Republicans

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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Contested GOP primary develops in House District 61 (held by retiring Sargent)

Williamson County Commissioner Jeff Ford announced Wednesday he will seek the Republican nomination in House District 61, where veteran Rep. Charles Sargent has announced he will not seek reelection next year.

He joins Rebecca Burke, a state GOP executive committee member, in the primary. Burke declared herself a candidate prior to Sargent’s retirement announcement. (Previous post HERE.)

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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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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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Memphis businessman Webb joins GOP crowd eyeing Senate run

Jeff Webb, the founder and chairman of Memphis-based Varsity Brands is run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Bob Corker, reports the Memphis Business Journal. He says the CEOs of several companies have contacted him urging that he enter the race for the GOP nomination.

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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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