Saturday, July 07, 2012

912ers go after Haslam over Sharia Law

912ers, via Registered Mail, the below was delivered to Governor Haslam
Governor Bill Haslam
1st Floor, State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243

Dear Governor Haslam:
Our 912 Project Tennessee, a liberty group formed in March, 2009, now with a state membership over two-thousand citizens who have been very curious of the role of our state government with other groups often labeled as “religious” groups who seem to be granted special privileges or special considerations  by you and our state government.
Because of your creation of committees and your selection of individuals with unique specialty experience in these other religious group practices, we find that we must express our concern for your actions with the accompanying resolution.
You and I, no doubt, understand that we are referencing any group, charity, foundation or brotherhood whose goal is to bring all American government under the authority of the Islamic Shariah Law.
Our 912 founding purpose is to secure equal treatment of the law for all with exception for none and we do not advocate for any restriction or taxation upon any religious group who at all times recognizes the perpetual supreme authority the US and state Constitutions.
We believe that ample evidence supports the belief that there are individuals who desire to surreptitiously advance their total government system under the cloak of religion—Islam, and that these individuals are most always connected to the same Muslim Brotherhood charities, subgroups, as convicted in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation Trials.
As one in a group of most who did vote for you in 2010, I respectfully request your attention to the accompanying 912 Project Tennessee Resolution.

J. Lee Douglas
912 Project Tennessee

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Pictures from the GOP Nashville Summer picnic

Councilman Duane Dominy with a Karl Dean mask
taunts taxpayers from the dunking booth.


Rod Williams and Tim Skow
A crowd of between 250 and 300 turned out today for the GOP Nashville Summer picnic at Centennial Park today. There was barbecue and all the fixings and cake, balloons, a dunking booth, a straw poll, lots of politicking and socializing.

 Despite the heat wave that has made almost any outdoor activity unpleasant, inside the pavilion with the ceiling fans it was not too bad. MC's for the program were radio talk show host Carl Boyd and State Representative Jim Gotto.

Jim Gotto and Robert Duvall (photo by Randy Foster)

Steve Dickers plays the Tennessee Waltz

Brad Staats
Betty Cannon, left, member of the State Executive
Committee; Bobbie Patray, right, State President of
Eagle Forum. In the background center is Sue Duess and
Louella Ballenger.

Almost all Republican candidates running for office in Nashville were at the event and each were given three minutes to make a speech. In addition to the speeches, candidates mingled among the crowd and spoke one-on-one with people.
Chatting with Bob Corker

Senator Bob Corker addressed the crowd saying we must do all we can to elect Mitt Romney. He said he truly believes that Mitt Romney may be a transformational figure like Ronald Reagan who can restore America's greatness.

He said he had been campaigning with Romney and the charge that Romney cannot connect with people is a myth. He said there had been enthusiastic crowds wherever they have campaigned.

Pat Carl was presented with the Windfield Dunn Leadership award for her service to the Party. She was joined on stage by previous winners which were myself, Tootie Haskins and Senator Jack Johnson. (photo by Randy Foster)

Kathleen Starnes (photo by Randy Foster)
Kathleen Starnes, Chair of the Davidson County Republican Party,  was delighted with today's event saying, "The huge crowd on this hot day, shows that the Davidson Co Republican Party is ready to go- fight -win in 2012 all over the county and including a NEW President."

Davidson County Republican Party Chairman Kathleen Starnes on stage and some of the board members, left to right, Karen Bennett, Tony Roberts, Gail Frosythe, Dan Davis and Nathan James. Other board members were present but Lonnie Spivak and Ken Marrero were counting ballots and others were mingling and did not make it into the picture.

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Who won the GOP Nashville picnic primary election straw poll?

US Senate

  1. Senator Bob Corker with 169 votes
  2. Zack Poskevich with 33 votes
  3. Brenda Lenard with 3 votes

5th Congressional District
  1. Brad Staats with 74 votes,
  2. Bob Ries, 71
  3. Big John Simith, 22
  4. Justin Jones, 3

State Senate District 18
  1. Jeff Corker with 59 votes
  2. Ferrell Haile, 40
  3. J. H. Tony Allers, 17

State Senate District 20
  1. Steve Dickerson with 158 votes
  2. Rob Mortensen, 29
  3. David Hall, 5 

State House District 50
  1. Charles Williamson with 111 votes
  2. D.J. Farris, 30
  3. Dave Hall, 11 

