Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Atlast Shurgged, the Movie is coming to Nashville!

The movie comes to Nashville and will be playing at Hollywood 27, which is the movie theater at 100 Oaks. The movie fittingly premiers in Nashville and nationwide April 15th, which is income tax day. From reading the reviews it looks like the movie is true to the book. Of course, there is no way the movie can delve into the depth of philosophical musings that are in the book but reviewers say it is true to the story and the general philosophy.  Maybe the movie will reach people who will never pick up the book and maybe it will inspire others to read the book.

Atlas Shrugged changed my life, primarily by being the common factor that led to a chance encounter with Louella Ballenger who became my wife, but it also influenced my thinking.  I was already a conservative before I ever read Atlas Shrugged, but that book led me to understand why I believed some of the things I believed. I think everyone should read Ayn Rand. She is a counterbalance to the prevailing philosophy dominant in academia and most of mainstream American popular culture. I admit, however, that Rand goes too far. I agree with Milton Friedan who said of Rand that she is “a great place to start, but a poor place to end up”.

I have read Atlas Shrugged three time and read a lot of Rand's other works and yet have never considered myself an "Objectivist" and only briefly identified myself as a libertarian for a few months when I was in my twenties. I consider myself a pragmatic Republican yet still value the absolutist philosophy found in Rand. Yet, I admit that there is a risk for some in reading Rand. She is powerful! A few who read her will end up on the fringe, but most will not. Most who read Rand will be instilled with a moral basis for believing in freedom and will gain an understanding of why the collectivist impulse is morally wrong. Her work is powerful. If there is one single book that I wish every young person would read, it is Atlas Shrugged. If they see the movie, maybe the movie will inspire them to tackle the book.

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NASHVILLE, TN - Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney announced today that Political Director Adam Nickas will serve as the new Executive Director for the Tennessee Republican Party.

"Republicans made historic gains in Tennessee last year and Adam's strategic work as political director was a large part of the success we had at the State Party. Adam's prior experience at the Party will bring continuity to his new role, which is a big plus going into this next crucial election year of 2012," said Chris Devaney.

Nickas was named Political Director at the Tennessee Republican Party in May 2010. As Political Director, Nickas managed the statewide field staff, helped coordinate the direct mail program, and managed the campaign plans and strategy for several state house races. As Executive Director, Nickas will manage the political operations of the Tennessee Republican Party and will continue to oversee communications.

"Working at the Tennessee Republican Party has been one of the most fulfilling jobs," said Nickas. "I appreciate Chairman Devaney's confidence in me to assume this critical role as Executive Director. While last year's election cycle was one of the most historic in our state's history, this next election is even more important," said Nickas.

Prior to being Political Director at the Tennessee Republican Party, Nickas served as Political Director for Bill Gibbons' campaign for Governor in Tennessee. Nickas previously worked on the campaigns of Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign in Iowa, Haley Barbour's re-election campaign in Mississippi, a Congressional race and state legislative races in Mississippi and Tennessee. Nickas, 25, attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he studied Journalism and Electronic Media and graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. Nickas is a native of Germantown, Tennessee.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Gonna Have a Tea Party by Bruce Bellott

I bet our tea parties are more fan than your tea parties.

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The President does not have power under the Constitution.......

“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
            Senator Barack Obama, December 20, 2007.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Red State Update: Murfreesboro vs. The Mosque

I watched the CNN special last night “UNWELCOME: The Muslims Next Door”. The opponents of the Mosque came off looking like ignorant rednecks and one crazy Black dude.  Did you see the way the lawyer for the Mosque opponents was dressed? All he needed to complete the clown look was a big red nose. I was embarrassed. What can I say? Anyway, Red State Update has a good take on it. This is funny! (Be warned it contains strong language.)

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Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey today introduced,

Nashville) – Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) today introduced, a new website dedicated to shining a light on unnecessary government regulation.’s mission is to be a space on the web where regular Tennesseans can have a voice and seek relief from oppressive government red tape. The site offers the opportunity to small business owners to tell their story of overbearing government regulation and how it has affected their lives.

“The best thing that government can do to promote economic growth is stay out of the way of people who create jobs,” said Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. “This website is designed to help highlight and expose the barriers government puts in the way of entrepreneurs trying to put people to work.”

Lt. Gov. Ramsey was joined at the unveiling by the National Federation of Independent Business’ state director, Jim Brown, Justin Owen, President of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research and Josh Helton, Small Business Advocate for the Office of the Comptroller.

The most flagrant examples of government red tape will be highlighted on the blog and the site will also aggregate stories of government red tape in the news.

Lt. Gov. Ramsey is a leading voice for economic growth in Tennessee state government. Ramsey believes government must do all it can to stay out of way of entrepreneurs who wish to create jobs.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Dear Katryna, I am so sorry that you are having financial difficulty and I wanted to respond

Dear Katryna,

I am so sorry that you are having financial difficulty and I wanted to respond to your letter. You say that Republican are cutting student aid. The way I understand it is that Republican are not cutting the amount of money being spend on student aid. The Republicans are proposing to cut $100-billion from the president's budget request and included in those cuts are cuts to student aid. During this recession so many people could not find jobs that many of them  have gone back to school so there has been an increase in demand for student aid and the Democrats proposed adding $5.7 billion to the Pell Grant program to cover the shortfall in the program.

Due to unexpected demand in the wake of the Great Recession, the Pell Grant program needs a funding fix to prevent grant cuts in 2011. So, the Democrats proposed the funding fix and the Republicans are proposing a reduction from the amount of that funding fix. The costs of the Pell Grant program have been growing at a rapid rate. More is going to be spend on Pell Grants and yet each Pell Grant recipient will get less under the Republican plan. Does that make sense to you?

Republicans are proposing to trim the maximum Pell Grant by 15 percent, or $845, from the current $5,550. Katryna, are you sure you are going to lose your student aid or just have a reduction? Now, some people who would have qualified for Pell grant under the Democrat spending level will not qualify under the Republican spending level but most will simply see a reduction in the amount of student aid. I don’t know if you will lose your student aid or not of course, but don’t jump to conclusions. The funding calculation is complicated and it is means tested so some people will qualify by virtue of qualifying for other programs and others will really lose their aid, but most will only see a reduction.

