Sunday, July 31, 2011

Why in 823 Days have Dems not Passed a Budget?

Jeff Session, ranking member of the US Senate Budget committee sets the record straight and explains:

Durbin's claim is incorrect for three reasons. First, budget law states that budget resolutions are privileged, meaning they cannot be filibustered, only require a simple majority vote for passage, and can be brought up by the majority party (which controls the Senate floor schedule) at any time. Second, for a large portion of last year, Democrats controlled 60 seats in the Senate, and still chose not to pass a budget plan for the nation. Finally, Senate Democrats have not even written or introduced a budget plan this year, much less passed one out of the Senate.
This is an outrage! Pass a damn budget!

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The House Black Caucus are also pleading with Obama to invoke the 14th amendment

The chorus keeps rising. The House Black Caucus are also pleading with Obama to invoke the 14th amendment.

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Nothing But the Truth Candidate Endrosements

African-American conservative local radio talk show host Carl Boyd has issued his endorsements for the upcoming election. He interviewed many of them on his local radio program on Nothing But The Truth on WMDB 880 AM.  Where we share an endorsement, I have highlighted it in red. Carl Boyd's endorsements are listed below.

Mayor- James Keeton
Vice-Mayor James Baxter
Council at Large: Sam Coleman, Ken Jakes, Donna Crawford, Don O'Donniley and Eric Crafton
District 1- David Phillips
District 2- Gloria M. Jones
District 4- Dave Patterson
District 5- Scott Davis
District 6- Dave Rich
District 7- Anthony Davis
District 8- Nina Ground
District 11- William Guthoerl
District 13- Josh Stites
District 14- James Stanley
District 16- Tony Tenpenny
District 17- Jerry Graves
District 19- Bob Ries
District 20- Gower Mills
District 22- Sheri Weiner
District 23- Emily Evans?
District 24- Jason Holleman
District 25- James Kaminski
District 26- Brock Parks
District 27- Michael Leftwich
District 28- Duane Dominy
District 29- Will decide by Election Day
District 30- Jason Potts
District 31- James L, Widrig
District 32- Will decide by Election Day
District 33- Robert Duvall
District 34- Carter Todd
District 35- Tonya Jones

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Obama Better Not Dare Invoke the 14th Amendment!!

There is a rising chorus of voices calling on the President to raise the debt limit unilaterally by invoking the 14th Amendment. Rep John Larson of Connecticut who chairs the Democratic caucus;  Rep. Xavier Becerra of California, the assistant caucus chair; Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, a member of the Democratic leadership; Minority Whip Steny Hoyer; Senator Barbara Boxer; Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; former President Bill Clinton; The Huffington Post, Salon; and hundreds of liberal bloggers and pundits are urging the President to do so.

The post-Civil War 14th Amendment gave citizenship right to the newly freed slaves by guaranteeing citizenship to all people born or naturalized in the United States and it also contained a provision to keep the representatives of southern states readmitted to the Union from renouncing the civil war debt. That section say, “the validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.”

So far, the White House has rejected resorting to invoking the 14th should congress fail to raise the debt limit but the administration has stopped short of saying the president will not invoke the amendment.  White House spokesman Jay Carney has said the President, “does not believe that the 14th Amendment gives the president the power to ignore the debt ceiling."  I hope Congress can find a way to raise the debt limit.  If they do not, I hope the President does not suddenly change his mind and use the 14th Amendment option.

Should Congress fail to raise the debt ceiling we will have a crisis. However, raising the debt ceiling by invoking the 14th will not solve the crisis. It does not solve a problem. It will create a bigger crisis. The legality of the new debt limit will be in question.  That will not calm the markets. It will not create confidence in the debt instruments of the United States. The House will most likely appeal to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court may or may not take up the case. There can be little doubt that the House will move to impeach the President, although it is doubtful the Senate would remove him from office.

And, it would radicalize many Americans.

I myself, while committed to free market principles, the Constitution, limited government,  and the rule of law, have in practice considered myself pragmatic and moderate. I have reasoned, that in America, if we were using a football analogy, we are all playing within the 40 yard lines.  Sometimes we move left; sometime we move right. They win one; we win one.  Essentially we have different priorities and we have our disagreements but we agree on the big stuff.  I no longer feel that way.  I believe with President Obama's election there was a fundamental effort to remake America in the image of a European socialist state.

While I have considered myself part of the tea party movement, I have never viewed the tea party as monolithic and some fringes in the movement have embarrassed me if not offended me. Much of the mainstream media have focused on those fringes to try and smear the movement.  However, I have found myself becoming more and more partisan and ideological, the longer President Obama stays in office. The more radical elements in the tea party are starting to sound more reasonable.

The pushing through of Obamacare legislatively with no margin to spare and engaging in the buying off of Nebraska, Louisiana and Florida to do so deeply offended and angered me. It did not seem legitimate. For the first time ever, mandating that one engage in a particular commerce, I think, violates the Constitution. By granting thousands of waivers from the provisions of Obamacare to his friends, violates the fundamental principle of rule of law. He further exhibited his attempt to rule by fiat when he tried to regulate greenhouse gases without congressional authority. Obama’s refusal to seek Congressional approval for his military adventure in Libya was his most egregious offence.   It seems to be an impeachable offense and yet he gets by with it.  I do not believe we have ever seen such abuse of power. 

