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Wamp gets super PAC boost

A super PAC spent $193,000 on an ad supporting Weston Wamp. "Hypocrite!" cries the Fleischmann campaign. "I know you are but what am I?" say the Wamp folks.

Jul 30, 2014 6:56 AM

Supremes go on TV

The Supremes counter the attack ad.

And they've snagged an endorsement from the Tennessee Conservative Union.

The leadership of the Tennessee Conservative Union voiced their support for Tennessee Supreme Court Justices Gary Wade, Sharon Lee and Cornelia Clark in the upcoming retention election. TCU Chairman Lloyd Daugherty and Executive Director Kelvin Moxley cited the justices’ fidelity to the state and federal constitutions as sufficient reason to retain the three members of Tennessee’s highest court.

“Both Kelvin and I believe that partisan politics should not be a part of judicial selections. The current effort to unseat these three fine jurists is not borne out of some notion of a continued pattern of power usurpation or rogue judicial conduct. Indeed, the stated reasons for opposing them have nothing to do with their rulings or conduct,” said Daugherty.
Daugherty said, “Partisan politics should not enter into the court system. To allow such undermines the rule of law that is so vital to an orderly and civil society and launches us down a road traveled by Boss Crump and Tammany Hall where justice is dispensed based on what political party you support.”

While we realize that this position is different from our dear friend Ron Ramsey (who will be inducted into the TCU Conservative Hall of Fame) and Lt. Governor Ramsey has accomplished an amazing amount for conservatives, we also recognize that when one party holds all the power, whether it is Republican or Democrat, problems will arise.

TCU has always looked favorably upon conservatives of all stripes, whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent, who support and advance conservative policies and respect for the Constitution. There are a lot of new people involved in politics, and they need to look back at TCU’s record. TCU has shown that the old way of choosing good judges can work.

In 1996, the Tennessee Conservative Union led the fight against sitting Supreme Court Justice Penny White over her failure to uphold the death penalty and the constitution. She subsequently lost the retention vote and was removed from the court. We do not see this sort of rejection of the Constitution by this court, thus can see no reason not to retain these three justices.

Jul 30, 2014 6:53 AM

Alexander goes big

In the first 18 days of July, Lamar Alexander spent $1.34 million on ads. Googly.

Jul 30, 2014 6:50 AM

Clemmons' new ad (with a baby!)

John Ray Clemmons has a new ad (and a new baby).

Jul 29, 2014 10:29 AM

No crossing over for commishes

A new rule bars election commissioners from crossing over in primaries.

Jul 29, 2014 8:59 AM

What's happening in Wilson County

Clark Boyd is running in the Republican primary to un-seat Mae Beavers, questioning her effectiveness, per The Tennessean. Meanwhile, Beavers sent a letter to Boyd (via Facebook), which The Dean posts.

Jul 29, 2014 8:59 AM

Alexander makes an interesting point for primary season

Extolling the virtue of bipartisanship isn't something one usually sees in a primary, but here's Sen. Alexander saying he works with Democrats to, you know, accomplish things.

Jul 29, 2014 6:58 AM

Eagle Forum backs Carr


Eagle Forum PAC, a conservative public policy organization founded by pro-family leader Phyllis Schlafly, has endorsed Tennessee State Rep. Joe Carr for the United States Senate.
"Joe Carr will stand up for families in the U.S. Senate," said Schlafly. "He is a strong voice for limited government and traditional values. When President Obama and his allies in the Senate attack our constitutional liberties, Joe will always defend them.  Joe spoke out against the amnesty that Democrats and establishment Republicans wanted to give to millions of illegal immigrants, and the crisis on our southern border has proved him right.  He recognizes the damage that illegal immigration inflicts on Tennessee's working families. He will fight for a conservative solution that makes border security a priority and restores the rule of law."
"Phyllis Schlafly has had a long and storied record of conservative activism that has played a significant role in shaping the voices that lead today's conservative movement," Carr said. "I am proud and humbled to have the support of a someone so well-respected throughout the conservative movement stand with me in the fight to grow the voice of conservatives in Washington."
"Every day, the President and liberals in the Senate are working to undermine our most fundamental liberties," added Schlafly. "Joe understands that our rights don't belong to the government. He has been a tireless advocate for the unborn, traditional marriage, and the Second Amendment, and he will be the same in the U.S. Senate.  President Obama has drawn a line in that sand," concluded Schlafly, "and he will not back away unless we have strong conservative leaders like Joe Carr standing up and fighting back.  Now more than ever, we need to rally behind true conservatives like Joe Carr."
Eagle Forum PAC supports candidates who are committed to a conservative philosophy of limited government, national sovereignty and traditional values.

Jul 28, 2014 2:18 PM