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Trump’s Convention Message: Doom and Gloom

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

dark pathThe irresponsible rhetoric of Donald Trump reined at this week’s Republican Convention in Cleveland. He painted a picture of America in chaos as violence and crime gripped our communities’ streets. Like a scene out of Mad Max, he painted a dark and gloomy picture of America. Only him alone, [He promised] could deliver us from evil and liberate our citizens from the crime and terrorism and lawlessness that threaten our communities. It was a message reminiscence of a third world dictator, not that of a candidate for president of the United States of America.

He offered no plans or solutions to the mountain of problems he claimed gripped the county. In pure Trump style, he attempted to use fear to rally support. He said, “Our Convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life”. The main message of the Contention seemed to be only I [Trump] can save America and the world and he proclaimed, “I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon — and I mean very soon — come to an end. Beginning on January 20th, 2017, safety will be restored”.

Other than basis doom and gloom, the Convention seems to focus on two issues: Hatred for Hillary Clinton and Making America Great Again. Anger and hostility toward Hillary Clinton was key as Trump’s hot rhetoric played very well with delegates, as mob mentality took hold and delegates shouted “lock her up”, in reference to Hillary Clinton. Republicans seem to forget that in dictatorships, opposition party candidates are sent to prison while in America, we vote against those we don’t support.

The Make America Great/Safe Again slogans imply the country is no longer great or safe and is an attempt to scare Americans into buying into the Trump’s empty [doom and gloom] vision. He relies heavily on the illusion that our streets are in chaos and he is only one who can save us. This illusion of chaos is the foundation of Trump’s campaign. Since he has, nor offers plans or solutions, his only path for victory is lined with fear.

This irresponsible rhetoric of Trump is a real threat to American prosperity and world stability as he threatens to not support NATO [or oppose Russian aggression] alliances and suggests that he would not object to other nations gaining nuclear weapons. He has no understanding of world affairs nor will he listen to those who do know the dangers. His poor business decisions and abuses will decimate the economy.

Trump is attempting to divide America to conquer America. Never before has a president campaigned on pitting one group of Americans against another group. Never before has a presidential candidate said although our constitution protects religion, I disagree with it, an obvious justification for his war on Islam. Does this mean he will not follow the Constitution if he disagrees with it? Will the GOP’s Convention and Trump’s dark message based on lies be embraced by voters?

GOP TO TNGOP = NO TRUMP

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Donald Trump’s campaign has accused the Tennessee Republican Party of “doing the bidding” of the national GOP establishment in a calculated attempt to “steal” pro-Trump delegates and stop them from being a part of Tennessee’s GOP delegation.

It’s part of a national effort by GOP party leaders, the Trump campaign has alleged, to stop the Republican frontrunner from becoming the nominee.

Recently his supporters made threats, passionate protests and accusations of theft with Tennessee delegates. Donald Trump backers protested what they said was an attempt to “steal” rightful delegates from the GOP front-runner in Tennessee.

At issue were the state’s remaining 14 at-large delegates. From the results of the primary, which Trump won by 14 points, he was due to receive 7 delegates from the 14 but only received two delegates.

The Trump campaign says 5 of the appointees slated to vote for Trump have loyalties “to vote for the establishment,” and if a contested convention goes to a third ballot – the round of voting in which Tennessee frees its delegates to vote for whomever they please – Trump could lose the backing of his own.

Acts of “intimidation” from the Trump campaign continue. Mean spirited behavior and violence has plagued Trump events as Trump continues to whip his supporters into orgies of violent pandemonium.

The Tennessee GOP hired extra security for the meeting of the TNGOP Executive Committee because of a number of threats sent by Trump supporters on social media. And Haynes said his cell phone was flooded with calls from angry Trump supporters, to the point that he now has to get a new phone.

Trump campaign continues to suffer delegate struggles – as it struggles to understand and operate within the sometimes arcane rules that govern delegate allocation at the state level. Those struggles have set him back in the delegate fight in a list of states as Ted Cruz continues to out maneuver the Trump campaign.

