Saturday, February 16, 2013

What happened at the School Board meeting on 2/12/2013 with video notation and commentary

This meeting is two hours and 21 minutes long.

Charter Schools
The board takes up the issue of House Bill 702 which would create an independent state authorizer that could approve a charter school if a local school board does not approve the charter application. The change would only apply to Davidson ans Shelby County.  This bill is a result of the Davidson County School Board's failure to approve Great Hearts Academy after being told by the State to do so. As a result of the School Board's refusal to approve Great Hearts, the state penalized the Board by witholding $3.4 million. Jessie Register speaks about HB 0702  and appears not pleased with developments. Board member Frogge, says she was "very disturbed" by the way the bill was rolled out, meaning the lack of notice and quick action on the bill. She reports on her appearance before the Senate subcommittee that considered the bill earlier that day. Michael W. Hayes says he supports a state authorizer but things HB 702 is a poor board. Will Pinkston also questions the bill and says since it only applies to two counties that that may make it constitutionally suspect that if the bill passes, that the Board should consider fighting it in court. (see video at 4:05- 21:23)

The Board votes for approval of Charges of Dismissal for Freda Crump, a tenured teacher. She is charged with insubordination, violating some policies and essentially being a terrible teacher and has been given opportunity to improve. This shows how difficult it is to fire a bad teacher. (page 59-63 here)

The Board Recommended Approval of 2012 Director’s Evaluation. I do not know what is in the report, but it appears to be a positive evaluation of the job the Director is doing.

The Board approves the Managing Diversity Plan. (see video at 46:00-59:51) (To read the plan see pages 63-71 here.)

There is a presentation of a report on Performance of English Learners. (see video at 1:00:00- 1:38:17 and agenda attachments page 72-88 here)

There is a presentation on testing, teacher assessment measures and common core assessments. (see video at 1:38:40-2:01:10 and the agenda attachments for more information.) One thing is clear, there is a lot of testing going on. This cuts into other instructional time and other school activity.

I am seeking an education reporter for this blog. I want someone to summarize the Board meetings as I have done in this post and cover other education issue. If interested contact me at and we will talk about it.

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Lamar Alexander to cosponsor balanced budget amendment

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander on Wednesday announced he will be an original cosponsor of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“For eight years as governor, I balanced Tennessee’s budget, and other states balance their budgets—I don’t see why Washington can’t do the same,” said Alexander, a Tennessee Republican.
The second-term senator said the federal government is borrowing 42 cents of every dollar it spends, and that’s money the country dosen’t have.

“We must make tough decisions now to fix the debt,” he said.

The proposal by Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, would require that the president submit, and Congress pass, a balanced budget. It would require a supermajority vote in both the House and Senate to raise taxes or increase the debt limit.

It also would cap spending at 18 percent of gross domestic product, which is roughly equal to the historical revenue average of 18.1 percent of gross domestic product. Under President Obama, spending was nearly 23 percent of GDP, according to the Congressional Budget Office, a press release said.

The release said the Congressional Budget Office has predicted that, by 2025, every tax dollar the federal government collects will go toward entitlement spending like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, as well as interest on the debt.

“The Medicare trustees have said that within 12 years, the Medicare program will not have enough money to pay all of its hospital bills,” Alexander said.

Alexander and fellow Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker have introduced the “Dollar for Dollar Act,” which would reduce the growth in entitlement spending by $1 trillion. He also is an original cosponsor of the “No Budget, No Pay Act,” which would cut off pay to members of Congress if they don’t pass a budget and all 12 appropriations bills by the beginning of the fiscal year Oct. 1.

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Hundreds gather to share their vison for Nashville

Council Member Karen Johnson puts her thoughts on a sticky note
Hundreds of Nashvillians gathered at the downtown public library today to kick off NashvilleNext, the city's two-year process to develop a 25-year plan for Nashville.

Displays told of Nashville history of development, the changing demographics and issue that will impact what will happen to Nashville in the future. In what has become a common process at these type event people put their opinions on sticky notes which were posted to a board, then others could second those opinions by placing sticky dots to the notes. There was a board for "What do you like about Nashville," and one for "What would you like for Nashville over the next 25 years." Other booths provided other means of input.

