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Republicans seize majorities in Tennessee Senate, House
Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | November 5, 2008 | Andy Sher

Posted on 11/05/2008 7:52:29 AM PST by Tennessee Nana

Tennessee Republicans won a 19-to-14 state Senate majority in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial voting totals, while House Republicans appeared to have gained a 50-to-49 margin in that chamber, giving them control of it for the first time since 1971.

For the first time since post-Civil War Reconstruction, the GOP holds majorities in both chambers, Republicans said.

House and Senate Republicans also have enough votes — 69 — to capture the three constitutional offices of secretary of state, comptroller and treasurer. The state’s 132 legislators elect the constitutional officers, and it takes 67 votes to win.

Unofficial returns showed Republican Senate candidate Ken Yager of Harriman, Tenn., won the hotly contested 12th Senate District race with Democrat Becky Ruppe.

Republicans have had operational control of the 33-member Senate, but it has been divided 16-16 between Democrats and Republicans, with a Republican turned independent, Sen. Mike Williams of Maynardville, often siding with Democrats. Unofficial returns show Mr. Williams losing to Republican Mike Faulk in the 4th Senate District and Democrats also losing the 26th Senate District.

Going into the election, House Democrats held a 53-46 edge over Republicans. But they lost four seats. That puts House Minority Leader Jason Mumpower, R-Bristol, in position to become speaker barring any unforeseen circumstances.

“The election of a Republican majority in the General Assembly is historic in its own right, and even more so given the strong Democratic tide across much of the country,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Robin Smith. “Our victories send a national message that Republican values still resonate with mainstream America.”


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: elections; redstates; republicans; tennessee; tn2008
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For the first time since post-Civil War Reconstruction, the GOP holds majorities in both chambers, Republicans said.

House and Senate Republicans also have enough votes — 69 — to capture the three constitutional offices of secretary of state, comptroller and treasurer. The state’s 132 legislators elect the constitutional officers, and it takes 67 votes to win. ______________________________________________

What does this mean ???

Everything...

One biggy being that the Republicans control the state election commision for the first time since Reconstruction..

How about making it harder for illegal aliens to vote in TN, guys ?????

1 posted on 11/05/2008 7:52:30 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: bert; cva66snipe; DannyTN; don-o; fieldmarshaldj; girlangler; Grammy; hometoroost; Ingtar; ...

Tennessee PING


2 posted on 11/05/2008 7:54:06 AM PST by Tennessee Nana (McCain/Palin Now that's a ticket that deserves a tagline)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Outstanding! You guys had a good election at least!


3 posted on 11/05/2008 7:54:54 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: Liz; AuntB

PING


4 posted on 11/05/2008 7:55:05 AM PST by Tennessee Nana (McCain/Palin Now that's a ticket that deserves a tagline)
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To: MplsSteve

And finally got rid of Jimmy Naifeh as the Speaker of the House...

His parents immigrated from Lebanon...

But he constantly voted for the illegal aliens...

Shut out any good laws...


5 posted on 11/05/2008 7:56:50 AM PST by Tennessee Nana (McCain/Palin Now that's a ticket that deserves a tagline)
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To: Tennessee Nana

This will be a great thing for all of us if they grow a pair and govern like Republicans and Democratlite.


6 posted on 11/05/2008 8:00:15 AM PST by hometoroost (The Obama Administration will be Mussolini with late trains)
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To: Tennessee Nana

This election is re-aligning the parties with Dems consolidating the NE and the GOP its strongholds.


7 posted on 11/05/2008 8:00:54 AM PST by Nextrush (Sarah Palin is the new Ronald Reagan.)
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To: hometoroost

Sorry, not enough caffiene yet - grow a pair and govern like Republicans NOT Democratlite.


8 posted on 11/05/2008 8:01:12 AM PST by hometoroost (The Obama Administration will be Mussolini with late trains)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Bump


9 posted on 11/05/2008 8:01:32 AM PST by agrarianlady
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To: Tennessee Nana

a little good news today. i wonder how we did in state races across the country. i know in pa, we picked up one state senate seat but as of now, lost one state house seat.


