Friday, April 16, 2010

Big Weekend for the DCRP

Big Weekend for the DCRP...Reagan Day Dinner Has Over 400 Attendees & two Saturday summits feature lots of candidates including Congressman Zach Wamp at Priest Lake
and Bill Haslam in West Nashville

US Congressman
Zach Wamp, candidate for Governor of TN, will speak at the Priest Lake "Meet & Greet" Saturday,
April 17, 9 a.m. at the IHOP Restaurant
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Bill Haslam, Mayor of Knoxville and gubernatorial candidate,
will speak in West Nashville Saturday, April 17th, 9 a.m. at
Shoney's on Whitebridge Road.
Davidson County Republican Party
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Reagan Day Dinner Update...
The Friday night April 16th Reagan Day Dinner drew so many people we had to change to a bigger venue at the TN State Fairgrounds.
The event will be held in "Banquet Hall" rather than Wilson Hall to accommodate the more than 400 attendees coming to celebrate "all things Republican" and hear Sen. Bob Corker and the four gubernatorial candidates.
For those of you who can't be with us mark your calendar now for our annual barbecue on July 10th at Centennial Park.
Kathleen Starnes, Chairman
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Priest Lake & W. Nashville Summits Feature Lots of Candidates...hear them & enjoy a Dutch treat breakfast @ 8:30 a.m. before 9 a.m. meeting times at:
> IHOP in Priest Lake with Congressman
Zach Wamp as the featured speaker along with Eric Crafton, Candidate for Juvenile Court Clerk.
> Shoney's on Whitebridge Road, with Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and also with James Chesser, Dr. Steve Dickerson, Candidates State Senate 21 and Tim Lee, Candidate House District 55

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Hartline Welcomes Endorsement from Leading Second Amendment Defender

NASHVILLE – Congressional candidate Jeff Hartline has been endorsed by The Tennessee Patriot, a quarterly newspaper published in defense of conservative values and Americans’ First, Second and Tenth amendment rights. The endorsement, written by leading Second Amendment rights advocate Bob Pope, describes Hartline as a level headed constitutional conservative and urges Tennessee gun owners to support his candidacy.

“As a constitutional conservative, I am a staunch supporter of American’s constitutional rights – all of them,” said Hartline, who is seeking the congressional seat currently occupied by U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper. “I understand that the Second Amendment means what it says, and that protecting Americans’ rights to keep and bear arms is crucial to preserving our liberty. I welcome the support of gun-owners across Tennessee for our campaign to restore constitutional government to Washington DC.”

The Hartline for Congress campaign notes that the incumbent Congressman’s first vote at the start of each new Congress is for liberal leadership that has long sought to curtail Americans’ gun rights. Cooper voted for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a far-left anti-gun rights liberal who has earned an “F” rating on Second Amendment issues from the National Rifle Association, and an F-minus grade from the pro-Second Amendment Gun Owners of America.

“Nancy Pelosi is a big supporter of gun control and a big opponent of our Second Amendment rights and she controls the legislative agenda in the House of Representatives” Hartline said. “Jim Cooper claims to be a defender of our Second Amendment rights, but his vote for Pelosi to be Speaker of the House helps to advance the pro-gun control, anti-Second Amendment agenda."

The Tennessee Patriot ( is published quarterly by leading Tennessee Second Amendment advocate Bob Pope, and is mailed to subscribers and distributed at gun stores across the state. The newspaper is delivered to more than 231,000 adults across Tennessee who, like Jeff Hartline, have a Tennessee handgun carry permit.The newspaper’s readership is estimated at more than 575,000 people.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

GOP slates top guns for Jim Gotto fundraiser

Jim Gotto

By Nate Rau • THE TENNESSEAN • April 10, 2010

Jim Gotto's bid to make the jump from Nashville city council to the state will get critical fundraising help next week from GOP heavy hitters.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker will attend an April 16 fundraiser hosted by House GOP leaders Rep. Jason Mumpower and Rep. Glen Casada at the state fairgrounds. (read more)

Comment: This is great coverage for Jim Gotto and his upcoming fund raiser. In this article Chip Foster, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman, says picking up that seat is "wishful thinking" by the Republicans. I don't think so. Ben West, who held that seat for twenty years, was a conservative Democrat. He was a fiscal conservative and a strong advocate of second amendment rights. Conservative Democrats know they are no longer welcome in the Democratic Party and are turning Republican. Jim Gotto has been a popular councilman and is an attractive candidate and has picked up some good endorsements. I think Jim can win this seat. We need to get behind him and win it! For more information on the Gotto campaign or the fund raiser this Friday night visit Jim's official website.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Jim Gotto Fund Raiser