Speakers at the event included poetry readings from The Southern Word, and talk by former Maryland governor Parris Glendening, president of Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute, on "Opportunities for Today's Cities to Lead Tomorrow's World," and an address by Mayor Karl Dean.

In some circles "planning" is a dirty word and "smart growth" and "sustainable" have been assumed to be code words for a diabolical plot. Please do not, not take part in this process because groups like the John Birch Society and people like Alex Jones have demonized planning. This process needs the input of everyone who calls Nashville home.  Please do not boycott the process and let other plan your city's future. Nashville can continue to grow and thrive and our future can be brighter than our past or we can enter a period of decline.  Much of what the future looks like is within our power to influence.

To learn more and get involved in the process, follow this link: NashvilleNext.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

The official launch of NashvilleNext, 10 am Saturday, February 16

The official launch of NashvilleNext, the process which will lead to an integrated plan for Nashville's future, is set for 10 am Saturday, February 16, at the main library at 6th and Church.

NashvilleNext will guide the actions and decisions which will contribute to our community's prosperity and wellbeing for the next 25 years, and it'll be shaped by the needs, ideas, and input of people who care about Nashville.
 Learn more about it - and sign up to participate - on the NashvilleNext webpage.
Is NashvilleNext part of Agenda 21? A prominent female conservative lobbyist commented on her facebook page, "Agenda 21 is alive and well" and linked to an article about NashvilleNext. She thinks it is. 
Conservative activist Wes Hartline, who I am sure does not want to abolish pubic property and force us all to live in shoebox houses in the city and take away American sovereignty and put us under the authority of the United Nations, is on the NashvilleNext committee in some official capacity to promote citizen participation in the NashvilleNext planning process. 

While I doubt NashvilleNext is some diabolical plot, there is good planning and there is bad planning. One reasons cities became empty shells is a result of bad planning that decreed that people could not live in the central business district. It was planning that strictly separated commercial areas from residential areas. Nashville, as have most cities, has had planning for a very long time.We had planning before Rio.

If you care about the future of Nashville, come to the kick off event and join the effort to plan the future.All points of view, even those who don't think we should do planning, should be heard.

To learn more about it, see NashvilleNext.

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The War on Drugs has been a catastrophe

Daniel Horwitz

Daniel Horwitz
As a longtime proponent of the legalization and regulation of all drugs, I’ve never quite understood how there can be near-universal consensus among Americans that prohibition of alcohol was a disastrous public policy, while the fact that the very same social ills have resulted from the prohibition of narcotics goes largely unrecognized.  Sitting in attendance last Saturday afternoon during a panel discussion of the documentary “The House I Live In,” however, I was pleasantly surprised by the panelists’ unanimous agreement that the War on Drugs, too, has been a catastrophe.  

“The War on Drugs has been a diabolical, tragic failure,” said David Baker, a Federal Public Defender here in Nashville.  “It has failed the American people in a big way,” added Mike Carpenter, Correctional Chief of Security at the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.  “Have we responded to the problem effectively?  No.  In that sense it’s absolutely a failure,” noted Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Little.  “It’s clearly not working, and if that’s your definition of failure, then it is one,” offered Kevin Sharp, District Court Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee.

