Friday, May 31, 2019

Tennessee's 223rd Birthday, June 1, 2019


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Tennessee Statehood Day event page on Facebook

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John Cooper training and meet and greet event June 1



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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Statesmen's Dinner 2019, June 15th. Keynote speaker Senator Todd Young




TICKETS
$250.00 USD · Purchase tickets

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Bellevue Metro Council Candidates Forum, June 3rd.

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LGBTQ Victory Fund endorces six candidates for Metro Council.

  • Emily Benedict is running in District 7. There are six other candidates running and I do not know anything about any of them.
  • Russ Bradford is running in District 13. I am supporting Dan Meredith who is also seeking that seat.
  • David Murray is running in District 9. There are two other candidates seeking that seat but I don't know anything about them. 
  • Nancy VanReece is the incumbent running for reelection in District 8. Danny Williams is her opponent. 
  • Bret Withers is the incumbent running for reelection in District 6. Unfortunately, he has no opponent. 
  • Zack Young is running in District 10. The other candidate is Tim Garrett.  When I served in the Council in the eighties I served with Tim.  He served several terms in the Council then got elected to the State House and served several terms. He is a Democrat but may be the last sane Democrat left. He is conservative and is a hard working person of integrity with a deep knowledge of Metro government and State government and he has deep roots in Davidson County.

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WTF endorsed three candidate for Metro Council.

WTF, in this case, stands for the liberal group Women for Tennessee's Future.  Why they only endorsed three candidates, I don't know. Anyone endorsed by WTF needs to be defeated. Below is the criteria WTF used to select candidates.

  • The candidate must be a woman.
  • The candidate must demonstrate a viable path to victory.
  • The candidate must demonstrate support for the economic and political empowerment of women and the protection of women’s rights in all arenas.
  • The candidate must demonstrate support of federal, state, or local efforts to safeguard health care access and reproductive justice.
Note: For those who need a liberal translation, "reproductive justice" means killing unborn babies.
I don't know if "women" means any person who identifies as women or real women but as far as I know, there are no transgendered "women" running.

WTF 2019 CURRENT ENDORSEMENTS
Sandra Sepulveda for Nashville Metro Council District 30
Zulfat Suara for Nashville Metro Council at-Large
Councilwoman Nancy VanReece for Nashville Metro Council District 8

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Look who the Central Labor Council endorsed in district council races.

Below is the list of district Metro Council candidates endorsed by the CLC in the upcoming Council races. Of those who got the endorsement, I only support Jonathan Hall, District 1; Larry Hagar, District 11; and Robert Nash in District 27. In the case of Robert Nash, he has no opponent.

An endorsement by the CLC is not reason enough not to support a candidate but is reason to look closely at the candidate with suspicion. I don't know that the candidates promised to support a tax increase or any other policy favored by labor in order to get this endorsement. If anyone has insight as to what candidates had to promise to get this endorsement, please publicly share the information.

In the interest of full disclosure, the first time I ran for Council I had the support of the teachers union (MNEA) and the Central Labor Council and I think another union. I was the most conservative member of the Council during the time I served. I did not get these endorsement any of the times I ran for reelection.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Best wishes for a meaningful Memorial Day.



Memorial Day is about more than the start of summer. Teach your children well. Pause to remember.

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DCDP's Mayoral Forum at the Historic Belcourt Theater

From Davidson County Democratic Party:

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Davidson County Democratic Party Mayoral Forum, 7:00 pm, Thursday, June 13th at the historic Belcourt Theatre!  
We have invited the Democrats running for mayor and look forward to hearing their visions for Nashville as well as their plans to address the pressing issues facing our city.

Door will open at 6:45 and the forum will begin at 7. Admission is free.

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U.S. News ranks Tennessee as the top state for fiscal stability.

by Rod Williams - U. S. News and World reports that Tennessee is the number one state in the nation for fiscal responsibility. States were ranked for both short-term and long-term fiscal responsibility and then given an overall rating. Tennessee was ranked tops for long-term fiscal responsibility and seventh for short-term fiscal stability and given an overall rating of number one. Ranking below Tennessee for overall fiscal stability was Florida at number two, South Dakota at number three, North Carolina number four and Utah number five.

