Friday, February 17, 2006


Jenkins Out, Davis In

So, Jenkins will not run again and Davis wants his seat. I wonder what the fallout will be. Looks like Jeff Anderson will run against Davis and maybe Nathan Vaugn too. Who will take Davis' place?

Someone better tell Hilly boy that there is no advantage to being a representative in another district. If he's not told he will probably have Mr. Gregory buy a house in the 6th District next week so Hill can run. On second thought, don't tell him. Also, any ideas on what new business Hill will start before the election so he can claim to be a small business owner? Probably a lobbying business.

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Monday, February 13, 2006


Newton Laughs at Ethics Reform Bill

Well, look here. Former Republican legislator Chris Newton says the new ethics reform bill is a joke. As the only person to plead guilty in the Tennessee Waltz sting, he should know.

Today, the Hill family radio station declared that Newton was a liar and a thief so we don't need to listen to him on this topic. If that is the case, why won't state Representative Matthew Hill return the money that Newton donated to Hill's campaign? If he is such a liar and thief, shouldn't Hilly boy have nothing to do with Newton at all? I guess it is hard for Hill to depart with money that he doesn't actually earn himself.

Newton said the ethics reform bill fails to curtail the influence of big spending special interests in elections.

"If you have almost unlimited amounts of PAC money, that becomes a factor in people's deliberations up here," State Sen. Steve Cohen said.
Speaking of someone who distributes almost unlimited amounts of money through PACs, here is yet another Gregory business development. Hope those people don't miss their families in Tupelo.

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Friday, February 10, 2006


Watered Down Ethics

Well, the ethics bill has been approved by the legislature. Some good changes, but not enough limits on campaign donations. The Gregory machine achieved its goal. As this article shows, lobbyists win.

And in regard to the governor’s state of the state address, I like this quote from Hilly boy:
"I don't know if there's anything to like or dislike at this point."
That's a good leader for you.

Here’s a new money-making scheme for the Gregorys.

Lastly, I loved Rep. Stacy Campfield’s comments on the Tri-Cities’ breakfast flake radio show. He said that in Tennessee, individuals donate money to Republicans and PACs donate money to Democrats. Luckily, he got called out on it by a listener. It was just an insane comment considering how much Gregory money has been distributed through PACs to Republicans, especially those from our area.

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Friday, February 03, 2006


Northeast Tennessee Lawmakers Block Ethics Reform

Here is the story. People, we have to put a stop to the irresponsible behavior that goes on in Nashville. Our representatives (the ones from Northeast Tennessee) are blocking ethics reform so they can continue to receive Gregory money. This makes the Tri-Cities look so bad.
Negotiations by state lawmakers to reach a compromise on broad ethics reform broke down today in a dispute over limits on political contributions, ending any hope a final bill could be passed this week.

Democratic Sens. Joe Haynes and Steve Cohen objected to a proposal by Rep. Jason Mumpower, R-Bristol, that didn't cap contributions by individuals at $25,000 a year.
Haynes, who is Senate Democratic Caucus leader, cited 2004 contributions from pharmaceutical mogul John Gregory of Bristol that totaled $1 million to Republicans to take on Democrats.

"Ladies and gentlemen that's wrong, and in my opinion it's an abuse of power and of the process," said Haynes of Nashville.

Haynes and Cohen of Memphis argued that without the limits the Senate had already approved, the reform measure wasn't reducing the effect of large sums of money on the political system.

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