Did you know that President Obama is also proposing cut to the Pell Grant program? Obama's program cuts would end supplemental Pell Grants starting in summer 2012. Since 2009, students planning to attend summer school could apply for a second Pell Grant to pay for school year-round. Obama's proposal would do away with the year-round Pell Grant. MoveOn didn't explain that to you did they? The truth is that both Republicans and Democrats are proposing to spend more on Pell grants and both would reduce the amount of Pell grants anyone person could get, but the Republicans would cut more.

I think we have to cut a lot out of the federal budget, so no, I will not be asking Senator Corker to restore Pell grants to their former level. I am asking Corker to show courage and slash federal spending.

I know that losing your Pell Grant, if you do lose it, will be a hardship on you, but you see our nation is broke. Forty cents of every dollar the government spends is borrowed money. Our government is deeply indebted to the Chinese and others and we keep borrowing money to pay our expenses. We are much like a household that keeps taking out new loans to pay the payments on previous loans. 

The national debt is $14 Trillion dollars and it continues to increase at the rate of $4.11 billion per day and each citizen's share of this debt is $45,889.90. This is not sustainable. If we do not get a handle on this runaway spending, we will all lose the American dream and America will become a third world nation. I do not want to alarm you, but we can’t keep living on borrowed money for ever. Also, another problem is that the government is just creating money out of thin air. People refer to this as “printing money” although it is not really "printed money" but it is created as if it were printed and this can lead to rapid run-away inflation. So, unless the government gets a handle on spending we could see a rapid economic decline in the United States. We could see massive poverty never seen before in this nation. Painful cuts are necessary to stop spending more money than the nation can afford.

I know MoveOn wants you to feel resentment against rich people and blames our financial problems on the wealthy by saying they are not taxes enough. The wealthiest 5% of Americans pay half all taxes and the lower 50% of income earners pay no taxes. Also, job growth is created by wealthy Americans investing money. If we tax the wealthy more, we may have less job growth because we will have less investment. Higher taxes does not necessarily mean more tax collection despite what liberals will tell you. We do not have a problem in this country because we do not tax enough but because we spend too much.

Assuming you do lose your student aid, can you not qualify for student loans? If your education is a good investment, should you not be the one making the investment?

Katryna, you open your letter saying, "I never wanted a handout." Katryna, a grant is a handout. When the government gives you money and you don't have to pay it back, that is a handout. Also, Katryna you say you earned less than $4500 last year. You can't live on that. I bet you are living in subsidized public housing, getting food stamps, medicaid and you got the earned income tax credit last year. Am I right? I bet that in reality you are getting a lot of handouts. Is that not true?

Katryna, you say "I'm going to have to choose between paying rent or buying diapers." Have you thought about using cloth diapers and washing them out. People used to do that all the time. You don't have to buy diapers. You can rinse  them out in the commode and then wash them.

Katryna, I must ask you, where is your child's father? Is he paying child support? Did you have your child out of wedlock? You say you want to provide your daughter with the opportunities that your mother couldn't give you. You say nothing about your father. Your mother was a single mom, wasn't she? Did you do a really foolish thing and get pregnant without being married? I know that many do. In fact almost 70 percent of black children are born to single mothers. The disappearance of marriage in low-income communities is the major cause of child poverty in the U.S. today. Katryna, I think you should not blame your problems on Republicans but admit that your brought your problems on yourself, by your decision to have a child out of wedlock. Nevertheless, I do feel sorry for you.

Please continue to try to get out of poverty. Try to get student loans if you can't get the Pell Grant. If you do have to give up the dream of getting a nursing degree, please do not give up the dream of getting out of poverty. There is help available. Contact United Way or a good neighborhood community center to learn about job training programs and money management programs. A lot of poverty is due to poor decision making. Enroll in a life skills course and improve your life skills. Get a full time job.  Get out of the environment of public housing which creates a mindset that keeps people in poverty. And Katryna, please teach your child not to follow in your footsteps. Teach her that being a single Mom is foolish and most of the time it is a ticket to poverty.

I wish you the best.


Dear fellow MoveOn member,

I never wanted a handout.

I just wanted to get my nursing degree and build the life I've dreamed of. I wanted to provide my daughter with the opportunities that my mother couldn't give me when I was growing up.

That's my dream, but I'm afraid my dream is about to die. 

Republicans are trying to cut the financial aid I rely on to pay my tuition. Last year, as a student, I couldn't find steady work and earned less than $4,500. If my financial aid is taken away from me, I won't be able to afford to get my nursing degree. 

Once again I'm going to have to choose between paying rent or buying diapers, between having heat or having enough food for my family to eat. Can you imagine the pain involved in making those choices?
Can you help save my dream? The Senate is on recess, and Senator Bob Corker is home in Tennessee. Can you call him in his district office in Nashville, and ask him to vote against any budget that makes cuts to education, health care, and Social Security, and puts corporations and millionaires above hardworking Americans like me?

Here's where to call:
Senator Bob Corker
Nashville office: 615-279-8125
Then, please report your call to MoveOn by clicking here:

I recently got a part-time job at Walmart and with that money, along with my student aid, I'm now able to cover all my expenses. I even had enough money to get new glasses for the first time in six years. I've struggled to get this far, but I finally feel like I'm going to be able to make a good life for myself and my daughter.

Please, don't let the Republicans take all this away from me. You see, the cuts they want to make aren't abstract. And they aren't limited to student aid, either. They're trying to cut job training, food aid to women and children, and more. Congress doesn't seem to understand the consequences to people like me all across the country if these programs are cut.

Can you call Senator Bob Corker, and ask him to vote against any budget that makes cuts to education, health care, and Social Security, and puts corporations and millionaires above hardworking Americans like me?

