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Harwell declares she’s a globalist

Speaker Beth Harwell, Nashville’s biggest hypocrite, has admitted that she’s a globalist.  Harwell made the following statement to the Tennessee Chamber about Common Core standards:

“There have to be standards in place, and the days of telling ourselves, ‘Our schools are doing fine by our own standards,’ that’s not good enough in this world anymore,” Harwell said. “There is a world standard now. There is a national standard now. And we want our children to be meeting it and surpassing it.”

Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2014/01/tennessee-chambers-agenda-zeroes-in.html

If education is as important as politicians like to say it is, to attract good jobs and whatever they pull out of their heads, then why have any State or local standards on anything?  If education standards have to be global or national, then why aren’t working standards globalized?  Why do we need State run courts?  It would save the legislature the hassle of having to provide us with Soviet style judicial elections where the Governor gives us one candidate to vote for.

If standards need to be national or global, then why have State and local governments?  Following Harwell’s line of thinking big spending Republican run State government can be dissolved and the feds and globalist could run everything.  It is a tempting thought because it would rid Tennessee of hypocrite Harwell, momentarily.  The problem is she would run for federal office and then advocate that the UN should dictate national policy.

Common Core “state” Standards – Whodunit Part 2

by Eric Holcombe

In Part 1, I introduced you to the Race To the Top application that committed the state of Tennessee to implementing the Common Core “state” Standards in exchange for federal taxpayer funds. This application was signed by then Governor Phil Bredesen, Commissioner of Education Tim Webb (called the “Chief State School Officer” ), the president of the State Board of Education, B. Fielding Rolston and the State Attorney General, Bob Cooper. Of these signatories, only the Governor is elected. The others are directly appointed by the Governor.

However, in order to claim “state-led” status for the Common Core, it was necessary to get all the “stakeholders” to “buy in” (which of course, does not include actual students or parents). This is claimed in the Race To the Top application on page 17:

“Our districts’ commitment to our application demonstrates both their capacity to embrace change and our state’s ability to fulfill a bold agenda that has broad statewide impact, not just a few pockets here and there. However, while consensus is important, we will be aggressive in only awarding funds to those districts that demonstrate a strong plan of action for implementing all of the reforms in our proposal.
• Section A(1)(ii)(a): Tennessee gave its districts a choice: They could either participate in all of our reform agenda as “participating” districts, as defined in the application, or they could decline to participate entirely. There was no middle ground of “involved” status. We gave this choice because we wanted to demonstrate full statewide commitment and because we feel this application should not be thought of as a “buffet.” All parts are woven together to create a coherent plan. We also used the U.S. Department of Education’s sample MOU because our goals were aligned with it and because our districts asked for an MOU as soon as possible so they could have discussions with their unions and school boards. The MOU, reflecting the terms and conditions of our application, is attached as Appendix A-1-2.
• Section A(1)(ii)(b): Similarly, we sent the U.S. Department of Education’s sample Scope of Work because we believed our goals were aligned with it. We are pleased that 100% of our 136 participating districts and 4 state special schools committed to each and every reform criterion, as the summary table demonstrates. We achieved this sign-on rate even though all participating LEAs will have to implement a bold set of policy and practice changes, including using student growth as one of multiple measures in evaluating and compensating teachers and leaders; denying tenure to teachers who are deemed ineffective as gauged partly by student growth; relinquishing control over their persistently lowest-achieving schools; increasing the number of students who are taught by effective teachers; and, in many cases, opening their doors to more charter schools. The sample Scope of Work is attached as Appendix A-1-3.
• Section A(1)(ii)(c): As a sign of our statewide approach, 131 of our 136 participating districts and 4 state special schools submitted all three applicable signatures – superintendent, school board president, and union leader. The summary table demonstrates that we had 100% success rates in obtaining the signature of every superintendent and applicable school board president, and a 93% success rate in obtaining the signature of every applicable local teachers’ union leader. (Not all Tennessee school districts have collective bargaining; nonetheless, we asked for the support of local union/association leaders regardless of whether they represented teachers in a collective-bargaining capacity.)”

So we have the agreement of all 136 directors of schools (also not elected), the school board presidents of all 136 districts and 93% of the teacher union representatives. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) they each agreed to is found in Appendix A, page A-2:

TN Race To The Trough Appendix A by horbunce

It is rather interesting that Tennessee was just then getting agreement of the districts to implement the “state-led” standards that we allegedly generated – and that they agreed to implementing them without being able to review the draft that was made available to the public in March ( nearly 60 days after this application was submitted) or the two pieces of legislation that the state was working on the week the application was due. Also interesting that we used a federally generated MOU form to help us agree to our “state-led” standards.

