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Re: “Speaker Beth Harwell drops the hammer on Nashville Democrats as a state charter-school authorizer looms

As a conservative, I believe Harwell is taking this too far. Rather than simply taking charter authority for itself, the state should have some appeal power to make the call if a school attempting to charter feels its being wrongfully rejected.

This is a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, and conservatives should not be supporting any attempts at a state power grab.

The Nashville Democrats are acting like spoiled children, and clearly require some check on their abuse of power, but this is definitely going too ar.

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Posted by Saxon Matt on 02/23/2013 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Speaker Beth Harwell drops the hammer on Nashville Democrats as a state charter-school authorizer looms

Posted this on a Pith thread, people need to learn more about Great Hearts and question why in the world this group is having ANY impact on policy in TN:

http://www.blogforarizona.com/blog/2012/09/nashville-schools-principled-stand-against-great-hearts-charters-costs-them-34-million.html

http://www.blogforarizona.com/blog/2012/09/great-hearts-charters-educational-model-costs-more-than-we-get-from-the-state.html

http://www.blogforarizona.com/blog/2012/12/a-great-hearts-charter-tell-all-book-banned-by-great-hearts.html

http://www.blogforarizona.com/blog/2012/11/charter-schools-the-new-segregation.html

http://www.blogforarizona.com/blog/2012/09/do-great-hearts-charter-schools-charge-optional-1200-tuition-to-parents.html

http://www.blogforarizona.com/blog/2012/11/sweetheart-deals-with-charter-insiders.html

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Posted by give me a break on 02/22/2013 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Speaker Beth Harwell drops the hammer on Nashville Democrats as a state charter-school authorizer looms

I live in Bellevue and would LOVE a charter school where I live (and ftr, I'm not rich). Instead my son is on the waiting list for a charter school no where near us that was 87% black in the last report I saw published. Maybe it's the racists that want to exclude middle-class whites?

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Posted by JB on 02/21/2013 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Speaker Beth Harwell drops the hammer on Nashville Democrats as a state charter-school authorizer looms

Turner is such a goof. Madison and Antioch already have charter schools. Too bad he's turned this into a purely political issue instead of trying to work on a policy that promotes a much stronger public education system in Nashville and Memphis. Both cities need serious reform.

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Posted by East37206 on 02/21/2013 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Conservatives want judges to sing for their supper and submit to contested elections — but will that pimp out the bench?

I do not like the idea of Tennessee Supreme Court Justices campaigning for their placement on the bench. However, the article's author Jeff Woods, makes statements that suggest he has no faith in our political process which is understandable in some respect. But worse, that he has no faith in the Tennessee voter. That I cannot understand unless Mr. Woods feels he is smarter that everyone else or he doesn't vote.

Posted by J. Cabell on 01/04/2012 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Disgusted Tennessee Democrats say killing the state party could actually make it stronger

SHAMEFUL! I do not understand why anyone would reward this bad behavior? Who would support the Republicans' obstruction agenda? What is happening to the American Spirit?

It's the President, most Democrats, and some Republicans who STOPPED the bleeding; it is the Democrats who have been struggling to prevent the collapse of the U.S. Economy; it is Democrats who have been struggling to protect American workers and consumers; it is Democrats who are struggling to get aid to Disaster victims; struggling to create jobs and keep the U.S. economy moving while the Republicans just keep saying No, No, No; and have pushed to the U.S. Government to the brink of Default.

What kind of person would support this ugly, vicious, behavior rather than supporting help for the country and the American people. Who would do this? Many, many people have died so that this nation shall long endure. It is our duty. It is our responsibility for all of us to do all that we can so this nation shall endure

We can't just sit back and say No, No, No when poverty is increasing and people are struggling across the country. This is America, Sweet Land of Liberty, we ALL must to do our part now to help America recover.

CHOICE: We do have a choice. We can stand Up For The Country and ALL American People so the U.S. economy can grow; or we can continue to Provide Free Rides For the millionaires and the wealthy investors and allow everyone fall off the cliff. We can do that. Let me be clear: I have no problem with people making money. It is GOOD to make money in America. However, we must protect the people on Main Street. We must be fair and balanced.

However, if we all do our part, if we are fair and balanced, I am confident that the U.S. Economy will come roaring back like a lion.

