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Re: “Open Carry Doomed Because of Memphis?

@Pragmatist: There's a whiff of hypocrisy in the air; you wouldn't have an HCP if it wasn't for the NRA and friends.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 04/15/2014 at 9:59 AM

Re: “The General Assembly Decides Rape Victims are Too Expensive to Help

B Phillips is in charge of the go fund me list. And, it is long but easy to get on.

As for the untested rape kits-do all need to be tested? Might there be reasons not to test all used kits? This is a shallow story, another feminist rant?

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Posted by john on 04/15/2014 at 9:59 AM

Re: “RIP Jack Gunter: Banner Exec, Power Player, Wild Man

Interesting post and good to see Dobie contributing to this blog. Sorely needed.

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Posted by Frank on 04/15/2014 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Proposed Charter Amendments Include Shrinking Council, Clarifying Fairgrounds Situation

accipter I take it that you regularly sell your vote to the highest bidder?

I find it odd that the people who are convinced our government is bought are never the ones who admit they did the selling. It is everyone else who sells their vote. People on the outside just cannot figure out why their side (the only correct one) does not win elections. So the only explanation is that everyone else is selling their votes to "corporate" boogeymen.

Also, please read the story, the amendment is meant to clarify the language on the fairgrounds because whoever wrote the original placed clauses in the wrong order.

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Posted by Moost on 04/15/2014 at 9:40 AM

Re: “The General Assembly Decides Rape Victims are Too Expensive to Help

With clowns like these legislators in charge, rape victims will just have to set up a gofundme page so their family and friends can pay to have their rape kits tested. What next? Paying to have the police actually investigate or paying the prosecutor to bring charges?!?! Is Tennessee now Krygyzstan or Bolivia?

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Posted by Gregory D. Hanners on 04/15/2014 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Senator Frist Has Great Plan for Reducing Abortions, Just in Other Countries

Why would Republicans ever want the abortion issue to go away? It's an issue that divides voters based on religious views and is how they get their electorate to the polls. I think they hate contraception in part because it is an eventual end game for the abortion debate which would mean the end of one of their staple rallying issues.

Posted by tacosaladallday on 04/15/2014 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Royal Rumble in Rutherford County

Jonathon Fagan - "why should the state executive committee decide who is and who is not a democrat?" Do you belong to a club or social organization? Are there any specific membership requirements? Can just anyone waltz into a meeting with a bunch of friends and family members and get themselves elected an officer in your club? Please don't confuse running for Democratic Party Executive Committee with running for Mayor or State Representative or any elected public office. Members of the Democratic Party absolutely have the right and responsibility to say who can and cannot run for Executive Committee.

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Posted by Gregory D. Hanners on 04/15/2014 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Proposed Charter Amendments Include Shrinking Council, Clarifying Fairgrounds Situation

If it takes 27 votes to act on the Fairgrounds and we cut the Council to 27 members then it will require a unanimous vote of the Council to change the Fairgrounds.

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Posted by Kosh III on 04/15/2014 at 6:43 AM

Re: “Royal Rumble in Rutherford County

Betsy, you forgot to mention the Rutherford County Democratic Party Executive Committee in the contenders. What will happen when Rutherford County (one of the most active in the state) is no longer represented at the state level by someone familiar with what is going on in the county party? There very well may be less "democrats" in the county after this.

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Posted by David Colin on 04/15/2014 at 5:47 AM

Re: “Open Carry Doomed Because of Memphis?

The bill is now dead after a 10-1 vote against it in committee. It's refreshing to find out that the legislature actually does have some limits to how far they will go for the NRA and Tea Party.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 04/15/2014 at 1:13 AM

Re: “Carr's Campaign Spokeswoman: Carr Doesn't Have "Courage To Be A Leader"

Totally so, Sandy. After they've been in the legislature a year or so, you see it happen. Except for the rare few, as Pate noted.

