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Lamar on the bus

The senator is taking it to the streets:

Lamar Alexander today announced that on Friday he will kick off a nearly two-week “Standing up for Tennessee” bus tour that will begin in Maryville, the senator’s hometown, and feature 35 stops in all regions of the state before the Aug. 7 primary.
 
“I learned from Howard Baker that one of the best ways to finish a campaign is a bus tour across the state,” Alexander said. “I work hard every day to stay connected to Tennesseans, and this bus tour is one more way to keep providing Washington with a steady supply of that Tennessee common sense we need so much more of in Congress.”
 
The tour builds on the rest of the efforts by Alexander’s campaign for re-election, which include a TV ad showing Alexander sparring with President Obama over Obamacare; a TV ad about Alexander fighting against the Obama administration acting like a de facto national school board; endorsement ads by former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson and former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; and a series of radio ads featuring community leaders across Tennessee.
 

Jul 24, 2014 12:15 PM

Mayor's race gets twist of Kane

Jeremy Kane is running for mayor, shocking no one.

Here's the video. And from the inbox:

Jeremy Kane, Founder and former Chief Executive Officer of LEAD Public Schools, today announced that Pam Martin, President of Cushion Employer Services and a longtime civic leader, will serve as treasurer for his campaign for mayor of Nashville.

Martin, who served as co-chair of Mayor Karl Dean's 2007 campaign for mayor, as well as a member of his initial transition team, brings deep business and community ties to Kane's campaign for mayor of Nashville.

"No one lives the values of passion, persistence, and partnerships better in our city than Pam Martin," Kane said. "Pam believes in Nashville at its best, and has demonstrated her leadership throughout our community time and again. I'm honored to work with her in this campaign for our city's future.”

Martin has chaired the Mayor's Minority Business Advisory Council and is a former chair of the Metropolitan Tourism Commission. She was vice president for community development at SunTrust Bank, and was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to serve on the Tennessee Ethics Commission. She currently serves on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Martin said Kane's success as an educator and community partner attracted her to his campaign.

"Jeremy Kane has what our community needs," she said. "He has proven he knows how to bring people together to solve problems, educate kids, and build successful partnerships. That's the definition of the job description for mayor, and no one fills it better than Jeremy. I look forward to helping him become mayor."

Kane launched his campaign for mayor by filing candidacy papers at the Metropolitan Election Commission with his wife, Tracy, and daughter, Wells.

Jul 24, 2014 9:13 AM

At least one Supreme has conservative support

The Tennessee Conservative Union — which led the effort to oust Penny White in 1996 — backs the retention of Gary Wade.

Jul 24, 2014 6:52 AM

The drive in 55

John Ray Clemmons brings the heat to Gary Odom in an enticing District 55 primary.

Jul 24, 2014 6:51 AM

You betchya Sarah Palin endorses Joe Carr

Inbox:

"Thank you, Lamar Alexander, for the respect and integrity you’ve shown in your many years of public service in Washington. With the new challenges in D.C., the time has come for new leaders who are willing to stand up to the political establishments and the Obama administration and say, “no mas!” Unfortunately, advocating and voting for amnesty, cash for clunkers, bailouts, raising the debt ceiling, and many controversial Obama administration nominees has marred the incumbent’s record. It’s time for a change.
 
"Joe Carr is the new voice Tennessee needs in the U.S. Senate! Joe is a citizen legislator who brings his small business experience to bear in the Tennessee General Assembly. He’s stood up to those in his own party, fighting to enact some of the toughest illegal immigration legislation in the country and working to make Tennessee the 4th most business friendly state in the nation. Joe knows that government is most often the problem, not the solution, and he will work to reduce the size of our federal bureaucracy and always use the Constitution as his guide.
 
"It’s a disappointment that after so many years in office Senator Alexander has refused to debate Joe Carr in this campaign. Really, it’s pretty unbelievable because the good people of Tennessee deserve to hear from both these candidates to know who will be on their side and who will choose the Washington status quo.
 
"The conservative grassroots patriots in Tennessee have clearly spoken. When I visited there earlier this month, I was impressed by all the energy and momentum behind Joe Carr. Please join me in supporting him as the Volunteer State’s next Senator!"

Carr released the following statement thanking Gov. Palin for her support:
 
"A few weeks ago, as the campaign was gaining momentum, I asked Gov. Palin if she'd be willing to support my campaign against a well-entrenched, well-known member of the Washington establishment.  Today, I am deeply humbled and honored that a conservative leader like Gov. Palin, who has played such a monumental role in shaping today's conservative movement, has responded to my request for her help in this campaign against a broken status-quo that puts the interests of 11 million illegal immigrants ahead of Tennessee's worker's.  
 
"Gov. Palin is right - the people of Tennessee deserve a vigorous and robust debate but Lamar Alexander believes everyone in Tennessee watches C-SPAN all-day hoping to catch a glimpse of him talking on the Senate floor.  The people here deserve better - they deserve to know why Lamar Alexander voted for amnesty, approved Barack Obama's hand-picked nominee to implement ObamaCare, where he stands on raising the gas tax and why he won't publicly oppose Common Core.  
 

Jul 24, 2014 6:48 AM

Even while chauffeuring, those troopers are still working, gov says

Those state troopers who were driving Bill Gibbons were working, the governor reassures us.

Jul 23, 2014 1:47 PM

Business Coalition makes endorsements

From the inbox:

The Nashville Business Coalition (NBC) has announced its endorsements in Davidson County state legislative races scheduled for August 2014. The NBC is a political action committee comprised of business leaders committed to supporting local and state candidates who understand the importance of a more prosperous business environment.
The NBC endorsements:

Senate District19 – Thelma Harper (incumbent)

Senate District 24 – Jeff Yarbro

House District 55 – Gary Odom (incumbent)

“Nashville’s business community applauds all those who choose to run or re-run for public office,” said NBC Chair Nancy Stabell. “Our coalition is pleased to support incumbents – Sen. Thelma Harper and Rep. Gary Odom – who have consistently been supporters of pro-business legislation that benefits our economy.”
“We are also pleased to support Jeff Yarbro in the Senate District 24 race; as a successful, civic- minded attorney, Jeff understands the complexity of the issues facing Nashville,” Stabell added. “He has been a longtime volunteer in Metro Schools and serves as an advocate for solutions to our city and region’s growing congestion challenges. We encourage business leaders to make their voices heard in support of pro-business candidates and vote in the upcoming primary and general elections.”

Jul 23, 2014 9:26 AM

Vouching for vouchers

One of the Koch brothers leads an organization dedicated to school vouchers. Said group hosted a forum on same yesterday in Nashville.

Jul 23, 2014 7:03 AM

Laura for Joe

Five hundred folks showed up to hear Laura Ingraham use more metaphors than your average Nashville Scene sports columnist:

Comparing U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to an old sweater, a hooked fish, beige wallpaper and a baseball player who has struck out, Ingraham urged listeners to believe Carr, a three-term state representative from Lascassas, can upset the incumbent senator in the Aug. 7 Republican primary.

Jul 23, 2014 7:01 AM