With a price tag of more than a trillion dollars, millions incarcerated, hundreds of thousands killed and countless families torn apart, one might reasonably expect that the staggering costs of America’s War on Drugs would at least have brought about comparable social benefits by this point in time, given that it now continues into its fifth decade.  If any such benefits have been realized, though, they certainly aren't readily identifiable.  As Correctional Chief Carpenter correctly observed, both access to drugs and overall rates of drug abuse have either increased or remained unchanged since PresidentNixon’s 1971 declaration of war, as have the pharmacological purity of illegal narcotics and the harm that results from their use.  Indeed, “if anything, we've made the problem worse by making the drug trade so profitable that we can't stop it,” he noted.  And all this despite the fact that opening up the drug market to legitimate businesses remains the single most powerful weapon that we can deploy to stem the tide of violence and put drug cartels and inner city gangs out of business for good.  (Why this wasn’t included among President Obama’s list of 23executive actions on gun violence reduction is completely beyond me.)  Stated differently: there is only one reason why Jack Daniel's is thriving today while the Al Capones of the world have ceased to exist, and that reason is called legalization. 
Beyond agreeing that the War on Drugs itself has failed, the panelists were also of the same mind in believing that politicians across the board deserve the lion’s share of the blame for perpetuating the problem.  Given the widespread appeal of the so-called “tough on crime” mantra, of course, there clearly must be something to this view.  It’s hard to ignore, for example, the fact that our last three Presidents – all of whom have acknowledged using illegal drugs themselves at one point or another – each ratcheted up the drug war in various respects during their administrations, and that even Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson (a longtime supporter of ending the War on Drugs) noticeably tamped down his anti-Drug War message during his own recent run for President.  At the local level, too, the message is largely the same.  The District Attorney who campaigns for lighter sentences for drug dealers has yet to be elected anywhere, I suspect, and even Nashville Mayor Karl Dean – himself a former Public Defender who knows better – has hardly lifted a finger to stop the bleeding caused by our city’s localized Drug War.  If John Bourque, a Police Sergeant in Nashville’s central precinct who also attended the screening, is tuned in to the fact that Nashville’s judges “see drug addicts with 100, 200, sometimes 300 drug charges on their rap sheet” rotating in and out of our city’s criminal justice system, you can be certain that Mayor Dean is aware of the problem as well. 

Despite the panelists’ unanimous belief that politicians represent the primary threat to drug reform, however, I just can’t help but feel as though the right anti-Drug War message presents a perfect opportunity for enterprising challengers on either side of the aisle.The ovation that Ron Paul received from an ultra-conservative South Carolina audience after advocating for the legalization of heroin (and all other drugs) in June of 2011 should have been instructive on this point, but portraying the drug war as an infringement upon individual liberty definitely isn’t the only option available.  Given the devastating effects that the War on Drugs has had on minority and low income communities, for example, an anti-Drug War message should theoretically be very popular among social liberals.  Indeed, with a full half a million people – most of them poor minorities – currently behind bars for non-violent drug offenses, ending the War on Drugs should properly be considered the most pressing civil rights issue of our time, and it can’t be long before Democratic primary challengers begin standing up and saying it.  Similarly, given both the staggering monetary costs of the drug war ($30,000 per inmate per year) and the ever-increasing degree to which this war has expanded government agencies from the DEA to the ATF to the Coast Guard and so on down the line to every municipal police department in the country, in theory advocates of fiscal conservatism and limited-government should be sympathetic to the cause as well.  And for those who shy away from any political ideology, at some point a variation of this one simple message should begin to carry great weight: “The War on Drugs isn't working, and it’s costing you a huge amount of money.  The next time a politician professes his or her belief in being ‘tough on crime,’ then, you would do well to remember that this really means being tough on your paycheck, without providing you any benefits in return.”

What voters don’t know about the War on Drugs, of course, continues to be a huge problem as well, and it too represents a major obstacle to reform.  That far more harm is caused by the prohibition of drugs than by drug use itself is well documented, for example, but for some reason the disconnect between the empirical data and the electorate still has yet to be bridged.  Most Tennesseans are also presumably unaware that our state arrests more than 18,000 people each year for simple possession of marijuana alone, and that increasing access to drug treatment would be an excellent way to conserve our resources.  (The rampant police abuse that drug laws have engendered in Tennessee and elsewhere is a separate problem.)  Nonetheless, I remain optimistic that sooner or later an informed electorate will dramatically shift the dialogue.  Fortunately, a particularly good illustration of this point came from the final conversation of Saturday’s panel:
“I don't know whether or not it costs more to rehabilitate someone than to lock them in prison.  I just don't,” said Sergeant Bourque, who also mentioned that he most closely identified with the Tea Party. 

