Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tennessee Right to Life Endorses Diane Black

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Friedman’s Legacy of Fighting for School Choice for All

On the late Milton Friedman's 100th birthday today, his words are truer than ever: "There is no respect in which inhabitants of a low-income neighborhood are so disadvantaged as in the kind of schooling they can get for their children." (link)
As you go to vote Thursday, please vote for the school board candidate most likely to support school choice and excellence. 

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Charles Williamson needs help on Thursday

If you are free to work outside of a polling location in District 50 on Thursday, please reply with your availability.
We are seeking FRIENDS OF CHARLES WILLIAMSON to hold signs, smile and wave as voters arrive to make their final decisions!
THANK YOU!
 
 
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Elissa Kim in the last lap of the race continues to be encouraged

Friends,

We're in the last lap of the race and continue to be encouraged by what is happening on the ground: 

  • Peter's personalized emails combined with his offer to drive to the polls led to 4 more votes on the last day of early voting; none were in our targeted pool of voters i.e., he convinced the non-voters to vote!
  • Hunter talked with a voter living with his very sick father; the voter was so touched by the personalized postcard they received from us that he began to cry on the doorstep.
  • Thanks to 26 different volunteers over the last three days alone, we wrote and talked to finn_at_the_polls.jpg
    hundreds of voters who at some point said they were for us. Objective?  Get 'em to the polls on Thursday.
  • At Ugly Mugs on Monday, a woman named Anna introduced herself to let me know she was voting for us. Then a guy named Todd chased me down- he's now voting for us, too.  When I got home to review Emily's must-call list of 'undecided' voters (nothing gets done around here without Em Master B directing me), Anna and Todd were both on it.  Serendipity!
At the same time, broader dynamics in the race make me pause and keep me and others working hard with only hours left:
  • While over 1300 people voted early in our district, we need *higher* turnout on Thursday.  High turnout = gooooood.  Low turnout = baaaaad. On a scale of 1-10, I would put my satisfaction level with early voting turnout at a 5.  Ehhh.  We can get to a 9 or 10 this week!  
  • To state the obvious: we are up against an incumbent.  It’s a crowded field of four. 
What next?  
  • Join Tim, Rebecca, Casey, Janna, Todd, and 40 other superhero volunteers who are working 4-hour (or more) shifts at the polls.  We need SEVEN more people to work the 3-7 (ish) slot, our most critical need!
  • Wear your shirt all day Wednesday and Thursday.  Walk and smile down the runway. Its haute couture time. 
  • Join Rob, Andrew, Tiffany, Will, Sara Beth, James, Stacie, and Greg and VOTE
  • Channel your inner general; your voting troops are waiting for you to rally them! Even if they don't know it! 
Let's make the next 48 hours count, friends.
Elissa

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Zelenik is lying about Diane Black says Politifact


FalseGOP challenger Zelenik says Diane Black voted to fund health-care reform. False, says PolitiFact. (link)

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Elvis, liquor, and your tax dollars



What do these three things have in common? For one, Tennessee's welfare program. 
 
Chris Butler of the Beacon Center recently dug through nearly 140,000 transactions by Memphis welfare recipients using their cash benefits in the form of Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT cards. Among the purchases with no government oversight included transactions at liquor stores (one totaling $790), Orpheum Theater concert tickets, Memphis hotel rooms, the Rum Boogie Café, and a tour of Graceland. 
 
Where else did they spend your money? Read the entire article at TennesseeWatchdog.org to find out.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

My endorsements for School Board

District 1: Sharon Gentry
http://www.mnps.org/AssetFactory.aspx?did=36328As a result of redistricting, the District 1 school board race pits two incumbents against each other: Sharon Gentry and Edward T. Kendall. I do not see a whole lot difference between the candidates.  However, if I lived in this district I would probably vote for Sharon Gentry. Kendall has been on the board for 27 years and that is long enough. Also, I am concerned about the legal scandal that tainted Mr. Kendall although he may be guilty of nothing more than being the father of the person involved in the scandal. Also, Mr. Kendall got the endorsement of the SEIU.  All things being equal, I would prefer not to support a candidate endorsed by the SEIU. To see the District 1 candidates forum click here.

