Dems Against Secrecy-When They Aren't In Charge
Now that Tennessee Democrats are on the outs, government secrecy is bad, bad, bad
Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) rebuffs the idea put forward by Minority Leader Jim Kyle (D-Memphis) that the Republican Leadership in the Senate (and perhaps the General Assembly as a whole) is bent on government secrecy.
Labels: Conservatism, Democrats, Elections, Republican Party, Tennessee politics
This is last chance turf for the August campaign
Whether you are on the August ballot for Governor, or you are running for one of the many county offices across Tennessee in county General Elections held the same day, or you are like me and running for the GOP State Executive Committee, it is this weekend that is truly the "end" of the campaign. Sure, ads will still be run, radio spots will be bought, and plenty of appearances will still be made, but early voting begins on Friday, and for many Tennesseans in rural areas that means they'll begin casting votes in earnest on Monday. This weekend is the last chance to reach voters before the majority of them cast their ballots during the early voting period until July 31.
Labels: Congress, Conservatism, Elections, Republican Party, Tennessee politics
The format of last night's gubernatorial debate left a lot to be desired
Last night's Tennessee gubernatorial debate featured all three Republican candidates-Bill Haslam, Ron Ramsey, and Zach Wamp-as well as the lone Democrat, Mike McWherter, in a format that was less than desirable. While it is understandable that candidates should be expected to finish the debate within a reasonable time frame, and rules should be established to insure that they answer questions quickly, most of the time candidates were only given 45 seconds to answer a question, and there were several cases where it was clear that the candidate was about to get to the meat of their answer when the bell rang.
Labels: Conservatism, Democrats, Elections, News Media, Republican Party
The Hot Issue
Illegal immigration may be the hot issue in the next Tennessee General Assembly
Representative Carr has said that he is looking into the possibility of drafting a bill similar to Arizona's which would deny illegal immigrants in-State tuition at Tennessee colleges and universities, enacting an e-Verify program to cut down on identity theft, and increase penalties significantly for employers who hire illegal aliens. Many say that these measures are harsh and that they would discourage people from coming to Tennessee, but those who make that charge choose to ignore the increasing burden that illegal or undocumented aliens are bringing to Tennessee's fragile education and health care system-regardless of their ethnic background.
Labels: Conservatism, Democrats, Federal politics, Republican Party, Tennessee politics