If the dollar has little value, then donate a few.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Teabo bill passes senate education.

My bill allowing homeschool kids to play TSSAA sports in all Tennessee state schools passed senate education committee today 9 to 0.

I am stoked!!

No room for Ron Paul

The extra special reception for Ron Paul has been canceled. The actual dinner with Ron Paul is still on and Ron is still the speaker but the special reception for the $1000.00 table sponsors has been canceled. You still can get the tables but the two tickets to the private photo op has been canceled.

Quote of the day.

Sad fact of the day.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Joke of the week.

Due to the pending republican cuts to NASA, heat shield funding for the space program has been cut to 0.

Undeterred, Democrats announced  the Obama exploratory  trip to the sun has been shifted to a night time landing.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ron Paul update.

Details for the Knox County Lincoln day dinner with Dr. Ron Paul are coming out. Tickets sold this year will be something new.

First off, the event will be at Rothchild's catering. All other locations were booked so seating will probably be limited (expect a sell out)

Regular tickets will be $35.00

A limited 20 premier tables will be sold for $1,000.00 each (10 seats). The premier tables will be drawn for best seating location.

Every premier table will be given two tickets to a private reception for a chance to talk with and get a picture with Dr.  Ron Paul.

 Ticket reservations will go on sale in the morning at the new GOP Headquarters 318 Nancy Lynn Lane #25.

That crazy red head.

That crazy red headed freshmen who wants guns allowed on college campuses is making national news for an OUTRAGEOUS e mail correspondence.

Picture of the day.

Quote of the day.

Numbers are funny like that.

If he comes, will they build it?

Some questions still swirl around Dr. Ron Paul coming to speak at Knoxville's GOP Lincoln day dinner on April 12.

No, it isn't if Ron will spit on the ground when ever Lincoln's name is mentioned. It is where will the event be held. Many question if the traditional location of Rothchild's catering can hold the size crowd that Ron Paul is expected to bring. Some GOP members also grumbled about the food quality for their last few events.

The alternate venue of Ken Knights Crown Plaza on Summit  Hill was quickly mentioned. I spoke with Ken at an event earlier in the week and he said while he would love to do it, he may already be booked for the date.

That really leaves two big venues, the Knoxville convention center who would be more then able to handle the size crowd a player like Paul could bring (but also brings with it a hefty price tag per meal) and  the I-75 expo center. The expo center has the room but some questions need to be answered as to if they have the catering capabilities to do the food.

Decisions will be made later today by the Chairwoman Ruthie Kuhlman and the Knox  county GOP executive committee. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Quote of the day.


Marsha 3, Duncan 219?

National Journal ranks the federal legislators on how conservative they are. A TN rundown can be found here. In a real shake up, the traditionally thought of as conservative Jimmy Duncan was ranked  lowest Republican in Tennessee and 219th overall.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Who hates the TEA party?

“The Tea Party .... ....they’ve turned off a lot of people. If Republicans don’t change, we’re finished as a party of anything other than white middle-aged men. "

-Richard Briggs

WBIR interview

If you would like to see the interview I did with WBIR you can find it here.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Guess who's coming to dinner?

Dr. Ron Paul will be the guest speaker at the Knox County Lincoln day dinner on April 12.

Monday, February 18, 2013

A bunch of short videos

The Tennessean wanted to do a piece on me, politics and being a conservative.  Here is a link to a bunch of the video snippet's.

WBIR does a link to the print side of the story.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

On those other bills.

While the MSM may never talk about it, I have about 45 other bills this year. A commenter on another website asked me some questions on them so I responded with a brief synopsis, comment or response to questions on each of the bills that won't get much media play.

For the actual listing of the bills and the actual wording of the bills you can go here and click the bill number. 

