Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tennessee endorsements by yours truly

Take this for what its worth but here are my endorsements for next weeks elections in Tennessee. In Hardin County, Tn. its my opinion that Jim Davis should be elected Sheriff. Sammy Davidson is the current Sheriff and has been in power for most of the last quarter century. During that time we have seen drug and alcohol use skyrocket in the county and that has more often than not lead into some pretty violent crimes. We have had a pretty gruesome beheading and so many violent crimes committed against children and the elderly during that time that it would give you a headache. Sure it is ultimately up to the individual to make their own lifes better. But its up to the sheriff in each county to develop programs that leads people who have gone down the wrong path on minor issues back to the correct path and sheriff Davidson more often than not seems to be spinning his wheels when it comes to this. Thats why its my hope that Jim Davis is elected Sheriff next week. Mr Davis is a former employee of the department who left years ago to run for Sheriff in 2002. He's an interesting candidate who brings out a lot of strong emotions from his opponents for some strange reason. But in the end he has a resume that leads me to believe Hardin Countians should give him a chance. They have given Sammy twenty years and the situation is not good. Sure Sammy Davidson took over the Sheriffs office during a time when it seemed that pretty much every law enforcement member in west Tennessee was a crook and he's done a good job of restoring peoples faith in that area. But there's more to being a good Sheriff than hiring ethical employees. Its my belief that Mr Davis will not only continue to do that but he will also iniate programs that will at least attempt to lower the crime rates in Hardin County and thats why he deserves to be elected Sheriff next week. In the Governor's race I'm voting for Bill Haslam. Mr Haslam has been the Mayor of Knoxville since 2003 and his family owns Pilot Oil which has numerous truck stops along the interstates in this area of the country. His two opponents in the GOP primary just never clicked with me. Congressman Zach Wamp ran a pretty good campaign. I thought his TV ads for example were pretty good and most of platform is just what the state needs. But in the end its his record that did him in for me. He broke his promise on term limits, he voted numerous times for programs put forth by both Clinton and Bush that are nothing but economic boondoggles that have put this country in great economic peril. But most importantly to a lot of GOP voters is that his resume looks a lot like another GOP Congressman who ran for Tennessee Governor in 1994 and this voter for one doesn't want to go back down that road anytime soon. Mr Haslam's other GOP opponent is Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. Now let me say this about Mr Ramsey. He deserves a lot of credit for the GOP having the huge majority that they have in the state senate today. It was him that put a stop to the go along to get along wing of the GOP senate that use to reign in the GOP caucus. But since he has become Lt. Governor he has failed numerous times to pass conservative issues that this state desperately should have. Take the judicial selection issue for example. Most conservatives in the state wanted direct elections of our judges but Mr. Ramsey caved to the democrats and pretty much renewed the selection bill as it was. I personally heard Ramsey's backers claim that if he hadn't done what he did then the entire judicial system in Tennessee would've come to a halt. That reminds me of the old Mo Udall-goolah story where a group of native americans kept yelling goolah everytime he said he wanted to give them something for free. It turned out goolah is another word for "bull excrement". Mr Ramsey also caved and passed a democrat backed budget in 2009 and in the end he just has been a huge disappointment to me. That brings me to Mr Haslam. Sure he isn't the kind of conservative that I'd like to have but unlike other people. He hasn't lived off the government payroll for decades and his family company has created jobs in low income rural areas for people who would severely struggle otherwise. His overall background makes him very qualified and he far surpassess his GOP opponents and the democrat nominee in this race who by the way wouldn't even be in this race if it weren't for his last name. Those are pretty much the only two heated races going on along the southeastern part of west Tennessee next week. There is a heated sheriffs race in McNairy County, Tn that will determine which party controls a majority of the county seats for the next two years but I don't know much about it to give an educated opinion.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Check out Patricia Jones website

She's the GOP nominee for Chester County, Tn Mayor. If she wins and the current incumbents all win. It will be a clean sweep for the GOP in Chester County. Quiet a change from the old days.....

www.patriciajonesformayor.com

Will Memphis do the unthinkable?

