The World According to Oatney
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
In Your Heart, You Know He's Right!Stacey Campfield is absolutely right for the Tennessee Senate:
Whether it is introducing legislation that would have required death certificates for unborn victims of aborticide, DNA tests to prove some child support cases to be valid, or amendments to try and forbid lobbyists from sloshing legislators with free alcohol, conservative reform has been Campfield's mantra from the beginning. He promised constituents that he would act as a watchdog within our government, that he would advocate for the things that he believed were right, oppose the things that he knew in his heart to be wrong, and that he would concern himself less with passing bills than preventing bad ideas from becoming law. Stacey Campfield is a rare breed of politician-one that does exactly what they say they will do.
It is for this reason that Stacey Campfield deserves to be elected to the Tennessee Senate on November 2nd. To use a slogan from another conservative campaign of long ago: "In your heart you know he's right."
Stacey Campfield's ideas are in the spirit of Barry Goldwater
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Vote Right for CongressVote Roe, Duncan, or Fleischmann:
Congressman Phil Roe (R-Tennessee 01) is running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives after a freshman term where he has managed to win the confidence and goodwill of many of the people who didn't vote for him in the hotly-contested 2008 primary where he defeated then-incumbent freshman Republican David Davis by less than 500 votes. Roe's primary win over Davis two years ago was a follow-up on the bitter 2006 primary campaign where Davis had won with similar numbers in a field of 12 candidates. During his brief time in office, the pro-life obstetrician who proudly boasts of having delivered over 5,000 babies has developed a reputation for constituent service equally worthy of his noted long-serving predecessors Bill Jenkins and Jimmy Quillen. Roe is also unafraid to use the internet and new media to spread the conservative message. Your Examiner has never known a member of Congress to personally return a constituent call while on a family vacation, but Congressman Roe did just that for this writer. Such commitment to service is why the former Johnson City Mayor and City Commissioner should be re-elected to the House.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Haslam for GovernorThe case for Haslam:
What we do have to base our conclusions on about whether Bill Haslam would be a good Governor is a clear record. City tax rates in Knoxville are far lower than they were when he entered office, but he didn't just settle for lowering taxes, he helped balance the city's books and he has kept them in balance. During Haslam's time in office, tax revenues have increased because he has overseen positive business development, including revitalizing historic downtown Knoxville. Because his policies encourage economic growth, Knoxville has seen phenomenal success in job creation during Bill Haslam's time in office. If lowering taxes, balancing budgets, increasing the tax base, and encouraging business development isn't a conservative record, then we must ask what does qualify as a conservative record.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The Exciting Bleacher Seat National General ElectionThis could be a re-alignment election, except in East Tennessee, which will only turn an even brighter shade of happy Republican red:
Unlike 2006, when your Examiner felt emotionally drained in the midst of a slog of a campaign, or 2008, where there was great reason to celebrate in Tennessee despite the national win by the party opposite, 2010 has a different feeling altogether-like many of us in Upper East Tennessee are watching history unfold from the political bleachers. Congressman Phil Roe (R) will very deservedly win re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, while facing only token Democratic opposition-the District has been Republican since Reconstruction with the notable exception of the late Robert Love Taylor (D-Elizabethton). Roe faced no primary opposition, and has thus far performed his duties admirably, and will likely hold the Fist District Congressional seat for as long as he may like. Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam (R) looks set to win the race for Tennessee Governor in a cakewalk, where-to quote one anonymous commenter-Haslam is now gunning for 60% of the vote and "if that is running up the score, so be it."
Monday, October 11, 2010
Running Up the ScoreBill Haslam is running up the score in the Governor's race:
We do not presume to say that Haslam has no right to give his own money to his gubernatorial campaign-quite the contrary, in fact. At this point, however, Haslam's lead appears to be so vast that his campaign is like the highly-ranked college football team who is going to win against a much lower-ranked and grossly inferior opponent. Winning may not be enough-one is left with the distinct impression that Bill Haslam wants to run up the score on Mike McWherter.
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