This battle for delegates has become very important for the remaining campaigns as it’s become increasingly likely that the GOP primary will head to a brokered convention, where delegates will engage in multiple rounds of balloting until a candidate can cobble together a majority.

If Trump is unable to win the nomination outright on the first round of voting, many of his and other candidates’ delegates will be released and can vote for whomever they please. Experts claim Trump will not be the nominee if the vote goes to a second ballet. With that in mind, the GOP establishment is in a mad rush to stop Trump. This is resulting in candidates jockeying to get their loyalists elected at the state level as delegates to the national convention.

In Tennessee, delegates are bound on the first two rounds of voting, and then set free. But Bennett said the Trump campaign is also concerned about ensuring Trump supporters get appointed to a handful of key committees that decide the rules governing how a candidate qualifies for the nomination.

Trump continues to rail against the will of the voters not being considered in the battle for delegates.

But, how can anyone reasonably expect anything less from the party that brought us Republican Voter Suppression?

The Rise of Fascism in the GOP

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

art-gop-fascism-posterIt is a sad day when many Americans are unaware of a growing trend that currently drives the Republican Party to an extreme fascist realm. Fascism is when corporations own, operate, and control all facets of a nation’s government without any input from the people. Fascist is an apt description of Republican tactics and policies and an ideology that their mislead base ardently supports and falls victim to. But now a new force is driving Republican Fascist tendencies to new scary extreme.

Last week, Conservatives and Republicans starting calling Donald Trump a fascist. Today, GOP Presidential candidate, John Kasich’s Super Pac unveiled a new commercial calling Trump a fascist. Saturday, Trump supports beat up an African American protestor and Trump said he deserved it. Today Trump called upon Americans to monitor and report fellow Americans they suspect of [terrorists] wrong behaviors. This caps off months of immigrant bashing by the Trump machine. In the midst of this growing Trump fascist wave, Republicans are racing to wage a massive campaign against Donald Trump. Yesterday, the Trump campaign warned, “if they treat us unfairly, Trump will tear up the promise not to run as an Independent.

Regardless of what any American thinks of Donald Trump, he has performed a public service to America highlighting the fascist inclination that drives the Republican Party’s policies, practices, and allegiance to the rich and corporations. Trump is unafraid to publicly practice fascist tactics and he is having success with this message to the GOP base because of the past six years of Republicans’ conditioning their base to embrace extremism.

It is no accident that the fascist zeal of today’s Republican Party and its racist, religious extremist base is precisely the same as the rampant fascism of the early and mid-20th century; and Mr. Trump has exposed the GOP as a fascist movement. Republicans have embraced voter suppression, immigrant deportation of 11 million people, targeting Muslims, and restricting women’s rights.

It’s true – Trump is not saying anything Republicans and their base do not strongly believe and support; he is saying it loudly and it explains his growing popularity among conservative and the Republican base. Trump is the superhero that conservatives believe and desperately want. He has tapped into GOP core beliefs and conservative resentment to class, race, religion, sex, and economics.

When many people think of Fascism – they think of Nazis and the Gestapo and concentration camps. That concept is not the only perspective on Fascism. In current politics a popular trend of fascism is growing and caution should be used at this resumption of an early-stage of what is a New Fascism, (Neo-Fascism,) far more subtle and with a propaganda arm that moves over our culture like a slow, dark cloud.

The purpose of Neo-Fascist is long-term control and oppression of a society. Only if the People are fooled, lied to, made to think that there is some great danger lurking around every corner will they submit to total domination by a ruling authority.

Our society must come to terms with the real idea and definition of totalitarianism – we falsely believe that totalitarian rule cannot happen to use because we have free and open selection, but we fail to address the threat of voter suppression resulting in rigged elections that are not the will of the People.
We the people

Ted Cruz: Top of the Cuckoo’s Nest

Monday, February 16th, 2015

lead_largeOne flew over the cuckoo’s nest [not the movie] is the best description of the Republican field of 2016 presidential candidates. It is the largest and most divided GOP field in over 40 years and Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) has about the same odds of becoming the Republican presidential nominee as former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

Am I kidding? Not at all… After all, the conventional wisdom is that Bush is the Republican establishment standard-bearer, while Cruz, the wing-nut darling, a real conservative’s conservative, would be the hands on favorite in most GOP [wing-nut driven] primaries and he could actually win the nomination.

