Tennessee Campaign For Liberty

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

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/

WE NEED YOUR HELP to fund our mailing lists 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 (ads, mailings, radio, robodials, etc).
Please donate, $10, $15, or even $20 to help us win:
Click Here To Donate Now To The Campaign For Liberty!

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


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


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."


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


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.


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



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


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


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


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.


Sent from my iPhone


---------- 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.


---------- 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


---------- 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.
Joe Carr
State Representative District 48


---------- 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


---------- 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


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:

-------- 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




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

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:

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


Here are the responses from the candidates


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.




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:


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


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.




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:


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.



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)-


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
(615) 741-2001

Ron Ramsey
(615) 741-4524

Beth Harwell
(615) 741-0709

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/


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.


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):

- 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


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?



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.


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


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)


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)

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


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. Jon Lundberg
(615) 741-7623

Rep. Pat Marsh
(615) 741-6824

Rep. Charles Curtiss
(615) 741-1963
(931) 761-2765

Rep. JoAnne Favors
(615) 741-2702
(423) 624-5088

Rep. Bill Harmon
(615) 741-6849
(423) 949-5100

Rep. Ryan A. Haynes
(615) 741-2264

Rep. Steve McManus
(615) 741-1920

Rep. Richard Montgomery
(615) 741-5981
(865) 453-1218

Rep. Joe Pitts
(615) 741-2043

Rep. Dennis Edward Roach
(615) 741-2534
(865) 828-4356

Rep. Charles Michael Sargent
(615) 741-6808
(615) 771-7222

Rep. David Shepard
(615) 741-3513
(615) 446-9782

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


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


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.


  • 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.



  • 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.

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!


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.