Occupy Nashville Overkill
Okay, the Governor may cost Tennessee taxpayers millions
Nevertheless, the reaction of State officials in how to deal with the
protest has been overly broad and is blatantly unconstitutional, and
whatever the circumstances of the sit-in at this point, the State has
acted in a way that brings danger to the rights of all of us. First, the
State abruptly changed the rules
for assembly on Legislative Plaza, banning protests without a
permit-one was not previously required until Friday-and closing the
Plaza from 10pm to 6am. The Capitol grounds were not closed to the
public at any hour of the day or night until today. Clearly, this sudden
change of rules-while it may apply to all of us later-was aimed at
Occupy Nashville right now, and that means that the State of
Tennessee has invited a lawsuit, will probably have it by nightfall, and
those suing will be in a position in which liberals rarely find
themselves-on the constitutionally correct side of the issue.
Labels: Conservatism, Duh, Federal politics, Local politics, Tennessee politics
Who Are They Trying to Influence?
The Occupy Nashville crowd has been given until 8pm tonight to clear out of the Capitol
Since the Constitution guarantees the right of protesters to peacefully
assemble and "petition the government for a redress of grievances," it
is fair to ask: If the Occupy Nashville protesters continue to be camped
out at Legislative Plaza, what are they asking the Tennessee General
Assembly specifically to do? Have they presented a list of their
collective demands to Governor Bill Haslam, Lieutenant Governor Ron
Ramsey, or House Speaker Beth Harwell? Are the demands of the protesters
things that a State legislative body has the constitutional authority
or ability to act upon? Perhaps most importantly, are many of these
protesters even aware of the fact that the Tennessee General Assembly is
a part-time legislature, that most of its members have a life outside
of the Capitol and that, by the way, they aren't in session in October?
It would appear that the answer to all of these questions is no.
"Occupy Nashville" might see an occasional legislator duck in and out of
a committee meeting from time to time, but if they are looking to wield
influence, camping out at the Capitol in the middle of October isn't
the way you do that in Tennessee-the General Assembly isn't there.
Labels: Duh, Federal politics, Local politics, Political correctness, Tennessee politics
That's what it promises to be in the 6th District State Senate race
Even the News Sentinel doesn't seem to believe that pipe dream,
with writer Jim Balloch interviewing former Senator Ben Atchley (who
was, last time this writer looked, still a Republican precinct chairman
in Knox County), who pointed out that the district lines favor a
Republican, and that is true-but that community generally favors
Republicans and the only way that Democrats win in Knox County-and much
of Knoxville-aside from gerrymandered districts (Joe Armstrong) is
because of split votes (paging Ivan Harmon). Lots of whiners are
complaining that the only reason that Becky Duncan Massey is likely to
win is because she is a Duncan, but that is not true. The reality is
that Ms. Johnson could change her last name to Duncan, switch campaign
accounts with the Massey camp so that she would have the clear monetary
advantage, and be able to hire a more professional campaign staff-and
she would still lose in the 6th Senate District because there is a D
next to her name.
Labels: Conservatism, Democrats, Elections, Local politics, Tennessee politics
Tennessee Democrats are in deep trouble
As can be expected, Tennessee Democratic Chairman Chip Forrester tried to put a brave face on those very negative numbers in a statement which said that no Republican got a majority. Obama's negatives are so high, however, that the State's Democrats must be concerned about how a large-scale defeat for the President within Tennessee would impact the down-ticket, especially in races for the Tennessee House of Representatives. In the wake of the 2010 General Election, Republicans won 64 seats in the House. Under the standing rules of the body, it takes 66 votes to cut off all debate, and redistricting will come into play for the 2012 election cycle. Since the GOP only needs two more seats in order to reach the 66 they need in order to pass whatever they please with no credible opposition, it might be that 66 comes as part of redrawing districts. Anger with Democrats over that party's perceived support of the man who may be the single most unpopular President in Tennessee history could push the Republican majority in the Tennessee House to 68 seats or higher.
Labels: Conservatism, Democrats, Duh, Federal politics, Local politics, Presidential Election, Tennessee politics
Now They Show Up
Alas, the mainstream media is finally catching on to a story we've followed for months
has been covering this story for months when it seemed no one else would listen. We were among the first to report the other side of the story
while the Nashville-area media rushed to judgment and all but pronounced Shipley and Ford as guilty of wrongdoing for doing nothing more than their jobs as legislators. Indeed, it was pointed out in this space that what was happening to Ford and Shipley appeared to be a case of the Governor and his executive minions attempting to throw Shipley and Ford under the bus
. As far as this writer has been able to find, he was among the first media in the State to report that the nurses' licenses were initially suspended after a hearing in which only one member of the Board of Nursing was physically present in the room, and the nurses weren't allowed to present evidence in their own defense
. Meanwhile, The Tennessean
all but declared Ford and Shipley to be guilty in the historically Democratic paper's rush to hang leaders of the new Republican majority out to dry. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, an agency crawling with Democratic cronyism within Davidson County from the old days of Democrat control, has conducted a faux-investigation
in a cheap attempt to set both legislators, but especially Tony Shipley, up for the political kill.
Labels: Conservatism, Democrats, Local politics, News Media, Tennessee politics