Now, the same directors of schools that provided blind unanimous consent to do whatever the state decided, have changed their tune. Now they are circulating a petition against current Commissioner of Education, Tim Huffman. They agreed to this – all of them. Plus the teacher’s union.

So who in state legislature brought the two bills that make up the reforms that have these directors of schools so worked up? The first bill was Senate Bill 5, called the Tennessee First To The Top Act of 2010:

As you can see, this bill was sponsored in the Senate by Jim Kyle (D), Jamie Woodson (R), Dolores Gresham (R), Randy McNally (R), Andy Berke (D), Brian Kelsey (R) and Reggie Tate (D). In the House, it was sponsored by Mike Turner (D), Lois DeBerry (D), Harry Brooks (R), Jimmy Naifeh (D), Craig Fitzhugh (D), Mark Maddox (D), Kent Williams (R) and Bill Dunn (R). This bill deals primarily with the creation of the Achievement School District which is reserved for the lowest academically performing schools and they give up control to the Commissioner of Education. Also included are the much-discussed teacher evaluations and their reliance upon student standardized test scores. However, there is nothing here mentioning the Common Core “state” Standards. That language is solely contained within the Race To The Top Application.

The second bill passed in January 2010 as part of the education “reforms” at Race To The Top time was Senate Bill 6, called the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010:

This bill was passed on January 21, 2010, three days after the Race To The Top application was submitted. This bill has the same Senate sponsors as the First To The Top bill excepting Brian Kelsey and adding Ken Yager (R), Roy Herron (D), Lowe Finney (D) and Mark Norris (R). The House version has the same sponsors excepting Kent Williams and adding Dennis Ferguson (D), Beth Harwell (R), Jim Hackworth (D), Richard Montgomery (R), Eddie Yokely (D), Johnny Shaw (D), Jim Coley (R) and G.A. Hardaway (D).

This bill also does not mention Common Core “state” Standards, but does put all four-year universities under a yet-undetermined “master plan” and puts all two-year colleges under a common “community college” system so they will all be the same. The four-year universities are no longer allowed to offer remedial courses after July 1, 2012. Those will all be provided by the “community college” system. Changes to higher education are necessary to implement all of Common Core, for it seeks to measure students for all P-20 years (pre-school to four years after graduating from a four-year university).

Of these legislators sponsoring these bills, Senators Gresham, Tate and Kelsey remain on the Senate Education Committee today. On the House side, Harry Brooks, Jim Coley, Bill Dunn and Beth Harwell are still active on the Education Committee. These folks should be capable of testifying in the ‘fact-finding’ meeting how much they knew about Common Core and whether their intent in passing these bills was to implement them.
The next post in this series will examine just what exactly was promised regarding the Common Core “state” Standards in the Race To The Top application, since it isn’t clear from the supporting state legislation exactly where these “state-led” standards are coming from.

State Legislative Truth Update March 29, 2013

The Tennessee House Business and Utilities Subcommittee chaired by Blount County Representative Art Swann amended the Smart Meter bill stripping it of its opt-out provision, and then killed it.  City of Alcoa Assistant Manager Bill Hammond spoke favorably about Smart Meters, calling them dumb meters while no one was given the opportunity to speak for the bill.  Hammond said an analog meter cost $30 to $40 while the smart meters Alcoa purchase cost $110.  Representative Powell voted against the bill and told Blount County Public Record that he didn’t support an opt-out provision because Utility companies own the meters.  When this reported told him the customers pay for everything, Representative Powell said he was new and didn’t want further questions.

The fluoride bills which included Representative Susan Lynn’s bill regulating legislatively identified disease and health conditions and Representative John DeBerry’s referendum bill were sent to summer study committee, after Speaker Beth  Harwell said she wants the issue of fluoridation to be studied.

Representative Courtney Rogers bill to prohibit State and local government officials from assisting the military in enforcing the indefinite detention section 1021 in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, failed in the State Government Committee.

A bill granting an owner of property taken by eminent domain a right of first refusal and regulates counter offers and arbitration failed in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee.

The Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, which places limitations on the use of drones, passed the House Civil Justice Subcommittee and will be heard by the full Committee on April 3.  The bill is set to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 2.  The policing for profit bill which stops civil assets forfeiture without due process passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee and is set to be heard by the full Committee on April 3 and is on the Senate Judiciary April 2nd calendar.

Governor Bill Haslam announced that Tennessee will not expand Medicare at this time, but left the door open to future expansion, saying “This isn’t the end of the story.”

Tennessee is ranked the 3rd freest State in the nation, according to Freedom in the 50 States, a report issued by the Mercatus Center, of George Mason University.  Tennessee received high marks for low taxes and right to work while receiving low marks for occupational licensure, alcohol regulations, and several personal freedoms.  Only North and South Dakota ranked higher than Tennessee.  Download the report at www.freedominthe50states.com.

This is Tona Monroe with Blount County Public Record.  I am delighted to bring you these weekly State legislative updates and thank Truth Radio for the opportunity.  For more information on these bills, visit www.bcpublicrecord.com.

Listen to the audio here.

How to shove fluoride on poor kids

At about the one hour 20 minute mark of today’s house floor session, Representative Susan Lynn speaks out against dental fluorosis.

You can listen to it here under archived videos legislative House session day 18:

Advance to the 1 hr. 20 mark to save a lot of time.
The pro-fluoride dentist Ramsey speaks and Hill glosses over the fluoride issue.

This is how you shove fluoride on kids by doing it in the name of helping the poor kids get dental care.

Only John DeBerry and Lynn voted against.  Speaker Harwell shows herself to be the hypocrite that she is, by voting to shove fluoride on them in the name of cleaning their teeth.


Harwell Learns She’s not Queen

A common theme (excuse) I hear from legislators who have filed bills, but don’t proceed with them is that “leadership” doesn’t want it and has asked them not to proceed with it.  Sometimes leadership will be identified as Ron Ramsey, sometimes Speaker Beth Harwell, sometimes it’s the Governor and usually the rest of the time it remains undisclosed who leadership it.

Today the wine in grocery stores referendum was killed 8-7.  Speaker Harwell was present to cast a vote if there was a tie.  It was as was the case the week before in the Subcommittee.

This shows that sometimes the “leadership” reason is nothing more than excuse.  This article implies that the issue may not be dead.  We shall see what kind of heat “leadership” puts on the no voters.


Letter to Business and Utilities Chairman Art Swann on Fluoridation Referendum Bill HB1186

Dear Chairman Swann,
As a Blount Countian, I feel as though I have little to no representation in Nashville.  I have thought that you were better than Bob Ramsey and Doug Overbey who are dyed in the wool career politicians and because you are a small business owner and understand that red tape kills small businesses.

Doug Overbey use to respond to my emails when he was a Representative but as soon as he because a Senator his head became to big to respond other than once in a blue moon.  Big Government Bob Ramsey is pathetic.  He rarely responds and when he does, a elementary school kid could write a better response.  3 Representatives have joked or said very sharp things about Ramsey when I’ve had conversations with them about how he is so wishy washy and doesn’t take a stand on anything useful.  Harwell loves him, but those with principles don’t.  She’s a hypocrite, going around talking about how bad fluoride is, then donating the maximum allowable limit by law to ensure that the dentist is strongly for forcing us to have fluoridation is reelected.  Even the former Chairman and the Vice Chairman of the Blount County Republican Party in separate conversations told me that Bob is lazy.  The people of Blount County can’t depend on Bob or Doug to assist them on anything.

I did believe that you were different, but I am not so sure anymore.  Your failure to cosponsor HB1186 when a constituent of yours asked you to, when the bill doesn’t require you to take a position on fluoride is absurd.  You know that utilities deserve stricter scrutiny than regular businesses because they are given government granted monopolies.  All HB1186 does is let the people have a voice where they have none with unelected boards that are so closed looped that they get to choose the nominees for the mayor to make his appointment from.

This isn’t even a difficult bill.  It just says the people can decide if they wish to continue being poisoned.  It’s a sad day for Blount County and Tennesseans when their legislators resist them against simple bills like this.  It doesn’t commit the State to spend anything and it doesn’t commit you to having to take a stand.  It passes the buck to the people, where it rightfully belongs.

Stand for freedom.  Don’t be Bob or Doug.  Blount County deserves at least one elected official who stands for something beyond the status quo in Nashville.

Vote for HB1186 and encourage your Committee members to support it as well.

