Tennessee (GOP Club)

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  • 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 · 64 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...
  • Election 2010

    10/12/2010 7:58:50 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 4 replies
    October 12, 2010 | Vanity
    Early voting in Tennessee starts tomorrow, October 13
  • Palin Endorses Congressional Candidate Black: Diane Understands Health Care Problems (TN-6)

    10/08/2010 12:34:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    WSMV-TV ^ | October 8, 2010
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sixth Congressional District candidate Diane Black has won the support of former Alaska Gov. and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Palin announced her endorsement Thursday. She said Black understands the problems with the nation's health care and understands why the country needs "real health care reform and why Obamacare is not it." Palin recently endorsed 20 conservatives who have committed to voting to repeal and replace the health care reforms passed earlier this year by President Barack Obama.
  • My phone call from Michelle Obama

    10/07/2010 6:06:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Tri-State Defender ^ | October 7, 2010 | Linda S. Wallace, Special to the Tri-State Defender
    Girlfriend says Barack needs some help! Early voting begins Wednesday (Oct. 13) Michelle Obama and I had a conference call Wednesday. Ok, Michelle, me and several thousands of other people. That didn’t make it any less special. The First Lady, who polls show is one of the most popular figures now in the White House administration, has been given campaign duty ahead of the November general election. She’s busy stumping for candidates and motivating the political troops. So, when I got an email this week from Organizing for America saying that Michelle Obama wanted to talk to me about voting,...
  • Dr. Scott DesJarlais For Congress Gets Tea Party Endorsement

    09/27/2010 10:00:53 AM PDT · by brewferr
    DesJarlais For Congress ^ | 9/27/2010 | DesJarlais For Congress
    The influential group represents the largest county in Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District and is dedicated to bringing responsibility back to government. The group advocates for fiscal responsibility, limited government and free markets by supporting candidates and initiatives to further those principles. “I am proud to announce the Maury County Tea Party’s endorsement of Dr. Scott DesJarlais. We have reviewed the candidates in this race and his campaign will truly represent the people of the Fourth District. He has a platform dedicated to less government, lower taxes and more freedom,” said Bowen Pratt, Maury County Tea Party Chairman. “That message resonates...
  • Harold Ford Jr., A Democrat, Pumps GOP's Sarah Palin For President

    09/04/2010 8:33:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 03 2010 | Zenophon Abraham
    This space never has had anything negative to blog about Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. until today. His statement about Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was so grating the television set was turned off. Ford said that Palin was going to run for President and that she was "formidable." That was when this space wondered if Ford was being paid by a Republican operative. Sarah Palin has so many errors and mistakes that will be tossed back at her in the middle of a presidential campaign it would be embarrassing. Ford saying she was "formidable" just gives hope to her...
  • Cotton farmer subsidies and Stephen Fincher (or why do the Finchers sing?)

    08/06/2010 7:54:17 PM PDT · by itsoversoon · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | self
    Stephen Fincher is the Republican candidate for Tennessee's 8th congressional district seat. The seat has been held by democrats for over 100 years, most recently by John Tanner. Fincher is a cotton farmer who has received nearly $3,400,000 of taxpayer subsidies - see http://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?custnumber=010829265 This amount is dwarfed by the amount taken by the rest of his family. He has known eating from the government trough all his life. It stretches credulity to believe that one so accustomed to the dole can be a real conservative capable of the fiscal austerity required to turn the country. Will he cut for...
  • Fincher Beats Flinn (TN)

    08/05/2010 7:46:12 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies
    WREG Channel 13 ^ | August 5, 2010
    Gospel performer Steve Fincher has won northwest Tennessee's 8th District Republican primary. With 68 percent of precincts reporting, Fincher had 30,228 votes, or 50 percent of the vote, to Jackson physician Ron Kirkland's 14,873, or 25 percent. Memphis radiologist and broadcaster George Flinn had 13,431 votes, or 22 percent. The three waged the most expensive House race in the country, spending more than $5 million. Fincher, also a farmer, faces Democratic state Sen. Roy Herron in fall. Incubent Democratic Rep. John Tanner is retiring, and Republicans think the seat is one they could pick up in November.
  • Internal Poll Finds Black Leading Primary Field In Tennessee 6

    07/07/2010 6:43:25 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | July 7, 2010 | John McArdle
    With just two weeks to go before early voting begins in Tennessee, state Sen. Diane Black has released a poll showing her far ahead of the six other candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the 6th district. Black was the preferred candidate of 41 percent of likely primary voters surveyed. Her closest competitors, former Rutherford County GOP Chairwoman Lou Ann Zelenik and state Sen. Jim Tracy, polled at 22 percent and 20 percent, respectively. Four other Republicans garnered support in the low single digits, and just 12 percent of those surveyed said they were undecided. The poll was conducted...
  • Cross post from News/Activism

