Tennessee Campaign For Liberty
9Jul/130

Mysterious Left-Wing Group Funds TN Ads Supporting Senator Lamar Alexander’s Environmental Spending Plan

 

A recently formed left-wing environmentalist group is spending tens of thousands of dollars in Tennessee running television and radio ads supporting Republican Senator Lamar Alexander’s plan to double federal spending on energy research.

The left-leaning group ‘Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions’ has dropped at least $50,735 on television advertising in the Nashville and Memphis markets alone. Comparable spending in the other major Tennessee markets could bring the true spending total to an estimated $150,000 for one week of television advertising.

Matt Collins, an activist with the Tennessee Campaign for Liberty, questions the motives behind these ads “It is curious that a newly formed lobbyist group is able to spend such a large amount of dark money so quickly since  their inception. Where did this money come from?" he questioned."It’s not surprising that they are supporting Senator Lamar Alexander's energy plan since he votes with Obama 62% of the time. I guess that’s why he earned the nickname ‘Liberal Lamar’ from DC insiders.

Total reported spending on these advertisements by ‘Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions’ as of this release is as follows:

WSMV - Nashville - $17,190 (July 1-8)
WKRN - Nashville - $6,500 (July 1-8)
WREG - Memphis - $16,550 (July 1-7)
WMC-TV - Memphis - $10,495 (July 1-7)

Advertisements are also running on WATE in Knoxville but they have yet to file their FCC disclosure paperwork along with other stations across Tennessee. Radio advertisements similar to those on television are running on radio stations in various major media markets in Tennessee as well.  The television and radio advertisements themselves can be viewed at http://citizensfor.com/tennessee.

‘Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions’ was incorporated in Delaware on July 12, 2012.  Lobbyist paperwork (document 1) and (document 2) was filed by both James Dozier of Civitas Public Affairs Group and Jennifer LaTourette of McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies in March and April of 2013 respectively (source 1) and (source 2).

James Dozier is also listed as the chairman of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions according to the FCC paperwork filed by the stations.  Mr. Dozier is a veteran of liberal causes, including the Victory Fund, Gill Action and work for pro-abortion Congresswoman Connie Morella.

Collins continues "Other questions remain such as the organization’s true agenda. The ‘Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions’ website is vague as to their actual goals indicating that their activities are shrouded in secrecy; what are they hiding? Regarding Senator Alexander’s energy plan, why is he pushing part of President Obama’s radical environmental agenda? There is nothing Constitutional about it"

The Campaign for Liberty promotes and defends the great American principles of individual liberty, limited government, sound money, free markets, and a Constitutional foreign policy, by means of education, issue advocacy, and grassroots mobilization. The Campaign for Liberty was formed in 2008 after the conclusion of Congressman Ron Paul’s Presidential bid.

 

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3Jul/130

Independence Day Road Checkpoints This Week

To celebrate your freedom over this long Independence Day weekend the government is going to illegally impede your right to travel by setting up checkpoints across the state. The TN Department of Homeland Security will be blocking roads, stopping traffic, unlawfully searching you, and forcing blood/DNA samples from you!

These "no refusal" checkpoints consist of the government holding you down, forcibly drawing your blood, and storing your DNA in their database, all without your consent.

If you think you have nothing to worry about, keep in mind that TN DUI Officers have in the past have been warned to arrest more people "or else" which means they have every incentive to meet their quota. Once your blood and DNA is forcibly extracted from you it gets stored in a government database.

Here is the official release from the TN government -
https://news.tn.gov/node/10965

Here is a list of when and where the checkpoints will be located:
https://news.tn.gov/sites/default/files/Fourth%20of%20July%20Checkpoints.pdf

 

BE PREPARED!

If you should happen to not be able to avoid one of the "vampire checkpoints" listed at the above link please take the time to watch the following instructional videos in order to be prepared for your encounter.

10 rules for dealing with law enforcement:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmrbNLt7Om8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKPutNg88bA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REJ2RsLp1Kk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUv3A4hscc0

7 rules for recording law enforcement:
http://gizmodo.com/5900680/7-rules-for-recording-police

DON'T TALK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT - PART I & II:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08fZQWjDVKE&feature=player_embedded

CITIZENS GUIDE TO SURVIVING POLICE ENCOUNTERS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqMjMPlXzdA

PRINT OUT THIS MINI POCKET CARD OF RIGHTS FOR YOUR WALLET OR GLOVE BOX:
http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/bustcard_eng_20100630.pdf

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHEN ENCOUNTERING LAW ENFORCEMENT (full version):
http://www.aclu-tn.org/pdfs/kyr/kyr_english.pdf

Video of how to get through a checkpoint:
http://youtu.be/ILqc0DMh84k

 

Please forward this blog on to as many of your fellow Tennesseans that you know to keep them safe from government intrusion.

 

PS - Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey voted for this and admits his ignorance at how this could possibly be an invasion of privacy. See the video of his own words here

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24May/130

Homeland Security Checkpoints in TN this Weekend

The TN Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the TN Highway Patrol, will be setting up  checkpoints throughout Tennessee this weekend. If you are stopped at one of these checkpoints you will be asked for your papers, and likely administered a sobriety test which could include a forced blood sample!!! If you think you have nothing to worry about, keep in mind that TN DUI Officers have in the past have been warned to arrest more people "or else" which means they have every incentive to meet their quota. Once your blood and DNA is forcibly extracted from you it gets stored in a government database.

Here is the official release from the TN government -
https://news.tn.gov/node/10756

Here is a list of when and where the checkpoints will be located:
https://news.tn.gov/sites/default/files/Memorial%20Day%20Checkpoints.pdf

 

BE PREPARED!

If you should happen to not be able to avoid one of the "vampire checkpoints" listed at the above link please take the time to watch the following instructional videos in order to be prepared for your encounter.

10 rules for dealing with law enforcement:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmrbNLt7Om8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKPutNg88bA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REJ2RsLp1Kk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUv3A4hscc0

7 rules for recording law enforcement:
http://gizmodo.com/5900680/7-rules-for-recording-police

DON'T TALK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT - PART I & II:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08fZQWjDVKE&feature=player_embedded

CITIZENS GUIDE TO SURVIVING POLICE ENCOUNTERS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqMjMPlXzdA

PRINT OUT THIS MINI POCKET CARD OF RIGHTS FOR YOUR WALLET OR GLOVE BOX:
http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/bustcard_eng_20100630.pdf

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHEN ENCOUNTERING LAW ENFORCEMENT (full version):
http://www.aclu-tn.org/pdfs/kyr/kyr_english.pdf

Video of how to get through a checkpoint:
http://youtu.be/ILqc0DMh84k

 

Please forward this blog on to as many of your fellow Tennesseans that you know to keep them safe from government intrusion.

 

PS - Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey voted for this and admits his ignorance at how this could possibly be an invasion of privacy. See the video of his own words here

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15May/130

TN Lt Gov Ron Ramsey Slammed By Wrestler On Internet Sales Tax

Lt. Governor Challenged To Debate Internet Sales Tax By Professional Wrestler

Ron Ramsey Pushes Internet Sales Tax; Grassroots Pushes Back

 

Knoxville, TN - Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey was challenged to a debate on the Internet Sales Tax by professional WWE wrestler and anti-tax activist Glenn Jacobs. In a blog post today Glenn Jacobs (stage name Kane) criticized the Lt. Governor for pushing the Internet sales tax and called for a debate on the topic at the Lt. Governor’s convenience. The blog post can be viewed here: http://www.tnliberty.org/?p=574

 

“Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey claims that the Internet sales tax mandate is not a new tax. Nor, according to Ramsey, is it an unfair tax. Ramsey is wrong on both counts.” Glenn writes. “ I, therefore, invite Lt. Gov. Ramsey for a policy debate on the issue of the Marketplace Fairness Act in a public forum at his convenience.”

 

In recent weeks Glenn Jacobs has been appearing in various media outlets advocating against the national Internet sales tax mandate with appearances on nationally syndicated terrestrial radio, satellite radio, and local radio stations in Tennessee. Jacobs has written multiple blog posts and op-ed pieces against the national Internet sales tax mandate.

 

Earlier this week the TN Campaign for Liberty challenged Lt. Gov Ramsey to show he had paid the obscure TN Use Tax for his online purchases after he called the vast majority of Tennesseans “criminals” for not paying it. That release can be viewed here:  http://tnreport.com/2013/05/13/ramsey-questioned-on-use-tax-payments-by-tn-liberty-group/

 

The national Internet sales tax mandate will likely come up for a vote in the US House of Representatives later this year. The bill is known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act” and is being opposed by the Campaign for Liberty, eBay, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the National Taxpayers Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, Freedomworks, the Heartland Institute, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, and many other conservative figures.

 

Glenn Jacobs lives with his family in Jefferson City, Tennessee and is a co-founder of the Tennessee Liberty Alliance www.TNLiberty.org. Mr. Jacobs is a critic of big government and a professional wrestler with the WWE.

13May/130

Is Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey a Criminal For Not Paying His Taxes?

Is Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey A Criminal For Not Paying His Taxes?
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Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey calls every Tennessean a criminal for not paying the obscure use tax on Internet purchases; TNCFL asks Ramsey to prove he has paid up the use tax that he owes

Nashville, TN - The Tennessee Campaign for Liberty challenges Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey to show he has fully paid the Tennessee Use Tax he owes to the Tennessee government. In a comment given to the Commercial Appeal published on May 9th, 2013 Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey stated “I am very much for the Marketplace Fairness Act...It’s not a new tax. It’s a tax you’re supposed to be paying now and you are breaking the law if you don’t.”  referring to the Tennessee use tax as if it were the same thing as the statewide sales tax.

The vast majority of Tennesseans do not pay the TN Use Tax, most don’t know that it exists or even how to pay it” said Matt Collins, a Coordinator with the TN Campaign for Liberty. “We’re willing to bet that like most Tennesseans, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey hasn’t paid all of the use tax that he owes to the Tennessee government for purchases that his household made online. Can he prove otherwise? If not, then it’s the height of hypocrisy to label people as criminals for not paying the very same tax that he himself avoids. He should show the People of Tennessee his Use Tax receipts.”  

Lt. Governor Ramsey’s comments were in regards to attempting to sway the Tennessee Congressional delegation to support his push for the national Internet sales tax mandate. It will likely come up for a vote in the US House of Representatives later this year. The bill is known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act” and is being opposed by the Campaign for Liberty, eBay, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the National Taxpayers Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, Freedomworks, the Heartland Institute, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, and many other conservative figures.

According to the Tennessee Use Tax website: “If you buy or ship merchandise to your Tennessee address and sales tax is not added to the price, then you are responsible for paying the use tax directly to the TN Department of Revenue....The use tax rate is a combination of the state tax rate of 7% ... plus the rate levied by your local government, generally 2.25%. The tax is applied to the purchase price of the merchandise plus any shipping and handling charges that the merchant adds to your bill.”

11May/130

TN Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey Pushes Internet Sales Tax

Senator Bob Corker explaining something to Lt Gov Ron Ramsey

 

From the article (May 9th):

 NASHVILLE — Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey on Thursday joined Gov. Bill Haslam in supporting the federal legislation requiring large out-of-state Internet retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases, and said that U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is “100 percent wrong” by calling it a new and unfair tax.

“She’s wrong on this. It’s not a new tax. And how can you say it’s unfair? It’s not a new tax and it is fair,” Ramsey told reporters.

His remarks further illustrate how divided Tennessee Republicans are on the Marketplace Fairness Ac, which passed the U.S. Senate with bipartisan votes Monday but faces an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled House. Tennessee’s two Republican senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, voted for the bill, and Alexander is one of its leading proponents.

Blackburn, R-Brentwood, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Tuesday, “There’s nothing fair about the Marketplace Fairness Act” and, “We don’t need the federal government mandating additional taxes on Tennessee families and businesses.”

The federal bill would allow states to require Internet retailers with over $1 million a year in sales to collect and remit to the state taxes on purchases shipped into the state even if they don’t have a physical presence, like a retail store or warehouse, in the state. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that under current federal law, states can only compel out-of-state mail-order, telephone and Internet retailers to collect taxes from consumers if they have a physical presence in the state. As a result, chains like Walmart and Target collect sales taxes on purchases through their websites, while big online retailers without stores in Tennessee may do so voluntarily but are not required to.

“I am very much for” the Marketplace Fairness Act,” Ramsey said. “It’s not a new tax."

Blackburn was unbowed by her former state Senate colleague’s remarks: “Saying the Marketplace Fairness Act is fair is like saying the Affordable Care Act makes health care affordable. I continue to visit with local main street retailers and welcome their input,” she said through her spokesman, Mike Reynard.

Haslam, who spoke in Washington last year in support of the bill, said on Tuesday that he will encourage Tennessee’s House delegation to vote for the bill. Ramsey said he will, too. He has already spoken to his own congressman, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Johnson City.

Source:
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2013/may/09/lt-gov-ramsey-says-tenn-rep-blackburn-100-wrong/

18Apr/131

Lamar, Haslam, Corker Slammed By County Commish re: Internet Sales Tax

Jackson, TN - The Madison County Commission voted last Monday to pass a resolution urging the Tennessee Congressional delegation and Governor Haslam to withdraw their support for the national Internet sales tax scheme known as the Marketplace Fairness Act. The resolution passed with 15 of the 25 Commissioners voting "aye". The resolution was introduced by Commissioner Adrian Eddleman.

The text of the resolution can be located at the following URL:
http://tncampaignforliberty.org/misc/Madison_County_Internet_Sales_Tax_Opposition_Resolution.pdf

Over 14 tea party and conservative groups across Tennessee have signed on to a similar resolution issued by the TN Campaign for Liberty. Tennessee resident and wrestling superstar Glenn Jacobs (WWE name Kane) has also become an advocate against this new tax authoring a blog and appearing on national radio.

Matt Collins, a coordinator with the TN Campaign for liberty said "This resolution just goes to show that more and more voters are becoming aware of the Internet sales tax push by our elected officials, and they don't like it"

The mission of the Campaign for Liberty is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, limited government, sound money, free markets, and a Constitutional foreign policy, by means of education, issue advocacy, and grassroots mobilization. The Campaign for Liberty was formed in 2008 after the conclusion of Congressman Ron Paul’s Presidential bid.

28Mar/130

Gov Haslam Caught Lying To Us About Bringing Obamacare to TN!!!

Governor Haslam has been caught in a lie about his efforts to bring Obamacare to Tennessee!!!

Our friends at AFP break it down for us:

"Haslam's Senaky Medicaid [Obamacare] Expansion - Wednesday morning, Governor Haslam addressed the General Assembly to announce his decision regarding Medicaid [Obamacare] expansion. The press is reporting, per Governor Haslam’s wishes, that Tennessee won’t take part of the optional Medicaid [Obamacare] expansion, but a closer read of Haslam’s own press release shows this to be false. Haslam is expanding Medicaid [Obamacare] just under another name.


Haslam seemed to adopt the right policy rhetoric by telling the General Assembly that Tennessee won’t expand Medicaid
[Obamacare]. But, Haslam’s press release continues by saying that Tennessee will work with the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate real health care reform for Tennessee families, but his description of reform sounds remarkably similar to Medicaid expansion [Obamacare]....Tennesseans desire better than Governor Haslam’s doublespeak on expansion."


Contact Governor Haslam and tell him "NO OBAMACARE / MEDICAID EXPANSION IN TENNESSEE!!!"
http://www.tn.gov/governor/contact.shtml
615-741-2001
bill.haslam@tn.gov

26Mar/130

Stop Gov Haslam from bringing Obamacare to TN tomorrow!!!

Governor Haslam is likely to bring Obamacare to Tennessee tomorrow. We stopped him once from instituting the Obamacare Insurance Exchange, now we have to stop him again from the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion!!!

Details are available in this article --
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/mar/25/gov-bill-haslam-decide-week-medicaid-expansion/

It is important that you call the legislators below and TELL THEM TO STOP GOVERNOR HASLAM INSTITUTING OBAMACARE MEDICAID EXPANSION IN TENNESSEE!!!

Specifically, tell them to support HB937/SB804 without amendments AND WITHOUT DELAY (they may try and push it back another week).  This bill would prohibit Tennessee from participating in any Medicaid expansion authorized under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare.

Here are the legislators e-mail addresses for you to copy and paste into your browser:
rep.steve.mcmanus@capitol.tn.gov, rep.kelly.keisling@capitol.tn.gov, rep.joanne.favors@capitol.tn.gov,  rep.curtis.johnson@capitol.tn.gov, rep.jimmy.matlock@capitol.tn.gov, rep.dennis.powers@capitol.tn.gov, rep.john.ragan@capitol.tn.gov, rep.david.shepard@capitol.tn.gov, sen.bo.watson@capitol.tn.gov, sen.jim.tracy@capitol.tn.gov, sen.reginald.tate@capitol.tn.gov, sen.steve.southerland@capitol.tn.gov, sen.dolores.gresham@capitol.tn.gov, sen.charlotte.burks@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov, sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov,


Here is a listing of which legislators need to be called:

Rep. David Shepard
(615) 741-3513

Rep. John Ragan
(615) 741-4400

Rep. Dennis Powers
(615) 741-3335

Rep. Jimmy Matlock
(615) 741-3736

Rep. Curtis Johnson
(615) 741-4341

Rep. JoAnne Favors
(615) 741-2702

Rep. Kelly Keisling
(615) 741-6852

Rep. Steve McManus
(615) 741-1920

Senator Ken Yager
(615) 741-1449

Senator Mark Green
(615) 741-2374

Senator Charlotte Burks
(615) 741-3978

Senator Dolores R. Gresham
(615) 741-2368

Senator Steve Southerland
(615) 741-3851

Senator Reginald Tate
(615) 741-2509

Senator Jim Tracy
615-741-1066

Senator Bo Watson
(615) 741-3227

Please donate, $10, $15, or even $20 to help us fight for liberty in TN:
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21Mar/130

TN Tea Party Groups Reject Lamar Alexander’s Push For National Internet Sales Tax Mandate

Tennessee Tea Party Groups Reject Lamar Alexander’s Push
For National Internet Sales Tax Mandate

Nashville, Tenn. - Conservative and Tea Party groups across the state of Tennessee have signed a resolution (below) condemning Senator Lamar Alexander, Governor Bill Haslam, and Senator Bob Corker’s push for a national Internet sales tax scheme, known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act” (MFA). Sources indicate that language contained in the Act will be voted on in the US Senate in the next few days.

The MFA would seek to overturn a 1992 Supreme Court decision (Quill vs North Dakota) which ruled that businesses that do not have a physical presence in a state cannot be forced to collect sales tax for that specific state government. The Quill decision protects online businesses from having to collect tax for all 50 states, and also prevents taxation without representation by prohibiting state governments from enforcing their laws on business outside of its borders.

The MFA would force each online retailer to create different pricing structures for every individual customer, a massive burden and significant increase in cost to doing business. It's assumed that these costs would be passed on to the customer, causing the price of all online purchases to increase in addition to the new taxes imposed as a result of this Act. These types of regulation would likely be stifling to online commerce and detrimental to the economy overall.

Matt Collins, a coordinator with the Tennessee Campaign for Liberty discusses the issue: “This is reflective of a bigger question, that of how much authority will the government hold during the Internet Age? Will states get to exercise power outside of their borders, or will there be an unlimited reach available to every government? Taxation without representation is always appealing to the politicians because they cannot be held accountable by the people they are taxing. We are at a fork in the road and can move forward with either more freedom, or move backwards with more government; Internet taxation is one of the first steps in deciding which direction we’ll take.

Free market groups like Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Americans for Tax Reform, Nat’l Taxpayers Union, Heartland Institute, Heritage Foundation, Reason, and even eBay and the Direct Marketing Association are opposing this measure. Liberty activist and professional WWE Wrestler from Strawberry Plains, TN, Glenn Jacobs, authored an opinion piece earlier this week in which he called the Act “fraudulent” and “anything but fair

Political experts suggest this issue may be a point of contention during any potential primary race against Senator Alexander in the 2014 election season.

Matt Collins also noted that “Republican elected officials who are joining Dick Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, and Al Franken to support this measure should know that recent polling shows almost half of Americans do not want an expansion of sales taxes on the Internet and 63% of conservatives are opposed to it. When the question is framed about states pushing their laws outside of their borders 61% of Americans oppose it and 77% of conservatives do too. In fact 84% of Republicans oppose any sort of expansion of governmental power over the Internet, especially taxation or regulation. It is likely that any Republican who supports this massive expanse of government power will see a primary challenge because of it.

The mission of the Campaign for Liberty is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, limited government, sound money, free markets, and a Constitutional foreign policy, by means of education, issue advocacy, and grassroots mobilization. The Campaign for Liberty was formed in 2008 after the conclusion of Congressman Ron Paul’s Presidential bid.

 

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RESOLUTION:

Whereas: In the case of Quill Corporation v. North Dakota 504 U.S. 298 (1992), the United States Supreme Court ruled that businesses that do not have a “physical presence” in a state cannot be forced to collect that state’s sales tax; and

Whereas: The Quill decision protects online businesses from having to incur the costs of acting as a tax collector for all 50 states, and it prevents companies from having to pay taxes to a state government where they have no representation; and

Whereas: The ability to shop online without paying exorbitant state sales taxes has been a major factor behind the growth of online commerce, creating new businesses and jobs and benefiting consumers; and

Whereas: Burdening the Internet with new taxes and regulations will harm the American economy at a time when many Americans are struggling to find jobs and provide for themselves and their families; and

Whereas: The Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 336/HR 684) would overturn Quill and authorize states to “deputize” Internet merchants to collect sales taxes; and

Whereas: The National Internet Sales Tax Mandate represents a major tax increase on every American who shops online; and

Whereas: The National Internet Sales Tax Mandate forces online businesses across the country to know the details of each state and locality’s sales tax laws, thus creating a different pricing structure for each customer depending on where they live. These companies would then have to figure out how much tax they owe each state and locality and send the corresponding payments; and

Whereas: These compliance costs will further raise the prices of goods purchased over the Internet; and

Whereas: The compliance costs of the National Internet Sales Tax Mandate will discourage the growth of Internet-based businesses, hampering the development of the most dynamic sector of the American economy; and

Whereas: The National Internet Sales Tax Mandate could encourage states to raise their sales taxes instead of addressing their fiscal crises with serious spending cuts and reforms; and
Whereas: The original intent of the Commerce Clause was to enable Congress to guarantee free trade among the states by ensuring states could not impose onerous regulations or taxes on out-of-state businesses; and

Whereas: The National Internet Sales Tax Mandate, by giving states the power to level taxes on inter-state transactions, flips the Commerce Clause on its head;

Therefore, be it resolved that:

The undersigned opposes the National Internet Sales Tax Mandate;

The undersigned calls on Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker to remove their names as a cosponsor of S. 336, the Senate version of the National Internet Sales Tax Mandate;

The undersigned calls on Representatives John Duncan and Steve Cohen to remove their names as cosponsors of HR 684, the House version of the National Internet Sales Tax Mandate;

The undersigned calls on all members of the Tennessee congressional Delegation to publicly pledge to oppose the National Internet Sales Tax Mandate;

The undersigned calls on Governor Bill Haslam to officially withdraw his support of the National Internet Sales Tax Mandate.

TN Republican Assembly
TN Tenth Amendment Center
TN Campaign for Liberty
TN Liberty Alliance
Benton County Tea Party
Carroll County Tea Party
Gibson County Patriots
Jackson Madison County Tea Party
Dickson County Tea Party / 912 Project
Obion County Tea Party
Stewart County Tea Party
Tennesseans for Liberty (Madison County)
Volunteers for Freedom (Henry County)
We the People (Tipton County)

15Mar/130

List Of TN Police Checkpoints This St. Patrick’s Day Weekend!

You will be asked for "Papers, and blood sample, please"

The TN Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the TN Highway Patrol, will be setting up "no-refusal" checkpoints throughout Tennessee this weekend. If you are stopped at one of these checkpoints you will be asked for your papers, and likely administered a sobriety test which could include a forced blood sample!!! If you think you have nothing to worry about, keep in mind that TN DUI Officers have in the past have been warned to arrest more people "or else" which means they have every incentive to meet their quota. Once your blood and DNA is forcibly extracted from you it gets stored in a government database.

Here is the official release from the TN government -
http://tncampaignforliberty.org/misc/2013-StPatricksDayCheckpoints-pressrelease.pdf

Here is a list of when and where the checkpoints will be located:
http://tncampaignforliberty.org/misc/2013-StPatricksDayCheckpoints.pdf

 

BE PREPARED!

If you should happen to not be able to avoid one of the "vampire checkpoints" listed at the above link please take the time to watch the following instructional videos in order to be prepared for your encounter.

10 rules for dealing with law enforcement:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmrbNLt7Om8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKPutNg88bA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REJ2RsLp1Kk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUv3A4hscc0

7 rules for recording law enforcement:
http://gizmodo.com/5900680/7-rules-for-recording-police

DON'T TALK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT - PART I & II:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08fZQWjDVKE&feature=player_embedded

CITIZENS GUIDE TO SURVIVING POLICE ENCOUNTERS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqMjMPlXzdA

PRINT OUT THIS MINI POCKET CARD OF RIGHTS FOR YOUR WALLET OR GLOVE BOX:
http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/bustcard_eng_20100630.pdf

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHEN ENCOUNTERING LAW ENFORCEMENT (full version):
http://www.aclu-tn.org/pdfs/kyr/kyr_english.pdf

Video of how to get through a checkpoint:
http://youtu.be/ILqc0DMh84k

 

Please forward this blog on to as many of your fellow Tennesseans that you know to keep them safe from government intrusion.

 

PS - Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey voted for this and admits his ignorance at how this could possibly be an invasion of privacy. See the video of his own words here

 

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6Mar/130

Anti Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey Radio Ad

It appears that several like-minded folk have begun to run radio ads in TN slamming Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey:

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6Mar/130

Senator John Stevens Caught In A Lie

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CAUGHT IN A LIE --

Evidence is emerging that Tennessee State Senator John Stevens lied in statements made during a hearing last week.  Just before a vote was held on SB250, a bill that would make it a criminal offense for federal agents to enforce unconstitutional gun laws, Sen. Stevens said that he had spoken to 5 out of 6 Sheriffs in his district, and that they all opposed the bill as written...

TN Fully Exposed has been in contact with four of the six sheriffs and received word through a third party of the position of the fifth....

SOURCE and more details: http://tnfullyexposed.com/2013/03/06/sen-stevens-caught-in-lie/

Also see previous background information:
http://tncampaignforliberty.org/wordpress/2013/02/sen-john-stevens-is-a-coward-and-a-traitor-to-the-2nd-amendment/

28Feb/130

Sen John Stevens Is a Coward And A Traitor To The 2nd Amendment

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STOP Sen Stevens From Voting For Obama's Gun Control Next Week!!!

Newly elected State Senator John Stevens is a TRAITOR to the 2nd Amendment and is doing Governor Bill Haslam's grunt work to bring Obama gun control to TN.

Yesterday State Senator John Stevens voted AGAINST SB250 which would force the TN government to arrest any federal official who tried to institute Obama's gun control here in Tennessee. Senator Stevens claims to be a proponent of the 2nd Amendment, but really he is only talk. Senator Stevens said he might vote for it but then caved to pressure from Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and Senator Kelsey after they "bribed" or bullied him to change his vote yesterday; he is a coward.  Senator Stevens will tell you that he is committed to the 2nd Amendment, but yet he votes against it as you can clearly see in this video:


http://youtu.be/Vbcm5Uy0iTc?t=18m21s

The bill will come for another vote very soon, and when it does, we must pressure him to change his vote and instead vote FOR SB250!!!

