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Tennessee GOP predicting historic gains; 'super duper majority' within grasp, Republicans say
Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 10/21/12 | Tom Humphrey

Posted on 10/21/2012 2:25:19 PM PDT by SmithL

NASHVILLE — Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says there's a good chance Democrats will be left with just seven seats in the Tennessee state Senate after the Nov. 6 election.

House Speaker Beth Harwell's most optimistic Republican scenario has the minority party with just 24 representatives remaining.

They and other Republican leaders say there's virtually no doubt that the GOP will hit a new high-water mark in the 2012 elections by gaining a two-thirds "super majority" in both chambers of the Legislature. There is considerable confidence in Republican ranks that they will go beyond that to what some are calling "a super duper majority."

Democrats concede the probability of a super majority, which can be achieved by Republicans gaining just two seats each in the House and the Senate, and do not dispute the possibility that things could be a lot worse than that for them.

"We're going to get outspent $3 or $4 to one. They're done redistricting so it will help their candidates. And we've got a president who is not popular with a lot of people," said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner. "If we can come back with 34 seats, they will have done a terrible job."

He does, however, think that it's possible the Democrats could break even, partially because of a "rogues gallery" of Republican candidates this year that could turn off voters, and partially because of a trend toward "people not hating Obama as much as they did two years ago."

(Excerpt) Read more at knoxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Tennessee; Campaign News; State and Local
KEYWORDS: election2012; supermajority; tennessee; tn; tngop

1 posted on 10/21/2012 2:25:25 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

“the GOP will hit a new high-water mark in the 2012 elections by gaining a two-thirds “super majority””

Great news, SmithL.

Now if Haslam would just resign in favor of a conservative . . . .


2 posted on 10/21/2012 2:29:06 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: deoetdoctrinae

GO TN!


3 posted on 10/21/2012 2:31:08 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: SmithL

Dems to be on double secret probation in TN? LOL


4 posted on 10/21/2012 2:34:18 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: SmithL

I am going to move to Tennessee.


5 posted on 10/21/2012 2:36:49 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: SmithL
partially because of a trend toward "people not hating Obama as much as they did two years ago."

Well there's something to hang your hat on...

6 posted on 10/21/2012 2:38:34 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: SmithL

That’s seven seats too many, Mr. Ramsey...drain that swamp, and drain it good.


7 posted on 10/21/2012 2:42:20 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SmithL
"people not hating Obama as much as they did two years ago.""""""...........ROFL

Anyone believe that? lol

8 posted on 10/21/2012 2:55:35 PM PDT by annieokie (O)
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To: Defiant

A year ago, we came here from the Peoples Republic of California. I feel much better about this election than 2008’s.


9 posted on 10/21/2012 3:01:31 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

A family member who is a resident of TN is living with us for awhile in NC. He told me Friday there is no point to him voting, because his guy will lose in TN. I told him that his guy is going to lose in NC too. Doing my part to discourage the other Dim currently residing in the house from voting too.


10 posted on 10/21/2012 3:01:36 PM PDT by Roses0508
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To: SmithL

MA in reverse. It should be interesting whether TN ($36.5K) will ever catch up to MA ($52.9K) in terms of per capita income, given that MA has the advantages of top colleges within its borders, location and centuries of capital investment back when all of TN was a rural backwater.


11 posted on 10/21/2012 3:03:26 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: SmithL

Don’t worry, if they get a super majority, they’ll probably make a RINO Speaker like in Texas.


12 posted on 10/21/2012 3:03:45 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Zhang Fei

The difficulty for TN is the same as that for all low-income states - the talent sees the higher incomes in the blue states and head over there.


13 posted on 10/21/2012 3:04:56 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Defiant

Red and getting redder!


14 posted on 10/21/2012 3:10:45 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: GeronL
Don’t worry, if they get a super majority, they’ll probably make a RINO Speaker like in Texas.

To get 1/3 of the Hispanic vote needed to win elections, a lot of TX politicians need to be RINO's. Demographics is destiny. I expect that if the GOP is to survive, it will eventually end up adopting every pillar of the welfare state and become more or less like the right-wing parties of Europe - religious socialists not a lot different from Huckabee. As someone who thinks FDR was the worst president this country has ever had, on account of the welfare state programs he introduced to the country, I'm not happy about this, but more or less resigned to it.

15 posted on 10/21/2012 3:11:15 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: SmithL

If they get 2/3rds majorities in both houses, while Tennessee has a somewhat convoluted process to pass state constitutional amendments, which will go to a voter referendum, it sounds like an excellent opportunity to do so.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_State_Constitution#Legislative_method

As such, they could be a test bed of “10th Amendment” laws, to reassert their state sovereignty against the national government.

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/the-10th-amendment-movement/

State Marijuana Laws
TSA
NDAA: Liberty Preservation Act
Health Care Freedom Act
Food Freedom Act
Intrastate Commerce
Health Care Nullification Act
Constitutional Tender
Firearms Freedom Act
10th Amendment Resolutions
REAL ID
Defend the Guard
Sheriffs First Legislation
Cap and Trade/EPA
Federal Tax Funds Act
10th Amendment Bills


16 posted on 10/21/2012 3:11:18 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: annieokie

I hate Obama more than I did two years ago!


17 posted on 10/21/2012 3:13:36 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: GeronL

Really need to get rid of Strauss and Dewhurst but unfortunately I don’t see that happening any time soon.


18 posted on 10/21/2012 3:20:24 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Being resigned to it is national suicide


19 posted on 10/21/2012 3:20:50 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SmithL

Hopefully the Tennessee GOP will govern well and make their state the economic envy of the rest of the nation so we can use them as a positive example of what happens when the Republicans run things without the ‘progressives’ throwing monkey wrenches into the works.

(Then please export some of your good people to California to try to help straighten out our mess.)


20 posted on 10/21/2012 3:43:24 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad (((( America or 0bama. You can't choose both. ))))
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To: SmithL

we may have to join you. Cal is going down in flames.


21 posted on 10/21/2012 4:10:05 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; randita; GOPsterinMA; Perdogg; BillyBoy; InterceptPoint; ...

Hear about the “sex scandal” of Congressman Scott DesJarlais?

I rather doubt the rats will be able to beat him.


22 posted on 10/31/2012 2:37:42 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

I’ve commented on it, because it’s the only thing the Dems have going for them in TN, as it appears Zero may not even get to 40% of the vote in the state (and their presence in the legislature could drop to at or slightly below 25%, fairly close to MA in reverse). It’s largely some old garbage from 14 years ago that they considered exposing on a wider scale back 2 years ago. The Dems can’t win on the issues, so they’re going to try to win on old sleaze.

The polling data from a GOP firm from 8 days ago (before the doubling down on the “scandal”) showed him leading 49-36%. A Dem firm showed it 49-45% (from mid-October). In the end, I still expect DesJarlais to win, the question is what the margin will be. If it is at or wider than his 19% blowout over Lincoln Davis (whom is partly behind the attacks to get revenge), he will be thoroughly vindicated (he got 57% to 38%). If the margin is narrower (say 53% or lower), there may be pressure on him to conclude his service after two terms. At least one TN Conservative group is panicking, but there’s nothing else we can do but back him. We can’t have last-minute switches in TN.


23 posted on 10/31/2012 5:05:26 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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