State House District 53
  1. Ben Claybaker with 108
  2. Tonya Miller, 25
Who would you like to see as Mitt Romne'y Vice President?
  1. Marco Rubio with 65 votes
  2. Alen West, 29
  3. Chris Christie, 22
  4. Michelle Backmann, 18
  5. Tim  Pawlenty and Bobby Jindal tied with 9 votes each
  6. Mitch Daniels, 6
  7. Rob POrtman, 4

War are three three primary issues facing Tennessee's state government in 2013?
  1. Passing the constitutional ban of a state income tax, with 103 votes
  2. Controlling illegal Immigration, 91
  3. Tort Reform, 64
  4. Returning Tennessee judicial selection to a vote by the people, 56
  5. Abolishing the Hall Tax, 49
  6. Replacing appointed School Superintendents with elected ones, 32
  7. Re-pass teh Religious Freedom Act vetoed by the Governor this year, 29
  8. Passing the guns in parking lots bill, 21 

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An alternative vision of health care refrom

Critics of Obamacare need an alternative vision. This from The National Center for Policy Analysis is such a vision: A Health Care Contract with America.

The major components of this vision are tax fairness, portability, empowering patients, "real" insurance, and universality.

Unfortunately, I fear that some of the same passion that was stirred to generate hostility to Obamacare could be stirred to generated opposition to market oriented reform. Despite the obvious unfairness of people at all income brackets getting the same untaxed healthcare provided by their employers, many people will balk at changes to the status quo. The status quo is not acceptable however. Unless we have drastic change in the way health care is insured, health care cost will continue to rise and the number of uninsured will grow. When that occurs, at some point in the future the Democrats will be back with a vision of health care even worse than Obamacare and the public will buy it.

As soon as Republicans are back in power, assuming they are, they should aggressively pursue market oriented health care reform.

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Friday, July 06, 2012

Small business endorses Debra Maggart in House District 45

 NFIB/Tennessee supports pro-small business candidate for reelection
NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 6, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business,Tennessee’s leading small business association, has endorsed incumbent Debra Maggart (Hendersonville) in the race for the 45th House District.
The endorsement was made by NFIB/Tennessee SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members. The primary is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 2, with early voting beginning July 13 and ending July 28.  The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6.
“Debra Maggart is a very strong supporter of free enterprise and has done an outstanding job protecting small businesses in House District 45,” said Jim Brown, state director of NFIB/Tennessee. “Representative Maggart has voted to decrease harmful taxes on small business, like the death tax, and to reduce the burdens of government on hard-working entrepreneurs.”
Maggart said, “I greatly appreciate NFIB’s support for my campaign. I will continue to fight for less government and less red tape so our small-business job creators can get back to doing what they do best, which is grow Tennessee’s economy. Tennessee is a great place to do business, but we have more to do to make it even better.”
NFIB’s endorsement is critical to the Maggart campaign. Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB has pledged it will activate its grassroots network on behalf of the Maggart campaign. NFIB’s political support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on small business issues.  
NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at

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District 53 candidates forums

There are two opportunities to know the State Representative candidates for District 53 before early voting begins this Friday:
1.) Tonight, Monday, July 9th at 7:00pm at Cane Ridge Community Center--6043 Cane Ridge Rd. 37103 and
2.) Tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 10th at 6:30pm at Connection Pointe Church--3016 Nolensville Pike 37211.

In South Nashville district, youth will carry the day

All four of the candidates to succeed state Rep. Janis Sontany in the Tennessee House of Represent...

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

The Mayor was spotted celebrating the tax hike with his "grass roots" supporters.

Enclave: Mafiosi a Mafiaoza's

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What to Do About Pre-existing Conditions

I am adamantly opposed to Obamacare or, worse yet, a fully socialized single payer system. Yet, I am not without compassion. How can we deal with problem of pre-existing conditions yet avoid a government solution? The market can deal with this issue. The following article explains how. The solution to raising insurance cost, preexisting conditions and health care inefficiency is less government; not more.

What to Do About Pre-existing Conditions

Most Americans worry about health coverage if they lose their job and get sick. There is a market solution.

But what about pre-existing conditions?

