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Re: “With a courageous — and considered — vote for health care reform, Rep. Jim Cooper stands tall in a historic moment

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is never right. They do their best to make educated guesses as to what the expenses will be, but they are only guesses. This legislation is going to cost us money. There is no way around it. We cannot insure an additional 30 million Americans for no cost, and much less save the nation money.

Posted by Wes on 03/26/2010 at 9:53 PM

Re: “With a courageous — and considered — vote for health care reform, Rep. Jim Cooper stands tall in a historic moment

Thank you, Representative Jim Cooper, for supporting health reform. On behalf of our children, thank you for adding to our $8 trillion dollar debt, projected to be $12 trillion over the next ten years. Thank you for passing reform in a partisan manner with shady deals and budgetary trickery. Thank you for misleading the public by not including the $200 billion+ “doctor fix”, double counting Medicare cuts, and counting 10 years of revenue with only six years of outflow. Thank you, Jim Cooper, for excluding yourself from health reform and mandating it for us, your humble constituents. Most of all, thank you for hurting our senior citizens by cutting $ 500 billion in Medicare. Yeah, thanks a lot.

Posted by FIRE JIM COOPER 2 on 03/26/2010 at 5:51 PM

Re: “With a courageous — and considered — vote for health care reform, Rep. Jim Cooper stands tall in a historic moment

Jim and his buddies in Washington who are shoving this down the throats of the majority of americans will find the real public reaction in the next two elections. I think the change that was proimised is coming.

Posted by Allen on 03/25/2010 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Mike McWherter is becoming the Democrats' contender in the governor's race by default — which could be the party's best hope

Ned Ray McWherter was a huge supporter of Senator Al Gore, helping to make him Vice President in the Clinton administration. If you like the way Ned replaced the Medicaid program with the TennCare system in Tennessee, and Al's global warming tax plans, vote for his son Michael Ray McWherter.

Posted by James Reesor on 03/13/2010 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Mike McWherter is becoming the Democrats' contender in the governor's race by default — which could be the party's best hope

Ned Ray McWherter was a huge supporter of Senator Al Gore, helping to make him Vice President in the Clinton administration. If you like the way Ned replaced the Medicaid program with the TennCare system in Tennessee, and Al's global warming tax plans, vote for his son Michael Ray McWherter.

Posted by James on 03/13/2010 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Mike McWherter is becoming the Democrats' contender in the governor's race by default — which could be the party's best hope

Hey, Nashville Scene: Don't "write off" KIM McMILLAN. She is as qualified as any in the race of either party because of her experience both in government and out. Her vision for education and employment in the state can lead us to become a model for other states. Taking nothing away from the other candidates, she has a heart for the people of the state which won't allow her to forget who who is working for when she is in office. She is hard working and will make a great chief executive for Tennesseans. Sincerely, Jesse

Posted by Jesse McLevain on 03/12/2010 at 11:33 PM

Re: “Mike McWherter is becoming the Democrats' contender in the governor's race by default — which could be the party's best hope

Don't be so ridiculous as to count out Kim McMillan! She is far and away the most qualified, experienced, and capable candidate!

Posted by Vicki Wallace on 03/12/2010 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Mike McWherter is becoming the Democrats' contender in the governor's race by default — which could be the party's best hope

