Saturday, August 09, 2008


David vs. Goliath: Independent Mike "Moxie" Williams Takes On MegaMillionaire John M. Gregory Proxy

Here are the URLs for the online Tennessee campaign finance reports filed by Independent Tennessee 7th House District Challenger Mike Smith Williams --- a "man of the people" , who despite the meger amount of money that candidate Williams is currently self-financing into his 2008 General Election campaign, demonstrates how gutsy Williams is to take on the carpeting bagging errand boy of the pharmaceutical megamillionaire John M. Gregory and his family members.

Search Online Campaign Finance Records - Reports for WILLIAMS, MIKE

2008 Pre-Primary for MIKE WILLIAMS submitted on 08/03/2008




Contributor C/P Rec'd For Date Amount Aggregate
Rec'd For General
Date: 07/03/2008
Amount: $528.33
Aggregate: $528.33

2008 2nd Quarter for MIKE WILLIAMS submitted on 07/07/2008
[zero balance]

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Independent Mike Williams To Take On Both Toady Hill And Gregory Money Mill

‘We need some-one who can get things done and make things happen.’
— Mike Williams, independent candidate for 7th House District seat
[photo caption]

By Ben Ingram
Press Staff Writer

While most candidates are winding down following Thursday’s election, Mike Williams, an independent candidate for the 7th House District seat, was just getting warmed up.

Williams, who at one point appeared on the August Republican primary ballot, said he opted to run as an independent when the ticket started getting crowded.

“I didn’t know if it would confuse the voters or not, so on the advice of a friend I decided to run as an independent,” said Williams, a business process improvement specialist with Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin.

As for why he decided to run for the 7th District seat, held by Republican primary winner Matthew Hill of Jonesborough, Williams said there were a number of reasons.

“My alarm goes off and every single day it seems crime is getting worse in Tennessee,” he said. “It seems there is a lot of gang-related activity in the area and maybe there’s just something that could be done on the state level, primarily increased funding for local law enforcement.

[more at the Johnson City Press]

Williams goes onto to refer to Rep. Matthew Hill as a "great guy" is not readily apparent from this Press news report if Williams is another Hill friend/political 7th House District challenger as happened to be the case with the political novice Todd Smith who took the Hill-Gregory-Tennessee Conservative PAC machine with both an 1:8 campaign treasury disadvantage and a seemingly absent campaign management team...

Williams also seems to be repeating the same novice Smith campaign mistake: not lauching the public campaign effort early enough to start churning up name recognition across the Tennessee 7th House District --- to do so this late in the game will likely cost a greater amount of time and money than if Williams had launched this effort last summer.

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Friday, August 08, 2008


David Davis Loses!

Well, Hill may have won easily (which is no surprise given his Sullivan County money and, according to some of his volunteers, the not so well run campaign by Smith-who, unlike Hill, wasn't granted time off by his daddy), but a much bigger fish got fried in old David Davis. He has been an embarrassment to east Tennessee and it is truly satisfying to see him booted by a genuine anti-PAC Phil Roe. Congrats Phil Roe! This is the first time an incumbent has been defeated for this seat since 1930, I believe.

So, I feel like I helped knock some holes in Davis' Gregory funded armor. I busted little Timmy on the Internet vandalism story (in fact, I broke the story) and made sure the Knoxville News Sentinel was tipped off. They did good reporting and little Timmy was put on the wire for the world to see. Elmer Gantry busted Davis for giving Timmy an $8000 bonus for that stunt. Of course, Davis' dog fighting vote and Saudi Arabia blood money were the bigger daggers.

So, that makes Cochran and Davis two Gregory candidates defeated in the same election. Not a bad day.

On Hill, when is an opponent going to hammer him on being a U.S. military protester? This is three candidates in a row who haven't touched Matthew Hill's biggest weakness in a district that doesn't take kindly to not supporting U.S troops. Just ask military veteran Marion Light. I guess that Patton would have been a better opponent than Smith after all.

On an unrelated note, I'm glad to welcome Elmer Gantry as a co-author on this blog. Our opinions are not always the same and I'm sure I'll point that out sometimes, but Elmer is a free thinker who is not beholden to any party. He is a Tri-Cities native and has seen quite a few more elections than Hilly boy, so he brings good perspective to the discussion of politics. Enjoy!

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Saturday, August 02, 2008


Todd Smith v Matthew Hill

-This great JC Press story about campaign donations shows that Matthew Hill has a ton of money, but almost zero support from the 7th District. There’s nothing like letting Sullivan Countians run Washington County!

-Here’s a great story about Smith and Hill. I especially like how Hill is scared to debate Smith publicly. I also like how Hill acts like his lack of securing road money is not that big of a deal. This editorial goes into more detail about how hard Hill has had to work at avoiding a debate.

