Replace Lamar With Carr - And Response

Sunday, May 18, 2014

I enjoy reading Roy Exum's columns.  We're often on opposite sides of the fence, but we can all learn from listening to those with opposing views.. and occasionally I find we’re in agreement.

For example, in response to: Lamar Alexander's Joke …  I agree with his assessment of Alexander's 'pandering bill, which is as lukewarm as fresh spit…'   Ha.  I love horses too, but gotta say, Alexander's performance on the treatment of horses pales in comparison to the anguish he continues to create for Tennesseans.

Alexander supported Obamacare by opposing Ted Cruz's plan to defund it. He voted yes to accept Eric Holder as attorney general;  again voted yes to confirm Sonia Sotomayor as Supreme Court Justice; and yes to Chuck Hagle as Secretary of Defense. . .(hasn’t that selection been impressive!) Alexander voted yes on the Gang of 8 immigration amnesty bill, which encourages companies to hire illegals, undermines the rule of law, and doesn't secure our borders.  He not only voted for but he sponsored and lobbied hard for the Marketplace Fairness Act (aka, internet sales tax)… And, yes, to cash for clunkers (costing taxpayers over 3B).  In each instance, Alexander broke with a majority of his Republican colleagues.

Senator Alexander voted for this war on coal by siding with Obama and the EPA requiring stricter control of coal plants. The ultimate goal here is to eliminate coal plants altogether (remember Obama stated as much).   With 43 percent of TVA's energy coming from these coal plants (2013) -- some about to be shuttered -- bet you can guess what's going to happen to the cost of electricity and ultimately, the economic growth of the valley.

His refusal to answer whether he supports Common Core by his carefully worded soundbite: No National School Board is intentionally deceptive.  “As Breitbart News reported in March, Alexander’s message of “no national school board” is actually a red herring since there is no “national school board” issue, per se, on the table.

I’m betting he’s President Obama’s (aka, Valerie Jarrett’s) favorite Republican, since he agrees with Obama 62 percent of the time.  Heritage Action’s scorecard lists him at a lowly 48 percent out of a possible 100 percent.

No, Lamar Alexander is no Republican.  Perhaps progressive rhino is a better descriptor...but even that falls short of the mark.  Need more evidence?  It seems even the issues listed in the 2012 Republican platform are in direct contradiction to Alexander's record - written proof he's no Republican and certainly not a constitutionally conservative either.

His record as a senator is sickening.  Whatever happened to the young man in a plaid shirt who walked across the state, declaring his belief in the Constitution and fiscal conservatism?  That seems like a lifetime ago, a time when we wholeheartedly supported him and his efforts....well, times have changed haven't they.  if there was ever an argument for term limits, Lamar Alexander is the posterboy for that discussion.

We recently heard -- and have been following -- his opponent, Tennessee State Rep. Joe Carr.   From everything that we see, Carr's record truly is one on fiscal conservatism with a core belief in constitutional limited government.  Carr’s leadership resulted in Tennessee enacting the toughest illegal immigration laws in the country.  He led the charge to eliminate the death tax and crafted the captive insurance bill. His legislative accomplishments have helped Tennessee become the fourth most business ­friendly state in the nation.

It's a 'no brainer' for us.  Our money, time, efforts and prayers will go towards replacing Lamar Alexander with State Rep. Joe Carr.  

I would continue but my blood pressure is already rising as I type.  As Lamar repeatedly quips: ' elections have consequences'…

Ah, indeed they do, Lamar, indeed they do.

Jo Peckinpaugh 

* * * 

Amen to the letter from Jo Peckinpaugh.  She is right on all counts. Alexander needs to
be voted out of office. This is our chance to send him back to Maryville or wherever. 

Vote for Joe Carr. 

Liz Norris


Roy Exum: The Manger Scene Stays!

When the Freedom From Religion Foundation struck the tiny town of Jay, Fla., earlier this month, the town mayor had a life-sized Nativity scene that had been displayed every Christmas for the past 40 years taken down and sold as “city surplus.” But in Alabama, things are different. When the foundation tried the same thing in Rainbow City, Ala., more people than all those who live ... (click for more)

Jody Baker: Arthur Conan Doyle, T.S. Eliot And Andrew Lloyd Webber

T.S. Eliot (Thomas Stearns Eliot: 26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was an essayist, publisher, playwright and considered one of the twentieth century's major poets. He is best known among our group for his appreciation of the Sherlock Holmes tales and his admiration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.[For more details on Eliot, see Wikipedia.] One of Eliot’s many outstanding works ... (click for more)

Police Looking For Scruggs In Stabbing Of Man, Woman

Police are looking for 30-year-old Sean Michael Scruggs in the stabbing of a man and a woman. The victims were listed as Charde N. Joseph, 27, and Kameron Sales, 18. They s uffered non-life threatening injuries.   W arrants are on file for Scruggs for especially aggravated burglary, attempted murder, aggravated assault (domestic) and vandalism. The incident ... (click for more)

Bobby Dodd Lawsuit Against City Moved To Federal Court

A lawsuit brought by former Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd against the city of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Fund over his pension has been moved to Federal Court. The lawsuit was earlier filed in Chancery Court by attorneys Jerry Tidwell and Adam Izell. The suit says former Chief Dodd opted for a plan that would have half of his pension go to ... (click for more)

UTC Strong at Home - Defeats UAB, 83-67

 "Our defense was good, offense was humming and we outrebounded them which is a good formula for success." -- UTC coach Will Wade after the 83-67 win against UAB     UAB players were glad to see UTC miss the first three shots (in 1:38) of Monday’s game at McKenzie Arena, but were not thrilled with what happened the final 38:22. Once the ... (click for more)

UTC Women's Basketball, Jasmine Joyner Gain National Attention

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore Jasmine Joyner (Southaven, Miss.) was named the College Sports Madness National Mid-Major Player of the Week and the team was selected the NCAA Team of the Week.  For the second time this season, the Mocs garnered national attention after defeating their second Top 10 team this season. In November, Chattanooga posted a stunning ... (click for more)