It is CRITICAL that you call, and e-mail him, and tell him that he had better vote for SB250 or else he will face the political consequences (perhaps even getting thrown out of office).

CALL SENATOR STEVENS RIGHT NOW AND TELL HIM TO VOTE YES ON SB250 TO STOP OBAMA's GUN CONTROL IN TN!!!

Here is his number:
731-695-7449 / sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov

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26Feb/130

ACTION ALERT – Wednesday Vote – STOP TN Republicans From Allowing Obama’s Gun Control In TN (CALL NOW!!!)

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URGENT: Demand TN Senators stop Obama's gun control

 

A TN Senate Committee on Wednesday will vote to stop federal firearms encroachment; YOUR action is needed!

We must stop TN Republicans from killing a bill which would prevent any new Obama federal gun control measures in the State of TN. Several Republicans on the committee have sided with Obama and his gun control scheme already. WE MUST PRESSURE THEM INTO PASSING THIS BILL!!!


Call and e-mail the following Senators and tell them to "vote for SB250 without amendments" --

Senator Kelsey, Chairman - Republican (he thinks Obama can do whatever he wants)
(615) 741-3036, sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Doug Overbey, 1st Vice Chair - Republican - (this guy hates the Constitution)
865-681-8236, (615) 741-0981, sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov  and joindoug@charter.net

Sen. Stacey Campfield, 2nd Vice Chair - Republican
(615) 741-1766, sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Mike Bell - Republican
(615) 741-1946, sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Lowe Finney - Democrat (sides with Obama)
(615) 741-1810, sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Ophelia Ford - Democrat (needs convincing, please talk to her)
(615) 741-1767, sen.ophelia.ford@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Todd Gardenhire - Republican
(615) 741-6682, sen.todd.gardenhire@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Mark Green - Republican
(615) 741-2374, sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. John Stevens - Republican (needs convincing, please talk to him)
(615) 741-4576, sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov

-- here are the e-mail addresses put together so that you can copy and paste into your e-mail client--
sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov, sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov, joindoug@charter.net, sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov, sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov, sen.ophelia.ford@capitol.tn.gov, sen.todd.gardenhire@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov, sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov

If you're interested, here is the background information on the bill from our friends at the TN Tenth Amendment Center: http://tennessee.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2013/02/do-or-die-for-bills-to-nullify-federal-gun-laws-in-tennessee/

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Please donate, $10, $15, or even $20 to help us win:
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PS - call the Senators above and tell them to vote for SB250 without amendments, and then chip-in a few dollars to help us fight big government

26Feb/130

Senator Alexander’s Bad Votes For Big Government, More Spending, More Debt, Against The Constitution, And Against Liberty:

112th Congress

Subsidized Airline Service.
During consideration of the FAA reauthorization bill (S. 223), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) offered an amendment to end the Essential Air Service program, which provides subsidies to airlines to maintain otherwise unprofitable commercial airline service to certain small communities. The Senate tabled (killed) the McCain amendment on February 17, 2011 by a vote of 61 to 38 (Roll Call 21). The federal government has no constitutional authority to subsidize private airlines, and the free market should be allowed to determine which communities commercial airlines service, as well as the cost and extent of that service. Senator Alexander voted AGAINS this amendment.

 

Authority for Military Action.
During consideration of a small-business bill (S. 493), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) moved to send the bill to the Foreign Relations Committee with instructions to insert his amendment expressing the sense of the Senate that “the President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” Paul’s amendment was in response to President Obama undertaking U.S. military action in Libya without congressional authorization. The Senate tabled (killed) Rand Paul’s motion on April 5, 2011 by a vote of 90 to 10 (Roll Call 50). The U.S. Constitution assigns to Congress the power “to declare war.” Senator Alexander voted FOR tabling (killing) this motion.

 

Patriot Act (Firearms Purchase Records).  
During consideration of the Patriot Act extension bill (S. 990), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who opposes the Patriot Act on Constitutional grounds, offered an amendment that would have banned the use of Patriot Act searches for American citizens’ firearms records without the Fourth Amendment’s protections of probable cause, warrants, and particularity. Gun Owners of America, which supported this amendment, warned: “Without Paul’s exemption, it is possible that the BATFE could go to a secret (FISA) court, and, in a one party (ex parte) proceeding, obtain an order to produce every 4473 [firearms transaction record] in the country, ostensibly because a ‘terrorism investigation’ requires it. If such an action were taken, the government would have a list of every gun buyer in the country going back decades.” The Senate tabled (killed) Rand Paul’s amendment on May 26, 2011 by a vote of 85 to 10 (Roll Call 82). Paul’s amendment would have prevented the Patriot Act from being used to violate the rights of gun owners. Senator Alexander voted FOR tabling (killing) this amendment.

 

Patriot Act Extension.
This legislation (S. 990) extended for four years three Patriot Act provisions that were set to expire — the “roving wiretap,” “financial records,” and “lone wolf” provisions that allows the federal government to wiretap any number of a suspect’s telephone/Internet connections without specifying what they will find or how many connections will be tapped; the “financial records” provision that allows the feds to seize “any tangible thing” that has “relevance” to an investigation; and the “lone wolf” provision that allows spying on non-U.S. citizens without a warrant. These provisions violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which requires that no warrants be issued “but upon probable cause” (a much higher standard than “relevance”), and that warrants must contain language “particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” The Patriot Act even allows the FBI to issue warrants called “National Security Letters” without going to a judge, though this provision was not set to expire and therefore was not part of this legislation.  The Senate passed S. 990 on May 26, 2011 by a vote of 72 to 23 (Roll Call 84). The extended provisions, and the Patriot Act as a whole, violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.
Debt Deal.
This legislation (S. 365) increased the debt limit while creating a process for cutting future deficit projections. It provided for an immediate $400 billion increase in the national debt limit, while allowing the President to raise the ceiling an additional $500 billion unless Congress passes a resolution of disapproval. This legislation also established a process for reducing future cumulative deficit projections by up to $2.4 trillion for fiscal years 2012 through 2021, including the establishment of a supercommittee tasked with recommending cuts totaling up to $1.5 trillion for the 10-year period. If the supercommittee were to fail in recommending at least $1.2 trillion in cuts (and, as we know, the supercommittee failed to recommend any cuts), then the legislation would trigger automatic cuts totaling up to $1.2 trillion over 10 years. The debt-raising/deficit-cutting package created the appearance that Congress was doing something to rein in out-of-control spending. But in reality, the total national debt would still increase even if the entire dollar amount of cuts called for in the legislation were identified and enacted, since the cuts are not cuts in the absolute sense but cuts in future budget projections. The national debt would continue to go up, but not as fast as before, for the simple reason that cutting (say) $1.2 trillion over 10 years will not offset projected annual $1 trillion-plus deficits. The Senate agreed to the House-passed version of the bill on August 2, 2011 by a vote of 74 to 26 (Roll Call 123). The debt deal allows both the national debt and spending to continue their upward trajectories. Senator Alexander voed FOR this legislation.

 

Trade Promotion Authority.
During consideration of the trade-preferences bill, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) introduced an amendment to reinstitute trade promotion authority through 2013 for the purpose of expediting approval of trade bills. The authority, which was called “fast track” when initially instituted, had expired in 2007. The fast-track procedure requires that Congress must not amend or filibuster trade agreements submitted to them by the President, and must either approve or disapprove of the agreements within 90 days of submission. Renewing trade promotion authority is considered crucial for picking up the pace for approving future free-trade agreements such as the South Korea trade agreement. The Senate rejected McConnell’s amendment on September 20, 2011 by a vote of 45 to 55 (Roll Call 141). Trade promotion authority limits the ability of Congress to deliberate and legislate. Moreover, treaties should need a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate for approval. Senator Alexander voted FOR this legislation.

 

Cross-state Pollution.Senate
Joint Resolution 27 would nullify the EPA’s cross-state pollution rules targeting sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide power plant emissions. The House had already passed related legislation that would delay implementation of the EPA rules but not actually eliminate them. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moved to proceed to the resolution, but the Senate rejected his motion November 10 by a vote of 41 to 56 — thereby thwarting the attempt to stop the EPA cross-state pollution rules (Roll Call 201). These rules will further damage the economy and also because the federal government has no constitutional authority to regulate power plant emissions. Senator Alexander voted AGAINST this motion.

 

Agriculture-Commerce-Justice-Science-Transportation-HUD Appropriations.
This so-called “minibus” bill (H.R. 2112) — which combined into a single package three of the regular appropriations bills for fiscal 2012. Just the “discretionary” spending in the minibus for the three-bill package totaled $128.1 billion. In addition, there is the spending that the government deems “mandatory.” In the case of the Agriculture bill that was incorporated into the minibus, for instance, the appropriations include $116.8 billion in mandatory spending in addition to $19.8 billion in discretionary spending. The so-called mandatory spending in the Agriculture bill includes nearly $99 billion for food and nutrition programs. The Senate passed the final version (conference report) of this legislation on November 17, 2011 by a vote of 70 to 30 (Roll Call 208). Congress has no constitutional authority to fund many of the programs in the bill, including the farm programs, food programs, and housing (under HUD). Senator Alexander voted FOR this legislation.

 

Indefinite Detention.
Detainee-related language in the Defense authorization bill (S. 1867) was written in such a sweeping way that even the United States can be considered part of the battlefield in the global war against terror — and even American citizens accused of being terrorists can be apprehended by the U.S. military and detained indefinitely without habeas corpus and without even being tried and found guilty in a court of law. Several attempts were made to revise the language, including an amendment offered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to prohibit U.S. citizens from being held indefinitely without being charged or given a trial.The Senate rejected this amendment on December 1 by a vote of 45 to 55 (Roll Call 214). The War on Terror must not be allowed to destroy legal protections stretching back to the Magna Carta. Senator Alexander voted AGAINST this amendment.
Omnibus Appropriations.
This catch-all legislative package (H.R. 2055), which would provide $915 billion in discretionary appropriations for fiscal 2012, is comprised of nine appropriations bills for fiscal 2012 that Congress failed to complete separately — Defense ($518.8 billion), Energy-Water ($32.1 billion), Financial Services ($21.5 billion), Homeland Security ($41.3 billion), Interior-Environment ($29.2 billion), Labor-HHS-Education ($156.3 billion), Legislative Branch ($4.3 billion), State-Foreign Operations ($33.5 billion), and Military Construction-VA ($73.7 billion). The Senate adopted the final version of this legislation (known as a conference report) on December 17, 2011 by a vote of 67 to 32 (Roll Call 235). Many of the bill’s spending programs — e.g., education, housing, foreign aid, etc. — are unconstitutional, and the country is running trillion-dollar annual deficits. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Export-Import Bank.
This legislation (H.R. 2072) reauthorized the U.S. Export-Import Bank for two years and increased the agency’s lending cap from $100 billion to $140 billion. The bank issues loans and loan guarantees to foreign governments or companies for the purchase of U.S. products. The Senate passed H.R. 2072 on May 15, 2012 by a vote of 78 to 20 (Roll Call 96). The federal government has no constitutional authority risking taxpayers’ money to provide loans the private sector considers too risky to provide. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

FDA Regulation of Food & Dietary Supplements.
During consideration of the FDA user-fee authorization bill (S. 3187), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) offered an amendment to prohibit FDA from regulating food or dietary supplements as drugs and censoring product health claims. Paul’s amendment would also “prohibit employees of the Food and Drug Administration from carrying firearms and making arrests without warrants.” The Senate tabled (killed) Paul’s amendment on May 24, 2012 by a vote of 78 to 15 (Roll Call 107). The FDA censorship of health claims is a violation of the right to free speech protected by the First Amendment, and the federal government is using armed agents to enforce unconstitutional regulations — e.g., against the selling of raw milk. Senator Alexander voted FOR killing this amendment.
EPA Regulations.
After the Environmental Protection Agency established the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards that cap toxin emissions from coal-fired power plants, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) sponsored a joint resolution (S. J. Res. 37) to nullify the regulations. Sen. Inhofe said the “EPA’s Utility MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) is designed to destroy jobs by killing off the coal industry. EPA admits itself that the Utility MACT rule would cost an unprecedented $11 billion to implement. Of course these costs will come in the form of higher electricity rates for every American.... The Utility MACT would destroy over 1 million jobs and cost the American economy billions of dollars.” A motion to proceed to consideration of the measure was defeated on June 20, 2012 by a vote of 46 to 53 (Roll Call 139). The EPA is an unconstitutional agency created by executive order, and while the Commerce Clause allows Congress to regulate trade between states, federal agencies do not have constitutional authority to impose environmental regulations on industry. Moreover, the regulations will lead to the premature closure of many power plants, leading to more expensive, less reliable electricity for consumers. Senator voted AGAINST this resolution.

 

Forest Legacy Program.
During consideration of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (S. 3240), Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) offered an amendment to repeal the Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program. Regarding the need for his amendment, Sen. Lee stated: “The Federal Government owns about two-thirds of the land in my own State. It owns nearly 30 percent of the land mass within the territorial boundaries of the United States. We do a lot to conserve that land. But when we use this money — money estimated to amount to about $200 million a year in authorization, about $1 billion over a 5-year period — we are using that money to take land out of use. We are using that money to pay people not to use their land for anything. Whenever we look for areas in which we can save money, one area is to not pay people not to use their land.” According to the Forest Service’s website: “The Forest Legacy Program (FLP), a Federal program in partnership with States, supports State efforts to protect environmentally sensitive forest lands.... To maximize the public benefits it achieves, the program focuses on the acquisition of partial interests in privately owned forest lands. FLP helps the States develop and carry out their forest conservation plans. It encourages and supports acquisition of conservation easements, legally binding agreements transferring a negotiated set of property rights from one party to another, without removing the property from private ownership. Most FLP conservation easements restrict development, require sustainable forestry practices, and protect other values.” The Senate rejected Senator Lee’s amendment to S. 3240 on June 20, 2012 by a vote of 21 to 77 (Roll Call 147). The Constitution does not grant Congress the legislative power to acquire ownership of or conservation easement rights over large tracts of land within the states. Senator Alexander voted AGAINST this amendment.

 

Farm Bill.
The Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 (S. 3240) would authorize federal farm and food assistance programs for five years. The programs include crop subsidies, food stamps, and foreign food aid. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the programs authorized by the bill would cost $969 billion if implemented over the next 10 years.The Senate passed S. 3240 on June 21, 2012 by a vote of 64 to 35 (Roll Call 164). Federal agricultural subsidies and food aid are unconstitutional. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Continuing Resolution.
House Joint Resolution 117 would provide continuing appropriations for the federal government from October 1, 2012 through March 27, 2013. This would amount to an annualized rate of $1.047 trillion in “discretionary” spending for regular appropriations, and would include a 0.6 percent increase in funding for most federal programs and agencies. This continuing resolution would also provide nearly $100 billion in war funding and $6.4 billion in advance disaster relief funds. To put this appropriations bill into perspective, consider what the Congressional Budget Office reported on August 22, 2012: “For fiscal year 2012 (which ends on September 30), the federal budget deficit will total $1.1 trillion, CBO estimates, marking the fourth year in a row with a deficit of more than $1 trillion.” This deficit is based on the CBO’s estimates of $2.435 trillion in federal revenue and $3.563 trillion in federal outlays for fiscal 2012. Therefore, 32 percent of every federal dollar spent in 2012 had to be borrowed. For 2011, 2010, and 2009 the shortfall has been 36, 37, and 40 percent respectively. The Senate passed H. J. Res. 117 on September 22, 2012 by a vote of 62 to 30 (Roll Call 199). Passage of this mammoth continuing resolution provided a way for Congress to perpetuate its fiscally irresponsible, unconstitutional spending habits with a minimum of accountability to its constituents. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

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 111th Congress -

TARP Funding.
Senate Joint Resolution 5 would have prevented the release of the remaining $350 billion of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to bail out banks and other institutions. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 had uthorized a total of $700 billion, only half of which was initially released, for TARP. The act was written so that the Treasury Department, which administers the program, could start spending the second $350 billion unless both chambers of Congress disapproved.The Senate rejected this resolution on January 15, 2009, by a vote of 42-52 (Roll Call 5). The Constitution does not authorize Congress to grant financial aid or loans to private companies, i.e., banks and automakers. Senator Alexander voted FOR this.

 

SCHIP.
H.R. 2 would reauthorize the “State Children’s Health Insurance Program,” commonly referred to as SCHIP, for over four and a half years and increase the funding for the program by $32.8 billion. SCHIP is designed to provide health insurance to children of families whose incomes are up to four times above the poverty level (and therefore would have too much income to qualify for Medicaid), yet would have little income to buy private insurance. Often SCHIP crowds out private insurance: the Congressional Budget Office found that between 25 and 50 percent of children who enroll in SCHIP dropped their private insurance to get “free care.” Because SCHIP, like Medicaid and Medicare, pays doctors and hospitals only a fraction of the actual cost of care, the unfunded costs get passed to holders of private insurance. Additionally, SCHIP would apply to 400,000 to 600,000 children of legal immigrants whose sponsors had agreed to cover the children’s healthcare needs for at least five years after arriving to the United States. Federal healthcare programs are unconstitutional and would likely lower the quality of healthcare. The Senate passed H.R. 2 on January 29, 2009, by a vote of 66-32 (Roll Call 31). Senator Alexander voted FOR this.

 

National-service Programs.
The Serve America Act (H.R. 1388), which would expand the number of “voluntary” positions in national service programs such as AmeriCorps from 75,000 to 250,000. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the House version of this legislation would cost $6 billion and the Senate version would cost $5 billion over five years. The Senate passed H.R. 1388 on March 26, 2009, by a vote of 79-19 (Roll Call 115). National service programs are not authorized by the Constitution. Senator Alexander voted FOR this.

 

IMF Funding.
During consideration of the Fiscal 2009 Supplemental bill (H.R. 2346), Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) offered an amendment to delete $5 billion provided by the bill for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF is an adjunct of the United Nations and grants foreign aid to qualifying countries.The Senate rejected the DeMint amendment on May 21, 2009, by a vote of 30-64 (Roll Call 201). Foreign aid is unconstitutional, and this is deficit spending. Senator Alexander voted AGAINST the amendment to delete $5 billion to the IMF.

 

Fiscal 2009 Supplemental Appropriations.
The Senate version of the Fiscal 2009 Supplemental Appropriations bill (H.R. 2346) would provide an additional $91.3 billion in “emergency” funding for the current fiscal year over and above the regular appropriations. The spending would include $73 billion for the Defense Department (including the ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan), $1.5 billion to address potential pandemic flu, and $5 billion for the International Monetary Fund, a UN agency that lends to qualifying countries.The Senate passed H.R. 2346 on May 21, 2009, by a vote of 86-3 (Roll Call 202). The spending is over and above what the federal government had already budgeted, Congress never declared war against Iraq and Afghanistan, and some of the spending (e.g., foreign aid) is unconstitutional. Senator Alexander voted FOR this.

 

Supplemental Appropriations.
The final version (conference report) of the fiscal 2009 supplemental appropriations bill (H.R. 2346), which would provide $105.9 in “emergency” funding over and above the regular appropriations for 2009. This outrageous supplemental package would include $79.9 billion for defense funding (including for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan), $10.4 billion for foreign aid programs, $7.7 billion to address the national flu scare, and $5 billion for International Monetary Fund activities. This supplemental bill would also include $1 billion for the Cash for Clunkers program. The Senate adopted the conference report (thus sending it to the President) on June 18, 2009 by a vote of 91-5 (Roll Call 210). The spending is over and above what the federal government had already budgeted, the United States never declared war against Iraq and Afghanistan, and some of the spending (e.g., Cash for Clunkers and foreign aid) is unconstitutional. Senator Alexander voted FOR this.

 

Sotomayor Confirmation.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor revealed her view on our God-given right to keep and bear arms while on the Second Circuit Court in the case of United States v. Sanchez-Villar (2004). In a footnote to their decision on this case, Sotomayor and two colleagues dismissed a Second Amendment claim by holding that “the right to possess a gun is clearly not a fundamental right.” Her widely quoted remarks that the “court of appeals is where policy is made” and “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life” provide further evidence that Sotomayor does not base her judicial decisions on the original intent of the Constitution. The Senate confirmed Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on August 6, 2009 by a vote of 68-31 (Roll Call 262). Judge Sotomayor is not committed to adhering to the original intent of the Constitution in her judicial decisions. Senator Alexander voted FOR this.

 

Cash for Clunkers Funding.
H.R. 3435 would authorize an additional $2 billion for the “Cash for Clunkers” vehicle trade-in program. Under the “Cash for Clunkers” program, consumers would trade in their old cars for more fuel efficient vehicles. After running out of funds almost immediately, Congress quickly introduced yet another bill (H.R. 3435) that would provide an additional $2 billion for the “Cash for Clunkers” program. Under the program consumers were offered rebates of up to $4,500 if they traded in their old cars for more fuel-efficient ones. The vehicles traded in were destroyed, meaning cars not ready for the junkyard would be taken off the road, reducing the stock of used vehicles and inflating the prices of used cars. The Senate passed H.R. 3435 on August 6, 2009 by a vote of 60-37 (Roll Call 270). The federal government should not be subsidizing the car industry and it is unconstitutional and wasteful. Senator Alexander voted FOR this.

 

Transportation-HUD Appropriations.
The Senate version of H.R. 3288 is similar to the House passed version. The fiscal 2010 Transportation-HUD appropriations (H.R. 3288) would authorize a whopping $123.1 billion for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development. This includes $68.8 billion for discretionary spending for the two departments and their related agencies, a 25-percent increase from fiscal 2009 levels. The bill would provide $1.5 billion in federal grants for Amtrak and $18.2 billion for the Section 8 Tenant-based Rental Assistance program. The Senate version would authorize $122 billion, including $67.7 billion in discretionary spending, for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and related agencies. The Senate passed H.R. 3288 on September 17, 2009 by a vote of 73-25 (Roll Call 287). Virtually every dollar assigned to this bill, whether it is for transportation or housing assistance, is unconstitutional and unaffordable. Senator Alexander voted FOR this.

 

Agriculture Appropriations.
The final version (conference report) of this fiscal 2010 spending bill (H.R. 2997) to appropriate $121.2 billion for the Agriculture Department and related agencies. This social-welfare bill would include $21 billion for the Agriculture Department, $2.4 billion for the Food and Drug Administration, $58.3 billion to fund the food stamp program, $17 billion for the child nutrition program, $7.3 billion for the Women, Infants, and Children program, and $1.7 billion for the Food for Peace program. Excluding emergency spending, H.R. 2997 would represent a $2.7 billion increase from the 2009 appropriations level. More than 80 percent of the funds for H.R. 2997 would be reserved for mandatory programs such as food stamps and crop support. The Senate adopted the conference report (thus sending it to the President) on October 8, 2009 by a vote of 76-22 (Roll Call 318). Federal aid to farmers and federal food aid to individuals are not authorized by the Constitution. Senator Alexander voted FOR this.

 

Energy-Water Appropriations.
The final version (conference report) of this 2010 spending bill (H.R. 3183) to appropriate $34 billion for energy and water projects.  The funds would provide $27.1 billion for the Energy Department, $5.4 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, and $1.1 billion for the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation. The Senate adopted the conference report (thus sending it to the President) on October 15, 2009 by a vote of 80-17 (Roll Call 322). The Department of Energy is not authorized by the Constitution. Senator Alexander voted FOR this.

 

Interior-Environment Appropriations.
The final version (conference report) of the $32.3 billion Interior-Environment appropriations bill for fiscal 2010 (H.R. 2996). The bill would provide $11 billion for the Interior Department, $10.3 billion for the EPA, $3.5 billion for the Forest Service, and $4.1 billion for the Indian Health Service. Additionally, H.R. 2996 would authorize $168 million each for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and provide $761 million to the Smithsonian Institution. The spending in H.R. 2996 is about $4.7 billion, or roughly 17 percent, more than what was received in fiscal 2009 for the same programs. Representative Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) argued that the increased spending is “irresponsible, especially in light of the fact Congress must soon consider legislation to increase our national debt limit.”The Senate adopted the conference report (thus sending it to the President) on October 29, 2009 by a vote of 72-28 (Roll Call 331). The majority of funding in the bill is unconstitutional and wasteful. Senator Alexander voted FOR this.

 

Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations.
This legislation (H.R. 2847) would appropriate $65.1 billion in fiscal 2010 for the Commerce and Justice Departments, and agencies including NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Census Bureau. Congressional Quarterly reported that the bill’s $64.9  billion in discretionary funding is “nearly 13 percent more than was appropriated for such programs in fiscal 2009.” The Senate passed H.R. 2847 on November 5, 2009 by a vote of 71-28 (Roll Call 340). Spending needs to be cut, not increased.  Senator Alexander voted for this.

 

Bernanke Confirmation.
On January 28, 2010, the Senate voted 70 to 30 to confirm Ben Bernanke to a second four-year term as Federal Reserve Chairman (Roll Call 16). With Bernanke at the helm, the Fed, which can create money out of thin air, has pumped trillions of newly created fiat (unbacked) dollars into the economy, even though this reckless expansion of the money supply (inflation) will diminish the value of the dollar and further hurt the economy in the long run. Bernanke’s Fed has also kept interest rates artificially low, encouraging excessive borrowing and malinvestments. And Bernanke has called for the Fed — which already possesses the power to create booms and busts through its control of the money supply and interest rates — to be given new powers to manage the financial sector. The economic havoc Bernanke is accountable for at the Fed which is a central bank that should not even exist. Alexander voted for this.

 

Audit the Fed.
During consideration of the financial regulatory reform bill (S. 3217), Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) offered an amendment to audit the Federal Reserve. The Senate rejected the Vitter amendment on May 11, 2010by a vote of 37-62 (Roll Call 138), after unanimously adopting a watered-down audit-the-Fed amendment offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sanders had much earlier introduced legislation in the Senate that mirrored the audit-the-Fed legislation in the House championed by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). When Sanders caved and offered his watered-down amendment, Vitter stepped in and offered an amendment for a full Fed audit along the lines of Paul’s (and Sanders’ earlier) proposal. The Sanders amendment allows for a onetime audit of the Fed’s emergency actions taken in response to the 2008 financial crisis. However, unlike the Vitter amendment, the Sanders amendment (in Paul’s words) “exempts monetary policy decisions, discount window operations, and agreements with foreign central banks from [GAO] audit.”The vote on the Vitter amendment is used here to rate Senators on their position on auditing the Fed. The American people need to know what the Fed is doing and because this may represent a first step in eliminating the unconstitutional Federal Reserve. Alexander voted against this.

 

Supplemental Appropriations.
This legislation (H.R. 4899) to appropriate an additional $58.8 billion in “emergency” supplemental spending, most of it for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Senate passed the bill on May 27, 2010 by a vote of 67-28 (Roll Call 176). The spending is over and above what the federal government already budgeted for the current fiscal year, Congress never declared war against Iraq and Afghanistan, and some of the spending (e.g., foreign aid) is unconstitutional. Senator Alexander voted for this.

