Republicans

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.

Bannon: Alabama begins ‘day of reckoning’ (with TN ramifications?)

The results of today’s Alabama Republican U.S. Senate primary may have ramifications in other states, including Tennessee, according to a Politico report that focuses on a Monday speech by Steve Bannon, former chief strategist for President Donald Trump, in supporting Roy Moore over Luther Strange.

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On the TNGOP definition of ‘bona fide Republican’

An August revision to a state GOP  bylaws provision that defines who is a “bona fide” Republican will be a central topic at an Oct. 2 meeting of the Knox County Republican Party with state Republican Chairman Scott Golden on hand, reports the News Sentinel.

Since a person must be deemed a bona fide Republican to run for public office under the party label, the change could impact some potential candidates in next year’s elections.

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GOP guber candidate White: Haslam is a RINO

Robert Houk’s Sunday column follows up on a speech to the Washington County Republican Women by Kay White, who has gotten far less media attention so far than the five other GOP candidates for governor. She denounced Gov. Bill Haslam as a RINO.

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House Republicans hold ‘team-building’ retreat

House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams tells The Tennessean about 50 members attended a “retreat” and fundraiser on Sunday and Monday.

Most of the meetings were at the offices of a Nashville law firm, where he says the Republican representatives heard from the three state constitutional officers, discussed membership dues and forthcoming open legislative seats and participated in team-building sessions (including a bowling outing).

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RNC adopts resolution condemning white supremists

Meeting in Nashville, the Republican National Committee on Friday unanimously approved a resolution condemning Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan, a move that comes just two weeks after President Donald Trump was widely criticized for going easy on white supremacist groups involved in the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests.

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TNGOP pitches Nashville as site for 2020 convention with Sun Drop soda, Goo Goo candy

The Republican National Committee meeting, held this week in Nashville, provided Tennessee Republicans with the opportunity to make an early sales pitch on the idea of holding the 2020 Republican National Convention in Nashville, reports The Tennessean.

Among the freebies offered to visiting GOP leaders from other states: Gift bags filled with Sun Drop, Goo Goo Clusters, Moon Pies and Lamar Alexander’s Little Plaid Book. A cruise on the General Jackson on the Cumberland River and a reception at the County Music Hall of Fame.

… “I always promote Nashville to be on the list,” said Beth Campbell, the national committeewoman for Tennessee. “Everyone here this week has thoroughly enjoyed being here. They’re very impressed with Nashville so I think we made a good first impression.”

To welcome attendees of the summer meeting, the state Republican Party prepared the gift bag, which also included a visitors guide and map, a beer koozie from Peg Leg Porker and a custom “Marsha Marsha Marsha” phone wallet.

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Former Knoxville News Sentinel capitol bureau chief Tom Humphrey writes about Tennessee politics, government, and legislative news.

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