Saturday, August 09, 2014

Council meeting of Aug. 5th. The big downtown parking garage meeting.



This is the video of the Council meeting from last Tuesday. If anyone wants to follow along with the agenda and staff analysis, you can find them at this link. There may be some zoning issues of interest to people near the proposed rezoning, but there is very little on the agenda of general interest. The most important item on the agenda was the new downtown parking garage. It was approved without discussion. Here are other items of interest.

BILL NO. BL2014-771  which creates a new zoning called a "contextual overlay district" passes on second reading without discussion. This new designation would establish a requirement for neighborhood compatibility for in-fill development where adopted. It would establish set back requirements, height limits and lot coverage limits so in- fill is not terribly out of character of the surrounding neighborhood. I have reservations about this bill. I understand those who resent  McMansions being built on there street of modest homes, but we should not freeze neighborhoods in time unless they are of historical character.  Bigger more expensive homes means some affordable housing does disappear but it also means a growing tax base, so the city can realize more tax revenue without raising taxes. Do we want the expensive homes built in Nashville or do we want to force those wanting to invest in the community to move to Brentwood?

BILL NO. BL2014-840 which would prohibit beer permits from being issued for establishments located within a shopping mall containing a community center and/or public library passes on Second Reading. In my view this is a ridiculous bill. So there is a library at the other end of mall, what is it going to hurt to allow someone to have a beer with their meal or buy a six pack to go at the drug store? There is already a distance requirement for a beer permit which should be sufficient. Councilman Duane Dominy unsuccessfully attempts to get the bill deferred.

Below is the Tennessean's coverage of the Council meeting.

by Michael Cass, The Tennessean, August 5, 2014- A plan to build a large garage to help meet demand for downtown parking got a big boost from the Metro Council on Tuesday.
The 1,183-space garage at 505 Church St. wouldn’t eliminate the parking shortage, but it would help many downtown workers and visitors, the Nashville Downtown Partnership has said. The partnership is expected to manage the facility under a contract with the Metro Development and Housing Agency, which would own it.

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Alexander Statement on Winning Republican Nomination for U.S. Senate

Lamar Alexander today released the following statement after winning the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in the Tennessee Republican primary:
"In one of the largest Republican primaries in a conservative  state, Tennesseans have nominated a get-it-done governor and a get-it-done senator. Both Gov. Haslam and I are conservatives. We both know how to give a pretty good conservative speech. But we also both know that our job is not over when the speech is finished. It is really just starting.

"Our job is to sit down, roll up our sleeves, work with other people and get it done -- get a result. That kind of leadership is why Tennessee has attracted auto jobs, leads the nation in improving academic performance and has the lowest debt in the country.

"The absence of that kind of leadership is why Washington makes it harder to find a job, has created a health care law that is an historic mistake, has debt running out of control and has made a mess of our immigration policy.

"If we want to change Obamacare or fix the debt or reverse the trend toward a national school board we are going to have to do more than make a speech. We are going to have to pass something in the Congress, and we need senators who know how and are willing to work with other people to do that.

"I thank the voters, my family, my campaign staff and all who contributed and worked together for the last two years to make this campaign so successful.

"I go to work every day counting it a great privilege to represent the people of Tennessee in the United States Senate. Some say we have bigger challenges today than we have ever had. I don’t believe that. Our country is as strong as ever and we have had bigger problems in our past.

"What we have in Washington is an absence of get-it-done leadership. I congratulate the other candidates who competed in our primary and invite those who supported them to join us. I also invite Democrats and Independents to join us.

"Our country has serious problems. If we want to make it easier to find a job and less expensive to buy health care, if we want to regain control of the federal debt and our borders and our local schools, it will take all of us working together to get it done. I am grateful for the opportunity you have given me to do that."  

The Alexander campaign is chaired by Congressman Jimmy Duncan, with co-chairmen Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Speaker Beth Harwell, as well as Congressmen Blackburn, Roe, Black, Fincher, and Fleischmann.

The campaign’s Honorary Co-Chairmen include former U.S. Senators Howard Baker (1925-2014), Bill Brock, Bill Frist and Fred Thompson, as well as former Governors Winfield Dunn and Don Sundquist.

Serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Statewide Committee to Elect Lamar Alexander are all 13 living former state Republican Party chairs.