Remember the Republican Party has at least four wings. Don’t forget… during the last State of the Union, President Obama received five GOP responses. In 2016, one must assume that there will be four wings : establishment, tea party, social conservative and libertarian.

Obviously, the fight for the top spot in the establishment wing is crowded, with Christie, Bush, Rubio, and possibly Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leading at the moment. The social-conservative wing, with Rick Santorum, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Texas governor Rick Perry and Ben Carson are running close for control. The libertarian wing consists of Sen. Rand Paul. This leaves the tea party wing which is both relatively large and entirely crazy and several favorites vie for control: Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz.

We can’t forget the 2012 GOP race and the favorite flavor of the month; where every month a different wing-nut ruled the roost until Mitt Romney finally moved into first place. What that means in 2016 — particularly in the early primary process in places such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — is that he Cruz will probably be able to win or run strong, strong enough to keep going even as the establishment and social-conservative candidates thin out. Cruz’s people are going to be for him no matter how much — or little — money he raises.

The trick for Cruz is to stay in the race long enough to be the preeminent figure of the tea party social-conservative wings.

So watch Cruz. The combination of his running room as the race’s one true tea party candidate, his debating and oratorical skills, and his willingness to always, on every issue, stake out the most conservative position make him a real threat.

The 10 candidates with the best chance of being the Republican candidate in 2016 are ranked below. The No. 1 candidate has the best shot as of today.

10. Mitt Romney. He has decided against running for president in 2016 but he could be drafted at the GOP convention in an attempt of the establishment to elect a potential roadblock to Hillary Clinton.

9. Huckabee. The former Arkansas governor is giving every indication he is running but in reality he is simply selling his new book and using a run for president as a way to increase book sales. He is a factor because of his strong following among social conservatives and was on top of the field in Iowa according to one poll.

8. (Tie) Rick Perry. Rick Perry is a favorite of the social conservatives and cannot be counted out as possible threat as a GOP candidate. He has started a PAC and is on the campaign trail.

8. (Tie) Sarah Palin. The wind-nut darling longs to rejoin the limelight and has recently hinted that she is interested in a presidential run. Sarah could be waiting in the wings if the wing-nut favorite, if Ted Cruz stumbles. But Sarah has to look over her shoulder at Michele Bachmann in the battle of queen of the GOP tea party.

7. Donald Trump. The Business magnet and billionaire has the money to run and he shown interest in making a 2016 run. He also will take issue if the leading candidate is not a certified wing-nut and he will see himself as the conservative savior of the party. His money makes him a threat if he wants to be a threat.

6. Chris Christie. Increasingly, it’s looking as if Christie missed his chance for president in 2012. The bridge gate scandal has scared off potential GOP money donors. In a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll, his favorable rating in New Jersey has dropped to 37 percent — after topping out at nearly 70 percent. And if he’s lost his home state appeal, he loses his perceived national appeal.

5. Rand Paul. The senator’s recent vaccine comments have hurt his libertarian appeal. Yes, there is a wing-nut segment of the GOP that likes the idea that he is taking on the “liberal media.” But there’s also a much bigger segment of the party that will looks at his vaccine flap at his death nail.

4. Rubio. Rubio suffered damage to his chances last year when he spoke in support of amnesty for immigrants. Now his path to the nomination is complicated by Bush’s all-but-announced candidacy. But if the GOP Republican candidate is looking for a running mate to court the Hispanic vote, expand the party’s appeal, then Rubio could be the VP candidate in the race.

3. Walker. The Wisconsin governor is clearly in a strong position, thanks to his harsh attack on labor and his recent strong speech at an Iowa confab a few weekends ago. His decisions not to answer questions in London during a trade mission were damaging and not a good sign of his ability to act of the large stage.

2. Bush. The former Florida governor remains the top GOP establishment candidate but that may also lead to his undoing, can he win the series of wing-nut primaries? His recent attempts to appear wing-nut to cater to the conservative base may hurt him with main stream appeal with independent national voters. He got a big break when Mitt Romney opted not to run. Bush is the obvious choice for GOP establishment types [big donors]. Is Bush fatigue an issue?

