The calm after the storm

Maybe we haven’t recovered fully from last week’s elections, but here are a few things that have happened since.

Chattanooga elections may move

Chattanooga City Councilwoman Deborah Scott is pushing to have the council, and then the voters, decide on a measure that would move the city’s municipal elections up four months from March to November, so that they would coincide with state and federal elections.

Opponents argue that doing so would dilute attention from the local race, since so much publicity adorns the top of the ticket. Advocates say that turnout would naturally be higher, and thus allow for more participation.

Scott also is proposing limits of two terms for council members. Her fellow council members do not seem too keen on that idea.

Match set in District 10

Following Greg Vital’s concession to Todd Gardenhire in Senate District 10, Democratic Party nominee Andraé McGary announced his general election kickoff message. “The reports of the demise of the Democratic Party in Tennessee, to paraphrase Mark Twain, have been greatly exaggerated,” McGary said. “The upcoming Kefauver dinner here in Chattanooga will show a room filled with the spirit to fight back—and win.”

The race for this open seat is likely to draw statewide attention.

Senator says Clayton in the wrong camp

Sen. Stacey Campfield today blogged about previous encounters with Mark Clayton, the official Democratic Party nominee for the U.S. Senate election. Campfield says the disavowed candidate would be more at home in the GOP, but avers Clayton’s authenticity in considering himself a Democrat.

Green option for Yellow Dogs

After a declaration by state Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins that there is no time for a Democratic do-over, a couple of voices have spoken up offering a candidate whose politics may appeal to the party’s progressive wing.

Martin Pleasant was nominated in June by the Green Party of Tennessee to run in this election. Here’s R.W. Young’s endorsement.

Green ink fading?

But candidates like Pleasant may get yanked from the ballot if a federal court ruling that granted them ballot access were to get overturned. As of right now, we should expect to see Green Party candidates listed along with Democrats, Independents, and Republicans on the Secretary of State website. The finalized candidate listings are due up by Aug. 30.

Fright Ning

A writer at Smart Girl Politics is very concerned that voter fraud (as in deliberate and secret manipulation of electronic vote tallies) might be the reason U.S. Rep. Diane Black won the 6th District primary over Lou Ann Zelenik, and that the total number of votes cast against U.S. Sen. Bob Corker in the Senate primary amounted to only 12%.

Chief change

House Speaker Beth Harwell on Tuesday announced that she has named Scott Gilmer the new Chief of Staff for the Tennessee House of Representatives. Gilmer is a former research analyst for the House Republican Caucus, during which time he got into a little trouble by illegally using former Rep. Nathan Vaughn’s name in anti-Vaughn website addresses. Gilmer seems to have stayed out of trouble since the incident.

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