Fri
Aug 8 2014
11:46 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

Not that I had a preference between Little Wamp and Fleischmann, but does anybody else feel a sense of relief at not having to look at Little Wamp's Eddie Munster face for awhile?

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Fri
Aug 8 2014
04:48 pm

Chattanooga Times Free Press - Chattanooga domestic partner benefits rejected

Nearly a year of public debate over whether Chattanooga should provide benefits to their employees’ gay or straight partners, ended at the polls Thursday with a resounding no. The domestic partner benefits ordinance was voted down for a total of 13,685 votes with the yes votes lagging at 8,184 votes.

Chattanooga Tea Party President Mark West said he hopes the City Council and Mayor Andy Berke honor “the will of the people.” “What we want them to take away from this is that the people have spoken,” he said.

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What: A Swift Night Out Annual Chimney Swift Count Aug 8, 9 & 10 and Sept 12, 13 & 14
When: Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 10:00pm
Where: any open chimney near you!

Your help is needed with this Citizen Science opportunity folks. Just find an open chimney and enjoy the show!

It is time for "A SWIFT NIGHT OUT!"
On one night over the weekends of August 8, 9, 10 and September 12, 13 and 14 observe the roost starting about 30 minutes before sunset and estimate the number of swifts that enter. If you are unable to count on these three nights, we are still interested in your count from any other date. When you have your number, please fill out the online form at:
(link...)
If you prefer you can send us your results in a response to this email. Your report will go on the map but will not be part of the official data base. All reports will be posted at (link...)
This is a continent-wide effort, so please pass this message along.

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Fri
Aug 8 2014
12:43 pm

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Gordon Ball emailed media a copy of his victory speech. Here it is:

Good evening. Thank you for coming. And thank you to all of the Tennesseans who voted in this hard-fought election. This is what being a citizen of our country is all about. And I want to especially thank everyone who helped us get here tonight, from Mountain City to Memphis, and of course, right here in our great state’s capitol.

It’s a credit to this great country we live in that someone who grew up in a one bedroom house-trailer – as the son of a moonshiner who understood the value of an education because he never had one, yet wanted a better life for his son – could be standing before you today as the nominee of the Democratic Party for one of the highest offices in our land.

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Fri
Aug 8 2014
11:32 am

Scripps reports second-quarter results

The company reported a loss from operations before income taxes of $5.5 million in the 2014 quarter compared to income from operations before income taxes of $3.9 million in the 2013 quarter.

...revenue from newspapers was $92.3 million, down 1.3 percent from the year-ago quarter. The continued decline in advertising and marketing services revenue was partially offset by an increase in subscription revenue.

The company, which owns the Knoxville News Sentinel and the Memphis Commercial Appeal, recently announced they are spinning off their newspaper business.

Shares were off nearly 9% on this morning's earnings news, but have recovered somewhat and are currently trading down about 4.5%.

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Fri
Aug 8 2014
11:08 am

What: Vintage Trouble at the Bijou
When: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 7:00pm
Where: Bijou Theatre

Y'all might want to check out this show. Vintage Trouble has been around a while, but they're one of my favorite recent discoveries. Tickets went on sale today, and they are fairly cheap.

More info, tickets, etc.

P.S. Big thanks to AC for bringing them to town!

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Fri
Aug 8 2014
09:31 am

What is the psychology of a Democrat who goes to the polls, votes in the Democratic primary, figures the governor's race is a lost cause, and just votes for the first name on the ballot?

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Thu
Aug 7 2014
05:24 pm

Final update: With all Knox Co. precincts reporting, here are the headlines:

• Sen. Campfield out, Briggs with huge 67% to 28% blowout, will face Siler in November for State Senate 7

• Rep. Hall (49%) out, Daniel (51%) will run unopposed in November for State House 18

• Smith defeats Emert (pronounced: EM-urt) by 30 votes (will there be a recount?), will face Johnson in November for State House 13

• Pridemore defeats Fansler 57% to 43% for Chancellor 6th Judicial District Part II

• Green defeats Price 59% to 41% for Criminal court Judge 6th Judicial District Division III

• Deathridge defeats Walker 54% to 46% for Board of Education District 1

• Hill defeats Rowcliffe 62% to 38% for Board of Education District 6

All results...

Tennessee Secretary of State servers are down, so we'll wait until to tomorrow to get final results for Governor and U.S. House and Senate primaries.

With about half of precincts reporting, Ball had a slight edge over Adams, Alexander is leading Carr 51% to 39%, Duncan winning easily, Fleischmann has a slight edge (less than 1,000 votes) over Wamp, Tracy has a slight 46% to 44% lead over DesJarlais. For governor, Haslam wins the GOP primary with 88% (Coonrippy Brown got 31,285 votes!), and "Charlie Brown" is ahead of McKamey 41% to 27% in the Democratic primary. (Thanks a lot, TNDP!)

It appears all appellate court justices will be retained, despite Lt. (real) Gov. Ramsey's attempt to take over the courts.

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Thu
Aug 7 2014
03:04 pm

Mayor Rogero today announced a number of appointments to the city's Board of Zoning Appeals, Business Advisory Council, Board of Electrical Examination and Review, Animal Control Board, Police Advisory Review Committee, Civil Service Merit Board and the Wrecker Services Commission.

