Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mayor Dean just lied! Taking credit for Duane Dominy's work.

I know "lied" is strong language. Pundits often say someone "misspoke" or "miss represented the facts" or "spun the story." In the case of the Mayor taking credit and sharing credit with Councilman Duane Doniny's opponent for getting a four-way stop sign installed at a dangerous Antioch intersection, the Mayor lied.

Channel 4 news reports the truth of this story:

Channel 4 was able to obtain video of the very first city meeting about the need for a stop sign at Apollo and Manattee.

We were also able to view the last parking commission meeting where the stop sign was approved.

There was no sign of the Dean or Vercher, but there was plenty of Duane Dominy.

Antioch daycare owner Fran Bush has been fighting for that stop sign for 10 years and she says the mayor and his candidate had nothing to do with it.

The following channel 4 news clip tells the story, following a very short commercial. Please watch it and share.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Work the Elections!

You do not have to be a high school student to do this. This is great for college students, retired people, or anyone with time to do it. It is a long day but it is interesting and fun.  I have worked the polls and really enjoyed it. There is always a shortage of people willing to do this. I hope some Republicans will take advantage of this opportunity. I feel better knowing that some of the people working the polls are Republican.

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Family Fun Dinner. Meet Robert Duvall

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Bob Corker on Cut, Cap and Balance

Today, Sen. Corker voted in support of H.R. 2560, the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this week. In a party-line 51 to 46 vote, the Senate blocked further proceedings on the legislation.

“It’s disappointing the Senate wouldn’t even allow us to debate legislation that will help put our nation back on a sustainable path,” said Corker, an original co-sponsor of the Senate version of the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act. “This bill put on paper what I’ve been pushing from day one of the 112th Congress: we need spending cuts now, a long-term plan like the CAP Act to put a fiscal straitjacket on Congress, and a constitutional amendment to keep Congress from falling off the wagon as it relates to over-spending. Now, more than 814 days since the Senate passed a budget, we must put enforceable limits on all future spending in a way that encourages economic growth and demonstrates to the American people and the world that we will get our debt and deficits under control.”

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Joke of the Day: Mayor Dean's involvement in the council races is about ...

Dean re-election spokesman Tom Hayden said the mayor’s involvement in council races is about putting independent thinkers on the council.
“It’s important that we continue to elect independent-thinking leaders that want to move our city forward and continue the progress we’ve made,” Hayden said.

Ha, Ha, Ha, Ho, Ho, Ho, LOL, LMAF. Now, that is funny!

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Green HIlls Breakfast Summit host Congressman Marsha Blackburn

RISE & SHINE, Join Your Fellow GOP'ers

DCRP-Davidson County Republican Party Announces
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Swett's-Green Hills-2209 Abbott Martin Rd.
Breakfast begins @ 8:15 (S10.00 (see below) no credit cards)
Meeting begins at 9:00.. sharp
Marsha Blackburn  
Find out ,first hand, what is really going on in DC!!

Event Chairman - Peter and Gail Voysey
DCRP Chair - Kathleen Starnes
DCRP Summit Consultant - Rod Williams

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Dean Targets Dominy, Duvall and Holeman in New Campaign Mailings

It has been no secret that the Mayor has targeted Councilman Jason Holeman for defeat and it has been rumored for a long time that the Mayor was also targeting Councilman Duane Dominy and Councilman Robert Duvall. Now, the Mayor is putting his prestige on the line and spending real money to defeat these three good council members.

Below is one of the mailings paid for by Re-elect Karl Dean promoting Robert Duvall's opponent. This copy of the mailing was taken from the blog Enclave. You can visit that blog to view the other similar mail pieces promoting  Holeman and Dominy's opponents.

These three council members have not always opposed the mayor. Even on some very controversial bills they have sometimes voted with the administration.  Holeman supported the administration on the gay rights bill and he opposed the effort to curtail eminent domain abuse, and Dominy supported the administration on the convention center. The one thing they have in common is they opposed the mayor's attempt to destroy the fairgrounds.

While there is a referendum on the ballot concerning the fairgrounds, what that charter amendment would do is require a super majority to sell the fairgrounds instead of a simple majority. If the referendum passes and the mayor can get 27 loyal council members who will vote his way, he can still dispose of the fairgrounds. He can also get a property tax hike or anything else he wants done if he has a solid super majority.

I don't know Holleman personally, but I have come to know Dominy and Duvall.  They are both pragmatic, thoughtful, and principled conservatives who love their country and their community.  They take the responsibility of serving their constituents seriously and they work real hard. I have not always agreed with every vote they have cast, but I know they are men of integrity and they are the kind of people we need on the Metro Council. We do not need a council of 40 rubber stamps. We need people who will vote for the Mayor when they think he is right but who will oppose him when they think he is wrong. We need people in the council who will study and weigh the issue and listen to their constituents. I know that is kind of men that Duane Dominy and Robert Duvall are.

