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.
John Ray Clemmons is up with his first TV ad (see it here) in his bid to primary Gary Odom:
We launched the first television commercial of my campaign today by highlighting the sharp contrast between my proven record and beliefs and the inconsistent record of 28-year incumbent Gary Odom.
The spot, entitled “New Beginning,” began airing today on television in Nashville and will air through Election Day on August 7th.
I am a progressive Democrat. I have proven that through my actions as a neighborhood and non-profit leader and advocate for progressive causes and issues in the 55th District. I am proud to have been appointed to positions of trust by former Governor Phil Bredesen and Mayor Karl Dean.
It is time for change in the 55th District.
After 28 years in office, Gary Odom has lost his way. Odom can’t serve two masters by claiming to represent “Democratic values” on one hand while using his influence as a lobbyist to funnel money to the campaigns of Republican and Tea Party legislators who are diametrically opposed to the values of the 55th District.
The Republican and Tea Party legislators that Odom supports tried to put guns in our parks and restaurants. They want to control our elected school board. They want to decide what the future of our city looks like. They have refused to expand Medicaid or to participate in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Perhaps most troubling, many of these Tea Party legislators have filed bills that constitute a “war on women” by refusing to address income inequality and trying to interfere with their personal health care decisions.
I will be a strong, progressive voice in the state legislature for the people of the 55th District. I will fight the Tea Party in Tennessee and oppose the influence they want to exert on local issues in Nashville.
Nashville was built by progressive leaders. I will stand up to the Tea Party legislature interfering with our city’s future.