 

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110th Congress

Minimum Wage.
The minimum-wage bill (H.R. 2) would raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over the course of two years. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) had repeatedly attempted to pass a minimum-wage increase in recent years, but the Republican-led Congress had always rejected his minimum-wage amendments. The minimum-wage increase represents one of the first major pushes of the newly elected Democratic Congress and was high up on the 100-hour legislative agenda pushed by House leaders at the beginning of the congressional year. In 1996, the federal minimum wage was increased by 90 cents to $5.15 an hour. Though many people believe that raising the federal minimum wage is a solution to national poverty, allowing the market to dictate wages allows entry-level workers to get the experience and job training they need to get higher paying jobs. The bill would also provide $8.3 billion in small-business tax incentives. The House passed its version of H.R. 2 on January 10.The Senate passed the minimum-wage increase by a vote of 94-3 (Roll Call 42) on February 1, 2007. It is unconstitutional to prohibit citizens from working for less than a government-set wage. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Embryonic Stem-cell Research.
The stem-cell research bill (S. 5), introduced by Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.), would overturn the 2001 ban on federally funding embryonic stem-cell research with federal dollars. Similar to the House version of the bill, S. 5 would fund the research, experimentation, and destruction of human embryos donated from in vitro fertilization clinics. The Senate passed Reid’s stem-cell research bill by a vote of 63-34 (Roll Call 127) on April 11, 2007. The bill violates the right to life for millions of unborn babies. Senator Alexander voted FOR this legislation.

 

Guest-worker Program.
Senator Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.) introduced an amendment to strike the guest-worker provision of Ted Kennedy’s substitute amendment (S. Amdt. #1150) for the immigration reform bill of 2007 (S. 1348). Kennedy’s so-called guest-worker provision would create a renewable two-year guest-worker program, issue a guest-worker visa, and set an adjustable annual cap on the number of guest workers permitted in this country. The Dorgan amendment was rejected by a vote of 31-64 (Roll Call 174) on May 22, 2007. The guest-worker program would constitute a large increase in legal immigration for our country, which would ultimately displace more American work-ers from their jobs and depress wages. Senator Alexander voted AGAINST the amendment.

 

SCHIP.
H.R. 976 would reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to the amount of $60.2 billion for five years. The proposed amount would expand the program by $35.2 billion and cover an addition 6.1 million children. The Senate passed H.R. 976 on August 2, 2007, by a vote of 68-31 (Roll Call 307). Taxpayer financed federal health insurance is unconstitutional. After successful passage of H.R. 976 in both the House and Senate, President Bush vetoed the measure on October 3, 2007. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

UN “Peacekeeping” Increase.
During consideration of the foreign-aid appropriations bill (H.R. 2764), Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.) introduced an amendment to strike a provision in H.R. 2764 that would increase the limit on the U.S. share of UN “peacekeeping” operations from 25 percent to 27.1 percent. The Senate rejected the Ensign amendment to H.R. 2764 on September 6, 2007, by a vote of 30-63 (Roll Call 317). The United States should not be funding UN “peacekeeping” period — let alone increasing the amount. Senator Alexander voted AGAINST this amendment.

 

Foreign-aid Contributions.
The fiscal 2008 foreign-aid appropriations bill (H.R. 2764) would authorize $34.4 billion for foreign-aid operations and economic assistance programs. In part, the bill would appropriate $9.1 billion for the U.S. Agency for International Development, $5.1 billion to combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases, and $1.2 billion for the Millennium Challenge Account. The Senate passed H.R. 2764 on September 6, 2007, by a vote of 81-12 (Roll Call 325). Foreign aid is unconstitutional. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations.
This massive appropriations bill (H.R. 3043) would appropriate $605.5 billion in fiscal 2008 for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. This spending bill represents the largest domestic spending bill the Senate has passed in the 110th Congress. H.R. 3043 would provide monies for the Education Department ($63 billion), the Labor Department ($14.9 billion), the Department of Health and Human Services ($479.1 billion), and related agencies. The Senate passed H.R. 3043 on October 23, 2007, by a vote of 75-19 (Roll Call 391). Social-welfare programs and federal involvement in education are unconstitutional. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Amtrak Reauthorization.
This bill (S. 294) would authorize $11.4 billion for Amtrak funding over the next six years. That amount would include monies for operating subsidies ($3.3 billion) and capital grants ($4.9 billion). If passed, states would be required to provide a 20-percent match of funds. Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) opposed the reauthorization of federal funds to Amtrak. According to DeMint, Amtrak routes are so unprofitable that each ticket is federally subsidized by hundreds of dollars. Amtrak was created in 1970 and has been operating under annual federal appropriation funds since 2002. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Children’s Health Insurance.
H.R. 3963, the five-year, $60 billion SCHIP Extension bill, passed 64-30 on November 1, 2007 (Roll Call 403) and then went to the president, who vetoed it. This legislation occurred after the presidential veto. The bill would have authorized the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) at nearly $60 billion over five years, expanding the program by $35 billion. It also would have put an additional tax on cigarette manufacturers, would have undermined private insurance plans, and would have pushed us further down the slippery slope to socialized medicine. The Constitution does not authorize federal involvement in healthcare, even for children. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Head Start
H.R. 1429, a bill to reauthorize the Head Start program through 2012, was adopted 95-0 on November 14, 2007 (Roll Call 409). Head Start provides educational activities and social services for children up to age five from low-income families. The program received $6.9 billion in fiscal year 2007. $7 billion was authorized in the fiscal 2008 omnibus bill, but H.R. 1429 increased funding to $7.4 billion for fiscal 2008, $7.7 billion for 2009, and $8 billion for 2010. The income level at which families are eligible to participate was raised from 100 percent of the poverty level to 130 percent ($26,728 for a family of four). Some opposed the bill because Head Start grants will not be allowed to faith-based organizations that hire employees on the basis of religious preference. Having been adopted in both the House and the Senate, this legislation was cleared for President Bush, who signed it into law. A federalized educational system is an unconstitutional and wasteful bureaucracy. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Peru Free Trade Agreement.
The Peru Free Trade Agreement (H.R. 3688) is another in a series of free-trade agreements to transfer the power to regulate trade (and other powers as well) to regional arrangements. A prime example is the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). However, as noted by the House Ways and Means Committee report on H.R. 3688, the Peru Free Trade Agreement is the first U.S. FTA to include “in its core text fully enforceable commitments by the Parties to adopt, maintain, and enforce basic international labor standards, as stated in the 1988 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.” The ILO, or International Labor Organization, is a UN agency. The Senate passed the Peru Free Trade Agreement on December 4, 2007 by a vote of 77-18 (Roll Call 413). "So-called" free-trade arrangements threaten our national independence and harm our economy. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Economic Stimulus.
H.R. 5140, the Economic Stimulus package, whereby rebate checks were mailed to tax-payers, passed 81-16 on February 7, 2008 (Roll Call 10). It would provide about $150 billion in economic stimulus, including $101.1 billion in direct payments of rebate checks (typically $600) to most tax-payers in 2008 and temporary tax breaks for businesses. After the House resolved its differences with the Senate, the bill was cleared for President Bush, who signed it into law. Creating money out of thin air (which was what was done for the rebate checks) cannot improve the economy. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Warrantless Searches.
S. 2248, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, passed 68-29 on February 12, 2008 (Roll Call 20). The bill would amend the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to effectively give the executive branch of the federal government a blank check to eavesdrop on telephone calls and e-mail messages between people in foreign countries and those in the United States. The bill includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies that have collaborated with federal agencies in the warrantless surveillance of American  citizens. Warrantless wiretaps are a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which protects Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures, and requires that any searches be conducted only upon issuance of a warrant under conditions of probable cause. Moreover, Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution forbids “ex post facto laws” — laws having a retroactive effect. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Mortgage Relief.
H.R. 3221, the Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008, passed 84-12 on April 10, 2008 (Roll Call 96). It was originally introduced in the House as an energy bill under another title and was passed as such in 2007. The Senate substituted a very different text, turning the bill into a vehicle for foreclosure prevention and returned it to the House for approval as three Senate amendments. Among the overall bill’s many aspects, it reforms the Federal Housing Administration, providing it liquidity and changing its insurance program to help homeowners facing foreclosure to refinance; it includes a net operating loss proposal that Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) described as a multi-billion dollar bailout of the homebuilders industry; it appropriates funding to states to redevelop foreclosed properties; and it would provide renewable-energy tax breaks. It is unconstitutional for the federal government to be an insurer, and wealth redistributor. Senator Alexander voted FOR this legislation.

 

Farm Bill.
The version of the five-year, $289 billion farm bill considered here (the conference report on H.R. 2419) would authorize the nation’s farm programs for the next five years, including crop subsidies and nutrition programs. The final version of this legislation worked out by House and Senate conferees (known as a conference report) provides $289 billion for these programs, including a $10.4 billion boost in spending for nutrition programs such as food stamps.The Senate passed the final version of H.R. 2419 by a vote of 81-15 (Roll Call 130) on May 15, 2008. Federal aid to farmers and federal food aid to individuals are not authorized by the Constitution. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Farm Bill (Veto Override).
H.R. 6124, the legislation to authorize farm and nutrition programs for another five years, including crop subsidies and nutrition programs. The final version of the legislation provides $289 billion for these programs, including a $10.4 billion boost in spending for nutrition programs such as food stamps. After this five-year, $289 billion farm bill was vetoed by President Bush, the Senate passed the bill over the president’s veto on June 18, 2008 by a vote of 80-14 (Roll Call 151). A two-thirds majority vote is required to override a presidential veto. Federal aid to farmers and federal food aid to individuals are not authorized by the Constitution. Senator Alexander voted FOR this veto override.

 

Funds for War, Welfare, Etc.
The Supplemental Appropriations bill (H.R. 2642) was agreed to 92-2 (Roll Call 162) on June 26, 2008. Such bills fund unforeseen needs after an annual budget has been approved. However, regular use of emergency supplemental bills to pay for never-ending wars, domestic welfare, and infrastructure programs has made the annual budget a misleading indicator of spending intentions. This $186.5 billion measure includes $161.8 billion of additional funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The remaining $24.7 billion is for domestic programs including tornado, flood, and hurricane relief efforts. It would also expand veterans’ education benefits, expand unemployment benefits, and delay shifting some Medicaid costs to the states. Congress continues to fund a war it never authorized under Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution. Also, the federal government is unconstitutionally involved as an individual and corporate insurer at taxpayer expense. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Warrantless Searches.
This bill would revamp the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and allow warrantless electronic surveillance, including monitoring telephone conversations and e-mails, of foreign targets, including those communicating with American citizens in the United States. The final version of the bill would not explicitly grant immunity to telecommunications companies that have assisted President Bush’s warrantless surveillance program. But it would require courts to dismiss lawsuits against such companies if there is “substantial evidence” they were insured in writing the program was legal and authorized by the president. The provision would almost certainly result in the dismissal of the lawsuits. The Senate passed H.R. 6304 on July 9, 2008 by a vote of 69-28 (Roll Call 168). Warrantless searches are a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which protects Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures, and requires that any searches be conducted only upon issuance of a warrant under conditions of probable cause. Moreover, Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution forbids “ex post facto laws” — laws having a retroactive effect. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Global HIV/AIDS Program.
This legislation (H.R. 5501) would  authorize $48 billion for fiscal 2009 through 2013 to combat AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis overseas. Currently one-third of the funding for HIV prevention is required to go to abstinence education. The bill would change that allocation to balance funding between condom, fidelity, and abstinence programs. It would also authorize $2 billion to fund programs for American Indian health, clean water, and law enforcement.The Senate passed H.R. 5501 on July 16, 2008 by a vote of 80-16 (Roll Call 182). Foreign aid is unconstitutional. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Mortgage Relief.
This legislation (H.R. 3221) to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and to allow the FHA to insure up to $300 billion worth of new, refinanced loans would grant authority to the Treasury Department to extend new credit and buy stock in the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac). As described by Congressional Quarterly, “It also would create an independent regulator for the two mortgage giants and the Federal Home Loan Bank System. It would overhaul the Federal Housing Administration and allow it to insure up to $300 billion worth of new, refinanced loans for struggling mortgage borrowers. It also includes a $7,500 tax credit to some first-time homebuyers, higher loan limits for FHA-backed loans, a standard tax deduction for property taxes and revenue-raisers to offset part of the costs. It also would authorize $3.92 billion in grants to states and localities to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed properties, and increase the federal debt limit to $10.6  trillion.” The Senate passed H.R. 3221 on July 26, 2008 by a vote of 72-13 (Roll Call 186). The federal government acting as an insurer, a micromanager of markets, and a wealth redistributor is unconstitutional and will undoubtedly affect market behavior, leading to more and worse market strife. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

 

Bailout Bill.
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424) passed 74-25 (Roll Call 213) on October 1, 2008. This bill authorizes the Treasury Department to use $700 billion of taxpayer money to purchase troubled mortgage-related securities from banks and other financial-related institutions, on terms set by the Treasury Secretary, who now has authority to manage and sell those assets. The bailout plan also expands FDIC protection from $100,000 to $250,000 per bank account, extends dozens of expiring tax provisions, expands incentives for renewable energy, provides a one-year adjustment to exempt millions of Americans from the alternative minimum tax, and requires health insurers who provide mental-health coverage to put mental-health benefits on par with other medical benefits. The bill establishes an unconstitutional merger of government with big business — in other words, fascism — and greatly increases the national debt and monetary inflation by forcing taxpayers to pay the price for the failures of private financial institutions. Senator Alexander voted FOR this bill.

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SOURCE: Freedom Index - TNA/JBS

17Feb/130

URGENT – Tues Vote To Kill Federal Firearm Laws!!! CALL THE FOLLOWING LEGISLATORS:

URGENT: Vote To Stop Federal Gun Control In TN On TUES!!!A TN Senate Committee will vote to stop federal firearms encroachment; YOUR action is needed!

TN "Senate Bill 250" will be voted on in committee this Tuesday and will instruct the TN government to stop any new federal firearms laws from being enforced within state borders.

Click here to learn more about the bill.

It is imperative to call and e-mail the following committee members and DEMAND that they vote FOR this bill (SB250) out of committee without any amendments!

Senator Kelsey, Chairman - Republican
(615) 741-3036, sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Doug Overbey, 1st Vice Chair - Republican - (likely to vote against the bill without your pressure)
(865)-681-8236 and (615) 741-0981, sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov  and joindoug@charter.net

Sen. Stacey Campfield, 2nd Vice Chair - Republican
(615) 741-1766, sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Mike Bell - Republican
(615) 741-1946, sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Lowe Finney - Democrat
(615) 741-1810, sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Ophelia Ford - Democrat
(615) 741-1767, sen.ophelia.ford@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Todd Gardenhire - Republican
(615) 741-6682, sen.todd.gardenhire@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Mark Green - Republican
(615) 741-2374, sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. John Stevens - Republican
(615) 741-4576, sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov

-- here are the e-mail addresses put together so that you can copy and paste into your e-mail client--
sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov, sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov, joindoug@charter.net, sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov, sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov, sen.ophelia.ford@capitol.tn.gov, sen.todd.gardenhire@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov, sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov

And finally, our e-mail system isn't free, and we need tools to fight these types of battles against the big-government establishment. There WILL be other bills like this soon that we'll need to get the word out on. Please donate, $10, $15, or even $20 to help us win:
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14Feb/130

Senator Lamar Alexander Reintroduces National Internet Sales Tax

From The Hill:

A bipartisan group of senators will renew their push for online sales tax legislation on Thursday.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) plans to re-introduce the Marketplace Fairness Act, along with Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), according to Christina Mulka, a spokeswoman for Durbin...

Under current law, states can only collect sales taxes from retailers that have a physical presence in their state. People who order items online from another state are supposed to declare the purchases on their tax forms, but few do.

The legislation would empower states to tax their residents' online purchases...Critics argue the measure would create a complicated new tax system and would stifle Internet commerce.

SOURCE: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/282889-lawmakers-to-renew-push-for-online-sales-tax#ixzz2KvcfXS48
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From Reuters:
On the heels of President Barack Obama once again tagging a U.S. tax code overhaul as a top priority in his State of the Union speech, Senator Richard Durbin said he will offer a bill that could resolve the long-unsettled online sales tax issue.
SOURCE: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/13/us-usa-tax-online-sales-idUSBRE91C1IC20130213
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And from FoxBiz:
States would have an easier time collecting sales taxes for online purchases under legislation to be unveiled on Thursday that represents a major step forward in political negotiations over more than $10 billion a year in uncollected taxes.

Sen. Richard Durbin (D., Ill.) along with Sens. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) and Mike Enzi (R., Wyo.) plan to join House Republican and Democratic counterparts to unveil the measure. For decades, states have been unable to force online stores to collect sales taxes because of a 1992 Supreme Court decision that found that merchants don't have to gather state sales taxes in states where they lack a physical presence. Taxpayers rarely self-report their online sales-tax obligations, leaving states unpaid.
Some Republicans have begun to drop resistance to online-sales-tax collection, in part as years of tight budgets caused by economic weakness create pressure for more tax revenue.Republican governors in Arkansas--home of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)--and other states have come out in support of online-sales-tax legislation, with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell even building into his budget an assumption that almost $1.6 billion from online-sales taxes over five years could help pay for transportation projects and public education.The coming together of Republicans and Democrats around online-sales-tax legislation still does not guarantee instant success, in part amid lingering resistance among some Republicans who are concerned about the perception of voting for a new tax.States have already started taking matters into their own hands, reaching deals with individual retailers. In New Jersey, Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) will start collecting sales taxes in July, under an arrangement worked out with Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Amazon began collecting sales taxes in Texas last year.

SOURCE: http://www.foxbusiness.com/news/2013/02/13/us-lawmakers-to-unveil-compromise-sales-tax-legislation-thursday/

But look at what has already happened previously:

- Senator Lamar Alexander Tries to Sneak Internet Sales Tax Into Defense Spending Bill

27Jan/130

URGENT – Stop TN Income Tax Forever! – (vote Tuesday)

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A Constitutional Amendment to permanently kill an income tax in TN needs your support!

On Tuesday, 1/29/13, the TN Senate Judiciary Committee will have SJR0001 come before it. Please call and e-mail the members of the committee and urge them to pass SJR1 and stop an income tax in TN forever!

The legislation, "proposes an amendment to Article II, Section 28 of the Tennessee Constitution to explicitly prohibit any state or local taxation of payroll or earned personal income or any state or local tax measured by payroll or earned personal income."

TN SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE:

Brian Kelsey sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-3036
Doug Overbey sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-0981
Stacey Campfield sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-1766
Mike Bell sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-1946
Lowe Finney sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-1810
Ophelia Ford sen.ophelia.ford@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-1767
Todd Gardenhire sen.todd.gardenhire@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-6682
Mark Green sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-2374
John Stevens sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov (615) 741-4576

Or copy and paste this email list into your e-mail box:
sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov, sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov, sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov, sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov, sen.ophelia.ford@capitol.tn.gov, sen.todd.gardenhire@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov, sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov

14Jan/130

TN Man Speaks Out Against Obama, Gets Gun Permit Suspended

A Tennessee man spoke out in a YouTube video about his determination to resist any impending gun control scheme President Obama might attempt to impose, and the TN State Government quickly suspended his firearms permit today.

Although some of his statements were inadvisable, uncouth, and even questionable, this man has been convicted of no crime but yet the government has arbitrarily suspended his firearms permit. Let this be an example as to why one should not first ask permission to keep and bear arms.

Logic follows that if you have to ask permission, then it's a privilege, and not a right. Privileges can be revoked at any time for any reason as this case demonstrates.  Put another way, "if the government giveth, the government can taketh away". The right to keep and bear arms predates the US government, the government of Tennessee, and both US & TN Constitutions. The right to keep and bear arms is a natural right and is not subject to permission from others so long as one doesn't harm others.

To understand more on the differences between rights and privileges read this or watch this.

Here is the story:
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/50429293/ns/local_news-nashville_tn/#.UPCUj_JyGSo

 

Please join the effort to push "Constitutional carry" in Tennessee so that no mentally sound person who hasn't been convicted of a felony may carry their firearm without first asking permission of government bureaucrats and politicians:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/TN-Constitutional-Carry/104302363053867?ref=ts&fref=ts

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14Jan/130

Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey Admits Bullying Fellow Senators

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Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, explains his decision to remove Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, from her post as Senate Judiciary Committee chairwoman. “I was disappointed a time or two in some of her decisions on the committee, and trying to figure out where we’re going with several issues,” said Ramsey. “Everybody needs to be a team player, and sometime I wondered about that — that’s as far as I’ll go with that.


http://youtu.be/OeEVjQd9SdM

SOURCE:
http://tnreport.com/videos/ramsey-on-why-he-didnt-re-appoint-beavers-to-chair-judiciary-committee/

13Jan/130

Possible TN Agenda 21 Scheme Uncovered; TN Legislators Try To Hide Conflict Of Interest Disclosure

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A new bill exempts ethics disclosure of specific county planning commission members; "Agenda 21" plot suspected

Just filed in the TN State legislature is a bill that exempts members appointed to specific county planning commissions from having to disclose any potential conflicts of interest to the State Ethics Commission. Besides this obvious and blatant attempt to remove any accountability or transparency, one has to ask "if they have nothing to hide, then why are they trying to hide their conflicts of interest?"

However the most curious part of this bill is that it only applies to the planning commission members in very specific counties within the bill sponsor's district. Furthermore, some grassroots activists and policy experts are concerned this may be an attempt to sneak Agenda 21 into Tennessee.

Here is a link to the bill (the actual bill text is here)

Creeping Agenda 21? Blue = counties already in PlanET Yellow = counties that would likely be added

Creeping Agenda 21?
Blue = counties already in PlanET
Yellow = counties that would likely be added as a result of this bill

The county planning commissions they are trying to exempt from disclosure are Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Pickett, Rhea, Roane, Scott.

One expert speaking on the condition of anonymity said "this looks like a back-door way to expand the Knox County / PlanET into other counties within the state via a UN Agenda 21 scheme without anyone knowing what is going on".

HELP STOP THIS PLOT by contacting these two legislators immediately and demand they withdraw their bill SB0027/HB0015

 

Senator Ken Yager:
yagerkmbw@comcast.net
sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov
(865) 882-9132
(865) 285-9797
(615) 741-1449

Representative Kent Calfee:
kentcalfee2012@hotmail.com
rep.kent.calfee@capitol.tn.gov
(865) 376-3517
(615) 741-7658

28Dec/120

CAUTION – New Years Weekend TN Police Checkpoints

 

You will be asked for "Papers, and blood sample, please"

The TN Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the TN Highway Patrol, will be setting up "no-refusal" checkpoints throughout Tennessee this holiday season. If you are stopped at one of these checkpoints you will be asked for your papers, and likely administered a sobriety test which could include a forced blood sample!!! If you think you have nothing to worry about, keep in mind that TN DUI Officers have in the past have been warned to arrest more people "or else" which means they have every incentive to meet their quota. Once your blood and DNA is forcibly extracted from you it gets stored in a government database.

Here is the official release from the TN government -
https://news.tn.gov/node/10096

Here is a list of when and where the checkpoints will be located:

https://news.tn.gov/system/files/122712--%20No%20Refusal%20NYE%20Checkpoints.pdf

 

BE PREPARED!

If you should happen to not be able to avoid one of the "vampire checkpoints" listed at the above link please take the time to watch the following instructional videos in order to be prepared for your encounter.

10 rules for dealing with law enforcement:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmrbNLt7Om8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKPutNg88bA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REJ2RsLp1Kk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUv3A4hscc0

7 rules for recording law enforcement:
http://gizmodo.com/5900680/7-rules-for-recording-police

DON'T TALK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT - PART I & II:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08fZQWjDVKE&feature=player_embedded

CITIZENS GUIDE TO SURVIVING POLICE ENCOUNTERS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqMjMPlXzdA

PRINT OUT THIS MINI POCKET CARD OF RIGHTS FOR YOUR WALLET OR GLOVE BOX:
http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/bustcard_eng_20100630.pdf

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHEN ENCOUNTERING LAW ENFORCEMENT (full version):
http://www.aclu-tn.org/pdfs/kyr/kyr_english.pdf

Video of how to get through a checkpoint:
http://youtu.be/ILqc0DMh84k

 

Please forward this blog on to as many of your fellow Tennesseans that you know to keep them safe from government intrusion.

 

PS - Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey voted for this and admits his ignorance at how this could possibly be an invasion of privacy. See the video of his own words here

27Dec/120

Tell Senator Lamar Alexander “NO MORE OBAMA SPYING ON AMERICANS”

There is an important vote coming up tonight in the US Senate to stop Obama from spying on us.

Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee have introduced the "4th Amendment Protection Act" which builds protections against the government spying on Americans.

Call Senators Corker and Alexander and tell them to vote FOR Rand Paul's 4th Amendment Protection Act TONIGHT!!!

ryan_loskarn@alexander.senate.gov
http://www.alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Email
(202) 224-4944

todd_womack@corker.senate.gov
http://www.corker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactMe
(202) 224-3344

Watch Senator Paul discuss the importance of this amendment here -


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIyLlXBcbjo&feature=youtu.be

22Dec/120

Harwell to make power grab in TN House?

TN House Speaker Beth Harwell is looking to make changes to the House rules. Given her past untrustworthy big-government track record, many experts and grassroots activists are skeptical that this move is a power grab in order to gain more control over the General Assembly.

From the first article -

State House Speaker Beth Harwell on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of the way the lower chamber of the Tennessee General Assembly does business, including limiting members to 10 bills per session and restructuring the committee system.

The Nashville Republican said the changes would streamline operations, save money and “help members prioritize what’s most important to them.” The limits would not apply to bills affecting local issues or to lawmakers carrying bills that are part of the governor’s legislative agenda.

The shakeup includes splitting the State and Local Government Committee into separate panels and merging the agriculture and environment committees. The powerful Judiciary Committee would be split into criminal and civil justice panels, and the latter would absorb most of the duties of the Children and Family Affairs Committee.

“We sat down and analyzed the workload of committees in the General Assembly, there were some committees that had fewer than 100 bills, and we had some committees that more than 500 or 600 bills,” Harwell said.

Another proposed change would limit each lawmaker to two floor presentations per session.

The changes would have to be approved by the House Rules Committee after the Legislature convenes next month.

SOURCE: http://www.dnj.com/viewart/20121220/NEWS05/312200015/Harwell-touts-bill-limits-committee-changes

Another article -

Her proposed committee changes include:

• Splitting the Judiciary Committee, currently chaired by Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland, into civil and criminal justice panels;

• Dividing the State and Local Government Committee into two panels, one for state legislation and the other for bills affecting city, county or other local governments;

• Merging the Agriculture Committee into the Conservation and Environment Committee

• Abolishing the Children and Family Affairs Committee and directing the panel's legislation mostly go to the new Judiciary civil committee.

SOURCE: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/dec/20/house-restructuring-eyed/?local

While this may just be an honest attempt to streamline legislative procedure, as the old saying goes, "the devil is in the details". It will remain to be seen as to whether or not this will result in a more centralization of power.

22Dec/120

Questionable Haslam Land Deal?

From a recent article:

The chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party is calling for an investigation by the state comptroller of the state’s “deeply troubling” purchase of a Knoxville property from a business associate of the governor’s family.

In a letter to the comptroller, Chip Forrester, the party chairman, said that the $10 million purchase price for the office building for use by Pellissippi State Community College may have defrauded Tennessee taxpayers out of more than $5 million.

Citing a Sunday report in The Tennessean, Forrester noted that some estimates put the cost of completely renovating the building at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike at $16.6 million...

