Former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis said he and his wife Lynda were denied the right to vote Tuesday in his Fentress County hometown.
“We walked in and they told me I was not a registered voter. I had been taken off the list,” said Davis, who served two terms representing the fourth congressional district of Tennessee, leaving office in 2011.
“These are people who I grew up with. I told them I live here. I went to school about 20 yards away.”
Davis has been voting in Pall Mall, Tenn., since 1995, he said.
Rick Santorum rode a wave of social conservative support to victory in Tennessee’s Super Tuesday Republican presidential primary, overcoming the solid support for Mitt Romney from many state GOP leaders.
The Tennessee results were a disappointment for Newt Gingrich, the former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich, who finished third in a state he had hoped would help his campaign rebound.
The results were also marked a rare win for a candidate who was hugely outspent in Tennessee campaigning. Pro-Romney forces, including a “Super PAC,” spent about $1.6 million advertising in the state – much of the money going to TV ads that attacked Santorum – while Gingrich’s forces spent about $470,000, according the most recently-reported figures.
Did the primary show a divide in the Tennessee GOP? Gail Kerr explains in her latest column in the Tennessean.LINK
It wasn’t just that Romney was a weak candidate. Despite Welch’s defense of his party, the primary underlined the deep divide in the state GOP. From the outside looking in, Tennessee Republicans look good. They took control of the statehouse and the governor’s office for the first time since Reconstruction. They control every legislative committee, both U.S. Senate seats, and hold a majority in Tennessee’s congressional delegation.
But they cannot agree on the time of day.
The battle has begun in the Senate regarding keeping company names secret when they receive tax dollars.LINK
In its original form, the administration’s bill authorized the state to require businesses applying for tax breaks or outright grants to surrender financial statements, cash-flow reports, corporate structure and ownership. But all the information is sealed from public view. Proponents say the companies won’t surrender the information unless it will be kept confidential.
The bill’s critics don’t oppose letting companies keep proprietary information secret, but object to handing out tax money to companies whose owners aren’t known.
Rep. Steve Cohen fights back about proposed changes to the HOPE scholarship in this video from Channel 5 in Memphis.
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- Lincoln Davis wasn’t the only person upset at the polls. A former marine became very angry about photo IDs yesterday in East Nashville and took his complaint to the legislature. LINK
- A very neat map at the Huffington Post shows how each county voted in the state with to the minute election results. Click on your county.LINK
- Has the Haslam machine run out of fuel when it comes to political clout? LINK
- The battle between guns in parking lots and Tennessee businesses has republicans stuck in the middle trying to please both sides. LINK
- A history of Super Tuesday and a trip in a time machine that focuses on Al Gore, Ned McWherter and the presidential primary of 1988. LINK
- A Hall Tax probably isn’t in the cards this session. LINK