District 3: Jarad DeLozier

The three candidates are Jarod DeLozier, Fred Lee, and Jill Speering. Both Lee and Speering are former teachers. Jarod DeLozier is an east Nashville small business owner and has received the endorsement of both the Chamber of Commerce and the pro-charter school Great Public Schools group. I am supporting Jarad Delozier.  To see the District 3 candidates forum click here.






District 5: Elissa Kim
This is the District race that I am really excited about. The District 5 race pits current Metro School Board Chairman Gracie Porter against three challengers, one of which is Elissa Kim. Kim is the executive vice president of teacher recruitment for the national Teach for America organization. Teach for America recruits and trains teachers to teach in urban classrooms across the country.

Kim taught for Teach for America in New Orleans where she taught in one of the poorest districts in the nation. She created unprecedented success in an area where many thought there could only be failure.

Kim has received the endorsement of the Great Public Schools PAC and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. I have sent her a contribution. If I lived in her district, I would have her yard sign in my yard. To see the District 5 candidates forum click here.


District 7: Will Pinkston
Three candidates are vying for the District 7 school board seat: Will Pinkston, Alan C. Sharp, and Hillard Al Wilkins. Will Pinkston is by far the best qualified of those running in this district.  He has a lot of experience in education policy including serving as director of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), a nonprofit nonpartisan group founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. He has the support of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Nashville Education Association. This is the district I live in and I will be voting for Will Pinkston. To see the District 7 candidates forum click here.

District 9: Margaret Dolan
The 9th District School Board race is a crowded field with five candidates seeking the seat and several of them are well known. The candidates are Bob Bogen, Eric Crafton, Margaret O. Dolan, Amy Frogge and Ronnie Osborne.

In an earlier post, I had indicated I was supporting my friend Eric Crafton. While I did not support Eric in his English-only effort, I did support Eric in his race for the office of Juvenile Court clerk. As I said in that earlier post, "I know Eric to be a good, honest, caring person who has a passion for children. He is fiscally and socially conservative and is well-educated, has a sharp mind and has a thorough command of the issues." I still feel that way about Eric, but we have another good candidate in this race. That other candidate is Margaret Dolan.

As I have learned more about the candidates and as people whose opinion I respect have said complementary things about Margaret Dolan, I have taken a second look. Being a strong advocate of school choice, I think my views are more closely alined with those of Magaret Dolan on this important issue.

I am concerned about Ms Dolan's advocacy of the recent tax increase to fund increases in teacher starting salary. Our teacher starting salary was already the second highest in middle Tennessee. Only Murfreesboro city schools had a higher starting salary. I do not think a tax increase was justified and do not think the higher starting teacher salary will do anything to increase the performance of our schools.  I have concern that if Ms Dolan is on the Board, she will be an advocate for greater tax increases. I know Eric Crafton would not.

I differ with Eric Crafton on the issue of the Memorandum of Understanding issue. I support Register on that issue. While there may be merit to Eric Crafton's position that the solution to school performance is tutoring, I would not embrace tutoring at the expense of the academies and other reforms. On balance, I think Maraget Dolan would be the better choice for this seat. 

Margaret Dolan, is the vice president of community relations for Ingram Industries, has a lengthy record of volunteerism, has the endorsement of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the teachers union (MNEA) the pro-charter schools group Great Public Schools, Mayor Karl Dean, Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors and several other council members.

To view the District 9 candidates forum click here.

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Andy Miller funds anti-Muslim activist Zelenik's campaign

Sharia law, super PACs roil GOP primaryPolitico
In 2010, Zelenik accused Black of not being more outspoken against the Murfreesboro mosque. During that same race, Zelenik, a former Rutherford County, Tenn., Republican Party chairwoman, ran an online fundraising appeal asking supporters to “stand ...

