Friday, July 29, 2011

Washington could learn a lot from a drug addict

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Meet the Next District 22 Councilwoman Sheri Weiner

Join Us To Meet
Our Next District 22 Councilwoman
Dr. Sheri Weiner
Monday, August 1, 2011
5:00 P.M.
Antonio's Restaurant
7097 Old Harding Rd
Get the lastest from Rep. Marsha Blackburn
Special Friends

John Ambrose                              Lee Beaman                              Beth Campbell
Dr Christy Diaz                             Dr.Andy Dixon                            Chuck Grimes
State Rep. Jim Gotto                    Dr.Todd Hurst                             Dr. Frank Marghella
State Senator Jack Johnson        Andy Miller                                 William Morgan
Lisa & Arthur Perlen                    Bernard & Ellen Reynolds           Tootie Haskins
Margaret Mary Wilson                 Tommye Maddox                        Kathleen Starnes
John & Kristin Shorter                  Davidson Co. Young Republicans
Suggested Donation $100.00 
For More Information Please Contact:
Robin Dillon 975-4001

Paid for by Friends of Sheri Weiner, Alan Bond, Treasurer

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Who wants to keep YOUR Fairgrounds

From The Davidson County Republican Party


The following list includes candidates for Metro Council who have promised to support the preservation of OUR Nashville Fairgrounds. Please note that this list does not necessarily constitute an overall endorsement by the DCRP of each candidate. This list is in regard to this single, yet quite important issue. Get to know YOUR candidates and remember, early voting ends July 30 and Election Day August 4!

District 1
Charles "Chuck" Hoosier
District 4
David Patterson
District 5
Scott Davis
Karen Bennett
District 11
William Guthoerl
Josh Stites
Robert J. Budesa
Phil Claiborne
Tony Tenpenny
Bob Ries
Mary Carolyn Roberts
Sheri Weiner
Emily Evans
James Michael Kaminski
Davette Dennison Blalock
Duane A. Dominy
Isaac Okoreeh-Baah
Jim Hodge
Robert Duvall
Carter Todd
Tonya G Jones
At Large
Eric Crafton
At Large
Ken Jakes
At Large
Charlie Tygard

See our website for a video on the history of our Fairgrounds

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Elect Ken Jakes Council-At-Large

Ken Jakes talks about promoting common sense values and preserving Nashville's historic fairgrounds.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Mayor Lies Again

In a recent mailing supporting Councilman Duane Dominy's opponent, Mayor Dean gave credit for a long fought for four-way stop sign to Dominy's opponent who had absolutely nothing to do with it. Now, as reported by Channel 4 news, the Mayor is using the same tactic to support the opponent of Councilman Robert Duvall. A flyer mailed to voters in the new District 33 gives Duvall's opponent credit for the new fire station on Hobson Pike and a bunch other accomplishments and works-in-progress.

"It's just a total misrepresentation of the truth," said Duvall."I consider it a political hack job."

Regarding the fire hall, current district Councilman Sam Coleman says, "I don't know Mrs. Page real well, but I don't recall her being instrumentally involved in it."

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"Clean House" says GOP County Chairman Kathleen Starnes

Music City Center Project Cost Overruns , Attempt to Dispose of Fairgrounds, Corruption,  Doubling of  City Debt cited as reasons to look to conservative Council candidates.

Nashville, TN --- Although Metro elections are non-partisan, Kathleen Starnes, Chairman of the Davidson County Republican Party, urges voters to look at conservative candidates as an alternative to liberal politicians who’ve become entrenched and entitled. Starnes notes that the history of a Democrat-controlled Metro government has resulted in a pattern of corruption and mismanagement of tax payer dollars by several county officials.

“This election gives Davidson County residents an opportunity to clean house in a positive way,” Starnes says. “I urge voters to look seriously at the disturbing record of many candidates seeking to retain positions in Metro government.”

Starnes points to recent reports of mismanagement of Metro County offices, mismanagement of tax dollars in the Music City Center project which will cost an additional 15 million dollars and the improper manner in which proposed development of the Nashville speedway and fairgrounds has been handled.

“We own the fairgrounds. That property belongs to the citizens of Nashville and costs us nothing,” Starnes notes. It brings $60 million plus into our economy. The Music City Center will cost one billion and is proposed to bring in 100 million. This is not smart math.”

“We’ve really seen an unfortunate pattern of partisan Democrats who have underserved Nashville taxpayers,” Starnes says. “And in the midst of all this, it appears that the amount of Metro debt could double within 3 or 4 years from $77 million to $154 million.”

In other notable cases, Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence resigned after an investigation by the District Attorney into serious mismanagement of that office. Further, several elected officials have been cited or under investigation for offenses including not paying property taxes, shoplifting and revoked law licenses. The Juvenile Court Clerk was jailed. The County Court Clerk was under TBI investigation.

“We need good representatives to move Nashville forward,” Starnes says. “I think the people of Davidson County will agree. It is time to elect conservative candidates that will ask the hard questions and not provide a rubber stamp for the Mayor.”

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Cummins Falls Saved. Thank You Kathleen.

I was delighted this morning to see in the Tennessean a picture of the falls and the news that Cummins Falls had been purchased by the State. Ann Paine writes that on Monday the Tennessee Building Commission authorized acquisition of the 211-acre tract which contains the falls.

Cummins Falls is a 75-foot cascade with a large swimming hole at the bottom. I had the pleasure of going on a hike to Cummins Falls this spring with my sister Kathleen, brother Don, and their spouses and several of my nieces and nephews and my daughter Rachel. We had a wonderful time. We took a strenuous hike up stream to the falls where we had a picnic on rocks at the edge of the swimming hole. It was a warm day, but the water was bone-chilling cold. I swam at the foot of falls but not for long.

