Archive for June, 2014

Snakes in the Backwoods of Tennessee

Friday, June 27th, 2014

aaaaaTennessee – A walk in the woods, much as a walk through Tennessee politics can prove dangerous. We often hear the warning, “Watch out for snakes”, dangerous “poisonous” snakes can be found in many parts of Tennessee, both in the woods and in the political backwoods of Tennessee.

I feel more safe dealing with snakes in the woods: rattlesnakes, copperheads and water moccasins. They are deadly but easy to identify and avoid. The other forms of snakes in the Tennessee backwoods are a more formidable adversary. Hate filled racists are deadly creatures that can be hard to detect, some hide under sheets and others strike with venomous words in Facebook and in other social media. Teabaggers are the most dangerous form of snake located in various parts of Tennessee.

They tend to be of the more average run of mill type folks who are often close minded and filled with hatred. They also hold illogical beliefs, often seen fighting against their own best interest, these “snakes” are the biggest threat against the middle class. Although they are in the middle class, but, more often than not, they are minions of the rich and powerful working for the behest of the wealthy. They were used to crush middle class struggles in Wisconsin and in union battles in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Some of these idiots even fly snake flags in their yards or place snake car tags on their vehicles.

Snakes are even attempting to take over the Republican party in Tennessee and nationally. Currently, efforts are underway by the national GOP to terminate these unwanted pests. The backwoods boys in Tennessee politics love these snakes. They tend to be misinformed and are willing to do the bidding of the wealthy, even when it harms them or their families. Snakes are not wanted by anyone. What type of idiot would choose a snake as their system of unity? A teabagger. Snakes are vile creatures that can be traced all the way back to the garden of Eden in the old testament.

One thing about snakes has not changed, they are deceitful now; as they were back in the old testament. Some things never change. Snake are indeed dangerous creatures that must be handled with care. Be careful, you never know when a snake is around you!

A Voting Record of Shame in Tennessee

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

5773238701_851f9563db_zWhy is Tennessee politically the running joke of the nation? One need look no closer than at the shameful legislation and voting record of Ron Ramsey.

He is the darling of the Tennessee wing-nut teabagger nation. The clown jester in a legislation of ignorance. But he relishes it and wears it as a badge of honor. He beamed with pride when the Tennessee Legislation was recently named the worst in the nation. Check out his voting record and you get a first hand education in backwoods legislation:

