blended, extended, foster and adoptive
• understand how changes in family structure can impact emotional, social
and physical well-being.

At Level 2, the student will be able to:

identify how family values impact gender discrimination, harassment, and
various types of abuse

At Level 3, the student will be able to:
• explain roles and influences on personality development;
• identify the signs of abuse (emotional and physical abuse);

... Have students explain the roles and responsibilities of family members;

• have students write an essay about a family’s personal values and
influences as they relate to personal choices and behaviors;
• lead a group discussion evaluating the family relationships of a television
• discuss expectations and stereotypes about the opposite sex;

"It was a disaster!! Nothing happened!!"

Voter ID was terrible (For Democrats) because nothing happened....

Via Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey...

From the introduction of this law, opponents have been screaming that the sky was falling in ways that would shame Chicken Little. People would be disenfranchised, they insisted. Elderly people and marginal populations would be turned away and left behind, they proclaimed.

To listen to some detractors you would think that the end of democracy as we knew it was literally at hand. But in reality, Election Day came and Election Day went with headlines in paper after paper relating how smoothly the process had gone.

“Voter ID gets going without a hitch.”

“No problems reported with TN’s new voter ID law.”

“Voter ID law sees few hiccups.”

“Voter ID law presents few problems in Tennessee.”

Simply put, “The Great Disenfranchisement of Tennessee” did not materialize. Voters were not turned away en masse. It was, in many ways, just like any other election day. Except on this day Tennessee citizens knew for sure their votes — and only their votes — counted.

Now, with the clear results of all but nothing Democrats are fighting (in court) to bring back the dead voters and felons to the voting rolls.

Dems fight for agenda 21

After saying it does not exist and that Republicans are making it all up, Democrats all vote to support what they say is a figment of Republican imagination.

UN Agenda 21.

I always wonder why democrats fight so hard to keep or support things they claim are not real or not happening.

What they can't win at the ballot box...

...Democrats sue for in the courts. The Dems are suing over the senate redistricting plan saying their plan had less split counties. While this may (or may not) be true their maps did not take into effect the over packing of of the districts (The population variance within those districts). I think once all the numbers are presented, along with the before and after maps, about any judge will see the districts were drawn in a fair and legal way and overall ended up in much more reasonably shaped areas then anything the Democrats have done or would have done.

Friday, March 16, 2012

"But we dont teach sex ed in grades k-8 in Tennessee"

As many of you have heard ad nausea "Tennessee does not teach sex ed previous to the 8th grade now. Your bill (SB49) is completely not needed."

Oh really!!!??

Well, here you go.

Sex ed classes in grades 6,7 and 8.

I am also about to drop some screen saved pictures from the sex ed classes (in 6th 7th and 8th grade) in Nashville from last year. The sex ed was to be presented in the "health class", "Science classes" and with "Guest speakers" After screen saving the pictures, the person who sent them to me called the school district to complain. The school system seem to have taken down the proof of what they were doing since then.

Think it was all talking about natural reproduction??? Ummmm. No.

Some of the goals were...

"Identify how family values impact gender identification"

and "Discuss expectations and stereotypes of the opposite sex"

Gee, I wonder how those talks went?

And that is just the start.

More to come....

TEA throws higher ed under the bus

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At about 11:30 The head people at the Tennessee Education Association admit they have no proof that a classically trained teacher is any better then and educator who has field/life experience and was not trained as a teacher. When asked why that is, they said we need to ask higher ed.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Chicken or egg

Did the Internet and gun arguments kill papers or did papers death allow guns argument to flourish?

Ohio CCW makes the argument for the former.

Today, responding to the anti-rights twaddle of daily newspapers is more and more like arguing with—for lack of a polite comparison—terminally ill mental patients. Having long ago departed from the world of fact and reason, and sliding ever faster toward their inelegant demise, newspapers simply have become distractions and decoys for gun-rights activists. It's only from the force of habit that gun writers today bother to rebut the tired fallacies rehashed in the dead-tree media.

In the best of times, newspapers occasionally served as useful platforms for the thoughtful exploration of public policy—including Second Amendment rights. Those days are gone. Today newspapers are left to troll for the last few readers whom they can inflame or gratify with abject emotionalist rhetoric. Their product often is drivel that not even an indulgent middle-school English teacher would accept as cogent or reasonable.