10 posted on 11/05/2008 8:04:17 AM PST by philsfan24
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To: Tennessee Nana
I was giving serious thought to heading down to NC for my the rest of my “decling years’ but with what happened yesterday there's no way I'll do it.It's clear that NC has “New Hampshire Disease” and has it pretty bad.Now Tennessee....specifically eastern TN....looks quite good to me.But I've gotta be as close to the ocean as possible and there's no way that I could stand the heat and humidity of GA or SC.
11 posted on 11/05/2008 8:04:27 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: Tennessee Nana

I hadn’t followed that but the political demise of Naifeh is great news to me. I don’t know how or if we can in any way avoid what’s likely to come out of Washington in the future, but maybe we have the people in place to try.


12 posted on 11/05/2008 8:04:35 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Tennessee Nana
decling years=declining years
13 posted on 11/05/2008 8:05:57 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: hometoroost

Jason Mumpower seems to be a strong consertvative...

If he ends up as Speaker of the House, it may be a lot different...


14 posted on 11/05/2008 8:07:26 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Gay State Conservative

Now Tennessee....specifically eastern TN....looks quite good to me.
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Y’all come...

Y’all’s raht welcumah...

:)


15 posted on 11/05/2008 8:11:13 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

I’ll hold my cheers until I actually see the Republicans vote for Mumpower.


16 posted on 11/05/2008 8:12:51 AM PST by Ingtar (For the first time in my adult life, I am NOT proud of America.)
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To: Tennessee Nana
Notice the difference in headline emotion:

In Tennessee, Republicans "Seize Control" of House and Senate.

In the USA, Obama "Wins, Triumphs, Attains" the Presidency.

Gee, I guess the press doesn't realize this is a new age of harmony and bipartisanship.

17 posted on 11/05/2008 8:14:21 AM PST by HardStarboard ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule - Mencken knew Obama)
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To: Tennessee Nana

What are we doing in TN about a marriage amendment? If California and Florida can pass one, surely we can.


18 posted on 11/05/2008 8:17:36 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: Tennessee Nana
But, Jimmy is still my Rep.

I guess that this means that the “Home of Jimmy Naifeh, Speaker of the House”, will be coming down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

19 posted on 11/05/2008 8:19:12 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological Narcissist as president.")
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Norman Bates; justiceseeker93; Impy; NewRomeTacitus; ExTexasRedhead

The news wasn’t all bad.


20 posted on 11/05/2008 8:19:12 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

If I ever leave Texas I’m headed your way. :)


21 posted on 11/05/2008 8:19:26 AM PST by manic4organic (Obama/Biden Palin comparison.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

well some good news....my arrogant and leftist relatives live there.....LOL........thx tenn.....


22 posted on 11/05/2008 8:21:21 AM PST by cherry
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To: Tennessee Nana

Nice work.


23 posted on 11/05/2008 8:23:12 AM PST by Liz (Q. How long does a US Congressman serve? A. Until he gets caught. Carnac (Johnny Carson))
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To: Tennessee Nana

Was almost rooting for Kurita after the way she
was treated by the State Rats.Unbelievable

Here in Sumner the county Dem headquarters didn`t
ever put a Obamoo sign up!

Glad to see the way TN voted yesterday.I worked
hard for Marsha Blackburn.I couldn`t stand Hawkins

Depressing to think of the lefties that`ll be
partying in the WH tho


24 posted on 11/05/2008 8:27:58 AM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Similar thread here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2125895/posts?page=17

Gives a bit more information about how the GOP might lead.


25 posted on 11/05/2008 8:28:26 AM PST by Jim Hill
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To: Coldwater Creek

Naifeh was going to put a whole lot of his own money into the 8 empty seats and support and stump for Dems all around the state..

However he had serious competition himself this time and had to stay home and defend his own seat...