Should the President, invoke the 14th amendment, I will become radicalized. As the saying goes, that may be the straw that breaks the camel's back. I will feel we have an illegitimate government. Invoking the 14th will be the equivalent of declaring martial law  I don't know that I will act differently. I would not be ready to man the barricades, but I think I would cheer for those who do.  Invoking the 14th would be very close to an act of war against the American people. The Obama Presidency would be the Obama dictatorship.

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"Save The Whole House Or It Will All Burn Down"

This is a very powerful speech by Senator Marco Rubio.

Excerpts from the speech.

"It says, "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America's debt." A quote from a tea party extremist, right? No. This is a quote from March 16 of 2006 from Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.

"I found another extremist quote. This one says, "Because this massive of accumulation of debt was predicted, because it was foreseeable, because it was unnecessary, because it was the result of willful and reckless disregard for the warnings that were given and for the fundamentals of economic management, I am voting against a debt limit increase." Well, that must be from a tea party extremist member of the House, right? No. This is March 16, 2006, from Senator Joe Biden of Delaware.

"And last but not least, here's a quote from September 27 of 2007. It says, "I find it distasteful and disturbing to increase the debt limit yet again. Clearly we need to change course and this debt limit bill is just another reminder of that." And that is from the distinguished Senator from Nevada, the majority leader. On that date in 2007.

"And yet now these same quotes in this context, what we're talking about raising the debt limit more than has ever been raised in one vote, is extremism? This name-calling is absurd and it sets this process back.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Washington could learn a lot from a drug addict

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Meet the Next District 22 Councilwoman Sheri Weiner

Join Us To Meet
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Monday, August 1, 2011
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Who wants to keep YOUR Fairgrounds

From The Davidson County Republican Party


The following list includes candidates for Metro Council who have promised to support the preservation of OUR Nashville Fairgrounds. Please note that this list does not necessarily constitute an overall endorsement by the DCRP of each candidate. This list is in regard to this single, yet quite important issue. Get to know YOUR candidates and remember, early voting ends July 30 and Election Day August 4!

District 1
Charles "Chuck" Hoosier
District 4
David Patterson
District 5
Scott Davis
Karen Bennett
District 11
William Guthoerl
Josh Stites
Robert J. Budesa
Phil Claiborne
Tony Tenpenny
Bob Ries
Mary Carolyn Roberts
Sheri Weiner
Emily Evans
James Michael Kaminski
Davette Dennison Blalock
Duane A. Dominy
Isaac Okoreeh-Baah
Jim Hodge
Robert Duvall
Carter Todd
Tonya G Jones
At Large
Eric Crafton
At Large
Ken Jakes
At Large
Charlie Tygard

See our website for a video on the history of our Fairgrounds

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Elect Ken Jakes Council-At-Large

Ken Jakes talks about promoting common sense values and preserving Nashville's historic fairgrounds.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Mayor Lies Again

In a recent mailing supporting Councilman Duane Dominy's opponent, Mayor Dean gave credit for a long fought for four-way stop sign to Dominy's opponent who had absolutely nothing to do with it. Now, as reported by Channel 4 news, the Mayor is using the same tactic to support the opponent of Councilman Robert Duvall. A flyer mailed to voters in the new District 33 gives Duvall's opponent credit for the new fire station on Hobson Pike and a bunch other accomplishments and works-in-progress.

"It's just a total misrepresentation of the truth," said Duvall."I consider it a political hack job."

Regarding the fire hall, current district Councilman Sam Coleman says, "I don't know Mrs. Page real well, but I don't recall her being instrumentally involved in it."

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"Clean House" says GOP County Chairman Kathleen Starnes

Music City Center Project Cost Overruns , Attempt to Dispose of Fairgrounds, Corruption,  Doubling of  City Debt cited as reasons to look to conservative Council candidates.

Nashville, TN --- Although Metro elections are non-partisan, Kathleen Starnes, Chairman of the Davidson County Republican Party, urges voters to look at conservative candidates as an alternative to liberal politicians who’ve become entrenched and entitled. Starnes notes that the history of a Democrat-controlled Metro government has resulted in a pattern of corruption and mismanagement of tax payer dollars by several county officials.

“This election gives Davidson County residents an opportunity to clean house in a positive way,” Starnes says. “I urge voters to look seriously at the disturbing record of many candidates seeking to retain positions in Metro government.”

Starnes points to recent reports of mismanagement of Metro County offices, mismanagement of tax dollars in the Music City Center project which will cost an additional 15 million dollars and the improper manner in which proposed development of the Nashville speedway and fairgrounds has been handled.