The Tennessean reported that the partnership that sold the building to the state was headed by Samuel F. Furrow, a Knoxville auctioneer and developer who has had a past business relationship with Gov. Bill Haslam.

Records also show that James Haslam II, the governor’s father, loaned Furrow’s wife $1 million when the purchase of the Knoxville property was under consideration in 2011. Records show that loan is still outstanding. The collateral is a Nantucket property owned by Ann Furrow. Samuel Furrow was formerly a co-owner of the property but deeded it over to his wife prior to the loan...

He added that Tennesseans “deserve absolute disclosure on this suspicious land deal and a full explanation why we paid $10 million for a property the county assessor valued at $4.4 million...

The governor, through a spokeswoman, has said he was not aware of his father’s loan to Furrow’s wife. She also said that the governor does not have any current business relationship with Furrow. Forrester noted from The Tennessean story that an associate of Furrow’s emailed a top Haslam aide late last year in an attempt to make the state purchase of the long vacant property a priority and get it done before the end of the year. The sale, however, was not finalized until March.

A portion of the building is now being used for some community college classes and other portions of the property are expected to be leased to the state General Services Department.

SOURCE: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121220/NEWS02/312200065/TN-Democrats-call-investigation-into-state-s-purchase-Knoxville-building

21Dec/121

List of TN Unconstitutional Checkpoints – Christmas 2012

 You will be asked for "Papers, and blood sample, please"

The TN Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the TN Highway Patrol, will be setting up "no-refusal" checkpoints throughout Tennessee this holiday season. If you are stopped at one of these checkpoints you will be asked for your papers, and likely administered a sobriety test which could include a forced blood sample!!! If you think you have nothing to worry about, keep in mind that TN DUI Officers have in the past have been warned to arrest more people "or else" which means they have every incentive to meet their quota. Once your blood and DNA is forcibly extracted from you it gets stored in a government database.

Here is the official release from the TN government -
https://news.tn.gov/node/10069

Here is a list of when and where the checkpoints will be located:

https://news.tn.gov/system/files/122012--Christmas%20Checkpoints.pdf

 

BE PREPARED!

If you should happen to not be able to avoid one of the "vampire checkpoints" listed at the above link please take the time to watch the following instructional videos in order to be prepared for your encounter.

10 rules for dealing with law enforcement:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmrbNLt7Om8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKPutNg88bA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REJ2RsLp1Kk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUv3A4hscc0

7 rules for recording law enforcement:
http://gizmodo.com/5900680/7-rules-for-recording-police

DON'T TALK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT - PART I & II:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08fZQWjDVKE&feature=player_embedded

CITIZENS GUIDE TO SURVIVING POLICE ENCOUNTERS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqMjMPlXzdA

PRINT OUT THIS MINI POCKET CARD OF RIGHTS FOR YOUR WALLET OR GLOVE BOX:
http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/bustcard_eng_20100630.pdf

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHEN ENCOUNTERING LAW ENFORCEMENT (full version):
http://www.aclu-tn.org/pdfs/kyr/kyr_english.pdf

Video of how to get through a checkpoint:
http://youtu.be/ILqc0DMh84k

 

Please forward this blog on to as many of your fellow Tennesseans that you know to keep them safe from government intrusion.

 

PS - On edit - Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey voted for this and admits his ignorance at how this could possibly be an invasion of privacy. See the video of his own words here

17Dec/123

Gov Haslam Doesn’t Want Teachers To Be Able To Defend Students Against Gunmen

Virginia Tech Shooter Cho Seung-Hui

In light of the recent school massacre in Connecticut Governor Haslam still maintains that educators in Tennessee, at all levels, should not have the ability to defend themselves against similar attacks.

From the article:

Haslam said he still believes schools and universities should be able to bar their employees from bringing their gun to work, a position that has put him at odds with some Republicans in the state legislature. Haslam said his focus would be on reviewing the state’s mental health services.

I don’t know a lot of legislation that I’ve seen would have stopped what happened there, [CT school massacre]” Haslam told reporters Monday.

SOURCE: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121217/NEWS/312170040/2275/RSS05?nclick_check=1

 

UPDATE: Apparently speaker Beth Harwell thinks teachers and school children should be defenseless too:

House Speaker Beth Harwell said she’s unsure what effect last week’s massacre in Connecticut will have on gun laws next year but said she’s opposed to the idea of letting teachers carry guns into the classroom.

“I think it would be asking way too much of our teachers for them to be armed in a classroom, and I’m not in favor of going down that route,” she told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

SOURCE: http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/city-news/harwell-opposed-arming-teachers-unsure-mass-shootings-effect-tn-gun-bills?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

13Dec/120

Haslam Begs For Nat’l Internet Sales Tax (again)

Governor Haslam once again lobbied Congress yesterday for a national Internet sales tax...

Gov. Bill Haslam and Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire have sent a letter to two U.S. Senate Finance Committee leaders urging action before the end of the year on legislation allowing states to collect sales taxes on Internet sales. The bill is known as the "Marketplace Fairness Act."

SOURCE: http://blogs.knoxnews.com/humphrey/2012/12/haslam-urges-congressional-act.html

And from another article -

States are looking to Washington to let them tax sales made over the Internet.

In a letter sent to Congress Tuesday, Washington Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire and Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam urged Congress to quickly pass bills that have languished in the House and Senate for over a year that would require sales tax on all online purchases.

SOURCE: http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/13/governors-ask-congress-for-online-sales-tax-authority/#ixzz2ExoYyIWI

But look at what has happened previously:

- Senator Lamar Alexander Tries to Sneak Internet Sales Tax Into Defense Spending Bill

- Governor Haslam BEGS Congress To Tax The Internet

- Governor Haslam Pushes National Internet Sales Tax

- Governor Haslam To Tax All Internet Sales Nationwide

10Dec/121

VICTORY! Haslam: “TN will NOT run an Obamacare Exchange”


VICTORY IS AT HAND!
(almost)

After thousands of phone calls and e-mails to Governor Haslam's office, the grassroots patriots of Tennessee have pressured Governor Haslam into partly rejecting Obamacare from Tennessee. In a speech today the Governor said that the government of Tennessee will not be setting up an Obamacare Insurance Exchange. More info from his office available here.

The Governor was pushing hard to implement Obamacare in TN behind the guise of having the state government run the Exchange but buckled under pressure from the People of Tennessee. The result is that the feds will not be likely to set up an Exchange in TN because there has been no funding appropriated for it. This is effective nullification of unconstitutional federal law.

There is one other hurdle to stop Obamacare from creeping into Tennessee; and that is the expansion of Medicaid spending. Per the US Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, as long as the government of TN refuses to expand Medicaid spending, then the feds are powerless to further implement Obamacare within the borders of Tennessee!

We have won one victory, we must now keep up the pressure and stop the government of TN from taking the federal bait and getting hooked into an expansion of Medicaid spending. OUR NEXT GOAL IS TO STOP THE TENNESSEE GOVERNMENT FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE EXPANSION OF MEDICAID SPENDING! Doing so will stop Obamacare from slithering into Tennessee.

Fortunately, there is already a bill to do that in the works. Look for more on the second round of this fight coming soon...

 

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9Dec/120

Corker To Compromise With Obama On Raising Taxes

Says tax increases are "best route for us to take"

From the Hill article -

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Sunday joined a growing chorus of Republicans who are open to higher tax rates for the richest Americans as part of a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

Corker, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” that Democrats have the upper hand following the election. He said he was optimistic Congress would strike a deal within the next 23 days, even if it means agreeing to President Obama's plan to increase the top rate on individuals making more than $250,000 a year.

"I actually think it has merit – where you go and you give the president the 2 percent increase that he's talking about, the rate increase on the top 2 percent....it's actually a much lesser tax increase than what he's been talking about...I actually am beginning to believe that is the best route for us to take"

SOURCE

This was previously mentioned here on the TNCFL blog.

6Dec/120

Alexander & Corker Willing To Vote For Tax Hike

By refusing to stand firm against a tax increase, Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are revealing their willingness to vote for more taxes. See this snippet of a recent article -

While other Middle Tennessee Republicans in Congress expressly oppose raising tax rates as part of any solution to the looming “fiscal cliff,” the state’s two GOP senators appear to be leaving negotiating room.

When asked specifically this week if they would rule out increasing tax rates for those making $250,000 and above — rather than just modifying deductions and exemptions — Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker stopped short of such a declaration.

SOURCE: http://www.tennessean.com/proart/20121205/news0201/121205032/2275/rss05?pagerestricted=2

Of course we have already reported on Corker's willingness to violate his pledge not to raise taxes and to vote with Obama

4Dec/120

Lamar Alexander Tries To SNEAK Internet Sales Tax Into NDAA Bill

Governor Haslam and Lamar Alexander both support a national Internet sales tax

It appears that Senator "Large-Governorment Lamar" Alexander is trying to sneak an Internet sales tax into the Nat'l Defense Authorization Act. From a recent article -

December 03, 2012, 6:42 PM — An effort by three U.S. senators to add an Internet sales tax amendment to a military spending bill has failed, at least for now.

Last week, Senators Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican, and Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, proposed a version of the Marketplace Fairness Act as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, a large military spending bill.

But on Monday, the Senate voted to close debate on the defense bill and proceed toward a final vote without considering the sales tax amendment. The senators are unlikely to offer the amendment during final debate on the defense bill, a Senate staffer said...

Still, the trio of senators may try to find another bill to which they can add the sales tax amendment, a spokeswoman for Durbin said.

"Senator Durbin is working with his colleagues ... to look for any opportunity to move the bill," she said by email...

The Marketplace Fairness Act would allow the 46 U.S. states with sales taxes to require online sellers with no physical presence within their borders to collect the tax from their customers. Currently, due to a 1992 Supreme Court ruling, online retailers that have no physical presence in a state don't have to collect sales tax from residents who buy from them. As a result, the states receive no sales tax from those transactions.

Supporters of an online sales tax law say the current system is unfair to brick-and-mortar retailers, who have to tack on tax charges of close to 10 percent in some states, and to states, which lose billions of dollars in tax revenue owed to them...

ARTICLE SOURCE: ITWorld

Contact Senator Lamar's Chief of Staff NOW and tell him "QUIT TRYING TO TAX THE INTERNET" - ryan_loskarn@alexander.senate.gov

Haslam and Alexander have long wanted to tax the Internet:

- Governor Haslam BEGS Congress To Tax The Internet

- Governor Haslam Pushes National Internet Sales Tax

- Governor Haslam To Tax All Internet Sales Nationwide

25Nov/120

Senator Corker To Vote Raise Taxes, Compromise With Obama

Senator "Bailout Bob" Corker is about to cave and compromise with President Obama on his pledge not to raise taxes -

From a recent article -

A senior Republican senator voiced confidence on Sunday that U.S. lawmakers would forge a deal on the year-end "fiscal cliff," while a top aide to President Barack Obama signaled a willingness to compromise over raising tax rates...

Republican Senator Bob Corker said increasing tax revenues from wealthier Americans would have to be part of the plan...

In another interview Corker also said:

"I haven't met a wealthy Republican or Democrat in Tennessee that's not willing to contribute more [taxes] as long as they know we solve the problem," Corker noted...

And in yet another interview:

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has joined a handful of prominent Republican lawmakers willing to break their pledge to oppose all tax increases.

“I’m not obligated on the pledge,” Corker told CBS’s Charlie Rose on Monday morning.

 

 

23Nov/120

List of Vampire Thanksgiving Checkpoints In TN!

TN Govt To Setup Blood Checkpoints On Thanksgiving Weekend

You will be asked for "Papers, and blood sample, please"

The TN Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the TN Highway Patrol, will be setting up "no-refusal" checkpoints throughout Tennessee this weekend. If you are stopped at one of these checkpoints you will be asked for your papers, and likely administered a sobriety test which could include a forced blood sample!!! If you think you have nothing to worry about, keep in mind that TN DUI Officers have in the past have been warned to arrest more people "or else" which means they have every incentive to meet their quota. Once your blood and DNA is forcibly extracted from you it gets stored in a government database.

Here is a news article which gives more information -
http://www.timesnews.net/article/9054295/tennessee-law-enforcements-no-refusal-campaign-targets-impaired-drivers

Here is a list of when and where the checkpoints will be located:
https://news.tn.gov/system/files/111912--%20No%20Refusal%20Thanksgiving%20Checkpoints.pdf

BE PREPARED!

If you should happen to not be able to avoid one of the "vampire checkpoints" listed at the above link please take the time to watch the following instructional videos in order to be prepared for your encounter.

10 rules for dealing with law enforcement:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmrbNLt7Om8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKPutNg88bA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REJ2RsLp1Kk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUv3A4hscc0

7 rules for recording law enforcement:
http://gizmodo.com/5900680/7-rules-for-recording-police

DON'T TALK TO LAW ENFORCEMENT - PART I & II:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08fZQWjDVKE&feature=player_embedded

CITIZENS GUIDE TO SURVIVING POLICE ENCOUNTERS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqMjMPlXzdA

PRINT OUT THIS MINI POCKET CARD OF RIGHTS FOR YOUR WALLET OR GLOVE BOX:
http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/bustcard_eng_20100630.pdf

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHEN ENCOUNTERING LAW ENFORCEMENT (full version):
http://www.aclu-tn.org/pdfs/kyr/kyr_english.pdf

Please forward this blog on to as many of your fellow Tennesseans that you know to keep them safe from government intrusion.

 

PS - On edit - Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey voted for this and admits his ignorance at how this could possibly be an invasion of privacy. See the video of his own words here

18Nov/120

Haslam Delays Obamacare Decision Until Holidays

TN Governor Bill Haslam claims to oppose Obamacare, but yet he is on the verge of implementing it in Tennessee

THE FIGHT TO STOP HASLAM FROM BRINGING OBAMACARE TO TENN IS JUST GETTING STARTED!

 

Thanks to overwhelming blowback from YOU the Citizens of Tennessee, in the form of calls, e-mails, and letters, Governor Haslam has squirmed and decided to wait on bringing Obamacare to Tennessee... for now.

The new decision date is mid-December when most people will be focused on various holiday celebrations, vacations, and family time. Governor Haslam plans to sneak an Obamacare Insurance Exchange into Tennessee during that time even though many other Republican Governors have rejected Obamacare on the state level.

Make no mistake, this fight is just beginning and will likely continue into the 2013 legislative session in early January. In fact there is already a bill drafted to prohibit this, not to mention prior existing law which already makes Governor Haslam's actions illegal.

Besides Haslam cowarding to President Obama and refusing to stand up to him like many other Republican Governors, he also keeps repeating two lies - 1) The Feds will implement an Obamacare Exchange if the state government doesn't, and 2) If the state government implements an Obamacare Exchange they will have control over it.

Now here is why his two talking points are outright lies -

1) There has been no federal money allocated for the Feds to setup or run an Obamacare Exchange. With a Republican controlled US House of Representatives, it is highly unlikely that any money will be allocated for this purpose. In fact Obama himself has said he prefers the state governments to implement his Exchanges so that the federal government doesn't have to.

2) Obamacare reads (Sec 1331 and Sec 1334) that the Feds have say over how any Obamacare statel-level Exchange is run. And other Governors have even admitted that their control over a state Obamacare Exchange is minimal. Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey even said that TN would have less than 10-20% control over an Obamacare Exchange if it were set up by the state government.

 

So stay tuned, keep an eye out, and be prepared to fight this through the holidays. Stopping Obamacare from coming to Tennessee is our number one priority!

Be sure to see our previous posts on the subject of Obamacare Exchanges

14Nov/120

Governor Haslam LYING to legislators and breaking the law!

Governor Haslam lied to legislators in a conference call yesterday, and is on the verge of breaking TN law!


__________________________________________________

In a conference call yesterday Governor Haslam lied to state legislators telling them that there is no choice but to implement an Obamacare Insurance Exchange in Tennessee -- THIS IS UNTRUE.

Apparently Governor Haslam hasn't read the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare which reads that the state governments cannot be compelled by the Feds to action as is explained here: http://www.medibid.com/blog/2012/11/states-resist-obamacare-refuse-exchanges/

Governor Haslam needs to get with the program, learn the facts, and stop spewing untruths. If he approves the Obamacare Insurance Exchange then he will be breaking Tennessee State Law. A few years ago the TN legislature passed the TN Health Freedom Act which says -- "It is declared that the public policy of this state, consistent with our constitutionally recognized and inalienable right of liberty, is that every person within this state is and shall be free to choose or to decline to choose any mode of securing health care services without penalty or threat of penalty.... No public official, employee, or agent of this state or any of its political subdivisions shall act to impose, collect, enforce, or effectuate any penalty in this state that violates the public policy set forth in this section. "  -- The full text of the bill is available here - http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/SB0079.pdf

If you haven't called him to tell him NO OBAMACARE EXCHANGE, you must do so before he makes his final decision on Friday!!!

Governor Bill Haslam
(615) 741-2001
bill.haslam@tn.gov

 

Click to watch this video on why an Obamacare Insruance Exchange is bad for Tennessee:

http://youtu.be/mALCgSMJ_o8
3Nov/120

Candidate Responses On Rejecting Obamacare in Tennessee – Medicaid Expansion & Insurance Exchanges

The Tennessee Campaign For Liberty asked many of the candidates on the ballot for the TN Legislature in 2012 these two questions.  We will copy and paste the responses from each legislative candidate as they come in (so keep checking back).

Here are their answers:

_____________________________________________

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Vance Dennis <vance@vancedennis.com>
Date: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM
Subject: Re: Do you support or oppose this?
To: TN-CFL Action Alert <action@tncampaignforliberty.org>

Yes to both.
Thanks.

Vance

Sent from my iPhone

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Temple Bowling <tjbowling@lighttube.net>
Date: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM
Subject: RE: Do you support or oppose this?
To: TN-CFL Action Alert <action@tncampaignforliberty.org>

I answer YES to both questions .

 

I have attached my last mailer .  It addresses this issue.

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <jeremyrdurham@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM
Subject: Re: Do your support or oppose this?
To: TN-CFL Action Alert <action@tncampaignforliberty.org>

I'm against both of them.

Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Joe Carr <joecarr48@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 2:33 PM
Subject: Re: Do your support or oppose this?
To: TN-CFL Action Alert <action@tncampaignforliberty.org>

I typically do not respond to emails that do not have the appropriate contact information by which I may respond. I do however oppose Obama Care or as it is more properly known; the Affordable Care Act, including but not limited to the establishment of health care exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid.
As courtesy I would appreciate in the future the appropriate name and address to who I am responding.
Regards,
Joe Carr
State Representative District 48

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Charles Williamson <cwilliamsonfortn@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 3:40 PM
Subject: Re: Do your support or oppose this?
To: TN-CFL Action Alert <action@tncampaignforliberty.org>

1- Will you oppose an expansion of Medicaid spending at the state level that is described in Obamacare?Yes
2 - Will you oppose an Obamacare Insurance Exchange in Tennessee being run by either the state or federal government? Yes
I am in favor of the repeal of Obamacare, which represents the most unconstitutional excess ever imposed on the American people. It is a mandate, it is a tax and in support of liberty, I support repeal.
Charles Williamson
Candidate for TN State House, District 50

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: lewisdt2@netzero.net <lewisdt2@netzero.com>
Date: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Subject: Re: Do your support or oppose this?
To: action@tncampaignforliberty.org

Greetings,

1- Will you oppose an expansion of Medicaid spending at the state level that is described in Obamacare?   Yes

2 - Will you oppose an Obamacare Insurance Exchange in Tennessee being run by either the state or federal government?  Yes

I oppose all increases in the size, scope, and power of government.

Please let us know ASAP!

Freeing One Mind At A Time
Daniel T. Lewis
Candidate Tennessee House 52
Connect with us:

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-------- Original Message --------

Subject: RE: Insurance exchange?
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:02:49 +0000
From: Randy McNally <sen.randy.mcnally@capitol.tn.gov>

Thank you for your recent e-mail regarding the Tennessee healthcare insurance exchange/expansion of TennCare (Medicaid).  I share your concerns about this very important issue.

The Haslam administration is attempting to get clarification of these options.  The federal deadline for states to report their position has been extended to December 14 and according to some experts only thirty percent of the rules have been written.  In addition, a number of significant court cases are still pending regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Act).

Because of these reasons, I am not in support of the state entering into the ACA.  Furthermore, I have little faith that the federal government will in the long-term live up to the agreements and understandings regarding state obligations.  Already the President has proposed in his budget increasing the state's Medicaid match (blended rate) and Congress is proposing phasing out some state's dedicated revenue (provider taxes).  Past history (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) has demonstrated the federal government's propensity to engage in bait and switch schemes with state and local government.  It is for these reasons, I feel it is in the best interest of this state to heed the warnings of the past and refuse state participation in the Affordable Care Act.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me regarding this very important matter. 

Senator Randy McNally
615-741-6806

 

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3Nov/120

URGENT – Tell us if your candidate will stop Obamacare from coming to TN?


Ask YOUR
legislative candidate if they will stop Obamacare from coming to Tennessee?

We need YOUR help. We need YOU to ask your legislative candidates if they support or oppose Obamacare in Tennessee; instructions are below...

There will be a move in the first week of January 2013 to stop Obamacare from coming to Tennessee!

We don't yet know which legislators support Obamacare and which ones oppose Obamacare but we do know that Governor Haslam has indicated he supports moving "forward" to bring Obamacare to Tennessee.

It is CRITICAL that you call or e-mail your TN legislative candidates that are on the ballot URGENTLY and ask them two very simple questions:

1- Will you oppose an expansion of Medicaid spending at the state level that is described in Obamacare? (more info)

2 - Will you oppose an Obamacare Insurance Exchange in Tennessee being run by either the state or federal government? (more info)

If possible, record the conversation (it's legal in TN) and send us a copy of what they say to action@TNCampaignForLiberty.org

Click on this link below for a list of most state legislative candidates on the ballot and their contact information:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhXovIjOcdYIdFpWeWNQN09TTzRvanJhYUlpQVNlZnc

Contact your legislative candidate TODAY and ask them the two very simple questions listed above! If you can, please report back to us their answers: action@TNCampaignForLiberty.org

 

UPDATE:
Here are the responses from the candidates

30Oct/120

TN State Senators Vow To Fight Obamacare Medicaid Expansion


From a TN Republican Senate Caucus Press Release:

(NASHVILLE, TN), October 29, 2012 -- State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and Jeremy Durham (R-Franklin) said today they will introduce legislation to prevent expansion of the Tennessee Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, also known as “ObamaCare.”   Kelsey and Durham said they will file the bill the day after the 108th General Assembly is elected in November.

Senator Kelsey has two years remaining in his four year term, and Mr. Durham is unopposed for the District 65 seat in the State House of Representatives. The legislation states Tennessee “shall not establish, facilitate, implement or participate in the expansion of the Medicaid program pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

“Unlike Washington, Tennessee balances its budget every year,” said Senator Kelsey.  “Tennessee taxpayers cannot afford this expansion of spending.  The federal government may be promising money today, but with sixteen trillion dollars of debt, those funds will not be there tomorrow.”

As drafted, the Affordable Care Act required states to expand Medicaid coverage from low-income adults with children to all individuals below 133% of the poverty level. A recent study conducted by the University of Tennessee, however, reported the number of uninsured Tennesseans is at its lowest point since 2005.  The Affordable Care Act punished states who chose not to expand enrollment with not only loss of the expansion funds but also loss of all Medicaid funds, which amount to almost 20% of the Tennessee budget.

The United States Supreme Court ruled in June that Congress can deny the expansion funds but not all Medicaid funds. Now states have an option whether or not to expand their Medicaid programs.

Under the Act, Congress promised to pay 100% of the Medicaid expansion funds in the first few years but only 90% of the funds in future years.  Given the $16 trillion debt owed by the federal government, it is doubtful that the federal government will fulfill even its 90% promise in future years.

"Tennessee taxpayers simply cannot afford the long-term financial burden of expanding our Medicaid rolls,” said Durham.  "This is one of those times in which legislators must exercise fiscal responsibility and tell the federal government, ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’"

A similar sentiment was stated in July by Senator Lamar Alexander:  "If I were governor of Tennessee, I would not expand Medicaid as the program is currently run." Former Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen described ObamaCare as "the mother of all unfunded mandates" and said it would cost Tennessee taxpayers over $1 billion in the next five years.


SOURCE:

http://tnsenate.com/_blog/Newsroom/post/Kelsey_and_Durham_to_prevent_ObamaCare_expansion_in_Tennessee_/

25Oct/120

Senator Lamar Alexander Wants To Raise Taxes (Again)

Senator Lamar Alexander wants to make the cost of goods provided to everyday Americans more expensive by raising a tax on barge traffic. This is not the first time he has wanted to raise taxes.

Here is the scoop:

A few hurdles stand between U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and his latest legislative attempt to resume construction at Chickamauga Lock.

The biggest may be elbowing the Senate minority leader and convincing fellow Republicans — including U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann — to raise taxes.

At a news conference Wednesday atop the 72-year-old lock, Tennessee's 72-year-old senior senator promoted a new-lock financing plan but declined to name the "bipartisan group of senators" behind it. The proposal calls for a 50 percent tax increase on barge operators and takes on a long-entrenched funding mechanism....

Alexander plans to try with the American Waterworks Act, which he said he'll introduce with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., sometime after the November election -- a short time frame for an urgent situation.

Alexander's bill also would increase the barge fuel tax from 20 cents per gallon to 29 cents to refill the trust fund. The former Tennessee governor emphasized that the tax increase would apply only to commercial barge operators, not recreational boaters, who travel the lock for free.

SOURCE:
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/oct/25/Sen-Lamar-Alexander-backs-taxes-for-lock/?local

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23Oct/121

Tennessee Congressmen Hate Liberty (with 1 exception)

The TN Campaign for Liberty has just released the results of our federal candidate survey and honestly the results are pretty pathetic. Only 1 Congressman from Tennessee answered the questionnaire about their stance on important liberty issues.

Click here to find out if it was your Congressman:

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/surveys/tennessee-federal-survey-results/
 

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22Oct/120

New TN Drug Laws Hurt Patients

An advocacy group for the more than 500,000 allergy and asthma patients in Tennessee says something as simple as going to your local pharmacy for relief is becoming burdensome.

Popular 12- and 24-hour release cold and allergy medicines that contain pseudoephedrine are available over the counter in Tennessee, but consumers are now limited in how much and how often they can buy the medicine. And it has to be requested at the pharmacy counter rather than just picked up off the store shelf. The reason for these restrictions is a law passed to curb the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Vice President of External Affairs Mike Tringale told the Times-News a cumbersome chore has been placed on doctors and pharmacists with this new law, while those suffering with runny noses, headaches and other allergy symptoms must jump through hoops to get an over-the-counter medicine.

Read more:
http://www.timesnews.net/article/9052790/tennessee-meth-law-makes-it-harder-to-get-otc-medicine

 

Some of the bills introduced last session (2012) by Senator Mae Beavers has to do with this restriction, among others - SB0325, SB1265, SB2190.

22Oct/120

TN Tax Collections Up

Tennessee tax revenue was up in September by about 5 percent...

The following are excerpts from a state release about September tax collections:

September collections were $55.8 million more than the budgeted estimate. The general fund was over collected by $57.7 million and the four other funds were under collected by $1.9 million.

Sales tax collections were $2.2 million less than the estimate for September. The September growth rate was 2.84%.

Franchise and excise taxes combined were $54.9 million above the September budgeted estimate of $254.2 million.

