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Ramsey explains why he's plugging money into Supreme Court fight

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey plugged $425,000 into a group rallying to unseat three of the Supreme Court's Democratic appointments after three months ago saying he would limit his involvement to spreading the word, not spending money.

He sent this letter to supporters early this morning explaining why he changed his mind. The message came from his "Ron Ramsey for Tennessee" political operations, although it lists his legislative office address and phone number at the bottom. 

Vote Replace: A conservative cause

Dear Friend,

If you’ve been following the state Supreme Court election, you know that for the first time in decades, Tennesseans are learning about our Supreme Court through the constitutionally-required election process.

You may remember that I began an educational effort to make sure that voters, victims-rights advocates and members of law enforcement knew an important election approached. My goal was to have an engaged and informed electorate so the retention ballot would be a real election rather than a coronation, as in years past.

At that time we knew, based on decisions the Court had made, that their judicial philosophy did not fit the values of most Tennesseans. I believed my role would be limited to raising awareness about the importance of Supreme Court elections.

Today, we know far more about our Supreme Court. Despite asserting that they are nonpartisan, their campaign team is made up entirely of Democrats - and not just any Democrats. Liberal Democrats with direct ties to Obama, Harold Ford Jr., and state Democrat Party chairman Roy Herron.

While their campaign is run by Obama liberals, their fundraising efforts are being executed by trial lawyers who have a vested personal interest in the outcomes of Supreme Court decisions.

The Tennessee Forum, an organization started to oppose Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign and fight a state income tax, is doing exceptional work on this replacement effort. They share the same conservative principles and mission as RAAMPAC, the organization I started over a decade ago to push the legislature in a more conservative direction.

RAAMPAC has always been about more than just obtaining numerical majorities -- it has been about promoting the conservative cause. I cannot in good conscience sit on the sidelines while Obama operatives distort the record of this liberal Supreme Court and attack the reputations of those who oppose them.

My cause is the conservative cause. And the place for conservatives to be is fully behind the effort to replace a Supreme Court that is out-of-touch and out-of-line with Tennessee values.

That is where I am. If you have already voted REPLACE, thank you. If not, I hope you will join me in voting to REPLACE Connie Clark, Sharon Lee and Gary Wade.

Sincerely,

Ronald L. Ramsey
Lieutenant Governor
Speaker of the Senate

1 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN  37243
(615) 741-4524

Aug 1, 2014 1:48 PM

School board races the break the bank

Nearly half of the money that's gone into this year's school board races has gone to the Pierce/Sharpe fight. Unions, advocacy groups and Director of Schools Jesse Register, as well as many others, have pitched in ahead of next week's election day.

Campaign disclosures capturing spending and fundraising activities from July 1 to July 28 show Pierce has also outspent Sharpe. Pierce has spent close to $46,000 in the last month, while Sharpe has spent just under $29,000, both focusing most of their money on mailers and handouts.

Aug 1, 2014 1:21 PM

Could be awkward at the delegation dinners

Diane Black is headlining a fundraiser for Jim Tracy — whom, you'll remember, she engaged in a bitter primary four years ago — and Scott DesJarlais is miffed.

Aug 1, 2014 6:20 AM

Beck playing defense again a week before election day

More than a month after the Davidson County Election Commission voted unanimously to keep Bill Beck on the ballot calling complaints he lives in Sumner County "politically motivated," his Hendersonville neighbor says it's "absolutely not" true Beck lives in Davidson County, reports News Channel 5.

Jul 31, 2014 1:54 PM

Could Scott DesJarlais win?

Roll Call suggests that the incumbent might win in an upset.

Jul 31, 2014 9:51 AM

Alexander internal suggests big Alexander lead, Alexander campaign says

An internal poll shows Lamar Alexander has a 29 point lead over Joe Carr (who has a 19 point lead on George Flinn), Alexander's campaign tells The Tennessean.

Jul 31, 2014 9:49 AM

The quick and dirty

Andrea Zelinski and Steven Hale put together a good guide on the bustling election season in Nashville.

Jul 31, 2014 9:47 AM

Fair winds to The Dean

Tom Humphrey, the Knoxville News Sentinel's long-time Nashville bureau chief and dean of the Capitol Hill Press Corps, is retiring today.

Jul 31, 2014 7:04 AM