Posted by ecia on 09/28/2011 at 4:57 PM

Re: “The triumphant state GOP savors the prospect of gerrymandering the defeated Democrats back to the Stone Age

Or not so much. That is a real stretch, and I think you are probably alone in such an analysis.

The goal of majority minority seats in Congress is to make sure that there is no lack of opportunity to win a seat. Not that only a minority would be allowed to win. There is a difference.

Posted by Perry Aubric on 08/23/2011 at 4:44 PM

Re: “The triumphant state GOP savors the prospect of gerrymandering the defeated Democrats back to the Stone Age

Perry,

Cohen supports legislation that requires race to be a factor in everything from some hiring decisions to admission policies in college. There is one majority minority Congressional seat in Tennessee as drawn by the Democrats in 2001. Which is more important, some hiring decisions or a seat in Congress?

Or you can look at it as Cohen passing laws that he won't have to abide by.

Posted by Mark Rogers on 08/23/2011 at 2:38 PM

Re: “The triumphant state GOP savors the prospect of gerrymandering the defeated Democrats back to the Stone Age

Mark, that's the most ridiculous comment I believe I have ever seen. So Cohen is a hypocite because he is white? He should give up being in Congress because he is a different race than the people he represents? That's simply asinine, and you usually make better comments than that.

And I don't know what parts of Sumner and Wilson Counties adjacent to Nashville would make the 5th more Democratic. Just the opposite is true. I suspect that Diane Black would want all of her home county and would also love to have those Mt. Juliet Republicans in her district. As for Rutherford, you may be right about LaVergne (which went for Obama), but no more, since Ketron wants the rest of his home county for his own ambitions. Otherwise, if you want to add Democrats to the 5th outside of Nashville, there aren't too many options, but you would probably need to go back into Cheatham and Robertson Counties.

Posted by Perry Aubric on 08/22/2011 at 8:59 AM

Re: “The triumphant state GOP savors the prospect of gerrymandering the defeated Democrats back to the Stone Age

Steve,

You are correct about John Ryder. He is the best and we are lucky to have him. From what I am hearing, the Republicans are not trying to get too creative in order to pick up marginal seats. A safe 63-65 House majority and 22-11 in the Senate seems about right. The Congressional districts will probably be 7-2 with the 5th becoming more Democratic with areas drawn in from Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties.

No doubt the Democrats will sue but that could get tricky if the Republicans create a couple more majority minority districts. Then the Democrats would be suing to stop a plan that increased minority representation. I would pay to see the responses to that.

Anyway that wouldn't be an issue if Democrats could elect a few minority candidates from majority white Democratic districts like the 5th and 9th congressional districts. If Congressman Cohen was really committed to affirmative action he could resign and endorse one of many qualified minority Democrats in his district. But expecting Cohen to live up to ideals he legislates for the rest of us is too much to hope for.

Posted by Mark Rogers on 08/22/2011 at 12:03 AM

Re: “The triumphant state GOP savors the prospect of gerrymandering the defeated Democrats back to the Stone Age

Perry, it is unacceptable to everyone in Columbia I've mentioned this to. Division, in this case racial division -- segregation, is not good. And no, one is not necessarily better represented by two reps rather than one. Those of us represented by two county commissioners know they sometimes cancel each other out!

Posted by Donna Locke on 08/19/2011 at 11:38 PM

Re: “The triumphant state GOP savors the prospect of gerrymandering the defeated Democrats back to the Stone Age

It's all a game between these two - both Democrats and Republicans.

It's about ego. Democrats are more than willing to point out the character defects and shortcomings of Republicans and vice-versa rather than vetting the integrity of their own candidates.

Where was the Democratic party in disciplining their own prior to the Tennessee Waltz? Paging John Ford and company. Who was invested in illegal bingo games, leading to Operation Rocky Top - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Roc… - paging Democrat Tommy Burnett. To what extent was Jimmy Naifeh respectful of Tennesseans who have a biblical view of how their government should operate and, because of this, tended to vote Republican on social issues?

Rather than engaging in name-calling, this is a time to determine if we can redistrict in a manner that recognizes that a Tennessean is a Tennessean, not whether they are black or white, blue-eyed or brown-eyed, evangelical or heathen, Democrat or Republican, so on and so forth. To the extent that the GOP can take the high road and do what's right and respectful, even if it isn't liked, will determine to what extent that they can maintain power over the coming years.