This made a lot of difference to the political landscape...

He’s dead, Jim...

:)


26 posted on 11/05/2008 8:31:07 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Harold Shea

Was almost rooting for Kurita after the way she
was treated by the State Rats.Unbelievable
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We owe her a lot...

Republicans down here supported her and encouraged folk to write her in...

I believe there was a fund raiser for her a couple of months ago..put on by the Reps...

LOL


27 posted on 11/05/2008 8:33:44 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: DannyTN

What are we doing in TN about a marriage amendment?
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We already passed one...a few years ago...

:)


28 posted on 11/05/2008 8:35:54 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana
Y’all come...Y’all’s raht welcumah...,/I>

I'm sure I'll fit right in with my New England accent.Although more than a few people think I have more of a New York accent (God only knows how I would have picked *that* up).

29 posted on 11/05/2008 8:44:53 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: Gay State Conservative

I think you’d like East Tennessee. Summers can be fairly hot, but we have 4 distinct seasons here.

From Knoxville, you can reach Charleston SC in 6 hours flat and Myrtle Beach SC in 7 hours. It’s 10 hours to the Gulf coast.

If you like the mountains, check out properties around the “Big South Fork” national park, on the TN/KY line. Property values are going up there, since the Smoky Mountain area is over-developed.

Fletcher J


30 posted on 11/05/2008 8:50:43 AM PST by Fletcher J
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To: Fletcher J; Tennessee Nana
From Knoxville, you can reach Charleston SC in 6...

Gee...it doesn't take much less than that for me to reach New York City.That's not bad at all.I've always lived near the ocean (except while the Department of the Army was my "landlord").Tennessee looks real good.I'll have to do more investigating.

31 posted on 11/05/2008 9:06:29 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: Tennessee Nana
This also means we have a republican lieutenant governor. As Steve Gill pointed out last night, Bredesen might find Washington a little more to his liking now, and may actually get appointed to some Sec. position. If that happens, we will get a republican governor.
32 posted on 11/05/2008 9:51:01 AM PST by Grammy (Obama worked for 143 days as a Senator before deciding he was qualified to be President.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Now Tennessee....specifically eastern TN....looks quite good to me.

Come on down. We'll show you around. You could add another state to your visited list on your info page.

33 posted on 11/05/2008 10:04:30 AM PST by tnlibertarian (Wealth is earned, not distributed.)
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To: Grammy

Gov Ron Ramsey...

He’s conservative...


34 posted on 11/05/2008 10:10:28 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Grammy

Gov Ron Ramsey...

He’s conservative...


35 posted on 11/05/2008 10:11:28 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana; Clintonfatigued; wardaddy; NewRomeTacitus; Blood of Tyrants; bert; Norman Bates

We haven’t gotten rid of him, yet. With a 1-seat majority, all Naifeh has to do is bribe a single RINO to maintain the Speakership. At last count, he had about a dozen in his back pocket. He’s not going to roll over. Tyrants never do.


36 posted on 11/05/2008 10:42:23 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Harold Shea; Tennessee Nana; wardaddy; Ingtar; NewRomeTacitus

First order of business in the Senate is refusing to seat the rodent that was selected and not elected and ordering either a new election or Kurita be seated outright. The Senate is the final arbitor of its membership, not the TN Democrat party.


37 posted on 11/05/2008 10:45:55 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Tennessee Nana
What? I live in Naifeh’s town. If, he had any competition at all, I never saw a sign or heard a word about. Do you know who the person was?
38 posted on 11/05/2008 11:55:26 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological Narcissist as president.")
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To: Coldwater Creek

At the Republican “Ladies Day on the Hill” at the Capitol Building in Nashville, in April, some lady stood up and said her husband was running against Naifeh...

I dont know if he still needed the GOP nomination or not...

But he seemed to be a strong candidate...

I spend a lot of time in Nashville, and GOP legislators were talking about Naifeh’s competition..

That for the first time Naifeh was worried...


