Tennessee Campaign For Liberty

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:



Senator John Stevens 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:


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


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:


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).


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

PS -   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!


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


Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey Admits Bullying Fellow Senators


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.




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.



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/


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


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?


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


Stop Gov Haslam’s Corruption vote TODAY!!!



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


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.


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