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Charter School Supporters win 2 of 4 seats. Congratulation to Tyese Hunter and Mary Pierce.

I was generally disappointed in the election results last night. I am pleased Alexander won but that race was much closer than I expected. I am really disappointed that none of our Republican candidates for Judge won election.

One bright spot was the race for school board. Of the four candidates running, two of the pro-school choice candidates won election. Congratulation to Tyese Hunter and Mary Pierce.

by Joey Garrison, The Tennessean, August 8, 2014 - Two Metro school board incumbents held onto their seats, but the chairwoman wasn't one of them, on an election night that saw Nashville charter school advocates produce a split decision with their candidates.
Metro school board chairwoman and District 6 representative Cheryl Mayes, who has overseen a board that has shown discord of late, lost to Tyese Hunter, one of two candidates identified by backers of publicly financed, privately led charters who prevailed Thursday.
The other was Mary Pierce, who emerged a decisive winner over Becky Sharpe in the closely watched District 8 school board race

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August 7, 2014 Unofficial Election Results

By now, almost anyone who cares know the outcome of the August 7th elections. For those who want more detail, here is a county by county tabulation of election results provided by Family Action Council of Tennessee: August 7, 2014 Unofficial Election Results.

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Chattanooga Voters Reject Domestic Partnership Ordinance

From Family Action Council of Tennessee:

Chattanooga voters completed the process begun last Fall of telling their elected officials that they did not want to create domestic partnership benefits for city employees in non-marital relationships. Last November, with Mayor Andy Berke’s support, Chattanooga’s City Council decided that taxpayers should pay benefits for the unmarried partners of city employees and their children (who may not have even been the biological children of the city employee). But in two short weeks following the Council’s vote, a petition drive secured the number of names necessary to stay the ordinance and put the issue on the ballot. Last night 63% of Chattanooga voters voted to repeal the ordinance.
My Comment: God bless Chattanooga. Unfortunately, the social conservatives and faith community rolled over and played dead when the same thing happened in Nashville.  Even some of the Republican members of the Council voted for same sex benefits when it was before the Council here in Nashville and others voted to "abstain." The queer community rallied to pass this ordinance in Nashville and the family values voters stayed home. In Nashville there was no public opposition. To read more about how the Council voted when this issue was before the voters here, follow this link.

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Friday, August 08, 2014

TNGOP Statement on U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander's Primary Victory

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney released the following statement regarding U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander’s Republican primary win:

Congratulations to Senator Lamar Alexander for winning the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Once again, Tennesseans are rallying to his candidacy because they trust his steady hand and his conservative record. He’s well-positioned for the fall to return to the U.S. Senate and help lead a new Republican majority.”

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

District 19? Please vote D. J. King for the SEC.

Vote for a real Republican for the SEC, not a phony Republican who is being paid to elect a Democrat!

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Have you voted yet? Please vote for these candidates.


Judges:

Jim Roberts, Chancery Court Part 2
Sabrina Johnson Orr, Chancery Court Part 1
 Marian Cheadle Fordice, General Session Judge Division 1
Adam Dread, General Sessions Judge Division 9.
Vote "Replace " in all judicial races.
 Toni Eaton for County Clerk

In Davidson County Council District 1 William Guthoerl

For School Board:
District 2:  Bernie Driscoll
District 4: Rhonda Dixon
District 6, Tyese Hunter
District 8, Mary Pierce
Republican Primary:
 Governor, Bill Haslam
Senate, Lamar Alexander
5th Congressional, Bob Ries
21st Senatorial District, Diana Cuellar.
51st district, Brian L. Mason
In District 19 Republican Party State Executive Committee, D. J. King
In District 20 for State Executive Committee, Bob Schwartz.

Other races:
45th district State House. Len Silverman 
Jim Tracy for Congress


For more details on my recommendations follow this link.

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Who I'm supporting in the Aug 7th General Election and the Republican Primary

The General Election

In any race in which there is a Republican running against a Democrat, I am supporting the Republican.  I am a Republican and I think it is important to build the Party from the ground up. I am not so partisan however, that I would not support a Democrat if the Democrat was significantly more qualified or it the Republican was a fringe nut-job. There are also some Democrats that I would have a hard time voting against simply because I like them, such as Charlie Cardwell. I have know him a long time and think he is a person of talent and integrity and am pleased he does not have a Republican opponent.  Also, I like Judge Bill Higgins.  I would support him even if he had a Republican opponent.  Also, Amanda McClendon. She performed my and Louella's wedding and I worked closely with her on some issues when she represented the district I used to represent in the Metro Council, so I would have a very difficult time voting against her unless there was a powerful reason to do so.