“We do,” responded the moderator.  “All the empirical evidence indicates that it’s cheaper to treat someone than to incarcerate them.”  
“Then we need to convince someone to spend our money in the right place,” Sergeant Bourque responded, followed immediately by a loud chorus of applause. 


Daniel Horwitz is a third year law student at Vanderbilt University Law School, where he is the Vice President of Law Students for Social Justice. He can be contacted at

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Obama care: 7 million to lose insurance, hire no more than 49, only part-time jobs, screw smokers.

Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law ...
Feb 5, 2013 – President Obama's health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage — nearly twice the previous estimate, ...
 The 49ers -
Nov 17, 2012 – How ObamaCare will keep unemployment high — by forcing small companies to ... millions of dollars and significantly raising the cost of hiring a worker. ... Under ObamaCare, employers with 50 or more full-time workers must ...

Why Obamacare Incentivizes Part-Time Jobs - Forbes
Dec 3, 2012 – Why Obamacare Incentivizes Part-Time Jobs ... By switching from full-time workers to a larger number of part-time workers, it would ... Or the employee under the assumption that they will purchase their own health care? ... to intervene and it causes unintended problems because they didn't see what their ...

Obamacare 2013: Penalty could keep smokers out of Obamacare
Jan 24, 2013 – Experts say millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties under President Barack Obama's health ...

Comment:  Obamacare will cause companies that could otherwise grow to hire no more than forty-nine employees. It will cause companies to cut their workforce to part-time workers. Smokers may go without insurance because of a smoker penalty and it is going to cost the tax payers much more than originally anticipated. Would someone tell me again, how great this Obamacare is going to be. 

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Marco Rubio takes a drink of water

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Bill seeks to end police confiscation of property without due process

Bill seeks to end "policing for profit"

Representative Barrett Rich and Senator Joey Hensley have filed a bill (SB 0891 by Hensley and HB 1078 by Rich) called the Property Rights in Asset Forfeiture Act which would prohibit what has come to be known as "policing for profit." It should prevent the abuse where officers confiscate property or cash on some flimsy excuse against law-abiding citizens who then must fight to get it back. Often the person is unable to recover his property although he is never convicted of a crime.

The civil forfeiture laws allow Tennessee police to legally take cash from individuals based on suspicion that the money might be linked to drug trafficking. If an individual does not take legal action to recover the money, the police agency gets to keep it all – sometimes to pay the salaries of the officers seizing the cash. This sounds unbelievable in a nation where our rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and in a country that professed to follow due process. This sounds like something that would happen in a corrupt third world dictatorship, but it is happening right here in Tennessee.

Back in December Channel 5 news did a series of reports on this issue and combined them into an hour-long documentary. You can view the eight segments on this topic at this link: "Policing For Profit." Below is one episode of the series:
Representative Rich and Senator Hensley are to be commended for attempting to end this abuse. This is a good bill that needs to pass.  

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Sen. Marco Rubio's responce to State of the Union address

Marco Rubio gave a great response to the President's State of the Union address. Here are selected excerpts and a link to the complete speech. Rod

...America is exceptional because we believe that every life, at every stage, is precious, and that everyone everywhere has a God-given right to go as far as their talents and hard work will take them.
This opportunity – to make it to the middle class or beyond no matter where you start out in life – it isn’t bestowed on us from Washington. It comes from a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business. And when they succeed, they hire more people, who in turn invest or spend the money they make, helping others start a business and create jobs. Presidents in both parties – from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan – have known that our free enterprise economy is the source of our middle class prosperity.

But President Obama? He believes it’s the cause of our problems. That the economic downturn happened because our government didn’t tax enough, spend enough and control enough. And, therefore, as you heard tonight, his solution to virtually every problem we face is for Washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more.
...and the idea that more taxes and more government spending is the best way to help hardworking middle class taxpayers – that’s an old idea that’s failed every time it’s been tried.

More government isn’t going to help you get ahead. It’s going to hold you back.