Posted by JKennedyMD on 08/19/2011 at 1:16 PM

Re: “The triumphant state GOP savors the prospect of gerrymandering the defeated Democrats back to the Stone Age

Unacceptable to whom, Donna? To you? And why is that "unacceptable"? They split both Lebanon and Clarksville in the last redistricting, not to mention Nashville. Actually, Columbia might benefit from having two Members of Congress watching out for its interests. Whatever they do in that part of the state, apparently it will be controlled by State Sen. Ketron's ambitions for Congress.

Posted by Perry Aubric on 08/19/2011 at 8:48 AM

Re: “The triumphant state GOP savors the prospect of gerrymandering the defeated Democrats back to the Stone Age

I heard they may split Columbia. That is unacceptable.

Posted by Donna Locke on 08/19/2011 at 12:27 AM

Re: “The triumphant state GOP savors the prospect of gerrymandering the defeated Democrats back to the Stone Age

Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, FY2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Flood Insurance Reauthorization , Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Debt Limit Increase, Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extension.

Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations, Withdrawing U.S. Soldiers from Afghanistan.

Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
See her “blatantly unconstitutional” votes at :
http://mickeywhite.blogspot.com/2009/09/tn…
Mickey

Posted by mickeyw on 08/18/2011 at 7:57 PM

Re: “The triumphant state GOP savors the prospect of gerrymandering the defeated Democrats back to the Stone Age

Well, the GOP faces the problem of going too far in redistricting and having it come back to bite them in the ass. John Ryder knows what he is doing (sadly) and will draw districts in such a way as to maximize Democratic losses without running afoul of the Voting Rights Act. However, no matter what, expect the Democrats to take any redistricting plan to court (as the GOP did when we were in charge) and a federal judge will ultimately decide. Ryder. however, is also enough of an old-guard moderate to keep the Tea Party crazies from getting what THEY want, too.

Posted by Steve Steffens on 08/18/2011 at 5:36 PM

Re: “The triumphant state GOP savors the prospect of gerrymandering the defeated Democrats back to the Stone Age

Perry, on both the state and national levels the Republicans understand that. You would be hard pressed to find an instance where Republicans targeted minority legislators. In fact, it is the Democrats who have been more inclined to limit minority districts. For example, in Tennessee the Democrats could have increased the number of minority districts considerably by creating more Democratic districts that are majority minority. Or the Democrats, who get the vast majority of minority votes could just nominate more minority candidates in districts that are majority white and vote heavily Democratic.

Posted by Mark Rogers on 08/18/2011 at 4:02 PM

Re: “The triumphant state GOP savors the prospect of gerrymandering the defeated Democrats back to the Stone Age

The Democrats did this to themselves. They have no one else to thank.

Voters are not universally in love with all of the Republican viewpoints, other than their favorite anti-gay missionary positions and theme song: "Happiness is a warm gun".

Posted by Governor Gerry on 08/18/2011 at 12:27 PM

Re: “The triumphant state GOP savors the prospect of gerrymandering the defeated Democrats back to the Stone Age

You know, I'm a Democrat, and I am sorry to see the GOP in charge of anything, especially redistricting. But when you're in the majority, you get to draw the lines. This is why elections matter. And there is nothing illegal about drawing lines to suit your political goals. The only illegality comes when you do it based on race or other such standards. So the GOP has every right to draw these districts pretty much as they choose, and we Democrats are just going to have to suck it up and do the best we can with the new districts as they are drawn.

One thing the Republicans should keep in mind as far as redistricting is concerned: The US Justice Department still has the legal right, I believe, to review what is done, so they can't go too far into creative districting in some ways. But I suspect they have some experts on staff to keep between the lines.

Over time, attitudes change. Tennessee is exhibit one in this regard. When redistricting comes again 10 years from now, it's certainly possible that the radical agenda of the dittohead-moron wingnuts will have put the Republicans back into the minority where they belong. Let's hope so.

Posted by Perry Aubric on 08/18/2011 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The triumphant state GOP savors the prospect of gerrymandering the defeated Democrats back to the Stone Age

Chip, you know the Dems rarely, if ever, produced a map so early, right?

Posted by Justbehonest on 08/18/2011 at 9:23 AM

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