The worst states in overall ranking begins with Illinois, followed by New Jersey, Alaska, New Mexico, and Connecticut.  California was the ninth worst.

The ranking of long-term fiscal stability included a state's ability to cover long-term pension obligations and issue bonds at a reasonable cost which is largely dependent on its credit rating. Moody's Investors Service was used for the credit rating component. The pension score was based on research by The Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Tennessee got a perfect score of "1" on both the credit rating and the pension liability factors.

The short-term score looked at how well a state meets its immediate financial obligations and if it had sufficient access to capital to cover short-term liabilities.

It matters who governs.


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Central Labor Council endorses Rep. John Ray Clemmons for Nashville mayor and seven candidates for Council at large

One good reason not to vote for Rep. John Ray Clemmons for mayor is that the Central Labor Council endorses Rep. John Ray Clemmons for Nashville mayor..

In a strategically stupid move, the Central Labor Council endorsed seven candidates for the five Council at-large positions.  The Council endorsed Burkley Allen, Fabian Bedne, Sharon Hurt, Gicola Lane, Bob Mendes, Gary Moore and Zulfat Suara. 

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Unemployment drops in 94 of 95 counties in Tennessee; several to record lows

Unemployment drops in 94 of 95 counties in Tennessee; several to record lows

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SEIU local union calls for a property tax increase.

The local SEIU union says, Nashville’s budget is broken because taxes are too low and they are calling for a tax increase.  To read their pro tax increase appeal follow this link.

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John Cooper for Mayor events

JOHN COOPER 4 MAYOR VOLUNTEER EVENT
Location: 2501 McGavock Pk #300, Nashville, TN 37214
Date: Saturday, June 1
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
 
  COFFEE WITH COOPER AT PHAT BITES
Location: 2730 Lebanon Pike Nashville TN 37214
Date and Time: Thursday, June 6
Time: 8:00 – 9:00 am

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Freddie O'Connell Likely to Challenge Residency of Surprise District 19 Opponent

Joshua Parant
The Nashville Scene - ... O'Connell says Parant has essentially dropped into his district at the urging of "aggrieved honky-tonk owner" Steve Smith, who owns Tootsie's and Honky Tonk Central. Now he says he'll likely challenge Parant's legitimacy on the ballot. ...... Smith calls with a comment. ... "I think Councilman O'Connell, I think he's just a paranoid nut. Please quote me on that."(read more)

Rod's Comment: I do not see how living on a month-to-month lease makes one not a legitimate resident of a district. I am supporting Joshua Parant in this race.

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Pastor Howard Jones has announced his candidacy for Metro Council-At-Large.

Howard Jones
The Tennessee Tribune — Pastor Howard Jones, senior pastor of Fairfield M. B. Church in Goodlettsville and an assistant principal at Stratford High School, has announced his candidacy for Metro Council-At-Large.

Jones has been active in the Metropolitan Nashville Community all of his adult life.  He has served as the senior pastor of Fairfield for 30 years and has worked in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System for approximately 30 years as well.  Jones also served as a Metropolitan Nashville Juvenile Court Probation Officer prior to joining MNPS. (continue reading)

Rod's Comment:  I will be posting press releases and links to news stories about various candidates for mayor and  Metro Council.  This is to assist the public in being informed.  Posting of a press release or news link does not indicate an endorsement of the candidate.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Liberal Speak translation guide update.

by Rod Williams, 5-21-2019 - It has only been five months since I updated. Can you believe that five months ago "woke," to most people, meant to wake from literal slumber? The current liberal definition but not in wide use; now it is everywhere. New liberal-speak enters the vocabulary quicker than I can keep up.

  Intended for use when listening to NPR, mainstream media, academics and liberal politicians. These terms may also be encountered when talking to any liberal.


