The state Building Commission will hear from the public before it considers the land transaction that is part of the plan for a new Nashville Sounds baseball stadium at Sulphur Dell.
A release from the state Thursday afternoon says the commission will offer a public comment period at its meeting this Monday. The meeting agenda can be seen here (in PDF form).
The Building Commission meeting will take place this Monday, Nov. 25, at 10:30 a.m. in Hearing Room 30 of the Legislative Plaza.
UPDATE: It turns out that DeSano Pizza Bakery was not aware of this event, and says they are not hosting it. More here.
It seems that Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and state Sen. Stacey Campfield will be co-hosting a fundraiser
at DeSano Pizza Bakery — it's a great place, and we won't hold this against them — later this month.
The opportunity to work for a better Tennessee in the State Senate for the past 3 years (as well as 6 years prior, serving as a member of the State House of Representatives) has been the most rewarding experience of my life. I greatly appreciate the confidence and trust placed in me by the citizens of my legislative district. I hope to continue working for the people of Tennessee, as an honored member of the State Senate, through our efforts to reduce government intervention, support individual responsibility, crackdown on acts of crime, and to promote economic growth.
The 2014 election cycle is just around the corner, and I am asking for your financial support for this up-and-coming campaign season. Although raising money is not amongst myfavorite campaign activities, being adequately funded is necessary for a successful campaign. Your support of this effort will go a long way in achieving this critical goal.
With that in mind—on October 22nd, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey and I will be co-hosting a fundraiser reception from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The event will take place at DeSano Pizza Bakery, located in downtown Nashville at 115 16th Avenue South.
I wish you all to attend as my guest.
Please—feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions.
Sen. Stacey Campfield
2011 Flagler Road
Knoxville TN, 37912
But wait! There's more after the jump:
We can only assume that Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey will soon be offering to sell the citizens of Tennessee a bridge, probably on behalf of a Nigerian prince.
You may remember that earlier this month, on Sept. 11, a statement was posted on Ramsey's Twitter account that read as follows: "As the President attempts to ally w/ Al-Qaeda in Syria's civil war, we must always remember who attacked us on our soil 12 years ago. Let us never forget those who died, those who served and those who carry on."
For obvious reasons, the statement was inflammatory and disingenuous.
But now, in a media availability, Ramsey says he was shocked, shocked, at the negative reaction to the statement. (He also makes an unconvincing case for why the president is attempting to "ally with Al-Qaeda" but Sen. Bob Corker isn't.)
“I had no idea,” Ramsey tells the Tennessean's Chas Sisk. “Had no idea. Never entered my mind that that would be a provocative tweet. Never once. That was absolutely amazing.”
Props to Chas for pressing him on it. For one thing, it's the first opportunity we've had to actually hear from Ramsey on the matter, instead of his flack. It's also interesting to know that the lieutenant governor would rather have us believe he's startlingly oblivious than admit to being a troll occupying one of the biggest offices on Capitol Hill.
We assumed the 12th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 would be the occasion for some head-meet-desk moments, but we hoped we'd at least be able to finish our first cup of coffee before something this foolish came over the transom.
Noting the anniversary, Lt Gov. Ron Ramsey tweeted the following:
As the President attempts to ally w/ Al-Qaeda in Syria's civil war, we must always remember who attacked us on our soil 12 years ago.
— Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (@RonRamsey) September 11, 2013
This is a stupefying statement, and not just because the lieutenant governor has decided that Sept. 11 is the day to make it.
State legislatures are, generally speaking, horrible places.
For all the necessary functions they perform, these houses of state government often serve as incubators for depraved minds and rotten ideas (whether they come from legislators themselves or a no-assembly-required ALEC package). In fairness, that's probably been said about newspapers. But in the confines of the statehouse, these pieces of intellectual excrement are formalized, filed and given a fair chance of becoming laws. This is bad.
You know this, of course. For the last several years, Tennessee has been a leading leader among the country's batshit factories. Last year, in fact, Mother Jones ranked our legislature No. 1 on a list of the 50 Worst State Legislatures. (Get it? They're all bad.)