“We own the fairgrounds. That property belongs to the citizens of Nashville and costs us nothing,” Starnes notes. It brings $60 million plus into our economy. The Music City Center will cost one billion and is proposed to bring in 100 million. This is not smart math.”

“We’ve really seen an unfortunate pattern of partisan Democrats who have underserved Nashville taxpayers,” Starnes says. “And in the midst of all this, it appears that the amount of Metro debt could double within 3 or 4 years from $77 million to $154 million.”

In other notable cases, Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence resigned after an investigation by the District Attorney into serious mismanagement of that office. Further, several elected officials have been cited or under investigation for offenses including not paying property taxes, shoplifting and revoked law licenses. The Juvenile Court Clerk was jailed. The County Court Clerk was under TBI investigation.

“We need good representatives to move Nashville forward,” Starnes says. “I think the people of Davidson County will agree. It is time to elect conservative candidates that will ask the hard questions and not provide a rubber stamp for the Mayor.”

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Cummins Falls Saved. Thank You Kathleen.

I was delighted this morning to see in the Tennessean a picture of the falls and the news that Cummins Falls had been purchased by the State. Ann Paine writes that on Monday the Tennessee Building Commission authorized acquisition of the 211-acre tract which contains the falls.

Cummins Falls is a 75-foot cascade with a large swimming hole at the bottom. I had the pleasure of going on a hike to Cummins Falls this spring with my sister Kathleen, brother Don, and their spouses and several of my nieces and nephews and my daughter Rachel. We had a wonderful time. We took a strenuous hike up stream to the falls where we had a picnic on rocks at the edge of the swimming hole. It was a warm day, but the water was bone-chilling cold. I swam at the foot of falls but not for long.

The falls are breath-takingly beautiful and the surrounding woods are also beautiful with an abundance of diverse flowers and variety of trees. Travel and Leisure has listed Cummins Falls as one of the top ten swimming holes in America. The falls are in Jackson County north of Putnam County near Cookeville and  is the largest waterfall in private hands in the state. The volume of water makes it the eighth-largest waterfall in Tennesee.

Kathleen Williams
My sister Kathleen Williams gets the credit for this happening.  She is Director of the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation. In a nutshell, this is how she is able to save sites like Cummins Falls: TPGF ties up the land with an option to purchase. This takes money. TPGF seeks contributions for land acquistion. After getting an option on the land,  they then try to get the state to purchase it. They only go after highly prized sites that they know the state may be interested in. If the state does not purchase it in a timely manner, then TPGF must raise the money to complete the purchase and then hope the state does purchase it at a later time.  The state moves slow and is less agile than the non-profit TPGF.  Many sites would be lost to developers or subdivided in such a way that the integrity of the site would be destroyed it not for TPGF.

The purchase price of Cummins falls and the surrounding acreage was $1.2 million dollars. I know Kathleen has had sleepless nights worrying about how to raise the money. She has worked tirelessly to raise money and get pledges in order to complete the sale should she have to do so. Making this happen was a major undertaking. This Tennessee treasure is now secure for future generations. In the past, it could only be visited by the few who  knew about it and were daring enough or hardy enough to get to it. Now, many can enjoy it.

Knowing Kathleen, she will celebrate and sleep better tonight knowing this project has reached a successful conclusion and the weight is lifted off of her shoulders. Knowing Kathleen, she is already lusting after the next Tennessee treasure to save.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Graves Rushes to aid of Arriola

The Tennessean blog In Session reports that long-time employee of John Arriola, Sandra Alexander Graves, has asked District 16 Councilwoman Anna Page, a member of the council’s rules committee, to delay action on a memorializing resolution which will be on the council agenda Aug. 2. (link)

The resolution sponsored by Councilman Robert Duvall list the offenses committed by Mr. Arriola which include pocketing the money and failing to report the money he receives for performing weddings and his having his campaign treasurer on the Metro payroll. The resolution ask Mr. Arriola to resign.(read the resolution)

In a Facebook message, Sandra Graves wrote Council Member Anna Page and asked her to consider “giving Mr. Arriola consideration, delaying the process and letting the final investigate (sic) go ahead and run the proper course.”

Sandra Graves is the wife of former council member and current Metro Council candidate Jerry Graves.This is an example of what is wrong with Metro Government.  There are too many people who think of Metro Government as a family business.  There are too many office holders who have their kids or wife or other family member on the payroll. There are too many people not interested in efficiency or offices being managed with integrity because they have an interest in the status quo. There are too many "good 'ole boys" with family and long-time friends working for Metro to bring honest government and professionalism to court house offices. Too many people see public service as an opportunity to reward family and friends.

Too many people in elected office have family members or close friends on the payroll to honestly look at cutting budgets. If a metro department or agency can get by with less, then it may be your friend or wife or relative who loses a job. When you owe someone a favor because they hired or continued to employ your wife or child or close friend it is hard to be objective. 

It is time to end nepotism, machine politics and the good 'ole boy system of government.

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Doctors Town Hall August 6!

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A Principled Politician on the Subject of Whiskey

In 1952, Armon M. Sweat, Jr., a member of the Texas House of Representatives, was asked about his position on whiskey. What follows is his exact answer. 