-This JC Press story demonstrates how Matthew Hill lies like there is no tomorrow. He is as unchristian as they come. He said that Smith will raise the gas tax all by himself, hoping to make voters afraid of Smith. Smith has countless times said publicly that he will oppose a gas tax increase, and Hill knows this.
I got a big chuckle from Hill saying Smith had special interests funding him. Hill has had nothing but non-7th District special interests funding him since 2004, and Hill’s special interest money is 8 times more than any of his opponents have received, due almost entirely to the Gregory machine.
This story also demonstrates Smith’s support for veterans, something Hill doesn’t get since he protested against the U.S. military a few years back! Hill has refused to acknowledge or apologize to veterans for it.

-Here’s a great editorial highlighting how Matthew Hill will use his new child as an advertising prop. Of course Hill also put a picture of his child at 21 weeks on there to subliminally suggest that Smith is pro-abortion. At least Hill is not outright lying about Smith, like Hill did with Patton on abortion. That lie that Hill spread is the only reason he beat Patton by 400 votes in 04'.

Houk also made a great point about Hill talking about opposing gay marriage. We overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment two years ago. The issue is settled and it’s time for our 7th District Rep to actually get something done.

I like how Ford isn’t supporting Hill. I heard that Ford wanted to advance some legislation regarding divorced parents being punished for turning in false reports to DHS against the other spouse, but Hill would have none of it because of how it affected someone close to him.

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Matthew Hill News

Here’s an interesting story about one of Matthew Hill’s special interest funders from outside the 7th District:
Larry Bates is listed by Hill or his organization as being "self-employed" within the broadcast industry without listing Bates' actual company name.
So just who is the Memphis area broadcaster Larry Bates anyway?
A lengthy Google search reveals that Larry Bates is both a former associate of Jake Butcher and a former three-term Democrat member of the Tennessee House of Representatives (1970-1976; Bates switched to the Republican Party after he moved to Memphis). It also turns out that Bates wears many other hats (small bank CEO, economist, author) and heads up the Information Radio Network, Inc. (IRN USA Radio News) --- and one of the radio programs featured on for-profit Information Radio Network is the newly and nationally syndicated "The Matthew Hill Show" airing at 0800 a.m. and 1200 noon (1-800-773-8255).

So why is it that Rep. Matthew Hill is hiding his employment/independent contractor relationship with Larry Bates from public review of the Matthew Hill campaign disclosures filed with the Tennessee Secretary of State?

Here are a couple of things Bates is alleged to have said: We SHOULD execute ALL women that have ever had an abortion. And God has forbidden women from being leaders of countries, including the U.S. and Indonesia.
-Apparently the latest “nonprofit” incarnation by the Hills (this one out of Matty's home) was cited by the Federal Communications Commission over CFR violations regarding too-many new construction license applications for non-profit radio stations in various locations across the United States and filed late in 2007.

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Political Happenings

Here's a smattering of political news related to the Tri-Cities:

-Here’s an interesting post that exposes Rachel Davis apparently stretching the truth about the Davis family dog in her attempt to defend David Davis’ support of dog fighting. Ranked U.S. Rep. David Davis Among Least Influential Members.

-U.S. Rep. David Davis is this election season’s leading congressional recipient of donations from a billion-dollar global defense contractor accused of bribing Saudi officials with call girls and money. This company is the same one Davis secured money for.

-I must add that Davis was not happy about this.
-However, the Bristol Herald Courier stood by the story.
-This blogger has all the details. I can't believe that Davis' first release had BHC Jerks in it. Very professional.

-Speaking of Davis, here’s a good post that shows David Davis gave Timmy Hill an $8000 bonus after Timmy was busted for committing vandalism.

-By the way, Matthew Hill makes about $30,000 for his part-time job as a legislator. Too bad he doesn’t get anything done for the 7th District.

-Here’s an excellent letter that was sent in to the Hill clan’s WHCB Newsletter:
You are publishing falsehoods. No, Gov. Ben Hooper was not "as described in the story." Yes, he was an out of wedlock child that went on to become the Governor of Tennessee; this is true, but the rest of the story is made up poppycock. Nothing in Gov. Hooper's autobiography notes about how he slipped out of church in order to avoid the question of "Who is your daddy?" His autobiography is silent on the subject of preachers at this time in his life. This story is a pre-fabrication and based on the theme of being a "Bookkeeper in the Brothel", i.e., a man applies to be a bookkeeper in a brothel and is turned down because he can't read. He then goes on to be a great success, which keys on being rebuffed leads to one's own success.

You should be ashamed at printing this story as actual history as it is not verifiable. Call me a detractor?? Perhaps, but you can call me someone who does not believe everything he reads without doing some research. Shame on you for distorting history for your own religious cause. A simple statement about the story being urban legend would've been fine and a statement about how it is both fact (out of wedlock) and fiction (church story) would've been fine, but you stated Ben Hooper was "as described in the story." His autobiography rebuffs that statement and essentially makes your printing a falsehood. God forbid that your readers actually read his autobiography, they might actually learn something if they did that. I will pray that TRUTH will come to LIGHT. So mote it be.

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