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Posted by Donna Locke on 04/14/2014 at 10:17 PM

Re: “Open Carry Doomed Because of Memphis?

Frank, your comment that "everyone can look and tell they are armed" isn't as reassuring as you apparently think. The fact that I can see someone has a gun isn't going to make it possible for me to outrun their bullet if they fire at me.

Training is the issue. I have a concealed carry permit which required classroom time and range testing. Because of the training, I know how to handle a handgun safely. If the legislature in its infinite stupidity passes an open carry law with no requirement for training, accidental gun deaths will increase.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 04/14/2014 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Royal Rumble in Rutherford County

So, the article was written by Rutherford Count and Scott Broden?

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Posted by Betsy needs an editor, yet again on 04/14/2014 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Open Carry Doomed Because of Memphis?

I'm sorry, but every post I have read so far is ignorant. Mississippi and Alabama both have open carry with no issues. It's not the person who is open carrying that you need to fear (everyone can look and tell they are armed). Open carriers know there is a good chance the cops are going to check them out for any reason they can think of. The people everyone needs to fear are those who feel the need to hide the fact that they are carrying. I carry open and concealed but prefer open as to stop trouble before it starts just by everyone knowing I'm armed. I live in Mississippi and have a valid permit only because I go to Alabama a lot and it is required to have a firearm in the vehicle ( Alabama considers it concealed if it's in the confinement of a vehicle where Mississippi considers the vehicle to be an extension of one's home ). Tennessee needs to grow up and quit being so scared of there neighbors !!!

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Posted by Frank Stumpf on 04/14/2014 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Proposed Charter Amendments Include Shrinking Council, Clarifying Fairgrounds Situation

As to council size, why not just cut it down to the 5 highest corporate bidders on Council Auction Day, oops, did I say auction? I meant election, or ... doh!

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Posted by accipiter on 04/14/2014 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Proposed Charter Amendments Include Shrinking Council, Clarifying Fairgrounds Situation

I think we, the voters, were pretty damn clear on this: Protect the Fairgrounds and it's existing activities.

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Posted by accipiter on 04/14/2014 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Proposed Charter Amendments Include Shrinking Council, Clarifying Fairgrounds Situation

Having a bigger representative body larger than a number of democratic nations is a big hindrance to checks-and-balances. So does a small term limit. I support this proposal but would prefer to see a term limit set at 2 but preferably 3 times that of the mayoral limit. That and the elimination of the at-large seats.

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Posted by Moost on 04/14/2014 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Royal Rumble in Rutherford County

wait, if Bouldin is the "better" democrat, won't the voters in the democratic primary ultimately decide that? why should the state executive committee decide who is and who is not a democrat? leaving it "up to the people" is what the Democratic Party is all about, right? so, Bouldin wanting to take things out of the hands of democratic voters makes him less of a democrat. tommy wants to let democratic voters decide, which makes him the "better" democrat. No?

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Posted by Jonathon Fagan on 04/14/2014 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Royal Rumble in Rutherford County

That distant whirring sound you hear is Rosalind Kurita's political career spinning in its grave.

Betsy's position is admirably principled while Perry's is admirably pragmatic. This issue is a nice summary of our political system writ small.

Both parties are being pulled apart by the conflict between idealism and pragmatism. I tend to side with Perry's position although not with his criticism of Betsy. Principled bloggers make a big contribution to the debates within the parties.

There are no easy answers to the core questions. We just hope to make good decisions and not slide too far down any of the various slippery slopes around us.

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Posted by Mark Rogers on 04/14/2014 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Royal Rumble in Rutherford County

"...drive out the people who -- gasp! -- commit the crime of actually getting elected to office."

Looks like someone has discovered that the Democrats also have a Purity Test. What good is a Democrat being elected to office if he isn't the "right" Democrat?

Don't forget, the "right" Democrats in Tennessee state government are caucusing at the Waffle House on White Bridge road, third booth from the door.

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Posted by Moost on 04/14/2014 at 11:28 AM

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