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Tennessee Judges remain unscathed

Tennessee Judges remain unscathed

on August 8, 2014, 6:35 AM / in News, State News

After a strong push by some, including Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, the Tennessee Supreme Court remains the same. Judicial Retention Supreme Court Cornelia A. (Connie) Clark – Retain 478,617 Cornelia A. (Connie) Clark – Replace 375,334 Sharon Gail Lee – Retain 489,566 Sharon Gail Lee – Replace 365,540 Gary R. Wade – Retain 484,796 Gary R. Wade – Replace […]

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Strong and Free Tennessee’s influence wains in at least two state committee positions

on August 8, 2014, 6:28 AM / in News, State News

Both Kathryn Bryson and Shannon Slayton Haynes won positions as Tennessee State Executive Committeewoman District 26 and 27 respectively, the latter showing strong support in Madison County. Both were opposed by Strong and Free Tennessee PAC, a rather shady group of Republicans that supported more moderate candidates in image of the governor. The unofficial results for the remainder of State […]

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Governor Haslam Returns to win the Republican primary

Governor Haslam Returns to win the Republican primary

on August 8, 2014, 6:12 AM / in News, State News

The current governor easily defeated 3 other Republican candidates winning 565,497 votes of 645,011 votes cast or 87.7% percent of the votes cast. He will face Charles V. “Charlie” Brown – Democratic primary winner as well as Shaun Crowell (Constitution) – Veterinarian, Businessman & ’12 US Sen. Candidate, Isa Infante (Green) – Attorney, Ex-College Professor & ’07 Knoxville Mayor Candidate, […]

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Johnson City: Does the state’s animal cruelty law lack teeth?

Johnson City: Does the state’s animal cruelty law lack teeth?

on August 5, 2014, 8:33 AM / in News, State News

NEEDS COMMENTS! This is a local attempt to change the state’s law regarding crating and tethering of dogs. All comments are needed but especially comments from people in east Tennessee. You can make comments on the site and/or e-mail comments to mailbag@johnsoncitypress.com to appear in the newspaper. Dog show exhibitors, breeders, hunters, and others who use crates: crating is included […]

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Democratic activists were behind controversial Klan ads in Mississippi

Democratic activists were behind controversial Klan ads in Mississippi

on August 5, 2014, 8:07 AM / in National News, News, State News

By David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner A Democratic activist has claimed responsibility for controversial radio ads that attempted to tie Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel to the Ku Klux Klan. Ruth Harris, 65, of Jackson, Miss., said she and five other like-minded Democratic women pooled their resources to fund three radio spots urging voters to support Sen. Thad Cochran over […]

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From our friends at Family Research Council

From our friends at Family Research Council

on August 5, 2014, 8:03 AM / in National News, News, State News

FRC’s Senior Fellow for Regulatory Policy, Chris Gacek, commented on the appellate case in an opinion piece, “No Fundamental Right to Same-Sex Marriage,” for the Cincinnati Inquirer yesterday. To boil the argument down quite a bit, homosexual plaintiffs argue, among other things, that the constitutional protections of the Fourteenth Amendment include a “fundamental right” to enter into same-sex “marriages.” Unfortunately, […]

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Prayer for Tennessee….

Prayer for Tennessee….

on August 5, 2014, 7:59 AM / in News, State News

On Wednesday, August 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit is scheduled to hear arguments as to whether or not laws defining marriage between one man and one woman are constitutional. Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan and  Kentucky will be impacted by the outcome of the court’s decision. This is a pivotal moment in our state and nation […]

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One more wave of Strong and Free Tennessee

One more wave of Strong and Free Tennessee

on August 5, 2014, 7:42 AM / in News, State News

Here comes the next one. This mailer arrived in District 16 yesterday afternoon. The other side of the mailer states …..”will help governor Haslam keep our party moving forward”. The competition from Frances Arthur and Sam T. Harper must be fierce or the established Republican party members so concerned that they sneak to extremes to hide their actions against members […]

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Taking you one Step Further on The Mailers from Strong and Free Tennessee

Taking you one Step Further on The Mailers from Strong and Free Tennessee

on August 4, 2014, 10:37 AM / in News, State News

Last week, we, The Jackson Press, started a small firestorm presenting a couple of articles on the mailing of $28,000 dollars worth of advertising supporting moderate Republicans against conservative Republicans. “Strong and Free Tennessee” Mailers Subject: “Strong and Free Tennessee” Mailers Shadow Mailers cause uproar in Tennessee Republicans question Strong & Free PAC ties The last article was published in the Tennessean […]

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Update on the Governor’s handing out grants in West Tennessee:

Update on the Governor’s handing out grants in West Tennessee:

on August 4, 2014, 6:25 AM / in News, State News

The Governor’s travels during this primary campaign season give new meaning to the old political promise of “a chicken in every pot.” (see note at bottom) As we already reported, he personally delivered sizable grants to Both Savannah, Tennessee and Brownsville, Tennessee during the week of July 24. But we neglected to mention the $750,000 he delivered to Parsons, TN. […]