The September growth rate was positive 22.31%.

Gasoline and motor fuel collections for September decreased by 2.12% and were $3.0 million below the budgeted estimate of $71.5 million.

Tobacco tax collections for the month were under collected by $2.9 million, and the growth rate was negative 7.51%.

Privilege tax collections were $5.3 million more than the budgeted estimate of $15.4 million.

Inheritance and estate tax collections were $0.1 million above the budgeted estimate.

All other taxes were over collected by a net of $3.6 million.

 

SOURCE:
http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2012/10/10/tennessee-tax-revenue-emkes-haslam.html

21Oct/120

Corker Gets Worse Firearms Grade Than Democrat Candidate

The Gun Owners of America (GOA) advocacy group has graded Senator Bob Corker a "C" on the right to keep and bear arms. This grade is the result of his awful voting record, especially as it applies to 2nd amendment. issues.

Screenshot from GOA's website

GOA is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue. Campaign for Liberty Honorary Chairman Congressman Ron Paul has described GOA as "The Only No-Compromise Gun Lobby In Washington, DC".

20Oct/120

Which Candidates Support Liberty In Tennessee?

Are you wondering which candidates on the ballot in TN support liberty?

The Campaign for Liberty does not endorse candidates, but we do report how candidates on the ballot answered the 2012 Liberty Questionnaire.

You can view the candidate responses here:
http://www.campaignforliberty.org/surveys/tennessee-state-legislative-candidates/

13Oct/120

Bill Haslam FAILS On Fiscal Policy

 Haslam earns "D" on his big spending

TN Governor Bill Haslam has FAILED on fiscal policy according to conservative / libertarian think tank The Cato Institute.

From the report:

In Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam increased and extended that state’s hospital
tax. A news story summarized the purpose  of the bill: “A ‘temporary’ 3.52 percent hospital gross-receipts tax enacted last year will be extended and raised to 4.52 percent, generating $450 million that will draw down an additional $871 million in federal Medicaid money for TennCare

Haslam approved an increase in the state’s hospital tax from 3.5 to 4.5 percent of hospital net income. Haslam has also been leading the charge to increase taxes on Internet sales (also see this).

State general fund spending rose about 14 percent during Haslam’s first year in office [with the help of the Republican controlled legislature], which was a key factor in the governor’s low grade.

The report is available here: http://www.cato.org/pubs/wtpapers/GRC2012.pdf

7Oct/120

URGENT – Stop Haslam from bringing Obama to Tennessee!

Governor Bill Haslam is on the verge of bringing Obamacare into Tennessee by quietly setting up an Obamacare Exchange!

The deadline is Nov 17th and Governor Haslam hasn't "decided" whether to bring Obamacare to TN by expanding Medicaid spending or building an Obamacare Exchange; both of which would sneak Obamacare into to the backdoor.

We can stop him, but only if you CONTACT HIS OFFICE RIGHT NOW and tell him "NO OBAMACARE EXCHANGE and NO MEDICAID EXPANSION!!!"

Call AND e-mail Governor Bill Haslam now:

bill.haslam@tn.gov
bhaslam@aol.com
(615) 741-2001

We can stop him, but only if we are relentless and double the pressure. Here is a recent news article with some background:

Haslam's spokesman said Haslam still hasn't decided whether to participate in creating the law's anticipated health care exchanges.... The deadline for that, which could be left to the federal government too, is Nov. 17.

Haslam also hasn't decided on another provision that would extend [expand government spending] Medicaid coverage to as many as 300,000 or so low-income Tennesseans. The Medicaid program in Tennessee is operated as TennCare.

SOURCE:
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/oct/04/haslam-wont-act-on-health-benefits-tennessee/?local

7Oct/120

Harwell and Ramsey Approve Wasteful Spending On Lame Duck Retirement Vacation

From the article:

As a parting gift before leaving the state Legislature, five outgoing lawmakers spent more than $13,000 of taxpayer money to go on a four-day junket to Chicago, according to state records.

Taxpayers are covering the costs for everything from airfare and mileage to staying in $227-a-night hotels and taking $40 taxi cab rides during the trip. The registration fees were as high as $615 per person for the National Conference of State Legislatures annual summit in August. Some of the lawmakers, who had been defeated at the ballot box or announced their retirement, claimed five and six days’ per diem at $173 per day.

For lawmakers who knew at the time they would leave office after the November election, those bills amount to a taxpayer-funded “retirement party,” one critic said.

What’s worse, Ben Cunningham of TN Tax Revolt said, is that the speakers of both chambers signed off on the $13,388 worth of expense reports.

“To have the approval of leadership makes it doubly bad. They should have been leaders and said the taxpayers don’t need to be paying for this,” said Cunningham.

SOURCE:
http://tnreport.com/blog/2012/10/05/lame-duck-lawmakers-ring-up-13k-tab-at-chicago-junket/

2Oct/120

Corker and Alexander Give Your Money To America’s Enemies!


Can you believe TN Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander just voted to give your money to America's enemies!?

That's right!

Believe it or not Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander voted last week to continue giving American tax dollars to the governments of Egypt, Pakistan, and Libya (among others). Senator Rand Paul introduced an amendment to stop foreign aid and international welfare to unfriendly governments and forced a vote on the issue.

This aid of course goes to the Libyan rebels, which are terrorists, therefore it is not a stretch to say that Corker and Alexander just voted to fund terrorism! What's worse is that they are stealing our money through taxation and inflation in order to fund the terrorists.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtdY9SGPq5E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5Y6KObJEIw


Here is a detailed writeup of the vote and what happened:

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/high-tide-and-turn/2012/sep/24/rand-pauls-lonely-filibuster-shows-senate-republic/

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24Sep/120

Haslam Moving Forward With Obamacare In TN

 

Governor Bill Haslam is moving forward with plans to build an Obamacare Insurance Exchange in TN!

In this video last week Gov Haslam discusses the process of bringing Obamacare to Tennessee, but many of the phrases he uses are political "codewords". Make no mistake, plans are in place, and efforts are already underway to sneak Obamacare into the backdoor of Tennessee. Political experts know this in part because the Governor doesn't outright and immediately reject the idea of Obamacare in Tennessee giving him wiggle room later on. The Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and Speaker Beth Harwell are both working together behind the scenes on this effort too.

Here is the link to the video, notice Governor Haslam's smirk when he answers the question (many may remember Bill Clinton had a similar smirk)-

http://youtu.be/2xUAZ_xZ7yY

The fact is that if the TN Government doesn't expand Medicaid, then the Feds are powerless to push Obamacare onto the state the Supreme Court has declared. The Supreme Court has also ruled that if the state government doesn't implement an Obamacare Insurance Exchange, then the Feds are effectively powerless to do so.

The TN establishment already tried it once earlier this year and were quickly shut down by people just like you who called and demanded the bill be withdrawn.

We can stop Obamacare from slithering into Tennessee, but ONLY if you tell them "NO"!

It is CRITICAL that you call and e-mail the following politicians and DEMAND that they reject an Obamacare Insurance Exchange as well as a Medicaid spending expansion in Tennessee!!!

Governor Haslam
bill.haslam@tn.gov
(615) 741-2001

Ron Ramsey
(615) 741-4524
lt.gov.ron.ramsey@capitol.tn.gov

Beth Harwell
(615) 741-0709
speaker.beth.harwell@capitol.tn.gov

And don't forget to also contact YOUR specific State Senator and Representative and tell them to "just say no to Obamacare". You can look up your local elected legislator here - http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators/

9Sep/120

Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea

From a limited-government standpoint, school vouchers are a bad idea because they expand government control into places where it doesn't previously exist.

Here is some research and commentary:

 

Are Vouchers the Solution for Our Failing Public Schools? - by Rep. Ron Paul, MD
http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul132.html

Do Vouchers and Tax Credits Increase Private School Regulation?
http://www.cato.org/publications/working-paper/do-vouchers-tax-credits-increase-private-school-regulation

Tax Credits Better for Schools Than Vouchers
http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/tax-credits-better-schools-vouchers

School Vouchers vs. Tax Credits
http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/school-vouchers-vs-tax-credits/

Tax Credits, Not Vouchers, Are Keeping School Choice a Viable Option
http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/tax-credits-not-vouchers-are-keeping-school-choice-viable-option

Why Federal School Vouchers Are a Bad Idea
http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-federal-school-vouchers-are-bad-idea

Vouchers ARE Government Money, and That’s the Problem
http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/vouchers-are-government-money-and-that%E2%80%99s-the-problem/

Toward Market Education: Are Vouchers or Tax Credits the Better Path?
http://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/toward-market-education-are-vouchers-or-tax-credits-better-path

Vouchers and Educational Freedom: A Debate
https://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-269es.html

Trouble with Vouchers
http://mises.org/daily/507/

Vouchers: Another Central Plan
http://mises.org/daily/1399

Vouchers: Another Income Redistribution Scheme
http://mises.org/daily/1726

Voucher Socialism
http://mises.org/daily/260

Vouchers: Enemy of Religion
http://mises.org/daily/106

Vouchers Are Not Libertarian
http://www.lewrockwell.com/huebert/huebert33.1.html

EDUCATION: RETHINKING "CHOICE"
http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/ir/Ch10.html

Just Say No to School Vouchers . . . Again
http://lewrockwell.com/north/north999.html

The School Voucher Myth
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig3/huebert3.html

Vouchers: Another Name for Welfare
http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/voucher2.html

Tax Credits, Not Vouchers
http://www.lewrockwell.com/dieteman/dieteman86.html

Vouchers and Government Control
http://www.lewrockwell.com/yates/yates58.html

The Great Voucher Fraud
http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance38.html

8Sep/120

Ramsey Admits His Ignorance On The Constitution Regarding Individual Rights (Forced Blood Extraction Laws)

When asked, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey admitted his ignorance about the Constitution(s) and doesn't even pretend to try to know the law as it relates to individual rights, personal privacy, etc.

This was in regards to the new TN law that allows the cops to FORCE you to give a blood sample.

One has to wonder if any of this blood goes into the DNA database that Ramsey wanted? More specifically, does Rep Diane Black's medical testing company get the contract for this?

Here is the video -

"The accused shall not be compelled to give evidence against himself. " - Art I, Sec 9 - TN Constitution

"No person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself" - 5th Amendment - US Constitution

7Sep/120

TN Town Kills Red Light Revenue Cameras!

Will YOUR town be next?

FROM THE ARTICLE:

After six years, Red Bank has given its traffic cameras the red light.

Minutes after a handful of residents spoke out Tuesday against how the cameras have hurt the city's image and businesses, Red Bank commissioners voted 4-1 to ax the city's four traffic cameras, which cite motorists who speed and run red lights at the city's busiest intersections along the city's main artery...

The vote allowed Mayor Monty Millard to make good on a campaign promise that he had so far been unable to fulfill because of the contract the city had with American Traffic Services, the Arizona-based company that runs the program...

The cameras, currently located in a speed van and three intersections on Dayton Boulevard will continue photo-enforcement until January, but the city had to give American Traffic Services 90-days notice of their decision.

A representative of American Traffic Service attended the meeting and had prepared a point-by-point presentation with reasons the city should consider keeping the cameras, but Millard did not allow him to speak since the City Charter only allows Red Bank residents to speak in meetings...

The man declined to comment after the meeting.

Before the vote, several city citizens decried how the cameras had, in the words of resident Paul McGinnis, made visitors "avoid Red Bank like the plague."

"I have trouble getting people to come to Red Bank to play baseball because of the cameras," said McGinnis, who serves on the board of Red Bank Dixie Youth Baseball. "Do I think that's silly? Yes. But the bottom line is that the cameras are hurting the traffic count in Red Bank."

Other residents said the cameras simply had taken law enforcement too far.

"I'm tired of living underneath the spy in the sky," said resident Harold Clark.

SOURCE:
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2012/sep/05/red-bank-to-shutter-traffic-cameras/

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3Sep/120

Corker and Alexander REFUSE To Audit The Fed!

From a recent national CFL e-mail:

You and I have been on an amazing journey together in our campaign to Audit the Fed, and the hard work of patriots like you has brought this effort to the edge of becoming the law of the land.

With our debt reaching nearly $16 trillion, and with the Fed having the power to put us on the hook for trillions more in bailouts and loan guarantees, it’s way past time to demand a complete audit of the Federal Reserve.

As you know, Audit the Fed passed the U.S. House in July, far exceeding a two-thirds majority.

Now it’s time to turn our focus to Harry Reid’s Senate, and we’ll need all hands on deck for the coming battle.

If the bill receives similar support in the Senate, we would have a veto-proof majority.

Over one fourth of the Senate has cosponsored Audit the Fed (S. 202), and Tennessee U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are not on that list!

The Senate is currently in recess - and that gives us some time to make contact with our senators to urge their support when they return to DC.

Please contact Senators Lamar Alexander at 202-224-4944 and Bob Corker at 202-224-3344 today.

Demand they cosponsor S. 202 as soon as the August recess is over and support a standalone, roll call vote on Audit the Fed (S. 202/H.R. 459).

Make it clear that any attempt to water down Audit the Fed - or a vote for such an attempt - will be seen as a direct attack on transparency and will be reported to your fellow constituents as such.

The pundits and naysayers would have you believe that Audit the Fed will never go anywhere in the Senate - but that’s what they said about the House, as well.

They were wrong then.  And we can make sure they’re wrong again.

After all, with almost 80% public support, it won’t be easy for an elected official to justify why they would oppose transparency at one of our nation’s most secretive institutions.

They certainly do not oppose transparency when it comes to your personal finances - and that makes their opposition to Fed transparency very hard to explain.

The truth is, while you and I can be required to account for every penny that goes through our personal bank accounts, the Federal Reserve has never been held to that same standard.  Americans are simply expected to trust that with trillions of dollars at stake, the Fed is being responsible and using great wisdom in its dealings.

The Senate would like nothing more than to avoid this issue altogether.

Don’t let them get away with it!

Contact Senators Lamar Alexander at 202-224-4944 and Bob Corker at 202-224-3344 today.  Demand they cosponsor S. 202 as soon as the August recess is over and support a standalone, roll call vote on Audit the Fed (S. 202/H.R. 459).

We are close to crossing the finish line victoriously, but our success depends on your willingness to take action now.

Please call today.

In Liberty,

Justin McCord
Tennessee State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty

P.S. After years of hard work, you and I stand on the verge of making history by turning Audit the Fed into the law of the land.  But Campaign for Liberty needs your immediate help to push this historic legislation through the Senate.

Please contact Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker today.  Demand they cosponsor S. 202 as soon as the August recess is over and support a standalone, roll call vote on Audit the Fed (S. 202/H.R. 459).

2Sep/120

TN Has Highest Tax Rate In The Nation!

From the article:

News release from Tax Foundation:
Washington, DC, July 31, 2012--California and Indiana have among the highest statewide sales taxes in the country, but Tennessee and Arizona take top billing when local sales taxes are added to the calculation, according to a new analysis by the Tax Foundation.

...

The states with the highest combined state-local rates are Tennessee (9.43 percent), Arizona (9.12 percent), Louisiana (8.86 percent), Washington (8.83 percent), and Oklahoma (8.68 percent). The states with the lowest non-zero combined rates are Alaska (1.79 percent), Hawaii (4.35 percent), Maine (5.00 percent), Virginia (5.00 percent), and Wyoming (5.18 percent).

 

SOURCE: http://blogs.knoxnews.com/humphrey/2012/07/tn-tops-in-combined-state-loca.html

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20Aug/123

Government Grows In TN!

This just in:

Across the country, big government has gotten a bit smaller over the past year — but not in Tennessee.

According to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, total employment for all federal, state and local government jobs dropped by 162,800 positions between the midpoints of 2011 and 2012, a decline of 0.7 percent.

Tennessee, however, added 10,800 government jobs, reaching 428,400 government positions. That growth — in both raw and percent change is the second-highest in the country...

 

SOURCE:
http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2012/08/government-employment-down-but-not-in.html

EDIT - This post previously mentioned the TN government - all increases were apparently Federal workers, although the BizJournal article did not make that readily apparent.

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11Aug/120

Why Paul Ryan is a BAD Choice…

 

The Republican Party has chosen another big-government fake conservative to run on the ticket in 2012. Looks like they are gearing up to have their base stay home (again) this year likely causing Obama to get reelected. Perhaps in 2016 they will learn that only a real conservative as their nominee will allow them to win the White House.

Here are the facts about Paul Ryan:

Paul Ryan's Awful Voting Record:
http://www.rlc.org/2012/08/11/the-paul-ryan-record/

Paul Ryan's Budget Is Similar To Obama's:
http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/feder...ryan-vs-obama/

Think Twice About Paul Ryan:
http://www.amconmag.com/blog/2011/04...out-paul-ryan/

Paul Ryan Is Worse Than Bill Clinton:
http://www.lp.org/news/press-release...n-bill-clinton

Paul vs Ryan:
http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=41560

Ron Paul Slams Paul Ryan:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0..._n_847775.html

Paul Ryan Refuses To Cut Pentagon Spending:
http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/no-pa...agon-spending/

Paul Ryan is NOT a conservative:
http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?399340-Paul-Ryan-is-NOT-a-conservative

http://wac.0873.edgecastcdn.net/800873/blog/wp-content/uploads/201104_blog_edwards51.jpg

Paul Ryan's Budget:

- It led to 10 more years of deficit spending
- It added between $5-11 TRILLION dollars to the national debt
- It spent a total of $40 TRILLION over the next 10 years
- His plan REQUIRED the debt ceiling to be raised
- It was an obviously unbalanced budget (in fact it doesn't fully balance until the year 2040)
- It increased spending over the next few years (it merely slows the rate of spending, not actually cutting spending anytime soon)
- It was was bigger than what we had under Bill Clinton

http://reason.com/archives/2011/04/1...me-budget-talk

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com...rman-paul.html

http://reason.com/archives/2011/04/0...lican-budget-t

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewr...ves/84765.html

http://www.thefreemanonline.org/colu...welfare-state/

24Jul/122

Gov Haslam BEGS Congress to tax the Internet!

In case you missed it, Gov Haslam went before Congress today to BEG for an Internet tax. As previously reported, Governor Haslam is desperate to tax the Internet.

Here is the scoop:
http://blogs.tennessean.com/politics/2012/haslam-testifies-before-congress-on-behalf-of-internet-tax-bill/

Here is his testimony before Congress today:

 

Statement of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary Hearing
July 24, 2012

-As prepared-

Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Conyers and members of the committee, I am grateful to be here to testify on behalf of the National Governors Association. I believe I am uniquely positioned to be before you to talk on this issue today.

I come from a family that founded and operates a national retail business based in Tennessee. I have served as chief executive officer of Saks Direct, Saks Fifth Avenue’s online and catalog retailer. I was Mayor of Knoxville, a city that’s budget depends on property taxes from both businesses and residents. And now I’m Governor of a state that’s budget relies heavily on sales tax collections.

Let me be clear – I am a Republican Governor that does not believe in increasing taxes. Tennessee is a low tax state to begin with, and we’ve been able to cut taxes over the past two years. This discussion isn’t about raising taxes or adding new taxes. This is about states having the flexibility and authority to collect taxes that are already owed by their own in-state residents.

This discussion is also about leveling the playing field for local brick and mortar businesses in communities across Tennessee and across the country.

For example, I’ve heard Senator Alexander talk about the Nashville Boot Company where the owner tells about a customer who came into the store, tried on a pair of boots, asked the employees questions about the boots and then went home and ordered them online to keep from paying State sales tax, which we need to remember that state law already says the customer owes.

When you buy something at the Nashville Boot Company, or any other local store, the tax you owe is calculated with your purchase, they add it to your bill, and then send the taxes owed to the state for you.

This is an issue of fairness. Comparable businesses that sell the same things are not being treated the same. Most people I talk to understand that and agree that isn’t fair.

So why is this happening today?

Because 20 years ago the Supreme Court said that States couldn’t require out-of-state catalogs or online businesses to collect sales tax because it was too complicated for them to calculate the sales tax in each state, much less in local communities. But in the past two decades, technology has advanced more than almost anyone could have believed, and it is not only possible, but it is easy, for these businesses to collect the taxes owed just like local businesses with cash registers do.

Current software covers over 12,000 state and local tax rates, and there are at least eight companies already competing to provide software that is affordable to even the smallest businesses.

But this isn’t only an issue that impacts business. As state budgets are stretched and state leaders are working to provide services to taxpayers at the lowest cost in the most efficient and effective way, we are talking about real dollars.

The current estimate of sales tax that goes uncollected each year in the United States is more than 20 billion dollars. In Tennessee, we believe that number to be 400 million dollars. That money could fund critical state programs that vulnerable citizens rely on; it could help cover federal mandates that states face; or it could go back to the taxpayers in the form of further tax relief.

We would certainly have healthy discussions in Tennessee about how to allocate those dollars, but that is for another time. My point today is that states should have the authority to collect that money, which is already owed, and to be able to make budgeting decisions that include those dollars.

We probably all know this intuitively – Internet shopping is a trend that is on the rise. When my daughter-in-law buys her laundry detergent online, that tells you something.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, e-commerce represented 16.6 percent of retail sales in 2011, and online sales grew 16.1 percent compared to overall retail sales which grew 4.7 percent.
More and more people are doing their shopping online and are expected to spend more money.

According to Forrester Research, 25 million more Americans are expected to shop online in four years, and each shopper will spend an average of $530 more (up from $1,207 in 2012 to $1,738 in 2016) [Forrester Research: U.S. Online Retail Forecast, 2011 to 2016].

The argument that this is a small part of the economy doesn’t hold up.

This is the right time for Congress to act.

As a Governor, I realize in the coming years that Washington is going to be sending states and local governments less and less money as you tackle the nation’s debt. And as a Republican, I am proud of you for doing that. But if that is the case, then you should also allow each state to have the flexibility to make decisions about this issue and to collect taxes that are already owed.

This is a conversation about fairness. Fairness to states in allowing them to manage their own budgets, and fairness to local businesses that are part of the fabric of this country, are vital to our economy and our entrepreneurial identity.

Thank you.

23Jul/120

Gov. Haslam Working To Usher Obamacare Into Tennessee!!!

Governor Bill Haslam is working quietly behind the scenes to usher Obamacare into Tennessee through the back door.

The Republicans in the legislature seem to also be complicit in this effort largely due to ignorance and influence of special interests. There are two methods up for consideration both of which are being sold to conservatives as a way to fight Obamacare, but in reality they are actually part of Obamacare disguised as "state alternatives". The first method is a called healthcare compact, the other is an insurance exchange.

The recent Supreme Court decision prohibits the federal government from forcing the implementation of Obamacare so long as the state government's don't increase their Medicaid funding from the feds. Therefore a healthcare compact and an insurance exchange (which are part of Obamacare) are unnecessary and actually play right into Obama's hands.

If you read these few paragraphs from the Obamacare bill you will see this clearly spelled out (Section 1331 and 1333 are highlighted) - http://tncampaignforliberty.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Pages-from-ppaca-consolidated-obamacare-sect-4.pdf

Many are parroting the line that "it's better for the TN government to implement Obamacare than the Feds" however the Supreme Court decision prohibits the feds from forcing Obamacare onto the states unless the states agree to it by implementing an exchange, a compact, or take more Medicaid funding. Fighting against the argument for local control may seem counter-intuitive, however the real solution to this problem is for the TN legislature to do nothing.

Listed below is a mountain of information explaining and proving this point. If you read you will come to the same conclusion: The TN legislature should REJECT Obamacare in every form, whether it's expanding their Medicaid program, setting up insurance exchanges, or healthcare compacts. The feds will be unable to implement Obamacare without the state government's help.


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There is talk of a special session of the General Assembly to sneak this in after the election but before the 2013 session (Tennessean newspaper). Governor Haslam is unsure what to do about Obamacare (WPLN). TN Speaker Harwell and Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey attempt to push the Obamacare vote until after the election - http://blogs.knoxnews.com/humphrey/2012/02/harwell-joins-ramsey-in-backin.html

The TN Government has already taken the grant from the feds to accept the insurance exchange which is also discussed here (Knoxville News). Here is the actual document detailing the grant.

From an obscure TN government document planning the exchange (TennCare):

Each State electing to establish an Exchange must adopt the Federal standards contained in this law and in this proposed rule, or have in effect a State law or regulation that implements these Federal standards. Section 1311(k) further specifies that Exchanges may not establish rules that conflict with or prevent the application of regulations promulgated by the [Federal] Secretary.” http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-15/pdf/2011-17610.pdf


Another obscure document from the TN government regarding the implementation of the exchange.

Breitbart talks about how taking more Medicaid funding would allow the Feds to bring Obamacare into TN via the backdoor: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/27/How-States-Can-Reject-and-Replace-Obamacare

Why the state government should reject the insurance exchanges (Cato Institute):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAbmzAMZnJw

- More information (NRO) by Cato scholar Mr. Cannon

- Revisiting Obamacare's SCOTUS Ruiling by Mr. Cannon of Cato

- Michael Cannon of Cato's testimony before the Missouri Senate - http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13692

- A New Cato Study: ObamaCare’s Medicaid Mandate Imposes Staggering Costs on States

- The Cato Institute explains the taxing distinction of the Obamacare ruling: (video)

- Cato Congressional Testimony - Should States Create An Exchange?

"The Court put in their decision to limit the federal government's ability to force state governments to expand their Medicade program... "the state governments can block half of Obamacare's new entitlement spending by refusing to expand their Medicade program. If the states also refuse to create an insurance exchange, then they can block the other half of Obamacare's new entitlement spending. State governments are really in the driver's seat here. They can effectively stop the new spending under this law just by refusing to create an exchange, and by refusing to expand their Medicade programs; that has to make the Obama Administration very nervous" - Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies at the conservative Cato Institute.

- The Tenth Amendment Center explains how the TN legislature should be nullifying Obamacare instead.
 
- Randy Barnett, who actually argued in front of the courts about how Obamacare should be ruled against, explains the choice the states have in front of them. (video) and (transcript).

- Obama admits he wants states to implement Obamacare before they do. State Rep Mark Pody (R) agrees with him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtjGRAPpFDY&feature=youtu.be-

- One healthcare expert writes:

As appears the case in TN, too many conservatives have been convinced by the "we can make it better" argument, forgetting that-
1) the exchange is a government bureaucracy (not a marketplace)
2) there is no mandate to build it,
3) every "state" exchange is a federal exchange run by the state but under federal rules (control), and
4) allowing the HHS-run Federal exchange to be imposed exposes the federal control over health care/insurance/delivery to the public.
Obama wants to hide it under the exchange so that the fed's can silently and secretly takeover health care. We should allow the federal control to be exposed.
Twila Brase (RN, PHN)
President - Citizens' Council for Health Freedom

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Another healthcare expert writes -
"When you take fed money you are completely answerable to the fed. Here’s the deal…the fed is incapable of setting up exchanges in every state, so the 37 states who refused to accept the bribe are safe. TN cozied up with the fed, refuses to join the 26 states that have lawsuits against the fed. They act like “federal monies” somehow grew on a tree up in Washington. Those are your dollars and mine that were confiscated". - Ralph Weber, Healthcare Policy Expert

 

- State expansion of Obamacare could have a $1.5 BILLION dollar price tag (Commercial Appeal - Memphis newspaper)

-  Why insurance exchanges don't work (MediBid).

- Even Democrat governors across the country are refusing to go along with this. 

