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  • Rep. Butt endorses Ted Cruz (Tennessee)

    10/08/2015 10:58:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Herald ^ | October 8, 2015 | Kara Coleman
    State Representative Sheila Butt (R-Columbia) announced Thursday she is endorsing U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president in 2016. “It’s time to stand for our country and foundational principles, including the rule of law,” Butt stated in a press release. “Senator Cruz has a consistent record of fighting for the principles on which our country was created. After meeting with Senator Cruz and his team, I am convinced he will fight until the end to restore the Tenth Amendment, tackle our national debt, provide unwavering support to Israel and our allies, and restore the balance of power in Washington.” Butt...
  • Donald Trump courts tea party at Nashville straw poll

    08/29/2015 10:28:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 29 2015 | M.J. Lee, politics and finance reporter
    Donald Trump took his colorful campaign to Nashville on Saturday, where he courted a constituency that some say he is tailor-made for: the tea party. He is competing in a presidential straw poll and addressed the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, a group that boasts it was "the tea party before there was a tea party." Trump's appearance was highly anticipated at the conservative gathering: As a candidate, he's hitting the same notes -- anger at conventional politics, contempt for Washington and distrust of special interests and lobbyists -- that propelled the tea party movement in 2010. "You have not...
  • Vultures circling Hillary: Al Gore insiders talking up potential run

    08/13/2015 3:12:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | August 13, 2015 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Politically wounded presumptive nominee staggering in the desert of her email scandal.Hillary is politically wounded by her never-ending email scandal, which keeps sucking the life out of her favorability ratings, and has Democrats panicked with fear: “I’m not sure they completely understand the credibility they are losing, by the second,” said one Democratic strategist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “At some point this goes from being something you can rationalize away to something that becomes political cancer. And we are getting pretty close to the cancer stage, because this is starting to get ridiculous.” “Look, this is a...
  • Standing Room Only For Senator Ted Cruz (Tennessee)

    08/11/2015 5:04:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WGNS-AM & FM ^ | August 10, 2015
    Senator Ted Cruz made his mark on Murfreesboro for an appearance at Patterson Community Center Monday. The event was held in the local gym. Evidently, the event was so packed, that the fire marshal was forced to stop people from entering the large gym. A few hundred were placed in the smaller adjoining gym. Senator Cruz explained why he was running for president . . . (AUDIO-AT-LINK)Comments from Public NewsRadio WGNS asked a random group of persons at the Patterson Community Center what they liked about Senator Cruz . . . (AUDIO-AT-LINK)During his talk he received numerous cheers when mentioning...
  • Ted Cruz in Tennessee with Michelle Garcia and Tommy Vallejos

    08/11/2015 3:06:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Hispanic Nashville ^ | August 11, 2015 | John Lamb
    U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz passed through Nashville yesterday, stopping to speak to supporters in nearby Murfreesboro and Franklin. Cruz had previously announced a state Leadership Team that includes Murfreesboro businesswoman Michelle Garcia and Clarksville Mayor Pro-Tem and pastor Tommy Vallejos. While pressing the flesh, Cruz posed for a photo with Garcia and Vallejos. From the Cruz campaign press release on the Tennessee Leadership Team: Michelle Garcia is a wife, a mother of two, and a Tennessee native who strongly supports conservative principles and who eagerly strives to serve her community. Michelle speaks fluent Spanish and is actively...
  • 'Cruz Country' stop brings out Sanders' signs

    08/10/2015 9:46:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz stopped in Chattanooga on Monday as he spent the congressional recess politicking around the South. The Texas senator and presidential dreamer (being called a dreamer will probably cause him a little heartburn) is best known for shutting down the government, reading Green Eggs and Ham during a filibuster and opposing immigration reform — never mind that he is son of a Cuban immigrant. In Chattanooga, the tea party-leaning Republican made what he called a biscuits and gravy stopover during his eight-state "Cruz Country" bus tour through the southern states. He made a stump speech at GraceWorks...
  • Political Notebook: Ted Cruz visit moved to larger site (Chattanooga, Tennessee)