    Al's a scumbag like BJ.
  • ‘Pantless’ or not, photo of state rep candidate removed from website

    06/21/2010 1:11:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 6/21/10 | News Sentinel Staff
    LENOIR CITY - A candidate for state representative photographed partially unclothed on a website said today the photo has been removed. Julia Hurley, 28, of Lenoir City, a Republican candidate for the 32nd Legislative District in the Aug. 5 primary, today refused to describe the photo. She also said she doesn't know who removed the photo from the website, ModelMayhem.com. "It's not my website," she said. A media report describes Hurley's pose in the photograph as "pantless" while wearing high-heel boots. Hurley disputes that description but declined to give her own depiction of it. Hurley today said the photo was...
  • Anger at Rep. Cooper’s role in deficit spending fuels donations to Hartline’s campaign

    05/26/2010 3:45:40 PM PDT · by Bill Hobbs · 5 replies · 243+ views
    HartlineForCongress.com ^ | May 26, 2010 | Hartline for Congress
    NASHVILLE – Anger over the skyrocketing national debt, which topped a stunning $13 trillion today, is fueling record contributions to Jeff Hartline’s campaign against incumbent Congressman Jim Cooper in Tennessee’s Fifth District, the campaign said today.
  • Palin's next big hurdle? Indy voters

    02/16/2010 12:06:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 650+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 16, 2010 | Donald Lambro
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has a lot going for her at the moment, but a lot to prove, too, if she hopes to build her conservative grassroots support beyond the tea party movement that is fueling her meteoric rise as one of the GOP’s top presidential contenders. Palin has been drawing big crowds during her unending Going Rogue book tour, strategically hitting all of the major red states that will be critical to any 2012 campaign. She has stepped up her whirlwind speaking tour as well, almost exclusively in venues that are packed with adoring fans. She has been...
  • Sarah Palin's side trip (I think she's running, folks!)

    02/09/2010 8:21:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies · 1,764+ views
    The Tennessean | February 8, 2010 | Jennifer Brooks
    Cannot be posted due to copyright issues: Link only http://blogs.tennessean.com/politics/2010/sarah-palins-side-trip/
  • Palin and her people [Jourbalist flop-sweat flood warning]

    02/07/2010 1:57:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 804+ views
    The Washington Monthly ^ | February 7, 2010 | Steve Benen
    Sarah Palin, the former half-term governor of Alaska, threw plenty of red meat to a ravenous Tea Party audience in Nashville last night, reminding the political world that she's still a hero to confused, unhinged right-wing activists. There wasn't anything especially surprising about her 40-minute diatribe -- apparently, she does not hold President Obama in high regard -- but there were a few interesting remarks of note. For example, it was pretty amusing to hear Palin trash the financial-industry bailout, which she just so happens to have supported at the time -- a detail she hopes her adoring fans won't...
  • Tennessee: GOP's Ramsey says he's unsure of Obama citizenship

    02/02/2010 5:40:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 851+ views
    State Senate speaker and gubernatorial candidate Ron Ramsey said Tuesday he doesn't know whether President Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen, but that it's not an issue that voters care about. Ramsey was asked after a speech to a Republican group about his views on the president's citizenship by Maclin Davis, a former state lawmaker and attorney for the state GOP. "I don't know whether President Obama is a citizen of the United States or not," Ramsey responded. "I don't know what the whole deal is there. "But I'm going to tell you something. When you walk out on the...
  • LIVE THREAD -- Tennessee and Oklahoma State House Special Elections

    10/13/2009 6:08:47 PM PDT · by AuH2ORepublican · 46 replies · 2,480+ views
    State Election Results sites ^ | 10/13/09 | David Wissing
    TN/OK: Polls Close In Special Elections The polls have closed in Tennessee. The first results are in for early voting and absentee and can be found here. The polls have also closed in Oklahoma. The first results are also in for early voting and absentee and can be found here.
  • Could and Shoulda....Where do "Fredheads" go now?

    08/24/2009 12:38:35 PM PDT · by brewferr · 67 replies · 3,221+ views
    Youtube.com ^ | 8/24/2009 | Brewferr
    So here we were in 2007 worrying about who would take the Reagan "mantle of conservatism" forward. John McCain, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Duncan Hunter, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul and others were already in the race to become the next GOP nominee for president. And you know what? Conservatives were freaking out! Was this really the crop we had to choose from? None of these guys, with the exception of maybe Duncan Hunter or to an extent Ron Paul, really understood what conservatism was. Then a grassroots draft campaign was initiated to bring someone into the race that really understood...