Desperate and Done
Nathan Vaughn is desperate, tired, and probably done
in his race for the Tennessee House of Representatives against Kingsport Representative Tony Shipley:
The legislation in question, House Bill 2390, provided bond issues for road and bridge repair rather than appropriate the monies directly from the State Treasury. This was not in keeping with Tennessee's long-standing constitutional and legislative custom of "pay-as-you-go," or paying for State projects as the money becomes available for them. Instead, the bond issue would have cost Shipley's constituents and other Tennesseans another $70 million a year, when there didn't have to be such high debt if the State had merely followed longstanding budget-writing procedures that were abandoned in 2009 in favor of a budget which funded many projects with federal stimulus money and which bonded the State into tens of millions of dollars in debt-debt Tony Shipley's constituents have t repay and that would have been unnecessary using more fiscally reponsible methods to fund bridge and highway improvements.
Labels: Conservatism, Elections, Local politics, News Media, Republican Party, Tennessee politics
A Citizen Legislator
More reasons to support Republican Jeremy Faison in the 11th Tennessee House District
Faison not only understands and shares the views of so many of his potential constituents, but when Faison says "I am an ordinary man," he isn't joking. There is nothing overly extraordinary in his background, and for some uppity sorts that is an automatic disqualification. For most East Tennessee voters, however, Jeremy Faison's very regular life is very similar to the lives they lead every day, enough that they can feel confident that when they call Representative Faison with a concern or a problem that might seem trivial to others at the Capitol, he will have an understanding ear because he will have recently dealt with similar difficulties himself.
Labels: Conservatism, Democrats, Elections, Local politics, News Media, Republican Party, Tennessee politics
Election Day Turnout Critical
Early voting turnout in Jefferson County appears to be low
So far the one-day high for early voters in Jefferson County has been Friday, October 22nd (474 voters)-a date when the early voting location in the county's most populous civil district, which encompasses White Pine and Baneberry-was not even open. The lowest turnout day, Saturday, October 16th with 137 voters, was a day that two of the county's three early voting stations were open until noon and the numbers should have been almost twice that amount, as they nearly were the following week at that time.
Labels: Congress, Conservatism, Democrats, Elections, Federal politics, Local politics, News Media, Republican Party, Tennessee politics
Walker In the Gutter
The Democratic State Senate nominee in the Tennessee 7th is long past the entrance to the gutter
Since Walker is so clueless about active attempts to deal with one of the most critical issues facing both Tennesseans and the Union at-large, it is easy to understand that he and his Democratic Party allies might be equally ignorant of his opponent's record and public statements. This week, in a display of that ignorance for the entire district-and now much of the State-to see, Walker's campaign disseminated mailers stating that Stacey Campfield favored giving child predators the right to "carry concealed guns." The mailer was supposedly based on Stacey Campfield's response to questionnaire on Second Amendment Rights from Knoxville Gun Rights Examiner Liston Matthews, in which Campfield declares his support for a Vermont-style gun carry law which would allow any citizen who was not a convicted felon to carry a firearm without a permit. The fact that such a law would in no way apply to child predators is apparently totally lost on the Democrats and on Mr. Walker. Facts or reality, after all, should never get in the way of an attempt to launch a last-minute desperation attack on your opponent when it is clear that you are losing.
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Last Thursday, former Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Senator Rick Santorum reminded East Tennessee pro-lifers what is important
Santorum pointed to his youngest child, Bella, as the classic example of the anti-life attitude currently seeming to sweep the medical profession. Bella was born with an extremely rare genetic condition called Trisomy 18, the presence of an extra 18th chromosome-something which normally kills the children who are born with it from the lack of ability to breathe. At the time that Bella was born, the Santorums were told by the attending doctor before taking Bella home that they must "learn to let go." The Santorums' regular doctor discovered that the prescription this doctor had written for Bella was three times the amount that she should have been getting during a wellness exam for Bella. Fortunately, Karen Santorum never had that prescription filled.
Labels: Aborticide, Congress, Conservatism, Elections, Federal politics, Local politics, News Media, Political correctness, Republican Party, Tennessee politics