A truly effective insurance policy would combine coverage for this year's expenses with the right to buy insurance in the future at a set price. Today, employer-based group coverage provides the former but, crucially, not the latter. A "guaranteed renewable" individual insurance contract is the simplest way to deliver both. Once you sign up, you can keep insurance for life, and your premiums do not rise if you get sicker. Term life insurance, for example, is fully guaranteed renewable. Individual health insurance is mostly so. And insurers are getting more creative. UnitedHealth now lets you buy the right to future insurance—insurance against developing a pre-existing condition.
These market solutions can be refined. Insurance policies could separate current insurance and the right to buy future insurance. Then, if you are temporarily covered by an employer, you could keep the pre-existing-condition protection.(read more)
As we work to elect a President, Senators and Representatives who pledge to repeal Obamacare, there must be an alternative. While the public may not like Obamacare, I feel certain that the status quo is not acceptable. Even if we are successful in repealing Obamacare, unless there is a viable alternative, we will again be facing a liberal, government solution that may be worse than Obamacare. We must lower cost, expand coverage, and deal with the problem of pre-existing conditions. We need a ten-point plan (or six, or eight or twelve point plan) that fixes what is wrong with American health care.

Employers should no more provide your health insurance than they provide your car insurance or your housing or your food. Many people work at jobs they hate, just to get the insurance. We need to divorce insurance from employment, we need to remove the prohibition against purchasing insurance across state lines, we need health saving accounts, tort reform, and various other reforms. Unless Republicans can sell a market solution, we will have a government solution.

Like this article states, we need a vibrant, deregulated individual insurance market.

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Nashville Schools need Elissa Kim

Matt Nemeth
 by  Matt Nemeth
Metro Nashville Schools are a mess.  Testing has found that fewer than 30% of third grades read at a proficient level.  Graduation rates are abysmal yet metro plans on spending $723 million dollars for this upcoming school year!  

Who can honestly say that they are satisfied with the current state of Metro Nashville Schools?

One person who aims to change this is Elissa Kim.  As an educator and resident of Nashville, Kim as seen the tragic effects that a poor school system has on students.  After graduating from Northwestern University, Kim joined Teach For America and was sent to New Orleans.  Placed in one of the poorest districts in the nation, Kim saw the toll that bureaucrats take on students.  Instead of offering solutions with the money they have, the school boards would simply politicize the underachieving students as a way to gain more money for their failing system.

Elissa Kim changed this.  By working hard to teach students and make sure they were learning, she created unprecedented success in an area where many thought there could only be failure.  The focus she gave her students changed their life and hers.  Foregoing plans to attend law schools, she joined Teach For America's leadership team full time.  As head of recruiting, she found people from all walks of life who would make great teachers and changed the lives of students forever.

Elissa Kim
Nashville can use a disciplined person like Elissa Kim to sit on the school board.  Her focus and dedication to the students first allows her to stand above the status quo.  She supports charter schools to offer competition to our failing system.  When elected, she will also use her recruiting power, through Teach For America, to bring top educators here to Nashville.

For the first time in decades, we stand to elect a leader who will not be satisfied with subpar results and will always put our children first.  By offering competition through charter programs and recruitment, we will see the needed change we have fought for.  We will finally be able to say that our children are getting the education they deserve.

Elect Elissa Kim for Metro School Board District 5!
Matt Nemeth is a Republican activist and the former host of one of Nashville's Republican  Breakfast groups.  Matt works as a salesman and currently lives downtown with his dog, Sam.

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Lou Ann Zelenic event July 6th
Disclaimer: From time to time A Disgruntled Republican may post announcements of interest to the conservative, libertarian, or greater community. Such announcements are posted as a public service to spread awareness and do not necessarily constitute an endorsement.

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Fairgrounds Master Plan Phase 1 Open House, July 23rd

What do you think would make a first-class fairgrounds and event  center in Middle Tennessee? 
Share your thoughts and suggestions for a year-round Tennessee State Fairgrounds at a community open house on Monday, July 23.  Metro staff and consultants will update you on the Phase 1 Study and note your thoughts on how we might create the best possible facility to accommodate both a state fair and a year-round schedule of events.
The “Fairgrounds Master Plan Phase 1 Open House” will be held on July 23 from 5-8 pm in the Sonny West Conference Center in the Howard Office Building, 700 Second Avenue South.  You don’t need to be there for the entire three hours – just drop in and join the conversation at your convenience.   Map  Parking    
Hope to see you there.
Ann Hammond
Metro Planning Department

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Bellevue Breakfast Club with Charles Williamson

Charles Williamson
                                       Shoney's Hwy 70
                  8:00 Breakfast - 8:30 Program
                 Speaker: Candidate Charles Williamson     
                   State House 50

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Council should not fill the Arriola vacancy

by Ken Jakes

Ken Jakes
I just sent this email to all Members of the Metro Council in Davidson County.

