Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses to Tea Party challenger

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost to a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday in a stunning Republican primary upset that sent shockwaves through Congress and gave the conservative movement a landmark victory.
Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, was easily beaten by college economics professor David Brat, who accused Cantor of betraying conservative principles on spending, debt and immigration.
The result could halt efforts to craft a House immigration reform bill, as nervous Republicans hustle to protect themselves against future challenges from the right ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm elections.
It could also make Republicans even more hesitant to cooperate with President Barack Obama and Democrats for fear of being labeled a compromiser.
Cantor had been seen by many as an eventual successor to House Speaker John Boehner, and his defeat will mean a shake-up in the Republican leadership at the end of the year among House members nervous about the depth of public anger toward Congress. Click Here For More

Map: There have been at least 74 shootings at schools since Newtown

There have been at least 37 shootings on school grounds this year, which is just barely half over. All told, there has been nearly one shooting per week in the year and a half since Newtown. Everytown identifies a school shooting as any instance in which a firearm was discharged within a school building or on school grounds, sourced to multiple news reports per incident. Therefore, the data isn’t limited to mass shootings like Newtown—it includes assaults, homicides, suicides and even accidental shootings.
Georgia, which passed an expansive pro-gun law this year, has been site of the most incidents on Everytown’s list, with 10  shootings reported. Florida was next, with seven. Tennessee claimed five, and North Carolina and California was home to four each. Atlanta was the only city that had three such shootings. Six other cities had two shootings. All told, 31 states are represented on the list of shootings in schools or on school campuses or grounds. Of the shootings, 35 took place at a college or university, while 39 took place in K-12 schools.
February analysis by the group of a list of school shootings since Newtown (which was later expanded) found that nearly half resulted in at least one death. Three in four shooters obtained guns at home, at least in instances in which the firearm’s source could be determined. Click Here For More

Cohen Challenges Haslam on Medicaid Expansion

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Steve Cohen says the city’s fair share of federal funding for rape kit backlogs is $1 million.  But Cohen told the Frayser Exchange Club last week that he wants more than that once Congress approves the legislation.
“If we get our fair share, we’ll get over a million dollars of that federal money,” Cohen told the luncheon group of 40 Thursday, June 5, at Sarah Lee’s Kitchen. “We don’t want our fair share. We want more than our fair share.”
The Frayser group was one of the latest in a series of stops in this election year before Cohen’s return to Washington this week.
Cohen continued to fault Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam for refusing to take an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act while his administration pushes Cohen to support additional federal gas tax revenue for Tennessee road projects.
Cohen said he favors federal funding for both. Click Here For More

Men in Tennessee die differently

uns are more deadly for white men in their own hands and for black men when held by someone else.
That's just one of the disparities in the Tennessee Men's Health Report, which reveals men in this state die differently depending upon the color of their skin and where they live. The biannual report by Meharry Medical College, the Tennessee Department of Health and Vanderbilt University looks at several aspects to determine how well men are taking care of themselves and uses a simple A-to-F scoring system.
"The biggest thing to me that came out in the 2014 Tennessee Men's Health Report Card was the need to think about the disparities among men within this state," said Vanderbilt Professor Derek Griffith, who chaired the report committee. "Black, white and Hispanic men tended to have different health profiles and I don't think we appreciated that to the degree that this document has illustrated."
This year's report also exposed mysteries. Its authors are at a loss to explain why cancer death rates are higher in Northwest Tennessee than other regions. The report also showed that men who live in the Mid-Cumberland region, which includes Nashville, were much less likely to die of heart disease than men who live in the Upper Cumberland or western areas of the state. Click Here For More

Nashville theater group to satirize state senator with ‘Casey Stampfield: The Musical’

A Nashville theater group, Music City Theatre Company, is planning an “original political satirical show” centered on state Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, reports The Tennessean.
“Casey Stampfield: The Musical” debuts June 27 at Vibe Entertainment Complex on Church Street and runs through July 12, with a special performance on primary day, Aug. 7. Tickets are $9.99.
The show is a 45-minute, five-player revue, said co-writer and co-director Michael McFadden. Promotion materials depict the lawmaker dancing in a tuxedo and American flag top hat, though we wouldn’t be shocked if at least one luchador mask comes out.
…The show will touch on many of the episodes that have earned Campfield national fame and notoriety, including his “Don’t Say Gay” bill and his proposal to tie welfare payments to grades. Click Here For More

Why re-electing Lamar Alexander may well lead to GOVERNOR Ron Ramsey

You may say it's crazy (and of course, the GOP will deny this so fast it will make your head spin), but hear me out.  LAMAR! will turn 74 years old on July 3, which means that if he were to be A) re-elected and B) serve out a full term, he would be 80 years old at the end of that term.  Sure, he looks to be in good shape, but does anything he's done in the last few years make you think that he is ENJOYING what he's doing?

He left GOP Senate leadership because he was tired of dealing with the Tea Party wing of the GOP, watching them cost the GOP Senate seats around the country.  That's one reason he is running this year, to crush Joe Carr, who has gotten NO traction whatsoever.  Maybe if the Club For Growth thought Carr had a chance to knock off Alexander, they would have gotten behind Carr.  They haven't, and Alexander will cruise to victory in the GOP Primary on August 7.

Especially if the GOP can't capture the Senate in November, it's really hard to see why LAMAR! would want to stay in Washington if he can't get anything done.  So, why did he run?  To have a say in who replaces him, that's why.

Enter Bill Haslam. Click Here For More

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