TN Report has an excellent interview with Comptroller Justin Wilson who talks Bredesen's legacy, the role of the comptroller, the outlook for the Haslam Administration and Jason Mumpower:
[Mumpower] is a very talented man, he really is, and his background, if you look at the General Assembly, is exactly what this office needs – budget, financial responsibility, ethics, integrity. This is what he did in the General Assembly, and I’m happy to have him here. He’ll also help us very much with the General Assembly, and we’re involved with a lot of legislation, and we’ll review most of the legislation for the General Assembly.
Jan 11, 2011 9:23 AM
Race to become state's next Speaker of the House heating up
Jun 30, 2010 8:49 PM
On Thursday, I was asked on Facebook what I thought about Jason Mumpower's decision not to seek re-election to the state House. It was a simple question but one I really hadn't considered. Sure, I had wondered about the whys and considered the political implications of the decision but what I thought, what I really thought, hadn't entered my mind. The news moves so fast sometimes it's hard to find the time or inclination to really consider what you think about something. Not instant analysis. Not pith commentary. Just thought. So what do I think? I think it's sad. Not because I have any deep personal bond with Mumpower (I don't) and not because I feel as though we are ideological soulmates (we're not). It's sad because, while the decision was surprising, I can understood why he did it. Mumpower is a young and ambitious man. He entered the legislature at 23 and by the age of 35 he was on the cusp of becoming Speaker. And in the blink of an eye, it was all gone. Now Jason Mumpower probably handled the events of Jan. 13, 2009 about as well and as gracefully as anyone could expect. But the reality is there was never any coming back for Mumpower. Often, you hear that what happened to Mumpower on that day could have happened to anyone. Maybe that's true. Maybe whoever the GOP caucus nominee was would have been betrayed by Williams. But the fact is, on the day in question, the nominee wasn't anyone -- it was Jason Mumpower. Mumpower can say that Thursday's decision had nothing to do with losing that Speaker's election, that it is "old history." But how can what happened on Thursday not be about what happened on that day? If what happened on Jan. 13, 2009 had not have happened, Mumpower would be the Speaker of House today. He would be maneuvering and looking for ways to consolidate and extend his power. He wouldn't be abdicating his seat. There just isn't anyway of getting around that. And that's the sad part. The precariousness of power. Leadership is a strange and delicate beast. When you are leader you are assuming a lot of responsibility. Responsibly not only for others but for the unknown and the unavoidable. Monday morning quarterbacks can go back and game the situation out and think of ways that Mumpower could have kept Williams in the fold, but the fact was Williams had always been an outsider in his party. Members of the caucus had worked against him in more than one elections. Kent Williams was in many senses a land mine, lying in wait, detonated by circumstance. But Williams went off under Mumpower's watch so he is responsible. Power is about perception as much as anything. In the movie Miller's Crossing, there is a very poignant moment when a gangster's right hand man explains the delicate nature of power. "You run this town because people think you do. Once they stop thinking it, you stop running it." Titles are important but real power seldom comes solely from them. On the day Kent Williams was elected speaker, Jason Mumpower lost something he couldn't ever get back. He lost that intangible quality that leaders need. He was the same man with the same title as before -- but something was different. Mumpower's image had been tarnished ever so slightly. The balloon had popped. Those he led began to see him differently. Mumpower, despite his protestations, was probably not going to be chosen as his party's leader next year and he probably was not going to be their nominee for Speaker. I suppose he could have simply taken a seat as just a another member of the General Assembly, but a man driven by ambition like Mumpower has to have something to work toward. There was simply no longer a future for Mumpower in the House. No, I don't think there was any kind of scandal. Rumors like that, in this day and age, come with the territory, especially for those within a certain age bracket, but that does not mean they have any truth to them. Some people who get as close as Mumpower did to a dream and fall short become obsessed by it. The continued chase becomes like a drug. Long after it has become impossible to achieve the dream, the dreamer keeps after it, longing for that feeling they had when they first tasted the ambition. To have the courage to simply put a dream aside is bold and admirable. However, the sense of sadness remains. The fact that our perceptions of people are so fragile is troubling. One minute we perceive someone one way and the next minute, through little or no fault of their own, we perceive them differently -- and there's no going back. It's disconcerting. But it's also unavoidable. It's human nature.
