Democrat Douglas Henry joined every Republican in voting for the photo-ID voting bill, which thus passed the Senate last night:
“This gives the Division of Elections a tool to detect and deter voter impersonation,” Ketron said. But Sen. Roy Herron, D-Dresden, called it “a modern-day poll tax.” Naming several Democratic constituencies, he said some voters would have to pay to travel distances to obtain photo IDs so that they could exercise their right to vote. “If you’re a senior citizen, if you’re disabled, if you’re poor and don’t own an automobile, that’s a substantial burden,” Herron said. “...The problems that are solved by this, if any, are far outweighed by the problems that are caused by this.”The Senate Democratic Caucus issued a release expressing their collective "disappointment" at the bill, which they said "disenfranchises" Tennesseans and passed on a "party-line" vote.
Feb 15, 2011 7:20 AM
Former state house majority leader running for mayor of Clarksville
Mar 31, 2010 4:12 PM
Donn Janes, a candidate for Congress in the 8th District, confirms that he will not file to run in the Republican primary but as an independent in the general election as a 'Tea Party' movement aligned candidate. From a press release:
This past Saturday, Donn Janes, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Tennessee’s 8th District spoke in Paris, TN, to an estimated 300 Tea Party activists from the West Tennessee area. “As of today, I am no longer going to run for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican," Janes announced. "We need to change the way we elect our representatives. We continue to rely on the two-party system to provide us with different choices; but thanks to this corrupt system, there is little difference between the two of them. Both parties voted to increase the size of our government; both parties voted to trade your freedoms for security; and both parties are responsible for our monstrous debt, our failing economy and the exporting of our jobs overseas. I will be running as an independent Tea Party Candidate, a candidate who doesn’t answer to or work for party leadership, but a candidate who will work for the people of West Tennessee.” When asked about what led to this decision, Mr. Janes stated that the National Republican Party continues to aggressively support candidates who lack depth on issues and conservative values, but instead focus on candidates who are able to self fund or raise large sums of money. During the extended question and answer portion following his speech, Mr. Janes was asked if he thought his running as an independent would split the vote. “I intend to. I will be asking for votes from both Democrats and Republicans, many who are fed up with their party’s refusal to adhere to their respective party platforms. Over the course of my traveling within the 8th District, I believe there are enough conservative Democrats and right-minded Republicans who will enable me to win.” Janes was asked about the Proposed “Contract From America”. “We’ve had a ‘Contract From America’ for over 200 years. It’s called the Constitution of the United States. That’s the only contract we need," he replied. Donn first attended a TEA Party event in Memphis, TN, on April 15, 2009. He later challenged the views of ACORN founder, Wade Rafke, at a University of Memphis Lecture. Janes participated in a “Pink Slip” TEA Party event in Nashville on November 7, 2009, to protest the currently proposed health care legislation. Last month he attended the FCC meeting in Memphis to challenge the expansion of its responsibilities. Donn Janes is a candidate for the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District. A Navy veteran and businessman, Janes is an outspoken critic of how both Republicans and Democrats have continued to ignore any calls for fiscal responsibility, causing the United States to plunge deeper into debt.
Jan 10, 2010 11:34 PM
A flack for the National Republican Campaign Committee, who a national blog accused of spreading gay innuendo about congressional candidate Roy Herron, has now become a "receiver" rather than a "giver" of some controversial gay-baiting tactics. At least two national blogs have posted pictures from Facebook from an event NRCC spokesman Andy Sere is listed as having attended. In the photos, young men are pictured with shirts off in what the blogger John Aravosis describes as homoerotic poses. Avarios also speculates that the name of the event "The GOB Freedom Festival" suggests homosexual activity. "Gob" is apparently gay slang for oral sex. But Aravosis is emphatic that all this implies nothing.
