Americans Elect to seek ballot access in Tennessee

The group that is seeking to offer a third, nonpartisan/bipartisan choice in all 50 states for the 2012 presidential election will file its petition tomorrow to be listed on Tennessee ballots. A partial press release follows:

On Thursday morning, Americans Elect Tennessee delegate volunteers Ronn Huff and Chris Farrar will file the Americans Elect petition with the Tennessee Elections Division for a line on the ballot for the 2012 presidential election. Americans Elect collected the signatures of 72,662 voters in Tennessee – far surpassing the state requirement of 40,039 – in support of more choice on the ballot this November.

Volunteers Huff and Farrar, a Democrat and Republican, respectively, are enthusiastic that a fundamental change to the nominating system will open up the political process in Tennessee and across the country, giving voters the chance to elect leaders who represent people, not parties.

More on the unrest in the Hawks’ nest

Rep. David Hawk pleaded not guilty to the assault charge following his arrest on a domestic violence complaint. — AP

Hawk’s wife said she was holding their 11-month-old daughter when she was struck. —

Hawk is resigning his House Environment and Conservation Committee chairmanship. —

The Tennessee Democratic Party used a photo showing an apparently injured Mrs. Hawk in a press release, causing somewhat of an outcry on Twitter.

Please remember two things as this troubling story unfolds: any of us accused of a crime is legally innocent until proven guilty, and there are human beings going through a lot of pain. A third thing to keep in mind is the welfare of a small child.

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