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You from around Here?

Let ’em Run

Monitoring Far-off Democracy

Politics in the Highway Patrol?

Bug in Our Ear

You from around Here?

Here is a fun fact for you: Tennessee has had seven governors since 1960, and only three of them were born in Tennessee. The other four were from “off.”

Govs. Ray Blanton , Lamar Alexander and Ned McWherter were actually born in Tennessee. Govs. Buford Ellington and Winfield Dunn were born in Mississippi, Don Sundquist is from Indiana and Phil Bredesen is from New York.

But then again, the first 10 governors of Tennessee were born in other states.

 

Let ’em Run

Without Quist and without the possibility of Commission Chair Scott Moore being appointed to the clerk job, there is no impetus from within Commission to do anything. If Commission did appoint, the members would make somebody mad during an election year. Unless there is an obvious retired judge who would be a caretaker, there is no percentage in commissioners getting involved. They can just let candidates run for an open seat. If neither Jimmy Kyle Davis or Andy Jackson are sure they have 10 votes, they have no incentive to urge Commission to make an appointment.

There is also the problem, given the publicity the fruit basket turnover plan has received, that someone appointed by Commission would be tainted in the minds of the voters as benefiting from a “fix.”

Former Knox County Republican Party chair Chad Tindell has entered the race in addition to Davis and Jackson. Ursula Bailey has also picked up a petition to run.

The Knox County Bar Association’s jump-the-gun “informal survey” on the Sessions judge race revealed that only 22 percent of the attorneys wanted to express any opinion at all. Of the 1,850 ballots that went out, only 477 were returned. Of those, 66 said they didn’t know all the candidates. The survey was done before Quist announced she isn’t running and Tindell announced that he is.

 

Monitoring Far-off Democracy

European voting-rights groups said the monitors made the election better than the first one, but that the re-election of President Nursultan Nazarbayev with 91 percent of the vote was still marred by ballot-box stuffing. The country did not riot, however, as occurred after recent elections in Georgia and the Ukraine.

 

Politics in the Highway Patrol?

Col. Lynn Pitts , ousted as head of the troopers, has said Cooley routinely reviewed promotions within the department, in which two-thirds of those promoted were responsible for political contributions to the Bredesen campaign.

State Rep. Judd Matheny , R-Tullahoma, has called on Cooley to resign as the “only acceptable next step in beginning to restore the public’s confidence in the Tennessee Highway Patrol and civil service system.”

In a strong editorial, the Tennessean suggested that Cooley be made to explain to his boss and the Legislature his exact role in promotions within the Highway Patrol. “Without some full explanation of how Cooley fits in at THP, the public is left with the strong impression that the deputy governor is a major player in the cronyism at THP, which the governor has vowed to end.”

Bredesen gave Cooley a letter of reprimand earlier this year after a Cooley speeding ticket was fixed. It was revealed at the time that Cooley’s wife and brother-in-law worked at the Department of Safety.

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