Republicans

Hall tax repeal prompts letter-writing war between GOP legislators and Democrats

A letter-writing war has been underway in recent editions of The Cleveland Daily Banner between Republican state legislators representing Bradley County and Democrats. A letter from state Democratic  Chair Mary Mancini was the latest episode and prompted the newspaper to do a roundup story that chronicles the back-and-forth written sniping.

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Haslam elected chairman of Republican Governors Association

Press release from Republican Governors Association

WASHINGTON, D. C. – The Republican Governors Association announced today that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was elected to serve as the RGA Chairman for 2018. Additionally, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts was elected to serve as Vice Chairman. Both assume the positions immediately and are a one-year duration.

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A political ‘pay-to-play’ system in place for state House Republican Caucus?

The state House Republican Caucus is calling on every GOP representative to give the caucus political fund at least $1,000 with substantially higher amounts set for leadership positions and committee chairs, reports Tennessee Star, which characterizes the document it has published as creating a “pay-to-play” system. A memo says it’s supposed to produce $267,500 in funds for Republican legislative candidates.

The Star is in receipt of the “Due Schedule” document that came out of a late August Sunday morning Republican House Member Caucus meeting, the timing of which coincided with Sunday worship and summer vacation for many.

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Russians tied to three Twitter accounts that falsely implied links to TNGOP

Federal lawmakers and Twitter acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that three social media accounts masquerading as the Tennessee Republican Party’s were tied to Russia’s effort to undermine last year’s election, reports The Tennessean.

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Former official ophthalmologist to the Memphis Grizzlies seeks GOP U.S. Senate nomination

Dr. Rolando Toyos, founder and CEO of eye care clinics operating in the Memphis and Nashville areas, metros, has become the fourth Republican to announce as a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Bob Corker.

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Party hosts Republican gubernatorial candidate powwow

Representatives of five Republican candidates for governor met with state GOP Chairman Scott Golden and Executive Director Michael Sullivan on Oct. 11, reports The Tennessean.

The meeting at the party’s headquarters in Nashville included emissaries of U.S. Rep. Diane Black, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Knoxville entrepreneur Randy Boyd and Williamson County businessman Bill Lee.

Former state Sen. Mae Beavers did not send anyone because of a scheduling conflict, she said Monday. She also recently changed campaign staffers.

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Jeb Bush plans fundraiser for Randy Boyd; Black & Beavers bash Bush & Boyd

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will speak at a fundraiser for Randy Boyd’s campaign next month, reports the Nashville Post. Rep. Diane Black, one of Boyd’s rivals for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, promptly issued a news release declaring Bush and Boyd are ‘a match made in establishment heaven.’  Mae Beavers, another Boyd opponent, had similar comments — and criticized Black, too.

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Russians behind Twitter account targeting TN?

A Twitter account that the Tennessee Republican Party tried to get suspended was created by a Russian “troll” farm that was trying to influence American political views, according to the Russian magazine RBC.

The Tennessee-targeted account was labeled @TEN_GOP; the real Tennessee Republican Party account is @TN_GOP. Twitter suspended it in August, 2017, about a year after the first request by TNGOP.

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More talk on TNGOP change of rules for running as a Republican

A recent change in state Republican Party bylaws drew criticism at a meeting of the Knox County GOP Monday evening, but state Republican Chairman Scott Golden and Julia Hurley,  a member of the State Executive Committee were on hand to defend it and suggest its impact will be limited, reports the News Sentinel.

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Harwell, Casada reject Democrats’ call for special session

In a perhaps unusual move, House Republican leaders have responded to Thursday’s House Democrats holding a news conference and issuing a press release urging a special legislative session on Medicaid expansion.  (Usually such Democrat doings are ignored.) They spurned the idea.

House Speaker Beth Harwell: “As Speaker of the House, I believe that instead of calling for a wasteful special session to expand a program that is failing, we as State Representatives and Senators should instead call on Congress to return healthcare back to the states without strings attached so we can begin to develop a better, more affordable program for Tennesseans.”

House Majority Leader Glen Casada“As Republican leaders of our state, we want to get rid of the disaster of Obamacare, not support a broken healthcare system that has become a drain on Tennessee families and backed insurance providers into a corner. 

Republicans want real solutions, not political promises that would result in more bureaucracy, higher costs, and drive a bigger wedge between patients and doctors. Obamacare has caused insurance rates to skyrocket to a point where the middle class can no longer afford coverage. 

Medicaid expansion has been an abysmal failure for those states that have participated. Here in Tennessee, we are committed to improving the health and quality of life for all Tennesseans through free market principles that demonstrate real results.

Note: The House Democratic Caucus press release is posted HERE.