Tuesday, March 25, 2008
GOP Businessman to Challenge Lautenberg in New Jersey
Polling over the past several months has indicated a weakness in New Jersey ultra-liberal Frank Lautenberg. Lautenberg, one of the most outspoken anti-gun zealots and tax-and-spenders in the U.S. Senate, is old enough to remember when there were only 13 colonies, and apparently that bothers more than half of his constituents. As I have told many wonks over the past few months, all the GOP needed was someone who could mount a serious challenge and New Jersey could be the surprise of election night.
Today, Andrew Unanue, a successful businessman who has amassed a significant personal fortune, entered the fray for the GOP nomination. Citing the economy as his top priority, Unanue will mount a serious challenge to Lautenberg in a state that it was assumed 12 months ago was safely in the Democrats' column. Unanue - a 40-year-old Hispanic - strikes a great contrast to the 82-year-old, white relic who currently occupies the seat.
New Jersey is now one state to watch through November.
The Courier Post
Labels: 2008 Senate Races
Monday, March 24, 2008
Up Later This Week: Hawkins County Lincoln Day
And you don't even have to miss the Vols play the Cardinals from Loserville, I mean, Louisville. UT drew the Thursday night slot, so all you will miss NCAA-wise are the Davidson-Wisconsin and Stanford-Texas games. And, as all sports animals know, that's what Tivo is for...
NRA's LaPierre to Speak in Tri-Cities
Leader of NRA to Visit Kingsport; will speak on Gun Rights Issues
Bristol, TN – Tennessee Conservative PAC has announced an event featuring Mr. Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice-President of the National Rifle Association on Friday, April 18, 2008 at Meadowview Conference Center starting at 7 P.M.
“We are excited that the leader of the NRA will be in Northeast Tennessee for Tennessee Conservative PAC,” Jim Holcomb said. “The evening will be full of useful knowledge for those who are interested in protecting our Second Amendment rights at the Federal and State level and other conservative issues.”
Everyone is invited to attend. Tickets to the event are a suggested contribution of $15 and may be purchased by calling 423-646-1589.
Wayne LaPierre has served as the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association of America since 1991.
Since then, NRA almost doubled in size, exceeding four million members, and is recognized as the most politically influential organization in America.
Wayne joined NRA in 1978 as a state liaison for the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), and by 1986 was elected its executive director, managing NRA initiatives before Congress, the executive branch and state legislatures.
Wayne’s latest book, The Global War on Your Guns: Inside the U.N. Plan to Destroy the Bill of Rights, exposes the worldwide movement to undermine American firearm freedoms. His previous books include Guns, Freedom and Terrorism, Shooting Straight and Guns, Crime and Freedom, which reached #11 on The New York Times bestseller list in 1994.
Wayne’s commitment to preserving our Second Amendment freedoms extends to those safeguarded by the First Amendment. As a key strategist opposing the onerous Campaign Finance Reform Act upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, he is committed to the restoration of free political speech for all Americans.
As NRA’s principal spokesperson, Wayne is regularly quoted, debated and interviewed on the nation’s most influential TV networks, cable programs, radio shows and in global magazines and newspapers. For years, he hosted “The Wayne LaPierre Show,” a syndicated radio program broadcast in over 100 markets.
In 2000, Wayne launched NRA Sports. Though in its infancy, NRA Sports has already touched hundreds of thousands of lives through promotion of the shooting sports.
Under his guidance, the NRA played a strategic role in the 2000 election of George W. Bush over his outspokenly anti-gun opponent. Indeed, NRA’s vigorous campaign and grassroots support was widely credited as one of the keys to that victory.
During the 2002 election cycle, Wayne again helped lead the NRA to record-setting victories. By orchestrating get-out-the-vote rallies in key battleground states, NRA energized American voters to elect the most pro-gun, pro-freedom Congress in recent history. NRA won 94 percent of its U.S. House races and 88 percent of its U.S. Senate races, proving again that NRA voters comprise one of the most formidable political forces in the country.
Wayne LaPierre has helped the National Rifle Association restore the relevance and sanctity of the Second Amendment and, today, this right is preserved by freedom’s largest, most potent and devoted voluntary organization.