Thank you.
–Katryna Wade, Arkansas

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ANNOUNCING!!!!! DCRP Executive Board for 2011 - 2012

On Saturday, March 26th the Davidson County Republican Party met for the Party's biannual County Convention at the Maxwell House Hotel. The convention was convened, on time, promptly at 9AM by Chairman Kathleen Starnes, The invocation was  offered by Representative Jim Gotto and the Pledge of Allegiance was was led by Beverly Knight. Rod Williams, Chairman of the Contest and Credentials Committee, which is responsible for conducting the Convention gave a committee report. Following the reading of the report the Convention elected the officers which are elected by the full body, then the committee broke into seven regions to elect Regional Vice Chairs. 

The event was harmonious and orderly. This contrasted greatly from two years ago when the Party was unable to conclude the convention in one day and when their were several contested elections and multiple ballots. There were no appeals of the actions of the Contest and Credentials Committee and all of the primary officers except one were elected by acclamation which meant ballots did not have to used which speeded up the process. Former Republican 5th District Congressional candidate, David Hall, was nominated for Chairman and spoke declining the nomination and endorsed Kathleen Starnes. Hall  was elected a Regional Vice Chair. The meeting was over by 10:30AM. 

Below is the slate of newly elected Party officers and the Report of the Contest and Credentials Committee.
Chairman - Kathleen Starnes
1st Vice Chairman - Daniel Davis
2nd Vice Chairman - Tony Roberts
Recording Secretary - Beverly Knight
Communications Secretary - Claire Ratliff
Treasurer - Chuck Self

Asst Treasurer - John Flanagan

Regional Vice Chairmen
North Region - David Hall
North Central Region - Kay Brooks
South Region - David Patterson
South Central Region - Brent Pierce
South East Region - Patricia Carl
East Region - Ken Marrero
West Region - Lonnie Spivak

On December 7, 2010 the DCRP Executive Committee appointed The Contest and Credentials Committee consisting of the following people: Rod Williams, Chairman, and committee members Hattie Dewalt, Mark Rogers, Tony Roberts, and Ed Zeagler. Also appointed were non-voting members Paul White to serve as Parliamentarian and Martha Brown, 2009 Contest and Credentials Committee Chairman, to serve as consultant. After the first meeting, Beverly Knight joined the Committee as a non-voting member to serve as secretary.

The Committee was charged with revising the Party's bylaws and Rules as well as planning and conducting the caucus and convention.  The committee met on eight occasions included one meeting to review delegate challenges.

The Committee revised the Rules and Bylaws and submitted them to the Executive Committee and they were approved. The committee planned the caucus and the convention, including selecting a venue, developing an agenda and all of the minor details necessary for the caucus and convention.

The Caucus occurred on March 6. One hundred twenty-eight (128) people registered and attended the caucus. No one registered from Districts 9, 10, or 21. Ninty-four (94) delegates who were not present were nominated and elected in their district.  Some people who were not present at the caucus had submitted a request to be a delegate, but were not nominated by anyone in their district. Those people were mailed a letter informing them they were not nominated.

For those delegates who attended the caucus in person, members of the C&C committee verified their proper voter registration at the caucus. For those who did not attend in person or who attended but did not have a voter ID card with them, the committee verified their registration from an election commission voter registration database.  Six delegates were challenged by the committee due to inability to verify their proper voter registration.  All of these were mailed letters and invited to attend the March 14th meeting of the Contest and Credentials Committee to present additional information to verify their proper registration. Two of the six were confirmed to be properly registered by the election commission prior to the March 14th meeting. Of the other four, none appeared at the March 14th meeting and they were removed from the delegate list. Two delegates who had been elected notified the committee that they would be unable to attend the convention and were removed as delegates.  Total delegates approved by the Committee were 216.  

One challenge was received by the Committee challenging a delegate as not being a Republican. The Committee found that the allegations against the challenged were unrelated to his viability to serve as a delegate and he met the basic qualifications to serve. The challenger has appealed this decision to the State Party.

This report has purposely been abbreviated to respect the time of the delegates attending this Convention. Agenda’s and minutes of the Contest and Credentials committee meetings are on file at the Party Headquarters.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Drinking Wine in Turkey

I love wine. I like to drink it of course, but I also like reading wine labels, I like visiting wineries, and I like reading wine reviews. I keep reading Frank Southerland to see if he can top “dusty tomatoes stems” in describing the bouquet of a wine.

I have been a serious wine drinker for probably twenty years. When I say serious, I don’t mean expensive. Most of my wine purchases are in the low-end price range. I simply can not enjoy plunking down $40 for a bottle of wine. Did I tell you that I am frugal? Luckily I know a liquor store that carries discount wines. These wines must be close-outs or overstock. They always carry wine priced at three bottles for $10.99. They always have a good selection of wines like Crane Lake, or Hardy’s, or Cato Negro and several other decent wines at this price. Occasionally however I will find a wine from some obscure French AOC or a Chilean wine that is fantastic. They may only have one case of that wine and it may never be stocked again. To visit Colonial Liquors is like a treasure hunt. You never know what you may find.

For many years my wife and I took a vacation every year. Enjoying new wines was a major part of our vacation experience. There are local wines all over Europe that never get exported. They drink all they produce. On a Greek island, we fell in love with a wine that was grown and produced on that island only and the wine was cheaper than coffee.

One year we travelled to Turkey for out vacation. We had an absolutely wonderful time and fell in love with Turkey. Knowing Turkey was a Muslim country and knowing of the Muslim prohibition on alcohol, we did not expect to have much wine in Turkey. Our first evening in Istanbul, we went out to eat and were pleasantly surprised to find a wine list at the restaurant at which we ate. I assumed that Istanbul, being such an international and cosmopolitan city, tolerated wine but did not expect to find wine in the other parts of the county. Once leaving Istanbul, we did not fine wine served in restaurants in those cities that were not tourist destinations. We just accepted that we would be without wine for a few days.

It was in Iznik where I had another pleasant surprise. Iznik is a lovely town that is the center of the Turkish tile industry. Turkish tiles are a work of art and Iznik has been a major center of tile production for hundreds of years. We had a modestly priced room that had a balcony on the corner of the building and the balcony overlooked the main cross roads of the city. In our travels we were adventurous and we never planned our accommodations in advance. We were excited about finding such a great room. It looked down on a large tile fountain and there was a lot of people coming and going just three floors down.

