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Re: “Payday lenders take from the poor — and give to Tennessee candidates and lawmakers

Now that we throw government at every little problem, we have created a monster: the lobby monster. Payday loans are a minor problem, drummed up into a bogey many by consumer activists and politicians who want to nanny the poor into voting for them. This drives money to the lobbyists who defend the industry. Payday loans are a small symptom of an overall problem of financial illiteracy. If we work to teach people to manage their money better, without singling out a particular loan product, we will begin to create comprehensive solutions for folks who struggle with credit, without gumming up the works with lobbyists.

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Posted by greetincretin on 08/01/2014 at 4:18 PM

Re: “A guide to next week's elections, from school board races to Supreme Court justices

In District 8, Becky Sharpe is heavily funded and supported by the unions. All of her flyers and signs are paid for and designed by the unions with their logos all over them. Don't feel sorry for Becky as she is portrayed by the Scene as a victim raising her own money from scratch. Her supporters act like angry rabid dogs and turned me off with their constant bantering and fear tactics. That's why I voted for Mary Pierce who is organized, articulate,creative and level-headed and actually wants to do something different to improve the schools for all kids.

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Posted by shelby4 on 08/01/2014 at 7:16 AM

Re: “A guide to next week's elections, from school board races to Supreme Court justices

Those Senate districts are a classic example of gerrymandering. Why did no one challenge them in court?

We could and should devise a fair method to produce balanced and competitive districts. A software program could do it in about 5 minutes.

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Posted by Kosh III on 08/01/2014 at 7:06 AM

Re: “A guide to next week's elections, from school board races to Supreme Court justices

"Haslam is widely popular. "

Only because so many folks take Fox News and the the press releases of the Teanuts as the Gospel.
Were folks to be fully informed they'd be aware of his crooked deals, corporate cronyism, and disdain for the citizens who aren't rich white men, he'd be wildly UN-popular.

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Posted by Kosh III on 08/01/2014 at 7:04 AM

Re: “A guide to next week's elections, from school board races to Supreme Court justices

I will never vote for any Tennessee Legislator that voted For an Article V constitutional convention. Joe Carr voted for one, so No to Carr. (and No to neo-con Alexander)

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Posted by mickey on 07/31/2014 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Payday lenders take from the poor — and give to Tennessee candidates and lawmakers

Jason Powell represents the area surrounding Nolensville Rd, and he is well aware of the problems caused by payday lenders.
He refused to answer questions about the contributions he has received from payday lenders at a recent Town Hall meeting in South Nashville

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Posted by south nash on 07/31/2014 at 8:24 AM

Re: “The new norm in Nashville: House-race money for school-board races

What is with these Nashville Scene reporters? This paper is not to be taken seriously. Just like Fox News giving it to their people who share their views.. only interviewing one candidate, painting their favorite as a hard-working victim and her evil opponent. Mary Pierce has integrity and class, something Sharpe does not have. If you've ever talked to or met Mary you would see that. Mary is creative and cares about all the schools and wants them to succeed. She actually has ideas and creative solutions. Becky tells people what they want to hear..she has no plan because she thinks the schools are the best already. If you care about educating our kids and our future, vote for Mary Pierce!

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Posted by shelby4 on 07/30/2014 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Gary Odom faces a dogfight against John Ray Clemmons to keep his House District 55 seat

Vote for John Ray Clemmons!

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Posted by MusicCity615 on 07/30/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Gary Odom faces a dogfight against John Ray Clemmons to keep his House District 55 seat

Anyone remember the movie Weekend At Bernie's? That pretty much describes Gary Odom's service at state rep. I've lived in his district for 23 years. In that time, I've seen the man in person only once. I have never received a phone call, mailing, or an invitation to a town hall event or any opportunity to provide feedback. The man has to be among the most absent and ineffective members of Tennessee's state assembly. I can't tell you one issue where he has been vocal, out front, or providing leadership on. His whole career he's been a bench warmer.

John Ray Clemmons, who I know from the Belmont Hillsboro Neighbors, has passion and vision that will serve our district well. He's smart, he's driven, and he's dedicated to getting things done for the good of the city. We are long overdue for new representation in the state house and John Ray would be a huge breath of fresh air.

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Posted by Todd Adams on 07/29/2014 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Gary Odom faces a dogfight against John Ray Clemmons to keep his House District 55 seat

The Fed is dumping illegals in Tennessee and other states as well.
We have to stop this madness. Google this: NUMBERSUSA .
Once you are registered (join us), go to the "action board" to send free faxes to your state representative .
They are all typed up and ready to go,

Posted by Roger Bradley on 07/29/2014 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Gary Odom faces a dogfight against John Ray Clemmons to keep his House District 55 seat

Gary Odom has coasted in office and re-election effort for yrs and yrs. I have
always found it troubling that he could represent a trade association that lobby's the legislature and serve in the same body at the same time.

