Wednesday, February 24, 2016

If Rubio is “establishment,” then the establishment is now very conservative.

The Patriot Post - Despite my admiration of Cruz for his conservative credentials, he has driven much of the infighting with Rubio, and Trump has thrived on the crossfire. Cruz has pasted the “establishment” label on Rubio, but if Rubio is “establishment,” then the establishment is now very conservative.

Rubio has a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 98 (out of 100). He has a perfect NRA rating. Citizens Against Government Waste gives him a 95, and National Right to Life gives him a 100. Fact is, he’s a genuine conservative. And it is no small testament to his conservatism that the Koch brothers' senior political adviser, Marc Short, signed on with Rubio’s campaign this week.(link)

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Rep. Tim Scott, Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Peter King, Sen. Jeff Flake, Rep. Trey Gowdy, Sen Jim Inhofe endorse Marco Rubio

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Sen. Tim Scott endorses Marco Rubio for president - …"2016 may be the important election," Scott says in the video. "I'm putting my confidence and my trust in Marco Rubio." 
Rick Santorum
 Santorum Endorses Rubio “He’s a tremendously gifted young man,” he said of the Florida senator. “I just feel a lot of confidence that he is the new generation and someone that can bring this country together.” 

Rep. Peter King endorses Republican Marco Rubio for ..rejecting “He’s a tremendously gifted young man,” he said of the Florida senator. “I just feel a lot of confidence that he is the new generation and someone that can bring this country together.”
Peter King
Republican front-runners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz because "Republicans can't afford to forfeit this race to Hillary Clinton by nominating the wrong candidate."

Sen. Jeff Flake Endorses Marco Rubio "I’m
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supporting Marco Rubio for president because he has the ideas, the principles, and the toughness necessary to bring reform to Washington," 

Trey Gowdy officially endorses Marco Rubio - … "It's not my job to tell you who to vote for, but I
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am going to tell you who I am going to vote for. And I'm gonna tell you why. I'm going to vote for Marco Rubio,"

Bobby Jindal

Marco Rubio Endorsed by Bobby Jindal in 2016 Election …“Marco can unify our party,” Jindal said on Fox News Friday. “I think he’s a principled conservative. I think he’s the right guy.”

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe Endorses Rubio - Calling Rubio "a
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solid conservative," Inhofe added, "Marco and I have shared, similar values, such as working for a smaller federal government and putting an end to wasteful spending. At the same time, we both recognize the need for the United States to be a global leader and that it requires a well-supported, world-class military that can safely and effectively answer when called upon."

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

NashVegas Cab Asks Metro for the right to grow. They are the only taxi company using 100% of their issued permits.

Press Release - On February 25, 2016, Nashville-based NashVegas Cab will be on hand, once again, asking Director Billy Fields and the members of the Metro Transportation Licensing Commission to lift the stay on enforcement of Rule #3 and issue to them any unfilled permits currently held by the other taxi companies. During the annual meeting held last month, the board had the opportunity to issue more permits to NashVegas, but instead delayed action on the issuance of new permits. The delay has spurred some taxi companies into offering temporary weekly fee or “lick”reductions, in an attempt to fill their currently unfilled permits. Why didn’t these companies lower their fees before? The lick trick shouldn’t fly with our TLC! 

“We ask that the TLC enforce all of its rules and award our company with additional permits,” said Solomon Tadele, President of NashVegas Cab. Studies generated by the Convention and Visitors Bureau show that as our city continues to grow, the demand for safe, affordable, and dependable transportation also continues to grow.  NashVegas wants to continue to meet that demand! The issuance of additional permits to NashVegasCab helps them hire more local drivers from all parts of the world who have established citizenship. Furthermore, additional permits helps NashVegas support their families and support our local tax base. NashVegas stands apart from their rideshare competitors who do not contribute to our local tax base.