A poll that was released last week by the Yacoubian research group gave Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell(R) a five point lead (46 to 41%)over interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford in the race for a full four year term for Shelby County, Tn. Mayor. It will be very surprising if Luttrell pulls this off and takes down one of the infamous Fords from Memphis. So far the early voting numbers are very promising for the GOP and Luttrell. So Luttrell just might be able to pull this off on August 5. Stay tuned it should be an interesting final two weeks of the campaign....

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Preacher have I got a "package" to show you!

In Cullman, Al. recently, pastor Frank Boren went into the local Wal Mart and found what he called troubling images of men on underwear packaging that was being sold in the store. Pastor Boren even went to Cullman County Sheriff Tyler Roden(D) and complained about the underwear. Well it seems the complaining worked because Wal Mart has recently pulled all the underwear off its shelves. I know a little something about Cullman County and its strange people like the Sheriff would get involved in this crazy thing. Meth is a huge problem in that county from the Lacon area all the way down to the Blount County line. But yet Sheriff Roden gets all worried over this non issue? I'm sure it had nothing to do with him running for re election in a county thats trending to the GOP this year. As for Pastor Boren, what can you say? There's a lingerie store right down the road from Wal Mart in Cullman and women are frequently featured in their underwear on the packaging that Wal Mart sells in the women's section. Its strange he would get so worried about the men's section....

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bad news for west state dems and other rumblings...

Just how bad off are Chester County democrats this year? Well you know its pretty bad when your nominee for county court clerk was arrested earlier this year in next door McNairy County for having a marijuana pipe in her car. The story goes from the trooper that arrested her that since no one in Amanda Hostetler's car claimed ownership of the pipe then he had no choice but to arrest Ms. Hostetler. Now I don't know about you but if I had been in her spot and the pipe didn't belong to me as she "claims"(wink wink). I would've run through my mind real quick who I thought the pipe most likely belonged to and I would've started blabbing the name at the top of my lungs at that point. Thats what a credible person would've done but Ms. Hostetler didn't do that so you can pretty much put a fork in her political future. Next door in Hardin County it is still relatively quiet compared to recent elections. We are now under a month to the county elections in most of Tennessee and unless something strange happens. I fully expect to see all the current countywide incumbents in Hardin County reelected. I have to wonder where all these folks go come election time that are always screaming from the mountaintops about how things are run in Hardin County but when crunch time gets here they suddenly disappear. I heard it last year about the construction of the new schools. I heard it in the 2002 sheriff's race but it always ends the same in Hardin County, Tn. it seems. The incumbents win and suddenly the naysayers reappear once again. Its strange but its the way things are in Hardin County.

Alabama run off for Governor

The run off is this Tuesday in Alabama to determine who will be the GOP nominee for Governor this year. Two polls last week showed little known upstart Dr Robert Bentley with a double digit lead over the establishment choice Bradley Byrne. I have been told by people in the Cullman, Al area that its their understanding that the race is tied in internal polling going into this final weekend. Thats a little more credible if you ask me. But even if the GOP insiders in Cullman are correct, its still surprising to see Dr Bentley doing this well. Im not on Bradley Byrne's staff or anything but I really havent heard anything all that negative about Mr Byrne that would cause him to lose to Dr Bentley next week. So that makes it even more of a head scratcher to see him in a deadheat with his opponent. Now Dr Bentley on the other hand has had a few strange moves in the runoff. He fired his campaign leadership right after he secured a spot in the runoff and replaced them with Mike Huckabee's former staffers. That was a strange move and his open flirtation with the democratic establishment in Montgomery is also another strange move especially in a GOP runoff when only the really motivated folks(ie real conservative voters) usually vote. Bradley Byrne though secured the public endorsements of Congressman Jo Bonner and Governor Riley earlier this week. So its clear that Mr Byrne is worried about losing this Tuesday. I still think Byrnes wins it next week and goes on to win in November. But thats just a guess after all...