On line voting passes

Allowing local school board members vote for legislation on line rather then have to actually show up in person to school board meetings and face the voters they may be voting against passed the senate today.

Bad bill.

"Living the dream" by not showing up

TNReports details some of the issues regarding the "living the dream" scandal where govt funds were being funneled into liquor and campaign events and has ties to Tennessee legislators who failed to show up for years to oversee the spending.

Line of the day

"I know in his last campaign his opponent said he couldn't pass gas. I guess this bill proves him wrong."

Jim Kyle on Bill Ketron passing his legislation protecting natural gas providers.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

To my Facebook friends

It seems my Facebook page has been taken down because someone reported it as fraudulent. I have appealed it. Carry on.

Monday, March 12, 2012

But I thought our image was shattered?

For the last few years every time someone brought up a conservative social issue in Tennessee the left freaked out. "You guys are making us look like a bunch of knuckle dragging neanderthals with guns!!! Stop destroying our state image!!!"

Hate to let them down but it looks like the majority seem to think pretty highly of our little slice of heaven.

Separated at birth?

The last Occupy Nashville protester Chris Humphrey.

Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville reporter Tom Humphrey.

The family resemblance is a little more nuanced on this one.

joke of the week.

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House.

One is from Chicago, another is from Tennessee, and the third is from Montana. All three go with a White House official to examine the fence.

The Montana contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil.

"Well," he says, "I figure the job will run about $900. That's $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700. That's $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me."

The Chicago contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, "$2,700."

The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other guys. How did you come up with such a high figure?"

The Chicago contractor whispers back, "$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence."

"Done!" replies the government official.

And . . . that . . . is how our Government works!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Some questions

As we deliberate the questions on gun rights vs Property rights I have posed a few questions to the AG for judiciary committee.

A little preview...

Is there a difference in the laws regarding the protections from illegal search and seizure between a vehicle and a person?

What are the property rights differences between non governmental, public property (such as a gas station parking lot) and private property (such as a house driveway or even inside of a house)? When does private property become public (as in open to increased government regulation)? Does a fenced (or walled) yard or gated driveway/parking area have any effect on the rights of the property owner be it public or private?

Can a person be required to give up any constitutional rights or protections when on private property as a condition of access to that private property? Public property? To receive a job or for access to a job? On or in their own property? On or in their own property (such as a car) if that property is on public property? Private property?

Are their any state or federal court cases, federal laws or opinions issued by the state of TN that address the question if a landlord can limit gun owner rights as a condition of renting an apartment? access to parking (for tenants or for guests) for that apartment? Could a parking lot owner "rent" or give spaces to car owners with similar restrictions? If sb3002 or a similar version passes? Could any of those cases or laws or opinions nullify this act or any part of this act?

Student guns on campus upheld

The Colorado campus ban of permit holders and their second amendment rights has been overturned by the state supreme court. They ruled that the state, not the campus is the ultimate decider.

The Concealed Carry Act, passed in 2003, prohibits local governments from limiting concealed carry rights with a few exceptions: K-12 schools, places where guns are banned by federal law, public buildings with metal detectors and private property.

College campuses were not accepted under the law....

...“Where there is more concealed carry, there is less crime,” he said. “It’s been studied six ways to Sunday and everyone knows that now.”

Brophy pointed to the shooting at Virginia Tech that left 33 people dead, and to the shooting at New Life Church in Colorado Springs where a security guard, Jeanne Assam, shot and killed a gunman after he opened fire in a shooting that took two lives, as examples of the security concealed weapons can provide when violence erupts unexpectedly.

“While that shooter was on campus illegally possessing a firearm and murdering people, people who could have legally carried there and stopped him, as Jeanne Assam did at the church in Colorado Springs, weren’t allowed to do that,” Brophy said.

“We are safer when people are allowed to carry concealed weapons.”

Two if by land

"The conservatives are coming! The conservatives are coming!!" Tom Humphrey tells how the social conservatives are not only taking over the state GOP but also the state legislature and the state in its entirety.

moderate Mitt Romney facing conservatives split between Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, dramatically outspending them and backed by the state's Republican establishment, led by Haslam. (The governor, incidentally, has used the slogans "new normal" and "believe in better" in slightly different contexts.)