- Why The Utah Health Exchange Is No Model Of Health - http://www.pacificresearch.org/publications/why-the-utah-health-exchange-is-no-model-for-health-reform

- Should Your State Establish an ObamaCare Exchange? - http://www.pacificresearch.org/publications/should-your-state-establish-an-obamacare-health-insurance-exchange

- Preparing for the Exchanges - http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2011/09/22/preparing-for-exchanges/

- 10 Reasons Why Arizona Must Reject Exchanges - (Goldwater Institute) http://www.goldwaterinstitute.org/article/6398

- Exchange is an ObamaCare Trojan Horse - Mackinac Institute - http://www.mackinac.org/15764

- Creating Health Exchange Entrenches Obamacare - (Mackinac Institute) http://www.mackinac.org/15767

- State Insurance Exchanges Compromise Privacy, Provide Federal Agencies Control

- Citizens Council for Health Freedom Dossier on Insurance Exchanges

- www.StopHealthInsuranceExchange.org

- Obamacare's National Exchange

- State Health Insurance Exchanges Will Impose Federal Control

- DeMint, Bachmann, Jordan Urge Governors to Reject Obamacare State Exchanges

- CCHF Testimony – Opposing Obamacare “Exchange”

TNTAC - TN Doesn't Need Permission To Undo Obamacare

TNTAC - The Healthcare Compact Is A Trojan Horse?

 

18Jul/120

Senator Bob Corker’s Big-Government Voting Record

Minimum Wage.
The minimum wage bill (H.R. 2) would raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over the course of two years. The bill would also provide $8.3 billion in small-business tax incentives. The House passed its version of H.R. 2 on January 10. The Senate passed the minimum-wage increase by a vote of 94-3 (Roll Call 42) on February 1, 2007. It is unconstitutional to prohibit citizens from working for less than a government-set wage.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

COPS Funding.
Joseph Biden (D-Del.) offered an amendment to the fiscal 2008 budget resolution (Senate Concurrent Resolution 21) that would authorize a $1.2 billion increase in federal funds to support the Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. The Senate passed the Bide amendment by a vote of 65-33 (Roll Call 110) on March 23, 2007. Providing federal aid to local law enforcement programs is not only unconstitutional, but it also further federalizes the police system.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

Guest-worker Program.
Senator Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.) introduced an amendment to strike the guest-worker provision of Ted Kennedy’s substitute amendment (S. Amdt. #1150) for the immigration reform bill of 2007 (S. 1348). Kennedy’s so-called guest-worker provision would create a renewable two-year guest-worker program, issue a guest-worker visa, and set an adjustable annual cap on the number of guest workers permitted in this country. The Dorgan amendment was rejected by a vote of 31-64 (Roll Call 174) on May 22, 2007. The guest-worker program would constitute a large increase in legal immigration for our country, which would ultimately displace more American workers from their jobs and depress wages.
Bob Corker voted NO.

 

SCHIP.
H.R. 976 would reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to the amount of $60.2 billion for five years. The proposed amount would expand the program by $35.2 billion and cover an addition 6.1 million children. The Senate passed H.R. 976 on August 2, 2007, by a vote of 68-31 (Roll Call 307). Taxpayer-financed federal health insurance is unconstitutional. After successful passage of H.R. 976 in both the House and Senate, President Bush vetoed the measure on October 3, 2007.
Bob Corker voted YES. 

 

Protect America Act.
The Protect America Act (S. 1927) would amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to allow warrantless electronic eavesdropping on communications where at least one individual is based outside of the United States. The Senate passed S. 1927 on August 3, 2007, by a vote of 60-28 (Roll Call 309). Warrantless surveillance of American citizens is a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition “against unreasonable searches and seizures.”
Bob Corker voted YES. 

 

UN “Peacekeeping” Increase.
During consideration of the foreign-aid appropriations bill (H.R. 2764), Senator John Ensign (R- Nev.) introduced an amendment to strike a provision in H.R. 2764 that would increase the limit on the U.S. share of UN “peacekeeping” operations from 25 percent to 27.1 percent. The Senate rejected the Ensign amendment to H.R. 2764 on September 6, 2007, by a vote of 30-63 (Roll Call 317). The United States should not be funding UN “peacekeeping” period — let alone increasing the amount.
Bob Corker voted NO.

 

Debt Limit Increase.
This bill (House Joint Resolution 43) would increase the national debt limit to an astronomical $9.8 trillion, an $850 billion increase. This increase would be the fifth time the national debt was raised since 2002, representing about a $3 trillion increase in just the last five years. The Senate passed House Joint Resolution 43 on September 27, 2007, by a vote of 53-42 (Roll Call 354). Raising the public debt limit by $850 billion facilitates continued, gross fiscal irresponsibility.
Bob Corker voted YES. 

 

Amtrak Reauthorization.
This bill (S. 294) would authorize $11.4 billion for Amtrak funding over the next six years. That amount would include monies for operating subsidies ($3.3 billion) and capital grants ($4.9 billion). If passed, states would be required to provide a 20 percent match of funds. Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) opposed the reauthorization of federal funds to Amtrak. According to DeMint, Amtrak routes are so unprofitable that each ticket is federally subsidized by hundreds of dollars. Amtrak was created in 1970 and has been operating under annual federal appropriation funds since 2002. The Senate passed S. 294 on October 30, 2007, by a vote of 70-22 (Roll Call 400). Spending billions of tax dollars for federal grants and subsidies for Amtrak transportation is unconstitutional.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

Mukasey Confirmation.
When Michael Mukasey testified at his confirmation hearings for attorney general, he repeatedly refused to say that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques reportedly practiced by the CIA constituted torture and were therefore illegal. (Waterboarding is a form of controlled drowning.) He also stated, incredibly, that the president could operate outside laws passed by Congress if “what goes outside the statute lies within the authority of the president to defend the country.” The Senate confirmed Michael Mukasey as U.S. attorney general on November 8, 2007, by a vote of 53-40 (Roll Call 407). In so doing, the U.S. Senate demonstrated its willingness to tolerate torture — which is anathema to American values — and its willingness to allow the president to trump laws passed by Congress in the name of national security.
Bob Corker voted YES. 

 

Children’s Health Insurance.
H.R. 3963, the five-year, $60 billion SCHIP Extension bill, passed 64-30 on November 1, 2007 (Roll Call 403) and then went to the president, who vetoed it. (H.R. 3963, a bill to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, was rejected in the House, 260-152 on January 23, 2008 (Roll Call 22) when the House failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority of those present to override President Bush’s veto. The bill would have authorized the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) at nearly $60 billion over five years, expanding the program by $35 billion. It also would have put an additional tax on cigarette manufacturers, would have undermined private insurance plans, and would have pushed us further down the slippery slope to socialized medicine. ) The Constitution does not authorize federal involvement in healthcare, even for children.
Bob Corker voted YES. 

 

Head Start.
H.R. 1429, a bill to reauthorize the Head Start program through 2012, was adopted 95-0 on November 14, 2007 (Roll Call 409). (Head Start provides educational activities and social services for children up to age five from low-income families. The program received $6.9 billion in fiscal year 2007. $7 billion was authorized in the fiscal 2008 omnibus bill, but H.R. 1429 increased funding to $7.4 billion for fiscal 2008, $7.7 billion for 2009, and $8 billion for 2010. The income level at which families are eligible to participate was raised from 100 percent of the poverty level to 130 percent ($26,728 for a family of four). Some members opposed the bill because Head Start grants will not be allowed to faith-based organizations that hire employees on the basis of religious preference.) Having been adopted in both the House and the Senate, this legislation was cleared for President Bush, who signed it into law. Federalized educational system is an unconstitutional and wasteful bureaucracy. (there were no “nays”)
Bob Corker voted YES.  

 

Peru Free Trade Agreement.
The Peru Free Trade Agreement (H.R. 3688) is another in a series of free-trade agreements to transfer the power to regulate trade (and other powers as well) to regional arrangements. A prime example is the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). However, as noted by the House Ways and Means Committee report on H.R. 3688, the Peru Free Trade Agreement is the first U.S. FTA to include “in its core text fully enforceable commitments by the Parties to adopt, maintain, and enforce basic international labor standards, as stated in the 1988 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.” The ILO, or International Labor Organization, is a UN agency. The Senate passed the Peru Free Trade Agreement on December 4, 2007 by a vote of 77-18 (Roll Call 413). So-called free trade arrangements threaten our national independence and harm our economy.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

Warrantless Searches.
S. 2248, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, passed 68-29 on February 12, 2008 (Roll Call 20). The bill would amend the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to effectively give the executive branch of the federal government a blank check to eavesdrop on telephone calls and e-mail messages between people in foreign countries and those in the United States. The bill includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies that have collaborated with federal agencies in the warrantless surveillance of American citizens. Warrantless wiretaps are a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which protects Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures, and requires that any searches be conducted only upon issuance of a warrant under conditions of probable cause. Moreover, Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution forbids “ex post facto laws” - laws having a retroactive effect.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

Farm Bill.
The version of the five year, $289 billion farm bill is considered here. (H.R. 2419 would authorize the nation’s farm programs for the next five years, including crop subsidies and nutrition programs. The final version of this legislation worked out by House and Senate conferees (known as a conference report) provides $289 billion for these programs, including a $10.4 billion boost in spending for nutrition programs such as food stamps.) The Senate passed the final version of H.R. 2419 by a vote of 81-15 (Roll Call 130) on May 15, 2008. Federal aid to farmers and federal food aid to individuals are not authorized by the Constitution.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

Farm Bill (Veto Override).
H.R. 6124 would authorize the nation’s farm programs for the next five years, including crop subsidies and nutrition programs. The final version of the legislation provides $289 billion for these programs, including a $10.4 billion boost in spending for nutrition programs such as food stamps.  After this five-year, $289 billion farm bill was vetoed by President Bush, the Senate passed the bill over the president’s veto on June 18, 2008 by a vote of 80-14 (Roll Call 151). A two thirds majority vote is required to override a presidential veto. Federal aid to farmers and federal food aid to individuals are not authorized by the Constitution.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

Funds for War, Welfare, Etc.
The Supplemental Appropriations bill (H.R. 2642) was agreed to 92-2 (Roll Call 162) on June 26, 2008. Such bills fund unforeseen needs after an annual budget has been approved. However, regular use of emergency supplemental bills to pay for never-ending wars, domestic welfare, and infrastructure programs has made the annual budget a misleading indicator of spending intentions. This $186.5 billion measure includes $161.8 billion of additional funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The remaining $24.7 billion is for domestic programs including tornado, flood, and hurricane relief efforts. It would also expand veterans’ education benefits, expand unemployment benefits, and delay shifting some Medicaid costs to the states. Congress continues to fund a war it never authorized under Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution. Also, the federal government is unconstitutionally involved as an individual and corporate insurer at taxpayer expense.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

Warrantless Searches.
H.R. 6304, the bill to revamp the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), would allow warrantless electronic surveillance, including monitoring telephone conversations and e-mails, of foreign targets, including those communicating with American citizens in the United States. The final version of the bill would not explicitly grant immunity to telecommunications companies that have assisted President Bush’s warrantless surveillance program. But it would require courts to dismiss lawsuits against such companies if there is “substantial evidence” they were insured in writing the program was legal and authorized by the president. The provision would almost certainly result in the dismissal of the lawsuits. The Senate passed H.R. 6304 on July 9, 2008 by a vote of 69-28 (Roll Call 168). Warrantless searches are a violation of the Fourth Amendment, which protects Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures, and requires that any searches be conducted only upon issuance of a warrant under conditions of probable cause. Moreover, Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution forbids “ex post facto laws” laws having a retroactive effect.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

Global HIV/AIDS Program.
This legislation (H.R. 5501) to authorize $48 billion to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria overseas.  (The bill would authorize $48 billion for fiscal 2009 through 2013 to combat AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis overseas. Currently one third of the funding for HIV prevention is required to go to abstinence education. The bill would change that allocation to balance funding between condom, fidelity, and abstinence programs. It would also authorize $2 billion to fund programs for American Indian health, clean water, and law enforcement.) The Senate passed H.R. 5501 on July 16, 2008 by a vote of 80-16 (Roll Call 182). We have assigned pluses to the “nays” because foreign aid is unconstitutional.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

Bailout Bill.
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424) passed 74-25 (Roll Call 213) on October 1, 2008. (This bill authorizes the Treasury Department to use $700 billion of taxpayer money to purchase troubled mortgage-related securities from banks and other financial-related institutions, on terms set by the Treasury Secretary, who now has authority to manage and sell those assets. The bailout plan also expands FDIC protection from $100,000 to $250,000 per bank account, extends dozens of expiring tax provisions, expands incentives for renewable energy, provides a one-year adjustment to exempt millions of Americans from the alternative minimum tax, and requires health insurers who provide mental-health coverage to put mental-health benefits on par with other medical benefits.) The bill establishes an unconstitutional merger of government with big business — in other words, fascism — and greatly increases the national debt and monetary inflation by forcing taxpayers to pay the price for the failures of private financial institutions.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

SCHIP.
H.R. 2 would reauthorize the “State Children’s Health Insurance Program,” commonly referred to as SCHIP, for over four and a half years and increase the funding for the program by $32.8 billion. (H.R. 2 would reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, commonly referred to as SCHIP, for over four and a half years and increase the funding for the program by $32.8 billion. SCHIP is designed to provide health insurance to children of families whose incomes are up to four times above the poverty level (and therefore would have too much income to qualify for Medicaid), yet would have little income to buy private insurance. Often SCHIP crowds out private insurance: the Congressional Budget Office found that between 25 and 50 percent of children who enroll in SCHIP dropped their private insurance to get “free care.” Because SCHIP, like Medicaid and Medicare, pays doctors and hospitals only a fraction of the actual cost of care, the unfunded costs get passed to holders of private insurance. Additionally, SCHIP would apply to 400,000 to 600,000 children of legal immigrants whose sponsors had agreed to cover the children’s healthcare needs for at least five years after arriving to the United States. ) The Senate passed H.R. 2 on January 29, 2009, by a vote of 66-32 (Roll Call 31). Federal healthcare programs are unconstitutional and would likely lower the quality of healthcare.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

IMF Funding.
During consideration of the Fiscal 2009 Supplemental bill (H.R. 2346), Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) offered an amendment to delete $5 billion provided by the bill for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF is an adjunct of the United Nations and grants foreign aid to qualifying countries. The Senate rejected the DeMint amendment on May 21, 2009, by a vote of 30-64 (Roll Call 201). Foreign aid is unconstitutional, and this is deficit spending.
Bob Corker voted NO against the amendment to delete funding.

 

Fiscal 2009 Supplemental Appropriations.
The Senate version of the Fiscal 2009 Supplemental Appropriations bill (H.R. 2346) would provide an additional $91.3 billion in “emergency” funding for the current fiscal year over and above the regular appropriations. The spending would include $73 billion for the Defense Department (including the ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan), $1.5 billion to address potential pandemic flu, and $5 billion for the International Monetary Fund, a UN agency that lends to qualifying countries. The Senate passed H.R. 2346 on May 21, 2009, by a vote of 86-3 (Roll Call 202). The spending is over and above what the federal government had already budgeted, Congress never declared war against Iraq and Afghanistan, and some of the spending (e.g., foreign aid) is unconstitutional.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

Supplemental Appropriations.
The final version (conference report) of the fiscal 2009 supplemental appropriations bill (H.R. 2346), would provide $105.9 in “emergency” funding. (This final version (conference report) of the fiscal 2009 supplemental appropriations bill (H.R. 2346) would provide an additional $105.9 billion in so-called emergency funds over and above the regular appropriations for 2009. This outrageous supplemental package would include $79.9 billion for defense funding (including for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan), $10.4 billion for foreign aid programs, $7.7 billion to address the national flu scare, and $5 billion for International Monetary Fund activities. This supplemental bill would also include $1 billion for the Cash for Clunkers program. A day prior to the House vote, Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) urged his fellow lawmakers to reject the bill, stating, “I continue to believe that the best way to for discretionary spending for the two departments and their related agencies, a 25-percent increase from fiscal 2009 levels. The bill would provide $1.5 billion in federal grants for Amtrak and $18.2 billion for the Section 8 Tenant-based Rental Assistance program.) The Senate adopted the conference report (thus sending it to the President) on June 18, 2009 by a vote of 91-5 (Roll Call 210). The spending is over and above what the federal government had already budgeted, the United States never declared war against Iraq and Afghanistan, and some of the spending (e.g., Cash for Clunkers and foreign aid) is unconstitutional.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

Cash for Clunkers Funding.
H.R. 3435 would authorize an additional $2 billion for the “Cash for Clunkers” vehicle trade-in program. Under the “Cash for Clunkers” program, consumers would trade in their old cars for more fuel efficient vehicles. (Congress passed the original Cash For Clunkers in June (see our July 20, 2009 issue). After running out of funds almost immediately, Congress quickly introduced yet another bill (H.R. 3435) that would provide an additional $2 billion for the “Cash for Clunkers” program. Under the program consumers were offered rebates of up to $4,500 if they traded in their old cars for more fuel-efficient ones. The vehicles traded in were destroyed, meaning cars not ready for the junkyard would be taken off the road, reducing the stock o
used vehicles and inflating the prices of used cars.) The Senate passed H.R. 3435 on August 6, 2009 by a vote of 60-37 (Roll Call 270). The federal government should not be subsidizing the car industry and because it is unconstitutional and wasteful.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

Energy-Water Appropriations.
The final version (conference report) of this 2010 spending bill (H.R. 3183) to appropriate $34 billion for energy and water projects ( The final version (conference report) of H.R. 3183 would appropriate $34 billion in fiscal 2010 for energy and water projects. The funds would provide $27.1 billion for the Energy Department, $5.4 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers, and $1.1 billion for the Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation.). The Senate adopted the conference report (thus sending it to the President) on October 15, 2009 by a vote of 80-17 (Roll Call 322). The Department of Energy is not authorized by the Constitution.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

Bernanke Confirmation.
On January 28, 2010, the Senate voted 70 to 30 to confirm Ben Bernanke to a second four-year term as Federal Reserve Chairman (Roll Call 16). With Bernanke at the helm, the Fed, which can create money out of thin air, has pumped trillions of newly created fiat (unbacked) dollars into the economy, even though this reckless expansion of the money supply (inflation) will diminish the value of the dollar and further hurt the economy in the long run. Bernanke’s Fed has also kept interest rates artificially low, encouraging excessive borrowing and malinvestments. And Bernanke has called for the Fed — which already possesses the power to create booms and busts through its control of the money supply and interest rates — to be given new powers to manage the financial sector. Bernanke is accountable for the economic havoc at the Fed; which is a central bank that should not even exist.
Bob Corker voted YES.

 

Audit the Fed.
During consideration of the financial regulatory reform bill (S. 3217), Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) offered an amendment to audit the Federal Reserve. The Senate rejected the Vitter amendment on May 11, 2010 by a vote of 37-62 (Roll Call 138), after unanimously adopting a watered-down audit-the-Fed amendment offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sanders had much earlier introduced legislation in the Senate that mirrored the audit-the-Fed legislation in the House championed by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). When Sanders caved and offered his watered-down amendment, Vitter stepped in and offered an amendment for a full Fed audit along the lines of Paul’s (and Sanders’ earlier) proposal. The Sanders amendment allows for a onetime audit of the Fed’s emergency actions taken in response to the 2008 financial crisis. However, unlike the Vitter amendment, the Sanders amendment (in Paul’s words) “exempts monetary policy decisions, discount window operations, and agreements with foreign central banks from [GAO] audit.” The vote on the Vitter amendment is used here to rate Senators on their position on auditing the Fed.
The American people need to know what the Fed is doing and because this may represent a first step in eliminating the unconstitutional Federal Reserve.
Bob Corker voted NO.

 

Authority for Military Action.
During consideration of a small-business bill (S. 493), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) moved to send the bill to the Foreign Relations Committee with instructions to insert his amendment expressing the sense of the Senate that “the President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” Paul’s amendment was in response to President Obama undertaking U.S. military action in Libya without congressional authorization. The Senate tabled (killed) Rand Paul’s motion on April 5, 2011 by a vote of 90 to 10 (Roll Call 50). The U.S. Constitution assigns to Congress the power “to declare war.”
Bob Corker voted YES  ( To Table or Kill the bill)

 

Patriot Act (Firearms Purchase Records).
During consideration of the Patriot Act extension bill (S. 990), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who opposes the Patriot Act on constitutional grounds, offered an amendment that would have banned the use of Patriot Act searches for American citizens’ firearms records without the Fourth Amendment’s protections of probable cause, warrants, and particularity. Gun Owners of America, which supported this amendment, warned: “Without Paul’s exemption, it is possible that the BATFE could go to a secret (FISA) court, and, in a one-party (ex parte) proceeding, obtain an order to produce every 4473 [firearms transaction record] in the country, ostensibly because a ‘terrorism investigation’ requires it. If such an action were taken, the government would have a list of every gun buyer in the country going back decades.” The Senate tabled (killed) Rand Paul’s amendment on May 26, 2011 by a vote of 85 to 10 (Roll Call 82). Paul’s amendment would have prevented the Patriot Act from being used to violate the rights of gun owners.
Bob Corker voted YES  ( To Table or Kill the bill)

 

Patriot Act Extension.
This legislation (S. 990) extended for four years three provisions of the Patriot Act that were set to expire: the “roving wiretap” provision that allows the federal government to wiretap any number of a suspect’s telephone/Internet connections without specifying what they will find or how many connections will be tapped; the “financial records” provision that allows the feds to seize “any tangible thing” that has “relevance” to an investigation; and the “lone wolf” provision that allows spying on non-U.S. citizens without a warrant. These provisions violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which requires that no warrants be issued “but upon probable cause” (a much higher standard than “relevance”), and that warrants must contain language “particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” The Patriot Act even allows the FBI to issue warrants called “National Security Letters” without going to a judge, though this provision was not set to expire and therefore was not part of this legislation.  The Senate passed S. 990 on May 26, 2011 by a vote of 72 to 23 (Roll Call 84). The extended provisions, and the Patriot Act as a whole, violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Bob Corker voted YES 

 

* All Votes, data and Comments, compiled from the Conservative Index and Freedom Index issues of  The New American Magazine via Mickey White's blog

 

Sadly radio talk show host Dave Ramsey just endorsed Senator Bob Corker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTQHfJDS4Qg

11Jul/121

TN Cops Can Now FORCE A Blood Sample Without Your Consent!

 

A new bill passed by the TN legislature allows law enforcement to FORCE you to give a blood sample upon request without your consent!

The bill summary states:

"As enacted, permits an officer to test the blood alcohol content of certain drivers regardless of whether they consent"

This bill was passed unanimously by the TN Legislature! Here are the listings of House Votes and the Senate Votes on the bill. Over the Independence Day Weekend (ironically) the government forced 8 people to submit their blood to government databases.

The full text of the legislation and the summary can be read on the TN Legislative website. Admittedly, this bill didn't even make the List Of Worst Bills In TN Of 2012.

Given the amount of influence that Congressman Diane Black has over the Tennessee Republicans, one has to wonder if her husband's medical testing company, Aegis Sciences, stands to benefit from this new law? Learn more about that possible angle here and here.

3Jul/122

Bob Corker A Puppet Of The Federal Reserve?

Is Senator Corker a puppet of the Federal Reserve?

In this shocking new article just released by the Tennessean today details are published about Senator Corker's contributors, many of which have received bailout money from the Feds. Perhaps this is why he refuses to vote for a full audit of the Federal Reserve?

Below are some selected clips from the article. We must warn you, this isn't pretty, proceed with caution:

Critics took aim at Republican Sen. Bob Corker last month after he called for a hearing to investigate more than $2 billion in trading losses at JPMorgan, then used the occasion to heap praise on CEO Jamie Dimon.

Corker called Dimon “one of the best CEOs in the country for financial institutions” and deemed the losses, which the New York Times reported last week could total as much as $9 billion, a “blip on the radar screen.”

...

JPMorgan has contributed more to Corker’s campaign than all but two other organizations, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The senator, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, has received $10,000 from the company’s political action committee and $54,000 from individuals who work for the bank. His No. 1 contributor is Goldman Sachs, whose employees have given $71,700.

...

Corker’s Republican challengers say the senator’s financial ties to large corporations partly explain why his voting record isn’t as conservative as they think it should be.

They point to vote ratings by the conservative group Heritage Action for America, which said Corker voted conservatively only 74 percent of the time, and by the nonpartisan Congressional Quarterly, which found Corker voted with President Barack Obama’s position 61 percent of the time last year.

“Just look to see who’s contributing to his campaign,” said Zach Poskevich, a tea party-backed Republican from Hendersonville. He said that might explain why Corker voted for the 2008 bank bailout and for the 2009 Cash for Clunkers program that offered consumers rebates to trade in gas-guzzlers for more fuel-efficient cars.

...

Corker said Dodd-Frank went too far and has created uncertainty among businesses, but he thinks there is a role for government in regulating financial institutions and markets.

“What’s happened is that the administration has responded (to the financial crisis) by trying to put a regulator in the seat of every banker,” he said. “What we really need to be doing is regulating the markets.”

...

“Nobody’s been more active in focusing on fiscal solvency than me,” he said.

His Republican opponents disagree, saying Corker should have voted against raising the nation’s debt limit last summer. Corker has defended his vote for a debt compromise by pointing out that the deal promised to cut deficits by more than $2 trillion over 10 years.

SOURCE:
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120703/NEWS02/307030022/2275/RSS05

And if you haven't seen "Bailout Bob's" voting record, you really should!

29Jun/120

2012 TN Pork Report Released!

The long-awaited TN Pork Report is out showing you how the TN Government has wasted your money!

READ IT HERE:
http://www.beacontn.org/wp-content/uploads/2012-Pork-Report.pdf

From the TN Beacon Center Website:

The Beacon Center of Tennessee today released its 2012 Tennessee Pork Report, exposing the fact that state and local governments across Tennessee wasted $468 million over the past year. This is the seventh annual report published by the Beacon Center, Tennessee’s leading free market think tank.

Examples of wasteful spending outlined in the 2012 Pork Report include:

  • $1.5 million blown on a mansion and lavish furnishings by the head of the Upper Cumberland Development District, taking Beacon’s “Pork of the Year” prize;
  • A handout worth $500,000 to build a country music museum in a different state;
  • Another $1.5 million in corporate welfare to General Motors, even after its historic $50 billion federal bailout;
  • $266,000 to a second car company, Volkswagen, to construct a massive sign atop its Chattanooga plant, visible only from the air;
  • $50,000 to haul off dead cows in Columbia; and
  • $1.3 million wasted yet again on state-owned golf courses.
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25Jun/120

Diane Black Enters “Conservative Hall of Shame”

 

Big-government Congressman Diane Black in TN has earned her way into the Madison Project's "Conservative Hall of Shame"

From their site:

Diane Black was one of those members who ran as a Tea Partier in a conservative district, but turned out to be a big disappointment.  In 2011, she voted against the RSC budget, the effort to reinstate pre-Pelosi spending levels, the elimination of the Solyndra-loan program, and a number of spending cut amendments.  She voted for the debt ceiling deal, the minibus, and omnibus bills that violated every tenet of the Tea Party.  Those votes earned her a dismal 70 average score, and when compared to her conservative district, she qualifies for the Hall of Shame for 2011.