SB 30 restricts where and what you can use an EBT card for but is limited by federal regulations as to what we can limit and what we can not. I actually have to amend it to pull a few of the things off.
SB 31 is in response to drug dealers hanging out in waiting rooms of the drug addicted baby wards. A ward that has quadrupled in size the last few years costing the states and healthcare billions.
SB76 restricts mass reproduction of gun permit list. The exemption is for newspapers so they can list names of those who commit crimes or should not have a HCP but to keep them from mass reproduction of the entire list.
SB 77 is for personal security on campuses. I have limited it more in hopes of passage. It will still be difficult to get what I am offering through.
SB 211 I am carrying for the house sponsor.
SB 235 and 236 Are anti Eminent Domain bills
SB237 is to help the indigent who have turned their life around.
SB238 audiologist and speech pathologist make 30-50 K a year and are less able to afford the $400 tax per year then a NFL football player who were not playing when the NHL and NBA players were added to the list. 
SB239 is so a judge does not do a permanent child visitation change when a soldier is placed on, or volunteers for, active duty (as some judges do now).
SB240 homeschoolers already pay school taxes. They are just not allowed to use the services. This will allow them to use a part they pay for (sports).
SB241 says you need a signed contract or a judgement  above $10k for a lien. The $10k minimum allows for hand shake agreements liens. Fraudulent liens are used to extort money and are becoming a problem in TN as they have been in other states.
SB242 allows for personal safety for higher Ed and will also be difficult to pass I have been trying for 5 or 6 years. Separate bills have better shots.

SB243 is so judgements that have already been made get paid and someone doesn't just quit and skip to another job to avoid paying a garnishment the courts have already said is due.
SB 247 It only changes how court cost debts can be collected after a judgement is made.
SB411 was a caption bill I am not running this year.
SB487 Gun crime gets hard time.
SB488 stops personal information (such as addresses) from being in reports (in cases such as stalking and domestic assault) from being made public to those who may have been the abuser. It's a safety issue for the vic.
SB489 is to study for possible guidelines for state recognition of those native Americans that did not move in the trail of tears. The fed allows it and many states have done this.
SB490 stops union use of donations for political activities against the will of their members.
SB491 removes a regulation on a possible private business. It's pro jobs.
SB497 is really trying to stop the state from paying someone to sit around and sue the state. If you want to sue the state do it on your own time and dime.
SB520 allows longer contracts then are allowed now so businesses can pay for the infrastructure cost of switching people over to Natural gas.
SB569 is because our AG thinks he only has to enforce and defend the laws he likes, not what is on the books.
SB 714 10 years seemed excessive and like a punishment for those who took the steps to help themselves.
SB715 waivers signed by minors aren't binding and require staff and funding. This would make signing a release un needed in skate parks, roller rinks etc.
SB723 if its not your child by DNA you dont pay, those who received sperm donations or adopt would obviously be exempt.
SB724 the courts have ruled the car is private property. The same as your house or your car on a public road. This keeps your car from being searched.
SB725 is a caption bill to stop government collections for political organizations. It's not govt. job to be a union dues collector.
SB898 stops abuse and intimidation of those who may want to cross a picket line.
SB 899 clears up some minor confusing language in the law.
SB900 is a safety issue. If someone can't read a stop sign or a sign that says "bridge out ahead" or "hidden driveway" or "children at play" after 2 years how safe of a driver do you think they are?
SB946 gets clear cost amount of background checks because the testimony on cost has changed from year to year and bill to bill.
SB 947 This puts more groups under the law for reporting and following minimum ethics standards.
SB948 is to stop those who sell their EBT cards for cash.
SB 1151 is a caption that I will probably use to try and bring down some of the wild spending in campaigns.
SB1162 is to allow medical companies to use lower bids rather then a set provider an insurance company may be getting a kick back from.
SB 1170 helps small propritary schools but is limited so you don't set up a propritary school in your basement and start selling degrees.
SB1171 I am carrying for the house sponsor.
SB1182 protects gun owners from discrimination in employment and privacy issues.
SB1211 allows the people to decide if they want floride in their water or not.
SB1213 removes from the books the position of county legislative secretary that is no longer needed or used.
SB 1308 and SB 1309 sets forth the principals of a constitutional sheriff that was decided in the USSC sheriff Mack decision.

