Thursday, March 17, 2005


WPWT Audience Ratings in the Tank

This can't make Hilly boy happy. Don't worry, Gregory $ will come to the rescue.

Current WPWT Audience Market Share:

#99 Johnson City-Kingsport Tennessee
Winter Phase I Arbitrends
(Updated: 03-10-05)
(12+ Population: 449,800)
(Surveyed: Continously)

Totals are Persons 12+, Monday-Sunday, 6am-midnight, quarter-hour shares for the metro survey area.$rolfree.exe/arb354


Spring 2004 0.7

Summer 2004 0.5

Fall 2004 N/A

Winter P1 0.5

[12+ Population: 449,800 X Winter P1 0.005 (0.5 share) = 2,249 WPWT 870 AM audience head count]

Format: News/Talk

Appalachian Educational Comm (actually Information Communications Corp.)
Posted by GWisaCrackHead

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Monday, March 14, 2005


Republicans Fight Ethics Reform

This is not too surprising. It seems the Republicans are not too keen on Gregory money being limited. Well, we the voters are and we support HB1090 & HB1098. Also, HB248 is a good idea too. Below is an excerpt from (Gregory funded) Tre Hargett's March 10, 2005 Capitol Hill Week in Review.

Ethics bills hotly debated...

Republicans questioned one House Democrat on HB1090, which imposes limitations on personal contributions to state political parties or caucuses of such political parties. After the members of the House Committee on State and Local Government successfully amended the bill, HB1090 sets contribution limits at $50,000 per individual per calendar year.

Republicans questioned the premise of the bill, asking the sponsor whether the logic behind limiting personal contributions in order to lessen the influence of wealthy individuals on the political system should also apply to groups organized around a candidate or an issue. Such a situation arose when former Vice President Al Gore gave $700,000 to the Tennessee Democratic Party. The sponsor replied that the logic did not apply and revealed that HB1090 targets a specific incident during the 2004 election cycle when a dedicated Republican donated sizeable amounts to Republicans. After a strictly partisan vote, HB1090 passed through the committee and will be heard on the floor for further discussion next week.

Legislators will continue to look at a host of ethics bills this session and Republicans will remain committed to ensuring the political freedoms of each citizen by carefully considering and advancing bills that preserve Tennesseans’ rights to support a candidate of choice. Republicans voted against HB1098 this week during a State and Local Government Committee meeting. The bill, argued Republicans, infringes upon rights of free speech by placing a stringent cap on the amount that a person can contribute to a political campaign committee and multi-candidate campaign committee.

Republicans also defended a bill this week in the House Elections Subcommittee that provides for an additional campaign financial disclosure prior to the start of early voting. After lengthy discussion on the need to promote openness, the sponsor agreed to bring the bill before the committee next week so that further discussion could occur.

One final ethics-related bill addressed legislator conduct not related to campaigns. HB248 came before the House State Subcommittee on Tuesday for a second time to address the use of General Assembly license plates. In light of recent media reports alleging abuse of the plates, the Republican sponsor intended to simply define which family members could be eligible to receive a plate. Instead, in a seemingly political move by Democrats, the bill was amended twice to finally reflect a complete ban on the use of the plates by legislators and their family members. The bill moved through the subcommittee as amended and will be heard in the House Committee on State and Local Government next week.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2005


More issues Hilly boy hates

A few more things from (Gregory funded) Tre Hargett's March 3, 2005 Capitol Hill Week in Review:

1. Perspectives on TennCare...

Topics also discussed included the lack of implementation of TennCare’s Retrospective Drug Utilization Review (DUR), a federally-mandated program that analyzes prescription drug prescribing habits and trends in order to better identify fraud and over-use.

2. Continue to watch…

HB855 allows for a sales-tax exemption on hybrid-electric and alternative-fuel vehicles if they are purchased in Tennessee and subsequently registered in the state. The bill has been placed on the calendar for the House Committee on Conservation and Environment and will be heard on Wednesday, March 9, 2005.

I am pretty sure that on #1 Hilly boy has been instructed by Gregory & friends not to cooperate. On #2 Hilly boy attacked DeLucia for supporting clean-air improvements like this.

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Hilly boy never talks about this

I'm pretty sure Hilly boy has absolutely nothing to do with the proposed ethics reform in Tennessee's government because he is dependent on shady partnerships.

According to Tre Hargett (who has recieved plenty of Gregory $ himself) the House Republican Caucus leadership announced a set of “first steps” toward comprehensive ethics standards that will address legislator, lobbyist and campaign practices.

Leadership proposed six recommendations that will become part of a larger, more exhaustive package of ethics reform legislation to be presented before the House and Senate in this 104th General Assembly. The six points discussed included:

1. The Revolving Door: Legislators should not be permitted to lobby the General Assembly or the administration for one year after leaving the Legislature. This models the ethical standards in place for members of the United States Congress. Similar statutes are currently in place in 27 states.

2. Increased Reporting Requirements for Statements of Interest: Legislators should be required to disclose a specific company as place of employment, its address and the type of income received over $200, including salaried employment and professional services. Legislators should also be required to list positions, including non-paid, held outside of state government. Such stipulations, which are modeled after federal guidelines, allow citizens to rest assured that outside income is not unduly influencing legislators’ judgment on the issues.

3. Prohibition of Contingency Fees: Lobbyists should be prohibited from receiving fees and bonuses based upon successful support of or opposition to particular legislation. In addition to being a national standard, 37 states also prohibit contingency fees in order to assuage improper influence by a lobbyist on a public official. The proposal includes a requirement for a signed statement by each client indicating that no contingency fees are paid.

4. Deny Placement of Lobbyists on State or Local Government Committees, Boards, Agencies or Commissions: Lobbyists, who are currently designated and defined by the Tennessee Code Annotated as compensated and required to register with the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, should be prohibited from serving on any state or local government committee, board, agency or commission. Such positions should be reserved for citizens who are able to offer a more objective analysis of issues without excessive influence by a legislator.

5. Legislators Must Live in their District: In order to qualify to run for office, a candidate must have legal residence in the district which he or she is seeking to represent. This mirrors a proposal brought before Georgia’s General Assembly to require that candidates may not list their place of residence as a structure or building primarily used for commercial and business purposes.

6. Additional Campaign Financial Disclosures: Candidates should be required to provide an additional financial disclosure due at the beginning of early voting. Political Action Committees should also be prohibited from contributing financially to a candidate during early voting. This allows voters to more confidently discern a candidate’s funding sources prior to voting.

Personally, I would like #1 to be extended to 2 years. On #2, we all know that Hilly boy's outside income is unduly influencing his so called judgment on issues. On #3, Hilly boy has to be steaming that his next job will no longer have contingency fees. It is about time on #4. I would like #5 better if the candidate had to live in the district for a minium of 2 years. This would cut down on carpet baggers like Hilly boy. I know #6 is not a Hilly boy favorite because he hid his funding report for as long as possible, even getting in late if I remember correctly. It was no accident, that is for sure.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2005


Good job Gregory

Well, it looks like Mylan decided that buying a sinking ship was a bad idea. Since the Gregorys were forced out a while back I don't think this will affect John's $810 million. Hope he sleeps well at night after King and everyone who works there gets sucked down the drain. And what will Hilly boy do if all this Gregory money dries up? Probably be a lobbyist.

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