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    Quote Originally Posted by SnM View Post
    Since there is no question that she has adopted Billion $$$ Bill's GOP-backed, malignantly pro-business methods and rhetoric, it's a safe bet that the intentions behind her statement are accurately characterized by the article.
    Do you know Justice Lee or anything about her? The quoted portion of your post above suggests that you do not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bird jam View Post
    Do you know Justice Lee or anything about her? The quoted portion of your post above suggests that you do not.
    What I know is that she gave the TN GOP an AG that they wanted, and that she has, indeed, stated her intent to pursue a Haslam-inspired "top-to-bottom" review of the judiciary. You might ask departments under Haslam how well that's worked out, starting with Chiildren's Services.
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    Here is how her remarks are reported on the Tennessee courts website:

    She suggested a “top to bottom review” to see how the courts can be better stewards of tax dollars and deliver services more efficiently and effectively. She also emphasized the need for better use of technology, such as the implementation of electronic filing systems. She hopes to study the business court model, used in other states to “provide a good forum for businesses that provide jobs to Tennesseans to resolve their disputes.”

    And here is what she seems to be talking about.

    The truth about Sharon, who I do know, is that she is neither the liberal harridan than Ramsey made her out to be nor the sellout you're making her out to be. She is a very moderate, sensible, middle of the road person who understands, as does everyone in the judiciary, that the judicial branch needs to have a good working relationship with the other branches of government.
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    Tennessee, naturally, makes the list.

    10 red states that mooch off the federal government
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Ringo View Post
    Here is how her remarks are reported on the Tennessee courts website:

    She suggested a “top to bottom review” to see how the courts can be better stewards of tax dollars and deliver services more efficiently and effectively. She also emphasized the need for better use of technology, such as the implementation of electronic filing systems. She hopes to study the business court model, used in other states to “provide a good forum for businesses that provide jobs to Tennesseans to resolve their disputes.”

    And here is what she seems to be talking about.

    The truth about Sharon, who I do know, is that she is neither the liberal harridan than Ramsey made her out to be nor the sellout you're making her out to be. She is a very moderate, sensible, middle of the road person who understands, as does everyone in the judiciary, that the judicial branch needs to have a good working relationship with the other branches of government.
    Based on previous reporting about Ramsey's happy breakfast meeting with Lee and the other justice, Slatery's selection as AG and now her adoption of Haslam's rhetoric and stated desire to make things better for business in the justice system, Lee appears to have knuckled under to the GOP agenda in hopes of a future "live and let live" detente, which I seriously doubt Ramsey would have openly promised and even more seriously doubt he would abide by. Lee may believe whatever deal she made will allow the TN court system to remain unmolested by Ramsey's GOP SuperMajority!, but I fear she is sadly mistaken.

    Now that real Gov Ron knows bullying can work, he'll try it again when it's convenient. If Lee at that time decides not to yield to the pressure, good for her, although now that she's done it once, it'll be that much harder to push back the next time. But for now, appearances are that she has ceded control of the justice system to the GOP. I'll be relieved if appearances prove wrong. And I'll happily eat my words if my interpretation of these events is wrong.

    Having said that, however, I doubt any journalist watching this sequence unfold believes the selection of Slatery as AG was anything but a political deal. And maybe the deal Lee made was actually with Haslam for Slatery's appointment, since he was Haslam's guy, but since Haslam won't stand up to Ramsey anyway it's doubtful Slatery will be any different, and it still gave Ramsey the PR victory since it fulfilled his stated desire to have a Republican in that position. His $450,000 turned out to be money well spent, and one can't think he will be anything other than emboldened by this conquest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnM View Post
    Based on previous reporting about Ramsey's happy breakfast meeting with Lee and the other justice, Slatery's selection as AG and now her adoption of Haslam's rhetoric and stated desire to make things better for business in the justice system, Lee appears to have knuckled under to the GOP agenda in hopes of a future "live and let live" detente, which I seriously doubt Ramsey would have openly promised and even more seriously doubt he would abide by. Lee may believe whatever deal she made will allow the TN court system to remain unmolested by Ramsey's GOP SuperMajority!, but I fear she is sadly mistaken.

    Now that real Gov Ron knows bullying can work, he'll try it again when it's convenient. If Lee at that time decides not to yield to the pressure, good for her, although now that she's done it once, it'll be that much harder to push back the next time. But for now, appearances are that she has ceded control of the justice system to the GOP. I'll be relieved if appearances prove wrong. And I'll happily eat my words if my interpretation of these events is wrong.

    Having said that, however, I doubt any journalist watching this sequence unfold believes the selection of Slatery as AG was anything but a political deal. And maybe the deal Lee made was actually with Haslam for Slatery's appointment, since he was Haslam's guy, but since Haslam won't stand up to Ramsey anyway it's doubtful Slatery will be any different, and it still gave Ramsey the PR victory since it fulfilled his stated desire to have a Republican in that position. His $450,000 turned out to be money well spent, and one can't think he will be anything other than emboldened by this conquest.
    The Dean of The Hill opines

    Sunday column: Supremes showed sound political judgment in AG selection, but…

    Our new Supreme Court’s first political judgment call seems a sound one, given the peculiar circumstances, but not without some rough edges that conceivably could come back to haunt two of the five justices fairly soon and perhaps even the institution they all represent...

