This is a very interesting story. Having served in college advancement for a number of years, I'm really interested to see how the Alumni Board of Directors at UT has been formed. It looks like a relatively new organization. There is more to this story. http://volsconnect.com/s/1341/utk/index.as…
Not sure I understand the reference to Muslims here. The quote doesn't explain the reference either. More reporting on that would be helpful.
We shouldn't forget that Rep. Stewart is also a veteran who served our country and fought to protect and defend the Constitution. Did Haslam serve in the military? Does he have a law degree like Stewart? We should remember that having a father who was successful in business doesn't qualify you for the governor's office.
Best lame excuse award goes to Mark Rogers, who claims that the anti-tax protestors weren't a risk because they didn't sleep over. Yeah, right Mark.... and the death threats, traffic jams, etc., weren't the slightest threat to security, right?
Wonder what Mr. "pro-family values" has to say about the dramatically reduced birth rates in the latest economic downturn. http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10…
I met with Fowler in July 2008 to discuss the Family Action Council and the legislative priorities in Tennessee at the time. I mentioned my interest in building bipartisan consensus on abortion reduction legislation, which should have been something that pro-life Republicans and pro-choice Democrats could agree on.
Rather than working with me on this, Fowler tried to have me fired from my job.
I talked with Fowler about how being pro-life means supporting life AFTER birth, including support of universal affordable healthcare, opposition to the death penalty, and support for labor rights and a re-valuation of labor. Fowler has totally ignored that part of the seamless garment of pro-life.
Fowler talks about separation of church and state when it suits him (e.g., on matters of tax policy, economic policy, treatment of military families and veterans, etc.) but then tries to use these wedge issues - rooted in homophobia and hatred - to win Republican votes.
Fowler's organization is not pro-family. His approach to minority families, his neglect of the plight of single mothers, his ignorance about domestic and sexual violence, and his hypocrisy on church-state matters makes him one of the most repugnant "Christians" I have ever met. I continue to pray for him to change his heart. Maybe it'll take an incident like what happened with Curry Todd for him to rediscover God's grace and apply that to others.
I think the issue here is that laws are only as good as the people enforcing them. What we have is a weak regulatory system in Tennessee, which Republicans are trying to further weaken while Democrats are trying to adequately fund and strengthen. Republicans aren't cutting waste. They're just cutting corners.
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