1.Cruz. See above. His colleagues — Democrats and Republicans — in the Senate, share mutual contempt for him and he embarrasses and angers his party every chance he gets. But he is closer to how the GOP base feels on most issues than any other candidate and this makes him extremely dangerous. In a year of GOP division, beware of the great divider – Ted Cruz.

Wing-nut Options: Lawsuit vs Impeachment

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Speaker John Boehner continues to suggest that the House should sue President Obama for delaying implementation of the employer mandate — a provision that of the Affordable Care Act that Republicans in the House don’t want to implement anyway but when it comes to the wing-nut controlled congress… logic is not part of the equation.

It is interesting to note that the House actually passed a bill (that died in the Senate) to stop the implementation of the provision. If President Obama enforces the mandate, the House will pass another bill to stop its implementation.

None of these facts are deterring the lawsuit’s supporters who are more interested in making a broad statement — rein in presidential power — than they are about the employer mandate.

President Obama did not start the trend toward a dominant American presidency but –in the face of a do nothing congress– he certainly has accelerated that trend.

Some believe that the executive branch has assumed so much power, a lawsuit is necessary to re-establish the balance of power between the three branches of government.

During a recent speech in Washington, President Obama mocked Republican leaders who say they’ll go to court if the president acts alone on immigration. It appears the President is sick of the congressional games and the refusal of congress to do something to help solve problems.

There are currently no better lawsuit targets. Obama also arguably exceeded his authority when he established a process for those brought to this country illegally as children to obtain renewable work permits. But the GOP has enough trouble with the Latino vote without suing to put an end to this program.

Many Republicans believe that Obama is exceeding his authority with his climate change regulatory actions. But so far, the courts are generally upholding them. So, while this might be a less politically dicey lawsuit, it has less chance of succeeding. And there are already plenty of private parties mounting such legal challenges.

[Impeachment] While Boehner calls for a lawsuit – Sarah Palin calls for President Barack Obama’s impeachment. She slammed House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to sue the president and is demanding tougher action against the “imperial president.”

She railed, “You don’t bring a lawsuit to a gunfight, and there’s no room for lawyers on our front lines.”

Palin is demanding Obama’s removal from office for what she says are 25 impeachable offenses that include actions taken on Obamacare and immigration.

She called for a great awakening in this country by wing-nuts and proclaimed the message will be sent to the imperial president and his lawlessness will not be accepted by the American people.

Palin, the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential nominee, accused Obama of deliberately leaving the border open and allowing undocumented immigrants to come in at will, ignoring American laws, and driving the country deeper into debt.

She also noted that Americans are frustrated that Congress because it is not exercising its constitutional power to impeach. “Washington is broken,” Palin squawked. “If people care about the future of this country and defense of our republic, they will join this cause of articles of impeachment against Obama because enough is enough.”

When asked whether he agreed with Palin that Obama should face impeachment, House Speaker John Boehner told reporters on the Hill “I disagree.” Some believe his lawsuit is simply a ploy to derail Sarah suicidal path for the GOP. Boehner obviously remembers the damage that rained down on the GOP over the unfounded impeachment of Bill Clinton. While, on the other hand, [wing-nut] Palin has lost all rationale and longs to be in the public eye and at any cost.

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.

Mitch’s Bizarre Embrace of Kynect [Ky Obamacare]… Tell me another lie Mitch

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Republican Senate minority leader’s lies about Obamacare have been exposed. His pro-repeal stance has crumbled as his current position has become a contradiction. He also says his home state of Kentucky should be allowed to keep Kynect, the popular state-based Obamacare exchange, even if the federal law Obamacare is eliminated? What?

The Senate GOP leader’s remarks follow a report Friday when McConnell, in a move that raised eyebrows, told home state reporters that the fate of Kynect was “unconnected” to the fate of Obamacare. The popularity of Kynect has made his attacks and lies on Obamacare more difficult. How can Kentuckians love Kynect (Kentucky Obamacare) if it is as bad as Mitch claimed it to be?