April 17, 2014 HB 1574 Limits Amount of Pseudoephedrine an Individual Can Purchase Without a Prescription Conference Report Adopted – Senate
(24 – 7) Yea
April 17, 2014 SB 2580 Authorizes the Use of Certain Execution Methods Concurrence Vote Passed – Senate
(25 – 4) Yea
April 10, 2014 SB 196 Authorizes School Voucher Program Bill Passed – Senate
(21 – 10) Yea
April 7, 2014 SB 1391 Prohibits Women from Using Illegal Substances While Pregnant Bill Passed – Senate
(26 – 7) Yea
April 7, 2014 SB 2039 Reduces Lifetime Eligibility for Certain Welfare Benefits Bill Passed – Senate
(21 – 9) Yea
March 27, 2014 HB 937 Prohibits Medicaid Expansion Bill Passed – Senate
(23 – 6) Yea
March 24, 2014 SB 2115 Authorizes In-State Tuition for Certain Students Bill Passed – Senate
(20 – 10) Yea
March 13, 2014 SJR 626 Authorizes Individuals Paying School Fees to Determine Allocation of Fees to Student Organizations Joint Resolution Passed – Senate
(23 – 6) Yea
March 3, 2014 SB 837 Authorizes the Sale of Wine in Grocery Stores Concurrence Vote Passed – Senate
(23 – 4) Yea
Feb. 13, 2014 SB 1496 Authorizes Certain Individuals to Carry a Handgun in Public Parks Bill Passed – Senate
(26 – 7) Yea
Feb. 5, 2014 SJR 123 Requires Election of Attorney General Position Amendment Rejected – Senate
(15 – 14) Nay
Jan. 30, 2014 SB 837 Authorizes the Sale of Wine in Grocery Stores Bill Passed – Senate
(23 – 8) Yea
April 16, 2013 HB 1191 Requires Disclosure of Recordings of Livestock Abuse Within 24 Hours Bill Passed – Senate
(22 – 9) Yea
April 16, 2013 SB 1248 Requires Disclosure of Photographic Evidence of Animal Abuse Bill Passed – Senate
(22 – 9) Yea
March 14, 2013 SB 514 Prohibits Universities from Disciplining Students Who Refuse to Treat Someone Based on Religious Beliefs Bill Passed – Senate
(22 – 4) Did Not Vote
Feb. 11, 2013 SB 142 Authorizes Handguns in Parking Areas Bill Passed – Senate
(28 – 5) Yea
Jan. 30, 2013 SB 142 Authorizes Handguns in Parking Areas Senate Sponsor
April 30, 2012 SB 3597 Prohibits Discrimination Against Religious Student Groups at Public Universities Bill Passed – Senate
(19 – 12) Yea
April 26, 2012 HB 2566 Increases Kindergarten Age Requirements Bill Passed – Senate
(21 – 10) Yea
April 25, 2012 SB 2580 Requires Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Bill Passed – Senate
(24 – 9) Yea
April 24, 2012 HB 3808 Requires Publication of Abortion Statistics Bill Passed – Senate
(28 – 5) Yea
April 24, 2012 HJR 587 Opposes the United Nations Agenda 21 Joint Resolution Passed – Senate
(19 – 11) Yea
April 23, 2012 SJR 710 Amends Judicial Appointment Process Joint Resolution Passed – Senate
(22 – 9) Yea
April 16, 2012 SB 2514 Amends Eligibility Requirements for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship Bill Passed – Senate
(20 – 10) Yea
April 12, 2012 SB 3345 Limits the Number of Foreign Nationals that May Work in a Charter School Bill Passed – Senate
(18 – 13) Yea
March 19, 2012 HB 368 Scientific Theories in the Classroom Bill Passed – Senate
(25 – 8) Yea
Feb. 23, 2012 HB 2638 Prohibits Camping in Non-Designated Areas of Public Property Bill Passed – Senate
(21 – 9) Yea
Jan. 19, 2012 SB 1514 State Senate Redistricting Concurrence Vote Passed – Senate
(22 – 10) Yea
Jan. 18, 2012 SB 2580 Requires Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 13, 2012 HB 1555 State House Redistricting Bill Passed – Senate
(23 – 10) Yea
Jan. 13, 2012 HB 1558 Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed – Senate
(24 – 9) Yea
May 20, 2011 SB 113 Teachers’ Unions Negotiations Conference Report Adopted – Senate
(19 – 12) Yea
May 20, 2011 SB 16 Voter Identification Requirements Concurrence Vote Passed – Senate
(18 – 14) Yea
May 20, 2011 SB 1915 Increases Contribution Limits to Campaigns Bill Passed – Senate
(19 – 11) Yea
May 20, 2011 SB 49 Prohibits Instruction of Non-Heterosexual Human Sexuality in Schools Bill Passed – Senate
(19 – 10) Yea
May 18, 2011 SJR 221 Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit State Income Tax Amendment Adopted – Senate
(26 – 4) Yea
May 12, 2011 HB 600 Equal Access to Interstate Commerce Act Bill Passed – Senate
(20 – 8) Yea
May 2, 2011 SB 113 Teachers’ Unions Negotiations Bill Passed – Senate
(18 – 14) Yea
April 21, 2011 SB 485 Equal Opportunity Scholarship Act Bill Passed – Senate
(18 – 10) Yea
April 18, 2011 SJR 127 Abortion Specifications Joint Resolution Passed – Senate
(24 – 8) Yea
April 15, 2011 SJR 221 Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit State Income Tax Senate Co-sponsor
March 14, 2011 SJR 127 Abortion Specifications Senate Co-sponsor
March 10, 2011 SB 1528 Amends Requirements for Teacher Tenure Bill Passed – Senate
(21 – 12) Yea
March 9, 2011 SJR 18 Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting an Income Tax Amendment Adopted – Senate
(28 – 5) Yea
Feb. 23, 2011 SB 1528 Amends Requirements for Teacher Tenure Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 23, 2011 SB 1915 Increases Contribution Limits to Campaigns Senate Co-sponsor
Feb. 23, 2011 SB 79 Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act Bill Passed – Senate
(21 – 10) Yea
Jan. 15, 2011 SB 79 Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 14, 2011 SJR 18 Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting an Income Tax Senate Co-sponsor
