Tag Archives: Diane Black

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.

Political Christmas greetings

From U.S. Rep. Diane Black:

Wishing You a Merry Christmas…
Even if I’m not supposed to

It seems like every year during the holidays, we get reminded of how political correctness has run amok in this country.  Recently we had our own example of this in the House of Representatives, when the House Franking Commission sent out a memo to offices regarding holiday greetings. Continue reading

No Grey Poupon for DesJarlais staff

The Tennessean‘s Elizabeth Bewley reports that Tennessee’s congressional freshmen have kept a tight budget as compared with their colleagues. In particular, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais had spent less than half of his budget by the end of the third quarter.

Republican Reps. Diane Black of Gallatin, Stephen Fincher of Frog Jump, Scott DesJarlais of Jasper and Chuck Fleischmann of Ooltewah have spent a smaller portion of their annual office budgets than their more senior colleagues, according to a Gannett Washington Bureau analysis of records from the first three quarters of the year.

The one area cited in the article in which the four freshmen outspent most of their delegation colleagues is printing and postage.

What do you think? Is this frugal approach cutting the mustard?

(You kind of need to remember this to get the full effect here.)

Roberts, Wilber face off; Memphis votes on school system transfer

Today voters in Robertson and Sumner Counties who reside in the 18th Senate District will choose a replacement for now-U.S. Rep. Diane Black. One of Black’s rivals in last year’s GOP congressional primary, Kerry Roberts, faces Portland Mayor Ken Wilber, a Democrat.

Roberts is an accountant from Springfield. Wilber is a longtime public official in Portland. Political consultant Matthew Hurtt, in an endorsement of Roberts, says the Republican enjoyed a fundraising advantage, likely due to the help of another former congressional candidate (Jeff Hartline); but that Democrats will be mustering their get-out-the-vote efforts. Turnout is decidedly more critical in special elections than on regular election days.

Another open seat to be officially filled by today’s election is in the 98th House District. Rep. Antonio “2 Shay” Parkinson won the Democratic primary in January, and as there were no other candidates in the general election, was sworn into office after being appointed by the Shelby County Commission. The district was previously represented by the late Ulysses Jones, who passed away last November.

Last but not least, there is a citywide ballot measure for voters in Memphis. The referendum asks whether the administration of the Memphis City School System should be transferred to the Shelby County Board of Education. Should the voters decide affirmatively, the transition would be subject to a state law passed last month which dictates a merger process for Shelby County.

The polls are open today from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. CST in the applicable precincts.

Black talk

Freshman U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-Gallatin), who was elected in 2010 to Tennessee’s Sixth District, on Saturday delivered the official Republican response to President Barack Obama’s weekly address.

Audio: Diane Black 05-Mar-2011
Video: Weekly Republican Address 3/5/11: Rep. Diane Black


“Hello, I’m Diane Black. In addition to being a nurse, I’m also a small business owner and I taught at a local community college. I’m also a proud mother of three and grandmother of six – all of them wonderful. Just two months ago today, I had the honor of being sworn-in to serve the people of Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District, as part of the new Republican freshman class in the House of Representatives.

“My colleagues and I in the freshman class know that we weren’t sent to Washington to sit on our hands, or to find new ways to avoid old problems. We were sent here by our constituents to help put an end to Washington’s policies that are making it harder to create jobs and threatening our nation’s future.

“Job creation has to be the number-one priority for both parties. The policies of the past haven’t worked, and despite some signs of life in our economy, the unemployment rate is still far above the levels that the president’s advisors promised when the ‘stimulus’ spending bill was signed into law.

“What we need is a new approach – a path to prosperity that gets government out of the way by cutting unnecessary spending and removing barriers to job growth. We need to unleash our nation’s economy instead of burying it under a mountain of regulation, taxation and debt.

“Since the moment we were sworn into office, this has been the focus of our new majority in the House.

“Whenever I tour my district and I ask small businesspeople ‘what can I do to help?,’ they tell me to just get government out of the way and they’ll create the jobs and grow on their own. That’s exactly why our new majority is taking a complete inventory of Washington’s rules and regulations, looking to root out the ones that make it harder to create jobs.

“We’re hoping to find things that could have been discovered if Washington had been doing its work in an open and transparent way. There’s no better example of this than the 1099 paperwork mandate in ObamaCare. The House passed a bill this week to repeal it.

“And soon, we’re going to vote to cut wasteful mandatory spending programs – not just in ObamaCare, but also in the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill that’s drying up credit for our small businesses. We’ve also got our eye on EPA rules that are hurting job creation and creating higher gas prices.

“It’s not just the overreaching that has to stop – it’s the overspending, which many economists agree is a barrier to job creation.

“It’s now been just two weeks since the House passed H.R. 1, a bill that makes much-needed spending cuts and keeps the government running through the end of the fiscal year. Unfortunately, the Democrats who run the Senate haven’t allowed the vote on this bill or any other bill that would cut spending and keep the government running long-term.

“You may have heard President Obama say that we need to make sure ‘we’re living within our means.’ He’s right about that. Unfortunately, his budget doesn’t match his words. It continues out-of-control spending, it adds to our $14 trillion debt, and it adds to the uncertainty that makes it harder to create jobs. Maintaining the status quo – and refusing to offer a credible plan to cut spending – is just unacceptable and inexcusable.

“Again, we weren’t sent here to sit on our hands. The American people want us to keep the government running while cutting its cost. So with your support, Republicans spearheaded the passage of a short-term measure that cuts spending by $4 billion. That’s $4 billion of YOUR money that would otherwise have gone to earmarks and other wasteful programs. It’s a start, but it’s not nearly enough. By enacting this bill, we’ve provided another two weeks for our Democrat colleagues in the Senate to either pass H.R. 1, or to pass a credible alternative that meets the people’s priorities. Doing nothing is not an option.

“After two years, we know that government doesn’t create private-sector jobs. It’s small businesses and the people behind them who do. That’s why our majority is focused on getting government out of the way and charting a new path to prosperity. It’s what our constituents sent us here to do, and it’s what we need to do for the future of our children and our country.

“Thank you for listening.”

Links and transcript courtesy of the Tennessee Republican Party.