Members of the Council, 
 It appears to me that the council is attempting to replace John Arriola's Office by appointing an Interim County Clerk to serve until another is elected by the people.
I see things lining up as usual politics in Nashville.

TCA 18-6-115 Clearly states that the Chief Deputy can serve in the full capacity as Davidson County Clerk until such time as a new Clerk can be elected by the people.
Metro Charter Provision Section 8.118 Clearly states the Chief Deputy shall have the powers and duties and liabilities of the County Clerk.

The present Chief Deputy Mike Taylor has served over 35 years in the Clerks Office, under four different Court Clerks. Surely, he should have the experience, knowledge, and capabilities to run this office for the short time until a new County Clerk can be Elected by the people.

I will post the Charter Provision and the State Statue for your review below.

Check with Legal to confirm the accuracy of this information.

Thank you,

Ken Jakes.

TCA 18-6-115. Vacancies.

If the office of the county clerk becomes vacant due to death, resignation or removal, the duties of the county clerk shall be temporarily discharged by the chief deputy, or deputy designated as temporary successor by the county clerk in writing, until a successor county clerk is elected or appointed and qualified according to law.

HISTORY: Acts 1993, ch. 315, § 19

Metro Charter Provision

Sec. 8.118. - Powers and duties of county court clerk.

There shall be as an independent agency of the metropolitan government, the office of county court clerk, the head of which shall be the county court clerk, elected for a term of four (4) years as provided by the constitution and the general laws of the state. The county court clerk shall be furnished with such deputies, office personnel, material and supplies as he may need for the proper functioning of his office and as may be provided by ordinance and within his annual budget appropriations. Deputies appointed by him as approved in rulings by chancery court shall have the powers and duties and liabilities of the county court clerk. All employees of the county court clerk, other than these deputies, shall be employed in accordance with civil service regulations. Nothing in this Charter is intended or shall be construed to alter or affect the powers, duties and responsibilities of the county court clerk as a collector of state privilege licenses or other state revenues or as the clerk of the probate court or monthly county court. However, all fees, revenues, incomes, commissions, emoluments and prerequisites of the office of county court clerk shall accrue to the metropolitan government and shall be deposited with the metropolitan treasurer daily, except as otherwise provided by ordinance.

Nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing or empowering the county court clerk to assess or collect such taxes as may be provided for in the division of tax assessment, division of property tax collections and division of collections of the department of finance.
Ken Jakes is a frequent critic of Metro Government and a citizen activist discovering and exposing government corruption and waste. He is a former and probably future candidate for public office.   

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The 4th is more than fireworks. God Bless America!

The Declaration of Independence was approved JULY 4, 1776.


John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed first, saying "the price on my head has just doubled."

Next to sign was Secretary, Charles Thomson. 

Benjamin Franklin said: "We must hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately.
The Declaration refers to God:
 "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God...
 All Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights...

Appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions..."

"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."

Many of the 56 signers did in fact lose their "Lives" and "Fortunes" during the war, as did thousands of patriots who sacrificed their Prosperity for their Posterity:
Of the Signers:  
  • 17 served in the military,  
  • 11 had their homes destroyed;  
  • 5 were hunted and captured; and
  • 9 died during the war.
  •  George Walton was wounded and captured at the Battle of Savannah.
  •  Thomas Heyward, Jr., Arthur Middleton, and Edward Rutledge were made prisoners at the Siege of Charleston.
  • Richard Stockton was dragged from his bed at night and jailed.
  • John Hart's home was looted and he had to remain in hiding. 
  •  Lewis Morris had his home taken and used as a barracks.
  •  Philip Livingston lost several properties to British occupation and died before the war ended. 
  • Abraham Clark had two sons imprisoned on the British starving ship Jersey. 
  • John Witherspoon's son, James, was killed in the Battle of Germantown. 
  • Francis Lewis' wife was imprisoned and treated harshly, so that she died not long after her release. 
  • Tomas Nelson's home was bombarded. 
  • Carter Braxton lost his fortune. 
  • Thomas McKean wrote that he was "hunted like a fox by the enemy, compelled to remove my family five times in three month."

When Samuel Adams signed the Declaration, he said:
"We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come."
John Adams wrote:
 "I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.