    08/08/2015 9:23:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | August 9, 2015 | Staff
    Ted Cruz visit moved to larger site U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's visit to Chattanooga on Monday will take place at GraceWorks Church, 6445 Lee Highway, according to a Republican Party news release. Cruz, the Texas senator who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, will make a "Biscuits and Gravy" morning stop at 9 a.m. The public is invited to meet him and hear him speak. There will be biscuits, gravy and other breakfast foods. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free but attendees are asked to RSVP at www.tedcruz.org/rsvp/chattanooga/ Former assessor employee to seek top post Sterling Jetton is...
  • Chattanooga Tea Party Leader Mark West Joins Cruz Camp

    08/07/2015 8:04:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Chattanoogan ^ | August 7, 2015
    Chattanooga Tea Party leader Mark West is among those announced as the Tennessee leadership team for the presidential campaign of Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Senator Cruz has an upcoming trip to Chattanooga. Stephen Siao joins the Cruz campaign as state director, and 24 "top grassroots and faith leaders" join chairman Kevin Kookogey on the state leadership team. Mr. Siao previously led Heritage Action's efforts in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Before joining Heritage Action in January 2014, Siao served on the communications staff of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and completed a fellowship at the John Jay Institute. A graduate...
  • Ted Cruz seeks larger venue for Chattanooga visit

    08/05/2015 8:20:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The ChattanoogaTimes Free Press ^ | August 5, 2015 | Staff
    So many people want to see presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz next week, he had to find a bigger place to meet. Chattanooga Tea Party President Mark West said Wednesday, the U.S. Senator from Texas will be visiting with Southeast Tennessee residents at GraceWorks Church, 6445 Lee Highway in Chattanooga. Cruz is visiting Chattanooga at 8:30 a.m. Monday to meet with residents and share his vision for the nation. There will also be biscuits and gravy served. The venue change was due to "a higher than expected response" West said in an email.
  • 'Cruz country' bus tour looks South

    08/02/2015 9:20:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 2, 2015 | Mike Allen
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will spend much of August on an eight-state “Cruz Country” bus tour through the South, as his team looks beyond the first four 2016 states to March’s delegate-heavy SEC Primary states, including Georgia and Texas. Cruz advisers say they’re not only vigorously competing in the early states, but already organizing the so-called SEC states (a nickname from college sports’ Southeastern Conference), with advertising planned through March 15. An adviser said the objective of the bus trip is “to ensure that by the time other candidates get to the March 1 voting states following early state voting,...
  • Run, Al, Run! (Former Vice President Albert Gore, Jr. as the Democratic nominee?)

    07/18/2015 10:57:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    PowerLine ^ | July 18, 2015 | Steven Hayward
    What’s the only thing that could make the Democratic field more pathetic (and ancient) that it already is? I mean besides Al Sharpton running? How about Al Gore, a relatively youthful 67? The good folks at Salon.com think he should be drafted: It’s time to draft Al Gore: If Democrats want to win, it’s clear neither Hillary nor Sanders is the way By Sean Illing The presidential election is still sixteen months away, but this much is clear: Hillary Clinton is a vulnerable candidate. Since announcing her candidacy in April, Clinton’s stature has steadily slipped. Things got even worse this...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (July 2015 Edition)

    07/16/2015 9:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 138 replies
    FreeRepublic | July 16, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • Who be Tennessee's pick for the GOP presidential nomination?

    06/15/2015 1:37:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Johnson City Press ^ | June 15, 2015 | Robert Houk, opinion page editor
    There’s going to be an important race for the White House next year, but then again, every election for the leader of the United States and the rest of the free world is important. It must be so, because a presidential election is the only time many Americans will step into a voting booth. The 2016 campaign is well underway, with Hillary Clinton already taking shots from would-be Republican nominees. As of this writing, there are 20 declared GOPers and at least five other credible Republicans still mulling bids. Of course, Hillary is also under fire from a self-professed socialist,...
  • Update: Ted Cruz's pick for Tennessee chairman draws fire from Islamic activists