It’s unclear how McConnell’s idea might work — or if it can work. Kynect relies upon Obamacare and would not have existed without it. The federal health care law funds the subsidies it hands out to help Kentuckians buy [Obamacare] insurance; it establishes the regulations that protect residents with preexisting conditions; it imposes the individual mandate to entice younger people into the system in order to prevent a cycle of price spikes. If Obamacare is repealed, all these features collapse and Kynect crumbles.

Will McConnell’s remark signal to other Republicans that it’s acceptable to alter the lies about Obamacare, perhaps for the sake of preventing Democratic attacks about the GOP wanting to strip away health coverage for millions of newly insured Americans, a lie is acceptable?

Republicans have also backed themselves into a corner by hammering Obamacare for canceling millions of policies that didn’t comply with the law’s minimum coverage standards. Now that Obamacare itself has covered millions [over 10 million] of Americans since its exchanges went live on Oct. 1, 2013, the GOP cannot call for taking away that coverage without political repercussions.

As McConnell now wavers on Obamacare, he is signaling that the game is over for the wing-nut repeal coalition — but what about the Republican key to midterm election victory [Obamacare bashing]. Just tell another big Republican lie, Mitch: Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi

Content in Tennessee

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

In 2010, the political landscape in Tennessee changed. A large stash of “dark money” sweeps the Tennessee Democratic Party from power, for the first time since Reconstruction. Candidates of the Republican Party were elected in mass, based on empty promises of job creation and a focus on education. It did not seem to matter that many of these candidates were not vetted; more less qualified to hold political office or even hold a regular job in the common job market. The voters did not seem to care they were electing unqualified people to office.

Unfortunately, the lack of qualification of candidates was not the only thing wrong with the “political winds of change” that affected Tennessee and many other southern states that created the perfect political storm. This political change was driven by much darker forces and was not based on the normal issues that affect most elections or spark most political up evil. This change was fueled by racism and hatred of President Obama. And it occurred at a time when control of political power was up for grabs for ten years, not just for an election cycle.

It occurred at a time when the political party who won the state, would control the state for ten years, and be allowed to redistrict the political landscape and reallocate the political power of a state. The masterminds of this political up evil had more important goals in mind than just political victory and they were more than happy to use hatred to achieve their vile agenda. Nor, did it matter that mindless teabaggers would serve as minions to assist the rich in reaching their goal.

We have since seen the devastation of this political change and the damaging impact it has had on the poor and middle class in our state and nation. It did not take long to realize the promises of job creation and focus on education were empty words “lies” by the GOP to simply gain power and control.

And since the election, the GOP has taken undemocratic steps to entrench their political power. Adopting measures to ensure voter suppression on the vary people their vile agenda has harmed the most: the old, young, poor, women, sick and minorities. They have attacked women healthcare, workers’ rights, gay rights, minority rights, civil rights, and dismantled the safety net that has successfully protected the poor, old, sick and middle class since the Great Depression, while continuing to give large tax breaks to the rich and corporations.

It does not seem to matter that they have lost national power as a party, they seem happy with the short term state power and/or regional power they have achieved and they have used this power to undermine national laws and political legislation.

Four years later, the attacks on women’s rights, voter’s rights, workers’ rights immigration, and civil rights has escalated by the GOP. Attacks on the poor and middle class have also escalated as the GOP attempts to dismantle and gut public education and social programs like Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and unemployment compensation.

Not since the Great Depression, has the GOP agenda been so void of a moral compass.Republicans are attempting to dismantle the vary programs designed to help those in need, during tough economic times, like now, when 40 million Americans need government subsidized food assistance to simply live and 1.3 million Americans lost their unemployment compensation, yesterday, because of GOP cuts. In months, another 1.9 million will lose their unemployment compensation. The GOP don’t even seem concerned about the additional loss of 240,000 jobs that will occur from this loss of this money from the economy. Nothing, not even the welfare of the nation, is more important than their vile agenda.

In Tennessee, more than 20% of Tennesseans receive government assistance for food and experienced cuts in SNAP assistance. More than 18,000 Tennesseans lost their unemployment yesterday.

