Hakeem, I’ll Add You On

I’ll add you, that is, on to the list of candidates seeking the House District 28 seat being vacated by Rep. JoAnne Favors. The former Chattanooga City Council member and parole board member has announced his intent. The Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V press release is on Chattanoogan.com.

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No more Favors at the Capitol?

Rep. JoAnne Favors on Monday announced that she will not seek re-election to the District 28 House of Representatives seat.

After redistricting following the 2010 census collapsed the former 29th District into the 28th, Favors won a primary against former Rep. Tommie Brown and became the 28th District representative.

Favors served on the Hamilton County Commission before running for the Legislature in 2004, when she defeated former Rep. Brenda Turner in the Democratic primary for the District 29 seat.

Favors easily fended off challengers each election year, including one by Republican candidate Basil Marceaux Jr. (scion of the legendary “Basil Marceaux dot com”). There’s more on her legislative career at Ballotpedia.

It will be interesting, for sure, to see who runs next year.

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Winnow is coming

The Tennessee Republican Party has made changes to criteria that determine whether one is truly a Republican when seeking office.

Under the changed policy, in order for a candidate to be considered a bona fide Republican he or she must have – and this is what was changed – voted in three of the last four statewide Republican primaries. Previously, the number was two of the last four.

Those primaries include the 2016 presidential primary and the August primaries in 2016, 2014 and 2012.

No more can a would-be candidate simply answer “how much do you hate the Romans?” with “a lot.” Nope; not gonna cut it.

Wait — Hold on a SEC

But here’s a detail I need help with. The article (HT Humphrey) introduces vagueness into where the change was made. It’s probably a simple error. I myself erred when emailing the reporter about it, calling Scott Golden the “Executive Director” of the party. He’s chairman, duh.

But Chairman Golden is quoted as saying this: “The change was made at the State Election Commission (were made) to strengthen the standards.”

Snip from my inquiry to Tyler Whetstone: So was the change made by the SEC (State Executive Committee) or the SEC (State Election Commission)? Surely not the SEC (Southeastern Conference).

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Fitz who?

Or, the A-B-C’s of primary voting

Of course you and I know who Rep. Craig Fitzhugh is, the banker from Ripley whose tenure in the House of Representatives spans a couple of decades, and who currently serves as House Minority Leader.

Fitzhugh formally announced his bid for Governor of Tennessee over the weekend, meaning that he will now want to make sure that he’s doing everything he can for the next year to be name-recognized by a whole lot of Democrats.

The same is true for former Nashville mayor Karl Dean, Fitzhugh’s primary rival—and for U.S. Senate candidate James Mackler, for that matter.

Why is everybody always picking on Democrats with this bit of unsolicited advice, and not dishing it out equally to Republicans?

Well, surely you remember the Mark Clayton and Charlie Brown episodes. (Me, not so much, on the latter; embarrassingly, I had to use a web search engine to recall Brown‘s eminently memorable name.)

For a variety of reasons, the GOP has had a much easier time of late making sure that its top-tier candidates are top-of-mind among its primary voters. Democratic Party voters have instead gone with top-of-the-list, alphabetically.

I mean, Mark “I’ll Have Another” Albertini could have run as a Democrat and gotten picked. (Not actually true; in 2006, the incumbent was Gov. Phil Bredesen, whose name, come to think of it, starts with an early letter, but who nevertheless kept all 95 counties in the Dem column.)

So even though Dean has raised a considerable amount, and Fitzhugh likely will be no slouch either, there is precedent for cautious diligence to make sure someone with a last name starting anywhere between A-C doesn’t come along and upset the order.

Republicans who perennially worry about Democrats crossing over and voting in their primary should be wary too: what if, unwavering from their penchant for voting the phone book, Democrats were to accidentally boost Beavers over Black and Boyd? It could happen.

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Logos, slogans, and no-go’s

As the race to become the next Governor of Tennessee reached the one-year mark from the primary elections, U.S. Rep. Diane Black became the latest Republican to join businessmen Randy Boyd and Bill Lee, Sen. Mae Beavers, and House Speaker Beth Harwell in the contest. Rep. Judd Matheny promptly made it official that he is running for the Sixth Congressional District seat currently held by Black.

So far, only former Nashville mayor Karl Dean has officially filed in the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial primary, although House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh may run as well.

Since we are still in the early days when only politics nerds pay attention, it’s fitting that a couple of writers have paid attention to what the candidates’ design teams have come up with for logos, and what their slogans are might well have been.

Freelance photographer and former Tennessee Republican Party communications director Bill Hobbs penned a (mostly?) satirical set of slogans for the GOP candidates.

– Randy Boyd, former Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development. whose campaign slogan is, “Because Haslam Can’t Run Again.”
– Bill Lee, businessman, founder of the Lee Company, whose campaign slogan is, “Another Wealthy Business Guy – Like Haslam, But From Middle Tennessee! – With No Previous Political Experience – Like Trump, But Without The Foul Mouth and Odd Twitter Fetish!”
– Mae Beavers, State Senator, whose campaign slogan is “Eek! Gays!”
– Beth Harwell, Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, whose campaign slogan is “Finally, I’m Actually Running for Governor.”
– Diane Black, U.S. Representative, whose campaign slogan is, “I’m One Of You. Except With A 20,000-Square-Foot House.”

What slogans would you assign the campaigns? What’s Karl Dean’s slogan?

The Nashville Scene‘s Steven Hale ranked the logos of all six, and the results could surprise you. Or not. My favorite parts of Hale’s post center on tri-star treatment.

But wait, there’s more! Beavers tweeted a different logo Wednesday afternoon—and it comes with a slogan (“Holding The Line,” for anyone who can’t see the logo due to being dammed by Beavers). (You can see it here.) What does that do to the rankings? And is it better or worse than the other one?

Ending as we started with serious campaign news: earlier this week, U.S. Rep. John Duncan, Jr. announced that he is not seeking re-election. This removes a significant hurdle for Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, whose upcoming announcement on Saturday presumably is about this.

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