Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Legislature's Big Jobs Bill Also Just Happens to Help a Big Contributor

Posted By on Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 8:07 AM

click to enlarge Jim Tracy: "It's about jobs."
  • Jim Tracy: "It's about jobs."
Sen. Jim Tracy wouldn't talk to Pith yesterday but he did comment to the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal about helping out Ronnie Barrett with his troubles with the state Transportation Department. "I favor it; it's about jobs," Tracy said, sticking to the talking point Barrett's buddies are repeating to try to trick people into thinking they're not really making a special law for a big campaign contributor. We don't think anyone is fooled. Since when does this legislature care about jobs? Barrett says, "This is all up-and-up and it's good work." All over Murfreesboro, people are snorting over their Sugar Puffs as they read their morning paper. Also in the DNJ, Sam Stockard quizzes legislators about this afternoon's gun shoot. Rep. Joe Carr, not the sharpest knife, admits he's going on this legislative play date, and it sounds like he's planning to collect his per diem too. You may recall Carr ran into a little trouble last year for taking a lot of per diem even though he only lives 30 miles from Nashville and could easily drive home every night. "I can't believe they're doing it during legislative time, as angry as people are right now (at elected officials)," Rep. Kent Coleman says in the article. "To my knowledge, it's their fascination with shooting guns. There's no legislative intent I know of."

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