Republican House Leader Jason Mumpower
Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada
Special Honored Guest
Senator Bob Corker

Invite you to join them for the campaign kick off event for
Jim GottoJim Gotto Republican candidate for TN State House - 60th District
April 16th 2010 5:30-6:30 preceding the DCRP Reagan Day Dinner

Tennessee State Fairgrounds at the Garden Cafe
$100.00 per person

Honored Co-Hosts for this Event
Representative Beth Harwell and Representative Pat Marsh
Republican State Party Chairman Chris Devaney
Metro Council Members
Duane Dominy Robert Duvall Carl Burch Phil Claiborne
Karen Bennett Eric Crafton Jim Hodge
Along with
Tootie Haskins Monty Lankford Joe Meeks

RSVP to Mary Ann 615-578-9537 or
Paid for by Friends of Jim Gotto, Al Bodie Treasurer

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Start a Republican Breakfast group!

If you are one of my three faithful readers you may have noticed I have not posted much original commentary as of late. I also have done less networking and advertising and blog promotion. I am not giving up my blog, but I have been devoting more of my time to local political activity.

Beginning about last November, I started organizing Republican “Summit” or Meetups. If these groups are Saturday morning breakfast groups we are calling them “Egg and Bacon Summits.” We now have eight of these monthly groups established in Davidson County and we have another new one starting this coming Saturday and two more new ones are planned that do not yet have starting dates or locations. These have been tremendously successful. We have been having anywhere from fifteen to forty people at each meeting. We have candidates for governor speaking to the groups as well as local candidates and advocates of conservative causes.

Not only are people coming out on a Saturday morning to be informed and motivated but they are organizing and volunteering. At these meeting we are getting people to volunteer to go door to door to campaign for candidates, to serve as poll workers and to sign up to work phone banks. Candidates are recruiting campaign workers. We are witnessing real grassroots political organizing.

Davidson County has been a solidly Democratic county ever since the end of reconstruction. The Republican Party has been a well kept secret. In Davidson County there is only one State Republican House representative and there are several Democratic Representatives. The Party has not had a primary in thirty-six years. All of the county court house positions are held by Democrats. This is changing! We are having a primary this year, for only one courthouse position however, but we are having a primary. For the first time in several years we are having a Reagan Day Dinner. It is already sold out and has been moved to a bigger venue. To see more about what the party is doing, visit the Republican website at DCRP; GOP WIN 2010 . Keep in mind that is happening with a party that hardly existed two years ago.

We have a great chance to take at least one of the State House Representative seats and a shot at taking three others and a shot at taking a State Senate seat. Most importantly we have a chance to defeat that “blue dog” lap dog, Jim Cooper. There is an incredible energy, anger and enthusiasm. We are trying to channel that anger and energy into action that can win elections. Unless the anger and enthusiasm is channeled into building the party and electing conservatives it is just wasted energy. I think that we really are going to win some important elections. I almost feel elated.

The Republican groups I am helping organize are taking a lot of my time. It is not complicated but takes a lot of communications and coordination, and scheduling of speakers, and doing the phone banks and maintaining of web sites, and training group coordinators. If I am scheduling speakers or manning phone bank or on the phone with our group captains I can’t be composing blog post. I think my time is better spent starting Republican groups and organizing activist than blogging. We are trying to build the party and focus the energy into creating a party organization. Our Party is blessed to have a great leader, Kathleen Starnes, and a dedicated hard-working executive committee and many volunteers. Many people are stepping forward to identify themselves as Republicans and want to make a difference. People who have never been involved in politics are getting involved for the very first time.

If where you live the Party is active, then I encourage you to get involved and help it grow. If it is not, then activate it. Make it an effective and active Party. Start a Republican Breakfast group. It is not that hard to do. Just do it! If doesn’t matter if you have never done anything like this before. People are angry and want to see a change and are hungry for some direction. Don’t let this opportunity slip by.

If you would like to confer with me, then email me and if we need to talk I will call you and give you a free pep talk and some advice. Go for it! Do it! Start a Republican group in your community. Don’t leave it up to someone else to turn the anger into constructive action- do it!

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