Liberal Speak
Translation
woke
To become aware that America is a racist, fascist, evil country, as if awakening from slumber. To become aware of the evils of America and capitalism and see the light of the glory of socialism.
mansplaining
The explanation of something by a man to a women. This term is used to dismiss  what is being explained as condescending. This is a device used by liberal women to avoid logic.
cultural appropriation
To appreciate the influence of a culture other than your own and to adopt elements of that culture.  A white young women wearing a dress cut in the Oriental fashion is an example. Celebrating Cinco de mayo and not being of Hispanic origin is  cultural appropriation. It is hard to know what is and what is not. I don't think eating pizza is cultural appropriation.
victim-blaming
A recognition that bad outcomes may not have occurred if one had exercised prudence, caution, responsibility or wisdom.
Shaming
As in "slut-shaming." an expression of disapproval, verbal or by body language or facial expression that you disapprove of someone else's morals, values, grooming, or looks. It is failure to hide your judgement of another.
Dead-naming
Referring to a male who decides he is a female by his real legal birth name he used before he adopted his new made up feminine name.


immigrant
Illegal alien
tax expenditures
Any of your money you get to keep.  The mortgage interest deduction on your home is a "tax expenditure."
kinetic military operations
War
Arsenal of Weapons
Gun Collection
Disadvantaged
Poor
Economically challenged
Poor
Delicate Wetlands
Swamps
The Underclass
Poor
Cruelty-Free Materials
Synthetic Fiber
Heavily Armed
Well-protected
Narrow-minded
Righteous
Judgmental
Knows right and wrong
Your Fair Share
More Coerced Theft or your income
Commonsense Gun Control
Gun Confiscation Plot
Illegal Hazardous Explosives
Fireworks or Stump Removal
Product of conception
Unborn Baby
Nonviable Tissue Mass
Unborn Baby
Equal Access to Opportunity
Socialism
Equal Access to Opportunity
Preferential treatment
Equal Access to Opportunity
Reverse Discrimination
Multicultural Community
High Crime Area
Fairness or Social Progress
Marxism
Upper Class or "The Rich"
Successful People
Progressive, Change
Big Government Scheme
Homeless or Disadvantaged
Bums or Welfare Leeches
Sniper Rifle
Scoped Deer Rifle
Investment For the Future
Higher Taxes
Healthcare Reform
Socialized Medicine
Extremist, Judgmental, or Hater
Conservative
Truants
Homeschoolers
Victim or Oppressed
Criminal or Lazy Good-For-Nothing
Religious Zealot
Church-going, God fearing
Fair Trade Coffee
Overpriced Yuppie Coffee
Bible-thumpers
Christians
Exploiters or "The Rich"
Employers or Land Owners
The Gun Lobby
NRA Members
Assault Weapon
Semi-Auto (Grandpa's M1 Carbine)
Fiscal Stimulus
New Taxes and Higher Taxes
Revenue enhancement
New Taxes and Higher Taxes
Investment for the future
New Taxes and Higher Taxes
Same Sex Marriage
Legalized Perversion
Mandated Eco-Friendly Lighting
Chinese Mercury-Laden Light Bulbs
Green Energy
Overpriced electricity produced from unreliable solar panels or wind mills
Diverse or Lifestyle Choice
Sinful and Perverted

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Monday, May 20, 2019

What To Expect In Nashville’s Election

There are 111 candidates who have qualified for Nashville’s citywide election in August, which includes the races for mayor, vice mayor and the 40-member Metro Council.

But that’s actually fewer people running for local office than in recent years — and the ballot could still shrink a bit more, as candidates have until noon Thursday to withdraw their names.

Here are a few observations following the candidate qualifying deadline: (continue reading)

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

This is the final candidates list of those eligible to run for mayor, vice mayor or Metro council.

by Rod Williams, 5-18-2019 - The qualifying deadline has come and gone. This is the final list of those who have qualified to run for mayor, vice mayor, or metro council. If there were some names that were on previous list and not on this list that means the person picked up a qualifying petition but did not turn it in, or, they turned it in and it did not contain twenty-five good names and the petition was not verified. All of these names on this list may not appear on the ballot; a candidate may withdraw his name up until noon May 23rd.

There are no districts where no one has picked up a petition but there are several where only one person has picked up a petition. Unfortunately, there are several incumbents who I would like to see replaced who will be running without opposition.

