Today in endorsements

Craig Fitzhugh endorses Gary Odom and another slate of legislators endorse Joe Carr:

Today, the Joe Carr for Senate Campaign announced the endorsements of Middle Tennessee Representatives Sheila Butt (R-Columbia), Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma), Mark Pody (R-Lebanon), Courtney Rogers (R-Goodlettsville), Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna), Billy Spivey (R-Lewisburg), and Rick Womick (R-Rockvale).

“After what we’ve seen in Virginia and Mississippi, there is no question that this is an election year of change and what happened this week to the Washington establishment will repeat itself in Tennessee,” said Chairman Judd Matheny on behalf of the group of Middle TN Representatives.  “The fact that just last week Sen. Alexander voted to support and confirm the person hand-picked by President Obama to implement ObamaCare shows us just out-of-touch he has become.  We need someone in the U.S. Senate that will stand for working Tennesseans and champion true conservative values.  Joe Carr is a proven conservative leader who challenges the status-quo and does everything he can to combat the Obama-Alexander agenda."

“I’m proud that my fellow Middle Tennessee colleagues have decided to stand with me in our fight to bring Tennessee conservative values back to Washington,” said Rep. Carr.  “Without a meaningful change in leadership, ObamaCare will continue to impose on all of us, the Obama-Alexander climate change regulations will drive businesses away and amnesty will become law.  The choice in this election is very clear, a vote for Sen. Alexander is a vote to support a status-quo agenda that working families in Tennessee don’t want. Voters in Mississippi have rejected the establishment, voters in Virginia have rejected the status-quo, and now it’s time for voters in Tennessee to take a leadership role in this movement for change."


Jun 16, 2014 10:31 AM

The return of technical corrections

Leaders of the two revenue committees say to expect the governor to file something that's sort of like a technical corrections bill to close loopholes, what with revenue projections falling short.

But, Nashville attorney Brett Carter thinks he's got it all figured out:

A Nashville tax attorney, writing in the national publication State Tax Notes, contends the problem isn’t really that complicated. Brett Carter cites the relocation in 2012 of McKesson Corp.’s pharmaceutical distribution center from Memphis to Olive Branch, Miss., just across the state line. Using figures from national sources and from from pending lawsuits for tax refunds, Carter calculates that move alone cost the state up to $150 million per year in lost revenue, not just from McKesson but from pharmaceutical companies whose products were being stored in the company’s warehouses, triggering state franchise tax payments for those companies as well when treated as part of property in Tennessee. Haslam and other state officials won’t address the situation because taxpayer records are confidential.

Jun 16, 2014 6:54 AM

Dem Senate hopefuls set for TV push

Gordon Ball is going on TV and Terry Adams — who is getting painted by Ball as a "progressive liberal" in a surprisingly feisty primary — says he'll go "toe to toe."

Jun 16, 2014 6:50 AM

Race to the top (sort of)

A new study ranks Tennessee the nation's third-most corrupt state, trailing Louisiana and Mississippi. In fairness to our cherubic public officials, the study looked at convictions that happened only between 1976 and 2008. Since Tennessee Waltz, misbehavior by elected officials has gone largely undetected.

Jun 16, 2014 6:47 AM

Steine to introduce subsitute budget

Ronnie Steine has filed a budget that makes $679,000 in changes to the mayor's proposed plan.

Jun 13, 2014 1:44 PM

Bone hires Ingram Group to advise mayoral run

Chas Sisk reports that Charles Robert Bone has hired the Ingram Group to advise his mayoral campaign.

Jun 13, 2014 1:37 PM

Is it time for a change?

Anna Shepherd's challengers say MNPS needs a change. The incumbent isn't so sure.

Jun 13, 2014 12:47 PM

Survey: State's lawyers overwhelmingly recommend keeping targeted justices

Critics question objectivity of survey, lawyers
Jun 13, 2014 12:00 PM

Flinn joins the chorus

Looking at Virginia, George Flinn says "Why not Tennessee?":

The emerging question after Brat’s victory in Virginia has become, what does this mean for similar races across the country?
“It is clear that too much time in Washington creates disconnect with voters. Voters must ultimately decide whether to choose new leadership to step-in and act, or keep their current representation who will just do more of the same,” said Dr. George Flinn.

Dr. George Flinn is the Conservative candidate who is running against Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee’s incumbent of nearly 40 years.

 “I am running for U.S. Senate because unlike Washington bureaucrats, I have a viable plan to fix our healthcare system. As a physician and successful businessman, I personally know the devastating affects of Obamacare. The mandates of Obamacare are hurting businesses and their employees at home, right here in Tennessee. We need to stop talking about it and act immediately to fix it,” said Dr. George Flinn.

“While many in Washington have given up on the fight to fix our broken healthcare system, I have not and I will not. Every Tennessean, every American deserves to be free from the harsh affects of Obamacare. I have a real solution to fixing our broken healthcare system and will fight until it becomes a reality, said Flinn”

Dr. Flinn has worked with corporate executives, industry analysts, and physicians to develop a real, workable solution that will restore the most important part of our healthcare system, the Doctor/Patient relationship.

Jun 13, 2014 8:56 AM

Green grass of home

The state has put its rules together for industrial hemp, but it's an open question as to what the feds are going to do.

Jun 13, 2014 6:57 AM