1. Kim is qualified. She had been a leader in the House and as an appointed senior advisor for one of TNfs best Governorsfs, being Bredesen. 2. Kim has lived the American dream - adopted by two school teachers she has beat the odds to become everything she wanted to be. 3. Kim has strong Knoxville ties. She went to school here; she got her undergrad and law degrees from UT. Living side by side with use has given her a clear understanding of who we are. Kim is rare in the fact that she will have this direct experience in ET, which is a real powerhouse in statewide elections. 4. Kim is good for business. In her role as the Executive Director of Community and Business Relations at Austin Peay, she has direct experience working and growing businesses and industries. She was also the recipient of the Athena Award, the highest honor for women in business. She is the chairman of Cumberland Bank & Trust, a community bank. In a poll released on October 9th, 2009 by the Nashville Business Journal, Democratic candidate for Governor Kim McMillan was the only Democrat to win support among the publicationfs readers. Letfs not forget that Kim worked to form a partnership between the state of Tennessee, Austin Peay State University, and Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation to attract their $1.2 billion polysilicon manufacturing center with 500-800 high-paying, sustainable jobs for Tennessee. This win is starting to pay dividends for TN as other companies are now interested in us. ET is a national leader in energy technology. Kim will continue Bredesenfs scientific partnerships that leads to new business and jobs. 5. Kim is a leader. She is the former House Majority Leader - the first women to hold this title in TN. Elect Women Magazine has said that she is a top national viable female candidate for governor. She has received numerous awards for excellence for various local and statewide organizations. Those donft come without hard work and leadership. Kim is a founding board member of Leadership Middle Tennessee. 6. Kim is smart. She graduated with honors from UT! I thought Bredesen was smart, but if he asked her to advise him there has got to get something special there. Think about that. 7. Kim understand health care. Kim serves on the board of the Monroe Carell, Jr. Childrenfs Hospital. She has been recognized by the TN Hospital Association for our excellent work and leadership. 8. Kim has a family. Kim has been married for 20 years and has two kids. She understands family life, the demands, the needs, the dreams. 9. Kim is a woman. This demographic will turn out to vote for the strong woman that Kim is. As for the men votes, she is a g10 as she really has it all - shefs pretty, smart, a great mother, and would make a great spokeswoman for Tennessee as we tackle the hard problems facing the state and the country. 10. Kim can (and will) win! The GOP will be hard on each other during their primary. Who ever comes out of it, will need to do some healing. Kim has the broad support across the State and she is not the son of a former Governor like McWherter, and she is not Kim gMcMillionsh like her GOP opponents, therefore she has the fight to take it to the GOP candidates face-to-face to win.

Posted by Brad Parish on 03/12/2010 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Mike McWherter is becoming the Democrats' contender in the governor's race by default — which could be the party's best hope

I have known Kim Ambrester McMillan since she was 12 years old and living in Texas. She is one of the most grounded, brilliant, engaging women I have known. If Tennessee elects her as their next governor it will not be political business as usual it will be getting the job done to enable all Tennesseeans to thrive. As a graduate of the University of Tennessee I know that the state needs this woman of vision. Don't count her out - just count the votes of the grassroots that are supporting her.

Posted by Glynis Holm Strause on 03/11/2010 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Mike McWherter is becoming the Democrats' contender in the governor's race by default — which could be the party's best hope

Kim is an excellent candidate who has a campaign that has stretched across this entire state. She is the only candidate on either side of the aisle that has experience in both the legislative and executive branches. She has experience building her own law practice, as well. Kim's campaign has relied on building a grass roots base of support which is reflected in her donor rolls where she has the most supporters of any Democratic candidate! Kim is a strong viable candidate who listens to people, engages people, and has a vision for Tennessee that involves all citizens and relies on improved educational opportunities combined with partnerships to improve the economic and educational status of our state!

Posted by Angela Danovi on 03/11/2010 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Mike McWherter is becoming the Democrats' contender in the governor's race by default — which could be the party's best hope

I could not disagree with you more. Kim McMillan has been my candidate of choice right from the very beginning. Her fundraising efforts have improved recently. As she gets out and talks with people across the state, they are very impressed with her qualifications and background. She has the experience in state government from both the legislative and executive branches. Her experience in higher education is also impressive. She listens to people which is one thing I really admire about her. She will make a great governor!

Posted by Kim Troup on 03/11/2010 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Mike McWherter is becoming the Democrats' contender in the governor's race by default — which could be the party's best hope

I agree with the last poster - Kim McMillan has more on the ball than McWerter and better credintials. I've heard both speak in a recent Q&A forum. McWerter was bland, almost scripted while McMillan was energetic, obviously intellient, well spoken, and up on the issues at hand. Ned was an okay governor, but that doesn't mean that his son will measure up just because he has the name. I think McMillan would make a better alternate choice to whomever the Republicans end up choosing. As a political independent I always hope for a contest between two good candidates rather than the "lesser of two evils."