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Posted by NeverFear on 07/27/2014 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Gary Odom faces a dogfight against John Ray Clemmons to keep his House District 55 seat

"Litigator." Is that a progressive way to avoid saying, "Lawyer?" Which one of these guys is most likely to inconvenience downtown workers and visitors? I'd vote for the other.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 07/25/2014 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Gary Odom faces a dogfight against John Ray Clemmons to keep his House District 55 seat

If all of John Ray's mistresses vote for him, he just may pull it out.

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Posted by ThenAgain on 07/25/2014 at 1:07 AM

Re: “Gary Odom faces a dogfight against John Ray Clemmons to keep his House District 55 seat

I will never forget Gary Odom's first race. That's because he phoned a total stranger- me- to ask for my vote.

No automated calls- rather the electronic equivalent of pressing the flesh.

I was very impressed that Gary took time to ask and hear my concerns, answer my questions and get my recommendations.

After Odom was elected he was moderately responsive. He had an engaged aide who was obviously good enough at his job that someone snatched him up shortly thereafter.

From there it was all downhill to the point that whenever I placed a call to the office I would get an answering machine.

Occasionally an assistant would call me back but "I'll tell Gary" typically meant I'd hear no more unless I took the initiative. And even then...

I don't mean for this to suggest a large, ongoing series of interactions. I never made more than a handful of calls a year. Tops. The response to that most recent call, placed about the time John Ray Clemmons announced his candidacy, was the most reminiscent of that first (and, do far, only) call from Gary Odom.

Stacy Harris
Publisher/Executive Editor/Media Critic
Stacy's Music Row Report
http://stacyharris.com

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Posted by stacyharris on 07/24/2014 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Gary Odom faces a dogfight against John Ray Clemmons to keep his House District 55 seat

Agreed. I think I've gotten more mail from Odom in the last two months than in the 10 years prior.

And Rick Williams is his "key campaign staffer"? If I were on the fence, that pushed to to John Ray's camp.

Democrats really need some fresh blood and rising stars. This is the perfect opportunity to achieve that.

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Posted by txc212 on 07/24/2014 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Gary Odom faces a dogfight against John Ray Clemmons to keep his House District 55 seat

Clemmons is exactly what the Democratic Party needs. Young, more energetic, willing to rock the boat being mishandled (and headed for shipwreck) by its Republican captains, who are clearly drunk on teabagger Kool-Aid.

Odom not only has been ineffective, he has been AWOL from any and all of the battles which have been waged in the General Assembly since the dark forces took over. We all can understand the numbers, but can we really understand Odom's total lack of leadership, his silence, his absence from the field? What was the last issue that Gary Odom was out-front on? In fact, what was the last issue we even heard from Gary Odom on?

If he's going to hold the office, for goodness sake, he could at least make some effort at being a voice for Democratic ideals. But it appears to me that Gary Odom just wants to hold office for the sake of holding the office, and that's just not good enough. Time to give someone else a shot.

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Posted by Perry Aubric on 07/24/2014 at 3:09 PM

Re: “The new norm in Nashville: House-race money for school-board races

"Ugly Stuff" planned in private: how one of the richest donors in Tennessee plans to take down Dr. Looney. http://tinyurl.com/deaverdavisgroup

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Posted by WilliamsonSecrets on 07/18/2014 at 5:57 PM
Posted by Young Voter on 07/18/2014 at 9:16 AM

Re: “The new norm in Nashville: House-race money for school-board races

For another example of the reach of right wing nuts into Tennessee and Nashville educational policy, also see next week's planned school choice "forum" with charter school boosters and various crackpots put on by none other than the Koch Brothers.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/education/2014/07/15/koch-group-hosting-education-forum-nashville/12652365/

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Posted by Look Closely on 07/18/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “A conversation between John Egerton and John Seigenthaler about Wikipedia, online falsehoods and the death of John F. Kennedy

Why anyone would trust Wikipedia without further verification is beyond me. Like John Seigenthaler, I learned this as the unwilling subject of a Wikipedia entry.

That entry inspired an angry email to me from someone who claimed to represent "noted animal rights attorney Rachel Hirschfeld" castigating me for claiming to be Ms. Hirschfeld's half-sister.

It seems as though whoever made that claim, one that has since taken on a life of its own on the Internet, might have had the decency to identify himself/herself or, at the various least, source the claim.

You won't find it at http://stacyharris.com/author.html

Stacy Harris
Publisher/Executive Editor/Media Critic
Stacy's Music Row Report
http://stacyharris.com

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Posted by Stacy Harris on 07/17/2014 at 8:09 PM

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