It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more."

John Adams continued:

"You will think me transported with enthusiasm but I am not.
 I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States.

Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means.

And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although we should even although we should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not."

The above is from  Williams J. Federer's American Minute.

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Happy 4th of July! Let Freedom Sing!

4th of July Fireworks
Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th Celebration, The Lawn at Riverfront
Free Event. Hailed as one of the best fireworks displays in the nation. Festivities begin at noon with the free Family Fun Zone. Pre-show live music runs from 1 pm - 7 pm featuring This Is She, Striking Matches, Tyme, Jason Eskridge, and Madison Cain. The official main stage concert begins at 6:30 pm with The Mavericks, Music City Hit-Makers, Craig Morgan, Sarah Darling, Ayla Brown, Barry Scott and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. The celebration concludes with longest and largest fireworks display in the city's history choreographed to the sounds of the Nashville Symphony playing on the banks of the Cumberland River at approximately 9:45 pm. Click here for the official schedule.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Senator Jack Johnson's 6th Annual Boots & Jeans, BBQ & Beans event
Special Guests:

Sunday, July 15 at 4:00 PM 
U. S. Senator Bob Corker

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

Senator Jack Johnson

The BBQ Supplied by Martin’s BBQ in Nolensville, TN.
Suggested Donation of $40
To RSVP: Email:
Phone: 615-544-JACK (5225)
Franklin, Tennessee

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Nashville, Tennessee (press release) – The Staats’ Campaign continues to gain momentum before the primary by picking up another endorsement from a prominent Republican.  State Senator. Senator Bill Ketron announced his support for Brad Staats' candidacy for the Republican nomination in Tennessee 5th Congressional District.

Senator Ketron, who serves as Republican Caucus Chair in the Tennessee State Senate, stated why he was supporting Staats for the nomination, “Brad is a solid conservative, but also someone with the talents and resources to defeat Jim Cooper in November. It is my belief that we as a State would be best served with Brad Staats in Congress.”

Welcoming Senator Ketron's endorsement, Staats stated, “I am honored to have, Bill Ketron, the second ranking member of the Tennessee State Senate, endorse our campaign. It is with support like his that we will emerge victorious in the primary and defeat a liberal like Jim Cooper in November.”

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Update: What is on the July 3, 2012 Metro Council Agenda.

An ill advised requirement that all Metro employees live in the County, and end to a benefit for former Council Members, and spending lots of money are on the agenda.  

You can get your own copy of the Metro council meeting agenda at this link:Metro Council Agenda.
From the agenda you can link to the analysis. Council meetings can be really, really boring if you don't know what the Council is voting on. With an agenda and analysis, they are just really boring.

I read the analysis and agenda for you so you don't have to. This council meeting has the council accepting a lot of grants from the state and issuing a lot of bonds.

Below are the things that I think are worth being aware of that are on this agenda.

ORDINANCE NO. BL2012-182 on public hearing would allow roadside fruit and vegetable stands  in Agriculturally zoned districts. This is good bill, I don't know of any opposition.

RESOLUTION NOS. RS2012-316 & RS2012-317 by CM McGuire is on the consent agenda so unless someone pulls it off, this will not even be discussed and will be passed by unanimous consent on a voice vote.  This resolution authorize the issuance of $10 million of general obligation qualified energy conservation bonds for improvements to Bridgestone Arena. A general obligation bond pledges the full faith and credit of Metro Government. Property taxes pay off the bonds. However, the Federal government has pledged to pay 70% of the interest on the bonds as part of the federal stimulus plan.

This bond issue is tied in with the recently renegotiated contract with the Predators for operation of the Bridgestone Arena. The Council probably has no choice but to approve this bond issue but I certainly do not have a full understanding of all of the interrelated minutia of the new predators deal, however it looks like the city negotiated a better deal and this bond issue is part of it. The Predator deal itself will not have to go to the Council since the Sports Authority has authority to negotiate for the city. Part of the Predators deal is a new seat user fee of up to $2 added to each ticket sold to pay for improvements to the arena. Metro Council will have to approve the new seat user charge but that is not on this agenda.

