A new day….Lots to accomplish!!

Good morning

Because I expected a big crowd as well as a lot of protesters in the Capitol outside Old Supreme Court room, I was there just before eight o’clock. Well, thankfully the protestors never arrived, but just before nine the Legislators and reporters started arriving.  Only Legislators and credentialed reporters and a few staff were allowed in the room for Caucus meeting.

In addition to the important events of this day, some other very  important stories have come to light.  Please see links at the bottom of this post.

Note: Just a bit of fun before the serious stuff: Natalie Allison a reporter for The Tennessean, posted some pictures including one of Rep. David Hawk and me (with our backs to the camera), and sent this tweet which was answered by a good friend!!  I laughed and laughed!! I love my friends!!

Natalie Allison  @natalie_allison  Here’s the scene (it’s weird) via my bad photos. Members are walking in on the red carpet. An older woman who lobbies for conservative causes is hugging each. Reps keep shaking my hand so I am sort of part of a receiving line. David Byrd is here. No protesters have come. #tnleg

Kay Brooks @KayBrooks
·”older woman” Turn in your journalism card, Sweetie. If you don’t know who .@BobbiePatray is you can’t possibly do your job well at the legislature. She’s been there longer than you’ve been alive. She knows these people & as a result she cares about them–& so the hugs. #tnleg

Some other sweet comments I received:
“Wouldn’t be right if you weren’t here.”  “No one is more faithful than you!” “Sorry you can’t be in there.”

Who were the candidates for speaker?


One of these men will be Tennessee’s next House speaker. Here’s how they say they’ll run things.
Natalie Allison and Joel Ebert, Nashville Tennessean Published 5:00 a.m. CT July 23, 2019

Cameron Sexton Chosen House Republican Caucus Speaker Select

July 24, 2019 Laura Baigert

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — After four rounds of voting, State Representative Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) won the battle to become the House Republican Caucus Speaker Select late Wednesday morning.

Sexton came out the leader, after a process of elimination of the other five candidates, with 41 votes.

Sexton is set to replace the current embattled Speaker Glen Casada (R-Franklin), who was himself the Speaker Select following a Republican House Caucus meeting in November 2018 and officially elected by the full House membership in January, when the Tennessee House of Representatives meets in special session on August 23.

The meeting, held in the former Supreme Court chambers in the State Capitol, was attended by 70 of the 73 Republican members of the House. As indicated near the start of the meeting, it would take 36 votes to achieve a majority.
Representatives Charlie Baum (R-Murfeesboro), Dale Carr (R-Sevierville) and current House Speaker Glen Casada (R-Franklin) were absent.

The six candidates for Speaker, in the order that they drew at the outset of the meeting to determine when they would make their speeches, were Representatives Jay Reedy (R-Erin), Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough), Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah), Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville), Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) and Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville).
Johnson opposed Casada for the Speaker role in the November 2018 House Republican Caucus election.

Just before the meeting start time of 9 a.m., House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R-Portland) asked that all of the candidates for Speaker as well as Speaker Pro-Tem meet in the adjoining office, which lasted about 10 minutes.

After the roll call, prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, the first order of business was for the House Republicans to vote, on a simple yes or not ballot, whether the vote counts would be announced for all rounds of voting. That measure passed with 45 Yes votes and 25 No votes.

Four poll watchers were assigned as was a door monitor to ensure that all members got a ballot, oversee the vote counts, were present during the voting and result reporting.

A timekeeper ensured that each candidate did not exceed a three-minute time limit, although none appeared to come close to it

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Rep. Cameron Sexton Distances Himself From Glen Casada As New House Speaker Nominee


Tennessee House Republicans have chosen Crossville Republican Cameron Sexton as their next pick for speaker.

The lawmakers held a private caucus meeting this morning to select the person likely to replace outgoing Speaker Glen Casada. After four rounds of voting, Sexton won the nomination and told reporters his first order of business will be to talk to all the members and potentially reconfigure the committees already in place.

During his pitch to fellow lawmakers, Sexton seemed to distance himself from Casada.

“You will never see a ‘kill bill list’ coming from my office to tell any chairman what to do or what not to do,” Sexton said in reference to lawmakers’ claims that Casada instructed committee chairmen not to move certain legislation.

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Rep. Jeremy Faison running for House GOP caucus chair to replace speaker nominee Cameron Sexton

Natalie Allison, Nashville Tennessean Published 4:13 p.m. CT July 24, 2019

Now that House Republican Caucus Chairman Cameron Sexton has been named the nominee for House speaker, GOP members in the chamber have another vacancy to fill: Sexton’s.

Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, is the first member to say he is interested in the job.

“Nobody in my caucus will ever wonder what I’m thinking,” said Faison, who confirmed hours after Sexton’s caucus nomination for speaker that he will attempt to become the next House Republican Caucus chairman.

“I’m the glue that will pull us all together,” Faison said. “I get along with every group. I’ll make sure that all 72 of my members are actually part of the solutions to the problems that we’re facing.”

August 22, 2019 at 4:00pm, the Caucus will meet to elected a new Caucus Chairman.
August 23, 2019, time to be announced, the General Assembly will meet in Special Session to officially elect a new speaker and do whatever other business is on the calendar.


West Tennessee rep [Bill Sanderson] plans to resign after Speaker vote .
Posted: 9:31 PM, Jul 23, 2019  Updated: 9:31 PM, Jul 23, 2019

Tennessee lawmaker says he rejected House Speaker’s effort to ‘buy’ his vote on vouchers legislation
Posted: 10:54 AM, Jul 21, 2019  Updated: 12:30 PM, Jul 22, 2019

Republican says Speaker’s threats helped pass school vouchers .
Posted: 6:20 PM, Jul 23, 2019  Updated: 6:20 PM, Jul 23, 2019

Tennessee House Speaker asks court to let him off hook for alimony .
Phil Williams, 11:54 AM, Jul 16, 2019

GAME ON: State Rep. Mark Hall Announces Bid for Majority Whip Held by Rick Tillis .
July 5, 2019 Laura Baigert

Resolution finalized to remove Rep. David Byrd from office .
Posted Jul 11, 2019

State Sen. Dickerson, Others in Pain Management Business Sued By United States, Tennessee for Allegedly Committing $25M in Medicare, TennCare Fraud .
July 24, 2019 Jason M. Reynolds

Well, there you have it.  Wow – my head is STILL spinning and only time will tell how all this will play out!  I do know one thing — we are DIRECTED to pray and we MUST pray for our leaders.  As this new path is chartered, we have never needed Divine direction worse than we do now.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Bobbie Patray

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