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    ...In today’s Tennessee politics, Republicans absolutely and totally rule the roost of the executive and legislative branches, and the Supreme Court, sitting atop the judicial branch, must deal with that situation even though identifiable Democrats still have a 3-2 majority...

    ...

    ...Having accepted that a bow to the GOP powers that be was in order, the Supreme question then became, “Which Republican?” Given their options, the choice was obvious: Go with the governor’s guy.

    Haslam, after all, appointed two Supremes, so they owe him. He steered clear of attacking the other three during the retention campaign, leaving many with the impression he actually favored keeping the Democrats in place. So they owe him, too...

    ...

    ...Further, by declaring Supreme allegiance to Haslam, the justices have tacitly taken sides in the ongoing Republican war between moderate and conservative factions. Yet they still left Ramsey with an opportunity to brag that his attacks on the Democrats were ultimately successful, achieving the goal of a Republican attorney general.

    At this particular moment, then, it was a very logical move. But there is potential political blowback in the months and years ahead on several fronts too numerous to list here...
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    The Porch Screamer adds his 2 cents' worth (actually it's probably more like $50 worth) on the BOE chairman race. It's worth a read, especially for his observations on the hysterical McIntyrant backers' pressure campaign to keep a FOMc in the seat.

    BOE chair race getting interesting

    And here are links to some of the previous school admin stories leading us up to this point, from most recent back:

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    Clark leads with an explanation of why, however unsuited Mike McMillan may be to lead the school board, the upcoming chair election is not about him (think she could be responding to this TPTB agenda-servicing oped from Jack McElroy, hmm?), and Van Guilder has something about Obama and actuator wire-chewing mice.
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    KNS reports
    Burchett calls for superintendent's removal

    ...[newly elected board member Patti] Bounds said when it comes time to evaluate the superintendent — which won’t happen again until the end of next year — she’d like more tangible, measurable outcomes placed in the process to truly determine how effective a leader he is.

    “I think there needs to be more accountability and the ability to measure if progress is being made in areas that we’ve asked him to work on,” she said...

    Now there's an idea. McIntyre should take School-Superintendent-measuring TCAP tests every six weeks.
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    Some recent school board & administration stories.

    Clark reports on interim board member John Fugate get harassed by Laurens Tullock. Looks like my skepticism of Fugate was unfounded.

    Bean revisits the story of one of the early victims of McIntyre's "community-oriented" management.

    Van Guilder mocks the whole board curling thing.

    WBIR gives a brief on the candidates to fill Kincannon's seat.
    Three qualify for Knox County BOE seat

    And by way of a KnoxViews reminder, the Daily Dependent Media & Unfree Press, Candidly, Haslam's Newspaper (which pretty much probably makes it McIntyre's toy, too) reports that board member Karen Carson wants to ensure that teachers and parents and students and citizens, and well, generally speaking, the people the board is supposed to be answerable to, go through proper channels to address issues before they come before the board to raise their concerns, because, apparently, the board has more important things to do than to listen to the community it is supposed to be serving.

    Seems like there was another recent story from the DDMUP, but I forget.
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    A couple more:

    KCS employee investigated for misuse of funds

    Also Knox County Mayor Burchett comes right out and says school supes McIntyre ought to be out of here on whatever is WBIR's weekend Tennessee politics show, but that doesn't seem to be on Web yet.

    Here it is

    Mayor Burchett: Superintendent needs to go

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    Deadlock on Knox school board chairman vote

    So, claiming it was never her intent to be a divisive figure, but, gosh, somehow, some people have come to view her that way, Fugate says she doesn't want the chair anymore, whereupon the old board plus the supposed placeholder, the other Fugate, coalesces around Doug Harris and new members come out for Mike McMillan, and they tie, leaving the absent new member Patti Bounds as the tiebreaker next month.

    What favors will be curried to her for her vote and what pressures will be brought to bear on other members to change or maintain their votes and from whence will such coercion or enticement spring?

    Also, everybody platitudinously says they want the board to be united, not divided, as if by saying they could make it so.
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    'Big Jim' Haslam taken to doctor after three-car crash in West Knoxville

    ...Ross was not injured. Haslam and Latimer were each taken to their respective family doctors by family members. A Haslam family spokesperson says he is expected to be fine...


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    Will the Knoxville newspaper of record, the Daily Dependent Media & Unfree Press, Candidly, Haslams's Paper, press Briggs to debate, or will it anoint him? From KnoxViews:

    http://www.knoxviews.com/node/22569
    Last edited by SnM; 09-22-2014 at 09:33 PM.
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