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Replace, retain, spend

Spending on TV ads in the Supremes campaign (race? what do we call this? effort?) has topped $575,000.

Jul 31, 2014 7:02 AM

Today in the Third

Chuck Fleischmann is launching a negative ad; Weston Wamp is launching a pursed-lips, head-shaking, look-at-this-other-guy-being-negative ad.

Jul 31, 2014 7:01 AM

A Study In Scarlet

How did Tennessee become so Republican so fast? The Flyer investigates.

Jul 31, 2014 6:58 AM

TVA CEO recommends rate increase similar to last year

Sources tell Post Politics that TVA CEO Bill Johnson will recommend a rate increase "similar to last year's" at the TVA Annual Rate Review. Last year's increase was 1.5 percent at the retail level.

Jul 30, 2014 9:41 AM

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