More government isn’t going to create more opportunities. It’s going to limit them.
....because Obamacare created expensive requirements for companies with more than 50 employees, now many of these businesses aren’t hiring. Not only that; they’re being forced to lay people off and switch from full-time employees to part-time workers.
The President loves to blame the debt on President Bush. But President Obama created more debt in four years than his predecessor did in eight.

The real cause of our debt is that our government has been spending 1 trillion dollars more than it takes in every year....

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Get Taxes prepared for Free

Woodbine Community Organization is once again working with NAFI - Nashville Alliance for Financial Independence and the United Way of Metro Nashville to host VITA - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Preparation is FREE to individuals and families who earned less that $49,000 in 2011. Taxes are prepared on a first come first serve basis. Below is the schedule.
Monday: 9am-12pm and 5pm  - 8pm
Tuesday: 5pm to 8pm
Wednesday: 9am - 12pm and 5pm - 8pm
Thursday: 5pm - 8pm
Friday: 9am to 12pm
Saturday: 9am - 3pm
Sunday: Closed
Please bring the following to the tax site: (1) proof of identity (2) Copies of ALL W-2, 1089, 1099 forms (3) Social Security Card(s) or Individual Tax Identification Number card for ALL individuals listed on Tax return (4) Banking Information (checking and/or savings deposit slip) for direct deposit process (5) If e-filing a joint return, BOTH spouses MUST be present to sign return (6) Amounts/Dates of estimated or other tax payments made, etc. (7) Child care provider Identification Number (8) Amounts of other Income.

The Woodbine Community Organization (map) is the primary VITA location. For other locations call 211 and ask.

Many low income people pay their limited funds for someone to do their taxes when their tax returns may be very simple to prepare. Worse than that is that many low income people are talked into getting a "rapid refund" which is really a tax anticipation loan carrying an interst rate of up to 600%.

If you have a low income family member, friend or employee, do them a favor and tell them they can get their taxes done for free. It is also a great opportunity to provide some political education. Many poor people think that they should be pleased when they get a refund. They do not know that they have been ripped off and that the government kept their money all year and paid them no interest. Many really do not know that a refund is their money. Also it is great opportunity to provide some financial education and explain how interest works and why a tax anticipation loan is a bad deal.

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Electronic Deposit of Federal Benefits MARCH 1, 2013

After March 1st, 2013 the US Treasury will only be distributing federal benefits, like social security, electronically. Funds will either need to be electronically deposited to your bank or credit union account or if you do not have a bank account, you will receive your benefits through a Direct Express Debit MasterCard.

There are still thousands of seniors in our area who are not prepared to make the mandatory
switch to electronic Social Security payments on March 1, 2013. Those seniors who do nothing will automatically get a debit card. Some will think it is an unsolicited credit card and throw it away. If that happens there could be a delay in getting benefits restored and another debit card issued. If you have an elderly family member or close friend receiving Social Security you may want to ask them if they have made the switch. Help spread the word.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Parents for Truth in Education meeting

When: Friday, February 15 at 11:30am
Where: Campus Life Building 906 Ridgely Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Guest Speaker Lauri Day a citizen activist who in 2011 was chosen to be TN State Coordinator for 2 national grassroots educational coalitions; TEA for Education & Coalition for Educational Freedom. Both groups focus was to inform parents and legislators on "School Choice." 
 In 2012 Lauri ran for the House of Representative seat in Dist 74. Lauri is a small business owner and currently home schools her son Ethan. Lauri will be discussing "Common Core Curriculum" and it's effects on TN education.

Guest speaker Jim Egan a seasoned grassroots political watchdog activist , Advisory Board member of SURG and primary contributor to SumnerGovWatch will detail for us his extensive research and experience with the International Baccalaureate program, its origins and problems. Jim will share his first hand experience with IB in Sumner County TN education system where he is a resident.
This will be an "eye opening" meeting about what is actually going on in Rutherford County education as well as TN statewide.
 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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State Rep Joe Carr featured in Article calling him “Rising GOP Star” is one of the most influential conservative websites in the Conservative movement. RedState editor, Eric Erickson, is a regular political commentator on CNN, FoxNews and other national...

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The guns-in-trunks-in-parking-lots bill passed the State Senate 28-5.

