Thu
Mar 28 2024
10:39 am

Newfound Press is out with my multimedia book about the 2022 campaign. It features text, photos, and lots of cool videos. Here's where you can get the free download.

Link to Trace @UT

Fri
Feb 2 2024
10:31 am
By: Mark Harmon

It's Groundhog Day. What, again?

Sat
Dec 30 2023
10:59 am

If you can get through the paywall, I have a column in the News Sentinel.

Free, Equal and No More

Tue
Dec 12 2023
04:32 pm

If you can get beyond the paywall, this guest column is exceptionally good.

Vouchers Fail

Fri
Sep 8 2023
05:57 pm

Tommy Tuberville, the U.S. Senator from Alabama who is single-handedly holding up hundreds of military promotions because of his hissy fit over military travel for abortions, now has a new concern. He is worried about "wokeness" in the U. S. Navy because, in his words, "we've got people doing poems on aircraft carriers."

So, poetry is just too wussy for Tuberville? In defense of poetry and poetry-loving troops, let me offer this variation on Rudyard Kipling's poem "If," edited to reference Tuberville.

If you can cater to crazies and lose your virtue,
And walk with Fools—and be a common rube
If neither sense nor pleading friends can stop you
If white men count with you, but women not so much
If you let none fill military promotions
With Senate tricks and ignoble traps
Yours is disdain and opprobrium galore
And—which is more—you’ll be a douche, fool coach.

Fri
Aug 18 2023
07:50 am

Guest Column for KnoxViews

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, or rather, Florida. The latest from the Land of Fearing Messages is that Hillsborough County (Tampa area) schools – afraid of the state’s broad divisive concepts and restrictive sex talk laws – have stopped required reading of entire Shakespeare plays.

Continued...

Wed
Apr 19 2023
11:12 am

Here is my take on this bad bill:

(link...)

Tue
Mar 14 2023
10:15 am

I'm back writing columns. Hope you enjoy this one.

TN Congressional Liars

Fri
Sep 2 2022
10:21 am

Knoxville-area congressional candidate Mark Harmon today called on his opponent, Tim Burchett, to remove a factual error in Burchett's online constituent newsletter.

Burchett wrote the Inflation Reduction Act will "increase the United States' deficit by $146 billion."

The Congressional Budget Office calculated that "enacting this legislation would result in a net decrease in the deficit by $102 billion over the 2022-2031 period."

Estimated Budgetary Effects of H.R. 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

"I'm worried some partisan hack is writing Burchett's material. We constituents at a minimum deserve factual accuracy," said Harmon.

Burchett, a Republican, has yet to respond to the Democratic candidate Harmon's call for televised debates between them.

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Wed
Aug 10 2022
09:50 am

The FBI search warrant executed against Former President Donald Trump's Florida residence has reverberated in local politics. Congressman Tim Burchett issued a Twitter statement, "I want to know what was the national security risk at Mar-a-Lago that warranted an FBI raid? Why did they decide it needed to happen NOW? FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland need to testify before Congress this week to explain themselves."
Burchett's Democratic opponent, UT journalism professor Mark Harmon, responded, "Let's talk about this in a televised debate, congressman. I'll be the one supporting the judge-approved warrant." Burchett has not agreed to debate his Democratic opponent in either of his past two elections for this office.
Earlier Burchett had put out a glib tweet declaring, "This just in, no pedophiles who were associated with Epstein have been arrested yet Mar-a-lago was raided?" Harmon retorted, "Let's help Tim with his memory problem" and posted this photo of Epstein and Trump.
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Wed
Jun 29 2022
11:51 am

Tomorrow (June 30th) the difference in our congressional race comes into sharp contrast. Tim Burchett has a high-dollar, corporate-oriented fundraiser courtesy of the owner of the largest house in Knox County (40,000 sq ft). Mark Harmon is having a celebration of his campaign with supporters and friends in a bowling alley, Strike & Spare Fountain Lanes, 3315 N Broadway in Knoxville (behind Senior Taco), 7-9pm. Come by for fun, bowling optional.

Pander Bear

Fri
Jun 24 2022
08:47 am

My opponent has joined the upper echelon of GOP crazy; Tim Burchett was one of only 20 voting against a mental health bill, joined by such lesser lights as Louie Gohmert, Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, and Marjorie Taylor Greene.

The Hill

Wed
May 4 2022
10:06 am
By: Mark Harmon

It's free, but you must register. Here’s the link:

May 12: UT Knoxville - 6 p.m. EDT

Student Union Auditorium

1502 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville.