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A converted skeptic says humans cause global warming

"Humans are almost entirely the cause" of climate change, according to a scientist who once doubted that global warming even existed. Funded by the Koch brothers, who fund a variety of conservative causes, Dr. Richard Mullar was a skeptic of global warming but  after exhaustive research he believes that an increase of greenhouse gases can be closely linked to the rise in the earth's temperature. (link)
  

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So who is this apparent jihadist in waiting?

State tea partiers focus anti-Islamic sentiment on highly accomplishedKookogey claimed that the Haslam administration has continually defended Ali's experience with Shariah finance by saying that for the state to be in business ...
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This well-written article from the City Paper is a summary of the issues surrounding the hiring of Waverly Tennessee native Samar Ali who is Muslim, and the resulting criticism of Governor Haslam by the anti-Sharia movement.  It includes comments by Williamson County GOP chairman Kevin Kookogey who has taken a leadership role in attacking the Haslam administration and the response from Client Brewer of the Haslam Administration. The role this controversy is playing in the race between incumbent Senator Mark Norris of Shelby County and challenger Woody Degan is examined.

New in this article is more information about Samar Ali.  Below is an excerpt from the article reporting  comments made by Samar Ali at Vanderbilt's “Come Together” service following 9-11:



“I was asked to speak to you all today as an Arab-American Muslim,” she said. “All I know to do is to tell you something from my heart, and my heart is filled with pride to be a student of this amazing Vanderbilt community. Look at us; we are a family. I am proud to be an American and to feel the patriotism right here, right now.”

As a Muslim, she said, she was upset and wondered how anyone could carry out such horrors in the name of her religion. She said she had received more than 40 phone calls on the day of the attacks, from “Arab Americans, Palestinians, and people in Syria and Jordan.” She concluded by looking to the future.

“We cannot let these terrorists succeed and fill our hearts with hatred,” she said. “We cannot allow them to split us apart as Americans. We must come together; we have come so far. We must not fight hate with hate.”

She continued, “The people who did this are a disgrace to mankind. While they claim to be fundamentalist Muslims, they are of no religion at all. I know of no true religion that celebrates a loss of lives. Islam condemns these acts. The people who did this do not represent any true religion or any ethnic group. These are individual attacks, and they are horrific and absolutely terrifying and must be prevented.”

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

My endorsements for the August 2nd election

U. S. Senate: Bob Corker


This is not even a close call. Instead of running for reelection to the Senate, I actually wish Bob Corker was our Party's presidential candidate.  Bob is conservative, smart, likable, hard-working and pragmatic.  I know that some in the Party think that compromise and pragmatism are bad things. I do not. I think one can be principled and pragmatic. I still hope that Bob Corker will one day be President.

Visit his website
5th Congressional District:  Brad Staats
 
Whoever gets the nomination will have an uphill fight defeating Jim Cooper. I wish we had a candidate who already had name recognition and had served in public office, maybe someone like Beth Harwell, or a super wealthy candidate with major business success, maybe someone like Lee Beaman.  Unfortunately we do not.


I am reluctantly endorsing Brad Staats.  I say reluctantly, not that I have any reservations about Staats, but because I really like Bob Ries and his daughter Stacy, who always campaigns with him, and I feel bad about not endorsing Bob.  Bob is a friend and Bob has some good ideas. However, when I look at who could best challenge Jim Cooper, I do not think it is Bob Ries.  In making my decision who to support, electability is a factor. I hate to be so blunt, but Bob's age is a factor that would work to his disadvantage.  Also, Bob ran two years ago in  the Republican primary for this seat and came in near the bottom in an eleven-person contest.  Then,  he ran for Metro Council and did not fare too well. Brad Staats does not have that baggage of someone who runs and loses. He is a new face. With Brad Staats, maybe if Republicans would open their wallets, we could have a chance of defeating Jim Cooper. I just don't think we can do it with Bob Ries. 