The guns-in-trunks-in-parking-lots bill passed the State Senate today 28-5.

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey writes on Facebook:

I am pleased that the Senate has voted on a bipartisan basis to allow gun permit holders to keep their firearms securely locked in their vehicles while at work. This bill ensures that private property rights are respected while gun owners are protected. With this issue now in the Senate's rear view mirror, I look forward to continuing our work limiting government, creating jobs and making Tennessee an even better place to raise a family.
I was pleased to see the Judiciary Committee vote nearly unanimously on a bipartisan basis to allow gun permit holders to keep their firearms securely locked in their vehicles while at work. This bill ensures that private property rights are respected while gun owners are protected. I look forward to its quick passage so that this General Assembly can focus on limiting government, creating jobs and making Tennessee an even better place to raise a family.

The Tennessean writes: Senate passes 'guns-in-trunks' bill | The Tennessean | tennessean ...
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has called for a quick resolution to an issue that has dogged the legislature in previous years.

My Commentary: Thoughts about guns-in-trunks and property rights

While I have been critical of the proposed "guns-in-trunks" legislation, I would like to clarify my position. I am not as opposed to the actual legislation as I am the way it has been presented and pushed. The bill will soon come to a vote and undoubtedly it will pass. If I were in the State legislature and my constituents had lobbied me to support this bill, I would most likely vote for it also, so I am not critical of those who are going to vote for the proposal.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

The roles of men and women

From Gene wisdom:
I'm very much looking forward to the discussion on this book, which is easily in my top five favorites in over 35 years of reading politics.  I know we're coming up on the meeting date but I know that even if you don't get it all read you'll find his arguments, based solidly in the nature and roles of men and women, intriguing.  From his solidly rooted premises he then goes on to discuss the impact of that nature on society and the consequences when government intrudes.  I believe that both libertarians and social conservatives will find much to agree on here.  Even if you don't get all the way through the book I think you'll be quite ready to get into the discussion.  EVEN IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE MEETING I'm pretty confident in saying that you'll enjoy and appreciate Gilder's insights here.  Again, the link to the book on Amazon.  Hard to beat the price there too.

This is one of those books that I should have read a long time ago and just never got around to it. It is great! So much of what makes our society function and stable is beyond fidelity to the constitution or wise economic policy; it is cultural. A stable, strong, free society is also a function of the character of the people and morality. It has to do with the social norms and values. We often say that family is the basic building block of society. This book explains why that is so and explains the roll that sex, marriage, and socialization play in building a stable society. Why does marriage matter? Is it true that nature determines the roll of women in society but that the roll of men is a social construct? 

Conservative Fusion will meet Wednesday, Feb. 20th at Gene's home. Follow this link for more information. Rod

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Ward Connerly comes to Nashville, this Wednesday

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 6:30 PM
Fifty Forward Knowles 174 Rains Ave, Nashville, TN

Ward Connelly
Ward Connerly is considered to be the man behind California’s Proposition 209 prohibiting race- and gender-based preferences in state hiring, contracting and state university admissions, a program widely known Affirmative Action.

From J. Lee Douglas of 9-12 Project Nashville:
Ward Connerly has agreed to come to Tennessee and he will be speaking at our next 912 Project on the evening of Wednesday, February 13.

You can imagine the names this witty, very intelligent man has been called:  Oreo, white on the inside, black on the outside; Uncle Tom who’s married to a white woman.

I call him a patriot for helping to restore America to its commitment of equal application of the law towards all with privilege for none.

Senator Jim Summerville is introducing a series of bills aimed at removing from state government all discrimination and preferential treatment on the basis of race, gender and ethnicity.  Who better to come here and talk to us and to also talk to the legislators about the harm being done to all men when granting privileges for the few.

Were you aware that currently 10% of all state business contracts must be performed by minorities?  Sweet if you’re a minority but sucks to be you if you’re a gringo.

