Positioning For 2012

It’s been an interesting year in Tennessee as we lurch toward December. When the session ended this year, the news did not. The key is that this happens every year and its up to us individually to pay attention to what is happening behind the scenes. With the next session coming up in about six weeks, what will be the biggest news as we head into 2012? It will be an election year which will get the headlines, but policy will impact each community locally.

Just a little food for thought on this last day of November.

History is being preserved and the process is rather incredible. LINK

The State Library and Archives is moving to preserve about 10,000 boxes of Tennessee Supreme Court cases dating from the state’s birth in 1796 into the 1950s. The
Tennessean reports that about 20 employees devote four hours a week to the project that involves mostly handwritten documents, using scissors, a brush, sponge, pliers and magnifying glass.

This is something you might want to go take a gander at. The Lottery was designed to assist students, let’s keep that in mind LINK

Tennessee officials agreed unanimously to recommend halving lottery scholarships for students on the cusp of eligibility as a way of closing a widening deficit.

A state Senate task force approved a plan that would make high school students hit both the testing and grade point average requirements to receive the full $4,000 HOPE scholarship and $2,000 Aspire grant. Those who hit one of the two benchmarks will receive awards for half the amount.

What happened at Occupy Nashville. You need to just read about Jeff Woods’ story. Disclosing is fun but it is not something that the Haslam administration likes doing. LINK

After announcing the 10 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew at Legislative Plaza, Thaddeus E. Watkins – attorney for the state Department of General Services – sent an email to the state attorney general’s office.

“Fun time has started,” Watkins wrote.

Yes, the laughter is killing us! Jailing idealistic young demonstrators and trampling on free-speech rights – it doesn’t get any more hilarious than that. Fun times!

And then they were arrested the next night. LINK

The state Department of General Services billed Occupy Nashville $1,045 to provide two troopers for security the night before they began arresting the protesters and clearing their encampment.

The invoice was part of a public records request to the department from The Associated Press.

Protester Dorsey Malina said she was one of a group that met with General Services Commissioner Steve Cates on Oct. 26 over their concerns about security on the plaza.

What is Americans Elect? According to Michael Cass at the Tennessean, the nonpartisan group wants to be on the ballot in 2012 with a variety of different scenarios. LINK

Obama was statistically tied with or trailing GOP candidates Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney in scenarios in which an independent wasn’t mentioned, but he moved ahead of all three when a “qualified independent candidate” was introduced as a hypothetical competitor.  

Chris Sanders of the Tennessee Equality Project and the Tennessee Tea Party are not jiving after the latter made inflammatory remarks  about retiring congressman Barney Frank on Twitter. Of course, Sanders lets them have it.  LINK

The news of Franks retirement brought a derogatory tweet on the Tennessee Tea Party’s twitter feed. The remark was also posted on the party’s facebook page as well. The tweet called Frank a prevert, and used a number of degoratory terms about franks homosexuality.

Chris Sanders of the Tennessee Equality Project was told of the tweet shortly after it was posted. What angers Sanders is that the person who tweeted the comment didn’t talk about Frank’s policies, but rather is sexual orientation.

 Quick Hits

  • Sean Braisted on Newt Gingrich. Bets are on that Mitt will get the nod but Newt has been surging lately. See what Sean has to say. LINK 
  • We should all debunk the myth. Roane Views tells you how to do it. LINK  
  •  See what happened on Cyber Monday. LINK 
  • A letter to the editor wants to know what in the heck has happened to this country. LINK 
  • More from Braisted on Americans Elect which he attended and has an update on what the meeting was about. LINK

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