I know in the past we have had Mayors who worked behind the scene to influence council elections; I do not ever remember a  mayor so blatantly going after incumbent council member.  It will a downright shame if the Mayor defeats men like Dominy and Duvall and elects a council of puppets.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Heart Warming Lawyer Story

One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the road-side eating grass. Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and got out to investigate.

He asked one man, "Why are you eating grass?"

"We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied. "We have to eat grass."

"Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you," the lawyer said.

"But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree."

"Bring them along," the lawyer replied.

Turning to the other poor man he stated,” You may come with us, also."

The second man, in a pitiful voice, then said, "But sir, I also have a wife and SIX children with me!"

"Bring them all as well," the lawyer answered.

They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine was.

Once under way, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, "Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you.”

The lawyer replied, "Glad to do it. You'll really love my place."

"The grass is almost a foot high."

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Big Names and Big Money Fight it out in the Talley-Holleman 24th District race

What do these people have in common: Governor Phil Bredesen; District Attorney Tory Johnson; Gerald Nicely, former Secretary of Transportation under Governor Bredesen and former Director of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency; Jeff Yarbro, former primary opponent of Senator Doug Henry; Tom Hayden, Deputy Campaign Manager/Director of Communications for Re-elect Mayor Karl Dean, a whole bunch of lawyers who work for Bass, Berry and Sims; and other lawyers, and a lot of bankers, Brenda Wynn who works for Jim Cooper; a lot of people from as far away as New York City, Arlington VA, San Francisco, Boston MA, and Concord NH; a lot of people who work for the Public Defender, Head of Harpeth Hall School, and Walter Matthews, President of the R. C. Matthews Company?

They all contributed to the campaign of Metro Council candidate Sarah Lodge Talley who has raised $50,301.23 in the financial campaign reporting period ending 6/30/2011.

Talley must be sitting a new record for the most money ever spent on a district council campaign. By way of comparison, at large candidate Megan Barry who is running a county-wide campaign has raised only $33000 and at large candidate Tim Garrett has raised $31,000.

Talley may also be sitting a new record for the most people who live outside of the state contributing to a council district campaign. Why are people in San Francisco, Boston, and New York contributing to a Nashville district council race? Also, why is a former governor and all of the bureaucrats concerned with this race?

While Talley has bigger names supporting her campaign and more out of towners, this is not a David vs Goliath campaign. It is more like Goliath vs. Goliath battle. Incumbent candidate Jason Holleman raised $30,651.00 this reporting period and started the period with a balance on hand of $30,366. While Holleman’s average contributions are smaller and he has fewer out of town contributors, he does have some big name supporters including Senator Douglas Henry, Will Cheek, and Bill Freeman of Freeman and Webb.

I am not sure what all is behind this campaign, but I understand the Mayor is very involved and is determined to defeat Jason Holleman. Jason is a Democrat and a liberal, however he has shown independence and opposed the Mayor’s effort to destroy the fairgrounds. Also, I have heard that this race described as a proxy fight between the more progressive Democratic forces led my Jeff Yarbro who are supporting Talley and the more traditional Democrats who are supporting Holleman.

I really don't know why there is so much interest in this race, but it sure is interesting. 

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Report from West Nashville Summit: Bruce Wood was our guest

Hello All!

Thanks to those of you who attended our meeting this past Saturday.

Bruce Wood was our guest. He is a local environmental activist with the organization BURNT and has been fighting on our behalf for the past 22 years. Conservation is the key to his movement and Bruce makes sure that companies follow the law when it comes to waste management.

Without Bruce, Nashville would look and smell much different today. He fought to get rid of a fat-rendering plant which stunk up the city and he fought against a trash incinerator along our river. If the incinerator had been allowed to be built we would have seen upwards of 200 garbage trucks a day traveling through our city to the site and its transfer station.

One thing I learned is that these environmental concerns are truly conservative issues. Laws are repeatedly broken by people who feel they are above them. People dispose of toxic waste into landfills which then end up in our drinking water. Regardless of your party affiliation, we all want clean drinking water. At the same time, the cost to clean this up after an incident becomes enormous. If we want to hold government accountable to the tax payer than we need to ensure they enforce the law to prevent costly clean ups. Conservatives value a non-biased and efficient government. Enforcing current laws and preventing our tax dollars from being needed to clean up a toxic waste site are essential to those views.