We had not had wine in several days. I thought I would go explore the city that first night in town and see if, just by chance, I could find any wine. I did not expect to find any. We had not gone many blocks however until we came to an open storefront convenience market and there in a back corner of this little market was a whole shelf of various wines. We bought wine, cheese, bread and olives and went back to our balcony and drank wine had our picnic and watched the evening street activity below.

This story has a point: In Muslim Turkey in the small town of Iznik, I can buy wine in a convenience store. In Nashville, I can’t. It is time to chance that. For more information visit Red, White and Food.

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The first vote on wine in food stores is happening next Tuesday.

March 24, 2011


It’s four years in the making. The first vote on wine in food stores is happening next Tuesday.  

The Senate State & Local Government Committee is scheduled to hear testimony about wine sales in food stores and vote on our preferred bill, SB 0316. The committee meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. in LP12 at Legislative Plaza.  

This vote is a big deal—an affirmative vote gets the ball rolling through the rest of the legislature.  

We need to show the nine committee members how much consumer support there is for wine in food stores by filling the room with as many Red White and Food members as possible. If ever there was a time to show your support, that time is now.  

We’d love to see you at the hearing. If you work downtown, please consider taking an early lunch. Our bill is the first item on the agenda, so the vote should be over by 11 a.m. Here’s a Google Map for Legislative Plaza. Parking is available at the Sheraton on 7th and Union or other nearby lots. Please plan to arrive by 10 a.m.—a Red White and Food team member will be outside Legislative Plaza on the corner of 6th and Union and can direct you where to go.


We understand that many of you have jobs or other commitments that make it difficult to attend in person. You can watch the live streaming video here starting at 10:30 CT Tuesday. In the left-hand column, click “State and Local Government.” If you can’t watch live, it should be archived on the site.   We’ll also tweet during the hearing, so follow @RedWhiteFood for updates.


If the bill is voted out of committee, it will go to the full Senate for a vote. A House committee will also have to hear testimony and vote before it would go to the full House.  

If the bill is not voted out of committee, there’s still hope. Our sponsors have introduced other bills that would allow wine sales in food stores.  

We’ll send a follow-up e-mail after the vote to let you know what happened and what the next steps are.


We’ve worked hard for this moment for four years. But none of this would be possible without the support of you and the thousands of Red White and Food members who have contacted legislators.  

Thanks for everything you’ve done so far—we’re getting so close to the day where we can buy a bottle of wine where we buy our food.  


You can connect with us at any of the following:  

Don’t forget that you can also reach us by e-mail any time at  

Thanks again for all your support.

A toast to success, Red White and Food Team

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Tea Party Choices: Purity of Principle or Maturity of Method

Excellent post. What is the right balance between pragmatism and ideology? How can the tea party win friends and influence people? Will the tea party overreach and self destruct? How do we best advance the cause? Rod

By Ken Marrerro, Blue Collar Muse

I was listening to some Tea Party leaders recently. They were unhappy some Representatives had not yet made their position on a bill public. They decided to find out those positions and if a Rep was voting “wrong,” to threaten him with a primary challenge.

Disagreements, even among allies, are inevitable. How we handle them defines our relationship’s future. In the aftermath of successful influence in 2010′s elections, some Tea Party activists are choosing coercion over cooperation. (link)

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Friday, March 25, 2011

CNN Spotlights Murfreesboro and Mosque 7PM Sunday Night

Murfreesboro is making worldwide news again on Sunday night (3/27/2011). CNN is broadcasting a special at 7:00 o’clock local time (Central) that is titled “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door. Does freedom of religion mean freedom from suspicion?”
Preview at

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Law's Sponsor (Me) Warned in '88: 'We're Poisoning Our Kids'

(For some reason this video is slow loading. If you do not see the video below, click on the post title above and it will load.)

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1988 law designed to protect school children from radon unenforced

By Ben Hall
Investigative Reporter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Metro Health Department has launched a program to test every Metro school for radon.

That testing comes after NewsChannel 5 Investigates discovered that Metro had failed to follow a 1988 law designed to protect school children from radon, a naturally occurring gas known to cause lung cancer.
The Health Department and Metro Schools both claim they did not know the law existed.

But former Metro Councilman Rod Williams said he cannot believe city officials apparently forgot or ignored the ordinance that he sponsored.

Ordinance 88-526 passed the Metro Council and was signed by the mayor back in 1988.  Williams was a passionate advocate for making sure Metro schools were safe from radon.

"Some in Metro want to bury their heads in the sand and hope that radon will go away," he said as he spoke for the bill in 1988.

"We're poisoning our kids." (link)

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Congrutulation to Senator Bill Ketron....

for rewriting his anti-terrorism bill know as "Material Support to Designated Entities Act of 2011" by removing all of the unnecessary antagonistic rhetoric, mean-spirited attach on the Islamic religion and pandering to anti-Sharia nut jobs. I support the bill. 
Here is the original bill. The amended version is here.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Nashville Schools Test for Radon After 20-Year Delay

Twenty years ago while serving in the Metro Council I led a campaign to require Metro to test schools for radon and bring schools with excessive levels of radon into compliance. The bill I sponsored passed and was signed into laws by the Mayor, but now I discover that the law was conveniently forgotten and never enforced.

Radon is a deadly orderless, colorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. It is much more deadly than second-hand cigarette smoke. Devloping children are at greater risk than adults. The Nashville region has much higher levels of radon than most regions of the nation due to the composition of our shale.

It is my view, that since children are forced to be in school, the government has an obligation to provide a healthy environment for them.  I am outraged to discover that twenty years later, we are still exposing our kids lung cancer in unsafe buildings.

Chanel 5 news is reopening this story. I am interviewed in future segments of this story. 

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Report from West Nashville Summit: "Like" our Facebook Page

by Matt Nemeth

Thanks again to everyone who attended our meeting Saturday. We were pleased to see Ted Welch at our event! He has always been kind and gracious and certainly showed that to us again. We thank him for all that he has done for Republican causes!