For more information on Brad Staats see his website here and his FaceBook page

6th Congressional District: Diane Black
 
 This is not even close. I might could even vote for a Democrat before I could vote for Lou Ann Zelenic. My primary objection to Zelenic is that she does not support the Constitution. She has taken a position that the First Amendment does not apply to Muslims. It is not that I don't have concern about radical Islam but I support the Constitution. We cannot claim we love the Constitution and say that Islam is not really a religion so therefore Muslims are not covered.
To learn more about Diane Black visit her website here


State Senate District 20: Steve Dickerson
 
Steve Dickerson is a physician and founding partner of Anesthesia Services Associates, currently practicing in Nashville and middle Tennessee. I am very impressed by his grasp of the issues and his passion for finding solutions to pubic policy problems. With health care promising to be one of the most difficult issues facing Tennessee in years to come and the unknowns associated with Obamacare, we need someone with Dickerson's background and intelligence serving in the State Senate.


State Representative 45th District:  Debra Maggart
 
As a legislator, Debra has quickly risen to be one of the most influential leaders in Tennessee. In 2011, her peers in the Legislature selected her to Chair the Republican Caucus. Much of the credit for passing the Republican agenda including  tax cuts, ending the death tax, tort reform and education reform belongs to Debra Maggart

She has the support of Governor Haslam, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, House leader Beth Harwell and luminaries such as economist Authur Laffer.  Because she did not bring to the floor a bill that would establish  that gun owners have the right to carry their guns onto the property of their employer, the gun lobby is making an all out effort to defeat her despite her having a stellar record of defending second amendment rights. She needs to be reelected because she is great legislator and a solid conservative, but it is time someone stood up to the bullies in the gun lobby.  Visit her website here

 State Representative 50th District: Charles Williamson
 
Charles is a small business man, a geologist and president of Geotechnical & Environmental Service, Inc.  He is also owns and operates a bison farm in Goodlettsville where he has raised buffalo
for the last 20 years. He is a solid conservative and a man of integrity and Charles Williamson is also one of the nicest men you would ever want to meet.  


Visit his webpage here and his Facebook page.


State Representative District 57: Susan Lynn
 
Susan Lynn served the 57th district from 2002-2010 in the State House. In 2009 she declared her candidacy for the 17th State Senate district when the incumbent senator announced her retirement. Some ten months later the incumbent reversed her decision and Lynn had to face the incumbent in a primary contest. The incumbent Senator won that primary.  Now, Susan Lynn is seeking reelection to the 57th district seat. She was an good legislator and a conservative leader in the House. She deserves to be reelected. 

Visit her website here.  

State Representative District 53: Tonya Miller
  
Since 2007 Tonya has specialized in Spanish/English interpreting and translating for courts, hospitals and businesses and she is registered with the TN Administrative Office of the Courts. Tonya has a very interesting background and a diverse work experience including serving as an embassy intern in Argentina. She is an active volunteer in her community and has connections with the immigrant community.  

With the growth of the immigrant population in Nashville, I think it would be advisable for the Republican Party to elect someone with ties to that community.  Republicans should not just assume immigrants are a Democrat voting bloc. Tonya Miller is a person who has solid core conservative believes but also has cultural awareness and rapport with people of diverse backgrounds.  

Visit her website here.

 State Representative District 60: Jim Gotto
Jim Gotto 
In 2010 Jim Gotto won election to this seat long held by Democrat Representative Ben West who retired and did not seek reelection. Winning this seat was a tremendous victory for Republicans in Davidson County. Jim has proven himself as a solid conservative and a leader in the House.

During his tenure as Metro Councilman, Jim Gotto distinguished himself as a member who was never afraid to take on the status quo in Nashville. He publicly spoke out against the abuse of eminent domain. He was a joint sponsor of a bill that resulted in an independent Metro Internal Auditor, not one that reports to the Mayor's Office. 

He faces no Republican challenger in the primary. Visit his website here.  

State Representative District 59: Robert Duvall  
 
Robert Duvall is a principled, common-sense, hard-working, smart conservative who is not hesitant to identify himself as a Republican in the Metro Council. He has done a lot to help build the Republican Party in Davidson County. He cares about his community, Nashville and his country. He supports limited government, private property rights and low taxes.  He is a fighter. Because of his leadership and willingness to stand up to the administration, he is was targeted for defeat by the mayor in the last Council election but Duvall won the election. 

