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Gordon Ball asks Alexander about Amendment 1

The Democratic hopeful thinks it's a fair question:

The Gordon Ball campaign publicly calls on Sen. Lamar Alexander to announce how he intends to vote on Amendment 1 when he returns from Washington to cast his ballot. Amendment 1 will appear on the ballot as follows with a yes or no vote:

Shall Article I, of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section:
Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.
"It's a fair question, Yes or No?" said Gordon Ball, democratic candidate for US Senate. "Over the past several years, and particularly during this primary season, we've seen Lamar taking more extreme positions seemingly to shore up the fringe elements on his far right."

"This is an extreme form of government overreach into the private healthcare decisions of a woman," Ball added. "How would Lamar feel if one of his family members was a victim of rape, incest or the life of the mother was in danger? Does he believe the State of Tennessee should force these decisions, or should the decision be made by the woman with her family and
medical professional?"

Jul 16, 2014 8:43 AM

DesJarlais on the attack

Scott DesJarlais is going after Jim Tracy with his first ad.

Jul 16, 2014 7:07 AM

George Flinn writes himself a big check

George Flinn got in the race late and is a real longshot to make any hay in the GOP Senate primary, but George Flinn does have money and he wrote his campaign a $1.8 million check.

Jul 16, 2014 7:01 AM

How is Weston Wamp working?

If Weston Wamp is on paid leave — as one of the principals at his employer says — it could be a campaign contribution and probably a heap of trouble. If he is working remotely — as he himself and another partner claim — then he's golden.

On July 3, after announcing a $300,000 personal contribution to the Character Counts PAC to help Wamp's campaign, Lamp Post founder Allan Davis said Wamp had been on paid leave since he hit the campaign trail in January. And when asked Tuesday, Davis again said Wamp was on paid leave.

But Jack Studer, also a Lamp Post partner, said Davis was mistaken.

"We don't have a paid leave status -- he's not in it. If there is one, I want to get in. It sounds like a pretty sweet deal," Studer said. "Allan is obviously one of our founders and does great work here, but he's not a detail guy."

Jul 16, 2014 6:55 AM

Why did Joe Carr's campaign loan a millionaire's company $200K?

Over at the Scene, there's an explanation for that $9,500 receipt in Carr's last filing: It was interest.

A company owned by right-wing millionaire Andy Miller received a $200,000 loan from Joe Carr's Senate campaign. The company, Life Watch Pharmacy, in turn paid the campaign $9,564.54 in interest on the loan.

Since Miller has already reached the maximum for how much he can give personally, the question is whether this amounts to and end-run around campaign finance limits. Loans from campaigns to corporations are "rare," an election law specialist told the Scene.


There are no prohibitions against campaigns making loans to companies, but according to federal campaign finance regulations, the interest paid by a single-member LLC like Life Watch may be attributed to that member as a contribution.

The LLC is also required to provide documentation that it is eligible to make the contribution. There is none in either the amended filing or in a response from the campaign to the FEC.
Jul 15, 2014 4:13 PM

DAs back the justices

Supreme Court "tough on crime," say people paid to prosecute crime.

Jul 15, 2014 12:31 PM

Ingraham to stump for Carr

Laura Ingraham not only backs Joe Carr, she's going on the stump for him.

Jul 15, 2014 12:30 PM

Register's change on charters

Steve Cavendish on Jesse Register's change on charters.

Jul 15, 2014 12:29 PM

Fleischmann and Wamp agree on a lot of stuff, but not enough

Chuck Fleischmann is engaging Weston Wamp in debates, and the two are having lots of fights about the nature of Washington and the utility of gridlock and whether partisanship is harmful and so forth.

Jul 15, 2014 7:07 AM