Again, this is not a liberal or a conservative issue. Environmental degradation is preventable and we owe it to one another to make sure that the law is followed.

We certainly hope to see you at the next meeting. Have a great week!

Matt Nemeth
Moderator, West Nashville Egg and Bacon Summit

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Kaminski for Metro Council!!--Metro Council District 25

From: Bob Schwartz
Subject: Kaminski for Metro Council!!--Metro Council District 25
I'm writing on behalf of James Kaminski who is taking on incumbent Sean McGuire in the Metro Council District 25 race.  James has a real shot at upsetting the left-leaning McGuire.  I'm supporting him and encouraging other fiscally conservative voters to do the same.
Here are a few highlights of the race:
  • Kaminski will fight against any increase in the tax rate during the next four years while McGuire supports the plan floated by the Mayor to raise tax rates twice over the next three years.
  • Kaminski opposes further corporate tax breaks and use of Metro monies to support private-sector projects, such as a new baseball stadium. 
  • Kaminski urges a YES vote to save and restore Nashville's Fairgrounds.
  • Kaminski, a graduate of Martin Luther King Magnet School, opposes Sean McGuire's plan to take authority for public schools from the School Board and give it to Metro Council.
  • Kaminski will hold monthly Town Hall meetings at the Green Hills Public Library while McGuire has missed almost 4 in 10 sub-committee meetings --- where the real work of the City is done --- during his term of office.
  • Kaminski's memberships/activities include:  Friends of Radnor Lake, Friends of Warner Park, the Green Hills Action Partners and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Please vote for James KaminskiEarly voting started at the Green Hills Public Library on Friday, July 15th.  Election Day is Thursday, August 4th
Finally, if you could contribute $25-$50-$100 to James' campaign, it would be of great help in battling the incumbent.  Feel free to call me at 419-9615 with any questions or to offer your suggestions.  Thanks a million!
Bob Schwartz

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The Tennessean predictably chooses the wrong candidates: Mayor's rubber stamps and liberals.

The Tennessean today announced endorsement in the upcoming election. They endorsed almost all of the wrong candidates. Think of this as a list of for whom not to vote. Most of their choice are liberals and rubber stamps for the Mayor. They played it safe and endorsed for reelection all of the at-large incumbents including the two moderate at-large members.

The Tennessean also recommended voting against the fairgrounds.

The few candidates highlighted in red are the very few they got right and several of those are running unopposed.

If I didn't have the newspaper habit, I would cancel my subscription.  I wish we still had two newspapers.

At Large
Megan Barry

Tim Garrett
Jerry Maynard
Ronnie Steine
Charlie Tygard

District 1: Lonnell Matthews Jr.
District 2: DeCosta Hastings
District 3: Walter Hunt (unopposed)
District 4: Brady Banks
District 5: Priscilla Eaton
District 6: Hans Schmidt
District 7: Anthony Davis
District 8: Nancy VanReece (This is the opponent of Karen Bennett. Reelect Karen Bennett)
District 9: Bill Pridemore Jr.
District 10: Doug Pardue
District 11: Darren Jernigan
District 12: Steve Glover (running unopposed)
District 13: Marilyn Robinson (elect Josh Stites)
District 14: James Bruce Stanley
District 15: No endorsement. (Incumbent Phil Claiborne runs unopposed.)
District 16: Anna Page
District 17: Sandra Moore (she is the lesser of some bad choices)
District 18: David Glasgow
District 19: Erica Gilmore
District 20: Buddy Baker (He cosponsored the gay rights bill)
District 21: Edith Taylor Langster
District 22: Seanna Brandmeir
District 23: Emily Evans (unopposed)
District 24: Sarah Lodge Tally (She is the daughter of the former chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party. The Dean forces are funneling massive amounts of money to her campaign to defeat Jason Holleman.)
District 25: Sean McGuire (James Kaminski is the guy who should win. He may take it.)
District 26: Chris Harmon
District 27: Davette Dennison Blalock
District 28: Tanaka Vercher (Duane Dominy is the incumbent running for reelection. He deserves to be reelected. He is a Republican and is a leader of the save the fairgrounds effort)
District 29: Arnett H. Bodenhamer
District 30: No endorsement.
District 31: Fabian Bedne
District 32: Jacobia C. Dowell
District 33: Page Turner (Robert Duvall is the incumbent running for reelection. The Mayor has targeted him for defeat. Robert is one of my favorite council members)
District 34: Carter Todd (unopposed)
District 35: Bo Mitchell (Bo Mitchell is very liberal and has the support of all organized labor. Tonya Jones is the candidate I am supporting)

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