Full list in the press release after the break...

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Thu
Aug 7 2014
07:57 am

Knox County Democrats out there - IT'S ELECTION DAY!! GO VOTE!

To find out more about our Democratic Candidates, click here:
(link...)

It is vitally important that we vote to retain our state judges, who are excellent and undeserving of the recent ouster efforts by Republican Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey. This story has been making national news, and all justice-loving and fair-minded individuals should be outraged at his actions - particularly since two of the three targeted justices are women. (link...)

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Thu
Aug 7 2014
07:53 am

HOORAY! It's ELECTION DAY! My favorite day of the year (even when I lose)! Seriously, every Election Day should be a holiday, there should be huge block parties and bands in the streets!

Just think, my sister women, less than 100 years ago, most of us (except those who were in progressive states at the time) had no right to cast a ballot for any elected official - those who were making the laws, codes, and ordinances by which we had to live. And now women are the deciders of elections! SO GET OUT THERE and HONOR those women who worked on our collective behalf for years and years and years, to give us this privilege.

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Wed
Aug 6 2014
11:28 pm

The BOE's got an emergency!

(link...)

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Wed
Aug 6 2014
08:41 pm

I don't know if this KNS story is just poorly written, or if this was the actual argument from the State of Tennessee. If the latter, wtf? Tennessee's compelling state interest in opposite-sex marriage is providing a stable home life for "accidental" children????

Acting Solicitor General Joseph Whalen argued on behalf of the state, who insisted Tennessee’s interest in providing marriage to opposite-sex couples lies with ensuring children born from accidental pregnancies have a chance at a stable home life.

Some of you lawyers weigh in.

Addendum: Well, this is better written, but still seems like a nonsensical argument.

And Tennessee Associate Solicitor Joseph Whalen said Tennessee's law barring recognition of out-of-state gay marriages ensures children are born into a stable family environment.

Refusing to recognize same-sex marriages "ensures children are born into a stable family environment?" Really? That's all it takes to "ensure" a stable home environment? Refuse to recognize same-sex marriage and all children will have happy homes?

Geez, I'd be embarrassed to make an argument that weak.

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Wed
Aug 6 2014
06:02 pm

More likely to see a senator ousted in TN than in KS
This datalab article is kinda wonkish and statisticky but nonetheless intriguing. Interesting connections between insider/outsider and immigration reform aka Laura Ingraham/Fox radio effect. His Cantor loss analysis also worth a look-see. Suggest bookmarking this geek... The cross tabs from this primary will be wore out.

Although it’s not clear whether immigration itself matters to GOP primary voters, or it’s symbolic of other issues, or it’s merely a confounding variable, incumbents do better with higher grades. As I noted previously, this relationship holds even when controlling for the partisanship of the state.

This is bad news for Alexander because he earned only a C+ from NumbersUSA. That’s the same score as Sen. Thad Cochran, who barely won his primary this year in Mississippi. Roberts, however, was given A+.

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Ricardo Torres v. Precision Industries

The trial court granted summary judgment based solely on the illegal status of the employee, concluding he was incapable of employment [because of immigration status], and therefore, could not assert a claim for retaliatory discharge. We reverse, holding that the undocumented employee does have standing to bring a retaliatory discharge claim and remand for further proceedings.

This case involving worker's comp and retaliatory discharge could get interesting. Will it go to the state Supreme Court? Unrelated, but we wonder if Joe Carr wishes this had happened two weeks ago.

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Wed
Aug 6 2014
05:41 pm

Hey Knox County Democrats out there - don't forget how important this election is, and how important it is that you vote in the Democratic Primary! We need to elect good people like Mark Harmon, Kim Webber, Cameron Brooks and Sylvia Woods to the State Executive Committee.

Also, the numbers of delegates we get to send to our next National and County Conventions depend directly on the number of Democratic Primary ballots pulled in this election. This is no time to cross over, regardless of the satisfaction it might give you to vote against someone you feel is an embarrassment. :)

Do you want a lot of East Tennesseeans at our Party's next National Presidential Nominating Convention? I do! Vote on a DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY BALLOT!

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Wed
Aug 6 2014
01:17 pm

ESPN and Charter announced today that Charter will carry the new SEC Network starting 8/14. Comcast had already announced they would be carrying it. It's not clear if it will be a premium channel channel, but an SEC Network spokesman was quoted in an earlier news report that it would not be a premium channel and Comcast says it is part of their "Digital Starter" package. Carriers are reportedly paying $1+ per subscriber in SEC states.

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The Mrs. got tired of me obsessing about why the FEC still hasn't posted U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball's second quarter campaign finance disclosure. She called the FEC. They said they didn't have it and referred her to the Senate Secretary's office. They said they had sent it to the FEC. After a bit of bouncing back and forth, the FEC finally tracked it down and emailed it to her.

As expected, most of the receipts were self-loans by Gordon Ball. Of contributions, about half were from Ball and about half from other individuals. There were a lot more individual contributions for the second quarter, including Knoxville attorneys Sid Gilreath and Greg Isaacs and Regal Entertainment president Greg Dunn. Ball also made a $5000 donation to the Tennessee Democratic Party.

Anyway, here's the full report...

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Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

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