Local News Channel 2 did a story recently on Summerville’s bill and they conducted interviews at predominantly black TSU to test the reaction of black students there.  Take a peek, I think that you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  Click here.  It appears that those who resist equal treatment for all men are the race hustlers most typified by Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton.  What father doesn’t want his son to succeed because the son worked hard and earned it?

If you’d like to read Summerville’s bills, go here.

Despite Jesse Jackson’s protests throughout California, Ward Connerly, almost singlehandedly saw  to the passage of Proposition 209 in California. Connerly went to war against the Ford Foundation, ACLU, The Carnegie Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and most importantly, the California Teachers Association.  Eleven years later, Connerly succeeded with the same bill in Michigan, passing it 58%-42 and later an identical accomplishment in Washington State.

I hope to see you Wednesday, February 13 at The Knowles Center, 174 Rains Ave, Nashville, TN - Lee

I plan on attending this meeting. and I strongly support the effort of Senator Jim Summerville. It is time to end racial preferences. Rod

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Southeast Conservatives' Breakfast

Saturday, February 16 
Shoney's (Antioch) Bell Rd & Cane Ridge Road 
Social & Breakfast 8:30-9:00 am  8am
Meeting & Speaker 9:00-10:00am  8:30Am
Guest Speaker Jim Gotto 
 Convention Chairman 
2013 DCRP Caucus & Convention 
Caucus: March 2/Convention 

March 23 2013 is critical time for the Davidson County Republican Party as We will elect a new Executive Board to lead us in our Party efforts for the next 2 years. Jim will explain how you can be involved and have your voice heard in these very important events. (Remember, our own Councilman Duvall is a Candidate for 2013-2014 DCRP Chairman!) 

Breakfast hosts: Robert Duvall & Pat Carl 

Please note that the meeting is meeting earlier than usual due to Jim having another meeting that starts at 10AM.

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NASHVILLE – Nashville residents, business owners and community leaders will kick off NashvilleNext, a three-year planning project for the city’s future, with a family-friendly event on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Downtown Public Library.

 “Nashville has received a lot of well-earned recognition recently as a thriving, vibrant city, and NashvilleNext hopes to build on that foundation,” said Rick Bernhardt, executive director of Metro Planning, which is spearheading the project. “We are excited to hear from community members about the future of their city.”

The kickoff will feature fun activities for all ages, including a time capsule, building blocks and interactive booths where participants can share what they want to see next for Nashville.

Music, free parking and refreshments will also be provided. The event will include remarks by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and former Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, president of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute. The kickoff will mark the beginning of a three-year project, led by residents and organizations across Davidson County, to develop the 2040 General Plan, which will serve as a guide for community decisions over the next 25 years.

WHAT: NashvilleNext kickoff event

WHO: All Davidson County residents! Speakers include Mayor Karl Dean and former Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, president of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 16 10 a.m.–11:30 Open House 11:30 a.m–12:45 p.m. Speakers 12:45 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Open House WHERE: Nashville Public Library 615 Church Street Nashville, TN 37219

I encourage everyone who cares about Nashville and the future of our community to attend and get involved in this three-year planing process. We will live a long time with the consequences of what comes out of this process. Rod

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Davidson County Republican Party Caucus and Convention Information Meeting For Candidates

The Contest and Credentials Committee of the Davidson County Republican Party will meet on Saturday February 16, 10am at the Sugartree clubhouse, 4031 Woodmont Blvd. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information and answer questions about the upcoming Caucus and Convention on March 2 and March 23, respectively. Please contact Jim Gotto ( if you need additional information.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Report from a Tennessee Republican Assembly Meeting

Below is an email received from Pat Carl. I am posting this email with Pat's permission. Pat is the Regional Vice Chair of the Davidson County Republican Party for the South East Region. TRA is the Tennessee Republican Assembly, a group that claims to be the only real Republicans in the Republican Party. The rest of us are all RINOs (Republican in Name Only), according to TRA.  Matt Collins is the person who four years ago came within one vote of defeating Kathleen Starnes for the chairmanship of the Party. He was elected First Vice Chair at that time, but after much controversy, the Party removed him from that position. Matt is a Ron Paul supporter and is Chairman (I think) of the Tennessee chapter of Campaign for Liberty. Dan Davis is the current First Vice Chair of the Party and is running for Chair in the upcoming elections. Tony Roberts is currently the Second Vice Chair and is running for reelection for that position. "Robert" is Metro Councilman Robert Duvall who is running for Chair of the Davidson County Republican Party. "Sharon" is Sharon Ford the Vice Chair of the TRA. 