June 9, 2010 HB 670 Requiring Correctional Facilities to Determine Immigration Status of Inmates Conference Report Adopted – Senate
(24 – 7)
June 4, 2010 HJR 1253 Resolution Recognizing Arizona Statehood and New Immigration Policy Joint Resolution Passed – Senate
(18 – 7) Yea
May 27, 2010 SB 3012 Guns in Bars Veto Override Passed – Senate
(23 – 10) Yea
May 10, 2010 HB 270 Citizenship Status for Voting and Registration Bill Passed – Senate
(20 – 12) Yea
May 10, 2010 SB 63 English Only Requirement for Driver’s License Examinations Bill Passed – Senate
(22 – 10) Yea
Feb. 17, 2010 SB 3498 Requiring Legal Challenge to Federal Health Insurance Mandates Bill Passed – Senate
(26 – 1) Yea
Jan. 28, 2010 SB 1092 Prohibiting Non-Elected Boards from Requiring Nutrition Information on Menus Veto Override Passed – Senate
(24 – 7) Yea
Jan. 28, 2010 SB 3498 Requiring Legal Challenge to Federal Health Insurance Mandates Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 27, 2010 SB 3012 A Bill Allowing People with Handgun Permits to Carry Guns in Restaurants and Bars Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 12, 2010 HB 614 Delaying Paper Ballot Requirements Bill Passed – Senate
(22 – 10) Yea
June 18, 2009 HB 614 Delaying Paper Ballot Requirements Bill Failed – Senate
(16 – 14) Yea
June 16, 2009 SB 162 Creation of the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance Bill Passed – Senate
(22 – 11) Yea
June 4, 2009 HB 962 Authorizing Guns in Restaurants that Serve Alcohol Veto Override Passed – Senate
(21 – 9) Yea
May 7, 2009 SB 2133 Charter School Access Expansion Bill Passed – Senate
(22 – 7) Yea
April 16, 2009 HB 962 Authorizing Guns in Restaurants that Serve Alcohol Bill Passed – Senate
(26 – 7) Yea
April 13, 2009 SB 1954 Basic Phone Service Deregulation Bill Passed – Senate
(22 – 7) Yea
March 12, 2009 SB 83 “Living” Wage Requirements Bill Passed – Senate
(18 – 13) Yea
Feb. 26, 2009 SB 2133 Charter School Access Expansion Senate Co-sponsor
April 29, 2008 SB 3042 Open Container Law Bill Passed – Senate
(23 – 7) Yea
Feb. 13, 2008 SB 3419 Parental Consent for Sexual Abuse Prevention Education Bill Passed – Senate
(26 – 6) Yea
Feb. 11, 2008 SA 883 Commission of Indian Affairs Extension Amendment Amendment Adopted – Senate
(20 – 10) Nay
Jan. 30, 2008 SA 837 Allowing Abortion in Certain Circumstances Bill Tabled – Senate
(20 – 11) Yea
Jan. 30, 2008 SA 839 Allowing Medically Necessary Abortions Bill Tabled – Senate
(18 – 14) Yea
Jan. 30, 2008 SA 841 Allowing Abortion for Rape Victims who are Minors Bill Tabled – Senate
(20 – 12) Yea
Jan. 30, 2008 SJR 127 Abortion Not Protected by State Constitution Joint Resolution Passed – Senate
(23 – 9) Yea
Jan. 16, 2008 SB 23 Allowing Guns in Establishments that Serve Alcohol Bill Passed – Senate
(24 – 6) Yea
May 31, 2007 SB 2143 Legalization of Handguns in State Parks Bill Passed – Senate
(23 – 5) Yea
May 31, 2007 SB 2326 Cigarette Tax Increase Bill Passed – Senate
(17 – 16) Nay
May 24, 2007 SB 1325 Indoor Smoking Ban Bill Passed – Senate
(22 – 5) Nay
May 21, 2007 SJR 139 Popular Election of Statewide Officers Resolution Passed – Senate
(19 – 12) Yea
April 26, 2007 SA 3 PAC-to-PAC Contribution Limits Bill Tabled – Senate
(16 – 13) Yea
April 16, 2007 SB 227 Voter ID Act Bill Passed – Senate
(18 – 10) Yea
March 7, 2007 SJR 139 Popular Election of Statewide Officers Senate Co-sponsor
March 5, 2007 SB 201 English-Only Driver’s License Exam Bill Passed – Senate
(22 – 6) Yea
March 1, 2007 SJR 127 Abortion Not Protected by State Constitution Senate Co-sponsor
Jan. 3, 2007 SB 23 Allowing Guns in Establishments that Serve Alcohol Senate Sponsor
May 27, 2006 SB 3178 State Legislator’s Pension Plan Conference Report Adopted – Senate
(17 – 8) Yea
May 17, 2006 SA 1505 Medical Malpractice Limits Amendment Bill Failed – Senate
(13 – 16) Yea
April 19, 2006 SB 303 Driver’s License Examination English Language Requirement Bill Passed – Senate
(18 – 14) Yea
March 9, 2006 SJR 127 Relating to Abortion in the Constitution Joint Resolution Passed – Senate
(24 – 9) Yea
March 9, 2005 SJR 127 Relating to Abortion in the Constitution Senate Co-sponsor

The Snake Strikes Back: Eric Cantor Defeated

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning primary loss tonight, to David Brat, a tea party-aligned Republican, is sending shockwaves through the political world, stunning everyone but nobody more than House Republicans. The Teabagger takeover of the Republican Party is now complete.

How can Mr. Conservative with a 96% Conservative Voting Rating be not conservative enough? The GOP will now be driven even further to the extreme.

Cantor was the most conservative member of the House leadership. He was also seen as Boehner’s successor. He was an early champion of the tea party, but was deemed a traitor recently as he started siding with Boehner again.

This is a major victory of conservatives [teabaggers]. Have they brought an abrupt end to the storyline that the tea party is in decline? Or have they simply and ignorantly eliminated the House leader who was most likely to side with them on big issues? The big losers are: the Republican Party establishment, Immigration Reform and the Republican Party.

NOTE: Eric Cantor helped form his Gerrymandered District. He wanted the most conservative district possible. How fitting that his conservative district turned against him in this election.