39 posted on 11/05/2008 12:03:31 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

Well that’s a good sign. I think we should petition them for secession ASAP!


40 posted on 11/05/2008 12:11:08 PM PST by meyer (The second amendment is NOT about hunting)
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To: Tennessee Nana
For the FIRST TIME ever Republican's control the Oklahoma Senate...!!

Let's see if they can prosper..and do the right things.......

41 posted on 11/05/2008 12:19:53 PM PST by Osage Orange (Obama's heart is blacker than the devil's riding boots...............)
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To: Osage Orange

For the FIRST TIME ever Republican’s control the Oklahoma Senate...!!
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Republicans took over the TN Senate in 2006 for the first time in 140 years...

Now we also have the Legislature...

Again for the first time in decades..

This is the first time since Reconstruction that TN has had both the Senate and the Legis..

:)


42 posted on 11/05/2008 12:27:35 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana
"Gov Ron Ramsey"

I like the sound of that.

43 posted on 11/05/2008 12:40:03 PM PST by Grammy (Obama worked for 143 days as a Senator before deciding he was qualified to be President.)
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To: Tennessee Nana
And finally got rid of Jimmy Naifeh as the Speaker of the House...

Thank You Santa. No more Mr I won't talk to you if you're not from my district Speaker of the House Naifeh. It's been a long time coming too.

44 posted on 11/05/2008 1:02:15 PM PST by cva66snipe ($.01 The current difference between the DEM's and GOP as well as their combined worth to this nation)
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To: cva66snipe

Thank You Santa. No more Mr I won’t talk to you if you’re not from my district Speaker of the House Naifeh. It’s been a long time coming too.
______________________________________

Yeppers...

Now, what to wear to the opening day of the 107th General Assembly...

:)


45 posted on 11/05/2008 2:10:02 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: fieldmarshaldj

reinstate that latino (?) woman and then tar and feather Naifeh

TN actually voted pretty good in the POTUS too

you got county reports yet FMDJ?


46 posted on 11/05/2008 2:46:28 PM PST by wardaddy (I'm looking for a new Danelaw to move my family to...)
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To: Tennessee Nana
I gotta admit though when it came to voting for Senator RINODONKEY in the red checkered flannel shirt and Wamp I just couldn't do it. I never voted for Alexander again after his post governor deals in Knoxville. He never met a millionaire he didn't seem to want taxpayers to give money to. His bailout vote was the true Lamar. Wamp I have voted for Congressman ever since he first ran. The bailout vote was the last straw for me with him. Thankfully the ballot was full of Independents. Only GOP left to vote for was state Rep.
47 posted on 11/05/2008 5:06:57 PM PST by cva66snipe ($.01 The current difference between the DEM's and GOP as well as their combined worth to this nation)
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To: Tennessee Nana

I should move to Tennessee. I’d like to live somewhere for a few years where my wife and I are not the only McCain supporters holding a sign in a sea of the Leaders followers.


48 posted on 11/05/2008 5:11:11 PM PST by jwalsh07 (It's the Marxism Stupid!)
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To: jwalsh07

Most anywhere East of Nashville is pretty solidly conservative in custom and practice (and to be fair most between Memphis and the capitol). There’s a definite mindset for getting along on one’s abilities over government assistance. There’s also an undercurrent of community support that is gone from much of America. I’m constantly surprised at the concern Tennesseans have for their fellow citizens in need when most New Yorkers wouldn’t bother to spit on you.

We’ve not had any of that Kool-aid crap cropping up except around Memphis and some universities. Come on down - we’re still adamantly against a state income tax, definitely anti-union and still have prayers before most civil meetings.


49 posted on 11/05/2008 7:59:13 PM PST by NewRomeTacitus
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To: Tennessee Nana

This is good news for Tennessee. BUT will some of you conservatives from blue states PLEASE move to the Memphis area?


50 posted on 11/06/2008 7:22:22 AM PST by JohnMac
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