Eric Golub was our speaker who came all the way from Los Angeles to speak to us. He is the author of numerous books including Ideological Bigotry. A self described Jewish conservative comedian, Eric spoke about the current state of our nation in an informative manner which mixes fact with humor. He certainly provides a unique perspective on our state of affairs and is not shy in his disposition.

You can read the wonderful writing at Eric's blog here:

Also, as I announced, we are trying to expand our communication capabilities for the breakfast summit. To do so I have created a Facebook page. Please click here and press the "Like" button. Let's try to get the number of Likes as high as we can get!

Again, thank you for your time and your involvement in local politics. I look forward to seeing everyone next month!

Take Care,
Matt Nemeth

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, the King hearing and a love for America and a love of Islam

While I have been a critic of those who would deny first amendment rights to followers of the Muslim faith and while I think that some of the “creeping Sharia” alarmist are paranoid nuts when they warn us about the danger of Sharia complaint credit cards and Muslim-only cemeteries and gender segregated swimming pools, I nevertheless do think that radicalization of American Muslims is a serious concern worthy of Congressional hearings.

There have been 161 terrorist acts or attempted terrorist acts by American Muslims since 9-11 in this country. In Europe the failure of Muslim minorities to assimilate and the degree of Muslim radicalization is worse than in America.The threat of radical Islam may be the biggest threat to America and the world in the 21st century.   To ignore this problem is just foolish. To pretend that radicalism of all types should be lumped together and it is somehow un-American to explore the problem of Muslim radicalization is just stupid as far as I am concerned. That attitude is political correctness that can put us in danger. It is fitting that Muslim radicalization be investigated to understand why it is occurring and what can be done about it.

Nevertheless, I was somewhat fearful that Representative King's hearing would turn into a witch hunt and a platform for bigotry. Seeing some of our own local anti-Muslim activist make unfounded allegation about Muslims and seeing pandering politicians wonder aloud if the First Amendment really applies to Muslim, I was fearful these same type people would be giving a platform to spread the same message of hate and fear.

This past weekend I watched hours of the King hearings on C-Span. I was pleased. I was pleased to see other Muslims express concern about radicalization in their community and see the family of a youth who had committed a terrorist act testify about the danger of radicalization. Instead of these hearings spreading bigotry, I think they may provide insight and understanding.

I was especially pleased to see patriotic Muslim Americans advocate separation of Mosque and State and proclaim a love for America and a love of Islam. I was most impressed by the testimony of Dr. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Above is a portion of his testimony.

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Every child deserves a great teacher

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Monday, March 14, 2011

West Nashville Summit presents Eric Golub

Rise and Shine
for the
West Nashville Eggs and Bacon Summit
with Special Guest
Eric Golub
Eric Golub is Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1990. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Judaism, and his MBA from USC.

He has been a stockbrokerage professional since 1994. He began blogging on March 11th, 2007.  He blogs about politics, football and other human-interest items. His blog, the Tygrrrr Express, won the 2007 Bloggers Choice Awards for most passionate fan base. He also blogs at Andrew Brietbart's Big Hollywood. in April of 2009 he published the book "Ideological Bigotry." It is endorsed on the back cover by Ward Connerly and Armstrong Williams.

He speaks around the country to various chapters of the Republican Women’s Federated, Republican Jewish Coalition, Young Republicans, College Republicans, and other GOP groups. He has done events with everyone from Michele Bachmann to Michael Steele.

Eric wants you to all to know that if he ever says anything that offends you in any way, you probably deserved it.
Meeting at 
365 White Bridge Pike, Nashville
Saturday, March 19
Fellowship, Dutch Treat Breakfast 8:30 AM, meeting 9:00 AM
Moderator: Matt Nemeth

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Glen Casada to be Guest at Southeast Davidson Co. Breakfast Summit

Rise and Shine
for the
Southeast Davidson Co Breakfast Summit
(also know as the Priest Lake Pastry and Politics)
with special guest
Glen Casada
State Representative Glen Casada has served in the State Legislature since 2001. In 2007, Rep. Casada was elected as Chairman of the House Republican Caucus making him the ranking Republican in the State Legislature. He was a leader in the effort to defeat a State income tax and has championed many conservative causes in the House.

Glen will be speaking on issues facing the State Legislature.

Councilman Robert Duvall moderating 

Saturday, March 19th, 2011
Fellowship, Pastry and Coffee 8:30 AM, meeting 9:00 AM
Southeast Davidson County Breakfast Summit
Meets at
The Spirit of Life Church
 3646 Murfreesboro Pike
Antioch, TN

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Friday, March 11, 2011

The Password

During a recent password audit by Microsoft & Google,
it was found that a blonde was using the following password:
When asked why she had such a long password, she said
she was told that it had to be at least 8 characters
long and include at least one capital.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Republicans Push to End President’s Failed Mortgage Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) and Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), both members of the Senate Banking Committee, and Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced legislation to end the Housing Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).

The program was intended to help over 7 million homeowners modify their mortgages to avoid foreclosure. Instead, HAMP has only permanently modified just over half a million loans while leaving thousands of Americans worse off. A record 2.9 million homes were foreclosed on in 2010 with a projected 20% increase expected in 2011. In contrast, the Financial Services Roundtable reports that the private sector has completed nearly 9.8 million mortgage modifications since 2007, and over 1.2 million in 2010 alone.

Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program Neil Barofsky harshly criticized HAMP in Congressional testimony on March 2 stating that the program’s “failed trial modifications often leave borrowers with more principal outstanding on their loans, less home equity, depleted savings, and worse credit scores.” SIG Barofsky went on to say there is “near universal agreement that the program has failed to meet its goals” and concluded “there is little reason to hope things will get better.”

“Congress should move swiftly to end the President’s disastrous mortgage program. It has funneled millions of taxpayer dollars to big banks and Fannie Mae while taking struggling homeowners on a wild goose chase as foreclosures increase,” said Senator DeMint. “My office has heard from numerous South Carolina families who went to HAMP for help, but after months of false promises and mountains of paperwork they were left in worse financial shape. HAMP is just the latest failure of President Obama’s big government experiments. HAMP has not even reached ten percent of its intended goal of helping 7 million American homeowners modify their loans, but it has succeeded in pushing hundreds of thousands of other Americans closer to foreclosure and personal bankruptcy.”

