Scott DesJarlais gets the NRA's nod:
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has endorsed Congressman Scott DesJarlais in the Republican primary for Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District.
According to the NRA, Congressman DesJarlais has earned an “A” rating from the organization for his “consistent and proven voting record” of supporting Second Amendment rights and in opposition to President Obama’s gun control agenda.
“I am honored to have received this endorsement by the NRA, an organization supported by gun owners all across Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District,” said Congressman DesJarlais. “When I ran for Congress, I promised I would never compromise when it came to protecting our right to keep and bear arms. I am proud to have held the line time and time again against the Obama administration’s unconstitutional attempts to curtail our Second Amendment rights.”
Lamar Alexander backs passage of all four amendments on the ballot (to wit: the abortion amendment, the legitimization of the Tennessee Plan, the one that extra-extra bans the already banned income tax, and one allowing veterans groups to have raffles and what not).
A Signal Mountain businessman has filed an FEC complaint against Weston Wamp:
"My concern is that Weston Wamp is being paid to run for Congress and that he is receiving political contributions that are not reported as such," Mann wrote in his complaint.
The state gives legislators thousands of dollars each year to cover the costs of communicating with constituents, and Sen. Stacey Campfield is the first to use that money to air "legislative updates" on cable TV, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.
The money — $6,832 annually for state senators and $2,016 for reps — is typically used on postage and printing costs. Lawmakers tend to stockpile those dollars and either use them on mailers shortly before the elections or transfer funds to fellow legislators. While the state prohibits lawmakers from including political references or postmarking the communications fewer than 30 days from the election, critics argue the communications give incumbents an edge over political challengers. The Dean has more on who gave, who received, and how sitting legislators are spending that money.