In the recent battle over a property tax increase, the only legislative proposal that would have not have resulted in a tax increase was the Duvall budget. He is now running for the state legislature. He has no opponent in the primary but will face an incumbent Democrat in November.


School Board endorsements will follow in a separate post. 



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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Re-Elect Susan Lynn

Dear Friends,

Early voting ends today.  Voting today is from 8 am to 1 pm at the County Election Commission in Lebanon - Charlie Daniels Park in Mt. Juliet - and in Gladeville at the Gladeville Community Center. 
Early voting is going great – we are receiving a lot of positive thumbs up – waves – and many people stopping by to talk after their voting.
Election day is this Thursday, August 2nd, I ask for the honor of your vote to return as your representative in the General Assembly.

MORE ATTACK MAILERS
My opponent and the powerful McCall PAC sent out two more mailers this week.  They cover the same issues as the previous mailers. 

VISIT AND SHARE OUR WEBSITE www.susanlynn.net/Mailers.html
Please know…

• I voted against the driver’s certificates and I voted to take driver’s licenses away from illegal aliens...more.
• Not only did the Democrat majority never consider me influential enough to convince them to increase the state budget by $10 billion dollars – it did not grow by $10 billion dollars in eight years...more.
• I live in the 57th District – the new boundaries take effect on General Election night, Nov 6, 2012.  The Election Commission approved me for the ballot...more.
• I have NEVER voted for traffic cameras – Elam did not read the bills before she sent out her mailer – but Linda Elam is why we have them in Mt. Juliet today – she voted for them to be here...more.
• I was very careful to never vote for a tax increase. The bills she cites are local government  tax increases which only the local government and the people can pass – she is trying to blame ME for every local government tax increase in the state...more.

SIGN HOLDER LIT-DROPS
Homes with our sign continue to receive lit-drops of two ugly articles.  They are thrown in the driveway or placed on the mail box and even stuffed in their Tennessean.  A maroon truck with a middle aged man has been spotted. Please try to observe his license plate and or take a photo. To understand the origin of these articles please read  www.susanlynn.net/SBL.html - they were used in the 2010 State Senate race as well.

PROGRESS & GRATITUDE
I continue to knock on doors every day after work (no, I am not actually a professional politician as my opponent has written - I do have a real job) – my team and I will reach 8000 doors today as we spend this last weekend making a final push. 
We have all lost weight and have deep suntans.  Again this year I am filled with tremendous gratitude for my friends who walk the district with me and for you – you have given us bottles of ice cold water during the weeks of 100+ degree weather, asked us into your air conditioned homes to cool off and we’ve had wonderful conversations.  
It is not a good feeling to have someone attempt to tear down your reputation – seven mailers is a lot – but thank you for recalling my conservative record and for reading the proofs on my website above.  Thank you for remembering our conversations, emails and letters. 
In my first Primary someone very wise told me "Susan, you've got to have faith in the voters - they figure things out and if it doesn't ring true they know it."  In the midst of the storm – to go out and knock on doors and talk to you is the best experience I could ever have…thank you.

ENDORSEMENTS AND RATINGS
I am very grateful for the following endorsements and ratings:
  • The Tennessee Republican Assembly, The conservative wing of the Republican Party.
  • NRA PVF, 'A' Rating from the NRA PVF. 100% Pro-Second Amendment record.
  • Tennessee Right to Life,100% Pro-life record.  Pro-life bill sponsor.
  • The Nashville Tennessean endorsed me in the race writing: "Susan Lynn was an excellent legislator during her four terms and would improve the debate in the House."
CONTRIBUTIONS
My opponent is being funded by A.J. McCall, his family and his powerful PAC.   They have contributed $25,000 of their own money – spent $11,000 on mailers and they have provided over $7000 to my opponent’s campaign account.
We have one last mailer this week, we are up on cable but we’d like to finish out with some newspaper ads and are in need of about $400 more dollars for these. 
Please contribute what you can at www.susanlynn.net and click donate.
 