Of the developments reflected on this list, I am most pleased to see that in District 16, Tony Tenpenny is running. He previously served in the council representing this district. He is a good conservative and was a big supporter of the fairgrounds. Not only would I like to see Tony Tenpenny back in the council, but I especially want to see Genny Welsch defeated. Genny Welsch is a left-wing activist and a founding member of the low-power left-wing radio station Radio Free Nashville.  Welsch is often seen at left wing protest gatherings advocating the liberal cause of the moment. I will be making a financial contribution to Tony's campaign.

In the race for council-at-large, we still have  fifteen candidates running for the five seats. I plan on voting for Steve Glover only. One may vote for up to five candidates but to do so weakens the influence of your vote. You may think of it like this; voting for only one candidate is almost the equivalent of casting five votes for that candidate.  There are some other candidates who are not bad, a couple are even good, but if conservatives split their vote and chose five candidates, no conservatives will win an at-large seat.

You will notice that in addition to circling in red those I would like to see elected, I have struck through the names of people I would especially like to see defeated. In District 5, Pam Murray is running. She was formerly a member of the Council.  She does not need to be reelected.  I don't have a preferred candidate in the race but know I would like to see Pam Murray defeated.

In District 7 there are  nine candidates and I know nothing about any of them. In District 8, I do not know Danny Williams but would like to see Nancy VanReese replaced. I look forward to leaning more about Williams. In District  19, a previous person who had picked up a petition is not on this list but a new person picked up a petition and got qualified in the last week. I don't know Joshua Parant but know I would like to see Freddie O'Connell replaced. I hope to learn more about Parant.


In District 30, I do not know Ruben Ford. I know Sherry Jones. She was a member of the Council in the 80's and then served several terms in the state legislature. She is very liberal. I do not want to see her regain a council seat. Sandra Sepulveda is Hispanic and she is running an identity politics campaign saying vote for me because I am Hispanic.  I would not like a candidate whose message was vote for me because I am white any more than I like a candidates whose message is vote for me because I am gay, or female, or Black or Hispanic. I would not want to see Sepulveda elected.  I am supporting Lydia Hubbell. She is a solid conservative.

Below is the list of those who are now eligible to run for the office of mayor, vice mayor, at-large and district council seats. Circled are the names of those I would vote for if these were the only choices and I knew only what I know today, the elections were today and I could vote in that contest. My selections are still preliminary but are getting more firm by the day. I may change my mind, if I learn more about the candidates and find a candidate I did not select is a better candidate. In districts where I have not selected anyone, I may be picking a preferred candidate as the campaigns take shape.

If you are a candidate running for office, please send me your press releases.  Email me at Rodwilliams47@yahoo.com.





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Nashville's homeless population on the decline.

by Rod Williams 5-17-2019 - I don't know why and those serving the homeless community do not speculate as to why, but Nashville's homeless population is on the decline and this is good news. Nationwide it is estimated that 0.17% of the population is homeless. This however, is an improvement over previous years except for the last two years which showed a minuscule uptick. Homelessness is down nationwide from 2007. It has been decreasing for about ten years but is now leveling out.  The fact that we have the lowest unemployment rate in fifty years no doubt contributes to less homelessness nationwide but state polices raising the minimum wage probably counteract the positive impact of the improved economy.

While homelessness is down in Nashville and much of the nation, there are places were it is drastically up and of chronic proportions. California which has the highest poverty rate in the nation
 has a severe homeless problem, particularly in the bay area. You have probably seen the videos or news reports showing block after block of sidewalks turned into tent camping sites.  Human excrement, rampant drug use, and the crowding of people into close quarters in unsanitary conditions leads to increased health risk.  A contributing factor to the California homeless crisis is that California destroyed their housing market through over regulation. It is estimated that local fees on on home construction adds an additional 6% to 18% to the cost of a home. The recently enacted California rule mandating solar panels on nearly all new home construction adds about $10,000 to the cost of a home (link). A statewide minimum wage of $12 an hour, the status of California as a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants and various other liberal policies no doubt contributes to the growth of homelessness in the state.