In other  TRA news, current chairman Glen Hughes is leaving Nashville moving to New Orleans for a job. Rod

From: Pat Carl <>
Date: Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM
Subject: Tennnessee Republican Assembly
To: xxxx

I attend the TRA meeting today to support Robert.  They were having the Chairman Candidates speak, Q&A, and then planned to vote on who they would support.  The room had been stacked with Libertarians, including Matt Collins.  I was so angry toward the end of the meeting, I just had to get up and leave.  Dan Davis told everyone to just show up at the caucus and someone would vouch for them--there wouldn't be any problem with them being delegates.  Sharon Ford stated "you shouldn't be turned away because of your voting record"- basically, your word should be enough. 
Dan spent at least half of his time telling them everything the DCRP had done wrong and the other half playing blurbs of one of Robert's radio appearances with Carl Boyd, Jr., taking it totally out of context by playing Robert stating "we can't win the 5th District".
Dan's demeanor and voice were very combative.   Did you know "DCRP has refused to have a Reagan Day Dinner even though he and Tony have begged to have one", DCRP has not cared about or been involved in any of the local races for council and "forget school board, they won't even talk about it".
(Frankly, I was tired just listening to Dan tell how hard he had worked for the DCRP).
After the meeting, Sharon was going around telling everyone to vote for Dan; he was what they needed.
In my opinion, they are plotting and planning to try to take control of the convention.  I will never attend another of their meetings; I've never seen such a negative meeting.  But, we need as much help as possible to rally the troops for Robert.
Just thought I would share....
Pat Carl

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Senator Kelsey reportedly puts the brakes on all 2nd Amendment bills

In addition to the bill sponsored by Representative Joe Carr ( HB 0042/SB0100) which would make it illegal to enforce any new federal gun control laws in Tennessee and would require local law enforcement to arrest federal agents enforcing new federal guns laws, there are several other anti-gun control bills being considered by our State legislature.

Sen. Mae Beavers and Rep.Sheila Butt are sponsoring a bill (SB 0250 /  HB 0248 )which would  amend the Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act of 2009  so that it nullifies any federal gun control measures as defined by the bill and would makes it an "offense for any person to knowingly enforce or attempt to enforce any federal action prohibited by this chapter relating to a state government, local government or civilian owned firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition." If anyone does, they will have committed a Class B felony.

The Beavers and Butts bill would not go as far as the Joe Carr bill and require local law enforcement to arrest federal agents enforcing federal law in Tennessee. Carr's bill is downright dangerous. Requiring local deputies to arrest ATF agents could lead to people getting killed. While the Beavers bill says it nullifies federal law, it does not require armed resistance to federal law enforcement, so I am not certain of the effect of her bill. Her bill may just be empty bombastic rhetoric that means nothing. While Carr's bill appears clearly unconstitutional, violating the supremacy clause of the Constitution, I don't know about Beaver's bill. It probably is constitutional. States are not required to enforce Federal law. There is a big difference between not enforcing Federal law and interfering with the enforcement of Federal law.

It has been reported that Sen. Kelsey, who this year replaced Mae Beavers as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has pulled from committee consideration the Beaver's bill which had been put on notice for consideration. He has put on hold the Beaver bill as well as all of these 2nd Amendment bills until after the Committee had gotten an opinion from the Attorney General as to their constitutionality. I have not independently confirmed this but assume it to be true.

That is a wise move. I commend Senator Kelsey. The Attorney General's opinion would not keep the bills from being considered or passed but at least our legislators would have at their disposal an informed opinion as to the constitutionality of the bills while they deliberate on them. I do not think most of our state legislators want to pass unconstitutional bills that could lead to armed conflict with the Federal government.

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