Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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.
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
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!
- 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.
- 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!
Monday, July 30, 2012
District 1: Sharon Gentry
As 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
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.”
Sunday, July 29, 2012
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.
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
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.
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.
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 her website here.
School Board endorsements will follow in a separate post.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
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.
• I voted against the driver’s certificates and I voted to take driver’s licenses away from illegal aliens...more.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Endorsements Announced for State House 50 Candidate
Chair of the House Agriculture Committee.
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.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
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.
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....
|Me with Dinesh D'Souza|
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.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
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 ...