One thing that I would suggest contributes to a decline in homelessness is that Nashville has not allowed the development of large homeless camps.  If you recall, early in the administration of Megan Barry, the Fort Negley site had developed into a large homeless encampment. The city gave people amble time to move and adequate warning then moved in and forcibly removed them. There has also been other sites that were turning into homeless communities that the city has cleaned up.  If we did not prevent them from doing so,  I don't doubt that Centennial Park or Riverfront Park would be a vast homeless encampment.

Whatever the combination of factors that has let to a decrease in homeless, we are doing something right. To make sure we continue on the right tract, we need to ensure the nation continues on a path of economic growth and low unemployment and Nashville needs to look at what San Fransisco is doing and not do it.

The above was modified to reflect more accurate data  resulting from additional research on 5-19-2019. Rod Williams

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Friday, May 17, 2019

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen: “I think God belongs in religious institutions: in temple, in church, in cathedral, in mosque — but not in Congress."

Rep. Steve Cohen
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Sen Blackburn Discusses Immigration with Jon Scott on Fox News



This morning I spoke to Jon Scott on Fox News about this week's big immigration news.

For Tennesseans, immigration is issue number one. President Trump and the Republicans in the Senate announced plans this week to secure our borders and keep our citizens safe. We are going to tighten restrictions around asylum seekers. Soon, I plan to introduce legislation that works to extend an information-sharing provision between DHS and HHS so that we are certain about knowing the identities of criminal human traffickers so we can stop them from harming children going through the system.

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The candidates list of those running for Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Metro Council

Here is the link to the candidates list of those running for Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Metro Council. The election will be August 1, 2019.  If a name previously appeared on a list of those who picked up petitions but the name does not appear on this list, then the person did not turn in their petition or the petition failed to be certified because of an insufficient number of valid signatures. Check back for more information.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Michelle Foreman campaign kickoff/meet and greet

http://foreman4bellevue.com/

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Charlie Cardwell, RIP

See the source imageCharlie Cardwell was good man. He served several high level positions in Metro government and there was never a whiff of scandal. He was a gentleman. He would not mislead you. When I served in the Council and he was in the administration, he was a good advocate for the administrations proposals, but never tried to get you to trade you vote or make an inappropriate deal. If he told you something you could count on it being the truth. RIP

Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell dead at 83 after heart complications

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John Cooper: Why I Am Running To Serve You As Mayor!





https://johncooperfornashville.com/donate/

https://johncooperfornashville.us17.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=36b4a206ae0d24db1006af1f7&id=37e9a8f6fd

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Tennessee Charter School Center celebrates successful legislative session during National Charter School Week.

From Tennessee Charter School Center: 

Dear Friends,

Happy National Charter School Week! Each year, this special celebration is a time for everyone in the public charter movement—leaders, teachers, students, parents, and advocates—to come together to showcase our schools and students. As a kick-off for this week, we wanted to share the results of our work “on the Hill” during this legislative session. During the 2019 Legislative Session we:
  • Doubled the Charter School Facilities Fund bringing the total to $24 million over the past three years;
  • Established a statewide Charter School Commission;
  • Established the State Board of Education as a formal accountability body for charter school authorizers;
  • Fixed the default closure law;
  • Blocked 100% of negative legislation for the 4th consecutive year
We couldn’t have done this without you. Now for National Charter Schools Week, we want to celebrate your successes! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@tncharters) as we share highlights from the center, our charter schools and a special announcement to close out the week! Help us out by sharing our posts, and letting us know what positive impacts public charter schools are having in your community.

We also invite you to check out our 2019 Annual Impact Report highlighting the successes of the 2017-2018 school year, and to sign up for our monthly eNewsletter to keep up with what's happening inside charters.

Thanks for a great session.

Sincerely,
Dr. Maya M. Bugg
President & CEO, Tennessee Charter School Center

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Ten more people pick up qualifying petitiions.

by Rod Williams, 5-11-2019 - Since last week, ten more people have picked up qualifying petitions and time is running short. There are no districts where no one has picked up a petition but there are several where only one person has picked up a petition. Several incumbents who I would like to see defeated have no opposition.