    06/09/2015 4:05:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | June 9, 2015 | Andy Sher
    Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has named former Williamson County GOP chairman Kevin Kookogey, a critic of Sharia law, as his Tennessee chairman. Now, the U.S. senator is drawing fire from the Council on American-Islamic Relations which on Tuesday urged Cruz to drop Kookogey because of what the group called "his longstanding support for anti-Muslim and Islamophobic causes." In announcing Kookogey's appointment, Cruz on Monday called him "a consistently strong voice for conservative principles and an active member of our party for a number of years. "His experience and knowledge of both the landscape in Tennessee and the issues that...
  • GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz names anti-Shariah activist Kookogey as Tennessee chairman

    06/09/2015 1:56:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has named anti-Shariah activist Kevin Kookogey as his state chairman for Tennessee. Kookogey, a former chairman of the Williamson County Republican Party, was unsuccessful in his bid to coalesce tea party support for a primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander last year....
  • No front-runner for President, says Haley Barbour

    05/04/2015 6:33:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | May 4, 2015 | Georgiana Vines
    Republican heavyweight Haley Barbour said Monday "no true" front-runner exists among the various Republicans announcing for president or those expected to become candidates in 2016. Whoever it is can't just run against the policies of Democratic President Barack Obama but has to "give something to be for" particularly in improving the economy, creating jobs and bringing down the national debt, he said. Barbour made the comments at a news conference before speaking at the annual Lincoln Dinner of the Knox County Republican Party at Rothchild catering center in West Knoxville. Some 325-350 people attended based on table arrangements for 400....
  • Ted Cruz Tells Hillary Clinton To "Come And Take" His Guns At NRA Conference...

    04/11/2015 4:03:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Bustle ^ | April 11, 2015 | Melanie Schmitz
    The National Rifle Association’s annual leadership conference is always a treasure trove of GOP smack-talk and an all-out constitutional liturgy — and if Friday night’s viral talking points are any indication, this year’s celebration ranks further right on the political spectrum than usual. Not that that’s surprising: it is the run-up year to a presidential election cycle, which means that the Republican machine was churning out even more harsh allegations than usual. Of course, one of the biggest showboats of the night was Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who told political opponent Hillary Clinton to “come and take” away his guns,...
  • Al Gore for president. Does he have a chance?

    03/16/2015 4:45:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    US News & World Report's DC Decoder ^ | March 16, 2015 | Husna Haq
    How's this for some political arithmetic: Take a shallower-than-usual Democratic bench for 2016, hypothetically devalue a leading candidate due to an e-mail scandal, then toss in a retro candidate who lost one of the most controversial elections in history and you have the darkest of dark horse possibilities: Al Gore for president. The former vice president and 2000 Democratic presidential nominee is headed to Iowa in May for a climate change event, and these days, that's all it takes to fuel speculation that he may be considering another presidential run. At least, according to Ezra Klein, formerly of The Washington...
  • Democratic Rep: This Kaci Hickox dustup is just like the Terri Schiavo case

    10/30/2014 1:30:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 30, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    This clip confirms the extent to which condescension on the left has replaced efforts to convince those skeptical of the medical community’s assessment of Ebola’s communicability of their error. In an appearance on CNN on Thursday, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) sought to assure the viewing audience that everyone (including, presumably, the Democratic governors of California, New Hampshire, and New York) is overreacting to the threat of Ebola. When probed by anchor Carol Costello as to why the president’s freshly appointed “Ebola Czar,” Ron Klain, has not come out publicly and assured the nation that there is no medical need to...
  • Al Gore: Climate Skepticism Will Haunt Republicans in 2016

    09/18/2014 7:25:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 17, 2014 | Ben Geman
    The former vice president believes the politics of global warming are changing.Al Gore says Republicans seeking the White House in 2016 are in a bind on climate change. Asked if it would hurt the GOP nominee to be a climate skeptic or advocate against taking action on global warming, Gore replied: "Oh, yes. Definitely." "In a general election? At the national level, where moderate voters hold the balance? It would be extremely harmful to a Republican candidate," Gore told National Journal in an interview Wednesday. But Gore doubts that a "pro-climate" Republican can get the GOP nod, because "carbon polluters...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • 5 Tennessee counties may determine outcome of DesJarlais-Tracy 4th District