Tadele further stated, “We are the only company with all of our permits completely filled with happy drivers, but we can’t grow our business and employ new drivers until the TLC decides we can. Please don’t punish us for being successful!” The driver-owners of NashVegas Cab Corporation asks that Mayor Barry, the Metro Council, and the members of the Metro Transportation Licensing Commission enforce the law and its rules and end the current practice of issuing permits to companies unable to fill them. Nashville’s own NashVegas Cab Corporation just completed its second year of providing the utmost in service to visitors and residents of Nashville. In only a short period of time, NashVegas has proven itself as a company willing to provide service to those in underserved communities by establishing a service grid, with cabs strategically placed throughout the city, all accessible by way of the NashVegas Cab app.

My Comment: I adamantly disagree with the statement, "NashVegas stands apart from their rideshare competitors who do not contribute to our local tax base." That is ridiculous! Certainly drivers for Lyft and Uber also contribute to our local tax base. The independent business men and women who drive for rideshare companies also earn money which they spend locally and support their families and support our local tax base. That disagreement with the unnecessary jab at Uber and Lyft aside however, I am 100% in favor of giving NashVegas the permits they need to expand their company and hire more drivers. Simply because other cab companies have permits they are not using is no justification for denying new permits to NashVegas.

The way the taxi cap companies operate is that a taxicab company gets issued a permit for so many caps and pays an annual fee of $255 for each permit. The company then hires  taxi drivers who are forced to pay a weekly fee, called a "lick," of between $200-$350 a week for the right to use a permit issued to the company by the TLC. The taxi driver actually owns his own cab but does not own the permit to operate his cab.

My view is that we should abolish the permit system and let any taxi driver register his cab and operate. Metro should simply get out of the business of controlling the number of cabs permitted to operate and let supply and demand determine the optimum number of cabs needed to serve the community. It is immoral that a cab company owner, who has very little in the way of investment in the company, pays $225 a year for the right to place a cab on the street then charges a driver over $18,000 a year to work as a taxi driver using that $225 permit.

NashVegas is using all of the permits they have been issued and have more drivers who want to go to work for them but cannot put them to work because Metro will not allow the company to expand. That is simply wrong. While I would prefer we totally abolish the permit system, in the meantime, NashVegas should be issued all of the permits they can use.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

John Kasich plans Nashville rally Saturday, Feb. 27th

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The Tennessean, by Dave Boucher - Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will host an open rally Feb. 27 in Nashville as part of his campaign's three-stop trip to Tennessee ahead of the March 1 primary.

Kasich's townhall is set for 11 a.m. at Rocketown, a popular venue for GOP presidential contenders recently in downtown Nashville. The event is free and open to anyone. Attendees can RSVP online, according to local communications official and Kasich's state coordinator John Crisp.

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Conservative Groups of Middle Tennessee January Meeting w/ Senator Mark Green, Rep. Mark Pody, more.

Meet State Representative Mark Pody | WJLE
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From Conservative Groups of Middle Tennessee: January Meeting 
Tennessee Senator Mark Green announces Legislative Priorities
Mark Green
Our meeting this month will be held at Logan's Steak on Elliston Place near Vanderbilt University.. The meeting will be held on Thursday February 25, 2016  starting at 5:30 for networking and the meeting from 6:00 to 7:00. The agenda for the meeting is a wake-up call for the state of Tennessee and the Nation.  The agenda will concentrate on the importance of elections and the issues involved in the upcoming years through policies, new legislature, and the effects on the American People. 

Our keynote speakers include Senator Mark Green, State Representative Mark Pody,
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 Andy Ogles, and Dr. Ming Wang.

Senator Green will speak on new proposals and new legislature that affects all Tennesseans.

 Representative Pody will speak on state rights and the guaranteeing of laws guaranteed by the state constitution.

Mr.. Ogles will speak on present races and targets proposals of Americans For Prosperity.
Dr. Ming Wang will finish with the importance of reaching out to the different Minorities and highlight his book on emphasis on freedom in the American Culture.

The agenda for the meeting is a wake-up call for the state of Tennessee and the Nation.  We will concentrate on training for candidates and supporting the most important elections of our lifetime. We ask all interested in running for office to attend this event.

Please RSVP to Tony Roberts  Dan Davis

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