“Taxpayer dollars shouldn’t have been used to finance loan modifications that the private sector is performing on its own far more successfully,” said Senator Corker.  “By almost every measure, the HAMP program has fallen short of its stated goals.  Let’s end this program and restore the private incentives that already exist to keep families in their homes.”

“Like so many other big government programs, HAMP started with good intentions but has burdened homeowners and taxpayers,” said Dr. Coburn. “The administration pledged to help three to four million homeowners facing foreclosure but have rejected more requests than they have accepted.  In many cases, the program has done nothing but string along homeowners and increase their hardship.  Instead of leading homeowners through a maze of regulations and forcing them to run a gauntlet of incompetence, the federal government should help taxpayers by reducing spending, beginning with the $50 billion dedicated to this failing program.”

A January 2010 article about HAMP’s failure in the New York Times, headlined “U.S. Loan Effort Is Seen as Adding to Housing Woes” stated that, “[D]esperate homeowners have sent payments to banks in often-futile efforts to keep their homes... Some borrowers have seen their credit tarnished while falsely assuming that involved no negative reports to credit agencies. Some experts argue the program has impeded economic recovery by delaying a wrenching yet cleansing process through which borrowers give up unaffordable homes and banks fully reckon with their disastrous bets on real estate, enabling money to flow more freely through the financial system.”

Under the program, more mortgage modifications have failed than been successful. Out of 1,466,500 temporary modifications, more than 792,500 have failed. That means HAMP has a failing rate of 54 percent.
“The real story here is that the free market is working where the government is failing,” said Senator DeMint. “Private sector mortgage modifications successfully helped more than twice as many homeowners as HAMP last year, and nearly 10 million since 2007. It’s time to stop HAMP from hurting more homeowners and allow the housing market to finally recover without the government picking winners and losers.”

My Comment
As one who has first hand knowledge of the HAMP program, I can attest that it has been a frustrating failure.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Donelson-Hermitage Republican Breakfast with Mary Littleton

Rise and Shine, Join Your Fellow GOP’ers

Donelson-Hermitage Eggs and Bacon Summit

meeting at

Ryan's Steakhouse
 3435 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage

 Dutch treat Breakfast is at 8:30
 Meeting begins at 9 am (sharp)

Special Guest

Mary Littleton

Mary Littleton resides in Dickson County. She started working with the Republican Party in 1994. She has served as Chair of the Dickson County Party and she has chaired and  worked in numerous campaigns.  Currently she serves as the Vice Chair of the Tennessee Republican Party and State Executive Committee member for the 25th Senatorial District. She will be speaking on the status of the Republican Party in Tennessee and the structure and function of the Tennessee Republican Party.

Also, Republicans seeking election to the Metro Council

Will Canterbury

Steve Glover

Ken Jakes
Event Chairmen – Betty Cannon      Kathleen Starnes, DCRP Chair 
Rod Williams, DCRP Summit Coordinator

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Congratulations to Kerry Roberts

With the new activism of the unionist, I was concerned but we won! The momentum is still with our side! Congratulation Kerry Roberts!

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A Resturant Review: Maxwell House Hotel

On Saturday, the Davidson County Republican Party held its district caucuses at the Maxwell House Hotel. We had a good event. There was very little confusion and it did not last too long. The Maxwell House Hotel was very helpful and the meeting facility was set up correctly and on time and  and we did not run out of coffee. I commend the meeting facility staff.

After the caucus meetings, about a dozen of us went to the hotel restaurant for breakfast. The breakfast buffet was still out but the staff said we could not eat from the breakfast buffet as if was time to put out the lunch buffet but we could order breakfast from the breakfast menu. This made no sense to me. There was still plenty of food on the buffet and it still looked fresh. No one was lined up waiting for the lunch buffet. Anyway, we ordered breakfast from the menu.

It seemed to take a long time to get served  and to get our order. The staff was not prompt in keeping our coffee filled. When the food finally arrived, everyone got their order except Louella and I. Finally, we got our order but by that time almost everyone else in our party was finished eating. When my order did arrive, it was wrong. I had ordered light scrambled eggs and got over-easy eggs. They offered to take it back and replace it, but I had waited so long already I did not let them.

To further add insult to injury, when I got my bill there as an automatic 18% gratuity added. I would not recommend eating at the Maxwell House Hotel.

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Movie Review: Black Swan

Last night I went to the movies, which I seldom do, and saw Black Swan. I had heard good things about it. Boy, was I disappointed!

Here is the movie in a nutshell: Good dancer discovers sex, becomes great dancer, has a nervous breakdown, becomes delusional and psychotic, turns into a swan while dancing or thinks she does, dies from an apparently self-inflicted stab to the stomach with a glass shard.

I hope I didn't ruin it for you. Don't waste your time watching it.

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Where do Metro's priorities Stand ?

by Ken Jakes

After hundreds of hours in the fight to help Save our Fair Grounds and watching the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce lobby all it's forces for the Mayor's redevelopment Plan of the Fair Grounds, the question entered my mind. I wonder how much tax monies have been provided to the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce ?

The following public record request was made by me to Rich Riebeling of the Metro Finance Department.

Please provide this public record request for inspection and review.
Any and all documents regarding any grants or tax monies provided to the Nashville area Chamber of Commerce for the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 .

After waiting well beyond the seven day window to respond to my request, without acknowledgment or any type of response from Metro I contacted the State of Tennessee Comptroller's Office ( open records ). After the State intervened I was provided my request. The total provided by the Finance Department to me was for the grand total of tax monies to the Chamber by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County was $ 10,552,682.30 from 2006-2010.

I now could see why it took the State of Tennessee to intervene in obtaining what was a public record.

In my opinion it became very clear why the Chamber would lobby so hard and bring out all it's forces for the Mayor's bidding of the Fair Grounds over the over whelming wishes of the people to save the Fair Grounds and Race Track.

