About as unannounced as a DUI checkpoint
Republicans are “bracing themselves” (seriously?) for a campaign announcement by Kevin Kookogey, who says he will not attend any more “Beat Lamar” vetting sessions because he is an “unannounced candidate.”
Trace Sharp is named executive director of the Crockett Policy Institute. Congratulations, and I hope she keeps blogging.
Hangin’ with Senator Cooper?
Steve Steffens says he knows it sounds crazy, but that he’d be all for having U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper enter the race for U.S. Senate, especially if a Tea Party candidate were to upset incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.
Which way is this Carr going?
Tom Humphrey noticed an interesting bit of speculation in and around Murfreesboro.
Camp4u inexplicably still free
As the paywall on Knoxville’s paper goes up, here’s a retrospective from everybody’s favorite blogging legislator.
U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District, in a press release posted by Tom Humphrey, says he has filed a bill that would require Congress to pass its annual spending measure by the deadline if members want to get paid on time. The Senate sponsor is Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada.
Perhaps not coincidentally, this is item number one on NoLabels’ list of 12 suggestions to “Make Congress Work.”
While several states have adopted new district maps, and more are in the approval process, Tennessee’s redistricting progress is slowed by partisanship and secrecy. Here are some thoughts about what we do know at this point. Continue reading
Andy Sher examines a rich swathe of Tennessee’s political history by stacking-up Weston Wamp’s bid for the Third District seat his father recently held against the fortunes of other politicians’ sons and daughters. One forgets just how many names in our electoral lexicon have been names that previous generations knew well. Baker, Clement, Cooper, Duncan, Ford, Gore, McWherter, and Turner are just some of the families that have contributed more than one member.
It’s a tradition that goes back at least as far as President John Quincy Adams. As the article points out, not all such campaigns are successful. Mike McWherter tested the waters for a 2008 run against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, then quickly decided that the temperature was icy. Two years later, he was all in for another statewide race, this time for governor. His opponent prevailed.
There’s one more local example of political offspring: Oscar Brock, son of former U.S. Sen. Bill Brock, ran for the state Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Ward Crutchfield (another political family, with ties to still others). The younger Brock happened to lose that election, but I felt it was worth mentioning here because it was a particularly amicable campaign, in both the GOP primary that Oscar won and the general election against the eventual winner, Sen. Andy Berke.
I have created a page that lists the whole congressional delegation for the 112th Congress, which begins in January. The information listed with each member will be enhanced to include, among other things, campaign finance disclosures, voting records, and full contact info. (Right now I have websites and social media addresses, so you can probably get there from here.) Your suggestions are welcome for what else would be useful information to include.
As I was putting the info together, I noticed that there were often two current or incoming members who shared a particular attribute. Here are a few of those pairings:
- Two women. Congressman Marsha Blackburn (District 7) will no longer be the lone female, as she will be joined by Diane Black (District 6). Does anyone know if Sen. Black will also go by “Congressman”?
- Two Democrats. In a sharp reversal of its former 5-4 majority in the U.S. House delegation, the Democratic Party now only boasts two members, one each from the largest urban centers in the state. (U.S. Reps. Jim Cooper, District 5; Steve Cohen, District 9)
- Two musicians. I’m just looking at the House here, because of course U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is a fine pianist; but Cooper plays the banjo, and to-be freshman Stephen Fincher plays guitar and sings gospel.
- Two “Steves.” The District 8 and District 9 neighbors are Fincher and U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, respectively.
- Two doctors. Dr. Phil Roe (District 1) will now be joined by Dr. Scott DesJarlais (District 4) in being able to answer “is there a doctor in the House?”
- So close: two nurses. But it was not to be. Robin Smith, who narrowly lost the District 3 primary in August (and in winning would have been all but assured victory in the general) could have been paired with Black in this category.
There is also a trio: Black, Blackburn, and Cohen are all former state senators. (Black is still one, as of this writing.)
There is only one Lamar.
There is only one who was elected before 2002: U.S. Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan, who was elected in 1988.