Also, vote for HB373.  So as not to write a treatise, I’ll give you one good reason to vote for it.  I want you to.  I have the right to determine what is on my house and what isn’t and I don’t want a smart meter.  You were elected by the people, not the utility companies.  Support the smart meter bill because the people deserve to choose whether they want one of these contraptions or not.  I don’t and that’s all this bill does is says I don’t have to have one.

Both of these bills are necessary because of unaccountable utilities created by governments who set them up with very little accountability.  It’s time to demand some accountability to the customers.

Let freedom ring!

Knox News Spins Legislators Involvement in Pigeon Forge Liquor


It appears that the Knoxville News Sentinel is doing it’s best to cover for the legislators involvement in ram-rodding another liquor by the drink referendum on the voters of Pigeon Forge, after being rejected twice before.  The Knoxville News Sentinel has endorsed the legislators involved, so they are hardly an unbiased source.

In their endorsement of Ryan Haynes:

“Haynes has served only two terms but is making a mark for himself as a legislative leader. Haynes is disdainful of some of the more frivolous bills that created distractions during the last session and wants to build on education and tax reform begun by Gov. Bill Haslam.”

Leader of what?  The corrupt good ole boys club who seeks to circumvent the will of the voters?  His leadership must be appreciated by Speaker Beth Harwell, who made Haynes Chairman of the State Government Committee.  Rep. Bob Ramsey serves on that Committee as well.

Where’s the respect for the voters?

The article quotes Overbey saying, “I had no objection to an early referendum, provided that the local governmental body (was in favor).”  He also said he would sponsor it had he been asked in a timely manner.  This is very revealing about Overbey, because he is saying that he doesn’t care what the voters of Pigeon Forge want, just the local government.  He was elected to represent the people, not Pigeon Forge government.

Caption Bill

From the article:

After the city’s letter was written, Overbey and Montgomery turned to Rep. Ryan Haynes of Knoxville, who had a relevant “caption bill” on file that could be amended to handle what the city was asking for.

Commenter Privileged Tax calls out Knox News and the good ole boys for failing to report the facts instead of parroting the comments from the good ole boy legislators.

Riiiiight. Except the bill history for HB1171 shows that the sponsor changed to Ryan Haynes on 01/11/12 – it wasn’t “his caption bill” until then. Note that almost a month later (Feb. 5 or 6)the Mountain Press published an article where Montgomery, Haynes, Wear and Ken Maples all denied the presence of a bill and/or even lobbying for one. So, if the original Belle Island-only special legislation is just a fairy tale and never went anywhere, why did Ryan Haynes make the change to be the sponsor of HB1171 before he was asked to – you know some time later in March when the City wrote the letter to Overbey and Montgomery and Swann?

Overbey claims he wasn’t contacted in time? Gee, it seems that Bill Ketron, Bob Ramsey and Ken Yager were contacted in time to write amendment #1 to Ryan’s bill. Bill Ketron claims on video discussion of the bill that he has a letter from the City Manager and Mayor Wear asking for the illegal referendum. Why did they write to Bill Ketron? If the letter was to Doug, why did he give it to Bill Ketron? And Bob Ramsey…and Ken Yager? Why didn’t “legal” recognize the obvious violation of state law in holding the referendum in less than two years from the last one? Did “legal” not review this bill or was it ignored?

Read that amendment. Note how ambiguous it is. They were counting on no sunshine.

If Hayne’s newely adopted bill was a “caption bill”, then why was it repeatedly put on the calender each week until Ramsey’s amendment?

What day in March did Pigeon Forge write a letter to Overbey, Montgomery and Swann?  Haynes said he was never contacted by Pigeon Forge.  Why did Bill Ketron have a letter, but not Haynes who moved the House side of the legislation before Ketron?

Rep. Bob Ramsey was ready with his amendment in March.  Did he receive a letter from Pigeon Forge?  Why didn’t Montgomery or Swann sponsor the Pigeon Forge liquor by the drink amendment if they were the ones who received letters?

The Knox News Sentinel endorse all those good ole boys as well.  Guess Knox News is right, Ramsey has earned another “stint”, after carrying the water for Montgomery and Swann.  Speaker Harwell rewarded Ramsey with Chairmanship of the House Health Committee.

It’s not a good system, but it’s the way we do it.”  Looks like the Knoxville News Sentinel is happy to carry the water for their good ole boys they endorse and who support them with advertising dollars.