But it was not to be. Santorum swept 37 percent of the vote, 10 points ahead of Romney, and Gingrich came in with about 24 percent.

The social conservatives collectively had such a substantial margin over the moderates that, even when split, they prevailed in the statewide voting. Gingrich and Santorum together had 61 percent of the vote. Throw in Ron Paul, and it's close to 70 percent.

This contrasts with the Haslam and Corker elections, wherein the competing conservatives were splitting up a much more narrow majority. This would indicate that, in the new normal, social conservatives now have very strong voting control of the Tennessee Republican party on a statewide basis.

While that is something of a milestone marker, or maybe a high-water mark, it's not exactly a shocking development. The trend toward social conservatism has been apparent for some time in the Legislature, where it's a general rule of thumb — there are exceptions — that the less seniority a Republican legislator has, the more socially conservative he or she is.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Quote of the day

“We are raising a generation of fat, lazy children who
are interested in getting government welfare and government
food stamps and are interested in not working.
And they sit inside and play their little video games.” —
Rep. Faison, in extolling the benefits of farm work.


Conservative Democrat Rep Eddie Bass has decided he will not run again for the house of Representatives. He had considered a shift in party earlier in the year as his district was shifting to Republican leaning but instead has decided to step down. District 70, which includes all of Giles County and most of Lawrence County. He previously had represented Giles and Marshall counties.

Calling Senator Nicely

Senator Mike Faulk has decided to retire from the state senate at the end of the year siting his desire to care for an aging mother and spend more time at his one person law firm. The legislature can be a tough place to do either one of those things in your off time much less both of them (We are in Nashville Monday through Thursday). Best of luck goes out to him and his family. I am sure many will welcome his sharp mind and warm smile back in Jefferson County as we in Nashville will lament our loss.

That opens up his strongly Republican, mostly rural senate seat for the next election. The districts (just East of Knoxville) top candidate has to be Representative Frank Nicely.
A farmer and land owner by trade Frank has roots that go back generations in the area. His folksy witticism and style (I call it "country cool") mixed with his political experience would be tough to beat in about any race much less the one for the new district.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

DONE!!! Naifeh is quitting!!!!!!!!!

Former house speaker and Father of the income tax Jimmy Naifeh has decided to not run again for the House of Representatives! It a great day for Tennessee!!!


As predicted.

The Santorum win in Tennessee keeps Newt and Rick alive to fight on. The political science professors from UVA and Vandy agree with my assessment previous to the election.

A strong showing in the two most competitive contests — Tennessee and Ohio — would have solidified Romney's standing as the frontrunner in the race. But Romney failed to deliver the knockout punch he needed. His 9-point loss in Tennessee and his narrow win over Santorum in Ohio again raised doubts about his appeal to conservative voters and served to prolong the nomination fight.

"If Romney had won in Tennessee, there would be a fair number of calls today for Santorum and Gingrich to ensure party unity by getting out," said Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia. "Well, I haven't heard anybody say that Santorum and Gingrich should drop out and endorse Romney. I think Tennessee had a lot to do with that."...

..."Even though Romney won six out of 10 states, quite a number of reporters focused on Tennessee and said, 'What happened?' He has no backing in the South, the Republican heartland,'' Sabato said. "I think that's how Tennessee mattered — because Romney didn't come close."

Romney's loss underscored the differences between Tennessee's older, establishment Republicans, which fell in line behind Romney, and the newer, more socially conservative base that preferred Santorum, said Bruce Oppenheimer, a political scientist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

How it all shakes out

As I said earlier thank you to the 121,508 people who voted for me to be a delegate.

Now who will I be a delegate for?

After thinking about the math and legal side of it all, I was elected as a Newt Delegate and short of him releasing me I will go and vote for Newt in the first two rounds of the convention as I committed to do. It is better for both sides that way.

If I stay with Newt he knows he has me for the first two rounds for sure and if he can make a play I will most assuredly support him in it. If he releases me he loses one of his few delegats he has and with it the negotiating power.

