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Lincoln Davis Encourages Democrats To Change Messaging

Lincoln Davis spoke this weekend and reminded a message that a lot of Tennessee bloggers have been preaching for years. Democrats need to act like democrats. LINK

Lincoln Davis, former Democratic congressman from Pall Mall, said in Knoxville on Saturday that Democrats are right on issues but wrong on messages in the minds of voters.

The issues have been education, Medicare and “reaching out in a fair tax structure” since 1932, with the American public not agreeing in recent elections, he said.

“Democrats need to change the way we message and present ourselves as Democrats,” he told some 30 people at the Boyd Cloud Saturday Morning Democratic Club meeting at Shoney’s on Western Avenue.


Sen. Andy Berke discusses K12 Inc. in a editorial by Gail Collins in the New York Times. To explain what K12 Inc. is, the company owned by conservative talk show pundit and secretary of education under Pres. Ronald Reagen, William Bennett.   LINK

But, lately, the target seems to be low-income families. Andy Berke, a state senator in Chattanooga, Tenn., says that when an educational company named K12 Inc. held a meeting topublicize its online

taxpayer-funded academy, it chose “one of the poorest neighborhoods” in his district. In Pennsylvania, where K12 runs a statewide online charter school called Agora, you can go to the Web site and watch Head of School Sharon Williams explain about “online learning as an alternative to a violent in-school experience.”

O.K., here is my first question: Does full-time online learning really work for disadvantaged kids who may be alone at home all day?


The Jackson Sun is reporting that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting the Fightin’ 8th and that freshman representative Stephen Fincher has changed his interests since being elected. Adam Hodge told the newspaper that Fincher has turned his back on rural farmers. The question is who will against him.  LINK

Hodge listed Democratic state senators Lowe Finney and Roy Herron, who lost against Fincher in the 2010 congressional election, as potential candidates for the 8th District seat next year.

Corn field in Obion CountyHerron, of Dresden, confirmed in a phone interview that he plans to run against Fincher again in 2012 but did not release a statement. Finney, of Jackson, did not return calls seeking comment.

Democrats are pushing Fincher’s decision to switch from the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture to the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services to the forefront of speculation that he has prioritized re-election and not Tennesseans.

The Nooga’s James Harrison has the rundown on both of the senators from Tennessee rejecting the proposal to extend the payroll tax cuts. LINK

The first proposal, favored by Democrats, was rejected in a 51-49 vote, short of the 60 needed to pass. To pay for the cut in payroll taxes, the measure would have placed a tax increase on American singles and couples earning more than $1 million a year, an element that prevented nearly every Senate Republican from supporting the measure. 

The second proposal, favored by Republicans, came nowhere close to passing and was defeated in a 20-78 vote. The bill would have compensated for the continuation of the cuts by freezing federal salaries and seeking additional reductions in federal spending. 

Sen. Lamar Alexander, who voted against both bills, called the proposals a “long term raid on Social Security.”


Nashville activist Chris Sanders writes at his website that Tennesseans need to fight back. He’s right. It’s up to local governments across the state to take a more aggressive stance toward legislation that guts their right to make decisions about their community. LINK

Local governments ought to pass resolutions against all these bills and let their delegations to the General Assembly know that they oppose them.  Republicans and Democrats who respect local control ought to mount primary challenges to members of the General Assembly who support these bills.  And citizens who care about their communities across Tennessee need to start giving state lawmakers a piece of their minds about taking away their rights.  And just to underline the point, the Tennessee Municipal League and the Tennessee County Commissioners Association ought to work against these bills, even though, as Rep. Casada points out, they are mainly targeting Memphis and Nashville.  The reason is simple.  If you allow them to pass these bills, they will keep going.  They didn’t stop with discrimination in HB600.  Sticking together is the only approach that makes sense.

Quick Hits

  • Another journalist has been arrested at Occupy Nashville. LINK
  • R. Neal has the numbers of how Tennessee is being run as a state. The answer is not very well. LINK
  • Steve at Roane’s Views gives some common sense advice on bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States. He makes a good point. LINK
Trace Sharp


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