Doug Overbey and Pigeon Forge liquor

By Eric Holcombe:

Former Knox County Law Director John Owings surprisingly showed up at last week’s depositions.” Owings, now in private practice, told Howard he represented Forging Ahead, a pro-liquor advocacy group, which is not a party in the lawsuit.

Owings, who was law director on Knox County’s controversial “Black Wednesday” in 2007 that involved Open Meetings Act violations, is special counsel at the Knoxville firm of Robertson, Overbey, Wilson and Beeler.

State Sen. Doug Overbey, whose 2nd District encompasses parts of Sevier County, is a partner in that law firm. He has repeatedly denied any involvement in Pigeon Forge’s liquor politics.”

Doug Overbey claimed in a state Senate primary debate with Scott Hughes that he had nothing to do with getting Pigeon Forge liquor by the drink (LBD) back on the ballot again (earlier than it should have legally – state law is two years) or involvement with other representatives to bring this before the state legislature. At one of his debates with Scott Hughes, both were given the opportunity at the end of the debate to ask any question directly of his opponent. Scott paused and asked Doug if he had anything to do with getting the Pigeon Forge LBD referendum legislation passed in Nashville or getting it back on the ballot early. Doug completely denied it.

I think these City of Pigeon Forge commission meeting minutes from February may have been the source of Scott’s question. See the press release at the end. Somebody knows who was asked to get this issue on the ballot. They know authority figures that are aware and participated and are giving them an opportunity to do the right thing (which has yet to happen). Montgomery and Overbey didn’t want to be associated with bringing this back, so other representatives in the house and senate had to run bills or allow amendments to their bills for this to take place. At one time it was Ryan Haynes and he received some public pressure to drop it. There are a number of legislative prostitutes in Nashville who have done the dirty work for representatives in the past. Kind of like “ghost voting”, they take care of their own.

At any rate, we now have Doug Overbey’s business partner John Owings inserting himself as an advocate for a liquor lobby, Forging Ahead, in the midst of depositions for this lawsuit. Recent reports now claim that Owings has requested to appear before Chancellor Telford Forgety to “assist the court in consideration of this matter”.  I am not sure why a liquor lobby needs to assist Forgety in voiding a ballot initiative where illegitimate voters participated. I assume Doug would still claim no involvement, but it sure seems like this liquor lobby formed awfully fast. I wonder if any of those “1%-owners-of-bankrupt-Belle-Island-just-in-time-for-the-referendum-and-then-sell-it-back” folks are part of the lobby? This lawsuit may have opened some cans of worms that weren’t expected.

On another Sevier county liquor front, I have been watching to see if Andrew Farmer sells his liquor store in Gatlinburg. It is against state law for a liquor store owner or someone that has any direct or indirect interest in a liquor store to hold public office.  Apparently, listing that in your candidate disclosure wasn’t enough to attract the attention of the TNGOP. Overbey, Montgomery, Harwell and the status quo in Sevier County endorsed Farmer and in the case of Harwell and to a much lesser extent, Haynes, donated a lot of money to him. The local newspapers ignored this liquor store ownership during the election cycle. It was brought up in multiple debates they attended and was rather embarrassing for Farmer who was trying to sell local boy family values and Sunday school attendance, but for some reason it wasn’t newsworthy.

TCA section 57-3-210 is a problem for public office holders having a connection to liquor wholesale/retail sales. The damning text: “No wholesaler’s or retailer’s license shall be issued to a person who is a holder of a public office, either appointive or elective, or who is a public employee, either national, state, city or county. It is unlawful for any such person to have any interest in such wholesale or retail business, directly or indirectly, either proprietary or by means of any loan, mortgage, or lien, or to participate in the profits of any such business“.

This law is why Andrew had to sell the business before taking office. He “sold” the liquor store to his wife – that he just married this summer. This apparently is an attempt to satisfy this law.

Here is the link to the October 26 meeting agenda for the Alcoholic Beverage Commission. See item #3. Here are the meeting minutes where it passed. See item #2. Andrew created a new corporation in September called AMCH Inc. at the same address as the former liquor store owner (A E Farmer Inc. at his law office address) and he is the agent of this company also. Note that this change occurred after the Republican primary when his ownership of the liquor store was brought to light. The ABC minutes indicate that his wife has purchased the business from him as AMCH Inc. They were just married this summer during the primary campaign. “Here honey, sign this paper….”