RESOLUTION NOS. RS2012-318 &RS2012-319 are also on the consent agenda and authorize $55 million dollars in revenue bonds to replace the aging thermal plant with a a steam/chilled water energy generating facility. In case you don't know, most state and Metro buildings and some big commercial buildings get their heat and cooling from a central facility owned by metro (District Energy System). The fee the users pay for heat and chilled water pay off the bonds. However, in the event the DSC revenues are insufficient to pay off the bonds, the full faith and credit of Metro Government is pledged. I hope the revenue estimates are correct and this does not put the tax payers at risk.

ORDINANCE NO. BL2012-161 by Council Members Tygerd, Maynard & Weiner is on second reading. This bill would require all new employees of the Metropolitan Government to be residents of Davidson County. In my view, this is a very bad bill. In Tennessee, only the city of Memphis has such a policy. Metro employees are a built in voting block for union friendly, tax friendly candidates for office and a lobbying force for higher taxes.  I served in the Council when all employees had to live in the county. Employees vote heavily, they campaign for candidates and they contact their councilmen. I would prefer no employees lived in the County. If this passes it will make future tax increases harder to defeat. In addition, I think we should seek the best employees regardless of where they live. This bill has been disapproved by the Personnel Committee of the Council. This bill needs to be defeated!

ORDINANCE NO. BL2012-162 by Councilmen Todd, Duvall & Clairbore would eliminate the subsidized health insurance benefit for members of council after they leave office. When this benefit was first passed, Councilmen earned far less than they do today and there much fewer former council members. With the advent of term limits, there are many more former council members and this benefit cost the city about $300,000 a year and the cost will increase over time. This bill deserves to pass.

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Davidson County Republican Party Hosts Summer Picnic

 Meet Local Candidates and Enjoy Family Fun
Nashville, TN --- The Davidson County Republican Party (GOP Nashville) will hold a Fundraising Picnic - rain or shine - from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 7th, 2012, at Nashville’s Centennial Park pavilion.

GOP Nashville Chairman, Kathleen Starnes-Maxwell, and members of the GOP Nashville leadership team will be on hand to introduce themselves and welcome picnic goers. Candidates will also take part in the festivities.

The event promises plenty of BBQ with all the fixin’s as well as a straw poll and the opportunity to meet and hear from candidates. There will be booths and activities for the whole family, including the opportunity to “Dunk a Democrat.”

“It’s one of our biggest events of the year,” Starnes-Maxwell says. “The picnic is a great opportunity to meet candidates in person and chat with like-minded friends and neighbors. It’s all in good fun.”

Emcee’s for the picnic will be radio personality Carl Boyd Jr. and Representative Jim Gotto.

A highlight of the annual event is the presentation of the Winfield Dunn Leadership Award, given each year to an outstanding Republican for exceptional leadership and community service to the citizens of the State of Tennessee. Former Gov. Winfield Dunn, for whom the award is named, was governor from 1971-76, the first Republican to hold that office since Reconstruction. Former winners of the award are Rod Williams, Sen. Jack Johnson, and Tootie Haskins.
Cost for the picnic is $25/person or $50/family. Students may attend for $10 with school ID. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of event based on availability. Tickets are available online at

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GOP Nashville Summer PIcnic with Bob Corker

This just in: Bob Corker to attend the picnic. Inline image 1

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Candidate Forum for State House District 61, 63, 65

Monday, July 9, 2012, 7:00 PM
Westhaven Residents Center, 1001 Westhaven Blvd, Franklin, TN 37064

The forum will be moderated by Dr. Carol Swain. Dr. Swain is Professor of Political Science and Law at Vanderbilt University. She is also a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University. She is a widely recognized authority on political science, law, race, and immigration and appears regularly on top national radio and television programs.

The forum is hosted by The Franklin Resolves, a group of citizens in Williamson County interested in constitutional governance in accord with America's founding values and principles.

Directions to the Westhaven Residents Center 

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Channel 5 investigates "terrorist training camp" in Dover | Nashville News, Weather
I saw the video Homegrown Terrorist last year, or maybe year before last, at a special showing at Belcourt Theater. Quit frankly, I was not impressed. That video reveals that there are isolated Muslim communities across the United States which the producer of the video label as Jihadist training camps. They claim it, but the evidence to support the case seems weak.They never prove their case.

I hope the Federal government is aware of these isolated Muslim communities and does not let political correctness get in the way of prudent lawful investigation if there is reasonable suspicion of  terrorist training activities or the planning of acts of terrorism.   On the other hand, I hope spreading alarm about these communities does not lead to vigilantism and terrorism of a people who may simply look different and may just want to be left alone.

