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Ron Ramsey, Stephen Fincher join Diane Black’s campaign for governor

Former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher have been named co-chairs of Diane Black’s campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

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John Rose announces run for 6th Congressional District seat

News release from John Rose campaign

John Rose of Temperance Hall announced Thursday he will be seeking the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Rose is a small business owner and farmer who was raised in Cookeville and has spent his life in the 6th district. In fact, he is the eighth generation in his family to own and operate the family farm in DeKalb and Smith Counties.

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Former Ag Comish John Rose, longtime Diane Black supporter, files in 6th Congressional District

John Rose, a Cookeville business executive who served as state agriculture commissioner during former Gov. Don Sundquist’s administration, has filed the paperwork to run for the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Diane Black, reports the Nashville Post.

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Black bashes ‘meek’ Nashville Republicans; Harwell bashes Washington Republicans

Excerpts from a Times Free Press report on a Sunday forum for Republican gubernatorial candidates in Williamson County, hosted by state Sen. Jack Johnson.

We can find Republicans who are too weak or too meek right here in Nashville as well,” (said U.S. Rep. Diane Black)… “The people of Tennessee did not give us a majority to be meek. They made us the majority so we could do what we say we can do. And that’s the job of our next governor. To lead this state in a way with a firm hand and a strong spine. And that’s what the state of Tennessee needs is a strong leader.”

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Some TN political junkie reading suggestions, 8/7/2017

On members of Congress running for governor

Diane Black is one of nine current members of the U.S. House who have announced as candidates for governor in their home state and a “handful of others” are mulling the possibility, reports Politico.

But most of the aspiring governors are vacating the comfy confines of safe congressional districts for what, historically, has been a bad bet. The last time this many sitting representatives ran for governor, in 2006, twice as many lost as won.

… The aspiring governors in Ohio and Tennessee have slightly better historical records to fall back on. Both states have seen three sitting lawmakers elected governor since the turn of the 20th century. But the most recent in Ohio is Democrat Ted Strickland in 2006 and in Tennessee, and it’s been nearly a quarter-century since Republican Don Sundquist won in Tennessee, Ostermeier said

TN history note: Before Sundquist, the last member of Congress elected as Tennessee governor was Democrat Ray Blanton in 1974. And before that, it was Democrat Gordon Browning in 1936 (after trying an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate in 1934).  Browning then lost a bid for reelection, but returned to win the governor’s office again in 1948.

Just a guess, but Black probably will not be emphasizing her historical predecessors in the coming campaign.

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Beavers, Black and Harwell on hopes of becoming first woman TN governor

Comments collected by The Tennessean from three women running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination on the prospect of becoming the first female to hold office as Tennessee governor:

Diane Black: “It would be truly historic but I will tell you even more historic to me is to know that I would be the 50th governor of the state of Tennessee. That is the history that we would make.”

Beth Harwell: “I don’t think anyone should vote for me because I am a woman but I would tell you the historical significance is great. And it’s especially so because in the year 2020 this state will celebrate a hundred years of being the state that made it possible for women to earn the right to vote. I think it’d be nice to have a female governor at that point.”

Mae Beavers: “Of course it would have significance. It would kind of be overwhelming I would think. But it’s all about doing what’s right for the state of Tennessee.”

Black remains as House Budget Committee chair — at least until September

House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black (R-Tenn.) is intent on maintaining her chairmanship despite announcing plans Wednesday to run for governor in her home state, reports The Hill.

“She will remain chairman for the time being and is focused on getting this budget across the finish line,” a spokesman for Black said.

But a 2014 GOP rule named for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would prohibit Black from staying in the position while running for outside office unless she obtains a waiver.

Black ushered the House Budget resolution through the committee, but so far has not garnered enough support to pass it on the House floor.

It is unclear exactly when she would be required to give up her gavel. The House is in recess until September, and the Republican Steering Committee, which makes the call on waivers and new chairmen, will also be out until then.

Other committee members are already eyeing the position, with Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) seeking to take over. Another committee member, House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), also floated the possibility of getting the gavel.

Diane Black launches campaign for governor — the video

The Tennessean’s report has a description of the video, which includes Black talking about her rise from humble beginnings and her willingness to fight against liberals and “weak-kneed” members of her own party.

“Most people in politics say the right things, but they never fight for the right things,” Black says in the 90-second clip. “They’re too meek or maybe even too weak … I don’t back down. Maybe’s it’s because I grew up in a family where we had nothing or maybe it’s because I was a single mom working in the night-shift as a nurse. It’s just how I’m wired.”

Black, 66, joins the race with the most name recognition of the five leading Republican contenders, polling suggests, and a track record of championing conservative causes in Congress.

…She touts her pro-life record and how she fought against a GOP-led state income tax plan when she was a state lawmaker.

“I believe in secure borders and tough choices in cutting spending and beating the liberals instead of caving into them,” she says.

…Black is one of the wealthiest members of Congress. In 2013, the assets of Black and her husband David Black, who in November retired as CEO of Aegis Sciences Corp., were valued at nearly $150 million.

The video was first posted on Black’s new gubernatorial campaign website, HERE.

Black bashes Senate for failure to pass Obamacare repeal bill (a ‘slap in the face’ to voters)

News release from U.S. Rep. Diane Black

Washington, D.C. – House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black released the following statement after the Senate’s failure to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare:

“After seven years of promising the American people that we would save them from Obamacare, the Senate last night broke their promise. After months of debate, they failed to find even a single piece of health care legislation that they could support, including the same bill they passed in 2015, and then they gave up. This is unacceptable.

The House has done its work. We passed a bill to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a patient-centered health care system almost three months ago. The Senate’s failure to even continue the legislative process is a slap in the face to the voters that trusted and elected them. They deserve better. I urge my colleagues in the Senate not to quit and to keep fighting to keep their promise and save the American people from Obamacare.”

Budget Chair Black presents plan for $203B in federal spending cuts

House Budget Chairwoman Diane Black presented her proposal for cutting the federal budget today, contending that her blueprint, unlike past budget documents, would serve more than a messaging purpose, reports Politico.

“Today, we are introducing not just a vision for our country, but a plan for action,” Black wrote in a statement. “With a Republican Congress and a Republican administration, now is the time to put forward a governing document with real solutions to address our biggest challenges.”

The ambitious plan calls for $203 billion in mandatory cuts, which would mark the largest amount of deficit reduction through the budget process in two decades. And forcing Republicans to combine their already-complex push for tax reform with massive funding reductions would be a risky maneuver.

Some GOP lawmakers have already said they are worried about the potential political attacks if they’re seen as cutting programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to pay for billions in tax breaks.

The House Budget Committee is expected to approve the proposal Wednesday, though it remains unclear whether the plan would garner enough support to pass on the House floor.

The idea of mandatory spending cuts has already created tension within the fractious GOP conference. Nearly three dozen GOP centrists have balked at the idea of missing the chance for tax reform, while hard-line fiscal hawks have demanded even steeper reductions.

Note: The referenced Black statement appears as an op-ed piece in USA Today.