So, Andrew created a new corporation, “sold” the liquor store to his wife, and now apparently will claim no indirect interest in a liquor store that is owned by his wife. The ABC may appear o.k. because they didn’t issue a liquor license to a public office holder – however they did transfer it to his wife, knowing he was a candidate for public office whom had already won the primary election. I don’t believe Andrew can claim he has no indirect interest in the liquor business, but he can claim he does not hold a retail liquor license. So, Harwell, Overbey, Montgomery, Haynes, et al got their lawyer liquor store owner in. As the state Republicans like to crow “it matters who leads”…

Is this the conservatism Tennesseans have been waiting 140 years for?

Today’s guest post is by Eric Holcombe.

Who is the secret senator that Tennessee Republicans are protecting?

1st Post – revealing the back-door budget language sabotage by a secret legislator returning tax dollars to the abortophiles at Planned Parenthood

The Plot Thickens  Sen. Campfield talks to Doug Himes, attorney for the legislature that drafts budget language who helped make the change for the still unnamed legislator and claimed “attorney/client privilege” in not revealing who he conspired with to make the illegal change. Tom Humphrey reports on this and gives some more detail. Himes will not comment on whether Sen. Campfield contacted him or not, but says they do not make any changes unless directed to do so by a legislator. Campfield claims Himes told him it was someone on the House side that gave direction. So, it’s a legislator, and most likely a Republican one. House speaker Harwell says it isn’t her.  Rep. Gerald McCormick says it isn’t him. Rep. Charles Sargent can’t be reached, but later tells Sen. Campfield that “it came from the Senate” and he had instructed two Senators to ‘fix it’. Still no name(s). Assuming Sen. Campfield didn’t lie about his conversations with Himes and Sargent, either Himes or Sargent (or both) are lying about who gave direction to make the change. At least one of the three is not telling the whole truth.

On to the Senate side. Senate Majority leader Mark Norris says it isn’t him.  Then, Speaker Harwell and Lt. Gov. Ramsey issue a joint press release….that doesn’t reveal the criminal activity behind the scenes, but suggests that the criminal activity has some merit to it because without it the entire budget would be jeopardized (in true Federal Reserve/Tim Geithner appeal-to-fear form). In fact, it appears they have worked with the legal department (remember, the one that made illegal changes and then claimed attorney-client privilege against you) to concoct a face-saving way out of this. Sen. Campfield provides analysis of the release, points out parts that are not true, and begins to call on Gov. Haslam to line item veto the illegally changed portion of the budget. He could do that, and at the same time make good on a campaign promise to defund Planned Parenthood.

So at this point, I believe it is very likely Harwell, Ramsey, Himes and Sargent know who did it. Maybe Sen. Campfield does too. He and Ramsey were co-sponsors of the amendment, so Ramsey has no apparent reason to sabotage it. Then, suddenly, everything is all better. But no one is going to root out the real problem, which is the conspiracy between the legal department and the secret Senator(s). Sure, Ron Ramsey has said he’ll work “behind the scenes” to make sure it doesn’t happen again.  “Asked if that means the results of his inquiry into what occurred and who was responsible will never be made public, Ramsey replied, “That’s a possibility.”  I’ll tell you what Lt. Gov., let the truth be known, and the voters will take care of that.

Why is the Republican leadership hiding this? I can see either: a)Republican leadership is choosing their party and its damage control over the rule of law and the constituents, or b) this is being hidden for future political leverage over the guilty party, who is allegedly on their side. In either case, there are now not only Republicans willing to subvert the will of your elected representatives by altering passed legislation, but also Republican leadership that is willing to hide and protect them. Unfortunately for the honest legislators (some of whom happen to be in the Republican party), they have also been betrayed by the majority party. Whatever you sponsor/cosponsor/vote on can get changed in a back room after the fact with support of Conservative Republican™ leadership. Even Gov. Haslam doesn’t seem too interested: “But it is not something I’m spending a lot of time trying to figure out.

Sen. Campfield is willing to let it drop as long as he got what he was looking for (defunding Planned Parenthood) and likens this to kissing ugly girls at the prom and taking the pretty one home. From here, it looks like the pretty girl has had plastic surgery, fake teeth and a wig and is only interested in riding in your nice car.

Is this the conservatism Tennesseans have been waiting 140 years for? It isn’t what I am looking for. Save the tux rental and stop going to the two-party prom. Buy the truth and sell it not.