There is still time to run. One may pick up a qualifying petition up until the deadline for turning in qualifying petitions which is noon May 16th. It only takes the name of 25 voters to qualify. One can get that many names in one evening, if you also purchase a voter registration list so you are only knocking on the doors of registered voters. Almost anyone will sign a qualifying petition if you explain they are simply signing to allow your name to be on the ballot. If you are at all interested in running, get qualified. If you then find that someone else who you could support is running or someone else is too formidable for you to beat is running, you could simply not turn in the petition. Once a qualifying petition is submitted and the petition is approved, then a candidate may withdraw his name up until noon May 23rd. Please, if you know someone who lives in one of those districts with a liberal council member and no challenger or only one candidate and know the person to be liberal, please run yourself or encourage someone to run. At this point, a sensible liberal who is concerned about Metro's debt, which is the highest per capita in the nation, would be an improvement over some of the progressive candidates who are running.

In the race for council-at-large, there are now fifteen candidates running for the five seats. I plan on voting for Steve Glover only. One may vote for up to five candidates but to do so weakens the influence of your vote. You may think of it like this; voting for only one candidate is almost the equivalent of casting five votes for that candidate.  There are some other candidates who are not bad, but if conservatives split there vote and chose five, no conservatives will win an at-large seat.

You will notice that in addition to circling in red those I would like to see elected, I have struck through the names of people I would like to see defeated. In District 5 Pam Murray is running. She was formerly a member of the Council.  She does not need to be reelected.  I don't have a preferred candidate in the race but know I would like to see Pam Murray defeated.

In District 7 there are  nine candidates and I know nothing about any of them. In District 8 I do not know Danny Williams but would like to see Nancy VanReese replaced. 

 
In District 16, I am supporting Paul King and I know nothing about him but anyone would be better  than Genny Welsch. She is left-wing activist and a founding member of the low-power left-wing radio station Radio Free Nashville.  Welsch is often seen at left wing protest gatherings advocating the liberal cause of the moment.

In District  19, I do not know Nick Johnson but know I would like to see Freddie O'Connell replaced.

Notice that in District 23 the incumbent council member, Mina Johnson, has picked up a qualifying petition. While I did not  see a statement from her that she was not running, people had told me she was not seeking reelection. That was either wrong information or she changed her mind. A good candidate, Thom Druffel is seeking that seat.

In District 30 I do not know Ruben Ford. I know Sherry Jones. She was a member of the Council in the 80's and then served several terms in the state legislature. She is very liberal. I do not want to see her regain a council seat. I have learned something about Sandra Sepulveda. She is Hispanic and she is running an identity politics campaign saying vote for me because I am Hispanic.  I would not like a candidate whose message was vote for me because I am white any more than I like a candidates whose message is vote for me because I am gay, or female, or Black or Hispanic. I would not want to see Sepulveda elected.  I am supporting Lydia Hubbell.

Below is the list of those who have picked up qualifying petitions to run for the office of mayor, vice mayor, at-large and district council seats as of Friday, May 10. The names highlighted in yellow are people who have appointed a campaign treasure but have not yet picked up a petition.  Circled are the names of those I would vote for if these were the only choices and I knew only what I know today, the elections were today and I could vote in that contest. My selections are preliminary. I may be changing my mind, depending on who else gets in the race or as I learn more about the candidates.

If you are a candidate running for office, please send me your press releases.  Email me at Rodwilliams47@yahoo.com.


 

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The Tennessean says Casada not worthy of being speaker.

Glen Casada
by Rod Williams - The Tennessean today editorialized that Glen Casada is not worthy of being speaker.  While the Tennessean is a major Tennessee newspaper, my view is that its opinion does not carry much weight, especially with Republicans.  It is predictably Democrat and predictably progressive Democrat. While this contributes to pressure on Glen Casada to resign, he should not buckle.  Being attacked by The Tennessean may even make the Speaker more popular among Republicans.

I continue to stand with Casada.  Maybe Casada did show poor judgment in hiring Cothren.  However, Cothren claims he had turned his life around and was changed man from the time when he was using cocaine.  Maybe Casada was wrong to give Cothren an important post.  Maybe Cothren did not deserve another chance.  In any event, Cothren was the author of the offensive emails, not Casada.  And, Corthren has since been fired.  Technically, he resigned but usually that means the boss asked for the resignation which I would assume is what happened.