Quote of the day.

" A lot of their extremists got elected to the Legislature. Our extremists didn't get elected to the Legislature."

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Changing the fight.

Lately I have been on the main stream media a ton. I have been on every type media forum there is, National and local TV, national and local radio, call in shows,  newspapers and the Internet. I have hit them all. Honestly I am probably as sick of seeing my name and face on TV and radio as you are. Still, Seldom do I turn down an interview.

 Why do I do it? Do I just want the attention? Do I just want to see my name in print? Am I running on the "all media is good media" theory?

No. Not at all. I don't think I have ever put out a press release or asked a media source to please do a story on me or any of  my legislation. If given the choice  of lots of media or none at all, I would take the none at all. Really,  I would prefer no stories on me or my legislation. Seriously. None. Zero. Zip. 

All the media frenzy may sound like its lots fun but its not. Walking in to most interviews I know the media is looking at the conservative point of view  in the same way a lion looks at a T bone.  Many of the media (but not all) are quite left leaning and many of them will edit out what we say contradicting their points to fit their agenda as best they can. Some papers and reporters I have given up on all together. I have learned the best we get is one line to contradict the rest of a negative article and the question a conservatives get will have a slant that is almost impossible  to explain in a few words ("When did you stop beating your wife?" type stuff).

Live media is the best for us and we should be vocal on it where ever we can. I know at least in that forum, what we say will not be edited. If you hear a live radio or TV show attacking conservative legislation, one thing is for sure we need to be in there or on it fighting back. 

On line media is also a key battle front.  

Many of the old "silent majority" still think that staying silent will continue to win the day. With the new interaction type media/news and the growth of the low information voter, silence is no longer an acceptable road to victory. We will lose all of the fights we surrender to the screaming irrational left. 

Those argument losses lead to election losses. Election losses lead to liberal policy.

The Romney election was a perfect example. He was focused like a laser on the disastrous economy. He gave up the fight and ran from every social issue like his hair was on fire. In the end, those losses translated into a shift in opinion and a loss for him and our country.
Yes, Correcting all the misrepresentations takes a ton of energy. I am sure we all would prefer to be putting our  energy  into conservative legislation but our options are limited. Without a win all the wonderful legislation in the world isn't going to move.

Clearly in this last election (like with McCain previously) Romney took the high road. He put our countries terrible economy in  total focus and drilled away. He went on all the big shows and talked about the budget and the economy. In the mean time, Obama was doing interviews with such luminaries as "The pimp with a limp" and a man dressed up as a pirate. The left invested heavy in on line media and carpet bombing comments on the online Media comments section. Romney let it slide for the most part and was probably beat out by those on his own right that divided  his base. Stories were over hyped on what someone' opinion on some minor issue may be. Instead of just not commenting or fighting on the issue as the left does when one of their own steps in it. Romney and company were reeled into telling what they thought of the latest gaff and apologizing.

If our only choices are to do an interview and try to correct some of the misrepresentations put out
there, counter attack and show why our ideas are better or sit back, apologize, and let people believe what we
Know is not true.

We need to attack.

Like others have said in the past, In politics, perception is reality.  While many minds are closed no matter what we say, our goal needs to be at least correct a few of the "facts" put out by those with an agenda. When they stop telling lies about us and our bills we will stop correcting them and pointing out their flawed ideology when given the opportunity.

 Until then, we must be vocal and fight on all fronts until we win, or continue to suffer in silence as we loose.

I'm not holding my breath.

Another report on how wine in grocery stores looks like assure thing this year. I'm still not seeing it. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

It works.

Greg Johnson highlights linking non food benefits to education results with  the goal of breaking the chains of generational poverty.