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Shadow Mailers cause uproar in Tennessee

Shadow Mailers cause uproar in Tennessee

on August 2, 2014, 5:14 AM / in News, State News

A Republican Civil War By Neil Siders Time line and facts of the case  Last week mailers started to arrive in mail boxes of Republican voters across the State. These mailers were sent by a Political Action Committee (PAC) calling themselves Strong and Free Tennessee. The mailers were sent in support of specific candidates for the internal Republican election of […]

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Republicans question Strong & Free PAC ties

Republicans question Strong & Free PAC ties

on August 1, 2014, 5:20 PM / in News, State News

Story by Tena Lee A campaign flier endorsing candidates across the state for key positions within the Republican Party has several party members questioning who sent it and if election laws were broken. Ruth Fennell, an 18th district candidate for Republican State Executive Committeewoman, recently filed a complaint with the Sumner County District Attorney’s office regarding Strong & Free Tennessee, […]

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Pow! Bam! Fleischmann, Wamp trade jabs: Both candidates launch new campaign ads today

Pow! Bam! Fleischmann, Wamp trade jabs: Both candidates launch new campaign ads today

on July 31, 2014, 6:54 AM / in News, State News

by Louie Brogdon  /  Chattanooga Times Free Press With one week to go before the state primary, TV ad wars are raging in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann’s campaign is launching its fourth television attack ad in about two weeks against Republican challenger Weston Wamp today. The ad, set to run in the Chattanooga and Knoxville markets, […]

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TN political legend calls retention election a ‘political ploy,’ focused on Amendment 2

TN political legend calls retention election a ‘political ploy,’ focused on Amendment 2

on July 30, 2014, 6:11 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler  NASHVILLE — Don’t waste your time and energy fretting over whether to retain three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in an Aug. 7 election, said Tennessee political legend John Jay Hooker. “All of that is just a political ploy,” Hooker, 84, told Tennessee Watchdog this week. Hidden beneath the superficial layers of this retention election, Hooker told Tennessee […]

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Chattanooga noise ordinance appears to have City Council backing

Chattanooga noise ordinance appears to have City Council backing

on July 30, 2014, 6:03 AM / in News, State News

by Joy Lukachick  / Chattanooga Times Free Press A swelling crowd Tuesday night supported a move at the Chattanooga City Council in support of revamping the city’s sound ordinance to breathe new life into the music and entertainment options downtown. But after the signs and support at a public hearing were gone, one business owner stepped to the podium to […]

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Arkansas: 2014 Candidates for Congress – Where They Stand

Arkansas: 2014 Candidates for Congress – Where They Stand

on July 30, 2014, 5:30 AM / in News, State News

by RUTH KING, 2014 CANDIDATES FOR CONGRESS Filing Deadline (Party & Write-In Candidates): March 1, 2014 Primary: May 20, 2014 Voter Registration: http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/Pages/voterRegistration.aspx Deadline for Registering to Vote: 30 days prior to an election in which you wish to vote To see the actual voting records of all incumbents on other issues such as Foreign Policy, Second Amendment Issues, Homeland […]

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“Strong and Free Tennessee” Mailers

“Strong and Free Tennessee” Mailers

on July 29, 2014, 5:59 PM / in News, State News

Suspected illegal mailers hit Tennessee: An unregistered Political Action Committee is spending big bucks to influence who is elected to the Republican State Executive Committee or SEC. There is a very interesting story developing regarding those mailers from”strong and free Tennessee”– a PAC that no one can find a record for. See below. Editor’s Note: Maybe, I should also tell you […]

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Subject: “Strong and Free Tennessee” Mailers

Subject: “Strong and Free Tennessee” Mailers

on July 29, 2014, 5:59 PM / in News, State News

The following letter was released today in regards to possible illegal mailers from Strong and Free Tennessee Fellow members, By now you are possibly aware of identical mailers appearing in SEC districts across the state endorsing candidates for election on August 7 – in some cases endorsing against sitting members of the committee. Efforts to pin down the origin, funding […]

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Missouri Governor Signs Bill to Replace Common Core Standards

Missouri Governor Signs Bill to Replace Common Core Standards

on July 29, 2014, 8:29 AM / in News, State News

By Dr. Susan Berry Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has signed legislation that provides for a task force to write new education standards that will eventually replace the Common Core in his state. Nixon’s office announced his approval of the measure Monday, the last possible day the governor could take action on bills passed earlier this year, local news KMBC.com […]

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Common Core as an Election Issue

Common Core as an Election Issue

on July 29, 2014, 8:26 AM / in News, State News

Early voting in TN continues through August 2; primary election day is August 7th. The opposition to Common Core is not over. I hope that none of our subscribers speaks to any candidate for state or federal office without determining their position on Common Core.  Just as important is the fact that there are many local school board races on […]

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