    08/13/2014 10:25:25 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 19 replies
    The Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | August 12, 2014 | Louie Brogdon
    Five counties out of the 16 in the 4th Congressional District could determine whether U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais' razor-thin lead holds up or whether state Sen. Jim Tracy can overcome. The number of valid provisional ballots in 11 counties had been accounted for late Tuesday, said Blake Fontenay, spokesman for Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. That left just Bedford, Grundy, Maury, Rutherford and Sequatchie. Their yet-to-be-counted provisional ballots are keeping election officials quiet -- and the candidates in limbo.
  • Lamar Alexander Embraces Amnesty Again after Primary Win

    08/11/2014 5:09:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 11, 2014 | Tony Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)It didn't take long for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to embrace amnesty again. As soon as he won his Senate primary election against conservative Joe Carr, Alexander said it was "embarrassing" that Republicans have not yet passed a bill. Never mind that Alexander spent nearly his entire primary campaign trying to convince voters that he was against "amnesty" and would never dare to embrace it before the primary election. “I don’t know how it will affect our politics in the near term," Alexander told Politico of a comprehensive immigration bill. “I think it’s embarrassing for us not to deal with...
  • Second look at Al Gore?

    07/05/2014 10:09:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 5, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Allahpundit touched on this idea briefly this week in an article primarily to do with Mitt Romney in specific and the general question of whether or not there are second acts for losing party nominees in the 21st century. But apparently the idea has taken root in a few places, and as he noted in the article, the Daily Caller (or at least Mark Halperin) talked about it without being entirely tongue in cheek. Mark Halperin, the senior political analyst for “Time” magazine, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday and boldly reiterated his Wednesday Twitter assertion that Al Gore —...
  • Rand Paul Teams Up with Lamar Alexander for Healthcare Roundtable

    06/27/2014 5:27:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 27, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has yet to endorse a candidate in the Tennessee primary, but incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander has already recruited him for an event in his state. The two senators will host a healthcare roundtable discussion in Nashville on June 30 with Tennessee healthcare executives and professionals to discuss the effects of Obamacare. Although the discussion is closed to the press, the two senators will hold media availability after the event. As he faces primary challenger Joe Carr in the fall, Alexander has touted his work with Sen. Paul in campaign ads – particularly on the Freedom to...
  • Mike Huckabee Stars in New Ad Endorsing Lamar Alexander

    06/27/2014 2:19:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 27, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has just unleashed his latest endorsement for re-election. It comes from former Gov. Mike Huckabee. Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and 2008 presidential candidate, has a strong following of social conservatives and activists drawn to his populist political message. "He's been your governor, university president, America's secretary of education. He brought the automobile industry to Tennessee," Huckabee explains in the ad. "Lamar Alexander is now a remarkable senator that Tennessee needs to return to office." (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Alexander has released a series of endorsements in recent days, including that of country music star Kix Brooks and former...
  • Sevier County tea party bash featuring Palin, Santorum moving indoors

    06/18/2014 11:58:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | June 18, 2014 | Megan Boehnke
    Weather concerns are prompting the Sevier County Tea Party to move a high-profile bash next week that will include Sarah Palin to the Sevierville Convention Center. The June 26 event, originally scheduled to take place outdoors at Smokies Stadium, marks the one-time GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor’s first public appearance in the region since she testified at the trial of an email intruder four years ago. Mindful of the possibility of rain, the event is shifting indoors, said Sevier County Tea Party Chairman Steve Osborn. Also set to appear is former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former New York...
  • One Completely Logical Hillary Running Mate (Clinton/Gore 2016?)

    05/02/2014 7:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 2, 2014 | Jeff Greenfield
    There’s one candidate who would make a whole lot of sense—and he’s got history and plenty of experience in his favor.Do you share with me a deep sense that we haven’t spent nearly enough time covering the 2016 presidential race? Oh, sure, Nexis tells is that there have been 520 stories written between January and March, compared with 176 stories at this time four years ago. OK, the National Journal looked at TV coverage, and found that there were 69 mentions between January and March on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and the PBS News Hour, compared with 31 in...
  • Carr for Senate Launches Major Statewide Radio Buy: Hits Lamar on Amnesty, Obamacare, and the Debt