Posted by HorseSense on 03/11/2010 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Mike McWherter is becoming the Democrats' contender in the governor's race by default — which could be the party's best hope

I think it is a mistake to discount Kim McMillan in the race for governor. She is a different candidate, and it makes her a different canidate. Political insiders always point to money as a means to determine votes. I understand this concept and am not naive to the power of money. However, Kim McMillan is not a typical canidate. Her campaign is grassroots. What she lacks in money, she makes up for in support, number of donors, experience and ability. McMillan was on that state with those other candidates at yesterday's forum. And there is no mistaking how much more energetic, intelligent and engaging she is-- especially in comparison to McWherter. And if all the talk is about how the Democrats are worried about beating the Reublicans in the race, then we have to look to Kim McMillan. She is the only democratic candidate that can beat the Republicans. She is the youngest candidate. She is the only femal canidate. She is the only canidate with experience in the state legislature and the state executive branch. She is a university professor. She is a lawyer. she has run her own business. She helped start a bank. She is a mother and a wife. McMillan is the only candidate who knows what it means to balance a family budget, a state budget and a business budget. I think she is the one most in tune and most connected with the people of Tennessee. (And just a warning to conservative Dems and moderate Repubs-- Haslam is not a moderate. He may "play a moderate on TV," but he is defintiely not moderate.)

Posted by Leigh on 03/11/2010 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Mike McWherter is becoming the Democrats' contender in the governor's race by default — which could be the party's best hope

Whoever the Democrat nominee is is toast. Moderate to liberals' best hope is to support Haslam in the primary or we'll be stuck with one of the mouth breathers from the GOP fringe as our new governor.

Posted by A guy on 03/11/2010 at 12:02 PM

Re: “The smart money's on Bill Haslam for governor, but not because he's got all the answers

"[Haslam] admitted he didn't know whether he favored amending the state constitution to strip away abortion rights — the much-ballyhooed top priority of the new Republican legislative majority." Get your facts straight, man. Guv 2B Haslam was asked a question in Inside-Baseball-HillRat code about "SJR 127" with no explanation about what it did. It is quite refreshing to see someone look at you Hill Rats with a bit of askance. It is long overdue. HaslamsFan

Posted by HaslamsFan on 02/25/2010 at 12:44 PM

Re: “The smart money's on Bill Haslam for governor, but not because he's got all the answers

I have to disagree, Mayor Haslam is the best candiate for gov. when compared to the others. The City of Knoxville enjoys the lowest property taxes of the big four. Lower than Nashville, Memphis, and my hometown Chattanooga. This low rate has been obtained through fiscal responsiblity, not right wing complain about stimlus and take the money Wamp. Both Ramsey and Wamp have conducted their campaigns poorly, with baseless attacks on TDEC and TDOT employees. I am also concerned about Wamps connections to the Family at C-Street,and he simply refuses to answer questions about what he paid to reside at C-Street, as NPR is reporting.

Posted by Allison on 02/25/2010 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The smart money's on Bill Haslam for governor, but not because he's got all the answers

I have to disagree, Mayor Haslam is the best candiate for gov. when compared to the others. The City of Knoxville enjoys the lowest property taxes of the big four. Lower than Nashville, Memphis, and my hometown Chattanooga. This low rate has been obtained through fiscal responsiblity, not right wing complain about stimlus and take the money Wamp. Both Ramsey and Wamp have conducted their campaigns poorly, with baseless attacks on TDEC and TDOT employees. I am also concerned about Wamps connections to the Family at C-Street,and he simply refuses to answer questions about what he paid to reside at C-Street, as NPR is reporting.

Posted by Roger on 02/25/2010 at 10:00 AM

Re: “The legislature — where one lawmaker calls arsenic 'not that bad' — is the place environmentalism goes to die

Does anyone know if the coal industry donates money to McCord? If so, voters should know who bankrolls his votes.

Posted by joan grim on 01/30/2010 at 3:45 PM

Re: “The legislature — where one lawmaker calls arsenic 'not that bad' — is the place environmentalism goes to die

McCord may be an embarrassment to the state legislature, but he is even a bigger embarrassment to the people that elected him. If he continues to get re-elected then it will not be just his fault if we continue to suffer from the gross greed and denialism that he is a party to - it will be the fault of the citizens that elect him.

Posted by HorseSense on 01/28/2010 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Using a half-million federal bucks as his ramrod, Gov. Bredesen bends Tennessee's teachers over a desk

Once again the blame is always at the feet of the teachers, for the poor performance of students. No doubt there are BAD teachers out there, but teachers only have a student for 10 months of their lives, and there's much ground that has to be made up thanks to parents in those 10 months. Teachers can't repair the damage done at home. Until lawmakers hold PARENTS responsible for the performance (or lack of) of their kids...nothing...NOTHING will change, no matter how much money that is thrown at it.

Posted by Jake on 01/24/2010 at 3:28 AM

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