Saturday, April 19, 2008


Matthew Hill Builds on His Legacy of Ineffectiveness, Shows His Appreciation for Septic Tanks

Well, I knew it wouldn't take him very long to give us more fuel for Todd Smith's campaign. Matty has made headlines for his deception and disrespect to his fellow lawmakers by trying to add his useless English only law to a bill about septic tanks, of all things. Here are some gems:
“I fail to see how English as a second language has anything to do with septic tanks,” said Rep. Brenda Gilmore (D-Nashville), who sponsored the septic tank legislation.

...House Majority Leader Gary Odom (D-Nashville) said the GOP amendment, which Odom says Hill added Thursday morning and never told Gilmore about, showed a lack of respect to Gilmore.

“To me, that has a lot to say about the seriousness of the amendment’s sponsor,” Odom said. “Now we can do this, we can play these games for the next few weeks that we’re going to be in session, and that’s going to make the days a lot longer and a lot harder.”
While that story came from Nashville, The Bristol Herald Courier , Hill's hometown paper, had this to say:
THUMBS DOWN TO: Legislative bait-and-switch - State Rep. Matthew Hill’s sneaky maneuver to tack an English-in-the-workplace measure on to an unrelated bill dealing with sewage systems is disappointing, but not surprising. Hill, R-Jonesborough, has a history of placing a higher priority on partisan politics than on actually governing. His effort was thwarted on a 51-46 vote.

...No doubt, this disappointed Hill. But the manner in which he attempted to revive the English-only measure runs counter to the premise of open, transparent government. The sponsor of the sewage system bill didn’t learn about Hill’s amendment until her bill reached the floor, nor was the amendment offered as the bill made its long and winding journey through the state’s Byzantine system of committees and subcommittees.

Rep. Jason Mumpower, R-Bristol and part of the House Republican leadership, gave his approval to Hill’s end-run around the normal legislative process. Mumpower noted that lawmakers sometimes must "make decisions on the fly" in order to handle matters important to their constituents. In other words, the ends justify the means.

We disagree. In this instance, Hill and Mumpower, by his assent, made a mockery of the legislative process – attempting to exploit it for political ends. Given that this is an election year, we expect more of the same.
Once again, Hill's actions make the Tri-Cities look like a joke. I don't know why Hill hasn't been very good at directing more roads money our way. It certainly couldn't have anything to do with the way he needlessly ticks people off while trying to pass bills that help no one at all.

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I am trying to find out if anyone has been fired at WHCB. After all, they used to have Spanish Language broadcasts. Has Matthew fired anybody for this?? Does anybody know??
Rep. Matthew Hill was at one time a "key employee" of the 501(c)(3) Appalachian Educational Communication Corporation d.b.a. WHCB 91.5 FM that is controlled by his radio evanglist father, Kenneth C. Hill --- and according to WHCB newsletters, Hill's WHCB regularly broadcasted a Spanish language program uptil about May 2007... will Rep. Matthew Hill now be seeking that the AECC Board of Directors would fire both himself and his father (the Rev. Dr. Kenneth C. Hill) for airing this Spanish language program from WHCB 91.5 FM???

Rep. Matthew Hill has also listed on his official online state bio that he is a trustee at the Morrison City MIssion (an "independent" church in Sullivan County) that recently had a Spanish language "Hispanic Outreach Program" - does this Hill sewage amendment means that the Jonesborough representative will be seeking to have the Morrison City Mission Board of Trustees to fire his own father --- the GOPeer Rev. Dr. Kenneth C. Hill --- from the Morrison City Mission?

Perhaps Rep. Matthew Hill should tell us what is really on his little mind...the Hill sewage amendment seems to be a rather gigantic Freudian slip with regard to his personal views toward illegal immigrants and the amendment reads to me as being racist...but then, I do not equivocate illegal immigrants with sewage. An "English Language Only" amendment tacked onto an unrelated sewage bill pending before the Tennessee General Assembly --- what is next from Hill? Separate restrooms for non-legals?
Or how about this:

WHCB was attempting to give out Bibles in SPANISH! I also remember the weekend shows in Spanish.
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