I thought to myself, surly others beside myself could see a major conflict of interest. I also thought of how the Metro employees and retirees have been treated in the past few years while Metro has stated they were in a budget crisis and all the while funneling millions of tax monies to the Chamber. I thought about all the old infrastructure of our city that needed to be updated, while all the while funneling millions of tax monies to the Chamber. I thought about all the citizens of Davidson County who were struggling to pay property taxes during this recession while all the while funneling millions of tax monies to the Chamber.

The last thought that entered my mind was where are the priorities of Metro ? With the people and the needs of our city, or with the Chamber. I have been referred to by The Tennessean as a Metro critic. I could not agree with them more and I will continue to be a Metro critic as long as they are spending our tax monies in this manner.

I ask that the people vote for me on August 4, 2011 so the people and the needs of our city will be heard very loud and clear in the Metro Council.

Ken Jakes
Candidate for Council-At-Large,

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Creeping Sharia alert:: Muslim-only cemeteries

I am providing this as a public service for all you people who fear creeping sharia in America. Here is something else to stay awake at night and worry about. Ready? Muslim-only cemetery coming to Long Island!
As long as my tax dollars are not used to pay for it, I could care less. Jews have had Jewish-only cemeteries for years. I don't worry a lot about dead Muslim. I am still worried about Kosher dill pickles at Krogers however.

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You say you want a revolution

Yesterday while on the hill at the capitol overlooking the unionist rally below, the unionist played the Beatles song Revolution. I overheard one tea party person say to another, something to the effect, "Yea, Revolution. How appropriate for that bunch."

Now, I don't know if the people at the unionist rally have actually ever listened to the song and I don't know if the people who chose the song had given any thought to it. I doubt the two tea party people I overheard have ever listened to the words. For many years I also thought this was a leftist song extolling revolution then I actually listened to it. It is really an anti revolutionary song. It has a great message. In the turbulent 60's it was a message young people needed to hear.

Many people only vaguely know a song and think they know what it is about. I once heard a "cheating song" played as a romantic love song at a wedding receptions. Born in the USA I have hear played as a patriotic song at Republican gathering. It is not a patriotic song.  Listen to it. Sean Hannity's theme song, Independence Day is about child abuse and arson. It is not a political song. This Land is Your Land is not appropriate for a Republican gathering. It is a protest song that advocates socialism.

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it's evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don't you know that you can count me out
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
all right, all right

You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We're doing what we can
But when you want money
for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
all right, all right

ah, ah, ah, ah, ah...

You say you'll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it's the institution
Well, you know
You better free you mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
all right, all right
all right, all right, all right
all right, all right, all right

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Mike Turner: "Gov. Haslam, if you're listening, please stop this terrorism against our teachers."

Mike Turner: "Gov. Haslam, if you're listening, please stop this terrorism against our teachers."

What? Mike, Mike, please tone down the rhetoric. "Terrorism?"  That is not helpful. No one is sitting off car bombs outside the teacher's lounge. No one is fire bombing teacher's homes. No one is assassinating teachers. No one is beating up teachers.

Terrorism? We are talking about ending collective bargaining rights for public school teachers and ending guaranteed lifetime employment and such things as that. You may disagree, but is that terrorism against teachers? Most people do not have those benefits. To curtail these privileges so we can have educational innovation and and get rid of bad teachers and advance good teachers is hardly terrorism. Is it?

Here is a common accepting definition of terrorism: The calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear.

Now Mike, Governor Haslam seems like a nice man. If someone was committing terrorism against teachers, I am sure it would not be with the approval of Governor Haslam or within his power to stop it. You are implying that this supposed terrorism you see  is being done with Haslam'a approval.

Mike, I am sure that when the adrenaline is flowing and you are speaking to a cheering crowd it is easy to let yourself get carried away and say things that you really did not mean to say. Maybe you wish you would have chosen your words more carefully.

Mike I hope your constituents will help you see the errors of you way and let you know they do not appreciate such inflammatory rhetoric. They can contact you at 301 6th Avenue North Suite 17 Legislative Plaza Nashville, TN 37243, Phone (615) 741-3229, and do so.

Mike, what you are doing might incite violence. Now, the teachers at the event on Saturday, while passionate, did not look like they were that prone to violence. Most of them looked like .... Well, they looked like teachers. However, some of those union steelworkers and the pipe fitters looked a little dangerous. Please don't incite them to violence.

Mike, I think you owe Governor Haslam and the people of Tennessee an apology for your use of inflammatory rhetoric. Please, in the future do not further inflame passions. As an elected leader you should act more responsibly.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Protestors compare opponents to Nazis

This picture and comment is from the Bill Hobbs facebook posting:

  No lib protest rally is complete without at least one sign comparing conservatives to Nazis.

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Tea vs TEA: Dueling rallies

Tea party leader Ken Marrero addresses the education reform rally,
while anti-tax activist Ben Cunningham looks on.

Today in Nashville, hundreds of pro-union demonstrators from across the state marched in the rain through downtown Nashville and then rallied in Legislative Plaza. They were rallying to show solidarity with the Tennessee Education Associations and protest pending legislation that would restrict union tenure and end collective bargaining for public sector teachers.

Meanwhile, a pro education reform rally took place on the east steps of the capitol on the hill above the plaza. The unionist rally probably outnumbered the Tea Party education reform rally by about three to one. The union sponsored rally had bussed people in from across Tennessee and included members of the machinist union, pipefitters and various other unions.   

It is doubtful either rally had much impact since the legislators are not in town on Saturday. Both rallies featured speeches, signs, and sing-alongs. I participated in the Tea Party education reform rally and observed the unionist parade and rally from the sidewalk and the hill above the Plaza. Here are pictures from both rallies.

The TEA Party Pro Union Rally


The Tea Party Education Reform Rally

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Great things are happening in the Davidson County Republican Party!

Great things are happening in the Davidson County Republican Party! This Saturday the Party will transform from a top-down organization into a grassroots organization. The party will be holding it's biennial party caucus. Actually it will be holding thirty-five separate caucuses, one for each of Metro Nashville's thirty-five council districts. The caucuses will occur at the same place and at the same time but are in fact thirty-five separate meetings.