If you mean whiskey, the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean that evil drink that topples Christian men and women from the pinnacles of righteous and gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, shame, despair, helplessness, and hopelessness, then, my friend, I am opposed to it with every fiber of my being.

However, if by whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the elixir of life, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer, the stimulating sip that puts a little spring in the step of an elderly gentleman on a frosty morning; if you mean that drink that enables man to magnify his joy, and to forget life’s great tragedies and heartbreaks and sorrow; if you mean that drink the sale of which pours into Texas treasuries untold millions of dollars each year, that provides tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitifully aged and infirm, to build the finest highways, hospitals, universities, and community colleges in this nation, then my friend, I am absolutely, unequivocally in favor of it.
This is my position, and as always, I refuse to compromise on matters of principle.
I'll drink to that. 

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Robert Duvall: Arriola must go!

"It's time to ask John to step aside and do the honorable thing,"

link to video:

So Duvall filed the resolution, asking the rest of the Council to join him in calling for Arriola to follow the example of former Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence -- and resign.

"We have continued to find more and more that appears to be every bit as bad or maybe worse than David Torrence was ever doing," Duvall said. "I think David Torrence just didn't show up to work."

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Jason Holleman's Downfall

This is very clever and funny! It takes the dramatic scene from the German-language movie Downfall of Hitler’s last days in the bunker and turns it into the last days of the Jason Holleman’s campaign. There is mention of John Summer, “Em” (Emily Evans), Nick Bailey, Eric Crafton, Jeff Yarbro, Senator Henry and others.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Look Who is Backing Jason Holleman

Holleman's opponent has the support of the big guns: Mayor Karl Dean, Governor Phil Bredesen, and a slew of other members of the court house crowd and machine politicians. Look who is supporting Jason Holleman.

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A visual look at deficit, debt and future liabilities.

Visualization: USA national debt in physical $100 bills

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mayor Dean just lied! Taking credit for Duane Dominy's work.

I know "lied" is strong language. Pundits often say someone "misspoke" or "miss represented the facts" or "spun the story." In the case of the Mayor taking credit and sharing credit with Councilman Duane Doniny's opponent for getting a four-way stop sign installed at a dangerous Antioch intersection, the Mayor lied.

Channel 4 news reports the truth of this story:

Channel 4 was able to obtain video of the very first city meeting about the need for a stop sign at Apollo and Manattee.

We were also able to view the last parking commission meeting where the stop sign was approved.

There was no sign of the Dean or Vercher, but there was plenty of Duane Dominy.

Antioch daycare owner Fran Bush has been fighting for that stop sign for 10 years and she says the mayor and his candidate had nothing to do with it.

The following channel 4 news clip tells the story, following a very short commercial. Please watch it and share.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Work the Elections!

You do not have to be a high school student to do this. This is great for college students, retired people, or anyone with time to do it. It is a long day but it is interesting and fun.  I have worked the polls and really enjoyed it. There is always a shortage of people willing to do this. I hope some Republicans will take advantage of this opportunity. I feel better knowing that some of the people working the polls are Republican.

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Family Fun Dinner. Meet Robert Duvall

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Bob Corker on Cut, Cap and Balance

Today, Sen. Corker voted in support of H.R. 2560, the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this week. In a party-line 51 to 46 vote, the Senate blocked further proceedings on the legislation.

“It’s disappointing the Senate wouldn’t even allow us to debate legislation that will help put our nation back on a sustainable path,” said Corker, an original co-sponsor of the Senate version of the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act. “This bill put on paper what I’ve been pushing from day one of the 112th Congress: we need spending cuts now, a long-term plan like the CAP Act to put a fiscal straitjacket on Congress, and a constitutional amendment to keep Congress from falling off the wagon as it relates to over-spending. Now, more than 814 days since the Senate passed a budget, we must put enforceable limits on all future spending in a way that encourages economic growth and demonstrates to the American people and the world that we will get our debt and deficits under control.”

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Joke of the Day: Mayor Dean's involvement in the council races is about ...

Dean re-election spokesman Tom Hayden said the mayor’s involvement in council races is about putting independent thinkers on the council.
“It’s important that we continue to elect independent-thinking leaders that want to move our city forward and continue the progress we’ve made,” Hayden said.

Ha, Ha, Ha, Ho, Ho, Ho, LOL, LMAF. Now, that is funny!

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Green HIlls Breakfast Summit host Congressman Marsha Blackburn

RISE & SHINE, Join Your Fellow GOP'ers

DCRP-Davidson County Republican Party Announces
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Swett's-Green Hills-2209 Abbott Martin Rd.
Breakfast begins @ 8:15 (S10.00 (see below) no credit cards)
Meeting begins at 9:00.. sharp
Marsha Blackburn  
Find out ,first hand, what is really going on in DC!!