    03/08/2014 2:01:04 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    Joe Carr for Senate ^ | February 18, 2014
    Today, the Joe Carr for Senate Campaign began a statewide radio buy that continues the campaign’s effort to draw sharp contrasts between Senator Alexander’s liberal record and the strong conservative leadership offered by State Representative Joe Carr. The ad will run on over a dozen stations, over the next few weeks, at a cost of approximately $45,000. Listen to the ad here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emEocXAby1k Excerpts: Lamar says we should be patient about fixing the debt. Joe Carr says the debt bomb must be defused now…. Lamar voted with Democrats to protect Obamacare from conservative Sen. Ted Cruz. Joe Carr stood with...
  • Senate cloture vote tells us one thing: the GOP as a national party is dead

    04/21/2013 6:42:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Protein Wisdom ^ | April 11, 2013 | Jeff Goldstein
    As some Newtown families, props being used by the very gun grabbers who have set up the kinds of gun-free shooting galleries in which their children were slain, held hands and prayed for more than 60 votes (having been flown in at taxpayer expense to lobby our representatives to take away our natural rights), it occurred to me that, with 16 Republicans voting that a debate on amending an unalienable right is perfectly in keeping with the Constitution, the Republican party then and there died. Went t*ts up. Ceased to be. If John McCain and Lindsay Graham and Lamar Alexander...
  • Republicans play offense in Tenn. House races

    11/04/2012 7:12:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 11/4/12 | ERIK SCHELZIG - Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Buoyed by overflowing campaign accounts, redrawn legislative districts and an unpopular Democratic president at the top of the ticket, Tennessee Republicans are expecting to add to their already considerable advantage in the state House on Tuesday. While seven Republican incumbents were defeated in the August primaries, there is little reason to expect any spillover into the general election. Gov. Bill Haslam on Friday predicted "a good night for Republicans," with the GOP picking up supermajorities in both chambers. The two-thirds majority would give Republicans the ability to overcome any procedural challenges by Democrats, and prevent the...
  • Fred Thompson Makes News With Benghazi Comments at AFP Event

    11/02/2012 5:27:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | November 1, 2012 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Ali A. Akbar@ali 1 Nov 12 BREAKING: RT @rsmccain: Fred Thompson Calls Benghazi 'Biggest Cover-Up in American History' spectator.org/blog/2012/11/0… … Robert Stacy McCain@rsmccain It was weird: @ali and I were the only media in the room. I was nodding off until -- BOOM! Fred makes news. spectator.org/blog/2012/11/0… 1 Nov 12 Reply Retweet FavoriteFred Thompson speaks in West Chester, OhioBLUE ASH, Ohio News happens in weird ways. While we were driving to today’s Americans for Prosperity event in West Chester, Ali Akbar mentioned an article he’d just seen at Foreign Policy about the Benghazi attack. Meanwhile, CBS News was reporting that...
  • Tennessee GOP predicting historic gains; 'super duper majority' within grasp, Republicans say

    10/21/2012 2:25:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 22 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 10/21/12 | Tom Humphrey
    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...
  • The Tennessean Breaks with Obama, Endorses Romney

    10/18/2012 1:42:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Ricochet ^ | October 18, 2012 | Nathan Harden
    Breaking with a long tradition of endorsing Democratic candidates for president, The Tennessean (the state of Tennessee's largest daily newspaper) endorsed Mitt Romney today. The normally left-leaning editorial page cited Obama's ram-rod approach to healthcare reform and inability to control spending as reasons to deny the president a second term. For all his efforts, ranging from the stimulus package to green-energy development, to bring us out of recession, he has never found the key. He has generally made poor choices of the people needed to get the job done, such as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. And the number of jobs...
  • Tennessee: On the ground / EARLY VOTING (Anecdotal)

    10/17/2012 6:15:50 PM PDT · by AdamBomb · 16 replies
    Today was the first day of early voting in Tennessee...a state that will be easily won by Romney. I live in Marsha Blackburn's district. She will also easily win in this very conservative district. So why is this important? Even thought the R's will win easy here, early voters turned out in huge numbers in Williamson County. In fact, the poll workers were not able to take a break all day because people just kept coming in. Again, this is a very Republican district with the outcomes already known. Me thinks there is a tidal wave of enthusiasm on our...
  • Obama Supporter Suggests Anti-Mormon Whisper Campaign