Adam Dread

We have good Republican candidates running for office and I am comfortable supporting all of our Republican candidates. Some of them, I have gotten to know during this campaign and think they are well qualified and are really good people. Those Judicial candidates I am especially pulling for are Jim Roberts running for Chancery Court Part 2; Sabrina Johnson Orr, Chancery Court Part 1; Marian Cheadle Fordice, General Session Judge Division 1; and Adam Dread, General Sessions Judge Division 9.

Marian Cheadle Fordice
 One can vote in any race listed on the general election ballot. Sometimes there is confusion. While both Jim Roberts and Sabrina Johnson Orr are running for a Chancery Court seat, it is different offices and you can vote for both.

I am supporting Toni Eaton for County Clerk.  I personally like current clerk Brenda Wynn but she is too tied to the Democratic machine and has hired too many partisan Democrats to fill positions including the former state rep. Janice Sontany. I would like for this office to be in Republican hands.

In Council District 1, I am supporting William Guthoerl.  While I have been disappointed in some Republicans who have served in the Metro Council and have voted just like Democrats, I do not believe William Guthoerl will disappoint. He told me he would have voted against the recently passed Metro benefits for same sex couples bill, he would oppose Metro's sponsorship of a youth pavilion at the gay pride festival, he would oppose price fixing and he would be conservative on fiscal matters.  I think he will make a good councilman.
William Guthoerl



In the school board races, I am supporting challengers against incumbents.  I have been very disappointed with our current school board and want a change. In School Board District 8, however, if Michael Hayes was running again, I would be supporting him.  I watch almost every School Board meeting and have found Hayes to be reasonable and to ask the questions I would ask if I was on the School Board.  I think he is one of the two good members of the school board, the other being Alissa Kim.  It is too bad Hayes is stepping down. I wish he was running again.

I do not have a lot of in depth knowledge about the candidates for school board.  I have not attended any candidates forums and I do not personally know any of the candidates. I am basing my selections on word of mouth, who is supporting whom, and the candidates position on school choice. I am a supporter of charter schools and want to support candidates who are not hostile to charters.

In School Board District 2, I am supporting Bernie Driscoll; in District 4, Rhonda Dixon; in District 6, Tyese Hunter; and in District 8, Mary Pierce.

In the retention elections for Judges, I am voting "replace" on all. I don't know enough about the particular judges to know if any of them or excellent judges who should be retained, but when in doubt my default position is "replace" as a matter of principle, because I do not believe retention elections are really elections.

The Republican Primary

I will be voting in the Republican Primary.  Everyone needs to know that you can vote for whomever you want in the General Election and then still vote in the primary of your choice.  If you vote for a Democrat in the General Election, you can still vote in the Republican State Primary. Those two elections are totally separate.

For Governor I am supporting Bill Haslam. I think he has done an excellent job as governor and he has no serious opponents in the primary.

For Senate, I am supporting Lamar Alexander.  I know some conservatives think Lamar is insufficiently conservative, and while I disagree with him on some issues, he is hardly a liberal. He is conservative enough for Newt Gingrich and Art Laffer and David Keene, the former head of the National Rifle Association and former Chair of the American Conservative Union.   Lamar has shown more commitment to some conservative ideas than other Republicans who are often thought of as more conservative.   Lamar not only opposes raising the minimum wage, but thinks it should be abolished. On the other hand, Lamar has disappointed me by supporting Cash for Clunkers and the Internet sales tax.

Part of the reason I am stubbornly supporting Lamar, is because I have supported him for a very long time and feel invested in him.  I remember when Tennessee was overwhelmingly Democrat and our governor was the corrupt Ray Blanton who was selling pardons to prisoners and engaging in all sorts of other corruption. Lamar had became known by running an unorthodox campaign that involved walking all the way from Mountain City in the North East corner of the state to Memphis in the South west corner. He wore a red plaid flannel shirt for the walk. I was thrilled to see Lamar beat Blanton and I donned a red plaid shirt and walked with hundreds of other people up Charlotte to the Capitol for his swearing in. I got a button that said something like, "I walked the last mile with Lamar," and it had those words on a red plaid background. I think I still have it.