Hall of Shame members who’s conservative ratings are the worst of the worst, radically underperforming the conservative expectations of their districts.  These are our pale-pastel politicians – the ones who blur the distinction between the parties. They muddle the conservative message by supporting their own forms of stimulus, bailouts, and corporate welfare. Their liberal records speak volumes…

Also of note, TN Congressman Phil Roe was awarded a slot in the Hall of Shame too!

21Jun/121

Porker Ron Ramsey spends $500k Tennessee tax dollars in Virginia!

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, one of the biggest porkers in Tennessee, has just spent $500,000 of YOUR tax dollars to erect a museum... but the museum is in Virginia!!!

The annual "Pork Report" which details the TN government's porkbarrel spending is due out soon; stay tuned for more.

(Watch Ron Ramsey's arrogant reaction in the below video)


Any resemblance?

http://www.mooncostumes.com/image/3830 http://www.nashvillescene.com/binary/f6c6/ramsey1.jpg

Just for kicks, here is a picture of a Ron Ramsey staffer doling out the pork... (click on image to enlarge)

 

UPDATE, it's released: http://tncampaignforliberty.org/wordpress/2012/06/2012-tn-pork-report-released/


18Jun/123

Is Diane Black The Most Corrupt Member Of Congress?

A judge in Tennessee has found that ethics allegations against Representative Diane Black are "true".

From the article:

David Black, husband of Diane Black (R-Gallatin), and his drug testing firm, Aegis Sciences Corporation, filed suit in the midst of a hotly contested U.S. House primary campaign against Lou Ann Zelenik in 2010 after her campaign began airing ads that accused Black of steering millions of dollars in no-bid state contracts to her husband’s firm through her position as a state senator, in violation of state law.

“The communication was true or at least substantially true,” reads the April ruling by Binkley, who sided with Zelenik and summarily dismissed Black’s lawsuit as frivolous....

Documents reveal accusations of Black and her husband profiting from her political power in the state senate were nothing new, having been copied nearly word-for-word from a Tennessee Democratic Party mailer during Black’s 2008 re-election campaign for state senate.

Additionally, Black’s actions were detailed in a December 2007 issue of The Gallatin Newspaper, and were the subject of a WSMV Channel 4 News investigation in January of the same year....

Black and her husband are in the process of building what could be the largest residence in the state, a palatial 27,000-square foot home on Old Hickory Lake in her home county of Sumner, and her required  financial disclosures indicate millions of dollars in yearly profits from Aegis and other ventures.

She is listed as one of the wealthiest members of Congress, and, since her election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Aegis Sciences has expanded heavily by winning additional drug testing contracts nationwide.

SOURCE: http://www.murfreesboropost.com/charges-of-ethics-violations-substantially-true--cms-31530

 

This makes perfect sense given her previous behavior:

Diane Black FAILS Small Government Test!

Diane Black Votes For More Spending Again!

Is Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey Corrupt With Congresswoman Diane Black? (DNA Bill)

DNA bill scandal possibly uncovered in TN?

Diane Black’s personal finances

Diane Black voted for pork and waste

Tea Party REJECTS Diane Black

Diane Black Votes For More Debt

18Jun/120

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey Tries To Blow Smoke At Conservatives


Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey once again tries to explain away his lack of conservatism by telling conservatives and tea partiers 'how it is'. Again though, no one is buying what he is shoveling.

"Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey doesn’t think Republicans could’ve asked for much more from GOP lawmakers in the session that just ended. Ramsey sees that as one defense to tea partiers looking to unseat incumbents this year.

Ramsey was a tea party favorite when he ran for governor two years ago. He says this summer primary challengers should just look at the current slate of Republicans’ most recent work.... Ramsey says some conservatives prefer an all-or-nothing approach, but he argues that’s not how government works."

SOURCE: http://wpln.org/?p=38277

15Jun/122

Corker and Alexander Side With Liberal Democrats On Refusal to Audit Federal Reserve

Why are they against transparency of the Fed?

What are they hiding?


Rep. Scott Desjarlais (TN-4) has joined with Rep. Ron Paul (TX-14) last week to co-sponsor his bill that calls for an audit of the Federal Reserve.

With Rep. Desjarlais’ decision this week, all the Republican Congressmen in Tenn. are now co-sponsors of the bill. Among those not supporting the bill are Democratic Representatives Steve Cohen (TN-9) and Jim Cooper (TN-5) as well as Republican Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker (Senate version is S202). In fact Senator Alexander says the audit "is a bad idea" and Senator Corker refuses to sign on to the full audit.

H.R.459, known as the “Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2011,” would require a full independent unrestricted audit of the Federal Reserve be performed and a detailed report with the findings be provided to Congress by the end of 2012.

Ryan Harring, currently a Tenn. State House candidate and former Rutherford County Campaign for Liberty Coordinator, played a key role in convincing Rep. Desjarlis to support the bill and become a co-sponsor.

 

Send the Senators' staff an e-mail and let them know that you disapprove of their refusal to allow sunshine on the Federal Reserve!

Senator Corker Chief of Staff:
todd_womack@corker.senate.gov

Senator Corker Legislative Director:
ryan_berger@corker.senate.gov

Senator Corker Press Secretary:
laura_herzog@corker.senate.gov

Senator Alexander Chief of Staff:
matt_sonnesyn@alexander.senate.gov

Senator Alexander Legislative Director:
david.cleary@alexander.senate.gov

Senator Alexander Press Secretary:
jim.jeffries@alexander.senate.gov

4Jun/122

Senator Corker might vote to give U.N. more power!

Asked point-blank about his position on the United Nations Law Of The Sea Treaty (LOST) Senator Corker gave a non-answer which indicated he could potentially vote either way; for or against ratification.

LOST is a treaty which grants more power to the United Nations from the United States. It also imposes burdensome regulations, taxes, and licenses upon American businesses.

The Democrat majority in the US Senate has indicated that it may very well be brought forward in a lame duck session of Congress after the 2012 November election but before the swearing-in of the new class of Senators.

HERE IS WHAT SENATOR CORKER HAD TO SAY WHEN ASKED:

One anonymous political insider remarked that "Corker would not have given this kind of answer if he was going to vote against it... his response indicates he is going to vote for it but doesn't want to tell his conservative Republican base about it before the election".

The only thing that will stop Senator Corker from voting for this globalist aberration is to apply pressure from the voters in Tennessee. Please e-mail his staff and tell them that Senator Corker should vote AGAINST ratification of the Law Of The Sea Treaty:

Chief of Staff:
todd_womack@corker.senate.gov

Legislative Director:
ryan_berger@corker.senate.gov

Press Secretary:
laura_herzog@corker.senate.gov

 

31May/120

Governor Haslam To Increase Government Spending

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is indicating that he wants to increase government spending in the near future. Apparently if the TN government ever gets a surplus, he wants to spend it:

 

(video 1 is NOT the same as video 2 below - watch them both)

30May/120

Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey caught in another lie

The lieutenant governor is claiming credit for the food tax reduction, which he says "previous Democratic regimes" rejected. Politifact says Ron Ramsey must have a short memory:

 

By referring to "Democrat regimes," Ramsey was making a partisan statement that Republicans cut the sales tax on food and that Democrats had refused similar reductions in the past. But Ramsey – or his newsletter writer -- apparently has a short memory: the last reduction in Tennessee’s sales tax on grocery food was made in 2007 after it was proposed by legislative Democrats, who were still in the majority at the time, and signed into law by then-governor Phil Bredesen, a Democrat.

That cut in the state food tax from 6 to 5½ percent went into effect Jan. 1, 2008, when Ramsey was already speaker of the Senate. And it was double the food tax cut that Ramsey is now touting.

So, on its face, the claim flies in the face of basic facts, and a request for clarification to Ramsey’s office went unanswered.

This is not the first time Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey has been caught in a lie although the question remains which aspect of this is worse: bragging about just a .5% decrease in taxes, or lying about it?

25May/120

Sen Alexander & Corker allows the FDA to raid you!

Do you like eating natural, raw, or unprocessed food?
They voted against food freedom!

Republican Senators Corker and Alexander in Tennessee have just voted against food freedom by allowing the FDA to raid farmers, natural food stores, and people who sell/posses raw unprocessed foods at gunpoint!!!

Small-government Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky offered an amendment which would prevent the FDA from carrying firearms or making arrests during raids without a warrant. Senators Corker and Alexander voted AGAINST Rand Paul's amendment by voting to table it.

Senators Corker and Alexander must think it is ok for the FDA to point a gun at you if you like eating healthy food.

If you want more details read these two blog posts:
http://reason.com/blog/2012/05/24/rand-paul-calls-for-an-end-to-the-fdas-i
http://reason.com/blog/2012/05/24/rand-paul-amendment-to-demilitarize-the

Here are videos of actual raids that have taken place by the FDA - don't think it can't happen to you:
http://reason.com/blog/2011/08/04/reasontv-rawesome-foods-raided
http://reason.com/blog/2010/11/17/raw-foods-raid-fight

Watch Senator Rand Paul's speech on the FDA and raw foods:

 

16May/120

Rep Diane Black FAILS Small Government Test!

Republican Congressman Diane Black (TN-6) has failed a small-government litmus test. In fact, when her voting record is carefully analyzed her score is that of 71% or "F"

Given the fact that she voted for pork and waste, more spending, and more debt, it's no wonder she FAILS as a legislator.

Rep Stephen Fincher (TN-8) actually did WORSE than Diane Black.

The results of the test were just released today, here are the details:
http://blogs.tennessean.com/politics/2012/group-says-gop-freshmen-arent-tea-party-enough/

original source:
http://www.clubforgrowth.org/freshmanvotestudy/?&state=&sort=score

23Apr/120

TN Republicans to give Obama YOUR healthcare records! …. (unless you stop them)

Republicans in the Tennessee legislature are about to give Obama access to your healthcare records!

The Tennessee Senate already voted unanimously to give Obama and the federal bureaucracy access to the state-wide prescription database WITHOUT A WARRANT** -- This means Obama and the Feds will know every prescription you are taking and can glean almost any information about your health!

You CAN stop the TN Republican establishment from handing over your records to Obama and the Feds, but you MUST ACT NOW before it comes to a vote in the State House on Wednesday May 25th!

____________________________

You MUST call Speaker Beth Harwell and tell her "NO to House Bill #2569"!

615-504-5398 (C)
615-385-0357 (H)
615-741-0709 (O)
speaker.beth.harwell@capitol.tn.gov


Also you MUST call your State House Representative and tell them to "VOTE NO on 2569", you don't want the government to be able to snoop around your records without a warrant**

Find your State House Rep here.
Here is a list of ALL of their e-mail addresses

And while you're at it, be sure to let your State Senators know you don't appreciate them voting to give Obama and the Feds your most personal and intimate healthcare records

Find your State Senator here.
Here is a list of ALL of their e-mail addresses

____________________________

**Here is the offending text of the bill: "State and federal law enforcement personnel...  shall be permitted to have real-time electronic access to the database... All federal law enforcement personnel ...shall be permitted to have access to the database for purposes permitted under this part without the necessity of obtaining a search warrant" -- CLICK HERE FOR SOURCE

 

This bill has made the List Of Worst Bills In TN Of 2012

 

UPDATE - IT APPEARS THIS BILL HAS BEEN AMENDED: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Amend/HA1070.pdf

23Apr/120

An e-mail list of State Senators and Reps

Here is a listing of State Senators to make it easier for you to copy and paste into your e-mail client:

sen.tim.barnes@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mae.beavers@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov, sen.andy.berke@capitol.tn.gov, sen.charlotte.burks@capitol.tn.gov, sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov, sen.rusty.crowe@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mike.faulk@capitol.tn.gov, sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov, sen.ophelia.ford@capitol.tn.gov, sen.dolores.gresham@capitol.tn.gov, sen.ferrell.haile@capitol.tn.gov, sen.thelma.harper@capitol.tn.gov, sen.joe.haynes@capitol.tn.gov, sen.douglas.henry@capitol.tn.gov, sen.roy.herron@capitol.tn.gov, sen.jack.johnson@capitol.tn.gov, sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov, sen.bill.ketron@capitol.tn.gov, sen.jim.kyle@capitol.tn.gov, sen.beverly.marrero@capitol.tn.gov, sen.randy.mcnally@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mark.norris@capitol.tn.gov, sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov, lt.gov.ron.ramsey@capitol.tn.gov, sen.steve.southerland@capitol.tn.gov, sen.eric.stewart@capitol.tn.gov, sen.jim.summerville@capitol.tn.gov, sen.reginald.tate@capitol.tn.gov, sen.jim.tracy@capitol.tn.gov, sen.bo.watson@capitol.tn.gov, sen.jamie.woodson@capitol.tn.gov, sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov, sen.kerry.roberts@capitol.tn.gov

Here is a listing of State House Representatives to make it easier for you to copy and paste into your e-mail client:

rep.david.alexander@capitol.tn.gov, rep.joe.armstrong@capitol.tn.gov, rep.eddie.bass@capitol.tn.gov, rep.harry.brooks@capitol.tn.gov, rep.kevin.brooks@capitol.tn.gov, rep.kevin.brooks@capitol.tn.gov, rep.tommie.brown@capitol.tn.gov, rep.sheila.butt@capitol.tn.gov, rep.scotty.campbell@capitol.tn.gov, rep.karen.camper@capitol.tn.gov, rep.joe.carr@capitol.tn.gov, rep.jim.cobb@capitol.tn.gov, rep.jim.coley@capitol.tn.gov, rep.barbara.cooper@capitol.tn.gov, rep.charles.curtiss@capitol.tn.gov, rep.vince.dean@capitol.tn.gov, rep.john.deberry@capitol.tn.gov, rep.lois.deberry@capitol.tn.gov, rep.vance.dennis@capitol.tn.gov, rep.bill.dunn@capitol.tn.gov, rep.linda.elam@capitol.tn.gov, rep.jimmy.eldridge@capitol.tn.gov, rep.joshua.evans@capitol.tn.gov, rep.jeremy.faison@capitol.tn.gov, rep.joanne.favors@capitol.tn.gov, rep.craig.fitzhugh@capitol.tn.gov, rep.richard.floyd@capitol.tn.gov, rep.dale.ford@capitol.tn.gov, rep.john.forgety@capitol.tn.gov, rep.brenda.gilmore@capitol.tn.gov, rep.jim.gotto@capitol.tn.gov, rep.curtis.halford@capitol.tn.gov, rep.steve.hall@capitol.tn.gov, rep.bill.harmon@capitol.tn.gov, rep.ga.hardaway@capitol.tn.gov, rep.mike.harrison@capitol.tn.gov, speaker.beth.harwell@capitol.tn.gov, rep.david.hawk@capitol.tn.gov, rep.ryan.haynes@capitol.tn.gov,
rep.joey.hensley@capitol.tn.gov, rep.matthew.hill@capitol.tn.gov, rep.andy.holt@capitol.tn.gov, rep.julia.hurley@capitol.tn.gov, rep.curtis.johnson@capitol.tn.gov, rep.phillip.johnson@capitol.tn.gov, rep.sherry.jones@capitol.tn.gov, rep.kelly.keisling@capitol.tn.gov, rep.mike.kernell@capitol.tn.gov, rep.ron.lollar@capitol.tn.gov, rep.jon.lundberg@capitol.tn.gov, rep.debra.maggart@capitol.tn.gov, rep.pat.marsh@capitol.tn.gov, rep.judd.matheny@capitol.tn.gov, rep.jimmy.matlock@capitol.tn.gov,  rep.gerald.mccormick@capitol.tn.gov, rep.steve.mcdaniel@capitol.tn.gov, rep.michael.mcdonald@capitol.tn.gov,rep.steve.mcmanus@capitol.tn.gov, rep.don.miller@capitol.tn.gov, rep.larry.miller@capitol.tn.gov,  rep.richard.montgomery@capitol.tn.gov, rep.gary.moore@capitol.tn.gov, spk.eme.jimmy.naifeh@capitol.tn.gov, rep.frank.niceley@capitol.tn.gov, rep.gary.odom@capitol.tn.gov, rep.antonio.parkinson@capitol.tn.gov, rep.joe.pitts@capitol.tn.gov, rep.mark.pody@capitol.tn.gov, rep.dennis.powers@capitol.tn.gov, rep.mary.pruitt@capitol.tn.gov, rep.john.ragan@capitol.tn.gov, rep.bob.ramsey@capitol.tn.gov, rep.barrett.rich@capitol.tn.gov, rep.jeanne.richardson@capitol.tn.gov, rep.dennis.roach@capitol.tn.gov, rep.bill.sanderson@capitol.tn.gov, charles.sargent@capitol.tn.gov, rep.cameron.sexton@capitol.tn.gov, rep.johnny.shaw@capitol.tn.gov, rep.david.shepard@capitol.tn.gov, rep.tony.shipley@capitol.tn.gov, rep.janis.sontany@capitol.tn.gov, rep.mike.sparks@capitol.tn.gov, rep.mike.stewart@capitol.tn.gov, rep.art.swann@capitol.tn.gov, rep.john.tidwell@capitol.tn.gov, rep.harry.tindell@capitol.tn.gov, rep.curry.todd@capitol.tn.gov, rep.joe.towns@capitol.tn.gov, rep.johnnie.turner@capitol.tn.gov, rep.mike.turner@capitol.tn.gov, rep.eric.watson@capitol.tn.gov, rep.terri.lynn.weaver@capitol.tn.gov, rep.mark.white@capitol.tn.gov, rep.kent.williams@capitol.tn.gov, rep.ryan.williams@capitol.tn.gov, rep.john.windle@capitol.tn.gov, rep.tim.wirgau@capitol.tn.gov, rep.rick.womick@capitol.tn.gov

 

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29Feb/120

Tax-Free Gold & Silver in TN (call TODAY!!!)

There is a bill in the TN House today that will make the exchange of gold, silver, or platinum coins and bullion TAX FREE!!!

PLEASE call and e-mail the following committee members and tell them to pass this bill (HB3202) unamended:

Rep. Kent Williams
(615) 741-7450
(423) 768-3431
rep.kent.williams@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Jon Lundberg
(615) 741-7623
rep.jon.lundberg@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Pat Marsh
(615) 741-6824
rep.pat.marsh@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Charles Curtiss
(615) 741-1963
(931) 761-2765
rep.charles.curtiss@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. JoAnne Favors
(615) 741-2702
(423) 624-5088
rep.joanne.favors@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Bill Harmon
(615) 741-6849
(423) 949-5100
rep.bill.harmon@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Ryan A. Haynes
(615) 741-2264
rep.ryan.haynes@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Steve McManus
(615) 741-1920
rep.steve.mcmanus@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Richard Montgomery
(615) 741-5981
(865) 453-1218
rep.richard.montgomery@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Joe Pitts
(615) 741-2043
rep.joe.pitts@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Dennis Edward Roach
(615) 741-2534
(865) 828-4356
rep.dennis.roach@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Charles Michael Sargent
(615) 741-6808
(615) 771-7222
rep.charles.sargent@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. David Shepard
(615) 741-3513
(615) 446-9782
rep.david.shepard@capitol.tn.gov

Here is a listing which is easy for you to copy and paste into your e-mail client:
rep.david.shepard@capitol.tn.gov, rep.charles.sargent@capitol.tn.gov, rep.dennis.roach@capitol.tn.gov, rep.joe.pitts@capitol.tn.gov, rep.richard.montgomery@capitol.tn.gov, rep.steve.mcmanus@capitol.tn.gov, rep.ryan.haynes@capitol.tn.gov, rep.bill.harmon@capitol.tn.gov, rep.joanne.favors@capitol.tn.gov, rep.charles.curtiss@capitol.tn.gov, rep.pat.marsh@capitol.tn.gov, rep.jon.lundberg@capitol.tn.gov, rep.kent.williams@capitol.tn.gov

16Feb/120

Stop Gov Haslam’s Corruption vote TODAY!!!

 

IMMEDIATE ACTION ITEM:

The TN Senate is set to vote in few hours for SB2207a bill authorizing blatant corruption. This bill allows secret transfers of taxpayer money to businesses without any transparency and without any accountability. Here are the details in this Commercial Appeal article (click link).

Call and e-mail your Senators NOW and DEMAND that they vote against this atrocious violation of open government! The clock is ticking, you only have a few minutes left to stop this flagrant corruption.

 

Senator Party Phone E-mail
Barnes, Tim  D 741-2374 sen.tim.barnes@capitol.tn.gov 
Beavers, Mae  R 741-2421 sen.mae.beavers@capitol.tn.gov 
Bell, Mike  R 741-1946 sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov 
Berke, Andy  D 741-6682 sen.andy.berke@capitol.tn.gov 
Burks, Charlotte  D 741-3978 sen.charlotte.burks@capitol.tn.gov 
Campfield, Stacey R 741-1766 sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov 
Crowe, Rusty  R 741-2468 sen.rusty.crowe@capitol.tn.gov 
Faulk, Mike  R 741-2061 sen.mike.faulk@capitol.tn.gov 
Finney, Lowe  D 741-1810 sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov 
Ford, Ophelia  D 741-1767 sen.ophelia.ford@capitol.tn.gov 
Gresham, Dolores R 741-2368 sen.dolores.gresham@capitol.tn.gov 
Haile, Ferrell  R 741-1999 sen.ferrell.haile@capitol.tn.gov 
Harper, Thelma  D 741-2453 sen.thelma.harper@capitol.tn.gov 
Haynes, Joe M. D 741-6679 sen.joe.haynes@capitol.tn.gov 
Henry, Douglas  D 741-3291 sen.douglas.henry@capitol.tn.gov 
Herron, Roy  D 741-4576 sen.roy.herron@capitol.tn.gov 
Johnson, Jack  R 741-2495 sen.jack.johnson@capitol.tn.gov 
Kelsey, Brian  R 741-3036 sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov 
Ketron, Bill  R 741-6853 sen.bill.ketron@capitol.tn.gov 
Kyle, Jim  D 741-4167 sen.jim.kyle@capitol.tn.gov 
Marrero, Beverly  D 741-9128 sen.beverly.marrero@capitol.tn.gov 
McNally, Randy  R 741-6806 sen.randy.mcnally@capitol.tn.gov 
Norris, Mark  R 41-1967 sen.mark.norris@capitol.tn.gov 
Overbey, Doug  R 741-0981 sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov 
Ramsey, Ron  R 741-4524 lt.gov.ron.ramsey@capitol.tn.gov 
Southerland, Steve  R 741-3851 sen.steve.southerland@capitol.tn.gov 
Stewart, Eric  D 741-6694 sen.eric.stewart@capitol.tn.gov 
Summerville, Jim  R 741-4499 sen.jim.summerville@capitol.tn.gov
Tate, Reginald  D 741-2509 sen.reginald.tate@capitol.tn.gov 
Tracy, Jim  R 741-1066 sen.jim.tracy@capitol.tn.gov 
Watson, Bo  R 741-3227 sen.bo.watson@capitol.tn.gov 
Woodson, Jamie  R 741-1648 sen.jamie.woodson@capitol.tn.gov 
Yager, Ken  R 741-1449 sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov
Roberts,Kerry R 741-1999 sen.kerry.roberts@capitol.tn.gov

Here is a listing which is easy for you to copy and paste into your e-mail client:

sen.tim.barnes@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mae.beavers@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov, sen.andy.berke@capitol.tn.gov, sen.charlotte.burks@capitol.tn.gov, sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov, sen.rusty.crowe@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mike.faulk@capitol.tn.gov, sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov, sen.ophelia.ford@capitol.tn.gov, sen.dolores.gresham@capitol.tn.gov, sen.ferrell.haile@capitol.tn.gov, sen.thelma.harper@capitol.tn.gov, sen.joe.haynes@capitol.tn.gov, sen.douglas.henry@capitol.tn.gov, sen.roy.herron@capitol.tn.gov, sen.jack.johnson@capitol.tn.gov, sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov, sen.bill.ketron@capitol.tn.gov, sen.jim.kyle@capitol.tn.gov, sen.beverly.marrero@capitol.tn.gov, sen.randy.mcnally@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mark.norris@capitol.tn.gov, sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov, lt.gov.ron.ramsey@capitol.tn.gov, sen.steve.southerland@capitol.tn.gov, sen.eric.stewart@capitol.tn.gov, sen.jim.summerville@capitol.tn.gov, sen.reginald.tate@capitol.tn.gov, sen.jim.tracy@capitol.tn.gov, sen.bo.watson@capitol.tn.gov, sen.jamie.woodson@capitol.tn.gov, sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov, sen.kerry.roberts@capitol.tn.gov

14Feb/120

URGENT ACTION ITEM: Make TN nullify the feds!

The bill to put Obama and the federal government on a short leash in Tennessee is coming up for a vote Wednesday.  We need you to call and e-mail the legislators below to urge them to pass this bill without any amendments!

Contact the following and urge them to pass HB 2619/SB 2669 known as the "Constitutional Sheriff's Bill" out of committee on Wednesday!

General Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee

Rep. Bill Dunn: CoSponsor
115 WMB, (615) 741-1721, rep.bill.dunn@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Jim Coley, Chair: Republican, District 97
207 WMB, (615) 741-8201, rep.jim.coley@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Vance Dennis, Vice-Chair: Republican, District 71
105 WMB, (615) 741-2190, rep.vance.dennis@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Eddie Bass: Democrat, District 65
109 WMB, (615) 741-1864, rep.eddie.bass@capitol.tn.gov
(Note that Rep. Bass is a retired county sheriff himself, and has sponsored his own version of a sheriffs first bill in the past.)

Rep. Karen D. Camper: Democrat, District 87
20 LP, (615) 741-1898, rep.karen.camper@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Jon C. Lundberg: Republican, District 1
205 WMB, (615) 741-7623, rep.jon.lundberg@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Judd Matheny: Republican, District 47
205 WMB, (615) 741-7448, rep.judd.matheny@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Barrett Rich: Republican, District 94
204 WMB, (615) 741-6890, rep.barrett.rich@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Janis Baird Sontany: Democrat, District 53
32 LP, (615) 741-6861, rep.janis.sontany@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Eric Watson: Republican, District 22
209A WMB, (615) 741-7799, rep.eric.watson@capitol.tn.gov

12Feb/122

Best and Worst Bills in the 2012 TN Senate!

We have scanned all of the bills introduced in the Tennessee Senate and wanted to list both the best and worst bills that the politicians have introduced. Some will make you excited, some will make you angry.

We encourage you to create an account on the website of the TN Legislature so that you can be alerted to videos of and actions on these bills; you can do so here.

