New names surface, others fade in speculation over key positions in state government
Nov 12, 2008 2:33 PM
Loss of state legislature results in soul searching for Democrats looking for leader
Nov 10, 2008 10:02 PM
If it's at all close, Tuesday may be a long night in Clarksville in the race between Democratic nominee Tim Barnes and write-in candidate Rosalind Kurita:
Koelman said after the polls close Tuesday, voting information is downloaded from the machines and vote totals will be printed on spreadsheets. Under the write-in category will be a total number of votes recorded, then each of those votes will also be printed out. Counting board members will then look at each of the printed names to determine if it is a valid vote. "The number of votes (for a particular write-in candidate) won't be known until we count them by hand," Koelman said. The counting process is likely to take longer in Montgomery County because of voter volume. Early voting accounted for 36,168 of the county's 90,063 register voters. Meanwhile, rural Houston County has 5,200 registered voters, and through 11 a.m. Wednesday, only 1,753 of them had voted early. As mentioned, Cheatham has nearly 24,000 registered voters with maybe half of that number participating in early voting. After Tuesday's election results are reported locally, and nationwide, vote counting in the 22nd District state Senate race will continue.
Nov 3, 2008 12:55 PM
Sean Braisted asserts that State Senator Rosalind Kurita finally showed her true colors as a "Republican" when she contributed a sizable sum to the Tennessee Republican's Legislative Campaign Committee. Now, let's get this straight. Rosalind Kurita is a pro-choice nanny-statist. Always has been, always will be. If she wanted to be a crypto-Republican, she would have ran straight-up as an Independent in her relection bid instead of running as a Democrat, the only way she could could lose. What exactly would you have her do? Contribute money to the party that ousted her? Please. While we all like to talk about political parties as though they are about principles and ideas, in the end, parties are just a means to an end. That end, of course, being political power. Parties are not think tanks. They are not universities. They are entities created to achieve electoral victories Republicans out of pure political opportunism are helping her as best they can. She is returning the favor. It's just politics, pure and simple. Kurita needs to get elected. Democrats won't help. Republicans will. But Kurita is Kurita. I haven't seen her change a ideological or policy position to suit her new political friends. You can call her a "Republican" if that makes you feel better, but if you believe that she is any less a champion of the progressive ideals that many would call "Democratic", you are fooling yourself. She may have drew first blood by expressing her disgust with the good ole boy Dixiecrat Democratic leadership in the Senate by voting for Republican Speaker Ron Ramsey, but it didn't have to end this way. The Democratic Party pushed her away just as much more than she pulled away from it.
Nov 2, 2008 11:27 PM
Move by State Senator's legal team falls short
Oct 24, 2008 4:44 PM
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Oct 23, 2008 9:12 PM
Rosalind Kurita is not on the ballot in her race for re-election to the state Senate yet the Democratic Party wants to remind you that she is running -- and that she allegedly violated campaign finance law:
According to a complaint filed today with the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, Sen. Rosalind Kurita used her political action committee (PAC) to funnel more than $25,000 in illegal contributions to her Senate campaign. According to the sworn complaint filed by Ricky Wallace of Montgomery County, Kurita in August and September illegally used her Kurita Majority PAC to pay for campaign expenses during that period, including: $17,070 for direct mail, $7,917 for legal services, and $665 for media consulting. Under state law, PACs can only provide up to $7,500 in contributions for a Primary or General Election. “Unfortunately, Sen. Kurita is so power-hungry that she’s flagrantly violating Tennessee’s campaign finance law,” said Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Gray Sasser. “She broke the law by crossing the one hundred foot boundary during the primary, and now, she’s cheating by illegally using PAC funds to cover her campaign expenses.”Interesting that the Party would call attention to Kurita's PAC which was created to establish a Democratic Majority in the legislature. A rare move for a woman folks now paint as a crypto-Republican. So, not only are Democrats calling attention to the fact that residents of the Senate's 22nd District can in fact vote for Rosalind Kurita via write-in, they are calling attention to the fact that Rosalind Kurita's vote for Ron Ramsey in 2007 may not have been exactly what it looked like at first glance.
Oct 22, 2008 11:15 AM
The Tennessee Republican Party wonders why Democrats in Tennessee continue to work with political consultants Fletcher, Rowley, Chao, Riddle, Inc. after a Congressman they worked with allegedly promised his mistress a job with the company:
This election cycle, FRCR is doing or has done work for several Democrats running for the Tennessee legislature, including state Senate candidate Tim Barnes - the candidate hand-picked by a few dozen Democrat insiders after Democrat party elites rejected the votes of 4,477 people in the primary and installed Barnes, the certified loser of the election, as the winner.The Tennessee Democratic Party, instead of ignoring a release likely to get ignored, decides to issue a corrective press release giving life to the story that the company doing a majority of the media for Democratic Party candidates in Tennessee is in the midst of a national scandal:
For the Tennessee Republican Party, fact-checking has long been overlooked, according to Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Gray Sasser correcting an erroneous press release distributed by the TNGOP earlier this morning. Fletcher, Rowley, Chao, and Riddle previously worked for Senator Rosalind Kurita in the District 22 Democratic Primary Election. Contrary to the TNGOP's claim this morning, FRCR has never entered into a contractual agreement with the Tim Barnes campaign. The Tennessee Democratic Party, however, has hired Scout Communications for independent expenditures in Senate District 22.
Oct 20, 2008 9:35 AM
State senator sought injunction while waiting on Sixth Circuit
Oct 17, 2008 12:24 PM
From a press release:
Senator Rosalind Kurita (D-Clarksville) received a major endorsement from the Tennessee State Employees Association (TSEA) in her write-in campaign for the State Senate. "From those state employees who provide disaster relief, to those who work with children in foster care, and from those who protect our highways to those who care for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled, our state is fortunate to have so many dedicated state workers," said Sen. Kurita. "I am honored to receive this endorsement and appreciate their support." The Tennessee State Employees Association represents hundreds of state employees in the 22nd Senatorial District, which includes Montgomery, Cheatham and Houston counties.SEE ALSO: The National Rifle Association The Clarksville-Montgomery County Voters Council
Oct 16, 2008 11:00 AM