In addition to being invested in Lamar and remembering fondly earlier campaigns, I am supporting Lamar, because his main primary opponent is an unqualified nut-job.  Carr believes the second amendment gives you the right to carry a gun onto the property of another who may not want guns on his property.  He also supports the discredited theory of nullification. He would have local police arrest Federal agents carrying out federal law in Tennessee. If Lamar had a talented intelligent conservative running against him such as Ron Ramsey or Senator Mark Green, I would have to think twice about my support of Lamar; with Joe Carr being his opponent, I don't have to think twice. If Joe Carr should somehow win the nomination, I think the Democrat nominee would take the seat. Once the general electorate discover who Carr is, I don't think he could be elected.

For 5th Congressional nominee, I am supporting Bob Ries.  Bob is a likeable guy, a solid conservative and he has ran for the seat before.  His opponents have not had as visible a campaign for the nomination as has Bob Ries. Whichever candidate gets the nomination they will have a hard time unseating Jim Cooper, but of those running I think Bob Ries would have the best chance. I wish we had a well known office holder such as Beth Harwell running for the nomination or a wealthy, enormously successful business man like Lee Beaman, but we don't. I wish Bob well. If he gets the nomination, I will contribute to his campaign and vote for him.

Diana Cuellar
In the 21st Senatorial District, I am supporting Diana Cuellar.  This race belies the claim that the Republican Party is the party of old white men. This race is the picture of diversity with a Hispanic women, an African-American male, and a Muslim Kurdish immigrant running for this seat and no old white man.  Whichever candidate wins, I hope the party will rally behind him or her.

The winner of this race will be running against either Jeff Yarbro or Mary Mancini. I wish it would be Mancini. Mancini is a left wing activist and would be easier to run against than Yarbro who is not so scary to moderates. He is probably just as liberal but he is not the activist that Mancini is. Most likely Jeff Yarbro will win the Democratic primary. While the district is Democrat, portions of it was the old district represented by the retiring Senator Henry.  Senator Henry was a conservative Democrat of the type of which there are no more, and many of those who in the past had voted for Henry may be ready to cross party lines when they see how far to the left is Jeff Yarbro.  I think Diana Cuellar would have the best chance of beating Jeff Yarbro, or should Mary Mancini beat Yarbro in the primary, Diana would be the best candidate to run against Mancini.

In the 51st district, I am supporting Brian L. Mason.  I don't either candidate well but Josh Rawlings, the other contender, is very young. I just think Mason would stand a better chance of taking on the Democrat challenger. District 51 is the House District seat currently being held by Mike Turner who is not seeking reelection. Democrats seeking that nomination are Jennifer Buck Wallace, former executive director of the Tennessee Democratic Party, Stephen Fotopulos, the former Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition executive director, and attorney Bill Beck.  Beck, has the support of former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell, Sheriff Daron Hall, former Senator Joe Haynes and former Judge Barbara Haynes and is most likely to be the Democrat nominee. (For more info see this.)

We have several other good candidates who are running unopposed for the nomination for the seat they are seeking and they deserve your support: John Wang in 53rd Representative District, Beth Harwell in the 56st Representative  District, and Jim Gotto in the 60th. If you are in a District with no Republican running, write in your own name.

Also on the ballot are people seeking seats to the State Executive Committee of the Republican Party.  Each State Senatorial district gets to elect one man and one women to the Executive Committee.

For State Executive Committee in District 18, I do not know either of the candidates for the male seat or the female seat, so I am not making a recommendation at this time in either of those contested races.  If I learn more, I may update this post with a recommendation, so look for updates.

Please vote against Mark Winslow
In District 19, I am supporting D. J. King and I do not evem know Mr. King, but his opponent is Mark Winslow and I would vote for anybody but Winslow. Mark Winslow has been a very controversial figure having once sued the Republican Party. The most recent controversy evolving Winslow is that he has worked to elect a Democrat who is running for a seat being sought by a Republican. In the Democrat primary he worked for Melissa Blackburn.  The Republican running for that seat is Marian Cheadle Fordyce. It is my understanding that Ms. Blackburn is the wife of the person who was Winslow's lawyer when Winslow was suing the Republican Party.