Event Chairman - Peter and Gail Voysey
DCRP Chair - Kathleen Starnes
DCRP Summit Consultant - Rod Williams

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Dean Targets Dominy, Duvall and Holeman in New Campaign Mailings

It has been no secret that the Mayor has targeted Councilman Jason Holeman for defeat and it has been rumored for a long time that the Mayor was also targeting Councilman Duane Dominy and Councilman Robert Duvall. Now, the Mayor is putting his prestige on the line and spending real money to defeat these three good council members.

Below is one of the mailings paid for by Re-elect Karl Dean promoting Robert Duvall's opponent. This copy of the mailing was taken from the blog Enclave. You can visit that blog to view the other similar mail pieces promoting  Holeman and Dominy's opponents.

These three council members have not always opposed the mayor. Even on some very controversial bills they have sometimes voted with the administration.  Holeman supported the administration on the gay rights bill and he opposed the effort to curtail eminent domain abuse, and Dominy supported the administration on the convention center. The one thing they have in common is they opposed the mayor's attempt to destroy the fairgrounds.

While there is a referendum on the ballot concerning the fairgrounds, what that charter amendment would do is require a super majority to sell the fairgrounds instead of a simple majority. If the referendum passes and the mayor can get 27 loyal council members who will vote his way, he can still dispose of the fairgrounds. He can also get a property tax hike or anything else he wants done if he has a solid super majority.

I don't know Holleman personally, but I have come to know Dominy and Duvall.  They are both pragmatic, thoughtful, and principled conservatives who love their country and their community.  They take the responsibility of serving their constituents seriously and they work real hard. I have not always agreed with every vote they have cast, but I know they are men of integrity and they are the kind of people we need on the Metro Council. We do not need a council of 40 rubber stamps. We need people who will vote for the Mayor when they think he is right but who will oppose him when they think he is wrong. We need people in the council who will study and weigh the issue and listen to their constituents. I know that is kind of men that Duane Dominy and Robert Duvall are.

I know in the past we have had Mayors who worked behind the scene to influence council elections; I do not ever remember a  mayor so blatantly going after incumbent council member.  It will a downright shame if the Mayor defeats men like Dominy and Duvall and elects a council of puppets.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Heart Warming Lawyer Story

One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the road-side eating grass. Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and got out to investigate.

He asked one man, "Why are you eating grass?"

"We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied. "We have to eat grass."

"Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you," the lawyer said.

"But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree."

"Bring them along," the lawyer replied.

Turning to the other poor man he stated,” You may come with us, also."

The second man, in a pitiful voice, then said, "But sir, I also have a wife and SIX children with me!"

"Bring them all as well," the lawyer answered.

They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine was.

Once under way, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you.”

The lawyer replied, "Glad to do it. You'll really love my place."

"The grass is almost a foot high."

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Big Names and Big Money Fight it out in the Talley-Holleman 24th District race

What do these people have in common: Governor Phil Bredesen; District Attorney Tory Johnson; Gerald Nicely, former Secretary of Transportation under Governor Bredesen and former Director of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency; Jeff Yarbro, former primary opponent of Senator Doug Henry; Tom Hayden, Deputy Campaign Manager/Director of Communications for Re-elect Mayor Karl Dean, a whole bunch of lawyers who work for Bass, Berry and Sims; and other lawyers, and a lot of bankers, Brenda Wynn who works for Jim Cooper; a lot of people from as far away as New York City, Arlington VA, San Francisco, Boston MA, and Concord NH; a lot of people who work for the Public Defender, Head of Harpeth Hall School, and Walter Matthews, President of the R. C. Matthews Company?

They all contributed to the campaign of Metro Council candidate Sarah Lodge Talley who has raised $50,301.23 in the financial campaign reporting period ending 6/30/2011.

Talley must be sitting a new record for the most money ever spent on a district council campaign. By way of comparison, at large candidate Megan Barry who is running a county-wide campaign has raised only $33000 and at large candidate Tim Garrett has raised $31,000.

Talley may also be sitting a new record for the most people who live outside of the state contributing to a council district campaign. Why are people in San Francisco, Boston, and New York contributing to a Nashville district council race? Also, why is a former governor and all of the bureaucrats concerned with this race?

While Talley has bigger names supporting her campaign and more out of towners, this is not a David vs Goliath campaign. It is more like Goliath vs. Goliath battle. Incumbent candidate Jason Holleman raised $30,651.00 this reporting period and started the period with a balance on hand of $30,366. While Holleman’s average contributions are smaller and he has fewer out of town contributors, he does have some big name supporters including Senator Douglas Henry, Will Cheek, and Bill Freeman of Freeman and Webb.

I am not sure what all is behind this campaign, but I understand the Mayor is very involved and is determined to defeat Jason Holleman. Jason is a Democrat and a liberal, however he has shown independence and opposed the Mayor’s effort to destroy the fairgrounds. Also, I have heard that this race described as a proxy fight between the more progressive Democratic forces led my Jeff Yarbro who are supporting Talley and the more traditional Democrats who are supporting Holleman.

I really don't know why there is so much interest in this race, but it sure is interesting. 

