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Re: “Anticipating Far-Right Losses at Polls, Gill Disses Tea Party

Unless Im mistaken, Haslem didn't donate much if any money to his campaign. So how does his wealth make a difference if all his campaign money comes from others?

Posted by No easy answers on 07/30/2010 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Henry's Attack Ad Raises Legit Question

Working at Bass Berry is nothing like being a Public Defender, in fact its pretty rediculous to think so. Every accused criminal has a constitutional right to a competent defense, Mega-Corporations have no right to a "union avoidance" lawyer. While the government must provide criminal defense attorneys, no one is forced to work at Bass Berry especially if the goals of the firm and their clients are in direct opposition to the publicly stated beliefs of a given lawyer.

Posted by No easy answers on 07/26/2010 at 10:00 PM

Re: “Henry's Attack Ad Raises Legit Question

I think it has less to do with size than style. A legislator at a business law firm like Bass is going to constantly be in a situations where bills directly affect his clients. A criminal defense attorney will face very few issues I think, probably somewhere in between is a trial lawyer. In fact I think there is a Republican house member trial lawyer who recuses himself on tort reform issues.

The other issue is that I wouldn't be as worried about an anti-union Republican that worked for a "union avoidance" firm like Bass Berry, because his or her stated beliefs line up with his clients.

Jeffrey, on the other hand, has repeatedly taken campaign positions in direct opposition to his employer, their clients and many of his campaign funders. This creates, as the Scene put it, an "ethical cloud" over dozens and dozens of legislative issues

Posted by No easy answers on 07/26/2010 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Henry's Attack Ad Raises Legit Question

But its not just those issues that are being lobbied for. If Bass Berry makes millions off litigation for a company but doesn't technically have a lobbying contract with them, it still raises ethical issues, especially for a firm that has such a far reaching network of clients.

Posted by No easy answers on 07/26/2010 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Henry's Attack Ad Raises Legit Question

I havent look much into it but on Jeff's last disclosure, he took money from these guys's out of state PAC( They are pretty much on the wrong side of every issue. They even brag about defending Conoco against global warming lawsuits and "Butler Snow’s Labor and Employment team has decades of experience in assisting employers in many industries in preventing the causes of unionization and successfully resisting union organizing"
Its one thing if Jeff is taking money from local union busting lawyers(everybody has friends they aren't proud of), but when an out of state PAC that gives 70% of its money to Republicans chooses a Democratic state senate race in Tennessee to play in, it makes you wonder what they see in Jeff.

Posted by No easy answers on 07/26/2010 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Henry's Attack Ad Raises Legit Question

I think part of the equation(sp?) is that:

Yarbro has said hes pro union but his law firm has a group dedicated to "union avoidance" and has raised over 10,000 from lawyers and PACs specializing in that field.

Yarbro says hes pro healthcare but he has personally represented NHC who, as the Scene pointed out, was behind the Kill Old People Cheap bill.

Yarbro says hes pro consumer but he gets his pay check from one of RJ Reynolds law firms, you know the people behind the legalize ponzi schemes, destroy the consumer protections act bill.

He says hes against guns in bars but again he draws a paycheck from a firm that represents firearm manufacturers.

Woods, I think pointing out Mike Stewart is correct here. As much as we want to take Yarbro at his word, when Dick Lodge comes into the office and Jeffrey's pay check is on the line, which way will he vote?

Posted by No easy answers on 07/26/2010 at 4:45 PM

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