FIRST, THE BEST BILLS:

  • SB 2859
    Taxes, Income - As introduced, abolishes the Hall income tax. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 2.
  • HB 2619
    Criminal Procedure - As introduced, provides that a federal employee who is not designated as a Tennessee peace officer may not make an arrest or conduct a search and seizure in this state without the written permission of the sheriff of the county in which the arrest, search and seizure will take place except under certain circumstances. - Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 7 and Title 38, Chapter 3, Part 1.
  • SB 3695
    Constitutional Conventions - As introduced, enacts the "Uniform Limited Convention Act." - Amends TCA Title 3.
  • SB 3407
    State Government - As introduced, prohibits Tennessee and all political subdivisions from adopting or implementing the United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the Statement of principles for Sustainable Development, known as “Agenda 21.” -
  • SB 2392
    Criminal Offenses - As introduced, requires that a law enforcement officer obtain a subpoena prior to placing an electronic tracking device on a vehicle for criminal investigation purposes. - Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 40.
  • SB 3361
    Taxes, Exemption and Credits - As introduced, exempts the sale of gold, silver and platinum coins and bullion that are used as mediums of exchange from sales tax. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 6, Part 1 and Title 67, Chapter 6, Part 3.
  • SB 3750
    Traffic Safety - As introduced, prohibits a state or local governing body from installing or maintaining surveillance cameras to enforce speed limits after July 1, 2012. - Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 8.
  • SB3278
    Nuisances - As introduced, prohibits state and local government employees from installing or using high frequency sound emitting devices for crowd control. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 8, Chapter 50; Title 39 and Title 47, Chapter 18.
  • SB 3750
    Traffic Safety - As introduced, prohibits a state or local governing body from installing or maintaining surveillance cameras to enforce speed limits after July 1, 2012. - Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 8.
  • SB 2150
    Taxes, Real Property - As introduced, requires increases in property tax rates higher than 1 percent by a county or municipality to be approved through a referendum; authorizes the referendum process. - Amends TCA Title 2; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7 and Title 67.
  • SB 3046
    Criminal Offenses - As introduced, creates Class C misdemeanor of a law enforcement officer unlawfully installing a tracking device on a person or object and establishes a procedure whereby the district attorney can apply to a court for permission to install a tracking device for a specified period for specified offenses. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13, Part 6 and Title 40, Chapter 6.
  • SB 3047
    Search & Seizure - As introduced, prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft or similar structures for the purpose of conducting investigations or surveillance where the investigating agency does not have a search warrant for the property under surveillance. - Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 40.
  • SB 2831
    Budget Procedures - As introduced, enacts the "Taxpayer Transparency Act"; requires the commissioner of finance and administration to create and maintain a searchable budget database web site detailing certain state budgetary information. - Amends TCA Title 9, Chapter 4, Part 51.
  • SB 3340
    Taxes, Exemption and Credits - As introduced, exempts sole proprietorships from the Hall income tax. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 2, Part 1.
  • SB 2777
    Taxes, Inheritance Gift - As introduced, eliminates the gift tax in 2013 and thereafter. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 8, Part 6; Title 67, Chapter 8, Part 1 and Title 67, Chapter 8, Part 4.
  • SB 2872
    Motor Vehicles - As introduced, prohibits the disclosure of traffic citations from red-light cameras to consumer reporting agencies; prohibits such information from being identified in credit reports. - Amends TCA Section 55-8-198.
  • SB 2495
    Taxes, Inheritance Gift - As introduced, eliminates gift tax on transfers made on or after January 1, 2013. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 8.
  • SB 3408
    Real Property - As introduced, defines "private property rights" to clarify meaning of unwarranted government interference with such rights. - Amends TCA Title 12, Chapter 1, Part 2.
  • SB 2832
    Local Government, General - As introduced, enacts the "Local Government Transparency Act". - Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7 and Title 49.
  • SB 3687
    Political Parties - As introduced, allows recognized minor party to remain recognized for four years; lowers signature requirement to become recognized minor party. - Amends TCA Title 2.

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THE WORST BILLS:

  • SB 2991 by Faulk
    Criminal Procedure - As introduced, requires that a person give identification when requested by law enforcement that are enforcing criminal laws. - Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 39 and Title 40.
  • SB 2207 by Norris ( HB 2345 by McCormick)
    Public Records - As introduced, classifies as confidential the due diligence materials submitted by a company to the department of economic and community development; confidentiality applies until such time as the provider of the material no longer requires its confidentiality. - Amends TCA Section 4-3-730.
  • 2667 by Kelsey ( HB 2626 by DeBerry J)
    DNA and Genetic Testing - As introduced, adds five homicide offenses to the list of violent offenses for which a DNA sample is taken and stored in the database upon arrest rather than conviction. - Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 35, Part 3.
  • SB 2531 by Yager ( HB 3295 by Powers)
    Controlled Substances - As introduced, requires health care practitioners who are authorized to prescribe controlled substances to query the controlled substance database concerning the prescription history of certain persons and to make appropriate reports. - Amends TCA Title 53 and Title 63.
  • SB 2598 by Ketron ( HB 3053 by McDaniel)
    Radio and Television - As introduced, designates as confidential and not subject to open records laws any records obtained by or disclosed to a municipality or county by a cable or video service provider for the purpose of an audit or review. - Amends TCA Title 7, Chapter 59, Part 3 and Section 10-7-504.
  • SB 3338 by Ketron ( HB 2845 by Carr)
    Fees - As introduced, establishes a fee imposed on customers for transmitting money through certain entities; requires the department of revenue to administer the collection of said fee; establishes a fund for the moneys collected that can be utilized by the Tennessee bureau of investigation for certain activities. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 9; Title 40, Chapter 33, Part 2; Title 45, Chapter 7, Part 2 and Title 67, Chapter 4.
  • SB 2423 by McNally ( HB 3228 by Watson)
    Fees - As introduced, establishes a fee imposed on customers for transmitting money through certain entities; requires the department of revenue to administer the collection of said fee; establishes a fund for the moneys collected that can be utilized by the Tennessee bureau of investigation for certain activities. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 9; Title 40, Chapter 33, Part 2; Title 45, Chapter 7, Part 2 and Title 67, Chapter 4.
  • SB 3480 by Tate ( HB 2271 by Hardaway)
    Public Records - As introduced, authorizes a local government's legislative body to designate certain records as proprietary information, and thereby not subject to public records law. - Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7 and Title 10, Chapter 7.
  • SB 2803 by Tracy ( HB 2207 by Maggart)
    Motor Vehicles - As introduced, clarifies that trailers used in the furtherance of a business are required to be registered. - Amends TCA Title 55.
  • SB 2497 by Bell ( HB 2761 by Forgety)
    Criminal Offenses - As introduced, removes the requirement that a defendant must use force against a law enforcement officer in order to commit the offense of resisting a stop, frisk, halt or search. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 16, Part 6.
  • SB 2909 by Henry ( HB 2277 by Harmon)
    Taxes, Gasoline, Petroleum Products - As introduced, increases tax on gasoline and diesel products one cent a year for the next five years; allocates funds from increase in tax to counties and cities. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 3, Part 2 and Title 67, Chapter 3, Part 9.
  • SB 2253 by Norris ( HB 2391 by McCormick)
    Drugs, Prescription - As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Prescription Safety Act of 2012." - Amends TCA Title 53, Chapter 10, Part 3; Title 53, Chapter 11, Part 3; Title 53, Chapter 11, Part 4 and Title 63, Chapter 1, Part 3.
  • SB 2934 by Norris ( HB 3004 by Williams R)
    Criminal Offenses - As introduced, criminalizes photographing a person without consent and with the knowledge that the person is in a private place or has a reasonable expectation of privacy; enhances the fine associated with false imprisonment, assault, criminal trespass and trespass by motor vehicle when those crimes are committed with the purpose of obtaining a photograph in violation of the new crime. - Amends TCA Title 20; Title 29; Title 39 and Title 40.
  • SB 3504 by Tate ( HB 3667 by Turner J)
    Taxes - As introduced, enacts the "Millionaires' Tax Act." - Amends TCA Title 3; Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 8; Title 9; Title 12; Title 16; Title 30; Title 36; Title 39; Title 40; Title 45; Title 47; Title 48; Title 55; Title 56; Title 57; Title 61; Title 62; Title 67; Title 68; Title 69; Title 70 and Title 71.
  • SB 2407 by McNally ( HB 2569 by Dunn)
    Controlled Substances - As introduced, expands responsibility to report under "doctor shopping" laws; permits hospitals access to database for certain purposes and immunizes them from liability; requires photo identification for persons picking up prescriptions; allows federal law enforcement to access database without warrant; requires real-time access for law enforcement and pharmacists; requires pain clinics to be owned by Tennessee doctors or hospitals; penalizes interference with pharmacists' decisions to fill prescriptions; requires methadone clinics to query database. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 4; Title 53, Chapter 10, Part 3; Title 53, Chapter 11, Part 3; Section 53-11-402; Title 63, Chapter 1, Part 3; Title 63, Chapter 10, Part 2 and Title 71, Chapter 5, Part 26.
  • SB 3468 by Tate
    Alcohol Offenses, Motor Vehicles - As introduced, requires the bodily fluid of a driver of a motor vehicle to be tested for alcohol or drugs if law enforcement has probable cause to believe that the driver caused an accident resulting in death or serious bodily injury or if there is reasonable suspicion that the driver was under the influence and was impaired to the slightest degree. - Amends TCA Section 55-10-406.
  • SB 2914 by Overbey ( HB 2752 by Shipley)
    DUI Offenses - As introduced, clarifies that a person may be compelled to submit to an alcohol test under the implied consent law by other provisions of law, court order or search warrant. - Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 10, Part 4.
1Feb/120

Obamacare killed in TN (for now…)

Thanks in large part to your e-mails The TN Campaign for Liberty has played a major role in stopping ObamaCare from creeping into Tennessee!

Earlier this week we informed you about a 'hush-hush' effort to set up an Obamacare "insurance exchange" in Tennessee. The bill was withdrawn after the sponsor, Rep. Charles Michael Sargent from Williamson County, received many e-mails and personal visits urging him to do so!

BUT DON'T REST EASY...

There are rumors that Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, at the behest of Governor Haslam, will try and ram it down our throats AFTER the election in November when the politicians are safe from getting thrown out of office: http://wpln.org/?p=32442

Stay vigilant, there is more to come on this issue later in the year.

30Jan/120

Obamacare slithering in the back door of TN!

Obamacare is slithering into Tennessee thru the back door!

Last week an innocent-looking bill was mysteriously and discreetly filed in the TN Assembly which attempts to lay the groundwork to bring Obamacare into Tennessee! The establishment is attempting to "sneak" Obamacare in without a fight under the guise of something called an "insurance exchange". Essentially they are trying to let Obama regulate health insurance in Tennessee behind your back.

The Governor has ALREADY accepted money from the federal government to start this program!!!

Please call the sponsor of this bill and tell them to KILL THE BILL!!! (HB-2839)

Rep. Charles Michael Sargent
(R-Franklin District 61) — Part of Williamson County

(615) 771-7222 Office #1
(615) 741-6808 Office #2
rep.charles.sargent@capitol.tn.gov

14Jan/120

Senator Corker Flip-Flops While Running For Re-Election

 

Senator Corker has flip-flopped.

He voted for the bailouts previously earning the moniker "Bailout Bob"...

But now Bob Corker is against bailouts because he is running for re-election as evidenced from his recent press release: http://corker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=News&ContentRecord_id=7321a04f-5866-45f9-879e-72df2ff9094c

3Dec/110

Gay sex and bestiality in the military? Senators Corker and Alexander approve!

Republican Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander unknowingly voted to allow gay sex and bestiality in the military last week!

Political experts note that they probably did not even read the bill and would have likely voted against it if they had known that provision was included.

Regardless of how one feels about these issues, their haphazard approach to voting for legislation without reading it is deeply disturbing and largely indicative of the attitude of the modern political class.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS:
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/senate-approves-bill-legalizes-sodomy-and-bestiality-us-military

29Nov/110

TN Senators Allow Obama To Hold US Citizens Without Trial Indefinitely (Corker + Alexander)

The two Republican Senators from Tennessee voted in favor of allowing President Obama to imprison US citizens  indefinitely without trial on Tuesday the 29th of February. The amendment to remove the Constitutionally offensive section of the bill was proposed to the National Defense Authorization Act and voted down 38-60. The only Republicans voting for the removal of the "indefinite detainment" section of the bill were Senators Rand Paul (KY) and Mark Kirk (IL)

More details of the bill and amendment itself can be found at this earlier blog post: http://tncampaignforliberty.org/wordpress/2011/11/senator-rand-paul-aims-to-kill-indefinte-detention-in-dod-bill/

29Nov/110

TN Senators Vote To Continue Iraq Occupation (Corker + Alexander)

The two Republican Senators from Tennessee voted in favor of continued US occupation in Iraq Tuesday the 29th of February. Senator Rand Paul introduced an amendment to a bill which would have effectively ended the occupation of Iraq by US military forces.

The Senate defeated the measure 31-66 with only Senator Paul and only 3 other Republican Senators voting in favor of ending the Iraq occupation; surprisingly Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) voted in the affirmative with Senator Paul. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker unsurprisingly voted for continual occupation by voting against Senator Paul's amendment.

 

28Nov/110

Senator Rand Paul aims to kill “indefinite detention” section of DoD bill

Senator Rand Paul has submitted an Amendment to Senate Bill 1867 (known as the National Defense Authorization Act) which would strike the section of the bill that allows the US government to indefinitely detain individuals without trial or due process. The Amendment is #1062 and would eliminate Section 1031 which states:

"Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force...includes the authority for the Armed Forces of the United States to detain covered persons...Detention under the law of war without trial"

This Amendment to strike Section 1031 was submitted by Senator Paul as soon as the bill came forward. There are other similar Amendments too, however none of them completely eliminate the Constitutionally offensive section. You can view Senator Paul's submission of the Amendment here: http://www.TNCampaignForLiberty.org/misc/ndaaAmendment_Sec1031.pdf
On edit - Judge Napolitano discussed this bill on his Fox Business show, FreedomWatch (11/28):

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21Nov/110

Diane Black Votes For More Spending Again!

Last week Congresswoman Diane Black (R-TN) voted to spend an additional $182 billion funding various government agencies for fiscal 2012. The funding was produced by a joint committee with the Senate over the resistance of some Texans and other conservative House Republicans. Her vote to spend this money comes at a time when the government’s budget crisis is on it’s way to reaching a climax as spending levels are already at an all time high.

Many political observers consider this a poor decision on her part since she is likely vulnerable among not just Tea Partiers but activists within her own party. One prominent local Republican official in her district speaking on condition of anonymity noted “her votes so far to raise spending, increase the debt, voting for pork-laden bills, and past questionable family business deals have given a lot of the local GOP serious pause about supporting her re-election bid. In short, many of us feel she has betrayed the principles of the Party”

Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee voted for this spending increase as also.

See her vote here:
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h2011-857&fb_source=message

SOURCES:
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20111120_16_A4_WSIGOe958757
http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2011/11/house-approves-minibus-budget/
http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/the_intelligencer_news/opinion/house-senate-advance-fiscal-spending-measure/article_13241d2a-1c41-5f73-90ee-c4d9a4fbe9ae.html
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-2112

18Nov/110

Lamar Alexander votes FOR Bloated Spending Bill Yesterday!

Senator "Large Government Lamar" Alexander (RINO-TN) apparently voted for a large bloated spending bill yesterday. 

Here is a brief writeup:
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/194453-senate-approves-minibus-continuing-resolution-sends-to-the-president

The actual roll call vote list:
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00208

Thanks to Ben Cunningham of the TN Tax Revolt for pointing this out.
http://www.framingthedialogue.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/rino-republicans.jpg
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3Nov/110

TN Government Going Door-To-Door To Ask About Your “Disaster Prepardeness”

NEWS CHANNEL 5 IN NASHVILLE IS REPORTING:

"The Tennessee Department of Health will be using a tool designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to go door to door and check to see how disaster ready you are.  It will be in 30 neighborhoods in Davidson County that have been randomly selected to be the target of a door to door assessment. Participants will be asked a list of 22 questions. "

One of the questions they will ask is:

"What is your primary way of getting information during a disaster or emergency?"

SOURCE:
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/15948523/door-to-door-assessment-for-disaster-preparedness

27Oct/110

TSA Checkpoints Now On TN Highways

WATCH THIS VIDEO:
"TSA Checkpoints on Highways In TN"


 

 

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security on Tuesday partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and several other federal and state agencies for a safety enforcement and awareness operation on Tennessee’s interstates and two metropolitan-area bus stations. They are randomly inspecting vehicles on highways in Tennessee.

The random inspections really aren't any more thorough normal, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott who says paying attention to details can make a difference.

"People generally associate the TSA with airport security...but now we have moved on to other forms of transportation, such as highways, buses and railways," said Kevin McCarthy, TSA federal security director for West Tennessee.

To increase national security, the TSA created Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response, known as VIPR, teams, which consist of federal air marshals, surface transportation security inspectors, transportation security officers, behavior detention officers and explosive detection canine teams.

McCarthy also pointed out that Interstate 40 is one of the country's a major thoroughfares, being the third longest major west-east interstate highway in the United States after Interstate 90 and Interstate 80. Interstate 40's western end is in Barstow, Calif. and its eastern end is in Wilmington, N.C.

This is not a surprise considering Tampa, FL bus stations have long been occupied by TSA checkpoints forcing random searches.

SOURCE 1

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Read Congressman Ron Paul's response to this action:
http://paul.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1920:tsa-releases-vipr-venom-on-tennessee-highways&catid=62:texas-straight-talk&Itemid=69

 

9Oct/110

Gov Haslam Pushes For Internet Sales Tax

Speaking recently at the onset of an agreement between the Tennessee government and Amazon.com Governor Haslam continues to push for a national sales tax on items purchased over the Internet. But this wasn't the first time he had publicly mentioned it.

Here are Governor Haslam's words from last week:

"Amazon will begin to collect sales tax [in Tennessee] in just over 2 years unless a national solution [sales tax] is addressed first. I look forward to working with Amazon ... and other retailers on finding that national [sales tax] solution."

Watch him say it with his own mouth here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHI1jFFvuBs&t=45s

SOURCE:
http://news.tn.gov/node/7899

LET HIM KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT A NATIONAL INTERNET SALES TAX!

E-mail Governor Haslam at both addresses:
bill.haslam@tn.gov
bhaslam@aol.com

Also call his office:
(615) 741-2001

6Oct/110

Governor Haslam Caught In A Lie

While it might seem like a minor "white lie", if Governor Haslam is willing to lie about something like this, what else is he willing to lie about?

"Gov. Bill Haslam has added a new detail to his oft-told anecdote about his wife Crissy's high school boyfriend.

He is acknowledging the story isn't true...

Reporters who noticed differences in Haslam's telling of the story asked the Republican governor Tuesday if the tale was true. Haslam immediately responded with a laugh that Ernie isn't real.

Haslam said he's uncertain about the origin of the anecdote, but suggested might have been first told by former President Bill Clinton."

SOURCE: http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/15615690/haslam-admits-crowd-pleasing-anecdote-not-true

27Sep/110

Slick Haslam family affair?

Governor Haslam's family business, Pilot Oil Company, has been given the "ok" by Governor Haslam to lobby the State government AGAINST privatizing services which could save the taxpayers millions of dollars.

Something here isn't passing the smell test.

Is this move ethical?
Could there indeed be possible corruption?

Decide for yourself after reading this:
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/sep/26/haslam-endorses-brothers-decision-lobby-tdot-issue

24Sep/110

Sheriffs First Legislation & Gibson Guitar

Have you heard about the raid on the Gibson Guitar factory by the Feds?
If not briefly read this article.

We can do something about it and prevent the Feds from doing this sort of thing again in the future.

But the solution IS NOT FEDERAL, the solution is LOCAL!

A bill has been introduced in the TN Legislature that will stop Federal law enforcement from violating the Constitution in Tennessee.

But it is up to US to push this bill through!!!

Generally speaking the bill provides that a federal employee may not make an arrest or conduct a search and seizure in this state without the written permission of the Sheriff of the county in which the arrest, search and seizure will take place.

Read the details here:
http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB1108

Effort on the federal level is futile. We must do this ourselves in Tennessee. But it will take every liberty, teaparty, conservative group in Tennessee to get this to pass. And we still may not win. But we must keep trying until it is passed. However I do have a plan that we can implement that will push this front and center.

SO THE QUESTION IS, WILL YOU HELP US IN THIS FIGHT?

 

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20Sep/110

FREE Constitution & Liberty Class (Sat 9/24)!!!

FREE Constitution Class comes to Tenn on September 24!

You're invited to attend this unique "Constitution Class" with former Presidential candidate and constitutional expert Michael Badnarik at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN.This event is sponsored by the local Young Americans for Liberty chapter and admission is FREE for everyone.  You do not want to miss this!

Here are the details:

  • Date: Saturday, September 24; 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Location:  BAS S102, "The State Farm Room" at Middle Tennessee State University [map]
  • Cost: Admission is free for all, courtesy of YAL!
  • RSVPOn Facebook here

Click here to learn more about this event.  Come braced for an 8-hour, intensive seminar that will turn what you learned about the Constitution in grade school on its head!

Make plans to attend today!  This is a great opportunity to learn about our founding documents and is not to be missed.

For liberty,

Jeff Frazee
Executive Director, YAL

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Here is a sample of the class:

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14Sep/110

TN Gov Haslam to pass gas tax increase?

TAXATION = THEFT

Looks like TN Governor Haslam is considering raising the amount of TAX you'll pay every time you fill up your vehicle!

Read about it here:

http://blogs.knoxnews.com/humphrey/2011/09/gov-mum-on-gas-tax-increase-to.html

What do YOU think about this? Let Governor Haslam know...

HERE IS HOW TO CONTACT Governor Bill Haslam:

bhaslam@aol.com
bill.haslam@tn.gov

(615) 741-2001

14Sep/110

TN Republicans fund Planned Parenthood (and then LIE about it)!!!

EXPLOSIVE COVER-UP IN TENNESSEE REPUBLICAN POLITICS!!!

A Republican State Senator in Tennessee used taxpayer dollars to secretly (and possibly even illegally) FUND Planned Parenthood one of the largest provider of abortions in the country earlier this year! And then the rest of the Republicans scrambled to cover up the identity of which Republican did this --- Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey is at the top of the scandal. Even though this story is a few months old we thought it pertinent to let you know what happened.

Ken Marrero, blogger at Blue Collar Muse, has some good write ups about it.
Be sure to read them in order:

http://bluecollarmuse.com/2011/05/26/tennessee-legislator-secretly-alters-final-state-budget-bill/
http://bluecollarmuse.com/2011/06/10/since-the-tn-senate-is-protecting-the-secret-senator-what-are-activists-to-do/
http://bluecollarmuse.com/2011/06/14/ron-ramsey-finally-speaks-out-about-the-secret-senator/
http://blogs.knoxnews.com/humphrey/2011/06/with-planned-parenthood-defund.html

The Republicans in Tennessee are STILL hiding and protecting the guilty Republican Senator who set out to secretly change the law and fund Planned Parenthood in the dark of night, though this funding has since been reversed. But Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey is not just complacent in this cover-up he is the one orchestrating it!!! Even if one is not pro-life one can still see how dangerous it is to allow laws to be introduced secretly without any accountability. And the blatant cover-up by the Republican Party and Ron Ramsey is disturbing too.

Please contact Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and DEMAND to know which Senator secretly changed the law to use taxpayer dollars to fund Planned Parenthood in Tennessee!

HERE IS HOW TO CONTACT Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey:

Personal cell phone: 423-340-8700 (leave a voice mail - if it's full, call back the next day or later in the night)
Personal e-mail address: ltgovramsey@aol.com

Also please post on his Facebook pages your thoughts about this so that others can see:

http://www.facebook.com/teamronramsey

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1696352714

Be sure to copy the following e-mail addresses too:
lt.gov.ron.ramsey@capitol.tn.gov (his official e-mail address)

And if you can't get him on his cell phone, call his office phone numbers:
(423) 323-8700
(615) 741-4524

 

13Sep/110

Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey’s Cronyism & Corruption (Part II): Raises For His Friends?

According to this news report released last week Lt Governor Ron Ramsey gave several of his legislative staffers hefty raises recently even while the entire economy was tanking and the state government was facing a budget crisis.

What is conservative about that?!?!?

If this isn't blatant cronyism and corruption, then what is? What's worse is his arrogant stance and condescending demeanor when asked about this in the video at the link below. Is that how a humble servant who works for the People should treat his constituents?

Legislative Staffers Get Raises During Freeze
Those Given Pay Hikes Worked For Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey

READ THE FULL STORY HERE: http://www.wsmv.com/politics/27993392/detail.html?taf=nash

If you would like to share your thoughts with Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey about his actions and his attitude, please do at the contact info below....


HERE IS HOW TO CONTACT Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey:

Personal cell phone: 423-340-8700 (leave a voice mail - if it's full, call back the next day or later in the night)
Personal e-mail address: ltgovramsey@aol.com

Also please post on his Facebook pages your thoughts about this so that others can see:

http://www.facebook.com/teamronramsey

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1696352714

Be sure to copy the following e-mail addresses too:
lt.gov.ron.ramsey@capitol.tn.gov (his official e-mail address)

And if you can't get him on his cell phone, call his office phone numbers:
(423) 323-8700
(615) 741-4524

13Sep/110

Is Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey Corrupt With Congresswoman Diane Black? (DNA Bill)

An interesting development...

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey's recent bill to forcefully steal DNA from innocent individuals was introduced into the TN Legislature a few weeks ago. Of course this bill has serious Constitutional issues, but that aside, following the money trail causes one to ask if the Lt. Governor is being corrupted by Congresswoman Diane Black and her husband's successful medical testing company?

Here are the FACTS easily laid out (but don't take our word for it, do your own research):

1-Lt Governor Ron Ramsey introduced a bill to steal DNA by force from innocent individuals and then store the DNA records in a government database : http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB0257&ga=107

2-Congresswoman Diane Black's husband, David Black, owns Aegis labs which is a very lucrative, entrenched, and politically connected corporation (it employs Bill Frist): http://www.aegislabs.com/About_Aegis

3-Aegis labs specializes in forensics and law enforcement crime lab testing, etc holding multiple government contracts. Congresswoman Diane Black's husband's company could potentially stand to vastly increase their revenue at the expense of taxpayers if this bill passes: http://politics.nashvillepost.com/?s=aegis

4-Congresswoman Diane Black's husband, David Black, has given thousands of $$ to Lt Governor Ron Ramsey's campaigns: http://www.state.tn.us/tref/

Hmmm.... Do you think there could possibly be a connection here?

Besides Lt Governor Ron Ramsey's blatant disregard for the Constitution's prohibition on unreasonable search and seizure, despite Lt Governor Ron Ramsey's sidestepping of serious questions about the bill, despite Lt Governor Ron Ramsey's inability to explain the necessity and Constitutionality of this bill, one has to wonder if Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey has introduced this bill at the direction of one of his major donating families, Diane and David Black?

Furthermore, other questions about this DNA-grabbing bill linger --
Was there any quid-pro-quo?
Is Lt Governor Ron Ramsey the puppet of Congresswoman Diane Black and her husband's mega corporation?
Did the Lt Governor take a "legal" bribe?
How much money would Congresswoman Diane Black and her husband potentially profit from the passage of this bill?
Is Lt Governor Ron Ramsey simply paying back Aegis and the Black family for generous campaign contributions by introducing this bill?
Have any ethics violations transpired by either Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey or Congresswoman Diane Black?

If this issue concerns you, then you should call the Lt Governor and ask him these questions yourself!
And while you have him on the phone you should tell him to yank the big-government statist Obama-like DNA bill he has introduced (SB257).

HERE IS HOW TO CONTACT HIM:
Personal cell phone: 423-340-8700 (leave a voice mail - if it's full, call back the next day or later in the night)
Personal e-mail address: ltgovramsey@aol.com

Also please post on his Facebook pages your thoughts about this so that others can see:

http://www.facebook.com/teamronramsey
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1696352714

Be sure to copy the following e-mail addresses too:
lt.gov.ron.ramsey@capitol.tn.gov (his official e-mail address)

And if you can't get him on his cell phone, call his office phone numbers:
(423) 323-8700
(615) 741-4524

You can also contact Congresswoman Diane Black's office for questions too:

https://black.house.gov/contact-me