PLEASE SHARE OUR WEB SITE
Again; please share our new webpage with your friends who may not know the truth about my opponent’s attacks: www.susanlynn.net/Mailers.html and www.susanlynn.net or this email.

In conclusion, we are doing great. The race is almost over.  I ask for your vote and please ask your friends to get out and vote too.  As always, if I can do anything to help you, please do not hesitate to call.

Sincerely,
Susan Lynn

www.susanlynn.net
susan.lynn@charter.net
615-596-2363

We need good people like Susan Lynn in the State Legislature. Vote and please donate, Rod

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Taxi Licensing Commission still dysfunctional and unconcerned


by Daniel Horwitz

The Metro Taxi Licensing Commission met Thursday and here are a few interesting things that occurred that the Commissioners could not have appeared to care less about:

Cab Companies Continued to whine about competition

Notwithstanding the existing cab companies' repeated assurances that no new cab companies are necessary because they are already providing exceptional customer service to the people of Nashville, the RPM taxi report very explicitly and quite scathingly concluded that "[n]o company was exempt from poor service— there were multiple instances of poor service on rides from all of the companies" (p. 3-24).  Additionally, given that RPM's secret shoppers also concluded that "United Cab’s arrival time also appeared to be longer than the other taxi companies," that "United Cab drivers were more often found to be either refusing credit cards or very reluctant to accept them," and that United Cab's atrocious customer service was the "most egregious of all" because its drivers "would appear to be routinely overcharging their unsuspecting customers" (p. 3-24), today's comments from the United Cab executive who cried that the closed industry was being unfairly crucified by the media were particularly entertaining.  

Cab company owners can continue to whine about the extreme unfairness of having some potential competition in Nashville's taxi industry, but for years now they've enjoyed all the profit without doing any of the work.  As I've previously noted in great detail, the only people who do any work or take any risks at all are the drivers themselves.  

Cab company owners continue to lie about their "fleets"

There is really no other way to say this, but when cab company owners like Taxi USA's Michael Solomon and Checker Cab's Mulugeta Abebe make grand promises about their "fleets" of taxis, they are lying.  These owners don't actually own any cabs.  They merely own the permits that give people the lawful ability to drive cabs, and they sublease these permits to actual cab drivers for between $150 and $205 per week (p. 1-4).  In sum, the five current "cab companies" in Nashville (which, it should be noted, actually describe themselves as "franchising companies") are outrageously profitable but completely unnecessary middle men who provide absolutely no goods or services whatsoever to the community.  

If we're going to be dealing with facts, there are 585 total permitted cabs in Nashville, and the RPM transportation consultants clearly stated that "virtually all of the regular taxicabs are owned by the taxi drivers" (p. 3-1)-- leaving very little room left for any of the current cab company owners' aforementioned "fleets."  Perhaps notably, the study also found that Taxi USA-- Nashville's biggest cab company by far with 205 taxi permits (p. 3-1)-- has only "one company-owned sedan" (p. 3-3).  

MTLC continues to defer new cab permits

The Volunteer Taxi drivers first submitted their permit application in November 2011.  At the November 2011 hearing, the TLC deferred its decision on their application to December 2011.  At the December 2011 hearing, the TLC then placed two future conditions on the granting of Volunteer Taxi's permits, and deferred a final decision until June 2012.  At the June 2012 hearing, the TLC then deferred its decision until today, July 26th.  Today, after wasting hundreds of people's time for about three hours, the TLC again decided to defer a final decision until August, citing their own failure to provide adequate public notice for today's hearing.  

I'm generally very supportive of public servants who volunteer their time for the good of the community, and I don't want to allege bad faith without any specific basis for believing that there's something illicit going on behind the scenes, but this is beyond ridiculous.  Either do the job, or step aside and let someone else do it.  