The fact that new immigrants live in communities with others of their same national origin is not new. Large American cities have had their "Little Italy" or Polish section or whatever ever since there has been sizable immigration into this country. Many cities still have "China Townes" or enclaves of ethnic minorities a hundred years after the first immigrants of that ethnic group arrived. Overtime however, most emigrants do assimilate and integrate into the larger community. The fact that people of the same national origin or ethnicity live in a community separate from the larger community proves nothing, in and of itself.

It should be interesting to see what Channel 5 learns. 

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Donelson-Hermitage Breakfast Group guest speaker Robert Duval


8:30 am - Breakfast & Social

9:00 am - Meeting
546 Donelson Pike  37214
Guest Speaker
Duvall, Robt
Councilman Robert Duvall
Candidate for House District 59
Hear more about the Property Tax increase and where our tax dollars  are going in Metro. Also why we need Councilman Duvall to be Rep. Duvall
Alex and Kathyrn Stillwell
Chairmen of the Donelson-Hermitage Conservative Group

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Robert Duvall event with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey

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Davidson County Republican Party Summer Picnic

Meet Local Candidates and Enjoy Family Fun

The Davidson County Republican Party (GOP Nashville) will hold a Fundraising Picnic – rain or shine – from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 7th, 2012, at the Nashville Centennial Park pavilion.

The picnic includes plenty of BBQ and fixin’s as well as a straw poll and the opportunity to meet and hear from candidates. There will be booths and activities for the whole family.

GOP Nashville Chairman, Kathleen Starnes, and members of the GOP Nashville leadership team will be on hand to introduce themselves and welcome picnic goers.

Cost is $25/person or $50/family. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of event based on availability. You can purchase tickets here.

For more information: or leave a message at (615) 320-9018.Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of event based on availability.

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MT JULIET REPUBLICAN WOMEN with Diane Black, July 16th

will host
TN 6th District,  US House of Representatives

Monday, JULY 16, 2012, 6:30pm
Courtney's Restaurant
4066 N Mount Juliet Rd
Mount Juliet, TN 37122

Join us for an optional dinner at 6:30pm
Any candidate present will be given an opportunity to speak.

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Robert Duvall Campaign Event July 10th

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Monday, July 02, 2012

Battle for the board: Factions fight to elect Metro's next school board

By Joey Garrison, City Paper, Sunday, July 1, 2012

When word spread in April that Elissa Kim, an executive of Teach for America, was poised to launch a run for Metro school board, emails started to circulate from the city’s foremost charter enthusiasts. They were all abuzz, having found their contender.
Besides Kim, Great Public Schools — its leaders have notable private school ties — has contributed financially to Jarod DeLozier, who is running in District 3, and Margaret Dolan, running in District 9. Dollar amounts won’t be clear until financial disclosures are turned in by July 10. The election for Metro’s five school board races is on Aug. 2, with early voting set to begin July 13. (read more)
The above is another good article explaining this issues in the School Board race and explaining which groups are supporting which candidates. 

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Replacement for Register at center of school board races

by Nate Rau, The Tennessean, July 2, 2012

This year’s election for five seats on the Nashville school board is shaping up to be a referendum on Director of Schools Jesse Register, though his name is not anywhere on the ballot.
Special interest groups have been galvanized by Register’s direction on expansion of charter schools, tension with the support employees union and student achievement measures like graduation rates. (read more)
The above article in today's Tennesseen is informative, explaining the issues and who is supporting which candidate.

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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Senate GOP Will Use Reconciliation in Attempt to Repeal Obamacare

June 28, 2012, The Foundry (Heritage Foundation)

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that Obamacare’s health insurance mandate is in fact a tax levied on those who do not purchase insurance, Senate Republicans will look to repeal the full law through the budget reconciliation process.

Reconciliation was used to push Obamacare through the Senate in 2009. Generally reserved strictly for budget-related measures, it eliminates the possibility of a filibuster, meaning Republicans would only need 51 votes to repeal that portion of the law – or even the full law itself. (read more)
This is a very important point. If Republicans take the White House, hold the House as they are assumed to do, and win a simple majority instead of a super majority, they can repeal Obamacare.

While it would have been great if Obamacare at been struck down, I don't think the Supreme Court's ruling was a disaster. It severely limited the reach of the Commerce clause, it restricted punitive withholding of federal funds to a state, and it set the stage for a repeal of Obamacare by a simple majority. That is three silver lining to a disappointing ruling.  

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