Mar 28, 2010 7:55 PM
No, not that one. I'm talking about his state house seat out there in Sullivan County. Word on the Twitternets is that Rep. Matthew Hill's little brother, Timothy, is looking to make a try for the seat and was reportedly on his way to snatch up a petition just as soon as Mumpower announced his retirement. Hill the Younger is no stranger to politics having served as an aide to former U.S. Representative David Davis. If he does become a candidate, his record as a Davis aide is sure to become an issue. In 2007, Hill was reprimanded and embarrassed when it was revealed that he had tampered with the Wikipedia pages of both his boss, Davis, as well as his brother. Hill removed or altered information pertaining to Davis' participation in an August 1999 "lobbying airlift" arranged by King Pharmaceuticals to get King's Altace drug onto Tenn- Care's preferred drug list. He also removed other references to the Gregory family on both pages. The Gregory family controls King Pharmaceuticals and were until recently major contributors to Republican candidates and causes. At first, Hill reportedly denied being a party to the vandalism but eventually accepted responsibility. "It wasn't intended to keep public records from people. It was something I felt was inappropriate information," Hill told Hank Hayes at the time. "I'm still in the learning process as much as anybody else, and I have learned from this experience." GOP politics are a family affair for the Hill's. Not only is Timothy's brother a state representative, his father, Kenneth Hill was recently named head of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. UPDATE: Hill has filed. Humphrey has more.
Mar 25, 2010 3:00 PM
The press release following the big news:
State Representative and House Majority Leader Jason Mumpower (R-Bristol) announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election this November to the 3rd State House District. In a statement to the Tennessee House of Representatives on the House floor Thursday morning, Mumpower expressed his gratitude to the people he has represented in the 3rd District during his 14 years of service in Nashville. He was only 23 and was a recent graduate from King College when he won his first term two-year term as a state representative. “I am so grateful to the people in Sullivan and Johnson Counties for their support of me,” Mumpower said. “It has been an honor to serve them, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. I’ve lost a lot of hair and put what I can only guess is more than 270,000 interstate miles on my cars driving from Bristol to Nashville to serve the 3rd District. I have made many, many friends, and I thank all of you for those friendships.” In 2008, Mumpower led House Republicans to the first ever House Republican majority in the history of Tennessee. He was elected by his colleagues in December 2006 to serve as Republican Leader, and was re-elected to the position in 2008. Mumpower was first elected to the Tennessee House in 1996. “Jason Mumpower is my representative, my longtime friend, and my ally,” said Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. “I’m proud he led the House to its first Republican majority in history. I have been proud to call him my representative for these past years.” In his remarks to the House, Mumpower told the story of an interview with Bill Watterson, the creator and writer of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. At the height of its popularity, Watterson simply stopped writing Calvin and Hobbes without explanation. Fifteen years later, in a rare interview when Watterson was asked why he stopped, he replied, “It’s always better to leave the party early.” “Leader Mumpower has led the caucus with distinction for four years,” said House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada. “He has held together this caucus through some very difficult times. I have been fortunate to be able to work alongside him and to call him a friend.” Mumpower said he looks forward to the rest of this session of the 106th General Assembly. He added he “looks forward to the challenges ahead,” after his current service comes to a close. “The benefit of having been first elected at the young age of 23 is that I could serve for 14 years here at the legislature and still be able to start a new phase in my career before I turn 40,” Mumpower said. Mumpower will serve out his term through the end of 2010. A new representative for the 3rd House District will be elected this November.See the full release including comments from legislators and career highlights right here.