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Report from West Nashville Summit: Bruce Wood was our guest

Hello All!

Thanks to those of you who attended our meeting this past Saturday.

Bruce Wood was our guest. He is a local environmental activist with the organization BURNT and has been fighting on our behalf for the past 22 years. Conservation is the key to his movement and Bruce makes sure that companies follow the law when it comes to waste management.

Without Bruce, Nashville would look and smell much different today. He fought to get rid of a fat-rendering plant which stunk up the city and he fought against a trash incinerator along our river. If the incinerator had been allowed to be built we would have seen upwards of 200 garbage trucks a day traveling through our city to the site and its transfer station.

One thing I learned is that these environmental concerns are truly conservative issues. Laws are repeatedly broken by people who feel they are above them. People dispose of toxic waste into landfills which then end up in our drinking water. Regardless of your party affiliation, we all want clean drinking water. At the same time, the cost to clean this up after an incident becomes enormous. If we want to hold government accountable to the tax payer than we need to ensure they enforce the law to prevent costly clean ups. Conservatives value a non-biased and efficient government. Enforcing current laws and preventing our tax dollars from being needed to clean up a toxic waste site are essential to those views.

Again, this is not a liberal or a conservative issue. Environmental degradation is preventable and we owe it to one another to make sure that the law is followed.

We certainly hope to see you at the next meeting. Have a great week!

Matt Nemeth
Moderator, West Nashville Egg and Bacon Summit

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Kaminski for Metro Council!!--Metro Council District 25

From: Bob Schwartz
Subject: Kaminski for Metro Council!!--Metro Council District 25
I'm writing on behalf of James Kaminski who is taking on incumbent Sean McGuire in the Metro Council District 25 race.  James has a real shot at upsetting the left-leaning McGuire.  I'm supporting him and encouraging other fiscally conservative voters to do the same.
Here are a few highlights of the race:
  • Kaminski will fight against any increase in the tax rate during the next four years while McGuire supports the plan floated by the Mayor to raise tax rates twice over the next three years.
  • Kaminski opposes further corporate tax breaks and use of Metro monies to support private-sector projects, such as a new baseball stadium. 
  • Kaminski urges a YES vote to save and restore Nashville's Fairgrounds.
  • Kaminski, a graduate of Martin Luther King Magnet School, opposes Sean McGuire's plan to take authority for public schools from the School Board and give it to Metro Council.
  • Kaminski will hold monthly Town Hall meetings at the Green Hills Public Library while McGuire has missed almost 4 in 10 sub-committee meetings --- where the real work of the City is done --- during his term of office.
  • Kaminski's memberships/activities include:  Friends of Radnor Lake, Friends of Warner Park, the Green Hills Action Partners and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Please vote for James KaminskiEarly voting started at the Green Hills Public Library on Friday, July 15th.  Election Day is Thursday, August 4th
Finally, if you could contribute $25-$50-$100 to James' campaign, it would be of great help in battling the incumbent.  Feel free to call me at 419-9615 with any questions or to offer your suggestions.  Thanks a million!
Bob Schwartz

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The Tennessean predictably chooses the wrong candidates: Mayor's rubber stamps and liberals.

The Tennessean today announced endorsement in the upcoming election. They endorsed almost all of the wrong candidates. Think of this as a list of for whom not to vote. Most of their choice are liberals and rubber stamps for the Mayor. They played it safe and endorsed for reelection all of the at-large incumbents including the two moderate at-large members.

The Tennessean also recommended voting against the fairgrounds.

The few candidates highlighted in red are the very few they got right and several of those are running unopposed.

If I didn't have the newspaper habit, I would cancel my subscription.  I wish we still had two newspapers.

At Large
Megan Barry

Tim Garrett
Jerry Maynard
Ronnie Steine
Charlie Tygard

District 1: Lonnell Matthews Jr.
District 2: DeCosta Hastings
District 3: Walter Hunt (unopposed)
District 4: Brady Banks
District 5: Priscilla Eaton
District 6: Hans Schmidt
District 7: Anthony Davis
District 8: Nancy VanReece (This is the opponent of Karen Bennett. Reelect Karen Bennett)
District 9: Bill Pridemore Jr.
District 10: Doug Pardue
District 11: Darren Jernigan
District 12: Steve Glover (running unopposed)
District 13: Marilyn Robinson (elect Josh Stites)
District 14: James Bruce Stanley
District 15: No endorsement. (Incumbent Phil Claiborne runs unopposed.)
District 16: Anna Page
District 17: Sandra Moore (she is the lesser of some bad choices)
District 18: David Glasgow
District 19: Erica Gilmore
District 20: Buddy Baker (He cosponsored the gay rights bill)
District 21: Edith Taylor Langster
District 22: Seanna Brandmeir
District 23: Emily Evans (unopposed)
District 24: Sarah Lodge Tally (She is the daughter of the former chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party. The Dean forces are funneling massive amounts of money to her campaign to defeat Jason Holleman.)
District 25: Sean McGuire (James Kaminski is the guy who should win. He may take it.)
District 26: Chris Harmon
District 27: Davette Dennison Blalock
District 28: Tanaka Vercher (Duane Dominy is the incumbent running for reelection. He deserves to be reelected. He is a Republican and is a leader of the save the fairgrounds effort)
District 29: Arnett H. Bodenhamer
District 30: No endorsement.
District 31: Fabian Bedne
District 32: Jacobia C. Dowell
District 33: Page Turner (Robert Duvall is the incumbent running for reelection. The Mayor has targeted him for defeat. Robert is one of my favorite council members)
District 34: Carter Todd (unopposed)
District 35: Bo Mitchell (Bo Mitchell is very liberal and has the support of all organized labor. Tonya Jones is the candidate I am supporting)

