ear (2006-26)

Sensible Opponent?

Show Me the Money

Getting Out of Town

It’s History

Let Your Geek Flag Fly

Out of State Funds

Endangered Wilderbeast?

Bug in Our Ear

Sensible Opponent?

The Drinnen campaign for the Republican nomination for the 18th District is using the theme of “sensible and effective” leadership. That could be read as an implication that Campfield is not sensible or effective. Campfield gained the reputation of a loose cannon as a freshman legislator. He took on the Black Caucus and the Democratic leadership in his first term and angered some of his colleagues with his blog criticizing their ethics.

Drinnen’s endorsements constitute a long list of Knoxville business and political heavyweights opposed to Campfield’s continued tenure in Nashville.

Campfield, meanwhile, is knocking on doors and campaigning hard across the district.

Show Me the Money

Getting Out of Town

The co-op will be moving to a building next door to the Pilot station on Asheville Highway by October. The old IGA building has space and also a large parking lot, two deficiencies of the co-op’s present location.

The co-op located on Willow decades ago when farmers brought livestock to the nearby Lay’s Packing Plant and came downtown on Saturdays to the Farmers’ Market.

It’s History

Let Your Geek Flag Fly

Out of State Funds

Hooker contends that it is illegal to take political contributions from people who cannot vote for you and whom you will not be representing. He has singled out a Ford fundraiser held in New York by U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton , D-NY as an example.

Hooker is attempting to get the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to force campaign finance reform and limit special-interest fundraising for members of Congress.

Hooker, the Democratic nominee for governor in 1998, is currently running in the Democratic primary against incumbent Gov. Phil Bredesen .

Endangered Wilderbeast?

Williams angered his Republican colleagues by voting to retain Democratic Lt. Gov. John Wilder when the Republicans took numerical control of the state senate in the last election. Williams’ seat is not up for two more years, but Hawkins County attorney Mike Faulk is already running hard for it, ubiquitous at Lincoln Day dinners this year throughout the six-county district. Hawkins is the largest county in the district and Williams’ base in Union County is the smallest.

State Sen. Tim Burchett , R-Knoxville, also voted for Wilder but has mended fences with his colleagues and constituents. He is unopposed for re-election this year. He is not expected for vote for Wilder again next year, should Republicans retain control of the state Senate.