Saturday, October 31, 2009

Question of the Weekend

This weekend's weekly Tennessee political question deals with local government bond issues:

Tennessee State Comptroller Justin P. Wilson is expected to release new rules next week that would tighten the present rules under which Tennessee municipalities and counties may issue bonds to finance new schools, roads, stadiums, and other projects. A collapse in the bond markets last year raised questions about risky bond issues by our State's local governments, which ultimately has led to new regulations from the Comptroller's office.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Party's Good Servant

The comments of Tennessee's Republican Chairman have triggered discussion about the very meaning of the pro-life movement in the GOP:

What should concern pro-life conservatives about Devaney's statement is not that he is saying that pro-abortionists can be Republicans, but the seeming nonchalance with which he appears to regard the pro-life position. Pro-life political action is reduced to a mere political position, a difference of opinion akin to tarriffs or environmental policy. What Devaney does not seem to understand is that this question of aborticide is not a matter of mere political opinion, but a matter of life or death. Either you believe that it is cold-blooded murder to take the life of an unborn child in the womb, or you do not-period. There is no middle ground on the matter and for that reason pro-life people within the Republican Party will not give an inch and will not give up the pro-life plank in the national platform.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Fate of Kent

In today's Examiner, I discuss how moves to the Senate by some of the Tennessee House of Representatives' most conservative members could impact Kent Williams' position as Speaker:

One of Kent Williams' loudest opponents from the very beginning of his tenure as Speaker has been Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), who challenged Williams to resign after he was made Speaker since he was seen to have betrayed the Republican Caucus and its leadership. On the floor of the House, Kelsey said Williams should "resign and run again as a Democrat or an independent."

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Bunch of Bell Ringing

Tennessee Senator Dewayne Bunch will retire at the next election and Rep. Mike Bell will run for his seat, but the loss of Bunch is losing a real public servant in the truest sense:

Despite the Left's seeming hatred for Bunch, he has always struck me as very friendly and jovial but extremely businesslike. It isn't hard to believe in the least that Dewayne Bunch would not have noticed something strange going on with his old roommate Paul Stanley while the former Germantown Senator was carrying on an affair with an intern, because Bunch definately seems the type to avoid any destractions that keep him from concentrating on the matters at hand of immediate concern. Senator Bunch believes that his purpose in Nashville is to do the business he is there to do and little else.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

The Knife Is Coming

In the midst of a worldwide economic downturn, the Tennessee General Assembly will be forced to do what they should have done last year:

Sure enough, Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson, a seemingly quiet fellow who has not appeared to be prone to wild political speculation now warns that the fiscal trainwreck is coming next year, and we had all better batton down the hatches, because it is likely that no corner of State government will not suffer the impact of the cuts that will be necessary. In the end, that means that those bearing the brunt of this new economic reality will be you and I. Couldn't the General Assembly have done something to prevent this. Yes, they could have made cuts last year rather than use the stimulus money to pay recurring expenses.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

On Eagles' Wings

The modern but beautiful hymn On Eagles Wings, sung by Irishwoman Maureen Hegarty.

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