At the district caucuses, each caucus will elect delegates who later in the month will attend the County Convention which will then elect members of the Davidson County Republican Executive Committee. This occurs every two years, so why is this year different?

First of all, in the past each caucus elected a District Caucus chairman whose job it was to oversee the business of the caucus that day. After that, the District Caucus Chairman had no job to do. The District Caucus Chairman, may or may not stay active in the Party, but he or she was never called upon to do anything and had no job description. This year the District Caucus Chairman is expected to become an active cog in the wheel of the party. Below is the job description for District Caucus Chairman:

The District Committee Chairman shall be elected at the biennial caucus convention and serve until the next caucus.

Duties of the District Chairman shall include but not be limited to conducting the caucus meeting, organizing Republicans within his District, identifying and recruiting poll watchers, poll workers, precinct captains, campaign poll workers, and Councilmanic candidates within his Councilmanic District.

The District Chairman shall work closely with the Regional Vice Chairman for his region to communicate ideals, position and events to residents of his District. The District Chairman shall assist the Regional Vice Chairman in starting and maintaining Republican groups within his district.

Should the District Committee Chairman be unable to perform his duties or move out of his district he will report his resignation to the Regional Vice Chairman.
As you can see, the District Caucus Chairman will be expected to organize his district. How this plays out in reality depends on how hard the District Caucus Chairman wants to work at the job, but the District Chairman has the potential to become a very important person in his District. It is my hope that people only accept the District Chair position if they intend to be active year-round. It is my hope that members of each caucus will give serious thought to whom they elect. These position have the potential to groom the leaders and candidates of the Party in future years.

The other thing that has the potential to transform the Party is the new makeup of the Executive Committee. In addition to Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary and a couple other positions making up the Executive Committee, there have been "at-large" members of the Executive Committee and three Regional Vice Chairman. This is changing also.

The position of At-large Member is being abolished and there will now be seven Regional Vice Chairman. Each Regional Vice Chair will be responsible for seven council district and will be responsible for working with the District Chairman in their region to build the party. The Regional Vice Chairs have actual job description similar to that of the District Chair above except they are responsible for seven councilmanic districts. They are expected to work with the District Chairmen to create a real organization in their region. In my view, the Regional Vice Chair's may be the most important positions on the Executive Committee. They are in a position to create a powerful organization in their regions.

At one time you could fit active Davidson County Republicans in a large phone booth or a VW beetle. The last two years have shown tremendous growth for the Party. The success of the annual Picnic, the Reagan Day Dinner, the creation of the Chairman's circle, the creation of the mailing list and a website, the establishment of the various Republican Breakfast Groups, the opening of a Party Headquarters, the first Republican primary in something like thirty years, and most of all the election of Jim Gotto to the State House in what had been a Democratic legislative district are great achievements. Now the Party is poised to create a genuine grassroots Party. There is no reason Republicans cannot take half the Courthouse seats. There is no reason a Republican cannot win the Fifth Congressional District! I am excited.

If you have ever complained about the Davidson County Republican Party, if you have ever wanted to get involved, if you want to advance the Republican cause, this is the time to do something about it. NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD MEN TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR PARTY.

Please plan on attending the Party district caucuses this Saturday. The caucuses convene promptly at 9AM and should be over no later than 10:30AM. For those who plan to attend the Education Reform rally at the capitol building at 11AM, you will be out in time to do so. Please attend and help transform and build our Party.

The Davidson County Republican Party
will convene the 35 Councilmanic District Caucuses

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Doors open 8:15AM, Caucus Convenes 9AM


Millennium Maxwell House Hotel

2025 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.

Nashville, TN

Attendees shall be expected to present a valid Voter Id card to vote in the caucus.

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a big reason to vote against Democrat candidate Ken Wilber and for Kerry Roberts

In the State Senate District 18 race there are not only reasons to vote for Republican candidate Kerry Roberts but a big reason to vote against Democrat candidate Ken Wilber.

NASHVILLE, TN – The City of Portland submitted their annual financial audit just yesterday, despite the fact that the fiscal year ended on June 30th of last year. The audit exposes poor financial management by Portland Mayor Ken Wilber, who is also a candidate in the special election for State Senate in District 18.
The independent audit indicated that “the City’s sales tax was higher than ever” during the economic downturn. The audit also shows that the City’s total debt outstanding at the end of the fiscal year was $14,751,000 with an increase of $482,000 from the previous fiscal year.

“This audit shows Mr. Wilber does not have the ability to serve as mayor, much less state senator. Our state’s economy is too fragile to risk putting it in the hands of Ken Wilber. That’s why this special election is so important,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.

“Ken Wilber is hoping that Republicans stay at home and not vote. That’s part of the reason why we think it took Mayor Wilber so long to submit this audit- because he didn’t want voters to know how bad his financial management really is,” continued Devaney.

Just last year, News Channel 5 in Nashville reported that the City of Portland illegally moved over $1.3 million from a utility fund to the general fund in order to make up for their budget shortfall. According to the news report, “The state said the fiscal offense is serious enough to begin ouster proceedings against the mayor…”

Ken Wilber is running against Republican Kerry Roberts. Roberts has been endorsed by Governor Bill Haslam, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, Rep. Diane Black and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, among others.
Early voting ends this Thursday and Election Day is Tuesday, March 8th.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Can you give me 5 Elvises and three Cashes for this Opry?

Senate Republican Bill Ketron who sponsored the controversial bill to criminalize the practice of Shariah law, has come up with a new proposal to set up a committee to look into what it would take for Tennessee to come up with an alternate currency to the Federal Reserve Note. 

I share Senator’s Ketron’s fear that the US is headed for hyper inflation so I guess if the state can legally come up with a competing currency that may not be a bad idea.  Can states issue their own currency? There is nothing wrong with studying the issue. 

Whose picture should be on the Tennessee dollar bill? For the Tennessee $1, I guess I would have to go with Elvis Presley.  How does this sound: “Can I borrow an Elvis?” For the $5 I would like a Johnny Cash. “Do you have a Cash I can borrow?”  I would also propose “an Opry” and “a Parton” and a “Davy Crockett.”

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