Mae Beavers

Anthem flap inspires Haslam bashing by Beavers, Breitbart

Former Sen. Mae Beavers, now running for governor, and Breitbart News are making an issue of the Haslam family’s comments on the ongoing national anthem controversy in the National Football League. Beavers says Randy Boyd, one of her GOP primary opponents, should return any contributions received from the governor’s family.

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Pody unopposed in Senate District 17 GOP primary

State Rep. Mark Pody of  Lebanon was the only Republican to file qualifying papers by Thursday’s deadline for the special election in state Senate District 17 seat, reports The Wilson Post. Attorney Mary Alice Carfi was the only Democrat to qualify.

That means, of course, that the Nov. 7 primary outcome is already decided. The general election pitting Pody against Carfi, who lives in Lebanon and has a law office in Old Hickory, will be Dec. 19.

Incumbent Sen. Mae Beavers of Mount Juliet resigned from the seat to focus on her campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

If Pody wins the general election – and he’s the presumptive frontrunner in a district that has leaned strongly Republican in recent elections – the Wilson County commission would appoint a temporary successor to the House District 46 seat.

The district covers Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith and Wilson counties.

Special election dates set for Senate District 17

Gov. Bill Haslam has set Nov. 7 as the date for a special primary election in state Senate District 17, where Sen. Mae Beavers has resigned while running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. The general election date is Dec. 19.

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Beavers resigning state Senate seat; expanding gubernatorial campaign team

News release from Sen. Mae Beavers

MT. JULIET, TN – Tennessee State Senator and conservative Republican candidate for Governor Mae Beavers has announced that she will resign her seat in the legislature effective Friday, September 1st at noon. Beavers also disclosed key additions to her gubernatorial campaign team.

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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.”

New Rural TN PAC holds first event, gives Beavers an edge over Lee in gubernatorial straw poll

State Sen. Mae Beavers edged Williamson County businessman Bill Lee in a Republican gubernatorial election straw poll held Saturday night by Rural Tennessee Speaks, a group recently established with state Rep. Jay Reedy, R-Erin, as president.

Beavers and Lee were the only two candidates to address the gathering in Dover, attended by about 200 people, according to media reports. Reedy tells Tennessee Star the straw poll results were 66 for Beavers, 62 for Lee, 10 for U.S. Rep. Diane Black (who hasn’t announced as a candidate), seven for House Speaker Beth Harwell and two for Randy Boyd.

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On Mae Beavers tweets, blocked Democrats, ‘hateful trolls’ and reactionary busy-bodies

The chairman of the Davidson County Democratic Party says in a press release that state Sen. Mae Beavers may be violating federal law by blocking “almost everyone who isn’t a reactionary busy-body” from her Twitter account. Beavers, a Republican candidate for governor, responded with her own press release declaring she was only “blocking hateful trolls who tweet profanity and obscene images.”

Here are the press releases:

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Tea party activist who backed Beavers for governor now planning to run herself

Kay White, a Johnson City real estate agent and tea party activist, had been backing state Sen. Mae Beavers’ run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, but is now preparing to run herself, according to reports in The Nashville Scene and the Johnson City Press.

Both quote White Facebook postings on her past support for Beavers and on her new plans. The latter post reads:

“I am making an official announcement on July 22nd at 5 p.m. at the Jonesborough Courthouse steps followed by a celebration at the ‘Barn’ just off Boones Creek Road on to Old Gray Station Rd. There will be signs! Bring everyone with you. It is time that we have representation for upper East TN. Some people seem to think that East TN. stops in Knoxville! Many blessings, Kay White.”

The Scene has long bloc quotes of White on Facebook and some commentary. The Press is more cryptic (and credits the Scene). Excerpt:

White did not answer a Johnson City Press reporter’s calls on Thursday.

On Wednesday, White told the Nashville Scene, which first reported White’s aspirations to become governor, that Beavers was “great” but that “some people affiliated with her campaign have caused me to doubt her judgment, which concerns me as far as who she’d appoint should she win.”

The social media-savvy Hawkins County native is a vocal proponent of President Donald Trump and served as East Tennessee chairman of his campaign during the 2016 election. White also attended both the 2016 Republican National Convention and Trump’s inauguration ceremony.

… White’s politics were quite different in the 1990s, when she ran as a Democrat for the Tennessee’s 1st District U.S. House seat.

In 1998 and 1996, White lost both general elections to former Republican U.S Rep. Bill Jenkins. She did taste victory during the 1996 Democratic primary, earning 3,276 votes to defeat three other candidates.

The Scene also has this quote from Beavers: “I think it was a big misunderstanding, and that’s all I have to say.”

A Beavers-Burchett alliance in 2018 GOP primary?

State Sen. Mae Beavers, campaigning for the 2018 Republican gubernatorial nomination, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, a former state senator who says he’ll run either for the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate next year, got together at a Knoxville restaurant last week and said nice things about each other afterwards.

Excerpt from the Tennessee Star report, which says that the meeting “sparked discussions about a potential alliance in the August 2018 Republican primary between the two well respected independent minded conservatives.”

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UT chancellor plans to bring back a director for LGBT Pride Center

University of Tennessee-Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport is making plans to bring back a director for its LGBT pride center, reports the News Sentinel.

For the last year, the job has been unfilled after the Tennessee legislature decided to redirect funds from the school’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the part-time position was eliminated, forcing students to run the center on their own with some administrative oversight from the dean of students.

Student and faculty groups such as the Pride Center Working Group have for the last several months called for UT and Davenport to hire a pride center director and put in place other initiatives aimed at promoting and preserving diversity on campus.

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