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Candidates that Support the Fairgrounds

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Friday, July 15, 2011

The Tennesssean's 2011 Metro Council Candidate Comparison

The Tennessean has surveyed all of the candidates for at-large and district council races.
Questions asked include the following:

  • Should Metro government commit in the near future to any more large public building projects?
  • Would you support an increase in property taxes in order to maintain Metro services at their current level?
  • What should be Metro's transportation policy?
  • How would you assess the state of Metro Nashville Public Schools? 
The feature on the The Tennessean web site had a drop down box to select the district and the question and you can see how each candidate that answered the survey answered that question.

To go to the survey, click here.

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District 20 has a hot issue

Waste transfer facility emerges as campaign issue in District 20 council race.

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Why I am Voting for 2 and not 5 in the At-large Race

In the upcoming election, I am only voting for Ken Jakes and Eric Crafton in the at-large race. While one may vote for five at-large candidates, one does not have to and if you vote for fewer candidates your vote carries more weight. By voting for one candidate instead of five you are denying four other candidates a vote. Here is the way at-large candidates are elected: Of all votes cast, if any candidate gets 10% of that total, that person is elected and does not have to face a run-off. After any candidate who gets 10% of the vote is taken out of consideration, then there will be a runoff between the top vote-getters, two candidates for each remaining seat.

We have 18 candidates running for at-large. Assume 25,000 people vote and each voter votes for five candidates, that is 125,000 votes cast. Assume one candidates gets 12,500 votes. That candidates is elected and does not have to have a run-off. That leaves four seats to be filled. The next eight candidates with the most votes will compete in a run off for the remaining four seats.

Now, assume 25,000 people vote and 20,000 of them vote for five candidates and 5000 people vote for only one candidate. That would be a total of 105,000 votes cast. To win without a run off would require 10,500 votes. Assume one candidate gets 10% of the votes cast, the next 8 candidates split 62% of the vote and the remaining 10 candidates only get only 28% of the votes cast. The candidate getting 10,500 votes wins and will not have to be in a runoff. The eight candidates split 65,300 votes and the bottom ten split 29,200. Assume the eight candidates who make the runoff get these votes totals: Candidate 1 gets 5,000 votes: Candidate 2 gets 6,000 votes: Candidate 3 gets 7,000 votes; Candidate 4 gets 8,000 votes; Candidate 5 gets 9,000 votes; candidate 6 gets 10,000 votes; candidate 7 gets 10,100; and candidate 8 gets 10,200. In this case a candidate who got 5,000 people to vote for him and him only makes it to the runoff. You may play with the numbers and make different assumptions but voting for fewer candidates makes your vote carry more weight.

While I am only voting for Crafton and Jakes, there are two other candidates I hope get elected. If you feel you must vote for more than two candidates, I recommend Tim Garrett and Charlie Tygard. Charlie Tygard is a conservative, is thoughtful and pragmatic and well qualified. He is a Republican.

Tim Garrett is a Democrat and has served in the State Legislature as a Democrat. Nevertheless, I like Tim Garrett. He is a conservative Democrat and is a common sense legislator. He is smart, does his homework and is conscientious. In addition, Tim Garrett is just a nice guy. Any time I have ever written Tim or called him he has called me back. Last year when we were fighting to get early voting restored, after the election commission had drastically reduced the number of voting places and days of early voting, Tim Garrett was one of the first to go to bat to get early voting restored.

While I like Charlie Tygard and Tim Garret, I am not going to vote for them in this first round. In 2007 Garrett was the only candidate to get elected in the first round and avoided a run-off, so I am sure he can get in the run-off without my help. I feel pretty certain that Charlie Tygard will also make the run-off without my vote, so I am going to vote for only Jakes and Crafton and hope they make the run-off.

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Limo drivers stage 'freedom ride' against Nashville's minimum fares

Nashville limo drivers will take part in a “freedom ride” Monday in protest of a city ordinance that imposes a price floor on limo and sedan fares.(link)

I am very disappointed that there was not a single vote against this price-fixing bill when it passed the Metro Council last year. It is my hope that with a new council elected we will elect a few new council members who value free enterprise and will champion the cause of the econo limo drivers . I hope some of the good councilmen who I know have conservative values will be reelected and will revisit this issue and vote there values next time.