The GOP faithful calls these expenditures on humanity – waste and too expensive to afford, yet, they don’t hesitate giving large tax breaks to the rich and corporations. They spoke not one objection when it came to the costs of twelve years of two “unfunded” wars and giving corporate “welfare” to the greed driven military contractors. They never seem to have a problem with waste when it comes to giving large tax breaks to their rich friends but God forbid – we help the poor or middle class during tough economic times.

Four years later, unemployment in Tennessee is 8.1% while it is 7% nationally. The Tennessee legislature has not passed nor discussed one act of legislation related to job creation. Nothing has been done to strengthen public education, in fact the GOP works feverishly to dismantle it. The Republican “super majority” legislation has been more concerned with catering to their gun lobbyists’ friends and other special interest groups. Our governor is too busy handling his messy shady dealings to something that would actually help middle class folks like extending Medicaid for 170,000 Tennesseans.

Did Tennesseans get what they bargained for when the voted red in 2010? Is there any buyer’s remorse or are folks in Tennessee simply content with the sad state of affairs of our state as a result of that vote?

The GOP War on Education: A Case Example

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Michigan – Do you really want to know what Republicans think of public education? You have to look no further than the school district Buena Vista, a small community adjacent to Saginaw, Michigan. This Tuesday, people were shocked when it saw its school district suddenly shut down indefinitely. The closure followed the announcement by the school board on Monday night that it could no longer make payroll and its 27 teachers were laid off and all their benefits were terminated. Many questions remain unanswered while children remain at home and residents remain in shock.

An emergency public meeting was held Tuesday night which drew a crowd of about 100 parents, teachers and students who expressed anger and mistrust toward the school and state officials implementing the surprise shutdown. A list of questions and answers were passed out to those in attendance but officials refused to answer any questions not on the list.

The story for the board is that Buena Vista School District was mistakenly provided more than $500,000 from the state of Michigan to run a juvenile detention education program that is closed, so the state is now withholding all of the district’s funding for the months of April, May and June and part of July in order to recover the expenditures.

Many important questions could not be answered like: “Will high school seniors be able to graduate this year?”, “Why did the board spend the money meant for [juvenile detention program] Wolverine Center when it no longer existed?”, “why are children paying the price for an error by the school board?”…

Parents have demanded to know what the money had been spent on, but after attending the Tuesday emergency meeting, one parent noted. “it is clear that state and local officials have been—and continue to be—working hand in glove.”

A May 1 posting on the Buena Vista school district website states that the district is “taking the first steps toward confirming a financial emergency under Michigan Public Act 436”, which is the Emergency Manager law rammed through state congress after voters defeated an almost identical measure in November 2012. This was not mentioned at the public meeting.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s 2012 budget cut $1 billion from education statewide, while providing $1.8 billion in tax cuts to businesses. It was also recently revealed that a secret panel in the Snyder administration has been working with technology company executives behind the back of the public on a plan to establish so-called “value schools” which would operate on $2,000 less per student than the current state minimum by replacing teachers with long-distance video-conferencing technology.

Buena Vista is an unincorporated community whose population was around 8,000 at the time of the 2010 census. Most of the residents and students are African American. More than a third of its children lived below the official poverty level.

Attacks on public education and teachers have become a target by the GOP. It seems to be open season on public education. Across the nation, in red states, education takes a beating as taxes are funneled to tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. The GOP war on education continues!

Second Hung Jury ~ No Justice in Erwin

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Erwin – Former Unicoi County sheriff Kent Harris’ retrial on a theft-related charge ended in the same result as the first trial.

A jury once again failed to reach a verdict in Harris’ trial on the charge of theft over $1,000. The jury deliberated for approximately four hours Friday before returning to the courtroom to announce it had deadlocked on a verdict. The jury’s foreman told the Judge that the split in the vote could not be resolved with further deliberation.

After court recessed following the announcement of the result, Harris stood up from the defense table and expressed his appreciation for the family members and supporters who had attended the trial.

This is the second trail that a jury, in the face of a mountain of evidence, failed to agree on a verdict. Can an honest jury be seated in Erwin?