SOPA stances shift alliances, create political targets

RedState blogger (and Peach Pundit emeritus) Erick Erickson issued a call to arms against U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District, whom he says he generally likes, over her co-sponsorship of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

I love Marsha Blackburn. She is a delightful lady and a solidly conservative member of Congress.

And I am pledging right now that I will do everything in my power to defeat her in her 2012 re-election bid.

Asked for comment on this development, Jack Arnold, an independent candidate who says he’s running against Blackburn, had this to say:

SOPA is a perfect example of lobbyist-written legislation being pushed through by members of Congress who don’t fully understand its ramifications in order to secure more money from groups with deep pockets to win the next election. I don’t want anyone shutting down the internet: not corporations OR the government. The internet carries the promise of bringing democracy back to our broken electoral system. Defending a return to democracy — in place of a cash driven special-interest system like we have now — should be something that transcends left or right and unites the citizenry.

Meanwhile, some members of the social news site Reddit have announced that they intend to “take down” U.S. Sen. Bob Corker over his SOPA support (along with his support of the NDAA and the USA PATRIOT Act). Michael Gideon wonders if they can:

Reddit members have already achieved a number of ‘hits’ this year, including the infamous Texas judge William Adams campaign. Can they bring down a popular and relatively safe politician like Bob Corker? And if they can, is this how democracy works now?

Here’s another quote from Erickson that illustrates his view of the bill.

The Act intends to stop online piracy. The way the Act goes about doing this is, in large part, allowing [U.S. Attorney General] Eric Holder to take control of the internet and shut down websites he does not like. It is a totalitarian response from a bipartisan coalition of Congresscritters most of whom admit they have no freaking idea how the internet even works.

One day historians will recall this as the beginning of an era

Recall election blogger Joshua Spivak has a story in the Los Angeles Times about the recent sharp increase in the number of recall initiatives.

The recall’s increasing popularity and effectiveness is directly connected to technology. Campaigning, fundraising and, critically for the recall, signature gathering have become easier thanks to the digital revolution. It may seem like a paradox: At the same time that we are witnessing billion-dollar campaigns for president, the most basic political action launched by non-professionals is becoming cheaper and more effective.

Interestingly, only nineteen states currently have recall provisions, although more are considering whether to adopt them. Here are some more stats.

Question for you: does this information adjust your perspective on Chattanooga’s mayoral recall attempt?

Also, is it just me, or is it fascinating that former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger won election to office following the recall of his predecessor, former Gov. Gray Davis, and starred in a film titled Total Recall? Yeah, it’s probably just me.

Relief maps

The long-awaited redrawn maps that will outline Tennessee’s new electoral districts will start being revealed next week, WPLN’s Blake Farmer reports. The special committee on redistricting will begin with the House of Representatives maps on Wednesday, January 4, in Legislative Plaza Room 30 at 9:00 a.m. Central time, says Brent Leatherwood, the House Republican Caucus’ Director of Communications.

In Hamilton County, it is widely expected that Districts 28 and 29 will be somewhat combined, resulting in a single district where African-Americans are in the majority; and that a new district is being formed that will comprise parts of eastern and northern Hamilton County.

State Senate and U.S. House of Representatives districts are also being redrawn and reapportioned in compliance with the U.S. Constitution.

The 2010 census marks the first time that the Republican Party has controlled redistricting in Tennessee.

(Updated to correct day of week.)

Fleischmann noted for perfect voting record

Politico reports on a New York Times study that found four members of the freshman congressional class of 2011 cast a vote at every available opportunity in their first year in the House. U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, who represents Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District, is among them.

The study found that four true freshmen posted perfect voting records: Republicans Sandy Adams Florida, Justin Amash of Michigan, Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee and Steve Womack of Arkansas. Republican Steve Chabot of Ohio, who had previously served in the House, also posted a perfect attendance record, as did Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.), who served only part of the year after winning a special election in New York.

Overall, the study found, this year’s freshman class outperformed any other on attendance in the past twenty or so years.