Election Pre-Game: What Will You Be Watching for as the Returns Come In? Campfield? Judges?
Published 7/30/2014 at 1:04 p.m. 0 comments
If there is a better than usual turnout in Knoxville, this may be one of the races that’s caused it. That doesn’t bode well for Campfield.
Exercise in Futility? State Leaders Owe Voters Explanation of What Happens if Amendment Two Fails
Published 7/23/2014 at 11:07 a.m. 0 comments
So not only will the judges be appointed, they will also be the lackeys and lapdogs of the Legislature instead of being an independent branch of government, equal to the governor and the Legislature.
Fiddling While Hospitals Burn: Haslam's Futile Dallying with Rewriting Medicaid Program Starts Closing Hospitals
Published 7/16/2014 at 11:25 a.m. 1 comment
Tennessee has refused, thus far, to accept $1.25 billion in federal Medicaid funds.
Who Votes? Siler Versus Campfield Could be a Race, if Democrats Voted
Published 7/9/2014 at 10:57 a.m. 2 comments
But there is another axiom among us political junkies. It isn’t so much the turnout on election day that determines the winner—it’s who votes.
A High Wire Act: Quiet Speaker Well Positioned After Haslam, But Next Four Years Will Be a Challenge
Published 7/2/2014 at 11:22 a.m. 0 comments
House Speaker Beth Harwell was first elected to the Legislature in 1988. No other current House member has served longer. She spent over two decades as a double minority—a woman and a Republican in a House controlled by Democrats.
Judicial Misconduct: Board of Judicial Conduct Has Opportunity to Show Decisive Action
Updated 6/30/2014 at 5:11 p.m. 2 comments
But the contractor’s attorney, Bryan Lewis, a personal friend of Judge Moreland (they vacation together) and a big contributor to his campaign, called the judge and got Chase released after three hours.
The Cantor Effect: If the House Majority Leader Can Lose, it Gives Hope to Other Challengers
Published 6/18/2014 at 10:46 a.m. 0 comments
If it can happen to the House Majority Leader it can happen to anybody.
Subjugated Court: State Supreme Court Surrendered Its Co-Equal Status and Is Now Seeing the Results
Published 6/11/2014 at 10:37 a.m. 0 comments
When the state Supreme Court ruled in 1974 that the Legislature had the power to change the law to allow justices to be appointed rather than be elected by the people, and that a retention election was constitutional, he wrote ...
New Team Needed: Firing the Coach is a Tough Decision, but Haslam Needs to Make it
Published 6/4/2014 at 10:53 a.m. 0 comments
What the governor has to decide is whether, for the sake of his education reform program, he needs to find someone other than Kevin Huffman to carry the ball.
National Disgrace: What Would We Do if Terrorists Were Killing 22 Americans a Day?
Published 5/28/2014 at 1:44 p.m. 1 comment
Another Memorial Day has come and gone, another Veterans Affairs scandal unfolds apace. Meanwhile, at least 22 veterans a day commit suicide.
Published 5/21/2014 at 2:14 p.m. 0 comments
There are times when you write something that you like, but it doesn’t lend itself to an essay or column. But you like it and tuck it away. Waste not, want not.
GOP's Turn: Retention Vote is an Election? So Why Be Upset When it Gets Treated That Way?
Published 5/14/2014 at 10:38 a.m. 0 comments
How is it then that war chests are being filled by both sides for the retention election scheduled for this August? Big money and politics being introduced into judicial races? Oh, the horror.
Special Interest Target: Bellwether Race May Impact the Ability of Committee Chairs to Make Hard Choices
Published 5/7/2014 at 10:56 a.m. 0 comments
The state Senate this year passed irresponsible bill after irresponsible bill, leaving it to Sargent, as House Finance Committee chair, to save Gov. Bill Haslam, Speaker Beth Harwell, and, yes, even Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey from embarrassment—by killing them off.
Following Her Agenda: Rogero Could Have Waited to Raise Taxes, But She Has Things to Do Now
Published 4/30/2014 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments
Rogero has provided a laundry list of issues for a potential opponent. A tax increase, pension reform, employee benefits. Not to mention her serving on a task force for President Obama—a polarizing figure among Knoxville Republicans.
Earth Day: From Communist Plot to Elementary-School Bulletin Boards, it Continues
Published 4/23/2014 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
We looked out the window at about a half dozen hippies wearing T-shirts with peace symbols and holding crudely lettered signs about saving the Earth. I had no idea what they were talking about, but I remember thinking we had ...
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