Featuring: Republican and Democratic candidates for governor and Congress, Districts 1 and 2 (that's us!)

This is the first of six such forums sponsored by the USA Today Network across Tennessee.

Tue
Apr 12 2022
03:48 pm

This NY Times story deserves more attention. An extremist first-term Republican Congressman gets all upset about a 23-year-old court opinion about school prayer at a commencement ceremony.

Suddenly all the extremists in the House GOP turn against a routine bill to name a federal courthouse after a pioneering African American judge.

Congressman Tim Burchett, of course, joined the lemming-like rush to kill the legislation. We really need a better congressman.

Wed
Feb 2 2022
11:37 am

Congressman Tim Burchett misled his own fans and followers in his Feb. 1 newsletter. He wrote, “Tennessee requires individual to be at least 18 years old to register to vote. Under the Democrats’ legislation, Tennessee would need to lower the age of eligibility to 16 years old.”

You have to go to FactCheck to discover the sleight-of-hand. The bill would let someone as young as 16 submit an application or pre-registration, but that person still couldn’t vote until age 18. Here’s the link.

(link...)

Burchett’s stepping so close to a flat-out lie fooled Knoxville Focus Publisher Steve Hunley. Apparently relying on a Burchett tweet, Hunley wrote, “The Democrat bill would have lowered the voting age in Tennessee from 18 to 16.” Nope.

We need a better congressman, markharmonforcongress.com

Fri
Jan 7 2022
05:04 pm

On Jan. 6th, here is what our congressman chose to tweet:

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Two matters of ethics:
1) ignoring this important anniversary
2) giving financial advice, considering his pre-pandemic stock dump. From the Tennesseean (May 26, 2020):
Burchett reported just one transaction – selling between $1,000 and $15,000 in stock of Denny’s, the breakfast restaurant, on Feb. 12.

Sun
Nov 7 2021
05:04 pm

Sent to lots of news organizations earlier today. Let's see who uses it tomorrow. --Mark Harmon

News Release For Release: Nov. 8, 2021, 12:01 a.m.
Mark Harmon for Congress Contact: Mark Harmon
markharmonforcongress.com (phone numbers listed here) mark@markharmonforcongress.com

HARMON CHALLENGES BURCHETT TO DEBATES

Exactly one year from today voters will choose a new Congress. In our area that likely means voters will choose between Republican incumbent Tim Burchett and Democratic candidate Mark Harmon.

Today Harmon challenged Burchett to agree to a series of televised debates.

“The voters deserve at least two, preferably three or more, debates. We can have various topics and formats such as town halls, but the key is to trust the voters,” said Harmon. “Let’s see if Tim Burchett has the courage to accept this challenge, or instead will cower behind his party label and his mountain of corporate campaign cash.”

Harmon is a professor of journalism and electronic media at the University of Tennessee, and a former Knox County Commissioner. Burchett previously has been in the state legislature and was a Knox County Mayor.

Burchett refused to debate his previous opponent, Renee Hoyos, in the last two congressional contests for Tennessee’s House District Two.

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Thu
Jul 29 2021
04:09 pm

My opponent, Tim Burchett, is among 228 Republican legislators who have joined a "friend of the court" brief favoring Mississippi's case asking the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

My position on abortion rights is clear--trust women, and do not impose any level of government between women and their care givers and their choices. If this anti-woman effort is successful, it will not eliminate abortion. It will just eliminate safe and legal abortion, leaving that option only to the wealthy.

It is time for the pro-choice majority in Tennessee to rally to candidates like me--to defeat threats like Tim Burchett.

Both our US Senators, Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty, also have signed this brief rolling back women's rights--as have US House members Chuck Fleischmann, Mark Green, Diana Harshbarger, and John Rose.

Thu
Jul 8 2021
08:10 am
By: Mark Harmon

It appears my little start-up congressional campaign has freaked out Rep. Tim Burchett. He's fundraising from it. Here's part of what Burchett blurted.

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It's all boilerplate nonsense. He even alludes to me getting support from Hollywood moguls. That isn't happening, but if you'd like to help, a check would be nice--Mark Harmon for Congress, PO Box 27185, Knoxville TN 37927

Tue
Feb 2 2021
05:13 pm
By: Mark Harmon

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, forecasting another six weeks of Republican obstruction on Capitol Hill.

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