"I am not a bad person. I am not an extortionist. I am not a wild woman on a hunt for men. I'm a normal girl. I'm 22 years old. ... I haven't been charged with anything because I had nothing to do with it. The truth will come out in the end, and I think we will all pay for our mistakes and response. ... I feel like I can move on. I feel that I've learned. I'm hurt, and I'm beat up, and I'm emotionally scarred but all we have is the future and hope."Consider this interview a parting gift to the legislature from Stanley, the lech. If he only could have resigned with a little class, this never would have happened. Instead, he decided to blame the woman, even if she is only a 22-year-old college student, and now here's McKensie Morrison coming across as all sweet and innocent on TV and making the entire legislature look like a gang of creeps and perverts ... again. Pith is praying for them all. Watch the full interview here.
As sponsor of Tennessee's right-to-carry law, I am deeply concerned that she will continue to ignore the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment. Just last year, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment guarantees both an individual's right to own firearms and a right to self-defense. However, Judge Sotomayor ignored this ruling and held in 2009 that the Second Amendment applies only to federal gun control measures, NOT state gun control. She is clearly willing to allow state governments to enact gun control measures which fly in the face of the constitutional right to defend our loved ones as well as ourselves. This could undo Tennessee's right-to-carry permit law in addition to other Second Amendment protections passed by the state legislature, one of which was passed over a gubernatorial veto just this year. Judge Sotomayor should not be elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a liberal judicial activist who has shown a willingness to disregard the fundamental rights found within the Second Amendment. All Tennesseans who value their right to own firearms and defend themselves should be deeply troubled by the possibility of Judge Sotomayor's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The heart of President Obama's health-care reform plan--the public health insurance option--is under attack. And your representative, Jim Cooper, has a chance to join the fight to save it.
Earlier this week, a small group of conservative Blue Dog Democrats forced a compromise that would badly weaken the public option.
Then yesterday, 57 representatives released a letter saying the deal is unacceptable--that "they simply cannot vote" for a bill that doesn't include a strong public health insurance option.1
But as of last night, Rep. Cooper hadn't signed the letter.
Can you call him right away and urge him to sign the Progressive Caucus letter demanding a strong public health insurance option?
In that WSJ op-ed, Merrill Matthews of the Council for Affordable Health Insurance taunted the Blue Dogs, who include Tennessee's Jim Cooper, John Tanner, Bart Gordon and Lincoln Davis.
"[D]o the Blue Dogs really belong in the fiscal conservative pack? They talk like fiscal conservatives but vote like liberal Democrats." He noted that only 10 of the 52 Blue Dogs opposed Obama's stimulus, 14 bucked his budget and 29 rejected the climate change bill.
Their derailing of the House health care reform bill is the first time this Congress they've managed to maintain unity: "It was time," a Blue Dog Democrat tells The Hill newspaper. "This was a bridge too far."
But beyond kudos in the media, what have they gained? Their agreement with Rep. Henry Waxman changes the way a government-run insurance plan would operate to make it less competitive with private insurers. Liberal House Democrats are denouncing the deal and staging a revolt.
"We have compromised and we can compromise no more," an angry Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., said at a raucous news conference outside the Capitol.
If health care reform collapses because of their kowtowing to the insurance industry, Tennessee's Democrats will have a little explaining to do back home.
"We took money out of the savings account ... out of the rainy day fund and then we took money that came from the stimulus plan. ... Neither of those is going to be around in two years when one of us takes office," Haslam said. "We're not going to have a state income tax in Tennessee. ... That's not going to happen. We're not going to raise the sales tax. ... So you're literally in a position where you're going to have to fundamentally restructure state government."Rep. Frank Niceley lobbied for rail-truck facility site that could raise his property values. ... Sen. Paul Stanley qualifies for $8,000 a year from the state pension. ... Willie Herenton finally leaves office: "I'm history as mayor." ... Union says VW not hiring locally. ... Metro Council holds public forum on guns in parks. ... Frist releases first report on Tennessee schools.
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