For Rick Santorum it is better because he can appoint someone else of his choice to one of his slots he offered to me and should a deal be possibly be brokered he knows I could support him.

Both sides win.

Thank you to the 121,508 for their support

The delegate vote count can be found here. I was the second highest vote getter in the state, was able to out poll several of the Republican presidential primary candidates and even out polled President Obama.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Election day

Today is election day. Don't forget if you live in Anderson County, Blogger Terry Frank is running for county mayor in the Republican primary. Your vote could put her over the top so get out and vote!!!

Monday, March 05, 2012

What can you sell on Wednesday?

As I said a few days ago my decision to shift my support to Rick Santorum was difficult, but as I drilled down on the numbers my decision became more and more clear. As I said I love Newt. When he was speaker Lowered taxes, balanced budgets, unemployment was ½ what it is now and he Reformed entitlements.


He has finished in 3rd or 4th place for 8 states in a row.

He and to a lesser degree Ron Paul are NOT fighting Rick Santorum any longer, they are fighting the question is Romney “inevitable"?

Credible polling has Newt (And Paul to a lesser degree) at 9-13% not just in Tennessee but in a lot of states. But for the sake of argument lets just say Newt is really at 18%. Lets just say Jupiter aligns with Pluto and Newt suddenly jumps another 5 or 6 points in every single poll in every single state in 24 hours with no debates and a fraction of the money. He still probably loses every single state except Georgia and possibly North Carolina to Romney.

His votes almost all come from Santorum supporters so he realistically helps Romney win 8 or probably 9 out of 10 super Tuesday states making it 13 out of 14 in the last few weeks for Romney. I don’t see how Anyone can go out and tell people you are viable and that Romney is not inevitable after that with a straight face.


Let’s just say numbers stay close to where they are right now and Santorum holds on and wins Tennessee, Wisconsin, Ohio and North Carolina. Maybe squeaks out a shocker in Vermont or NJ. Newt wins Georgia or possibly HE even wins NC.

Entirely different dynamic then saying one guy won 13 out of the last 14 states.

Then you can go out and sell Romney lost the majority of states (11 of 19) and its still a horse race for a conservative to win. Not a forgone conclusion.

That is why unless you support Romney you need to vote for Rick Santorum even if you really want Newt to win. The exception being if you live in Georgia or maybe North Carolina.

The numbers don't lie. The 3 conservatives need Santorum to win on Tuesday or its over for all of them.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Tough times, tough decisions.

As the presidential primary draws near in Tennessee, some hard decisions face us. Newt Gingrich to me is the top candidate. Smart, experienced and a great debater with the history of solid results to get it done.

In his time as speaker he stood up to the media, balanced budgets, cut unemployment to half what it is now and did a wealth of other great things like reforming our welfare system.

He would make an outstanding president.

Unfortunately, politics is a cruel mistress. Things shift and momentum turns. After South Carolina 2 mediocre debates and some missteps (such as pushing moon colonies) in Florida, he left the door open to Rick Santorum. Rick took his opportunities and made the most of them by winning 3 states in a row. Dropping Newt to a distant third in almost all polling.

I was hoping Newt could re surge with a strong debate before Michigan. While he showed well, it was not to be. In Michigan and Arizona he stayed down at the bottom With Santorum and Romney battling it out up top. After the Santorum second place in Michigan and Arizona I know Newt was hoping for a momentum shift but that has not really happened either.

Now the moderate wing is trying to close it down saying the divided primary is hurting the party and we all need to get behind Romney and just hang it up. Romney keeps "winning" without gaining plurality and is racking up the delegates.

Nothing would make moderates happier then a continued split field to keep Romney in front until everyone just coalesce behind him. I have seen it too many times in the past here in Tennessee. Multiple conservatives divide the field and the moderate wins without ever getting over 50%. Polling shows Obama is nearly unelectable because of his unpopularity in key swing states. The only question is, who will win the primary. While I could support a moderate (Romney) over a liberal (Obama), I would much prefer a conservative over a moderate and a clear difference in policy will keep that split wide.