The falls are breath-takingly beautiful and the surrounding woods are also beautiful with an abundance of diverse flowers and variety of trees. Travel and Leisure has listed Cummins Falls as one of the top ten swimming holes in America. The falls are in Jackson County north of Putnam County near Cookeville and  is the largest waterfall in private hands in the state. The volume of water makes it the eighth-largest waterfall in Tennesee.

Kathleen Williams
My sister Kathleen Williams gets the credit for this happening.  She is Director of the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation. In a nutshell, this is how she is able to save sites like Cummins Falls: TPGF ties up the land with an option to purchase. This takes money. TPGF seeks contributions for land acquistion. After getting an option on the land,  they then try to get the state to purchase it. They only go after highly prized sites that they know the state may be interested in. If the state does not purchase it in a timely manner, then TPGF must raise the money to complete the purchase and then hope the state does purchase it at a later time.  The state moves slow and is less agile than the non-profit TPGF.  Many sites would be lost to developers or subdivided in such a way that the integrity of the site would be destroyed it not for TPGF.

The purchase price of Cummins falls and the surrounding acreage was $1.2 million dollars. I know Kathleen has had sleepless nights worrying about how to raise the money. She has worked tirelessly to raise money and get pledges in order to complete the sale should she have to do so. Making this happen was a major undertaking. This Tennessee treasure is now secure for future generations. In the past, it could only be visited by the few who  knew about it and were daring enough or hardy enough to get to it. Now, many can enjoy it.

Knowing Kathleen, she will celebrate and sleep better tonight knowing this project has reached a successful conclusion and the weight is lifted off of her shoulders. Knowing Kathleen, she is already lusting after the next Tennessee treasure to save.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Graves Rushes to aid of Arriola

The Tennessean blog In Session reports that long-time employee of John Arriola, Sandra Alexander Graves, has asked District 16 Councilwoman Anna Page, a member of the council’s rules committee, to delay action on a memorializing resolution which will be on the council agenda Aug. 2. (link)

The resolution sponsored by Councilman Robert Duvall list the offenses committed by Mr. Arriola which include pocketing the money and failing to report the money he receives for performing weddings and his having his campaign treasurer on the Metro payroll. The resolution ask Mr. Arriola to resign.(read the resolution)

In a Facebook message, Sandra Graves wrote Council Member Anna Page and asked her to consider “giving Mr. Arriola consideration, delaying the process and letting the final investigate (sic) go ahead and run the proper course.”

Sandra Graves is the wife of former council member and current Metro Council candidate Jerry Graves.This is an example of what is wrong with Metro Government.  There are too many people who think of Metro Government as a family business.  There are too many office holders who have their kids or wife or other family member on the payroll. There are too many people not interested in efficiency or offices being managed with integrity because they have an interest in the status quo. There are too many "good 'ole boys" with family and long-time friends working for Metro to bring honest government and professionalism to court house offices. Too many people see public service as an opportunity to reward family and friends.

Too many people in elected office have family members or close friends on the payroll to honestly look at cutting budgets. If a metro department or agency can get by with less, then it may be your friend or wife or relative who loses a job. When you owe someone a favor because they hired or continued to employ your wife or child or close friend it is hard to be objective. 

It is time to end nepotism, machine politics and the good 'ole boy system of government.

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Doctors Town Hall August 6!

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A Principled Politician on the Subject of Whiskey

In 1952, Armon M. Sweat, Jr., a member of the Texas House of Representatives, was asked about his position on whiskey. What follows is his exact answer. 

If you mean whiskey, the devil’s brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean that evil drink that topples Christian men and women from the pinnacles of righteous and gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, shame, despair, helplessness, and hopelessness, then, my friend, I am opposed to it with every fiber of my being.

However, if by whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the elixir of life, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer, the stimulating sip that puts a little spring in the step of an elderly gentleman on a frosty morning; if you mean that drink that enables man to magnify his joy, and to forget life’s great tragedies and heartbreaks and sorrow; if you mean that drink the sale of which pours into Texas treasuries untold millions of dollars each year, that provides tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitifully aged and infirm, to build the finest highways, hospitals, universities, and community colleges in this nation, then my friend, I am absolutely, unequivocally in favor of it.
This is my position, and as always, I refuse to compromise on matters of principle.
I'll drink to that. 

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Robert Duvall: Arriola must go!

"It's time to ask John to step aside and do the honorable thing,"

link to video:

So Duvall filed the resolution, asking the rest of the Council to join him in calling for Arriola to follow the example of former Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence -- and resign.

"We have continued to find more and more that appears to be every bit as bad or maybe worse than David Torrence was ever doing," Duvall said. "I think David Torrence just didn't show up to work."

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Jason Holleman's Downfall

This is very clever and funny! It takes the dramatic scene from the German-language movie Downfall of Hitler’s last days in the bunker and turns it into the last days of the Jason Holleman’s campaign. There is mention of John Summer, “Em” (Emily Evans), Nick Bailey, Eric Crafton, Jeff Yarbro, Senator Henry and others.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Look Who is Backing Jason Holleman

Holleman's opponent has the support of the big guns: Mayor Karl Dean, Governor Phil Bredesen, and a slew of other members of the court house crowd and machine politicians. Look who is supporting Jason Holleman.

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A visual look at deficit, debt and future liabilities.

Visualization: USA national debt in physical $100 bills

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