Daniel Horwitz is a third year law student at Vanderbilt University Law School, where he is the Vice President of Law Students for Social Justice.  He can be contacted at daniel.a.horwitz@vanderbilt.edu

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Tennessee statesmen endorse Charles Williamson

Endorsements Announced for State House 50 Candidate


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Charles Williamson
Nashville, TN --- An impressive group of dignified Tennesseans have announced their support of businessman Charles Williamson for State Representative. Former Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn, State Senators Ben and Sue Atchley, and Representative Frank Niceley have announced their endorsements.

“I am always glad to speak out for a candidate who will do an outstanding job in office, someone who I believe stands for what is best for the people of Tennessee.  In the case of Charles Williamson, I am particularly honored to be able to encourage my fellow Republicans to support such a great candidate.
As a geologist, farmer, and small businessman, Charles will bring real world experience and valuable skills to the major issues facing the Tennessee House of Representatives.  As a person, I know Charles to be honest and principled, and he will put the good of the people over special interests.
I am proud to call Charles my friend and to ask you to support him for State Representative.” 
Winfield Dunn, Governor of Tennessee (1971-1975)
 
“We know how important it is to have lawmakers who have real-world experience and who understand the impact of government on Tennessee’s economy. Tennessee needs more citizen-legislators who will fight for the voters and not for special interests. Charles Williamson is a hard-working small businessman and farmer.  These skills and experiences have prepared him to be an outstanding representative of the people. Further, he has the rock-solid character to help restore respect for state government in Tennessee. If we had more people like Charles Williamson as legislators during the income tax fights, we would have stopped it in the first year. “We both strongly endorse Charles Williamson for State Representative in District 50.  Charles will be a legislator who will make Tennessee proud.”
Senator Ben Atchley, Senate Republican Leader (1986-2004)
Senator Sue Atchley, State Senator (2011)
 
“As a longtime Tennessee businessman, and with his involvement in agriculture as a farmer and rancher, Charles Williamson has experience that will offer Tennessee a unique balanced perspective. This is a rare quality and one that will serve Charles well as a Tennessee legislator. I highly recommend Charles to the voters of District 50.”
Representative Frank Niceley of Knoxville,
Chair of the House Agriculture Committee.

A registered professional geologist, Charles Williamson is president of Geotechnical Environmental Services, Inc. and owner of Rockdale Ranch in Goodlettsville where he raises a herd of American Bison. Williamson is running for State House in District 50. The sprawling district encompasses Joelton, Scottsboro, Goodlettsville, Bellevue and parts of West Nashville. The House 50 seat is open as a result of the retirement of Gary Moore.

Williamson is also endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police and was the winner of the Davidson County Republican Party’s annual Straw Poll with 73% of the vote.

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Dean camp financially backed 'grassroots' pro-tax hike coalition | Nashville City Paper

Dean camp financially backed 'grassroots' pro-tax hike coalition | Nashville City Paper

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 10:31pm
The pro-property tax increase group that called itself a “grassroots coalition” supporting key investments for Nashville’s future received $26,000 from Mayor Karl Dean’s campaign coffers, his mid-year financial disclosure reveals.

Moving Nashville Forward — which rallied support for the mayor’s 53-cent property tax hike in advance of the council’s final approval on June 19 — collected donations from others as well, former Metro Councilman Erik Cole, who led the organization’s efforts, told The City Paper. But the mayor’s contribution was the largest.


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey endorses Rep. Diane Black for re-election

NASHVILLE -- Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Tennessee) today announced his endorsement of Rep. Diane Black (R- Tennessee) for re-election to Congress.

“Ever since I have known Diane Black, she has been fighting for the conservative values Tennesseans hold dear,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “She was pivotal in denying liberals their dream of an income tax in Tennessee and stood up for the pro-life cause before it was fashionable.”

“In Congress, Diane has continued her conservative leadership fighting against Obamacare, for balanced budgets and limited government,” Ramsey continued.

“The fact of the matter is that Diane was conservative before being conservative was cool. She was championing the issues the tea party holds dear before the movement even had a name,” explained Ramsey. “Diane was essential to creating our successful Republican Majority here in Tennessee and I am thankful she has brought a much needed dose of Tennessee wisdom to D.C.  In the fight against liberals like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid there is no one I’d rather have on my side than Diane Black,” Ramsey concluded.