Study Links Divorce with Violent Crime
I suppose you do have a chicken and egg problem here, though. Were the personality traits that would cause someone to be predisposed to divorce also make a person predisposed towards certain criminal acts? Or did the divorce cause the person to commit crimes, possibly altering their mental or psychological outlook or through some sort of depression-related response?
An interesting study, nonetheless.
Returning to the Blogosphere
- widespread corruption and selling out of ideology within the Knox County Republican Party;
- Angela's parting of the ways with the Department of Children's Services, a State agency which proved to be severely anti-family and discriminatory when the chickens came home to roost;
- Angela's reintroduction to The Huddleston Law Firm;
- stomach flu that swept through the family and caused me to miss my first day from work for illness in nearly a year;
- a trip to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500;
- many, many wonderful moments with my son.
I've been busy, just not with blogging. Of course, I wondered if I even needed to come back after the unfortunate demise of Volunteer Voters. After BillHobbs.com underwent its facelift several years ago, VV at first filled a void, and then expanded as the functional clearinghouse of blogging information for Tennessee. It will be interesting to see if something else fills the void left by VV, or if we will have to work even harder as bloggers to remain connected as a statewide community.
Friday, March 07, 2008
Federal Judiciary Secretly Acting in Tennessee?
That being said, the thought of the Federal Bench here in Tennessee working to remove a practicing attorney who just so happens to expose corruption at various levels of government is frightening. As Attorney Randy Reagan states in the article, this has a chilling effect on attorneys who step out against the government. I can see this in my own initial feelings on Moncier's case.
I haven't been vocal about it at all, but I was the initial attorney who helped expose a great deal of the corruption that existed in Grainger County a couple of years back. Indictments came down, and elected and appointed officials were removed. I currently have a few cases involving a Tennessee executive agency that leads me to believe that it is ripe with corruption. If I continue to push these cases - which would be the right thing to do - will secret judicial proceedings occur against me? Will my law license be put at risk because I act ethically in providing zealous advocacy?
Truly frightening stuff, and a true example of why a powerful government must be held in check by its people.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Just One of Many Problems for the GOP
A poll released last month by George Barna revealed that if the election were held then, only 45 percent of Evangelicals would vote for a Republican candidate. That number is down from 85 percent of Evangelicals who voted for George W. Bush in 2004.
Call me naive, but that would seem to constitute a problem for John McCain.
Labels: 2008 General Election
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Red State Update: Primary Reactions
- Jackie Broyles on Hillary Clinton's remarks last night.
See what other tidbits Jackie and Dunlap have in their latest installment:
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Flash Flood Watch in Illinois
Quite a surprise that the great gunslinger would retire with his last pass being a horrible interception in overtime of a playoff game and because he's "tired."
If that was the standard, I'd be booking myself into one of those old people's camps in Florida any day now.
However, there's one thing that I can't get out of my head - the threat by the Clinton campaign to sue Texas over the primary last week. That indicates to me that their internals must be bad or, at the very least, trending downwards. You don't go threatening to sue in a state that you are safely winning, so that worries me about my prediction.
Nonetheless, I don't think the road ends tonight with a Democratic nominee. On to Pennsylvania, where anti-Second Amendment Governor Ed Rendell could hold the keys to turmoil that, as Freddie predicts, may rip the party apart.
To which I say, join the club, Democrats...
The Republican Fisherman
A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."
The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 4909 minutes west longitude."
She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Republican."
“I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"
"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."
The man smiled and responded, "You must be a Democrat."
“I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"
"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but, somehow, now it's my fault."
Monday, March 03, 2008
Saturday's SEC Meeting
- The Barrack Hussein Obama/Anti-Semite "controversy" that drew many a journalist turned out to be much ado about nothing. I spoke with several high-level GOP sources that confirmed that none of the repudiation by the national party or our legislators (Lamar, Corker, etc.) that has been reportedly occurring behind the scenes has been reality. We apparently are looking at either a media or possibly a liberal blogger-driven rumor cycle. Despite what this ex-journalist would call a "grilling" of SEC Chairman Robin Smith by state media (Tom Humphrey, Ken Whitehouse, etc.), there wasn't much in the way of additional headlines on this matter.