I am still standing with Casada because I have seen no evidence that indicates he has done anything deserving of him losing his post. Maybe Casada misled radio host Phil Valentine by implying he did not know if the offensive emails were actually from Cothren when apparently he should have known.  If that is true, I am disappointing but don't think that is reason enough for him to lose his position as speaker.  I am also supporting Casada because I hate to see a rush to judgement and a mob mentality take down a good man.  Also, Casada has proven an effective leader in getting the governor's agenda though and running an effective legislative session. One thing I really like about Casada is that he has stopped Nashville from becoming the San Francisco of the South.  He has stopped Nashville from enacting several pieces of  progressive legislation or modified Nashville's progressive initiatives.  He has stopped Nashville from becoming a sanctuary city, he stopped Nashville from adopting inclusionary zoning,  he stopped Nashville from putting additional requirements favored by gay activist on businesses located in Nashville, and he curtailed the power of the newly created police oversight board to issue subpoenas.

Until something concrete is presented to show Casada did something wrong, House Republicans should stick with him and not let The Tennessean and politically correct enemies drive him from office.

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Gov. Bill Lee: If House Speaker Glen Casada worked for me, I would ask him to resign

The pressure continues to build.
Gov. Bill Lee: If House Speaker Glen Casada worked for me, I would ask him to resign.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

I'm not piling on with a call for Casada to step down.

by Rod Williams - Lt. Gov. Randy McNally has joined the chorus of those calling on Glen Casada to resignOther prominent Republicans who have done so include Bill Dunn, R-Knoxville, speaker pro tempore; Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby; David Hawk, R-Greeneville; House Majority Whip Rick Tillis, R-Lewisburg; Sam Whitson, R-Franklin; and Patsy Hazlewood, R-Signal Mountain.

Many others, while not specifically calling on Casada to resign his leadership post have described the situation as "very troubling," or said it needs to be resolved quickly or said they were "disappointed." I also am disappointed and find it troubling and hope it is resolved soon.

I am not so upset that he had a "white noise" devise in his office. White noise is to protect your self from being eavesdropped upon.  It is prudent. The charge that he eavesdropped on others does not appear to suggest he bugged their offices but that he listened in to conversations taking place in committee rooms equipped with equipment for transmitting committee meeting audio. Listening in to a conversation when those talking do not know your are listening may not be a gentlemanly thing to do, assuming it is true, but if one is having a conversation in a public place equipped with listening devices one should not have an expectation of privacy.

I don't have an opinion on the allegation of texting messages considered misogynist or sexually explicit.  I haven't read anything that seems that bad. In one message he referred to his assistant Cothren as a "wolf" who "girls aren't safe" around.  I guess I'm not "woke" yet, but that just does not seem that bad to me. I have not seen the content of the texts that have been called racist. I don't really know how bad it gets. The offended texts are referenced a lot but, I don't know what they actually say. I am certainly not going to take the media's or Casada's critics word for it that they were really, really bad. I think we need to take a deep breath and see the evidence and see if anything else comes out. He did accept the resignation of his assistant. That may be all of the corrective action that is needed.

We just came off of a tremendously successful legislative session and Casada rightly gets much of the credit. Unless there is more to come, we shouldn't throw Casada to the wolves. Apparently, Casada did deceive radio host Phil Valentine in claiming he did not know the validity of the text when it appears he in fact did. However, at the time, he may not have known the source. He probably texts a lot and may have not recalled the offensive text. He needs to explain. If he intentionally deceived, he needs to apologize. 

What is bad is that Casada did not act as if everything he ever said could someday become public.  Public figures in today's environment should never do or say anything they do not want to see on the 6 o'clock news. It is not safe to think out loud or let your hair down or engage in light banter if it can be retold, recorded or released. Public figures need to be on guard all the time.  So, at this point, I am disappointed with some of what has come to light but I an not piling on with a call for Casada to step down. I may reach that point but I need to actually know what the offending text said and the context in which it was said.

 

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