Here is where it gets hard. After super Tuesday without a coalition of the conservatives, voter fatigue and the moderate screams of "Just give it to Romney. He is inevitable!" will be overpowering. With no slew of debates to propel Newt back up to the top and too many states and not enough money to buy the media needed for a drastic sea change before super Tuesday it will stay close to where it is now. Divided, with one monied moderate and several conservatives ripping each other to pieces for second place.

Something has to change.


While I would personally prefer Newt and think he would make a great president, it is clearly getting too late for him to come back. As much as it pains me to say it, the conservative with the momentum and ability to still make it happen is Rick Santorum. Not that Rick is bad. In fact he is great in many ways, pro life, strong conservative credentials, pro family and a lot of the same ideas Newt has. It just hurts because my wishes for Newt to do well are so strong.

Unfortunately, while I am twisted inside because of my loyalty to Newt, my loyalty must first lie with my country and getting a country with a conservative leader must take precedence to my own personal whims of fancy.

Therefore, As of now, I am stepping down as the statewide co chairman for Newt Gingrich and throwing all of my support behind Rick Santorum. Going with me are the top 3 second congressional district delegates for Newt (Dr. Lenard Brown, Dr. Aaron Margulise and Scott Smith). We all now throw our support behind Rick Santorum and hope for his success. We encourage other people who are supporting other candidates (not just in Tennessee but across the nation) to follow suit and throw your support behind Rick Santorum so we can coalesce and have a conservative to lead our party, and our country back to victory and prosperity.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

When teachers talk about homosexuality

Well, well what do you know. Lets see. The left seems to hate the idea of the classroom protection act that restricts teachers in grades k-8 discussions on sexuality to natural reproduction.

Of course when a teacher deviates from their dogma and speaks out against homosexuality to kids what do they want? To silence the teacher from talking about homosexuality.

After the ACLU issued its news release on Thursday, gay rights organization the Human Rights Campaign launched a petition asking members and supporters to protest Bond's comments. The group said it collected 5,000 signatures within four hours.

They like us! They really, really like us!

When your party is the dominant party (as Republicans are in Tennessee) to keep on winning seats (short of gerrymandered district) all you need to do is keep your people happy. While the MTSU poll is notoriously way off when polling Republicans or Republican issues the state legislature is on the plus side especially among the dominant Republican party.

Asked about the job the state Legislature is doing, Tennesseans are almost evenly divided into three groups that approve (39 percent), disapprove (30 percent), and don’t know whether they approve or disapprove or refuse to answer the question (32 percent). Likely voters are similarly ambivalent, with 40 percent saying they approve, 32 percent saying they disapprove, and 28 percent saying they don’t know or refusing to answer the question.
A majority of Tennessee’s Democrats disapprove (54 percent), while a majority of the state’s Republicans (55 percent) approve of the Republican-dominated Legislature. A plurality of independents, 38 percent, approve, while 28 percent disapprove, and 34 percent don’t know or refuse to answer.

Tin ear

Lets see. 82% of people are in favor of photo ID to vote. Like clockwork, Democrats come out strong against it.

Did the Christmas tree get out safely?

Before someone says it, let me say it for you. "Is this what you meant when you said you wanted to "reduce unneeded expensive regulation on businesses" when you were running for office?"

The silly bill of the week has to be one we passed today for sheds. You know, the things you put your lawn mower, bicycles and various other items of junk from your house in.
It seems some guy was putting an electric light in his little wooden sheds he sold so a new law had to be made to cover it. Now, not only is an electrical inspection required but a smoke detector must be installed in the shed as well.

That has to be the most ridiculous law we have passed this year. I mean really who are we protecting from smoke? People don't live in little 10x10 wood sheds. They put yard rakes, garbage cans and Christmas tree ornaments in them. Are we now down to protecting the rakes, shovels and lawn mowers so they are woken up and can bounce and roll out to safety in case of a midnight fire? I mean that is the only thing that is in there to hear it go off. Lets just say by chance a fire did suddenly break out as someone was putting away the hedge clippers. Are they not going to see the billowing plumes of smoke and flame in a 10x10 space?

All I can think of is a variation of the age old "If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it does it really make a sound?" quote.

"If a smoke detector goes off in a shed and no one is ever in there to hear it is it really needed?"

Whats next? Sprinkler systems? Second exits?