- The SEC, in anticipation of questions regarding unsubstantiated rumors of Robin Smith's chairmanship being in jeopardy, passed a resolution via unanimous voice consent at the inception of the meeting to support her. The resolution read as follows:
Robin Smith Resolution
The State Executive Committee of the Tennessee Republican Party wishes to commend Robin Smith for her commitment to the office of Chairman. Over the past seven months, she has displayed an extraordinary level of dedication to the office of which she was unanimously elected.
The State Executive Committee is fully supportive of the Chairman as she deals with the challenging issues and events that confront the Tennessee Republican Party from time to time.
The State Executive Committee eagerly looks forward to following Chairman Robin Smith into the Fall 2008 elections as she continues to lead the Tennessee Republican Party on the road of becoming the majority party of the State of Tennessee.
- Bill Hobbs wasn't in attendance, but I knew that in advance of the meeting because he was never supposed to be there Saturday. Hobbs had asked for and received permission to be with his wife on her birthday well in advance of this meeting.
- There is no doubt in my mind that Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will be running for Governor come 2010. Frist was at the meeting and briefly addressed the SEC. Prior to the event, we spoke, and I'm pretty sure that he got Lil Leo to commit to some door-to-door work for 2010 (providing that Leo has learned to walk by then, of course).
- Van Hilleary was defeated by John Ryder for the National Committeeman position. Both men had been campaigning pretty vigorously over the past month for the job, and there is not a lot of love lost between the two (given to how Van succeeded John last election). How Van lost this time was interesting, to say the least. On the first ballot, the vote was tied at 31-31, at which time a revote was ordered. While the first ballot was being counted, Meredith Hilleary and I had our two little ones (Virginia Hilleary and Leo Huddleston, respectfully) in the foyer of the committee room. Committeeman Scott Golden passed us heading for the door, saying that he had an event to attend for Congressman Marsha Blackburn and that a traffic accident on I-40 was likely going to impede his travels. When the vote was announced a tie, Meredith and I met again in the hallway and realized that Golden (and perhaps others) would not be present for the second balloting. We notified Chairman Smith as to why the count would be different and let the chips fall where they may. The second ballot was 31-30, and that is how what one media member called "Ryder's Revenge" occurred.
- Leo and Lamar are getting to be buddies. Lamar was amazed at how much our son had grown over the past two weeks.
- There certainly wasn't any attempt to stack the delegates for the convention with SEC members. It appeared to me that SEC members were mostly alternates, if they were fortunate enough to make the final cut at all.
- There was lots of talk amongst the Knox County delegation about the leadership void that has afflicted the local party over the past year. More on that to come...
That's all for now. Time to get my little one to his first day of daycare. Ughh.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Headin' to NashVegas
There is also speculation that there may be staff changes due to the recent Obama flap that caused John McCain to notice that Tennessee still exists. I wouldn't hold your breath. Short of Bill Hobbs just saying that he didn't want this kind of grief anymore and resigning, I wouldn't expect any changes. I highly doubt that would be Hobbs' reaction, because I know how badly he wanted this position with the Tennessee GOP. Plus, while the press release was a bit strong, it obviously wasn't that strong because no one reacted for several days afterwards. If anything, this whole mess is the product of a news cycle that was vacant (partly due to no major primaries this week) and needed some space filler.
Here's my prediction: I bet that as Leo and myself make our way around the various meetings and hobnob with the usual suspects that no one mentions the desire to have Robin Smith, Bill Hobbs, or any of the other party officers or staff resign.
I'll try to report on any interesting occurrences (as well as post on last weekend's Jefferson County Lincoln Day - I know that I'm behind, folks) when we return from Nashville.
Other people talking about the SEC meeting:
Katie Allison Granju
Ken Whitehouse (Note: I have spoken with several big-time GOP officeholders and donors - none of whom say they were the ones referenced by Whitehouse - who found Whitehouse's claims of dissension to be humorous.)
Music City Bloggers