Michael Silence: “To say today’s endorsement by The Tennessean newspaper is an eyebrow raiser is an understatement. This is the same newspaper where former Vice President Al Gore got his start in journalism.
“They endorsed Obama in 2008. Of course, the paper endorsed Gore in 2000. In 2004, the paper endorsed Democrat John Kerry over President Bush. The endorsement will have political junkies across the country buzzing.”
Here’s part of the editorial:
“America needs strong leadership; yet, our leaders in Washington have seldom looked more impotent. . . .
“Because as important as foreign policy, social issues, immigration and the environment continue to be, this election hinges on Americans’ fear of a European-style economic collapse. No other issue will matter more, and to more voters, on Election Day.
“The next president must be the one with the best chance to get the crushing, $16 trillion national debt under control, coupled with the more immediate need of enabling a vibrant job market.
“It is because the economy is paramount that The Tennessean endorses Gov. Mitt Romney for president.”
Our Republican of the day is State Representative Debra Young Maggart (R-TN), the Chairman of the House Majority Caucus. She previously served as the Republican Whip.
In 2011, for the first time in Tennessee history, conservatives controlled the Governorship and both chambers of the General Assembly. She was immediately elected by her colleagues, and Maggart, 52, wasted no time in implementing an ambitious reform agenda.
As Caucus Chairman, her remarkable record of accomplishment includes:
* The elimination of the death tax;
* The repeal of the gift tax;
* A commitment to a forever ban on a state income tax;
* A voter photo ID requirement that protects elections from fraud;
* A crackdown on violent sex offenders;
* Tort reforms so businesses can operate on a level playing field;
* As well as passage of two balanced budgets.
Dr. Art Laffer, the father of supply-side economics, now lives in Nashville, and describes Maggart as a “proven fighter for pro-growth economic policies. While Washington continually eschews its fiscal responsibilities, Tennessee has become a model for how government should conduct itself. Coupled with Tennessee’s right to work status, her initiatives are making the state one of the nation’s premier locations for new jobs.
“Tennesseans owe a debt of gratitude to Debra Maggart for these victories, and she has helped advanced the cause of economic freedom to lengths unseen in the modern era.”
She was first elected in 2004 and was among the few legislators who endorsed Romney last year. Maggart, a grandmother and Rolling Stones fan, resides in Hendersonville. Her interest in politics dates back to childhood. She grew up in Governor A.H. Roberts’ home. He was responsible for calling the special session in which Tennessee voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution to give women the right to vote.
Reviewed by Gregg Hilton
This is an important and thought provoking book. The author is a professor of history at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and her effort resulted in the Harry Truman Book Award from the Truman Presidential Library. She is a liberal but there is no bias in her account of this period.
The Dixiecrats (or southern Democrats) were predominantly conservative, but the movement also included many racists. She accurately quotes them and that was enough to prove her point. Her account begins with Franklin Roosevelt’s election in 1932, but as she readily acknowledges, the Democratic Party’s Solid South really began with the end of Reconstruction in 1877. Continue reading
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Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, left, won last night's GOP gubernatorial primary and is shown with his primary opponents. In the center is Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and at right is Congressman Zach Wamp.
by Gregory Hilton
Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam won a landslide victory in last nights GOP gubernatorial primary. He now faces Mike McWherter (D), 55, a beer distributor and son of a former governor. Haslam is a heavy favorite to take over the Governor’s Mansion in November. Two term Governor Phil Bredesen (D), a moderate, is retiring because of term limits. Continue reading
Editorial Note by Gregory Hilton: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged today that Republicans could win back control of the House of Representatives. If he wants to know why a backlash has developed, an excellent person to consult is retiring Governor Phil Bredesen (D-TN). Continue reading
Former Vice President Al Gore is now a liberal icon. He made global warming a prominent issue, is a hero to the environmental movement, and has been vigorous in his criticism of the Iraq war. Today the former Vice President’s endorsement is a highly sought after seal of approval by liberal candidates. Gore’s left wing views are far different from the moderate record he established during his four terms in the House and 8 years in the U.S. Senate.
Back then he had a pro-defense voting record on the Armed Services Committee, and criticized liberal Democrats who wanted to cut the Pentagon budget. Gore first came to national prominence during the 1988 presidential campaign. Continue reading