    08/25/2012 12:50:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | August 23, 2012 | McKay Coppins
    When the Obama campaign released its much-anticipated Dashboard platform last May, it was touted as a potentially revolutionary organizing tool that would connect supporters, and merge online activism with real-life grassroots campaigning. It can also be used as a platform to launch whispering campaigns, as one user proved this week. On Monday, a "team member" named Laurence De Palma, who lists his location as East Nashville, presented volunteers with some talking points to convince Southern Christian voters they shouldn't vote for a Mormon. The message was available under "Resources" and tagged "persuasion." "I'm thinking that even though we don't LIKE...
  • Judge won't void Democratic primary won by anti-gay candidate

    08/18/2012 11:43:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    A federal judge this week refused to void the Tennessee Democratic primary for U.S. Senate won by an anti-gay candidate the party has disavowed. --snip-- The petition contended that the party committed fraud because it could have kept Clayton off the ballot by meeting an April deadline to tell the state he wasn't a bona fide Democrat under the party's by-laws. The lawsuit also claimed the state's alphabetical arrangement of candidates' names on the ballot creates an unfair advantage for some candidates. The petition noted Clayton's 2008 Senate race, in which he lost to former state Democratic Party chairman Bob...
  • NRA-Backed Rogers Unseats Maggart

    08/02/2012 10:34:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    A four-term member of the state House has been unseated by political newcomer Courtney Rogers who enjoyed the backing of the National Rifle Association. Incumbent Debra Maggart lost the seat after an outside campaign to defeat her. Maggart became a target after she went along with Republican leadership and helped scuttle a bill allowing gun owners to store weapons in their car while at work. The NRA and the Tennessee Firearms Association spent a combined $100,000 on ads attacking Maggart. They were ultimately effective, at least on Hendersonville voter Peggy Shoaf. “You know I want to have my gun in...
  • Anti-Obama tide means all political news now is national

    07/15/2012 8:05:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | July 15, 2012 | Tom Humphrey
    Republicans can thank President Barack Obama for the party's solid control of the Tennessee Legislature, starting with his appearance at the top of the national Democratic ticket in 2008 — after losing the state's presidential primary even among Democratic voters — and continuing in more dramatic fashion in 2010. The GOP has used advertising that linked many Democratic state legislators, even some who were staunch fiscal and social conservatives, to the evil national Democrats. "You'd think Nancy Pelosi was my high school sweetheart and I played golf with Barack Obama every weekend," grumbled state House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner...
  • Media Already Manipulating Polling Data for Obama

    05/21/2012 11:59:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Big Government ^ | May 22, 2012 | Mike Flynn
    Yesterday, I wrote about a few of the variables that can affect the accuracy of polls. Polls conducted of just adults, for example, deliver a huge seven-point bias in favor of Democrats. Notwithstanding this bias, it is simply silly to report political polling results of a sample of adults, since a large part of that sample won't actually be voting. It can, however, be useful if you want to make a partisan political point. This is exactly what the Tennessean newspaper and other media outlets have done. Yesterday, the state's biggest paper splashed across its front page the breathless headline...
  • GOP tests its own in legislative primaries

    05/13/2012 9:52:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Nashville Tennessean | 5/13/12 | Chas Sisk
    Gannett Newspaper - Link Only: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120513/NEWS02/305120065/Tennessee-GOP-tests-its-own-legislative-primaries?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
  • Tennessee GOP poised to leave Democrats powerless in Legislature

    04/08/2012 7:18:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/8/12 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE — Passage of the qualifying deadline for legislative candidates last week leaves Republicans well-positioned to achieving their goal of making Democrats politically irrelevant in the 108th General Assembly that convenes next year. In part, that's because 11 incumbent Democrats — seven representatives and four senators — are voluntarily not seeking re-election. At least four more incumbent Democrats — three representatives and one senator — are certain to be ousted later because of Republican-controlled redistricting leaves incumbents running against one another in the same district. In part, the GOP advantage also rests with money. Financial disclosures filed earlier this year...
  • Campfield elected as Gingrich delegate despite leaving campaign

