The governor says Chris Christie may come down to help him with his re-election efforts, which is an awfully big name to bring to town for a coronation, but here we are:
“If Chris came down, we’d love to have him,” he said, adding that the two had talked about events this summer or fall without nailing down a “definite plan yet.”
Whether the measure reflects the governor's intentions or handcuffs him is an open question, but the bill moves to the Senate. Surprisingly, Americans For Prosperity and the House Democratic Caucus have different feelings about the bill.
The TNGOP wants to reach out to minority voters:
Victor Evans, a former teacher and Rhodes College graduate with a Masters from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, joins the TNGOP as its Engagement Director. His responsibilities include enlisting support from the African-American, Latino, and other minority communities across Tennessee. Evans will also direct the TNGOP’s Global Engagement Team, which has already been actively working in Nashville to grow minority support.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus applauded the move and stated, “Victor Evans brings valuable skills and experiences to the Republican Party. He will play a critical role in strengthening our ties to all Tennessee voters. His hire will ensure our positive vision for the country and our message of ‘opportunity for all’ reaches across the state.”
Devaney remarked, “Victor understands we have a lot of ground to make up in communities across Tennessee—and he’s helping to lead the effort. We will compete for every voter across the Volunteer State. Whether it is educational opportunities for all students or fighting for adults who need a job now, we’re the Party of opportunity. Victor will be instrumental in communicating that message for all in 2014.”
Evans, who is fluent in Spanish, has already been working on behalf of the TNGOP for several months now. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” he said. “Whether it is in Frasier in Shelby County or East Nashville in Davidson, people are feeling empowered by the Republican Party’s message. This isn’t a one-time proposition. This is about laying the groundwork for years to come.”
While in Washington on Monday, Bill Haslam tells the KN-S that he asked the Health and Human Services Department to pitch an expansion idea to him.