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Rep. Jeremy Faison, Jefferson County’s newest state representative

January 27, 2012

Rep. Jeremy Faison (District 11)

State Representative Jeremy Faison, a resident of neighboring Cocke County, visited with members of the Jefferson County Republican Party on January 21, 2012 at their annual meeting. Faison now represents portions of Jefferson County, including White Pine, Talbott, Baneberry, Chestnut Hill and part of Jeffeson City, following the recent redistricting from the 2010 census. Previously, Faison represented Cocke and part of Greene County.  

Faison will be running for re-election in 2012. Take a moment to check out his House website and his campaign website.



Gass announces re-election campaign

January 27, 2012

Susan Gaddis Gass, Property Assessor

Susan Gaddis Gass has announced her bid for re-election in 2012. Gass will be unopposed in the March Republican primary. She is slated be facing a Democrat opponent in the August general election.


JCGOP annual meeting coverage

January 27, 2012

Executive Committee Members (Photo by the Jefferson County Post)

Front row (L-R): Lori Tucker, Marie Johnston, Tamra Fain, Robert Blevins and David Oatney. Back row (L-R): Betty Fain, Travis Adderhold, Landon Sanders, Linda Larson, Beau Tucker, Bobby Vesser and Vickie Forgety.

Jefferson County GOP

The Jefferson County Republicans kicked off their 2012 election year on January 21, 2012 with a organizational meeting at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. 

The Grand Old Party is looking to capture the Presidency when voters go to the polls later this year and they are busy trying to energize the voter base both locally and Nationally. 2012 is shaping up to be a active year for local party members, as they look forward to a March 6, 2012 primary date. Saturday morning found several dozens of Jefferson County Republicans discussing campaign issues and strategizing for the coming months.

Source: Jefferson County Post (1-23-12, page 6)

Secretary of State John F. Kerry? Well, wouldn’t that be appropriate for the Obama Administration?

February 4, 2011

Winter Soldier John F. Kerry

So, John F. Kerry wants to be Barack Obama’s next Secretary of State, if Obama is able to pull the wool over a majority of Americans’ eyes again and win a second term? (H/T: GatewayPundit)  You remember John “Winter Soldier” Kerry, right?

Well, as if there wasn’t enough reason to send Obama packing already. Crises need to be headed off, before they reach a critical mass. 2012 will be one those times to head it off.

Of course, Kerry is now professing he has no interest in being Secretary of State. Heh! Like he’s going to be forthcoming about his intentions, while doing any behind-the-scenes maneuvering.

So, is there any reason for them to consider anyone else, if Hill makes it known she isn’t interested in continuing as Secretary? Apparently, some on the left see it as a done deal, if Hill vacates. Alan Colmes would be happy.

Heck. Kerry and Obama may be on the same foreign relations wavelength. Or, maybe, something like keeping the peace amongst the Democrats in Massachusetts. Be afraid, very afraid.

It’s a good example, just not the example Obama wanted

February 1, 2011

Helen Whalen Cohen at brings our attention back to Obama’s State of the Union address. He pointed to a success story in Colorado, when touting his Race to the Top initiative in education. Remember this?

Take a school like Bruce Randolph in Denver. Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado. Last May, 97 percent of seniors received their diploma.”

Well, as it turns out, the example he used to illustrate the success of his education reform program was actually an illustration of quite the opposite.

Bruce Randolph was a middle school when it opened in 2002. In 2007, Denver Public Schools gave Bruce Randolph School permission to operate autonomously. It was the first school in the state to be granted autonomy from district and union rules.

Each teacher then had to reapply for his or her job. A published report said only six teachers remained.

So, instead of a school benefitting from the Race to the Top, he gave us a prime example of a school where students significantly benefitted from increased accountability, rather than layer upon layer of bureaucracy and copius amounts of federal tax dollars. And, the cost to us, the taxpayers, is nowhere near as substantial.

Excellent illustration, indeed!

ObamaCare suffers another blow

January 31, 2011

Senior U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson sided with 26 states bringing suit against ObamaCare on grounds that it is unconstitutional. It’s not the first such ruling against the Socialisst healthcare plan. However, he went a step further than previous rulings against the plan by declaring it “unconstitutional.” As Erick Erickson points out over at Red State, “To understand this, you must understand there is a great difference between activity and inactivity. Congress certainly has the right to regulate activity in commerce, but Congress cannot compel you to act.” 

The Obama administration should be concerned. And, as a result, the Obama-led DOJ is already preparing their appeal on the ruling. John at PowerLine gives us a good breakdown on the severability issue.

The full contingent of 47 GOP senators have signed on as co-sponsors of Sen. Jim DeMint’s ObamaCare repeal bill.

As for the White House’s labeling of the ruling as “odd” and “overwhelming,” I have to agree with Michelle Malkins analogy, “Pot. Kettle.


UPDATE: Roger Simon and Jeffrey Anderson weighs in at Pajamas Media.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin provides us with an update on the GOP heat against Obamacare picking up on Capitol Hill in light of the recent decision by Judge Vinson.

UPDATE: Jeffrey Anderson at The Weekly Standard lays out how the Obama administration is reaffirming Judge Vinson’s ruling, although they didn’t mean to do so.

UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds cautions on keeping the current happenings in perspective: “It’s only mostly-dead, and there’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. . . .”  Agreed. There’s still more to do. But, it is a good start.

UPDATE: Lest ye forget, Obama was against the individual mandate, before he was for it. He’s said it time and again. Maybe he just forgets?

UPDATE: Democrats trying to talk like Republicans. They just don’t get it that they would have to be able to act it and walk it to.

UPDATE: Obama was a constitutional scholar, at one point, possibly. I agree with Ed Morissey, “Everything old is new again!“…….today anyhow.

UPDATE: AllahPundit features the Quotes of the Day on ObamaCare.

UPDATE: “Non-sequturs,” indeed.

UPDATE: Constitutional law is fascinating.

UPDATE: More from David at the Tennessee Statehouse Examiner: “The so-called ‘Obamacare’ Health Care law is flawed for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that in the end it will undo many of the changes that have been made in Tennessee to TennCare to make it more cost-effective and save the State budget from TennCare causing it to collapse on itself.

UPDATE: Laura Ingraham ponders whether Obamacare is too big to stop.

UPDATE: James Capretta forecasts ominous dark skies on the horizon for Obamacare. Thomas Miller cautions against over-adulation in the end zone, when the next battle is around the corner. Michael Frank reminds us that this is a two-front war.  Orrin Hatch harkens back to Obama’s pledge to listen to the people.

UPDATE: Lee Habeeb ruminates on why federal judges matter more now than ever.

UPDATE: 58% of Americans against the individual mandate and only 39% for it. (H/T: Gateway Pundit)  Good to know that we have a govenrment by the people and for the people, huh?

Fixing a one-term appeasement president

January 31, 2011

Ronald Reagan stepped up in the eighties to pick up the pieces from Jimmy Carter’s failed one-term presidency and rebuild America. So, who’s going to be able to step up to the plate to clean up the messes being made in the current “Carter 2.0” or “Carter Part Deux” administration of Barack Obama?

I don’t want to sound overly critical of our current president. So, in an effort to be fair, there are a few good things about Barack Obama. See? And, there you were being all negative about him.


UPDATE: Wow! Becoming Carter faster than Carter became Carter is something.

UPDATE: Victor David Hanson touches on the Carter/Obama deja vu.