Let me clear, I'm not suggesting that the NRCC spokesman or any of his (international) male friends are gay. I'm simply admiring his soft boyish looks, his seeming obsession with homosexual innuendo and the male form, and his incredibly muscled, half-naked, Bel-Ami boy friends who like to get together for long hot weekends without the necessity of all that clothing covering their tight sweaty pecs.UPDATE: Sere responds:
Sorry for the late response - I've been swamped with questions about Stephen Fincher's boffo fundraising performance. As for the blog posts, they're pretty funny. Unfortunately for Roy Herron, West and Middle Tennesseans won't find his support for gay adoption quite as amusing.UPDATE II: An unnamed political operative who knows Andy Sere assures Post Politics that the NRSCC spokesman is all about the ladies -- just in case you were wondering.
"Andy Sere gets more tail than anyone I know in DC. He's short, he's French and the girls love him."(FT: Aunt B.)
Jan 5, 2010 4:32 PM
Rep. John Tanner's last significant opponent has decided to make another run at the 8th District congressional seat now that Tanner has retired. John Farmer, who received 27 percent of the vote against the longtime incumbent in 2006, has announced on Facebook that he will be adding his name to the cavalcade of Republicans pursuing the nomination. The difference between 2006 and this year's campaign will be quite simple, according to Farmer. "In 2006, I won the Republican nomination. In 2010, I will win the congressional seat," Farmer tells Post Politics. Farmer says the decision to reenter the fray was not an easy one, but he ultimately decided to run after the National Republican Campaign Committee seemed to be anointing one of the Republican candidates, Stephen Fincher, over the others in the race. "The NRCC support for Fincher was the impetus for my entering the race. Another candidate, Donn Janes, has been actively campaigning for the District 8 seat for almost a year now. He has been putting in the shoe leather and raising support long before Tanner announced a retirement," says Farmer, who subsequently soured on James' candidacy after the involvement of a controversial activist in his campaign. "Tanner announced his retirement and the NRCC and agri-business big money threw their name into the fray with Fincher.... My uncle was one of those who lost the family farm when agri-business pushed the family farm into oblivion. So it is the powerful seeking to retain power, and in the process the taxpayer gets left behind." Farmer's online presence was one of the highlights of his campaign in 2006 and ultimately morphed into a blog called BlueCollarRepublican.com. And, from the looks of it, this campaign is as blue collar as the last one. "Northwest Tennessee is my home, and our family roots go back almost two centuries in the district. Generations of hard-working, God-fearing folks turned a wilderness into a home. The district sent out into American folklore the likes of Sam Houston and Davy Crockett, the stuff of legends. To aspire to represent such an area behind such legendary men has me feeling somewhat diminutive." Farmer says of his district pride. Farmer is the third candidate to announce in the Republican primary along with Fincher and James and Dr. Rod Kirkland. State Sen. Roy Herron is the frontrunner on the Democratic side. Luther Mercer and law student William Godwin will also be running in the Democratic primary.
Jan 5, 2010 2:59 PM
West Tennessee Democrat commends Tanner's service, will continue to represent 27th state Senate district
Dec 3, 2009 10:38 AM
On the heels of one campaign's change of plans, another calls it quits
Dec 3, 2009 9:41 AM
Ken Whitehouse reports that Rep. John Tanner is saying that his retirement had nothing to do with any fear of taking a loss in 2010:
The Republican Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington issued a statement saying that "rather than face Fincher and make tortured excuses for his liberal party’s job-killing agenda, Rep. Tanner wisely threw in the towel." Au contraire, said Tanner. Republican tough talk almost made him change his mind and run for re-election. "My competitive juices got flowing," he said. "They almost got me to run, but you don't run for office just to beat someone. When you run, you should run to serve."
Dec 2, 2009 12:50 PM
UPDATE: Unexpected retirement prompts gubernatorial candidate to drop out and run for open congressional seat
Dec 1, 2009 8:42 PM
Democratic candidates show their cards for 2010 governors race
Jul 14, 2009 3:18 PM
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