Is this Mark Winslow working for a Democrat candidate?
Please vote against Mark Winslow!
Winslow claims he supported her candidacy because she is a client of the firm he works for.  He reportedly has claimed that since the primary, he has not been working for her. However, I have heard from several people that he still is doing so.  In fact someone sent me the accompanying picture that shows someone putting up yard signs for her.  The picture is blurry and I do not have first hand knowledge that, that is Winslow, but I absolutely trust the person who sent me the picture. These were taken at Karen Bennett's Amqui Station fundraising event on July 17. Also on Tuesday night of that week he was with Melissa Blackburn at a Democrat Meet the Candidates event at Farmers Market.

I find it an absolute outrage and disgusting that a member of the State Executive Committee would work for a Democrat against a Republican.  If he must work for a Democrat because the Democrat is a client of his employer, then he should resign his position the SEC. Members of the State Executive Committee of the Republican Party are supposed to support Republican candidates. Winslow's candidacy for the right to run for the position of member of the State Executive Committee was challenged but Party Executive Director Chris Devaney refused to remove Winslow from the ballot. Please, Please vote against Mark Winslow. For more information on Winslow, follow this link. When I reported on this issue earlier, Winslow threated to sue me, so who know what he may do now.

Bob Schwartz
In District 20 for State Executive Committee, I am supporting Bob Schwartz.   Bob is a good friend of mine. He is a loyal Republican, a principled conservative, hard working and a man of integrity. He has a lot of credentials and would make an excellent member of the State Executive Committee.

There are several other candidates seeking seats on the state Executive Committee who do not have opposition.

We have a real chance to win some Republican seats in Davidson County this election and again in November. Please do not fail to vote and encourage a friend to vote. To see a sample ballot follow this link.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The Itemized expenditures of the Blackburn campaign's payment to Mark Winslow's employer

Mark Winslow
serves on the Republican
SEC while a paid campaigner
for Democrat candidate.
Mark Winslow is the controversial member of the Tennessee Republican Party State Executive Committee who worked for, and I assume is still working for, a Democrat candidate for judge in Davidson County. Our own vastly more qualified candidate in this election is Marian Cheadle Fordice. Mark Winslow, despite being a member of the State Executive Committee is supporting Democrat Melissa Blackburn.

Below is a copy of page 22 of Melissa Blackburn's campaign finance report showing that for the period from 4/26/2014 to 6/30/2014 the Blackburn campaign paid Smithwaterhouse $2500.

Winslow, when confronted about working for Blackburn early on, used the excuse that Blackburn had hired the firm he works for, Smithwaterhouse, to manage her campaign and he was obligated as an employee of Smithwaterhouse to fulfill his obligation. 


I know people have to make a living but I don't believe one can serve two masters. One cannot be loyal to their Democrat client and loyal to the Republican Party at the same time.  Winslow by serving on the Republican State Executive Committee has a voice in how much financial assistance the Party gives their nominees and he has access to Republican mailing list and contributor list and inside strategy. It is so obvious a conflict of interest that I do not see how anyone could justify serving in both capacities. If Mark Winslow was an honorable person he would have either resigned his employment or resigned his position on the State Executive Committee.

Early on when people began to question Winslow about this conflict he claimed that he would only be working for the Blackburn campaign through the May 6th primary. I see that as a conflict and think that is unacceptable, but apparently even that was not true. I have heard from several people that he has continued to work for Blackburn in this General Election campaign. Someone send me a picture of him putting up yard signs for Blackburn and he has been seen accompanying her to several events. (link)

Back in April, Winslow's candidacy for reelection to a seat on the SEC was challenged by Tony Roberts and Melissa Gay. Tony Roberts is the Second Vice Chair of the Davidson County Republican Party and one of the founders of  Conservative  Groups of Middle Tennessee, an organization designed to bring together right-of-center activist, Republicans, and Libertarians for mutual cooperation and networking. Tony also is chair of the GOP Minority Coalition of Tennessee, which does outreach to minority groups and immigrants. Tony challenged Winslow as not being a bona fide Republican. Unfortunately this challenge was not successful. TNGOP Chairman Chris Devaney was the person responsible for making the decision to let Winslow stay on the ballot or not, and he refused to remove him. (link)

Smithwaterhouse Stategies, Winslow's employer, is a public relations and lobbying firm headed by Robin Smith and Albert Waterhouse. Smith is a Republican and has served as chairman of the Tennessee Republican party and Waterhouse is a Democrat who has worked in lots of Democrat  local, state and national political campaigns. I know this type of arrangement is not unusual and I may be na├»ve, but I think it is comparable to being a mercenary who will fight for who ever will pay him. I do not think a principled person can work for whoever is paying the bill. I think politics is more than just a fun job. I think it matters which side you are on.

