Friday, October 08, 2010

The Paymaster

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett has shut out former officials of the recently-departed Ragsdale Administration in Knox County:

Former Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale's Director of Communications Suzanne Dupes is all in a pickle because she resigned when Ragsdale left office and the current Knox County Mayor, former State Senator Tim Burchett, decided that Dupes shouldn't receive severance pay, even though Ms. Dupes says that Ragsdale told her that Tim Burchett said that he was going to give her nearly $16,000 in severance allotments. So Mikey tells Susie that Timmy told Dean to tell Dwight that Timmy would give Susie the money, and then Dwight tells Mikey that Susie is going to get the money. Susie then thinks that because Mikey said she was going to get the money, and he said that Timmy told Dean to tell Dwight to tell Mikey to let Susie know she was going to get some money, that Susie is going to get nearly $16,000.

We're all waiting for the notes to get passed in study hall to clear this one up...

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

District Drawing

If Tennessee Republicans win the General Election on November 2nd, they might consider embracing the radical idea that they can show themselves better than the party opposite by creating more equal legislative districts:

As tempting as it may be to use the redistricting process to insure the destruction of the opposing political formation, let us propose the radical idea that House and Senate Republicans in Nashville should not have vengeance in mind when drawing the new electoral boundaries mandated by the census. If Republicans are indeed victorious at the State level on November 2nd, let them do the one thing the Democrats never would do when they were in control-draw the legislative boundaries in a fair and equitable way, avoiding gerrymandering as much as is possible. Most computer models show that equitable districts would still give the Republicans a majority in Tennessee, and likely a substantial one.

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

They Work for the Government...

Some State employees may be forgetting who they are supposed to serve:

The Tennessee State Employees Association doesn't think that the humble and dignified sacrifices of their fellow citizens to help give the next generation of our people a good fiscal legacy should apply to them. The rest of us should keep paying ever higher sales and property taxes so that State employees, a group whose work benefits are often far better than many of their neighbors in the private sector, can get a higher raise in one year than many members of the general public have gotten in the last five years.

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Tennessee Tea

Many of the Tea Party's central themes have already been a part of Tennessee's political discourse:

One of the Tea Party's most vocalized issues is over-taxation both at the State and federal level. While the Tennessee General Assembly can do very little but protest about oppressive taxation at the federal level, Tennessee has no income tax and is ranked 48th nationally in terms of tax burden. Our Legislature certainly has its fair share of problems with government waste-as chronicled amply in this space-but Tennessee has been blessed in that for the most part, the General Assembly has kept to its obligation to keep the budget balanced without resort to unconstitutional means of taxation.

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Monday, October 04, 2010

Blue Book Politics

Is the Tennessee Blue Book just obsolete?

Therein lies the rub where the Blue Book is concerned. In our own day an age, everything that can be found in its pages is now available online, and that includes the entire 2009-2010 Tennessee Blue Book, which is the latest edition. As long as there are significant numbers of people in Tennessee who do not have a way to access government information via the internet, the State will need to print copies of the Blue Book to make available. However, in the years ahead digital information will likely become even more widely available than it is now, and the State will likely find that it is cheaper to maintain the Blue Book online and digitize State Blue Book archives than it will be to print the book in large numbers.

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