    03/07/2012 6:03:04 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/7/12 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE — State Sen. Stacey Campfield, who resigned as co-chairman of Newt Gingrich's Tennessee campaign last week, was nonetheless elected a Gingrich delegate in voting Tuesday. On the other hand, state Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, who remained alone as head of the Gingrich Tennessee campaign after Campfield's resignation, failed to win a delegate seat in the voting based on unofficial returns. Twenty-eight "at large" delegates are allocated on the basis of Tuesday's vote statewide, and Adam Nickas, executive director of the state Republican Party, said the unofficial results will translate into 12 statewide delegates for Rick Santorum, nine for Mitt...
  • Poll finds churchgoers favor Santorum

    03/05/2012 1:47:48 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Nashville Tennessean | 3/5/12 | Chas Sisk
    Gannett Newspaper - Link Only: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120305/NEWS0201/303050050/Poll-finds-churchgoers-favor-Santorum?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p
  • Super PAC spending hits Tennessee

    02/26/2012 10:29:46 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/26/12 | Michael Collins
    WASHINGTON — The political ad wars are coming to Tennessee, courtesy of the big money groups that are dumping millions of dollars into the GOP presidential race. Restore Our Future, a group backing Mitt Romney's campaign, has bought nearly $1 million worth of radio and TV airtime for an ad blasting GOP rival Rick Santorum as "the ultimate Washington insider." The 30-second spot began running statewide last Tuesday and will continue airing right up to Election Day on March 6. The ad marks the first spending in Tennessee by so-called "super PACs," the new breed of political action committees that...
  • A Tennessee winner? Rick Santorum's making a run

    02/22/2012 10:04:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/22/12 | Michael Collins
    Leading in a number of national polls, Rick Santorum is moving quickly to put in place a formal campaign operation in Tennessee as the state prepares to take its turn in the fight for the GOP presidential nomination. In just the past couple of weeks, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania has opened campaign offices in Knoxville and Johnson City and has tapped Knoxville native Jon Parker as his state field director. Last weekend, volunteers manning a phone bank in Johnson City called thousands of voters across the state to firm up support for the candidate and spread his message...
  • Vanderbilt Republicans Protest Occupy Nashville

    11/03/2011 9:01:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WTVF-TV ^ | November 3, 2011 | Chris Cannon
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Members of the Occupy Nashville movement had some company Thursday at their nightly meeting as some Vanderbilt College republicans moved in to have their voices heard. Occupy Nashville's general assembly started Thursday, like most nights with announcements, but during the meeting the Vanderbilt College Republicans were preparing a protest of their own. "We hope to show Nashville that all the youth, and all the college students aren't with this movement, as is portrayed often," said Vanderbilt Junior Stephen Siao....
  • Joe Biden Is Coming To Tennessee!

    07/02/2011 2:22:15 PM PDT · by easttnman · 11 replies
    Tennessee Republican Party ^ | 6/27/2011 | TNGOP
    A funny and sadly true video from our friends at the Tennessee Republican Party. Highlighting Joe Biden's trip to Tennessee for a fundraiser. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbodl8qvgdI
  • Video: Obama Exposes His Own Hypocrisy On Debt

    07/01/2011 12:36:26 PM PDT · by easttnman
    Tennessee Republican Party ^ | 7/1/2011 | TNGOP
    Good video from friends @TNGOP. Shows Obama being a hypocrite on national debt. Looks like he's on vacation again. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9yV2kgbUKE
  • East Tennessee politicos weigh in on Sarah Palin emails

    06/15/2011 9:37:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | June 15, 2011 | Suzanna McCloskey
    East Tennesseans — both Democratic and Republican — agree that the release of more than 20,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s email messages by the state of Alaska last Friday will not affect her possibility of running for president in 2012. Those involved in local and state-level politics did, however, disagree on what weight should be given to the email and how much probing the government should do into one woman’s life. “Sarah Palin is an interesting case study,” Brandon Puttbrese, director of communications for the Tennessee Democratic Party, said in an attempting to explain why the country is fascinated about...