There is a more recent campaign report running though July 31st but I have not had a chance to see that report, so do not know how much the Blackburn campaign has paid Smithwaterhouse in the last month. When I get that report, I will post the results.

Please, on August 7th vote for D. J. King, if you live in District 19.  King is running for the SEC against Winslow.  We need real Republicans on the SEC.  Also please vote for our Republican Candidate for judge, Marian Cheadle Fordice.

For more on this issue see the following:
Correction: Mark Winslow survives challenge. Will remain on ballot as TNGOP Executive Committee candidate
Mark Winslow threatens to sue me.
Personal attacks, tempers flare at Nashville GOP meeting over Mark Winslow's conflict of interest.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Make History. Vote Republican August 7th.


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Monday, August 04, 2014

Michelle Malkin call Lamar "one of the biggest double-talking weasels and beltway barnacles."

Michelle Malkin
Michelle Malkin has joined other conservative personalities such as Mark Levine and Laura Ingram in calling for the defeat of Senator Lamar Alexander. Mark Levine is one of the more loud-mouthed of conservative talk show host who never seems calm but is always screeching across the air waves.  I have seen Mark Levine on an edition of CSPAN Book TV and he can talk calmly and appear quite normal and he is a scholar, but on his radio show he is over the top. I can hardly bare to listen to him because he is usually screaming and angry.  I don't see how one can get that worked up day after day.

Michelle Malkin is a conservative columnist and frequent commentator on TV who gets the prize for name calling. In denouncing Lamar Alexander, she said, "Of course, [Alexander] is one of the biggest double-talking weasels and beltway barnacles out there, particularly on ... immigration and Common Core.”  She made this statement on the Laura Ingraham Show. She also said Alexander is “as radical as they come.”

Some would consider Michelle Malkin fairly radical. In 2004, she wrote a book defending the U.S. government's internment of 112,000 Japanese Americans in prison camps during World War II, and arguing that we should now do the same thing to Arab Americans and Muslim Americans. I have a hard time taking seriously anyone with such disregard for the constitution and civil liberties.

I doubt the piling on will have much impact. I suspect that there is a lot of overlap in the audience of Ingram and Levine and Malkin and while it is red meat to those who already agree, they are probably preaching to the choir and not reaching a wide audience of undecideds.  In fact I would not be surprised if being denounced by Levine and Malkin could not help Lamar more than it hurts him, if it has any impact at all.

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Kathleen Starnes endorses D. J. King for Republican Party State Executive Committee

Kathleen Starnes
DJ King is a breath of fresh air. He is young, experienced and energetic to help the party bring young conservatives to the table. If you live in the 19th Senate District, please consider DJ King to represent you as a State Executive Committee man. 
Kathleen Starnes
My name is D.J. King and I am running to be your District 19 Republican State Executive Committeeman.  As a seventh generation Tennessean, I learned the value of hard work and community service at an early age.  I want to be your SEC representative because I believe in the importance of protecting our conservative values, growing the Republican Party in Davidson County, bringing innovative tools to winning elections and engaging future generations across our great state. 
 Early voting is already underway and I humbly ask for your vote and support this election year. 
God bless, 
Kathleen Starnes is the immediate past Chairman of the Davidson County Republican Party. D. J. King is the candidate running against Republican Party State Executive Committee member Mark Winslow in District 19. Winslow is the Republican SEC member who is campaigning for a liberal Democrat against our own Republican candidate for a judgeship. Winslow has also, in the pass, sued the Tennessee Republican Party. Winslow needs to be defeated. (For background on this issue, follow this link.)

If you live in the 19th Senatorial District, please vote for D.J. King.

When you go to the polls, please vote for Marian Cheadle Fordyce for General Sessions Judge. She is by far the more qualified candidate. It is a shame that she is being stabbed in back by a member of the Party's State Executive Committee.

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