Mar 25, 2010 12:01 PM
Rep. Jason Mumpower, just now during personal orders, announced from the well of the General Assembly that he will not be running for re-election to his state house seat. Noting his 14 years of service, Mumpower says he is "not giving up the fight but looking forward to new challenges." Having served in the legislature for nearly a third of his life, Mumpower said he wants to take the opportunity to "start a new phase of his life" before he turns 40. Mumpower, the Republican Majority Leader, was the Republican caucus's candidate for Speaker in 2009. His anticipated and expected election was thwarted when the Democratic caucus nominated GOP Rep. Kent Williams. Williams joined with 49 members of the opposite party to elect himself Speaker. Following Mumpower's remarks from the well, Williams had kind words for Mumpower while standing in the very spot Mumpower had hoped to be standing just over a year ago. "We appreciate your service and wish you the best in what you choose to do in the future. Thank you for your wonderful service," said Williams. SEE ALSO: VIDEO at TnReport.com Hank Hayes Tom Humphrey Erik Schelzig Speak To Power InSession Jeff Woods Tre Hargett Craig Fitzhugh Josh Smith WCYB Stacey Campfield
Mar 25, 2010 10:02 AM
From a presser:
House Majority Leader Jason Mumpower (R-Bristol) and House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada (R-Franklin) today called on House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner (D-Nashville) to apologize for his statements calling Tennesseans who oppose President Obama’s federal government takeover of healthcare racists. Mumpower and Casada held a press conference in Nashville to express their outrage and called on all Democrats in Tennessee to denounce Turner’s statements. On Monday Chairman Mike Turner was quoted as saying Tennesseans who are opposed to the federal government takeover of healthcare are “against Obama because he’s African-American.” “I’ve heard from countless citizens who are opposed to Obamacare and it isn’t because they are racists. For the Democrats to call racist anyone who opposes an out of control federal government from taking over their healthcare, that is offensive and out of line,” said Mumpower. “Clearly, they are devoid of ideas and are resorting to name-calling.” “We saw it in the last election and I’m sure we’ll see it throughout the election campaigns this fall,” said Casada. “When conservative candidates oppose Obama and big federal government, all the Democrats know to do is wag their fingers in our faces and call us racists.” Over 1.5 million Tennesseans voted against Obama in November 2008, and the overwhelming majority of Tennesseans today oppose the massive federal bailout and outrageous federal takeover of healthcare. Mumpower and Casada said the purpose of their outrage today was to defend all Tennesseans who on principle oppose Obama’s takeover of healthcare against Turner’s charge of racism.SEE ALSO: TNReport Jeff Woods
Mar 23, 2010 1:40 PM
We present to you our annual awards and an irreverent look back at the year in local and state politics
Oct 23, 2009 12:25 PM
Legislators say they are close, but things almost come to blows
Jun 17, 2009 2:06 PM
TNDP chair Chip Forrester issues a retort to those that say the accord he reached with his detractors in the party was less a truce and more unconditional surrender:
Mr. Baker was right when he noted in his article that things were moving in a positive direction at Speaker-emeritus Jimmy Naifeh’s annual Coon Supper. But to characterize this as “surrender” could not be further from the truth. The coming together of all the constituencies for party unity is something I hoped would happen and could not be more pleased with how this has taken place. He also wrongly states that the “deal” requires that I hire an executive director picked by the governor and reporting directly to the governor. This is completely untrue. What we have decided to do is bring on a top-flight communications director (something that I, in fact, campaigned on while running for chair) to more aggressively combat the continued failings of the Tennessee Republican Party which has been hijacked by extremist right wing zealots like Rep. Jason Mumpower, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and the current TNGOP Chair Robin Smith. Given his history as a successful entrepreneur, Governor Bredesen looks at operations from a business perspective and in discussions has suggested that the party develop a business plan to help guide its operating activities, which we are in the process of developing now. The kind of leadership that the governor has given the state in these turbulent economic times is just the kind of leadership he has demonstrated for the Party. What we are really all doing is having the entire team play to its strengths—the governor’s fundraising prowess is key to our statewide financial success, an “all hands on deck” candidate recruitment process that seeks, identifies, recruits and trains the best candidates for 2010, empowers the 72 members of the state Democratic executive committee in a much more visible leadership role, re-engages our 95 county parties, brings the grassroots activists from across the state into the Party and new 21st century communication tools (like our brand new web site www.tndp.org) that creates a community of committed Democratic activists—to do the single most important job we all have—win in 2010. There has been no “surrender” — just the unification of our Party for the battle ahead.
Apr 30, 2009 8:16 AM
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