Still, we're honor-bound to tell you what they're up to. So in an effort to do that, while also sequestering some mind-numbing ideas with the hope of protecting the occasional important discussion that goes on around here, we introduce Tennessee's Legislative Stupidity Index©. Using the LSI, we'll rate legislative proposals according to their relative stupidity on the following scale: Not Stupid; A Little Stupid; Half Stupid; A Lot Stupid; and Full Stupid. Consider this our attempt to jump on the grenade. We're over-thinking this stuff so you don't have to.
Without further ado, we kick things off after the jump, with the latest proposal from...oh come on you know.
First, a programming alert: With the closing of The City Paper, Andrea Zelinski's statehouse reporting will be moving over to the Nashville Post. Reset your bookmarks accordingly (and hey, maybe consider subscribing) toward Post Politics (or @post_politics on the Twitters).
This morning, she reports that Gov. Bill Haslam says he's willing to considering re-opening the discussion about the guns-in-lots law Republicans passed last year, despite having said previously that he'd had enough of gun play at the legislature. An opinion from Attorney General Bob Cooper undercut the legislation, and some Republicans are expected to push to change the law accordingly.
Haslam says he'll talk to the Ron Ram about it.
From AZ at the NP, after the jump:
Long-time Democratic state Rep. Lois DeBerry, of Memphis, died Sunday afternoon, at 68, after facing pancreatic cancer for nearly five years. She was the longest serving member in the state House of Representatives.
From the Associated Press over at The City Paper:
DeBerry continued to fight the disease for nearly two more years. Even when her doctors told her there was no more they could do, she still attended legislative meetings and worked to address the needs of her constituents.
House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh said her resilience in her final days was "unbelievable."
"We'd say, why is she doing this? It's got to be painful, it's got to be very stressful on her," the Ripley Democrat said. "She was one of a kind, there's no question."
DeBerry was the second African-American woman to serve in the General Assembly. She was preceded by the late Dr. Dorothy L. Brown, who was elected in 1967.
Rep. Karen Camper, D-Memphis, said women like Brown and DeBerry inspired other African-American women to run for office.
"Lois DeBerry ... made us feel like it was possible to be in politics and that you can be a strong voice in a male-dominated world," said Camper, who is black.
Read the entire piece here.
We've often mocked state Sen. Frank Niceley around here because state Sen. Frank Niceley often serves up bad ideas.
The senator from Strawberry Plains has suggested training and arming school teachers and proposed that U.S. Senate candidates be selected by state legislators from the two parties.
These are bad ideas.
But last week, as we emerged from the fog of our July 4 freedom binge, we noticed the following tweet from Niceley that made our head hurt — not because of Niceley's commentary, but because of the absurdity he was pointing out.
So this is what those economic-incentives scolds are always going on about.
WPLN's Blake Farmer reports that Hemlock Semiconductor of Clarksville is still receiving checks from the state of Tennessee, months after laying off all its nearly 300 employees.
The Department of Finance is making good on $95 million of promised incentives, having paid $92 million so far, according to a state spokesperson.
“This is something that the current administration sort of inherited,” says Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes. “I think we do have to be very careful and very thoughtful going forward on things like this.”
Farmer reports that Hemlock has received nearly $720,000 from the state this month.
In an email sent from his public account, Republican state Rep. Andy Holt doesn't give a rat's ass ... wait, now we're mixing up our Republican jerks.
In this email from his public account, Holt, who sponsored the recently passed Ag Gag bill, tells the Humane Society of the United States' public policy coordinator, Kayci McLeod, that she works for "a pathetic excuse for an organization and a pathetic group of sensationalists who seek to profit from animal abuse" and says he likes to refer to the group's fundraising methods as “tape and rape.” Along the way, he also says the group wants to use animals "the same way human-traffickers use 17 year old women."
Our friends at 1100 Broadway have the full email exchange, and we couldn't be happier to link you to them.
Holt's respect for women who dare to speak out of turn was on display earlier this week, when he told anti-Ag Gag country star Carrie Underwood to "stick to singing."
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