Black is running for re-election in the newly drawn 6th Congressional District, which includes the following seventeen counties Cumberland, Cannon, Clay, Coffee, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White and Wilson counties and a portion of Cheatham and Van Buren counties.

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Dr. Art Laffer endorces Debra Maggart

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn.--With election day fast approaching in Sumner County, Representative Debra Maggart (R--Hendersonville), the conservative candidate for Tennessee House of Represenatives, was pleased to receive the endorsement of a leading figure in the conservative movement.
 
Dr. Art Laffer, the father of supply-side economics and founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, threw his support behind Maggart in her race for the 45th House District.
 
"I support proven fighters for pro-growth economic policies in Tennessee. While Washington continually eschews its fiscal responsibilities for our nation, Tennessee has become a model for how government should conduct itself, stated Laffer. "In the last two years, we have witnessed the elimination of the death tax, the repeal of the gift tax, and a commitment to forever ban a state income tax. Coupled with Tennessee's right to work status, these moves are helping make Tennessee one of the nation’s premier locations for new jobs and have driven the unemployment rate below the national average."
 
He continued, "Tennesseans owe a debt of gratitude to Debra Maggart for these victories. Under her leadership as House Republican Caucus Chairman, the General Assembly has advanced the cause of economic freedom to lengths unseen in the modern era. Representative Maggart is a proven fighter for principle--our principles. That is why I give her my full endorsement in the 45th House District. With so much uncertainty coming from Washington, now is the time to re-elect those leaders who have helped reform Tennessee for the better. Debra Maggart is certainly one of those leaders."
 
Maggart said, "It is an honor to have the support of such a luminary in economics for my campaign. In my time as a legislator, we have cut taxes, kept our budget balanced, and have seen our economy improve. This is the recipe for success that is at the heart of Dr. Laffer's beliefs. Sumner County voters have 
 
Dr. Laffer currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee where he is the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, an institutional economic research and consulting firm, as well as Laffer Investments, an institutional investment management firm utilizing diverse investment strategies. The firms provide research and investment management services to a diverse group of clients, which includes institutions, pension funds, corporations, endowments, foundations, individuals and others.

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The line between bigotry and concern

Crossing the line between concern and bigotryExaminer.com
... State Executive Committee take some kind of action against Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, a Republican, because-among other things, Haslam hired a “specialist in Sharia law” to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development ...


....Healthy concern about those who would sympathize and collaborate with the enemies of America is quite a bit different from open religious bigotry against someone because they are a Muslim, and advocating apparent discrimination against them because of their religious beliefs. However, it would seem that we may have an ever-widening group of people that are simply making the assumption that if a person is a Muslim, they are the enemy because of their religion alone....

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Obama's "Dreams from my Father," is not the American Dream


Fantastic movie!
Last night I went to Opry Mills cinema to watch a screening of Dinesh D'Souza's new documentary, 2016 Obama's America.

Me with Dinesh D'Souza
Obama has been President for three years but most Americans know less about him than any other American President. This documentary by Dinesh D'Souza based on his book, The Roots of Obama's Rage explores Obama's influences and associations. D'Souza examines Obama's own autobiography, Dreams from my Father, for clues to what made Obama the person that he is. He travels to Kenya, Nigeria, Hawaii, and Indonesia and interviews Obama's  family and those who knew him and looks at the societies and era in which he grew up and examines the influence of the father that he hardly knew.

This documentary may have the power to change people's mind about Obama if they can be persuaded to watch it. Anyone who wants a better understanding of President Obama and why he pursues the policies he does, should watch this movie! Highly recommended! Coming soon to a theater near you.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Minutemen continue the attack on King George Loyalist

Maury County Republicans join the rebellion.
GOP resolution aimed at Sharia Law | Columbia Daily HeraldThe Maury County resolution states that Ali is a “Sharia Finance specialist,” which could require her to promote political Sharia law. “Governor Haslam has ...
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