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2012 Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner

February 21, 2012

March 23, 2012

The Republican Party of Jefferson County, Tennessee will hold its annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner in March.

LOCATION: Stokely Memorial Cafeteria

DATE: March 23, 2012

TIME: Doors open at 6:00pm with dinner served at 7:00pm

ADDRESS: 809 E. College St., Jefferson City, TN 37760

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: U.S. Senator Bob Corker

TICKETS: $25.00 per person (Available by contacting Treasurer Marie Johnston at (865) 456-4636 or Vice-Treasurer Robert Blevins at (865) 209-4669.)

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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)

Democrats take whine with medicine

January 12, 2012

Tennessee Democrats apparently don’t want to take their own medicine after disregarding the concerns of Republicans about redistricting for cycle after cycle:

 

There was very little in the way of complaint from Democrats about under-representation of rural Tennessee and East Tennessee back when they drew the districts and drew them to manufacture Democratic majorities that were padded at best and an outright fabrication of reality at worst. Now that it is time to administer the medication to the patient-Tennessee’s electoral system-that Democrats made sick with years of neglect and taking their majorities for granted, Tennessee Democrats do not want to take their medicine. As they know very well from experience, the party that runs the General Assembly calls the tune in Tennessee-see how we felt all those years?

In related news, Tennessee House “Speaker Emeritus” Jimmy Naifeh (D-Covington) made a public spectacle of himself on the House floor yesterday, complaining that the House was conducting other business with motions on the floor-motions that had already been voted on. Speaker Naifeh also complained about having to sit under the Rule during Roll Call and Announcements. Poor Jimmy. Word from a source on the Hill informs TheExaminer that Naifeh is aware that his redrawn district-a district which for years was drawn to always insure that he was re-elected, will nowe be virtually impossible for him to win. Hence, Jimmy Naifeh either must wrestle with getting beaten at the polls-he only survived by 500 votes in 2010-or he’ll be going back to Covington for his retirement coon supper.

Jefferson County GOP General Meeting scheduled for January 21st

January 2, 2012

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The Jefferson County Republican Party has scheduled a General Meeting on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Dandridge. All Jefferson County Republicans are invited to attend this important gathering.

This is a meeting for Jefferson County Republicans to hear reports on the health and State of the party, and more importantly to hear from Republican candidates or their representatives from among those who are running for office as Republicans in 2012. All REPUBLICAN candidates who are running for an office where they would, if elected, represent all or part of Jefferson County are invited to speak or to send a representative to speak in their stead where appropriate.

A reminder to those of you attending that this meeting is not the same as the Mass Meeting (the Mass County Convention) which in Jefferson County we usually hold in January of odd-numbered years. We won’t be electing party officers at this meeting, as officers are never chosen at the Mass Meeting during an election year. This meeting is to help our Republican voters get excited about our coming election year, to learn about the Republican candidates they’ll have the opportunity to choose from this year, and to learn about party activities and, most importantly, how you can help. We’ll see you on January 21st

The committee designed to fail

November 22, 2011

The so-called Congressional “supercommittee” that was supposedly charged with coming up with a deficit and debt reduction plan for the federal government has shut down without an agreement. That isn’t a suprise at all.

No Democrat on that committee was going to agree to cut entitlements to the degree needed to restore the full faith and credit of the United States because it will undermine the Democrats’ core constituency groups. No Republican would agree to tax increases without significant cuts and reform to entitlement spending, nor should they. The even numbers on the committee in light of those realities insured that the process would fail before it even began. The President likely wanted it that way, because now he can cut national defenses so deeply that he will make this country a weakling and a by-word in the earth, but he’ll find ways to increase entitlement spending if Obama should, God forbid, remain in office. Failure is what the President wanted all along, since failure is what his administration is all about.

I would posit this opinion:  This entire so-called supercommittee has been a charade from the beginning. Barack Obama knew that this process would fail, and he wanted it to-he needs some reason to blame Republicans to deflect attention from the reality that he has failed to fulfill his oath of office to preserve the Constitution.

Occupy Gay Street?

October 5, 2011

If you thought the protests in New York were rowdy, get ready for Occupy Knoxville.

The Wall Street Occupiers have turned out to be a diverse lot, one in which the views of the Left may be the majority, but the views of the Right are very obviously heard. The major political factions within the country are joined by people of the Monster Raving Loony persuasion, making for perhaps the most motley crew ever assembled for a public protest. Apparently, Wall Street isn’t the only place that protestors are looking to occupy, because both the Occupy Together website and the News Sentinel are reporting that a protest meet up is being organized two days from now. The website says that only one person is going, but the whole affair seems to be taking off on Facebook-helped by a Jack Lail write-up on the News Sentinel website.
If the scheduled “occupation” becomes something more than a few aging hippies and a  college transient collection on Market Square, it might be interesting to watch. Will it be as diverse as the New York protests, representing all sorts of political views that might have an axe to grind with the financial and banking establishment-including some of those on the right? Will it just be a bunch of Leftist whiners who represent only the political minority in East Tennessee and are angry that they can’t ever win a serious election in these parts?
It remains to be seen if this supposed “Occupy Knoxville” will be anything more than a meetup for liberals who are upset that so few people in East Tennessee are real liberals, or if this will be a protest of some substance. Strange substance, perhaps-but something. Someone needs to remind these people who wanted a bigger bailout and stimulus