Millions for mental health

When the Lakeshore mental health facility was closed many people complained that it was another cut to mental health. An area often cut by recent governors to spend money on other projects. While we can argue numbers as to how much was lost or gained by the facility, one thing is for sure the land the actual mental health facility sat on is worth millions.

 My proposal to sell off  the state portion of Lakeshore park (not the city owned portion) and invest the millions raised into mental health in East Tennessee  is starting to get some traction.  Roughly 50% of our homeless are mentally ill. The same with our jail and prison population. Having funding to get these people treatment instead of jailing them would help in a host of ways.

Nothing would happen to the ball fields or the portion owned by the city and if their was support for the issue then the walking trail could also be exempted from any sale. The sale would also put the land back on the tax books bringing in millions of dollars in tax revenue for the city of Knoxville and Knox county for generations.

On the other hand,  knocking down the buildings at city expense to expand the park would cost millions and add little to the workings of the existing park facility.

Long and short of it is expanding the park would be of limited value (except possibly to someones vanity who would want to name the park after themselves.)  and would cost the city millions in short and long term expenses. A  sale on the other hand would do the opposite.

It seems cut and dry to me.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Quote of the day.

"I'm a great driver. I have a ton of citations to prove it"

- Sen. Ken Yeager

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Quote of the day.

"So did you watch the State Of  The Union speech last night?"

"If I wanted to watch a work of complete fiction I'd tune into the Sci-fi network."

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I blame you Obama!!!

I was just in contacted Rep. Judd Methaney and asked him if he was going to be hosting my favorite event of the year again this year. It is a tour  of Arnold Air Force base. It invites all the reps and senators to come out, tour the Air Force base, tour the  university of Tennessee and their rocket science training campus.....and shoot about 30 different types of automatic weapons.

It's a  lot of fun. Historic guns from WWI and WWII all the way up to today and the coolest new guns rolled out on  the air bases special target range. Ronnie Barrett has kindly underwritten the cost and is usually on hand to shows us his new toys and some of his products as well.

Unfortunately......the event is off this year. The reason? Its not a lack of guns. The guns are ready. It's a lack of bullets. As you can imagine, 50 or so legislators shooting 30 or so  machine guns go through a ton of bullets ,  a ton of bullets that are no longer available. What bullets there are available, are waaaaaay too expensive.  All the bullets are being bought up everywhere because Obama is pushing gun control.

I guess it part of his "jobs" package.

Talkin guns

Monday, February 11, 2013

Thought of the day.

Next time someone says not teaching little children about homosexuality in grade school dehumanizes homosexuals. Ask them to repeat that same statement and substitute in the words Jesus/the bible and Christians and see how they like it.


I just saw the original emancipation proclamation. It is on display over at the Tennessee performing arts center for one week. And is only going to be there for 7 days. I think it is going to go to 3 other cities and then back into the archives.

Being a bit of a history buff and after seeing the movie "Lincoln" it was a nice little circle.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Thought of the day.

Only those lacking creativity think that a mind set in one direction will never turn from that direction or  that a  mind once changed can never change back.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Why is this so hard to understand?

Sadly, what is portrayed in the media or by those with an agenda is not always the truthful or the full story. Here is the actual wording of the bill that some have had questions with. Again we are not talking about adults or even young adults. We are talking about little children.

"(2) A school counselor, nurse, principal or assistant principal from counseling a student who is engaging in, or who may be at risk of engaging in, behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and well- being of the student or another person; provided, that wherever possible such counseling shall be done in consultation with the student's parents or legal guardians. Parents or legal guardians of students who receive such counseling shall be notified as soon as practicable that such counseling has occurred; or

(3) Any school counselor, nurse, principal or assistant principal from responding appropriately to a student whose circumstances present immediate and urgent safety issues involving human sexuality. Parents or legal guardians of such students shall be notified as soon as practicable of the circumstances requiring intervention; provided, notice shall not be given to any parent or legal guardian if there is reasonable cause to believe that the parent or legal guardian may be the perpetrator or in any way responsible for sexual abuse of the student."