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Ken Jakes and Eric Crafton for Councilman At-large

In the upcoming election I am supporting Ken Jakes and Eric Crafton.

Ken Jakes, when referred to in the newspaper, will often be referred to as "metro critic Ken Jakes." Ken has taken on various department of Metro government when he suspected wrong doing. Recently Ken became agitated that the Chamber of Commerce was supporting Mayor Dean's effort to destroy the fairgrounds. Ken wondered how much money the city paid the Chamber. He made a request of the finance department for that figure and after waiting more than the required seven days he contacted the State of Tennessee Comptroller's Office and complained. After the Comptroller's office got involved he got his answer and discovered that the total provided by metro to the Chamber from 2006-2010 was $10,552,682.30. That is a lot of money. Do you reckon that kind of money would influence the Chamber?

Ken Jakes played an important role in the recent effort to force Joe Torrence out of office. Also, when Ken suspected wrong doing on the part of the Chairman of the Fair Board he filed a formal complaint with the attorney of Davidson County asking him to start proceedings for the removal of Katy Varney as chairman of the Fair Board.

Ken Jakes is a thorn in the side of corrupt, incompetent and arrogant bureaucrats and politicians. He is tenacious and untiring. Anyone who believes in honest, open government should vote for Ken Jakes.

Eric Crafton is the other person I am supporting for Council at-Large. I often watch the council meetings and I am never disappointed when Eric takes to the floor. He ask the questions that I want asked. He ask, "why are we doing this?" He ask, "How much will it cost us." And, he offers insight into the issue at hand and clearly explains why he is taking the action he is taking when a controversial issue is being discussed. He thinks and communicates clearly.

Eric is probably one of the smartest people serving in the Council. He is a 1989 graduate of Vanderbilt University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in math and Economics. While serving in the Navy stationed in Japan, in 1994 he attended Keio University and earned a degree in Japanese and Political Economy. He is fluent in Japanese. Considering some of the other members of the Metro Council, we need some really smart people serving in that body.

Eric is a solid conservative, prudent and fugal. He is one of the good dozen who last year supported a bill sponsored by Councilman Jim Gotto that would have curtailed the abuse of eminent domain. Eric is not afraid to be identified as a Republican and last year he carried the Republican banner in the August election in an uphill battle for Juvenile Court Clerk being the first Republican to run for a County office in 38 years. Eric did not win that race but made a very respectable showing. During that campaign, I got to know Eric. Eric is a good man. He really had a vision for what to do with that office and has a real heart for children.

Eric has been a good district council and he loves public service. He studies the issues, he is level-headed and thoughtful. His motive is do what is best for the city. He deserves to stay in the Council as a Councilman at-large.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Enviornmentalist Bruce Wood to speak to West Nashville Summit

Meeting at 
365 White Bridge Pike, Nashville
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Fellowship, Dutch Treat Breakfast 8:30 AM, meeting 9:00 AM

with Special Guest
Bruce Wood
Bruce Wood 
Bruce Wood is president of BURNT a 22 year old Nashville citizen's environmental group.  BURNT was instrumental in stopping a $200 million expansion of the downtown incinerator at the base of Broadway, stopping a planned $100 million garbage processor on Rolling Mills Hill, closing the North Nashville Rendering Plant, and a liquid hazardous waste processor in cockrell Bend.  Each of these decisions enhanced the value of commercial real estate in key parts of Nashville.
Now, BURNT is working on state wide solid waste reform.  Citizens, business, and local governments pay $1.2 billion annually to landfill waste---$1.2 billion is almost 5% of our non-federal state budget. "BURNT demonstrates that citizens can create a cleaner environment which benefits business," says Wood.  
Moderator: Matt Nemeth

My Comment

On Saturday, Bruce Wood will step into the lion's den to talk about BURNT's roll as a leading local environmentalist organization. BURNT has been around for a long time being vocal and controversial, trying to sell its view of recycling, trying to force government regulatory agencies to do their job and as many would view them, generally being a constant pain in the ass.

When it comes to recycling, BURNT has a fringe or visionary proposal, depending on your point of view, called “wet-dry.” I am sure Bruce will explain it. With mosquitoes so bad this year, you might want to ask Bruce why BURNT opposes spraying for mosquitoes. If you have noticed those “no spray” signs around town, that is the work of BURNT.

I have know Bruce for a long time. He is like the energizer bunny; he never gives up. He keeps going and going. I served in the Metro Council at a time when the city was trying to site a new landfill, when recycling was just emerging and when the money pit known as the thermal plant incinerator was trying to expand. I often found myself allied with BURNT on various issue. The downtown incinerator did need to be closed and the rendering plant was a sickening smelly nuisance when the wind blew the wrong way and the weather was just right. Some of what BURNT contributed in achieving needed to be done.

Just because a Republican breakfast group has a guest speaker, it does not indicate that the Party or the group is endorsing the speaker’s point of view. I urge you to come hear what Bruce Wood has to say, be challenged in your thinking about environmental issues, and ask Bruce the hard questions.

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