Go Vols and Bucks!Here's to another great season of Tennessee and SEC football.
And a successful year for Ohio State as well.
Clement O'Brien was the first woman ever to serve as Chairman of a Tennessee Senate Committee, she would chair both the Senate Education and Transportation Committees during her tenure. In 1982, she ran for Governor, but lost the Democratic Primary to then-Knoxville Mayor Randy Tyree. Tyree was handily defeated by incumbent Lamar Alexander in that year's General Election.
Democratic unity does occur-when voting with Republicans in the Legislature. Major portions of the Republican agenda this past session frequently passed with 18, 19, 20 Democratic votes or more, leaving a 20-22 vote liberal rump as the holdouts. The Democrats crooning about "unity" and decrying the conservative Republican agenda need to remember that much of it passed with Democratic votes.
So why don't more States stand up for their rights, since the States are the creators of the federal government, and without them, the federal apparatus has no historical or constitutional reason to exist? Largely because the federal bohemoth has become far greator than its creators, the child, as it were, lording its authority over its parents.
Would Kent Williams have made a deal to be elected Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives if Republican legislators had not campaigned against in such a public way in his 2008 primary?
Republican businessman Pat Marsh won the Republican nomination in the Special Primary held in Tennessee House District 62 in which Marsh literally crushed all comers in the field. The Primary was needed because of the resignation of Democratic Representative Curt Cobb, who left the General Assembly to take the position of Bedford County Clerk and Master. Marsh will face Ty Cobb II, brother of the resigned former incumbent considered by some to be the favorite due to name recognition, in a special election October 13.
In a bit of Legislative recess redux, I revisit the issue of county election administrators and patronage:
She was a political appointee in a patronage job (despite all legal notions to the contrary that patronage has been "abolished"-those who do not believe patronage is real and functioning can visit any number of small town halls and courthouses in this State), and when a new government takes power at the State level-and in Tennessee, the government really is a function of the Legislature- political appointees should have the reasonable expectation that they might be replaced.
Speaking of the lawsuit(s) by the old election administrators, we haven't heard much from them in several weeks, have we?