FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Secretary of State Has Authority to Stop Certification of Election and Should Use It

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TENNESSEE SECRETARY OF STATE HAS AUTHORITY TO STOP CERTIFICATION OF PRIMARY ELECTION AND SHOULD USE IT Nashville, Tenn. (August 30, 2012) — Despite their assertions to the contrary, Secretary of State Tre Hargett and State Election Coordinator Mark Goins have the authority to stop the certification process of the August 2 primary […]

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Default Doublespeak – Update on Machines Defaulting to Republican Ballots

In a Tennessean follow up to the story that the electronic poll books in Davidson County were set to default to the Republican ballot during the August 2 primary,  state election coordinator Mark Goins said “default” is not the right term to use. He explained: “…the Republican primary…was highlighted, and poll officials either failed to ask […]

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No Budget, No Pay? We have a Better Idea.

After we sent out our statement about Congressman Diane Black, et al. 31st attempt to repeal health care reform we got a message back from one of our members with a great idea. He wrote: I’m sure you have seen some of Diane Black’s re-election commercials, especially the one touting her “No Budget, No Pay” bill. Since she is […]

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They Call it “Sine Die” (2012 Legislative Session Wrap Up)

OH HAI! HOW’VE YOU BEEN?! We’ve been thinking about you for over a month now – time has gone by so fast and so much has happened. Not least of which has been the sine die* adjournment of the 107th Tennessee General Assembly and its 2012 legislative session (the next time they convene it will be […]

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The Legend of Legislative Bigfoot

THE LEGEND OF LEGISLATIVE BIGFOOT:Does a Government That Works for Us Really Exist? Short answer: No, not right now it doesn’t. For those of you keeping score at home, below is a summary of the legislative priorities of the Republican majority in the state legislature. In a nutshell, they are crafting and passing public policy […]

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A Government That is Transparent, Accountable and Works for the 99% (aka You Know We SHOULD Be Able to See You, Right?)

February 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Ethics in Governmet, Recent Blog Posts

In a political climate such as ours where money equals speech and large corporations and their CEOs can literally buy all the access to our elected officials that they want, our government should be more accountable to the 99%, than ever before. Our government institutions should be made more transparent and accountable to the people […]

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The ALEC – Tennessee Connection

ALEC, or the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group made up of representatives of large corporations and primarily conservative state legislators, works this way: ALEC members – large corporations with special interests – give them millions of dollars. ALEC holds conferences for state legislators State legislators attend these conferences and take home “cookie-cutter” legislation written […]

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The Greatest Election Ever Sold

With a shrug of his shoulders and an, “It is what it is, gentlemen,” Tennessee State Rep. Glen Casada successfully went to the mat yesterday so that corporations and big business could “have a voice” in Tennessee elections. The bill, HB1003, which Rep. Casada made sure passed easily through the House State & Local committee, […]

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New Resource: Government is Good

Because demonizing our government is sooooo 1981, we’re adding a new resource to our website. Government Is Good, a web project Mount Holyoke college professor Douglas J. Amy, is described as an “Unapologetic Defense of a Vital Institution.” In other words, it’s about smart and efficient government, not small government. Related Posts:No Related Posts

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