I doubt anyone, thinks that an issue for a little child who is engaging in activity that is an "urgent safety issue" and "engaging in, behavior injurious to the physical or mental health and well- being of the student or another person;" should be kept a secret from the parents. If a child is being sexually abused or is abusing another child I think the parents need to be involved.

If you would like to read the actual entire bill it can be found here.


Still not holding my breath.

Another report on how wine in grocery stores looks like a sure thing this year. I'm still not seeing it. 

Like I have said many times in the past. The bill only got only a few votes in either of the two bodies last year. I have not heard a single "no" saying they were now going to be a "yes" with this new proposal.  I don't even see this as a new proposal dramatically different then what they were shopping around last year.

Why does the media continue to report on something that has never even made it out of one committee and I don't think it has even gotten 3 votes in any committee? Because the makeup of the committee is different? Ok, show me the new yes votes that were no votes in the past. Have enough of the no votes left the legislature and been replaced by yes votes to suddenly make it pass the full floor votes in both bodies? Where is that news story?

I won't hold my breath.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

The split.

Lots of  people are asking what is going on with the guns in trunks legislation. The "don't ask don't tell" gun bill I had been talking about had wide spread appeal among both gun owners and the business community.

The Lt. Governor wanted to pass his bill quickly to get the ball rolling. It had many of the same protections my "don't ask, don't tell" gun bill in that it removed the criminal penalties against gun owners did but it didn't  go as far in protecting against discriminatory hiring practices against gun owners or liability protections for parking lot owners.

We decided to split the two bills up and run them separately. Rons bill (run by Jack Johnson) will be removing the criminal penalties against gun owners and should be on the floor any day. My bill should be in committee in a week or so. The business community has been more or less accepting of the 2 bill package as long as both pass. They realize this is their best case senario and The NRA (who came up with the split package idea) has said the same thing.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Thought of the day

Obama say spending cuts are bad as they take money out of the economy but he just finished arguing tax increases are good  even though they will have the exact same result.

Comment of the day.

Re: Nullification

"While the doctrine of nullification has its roots in the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, its intellectual justification is best articulated by the various state legislatures that, in opposition to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, passed personal liberty legislation designed to neutralize federal enforcement of the Act. Opposition to the Fugitive Slave Act is hardly racist."


Tuesday, February 05, 2013

You eat them. No, you first.

The group pushing for separation of church and state just brought up a batch of home made cookies for me.


I  suddenly don't think I or anyone on my staff is all that hungry any more. Anyone want them?


On saturday, the Knox county Republican Party overwhelmingly voted to tell the state to let the people vote on their school superintendent. I will run the legislation it in the senate but cant find a house sponsor who is willing to make the move in the house.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Thought of the day

Its funny listening to people who think any nullification of federal law is racism and equal to wanting secession   but they still want us to ignore federal drug laws.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Quote of the game.

"No, I've never been to a strip club, but I did see the Beyonce halftime show."

Events today.

I will be appearing live on the Hubert Smith radio show today from 10 till 12 on WUTK. At noon on channel 6 will be an airing of a show Rep. Harry Brooks and I did regarding some of the educational initiatives moving in the state.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Bigger then Justin Bieber.

To their credit TMZ ran the entire video on their live show. The video part where they get into my bill starts at 22:20

It's funny looking at the comment count on what is really a movie and music star show. The section on my bill is generating almost twice the comments of Justin Bieber and his drug pictures. Who said politics is boring?

Friday, February 01, 2013

No, it wasn't about my date with J-Lo

here is the edited TMZ video that they promised they would not edit.

I am now qualified to be mayor.

Move over Mayor Tim.

Jay Leno pimped my bill for money for good grades and took a little shot at my education.  Possibly he needs to do a little more studying himself...... of the urban dictionary. It's where all the cool kids study.

Hat tip: Nashville scene