Opinionated Odds & Ends for TN Political Junkies

A sampler of some recent Tennessee politically-oriented commentary:
Harpooning Hurley
Scott McNutt has devoted a Snark Bites column to Rep. Julia Hurley, dragging some other politicians into the satire mix. Say, for example, state Democrats, state Republicans, Sen. Stacey Campfield and former state Sen. Tim Burchett.
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, locked in a custody dispute with his estranged campaign finance director, Allison Burchett, over his campaign’s discrepant financial records, with each claiming the other oversees the wayward files, called Hurley a significant, welcome distraction.
“If only she would expand my old edible ‘Road Kill’ bill to include dogs dropped from moving vehicles, she’d be a major distraction,” he said.

Meanwhile, from the right, blogger Brian Hornback questions Hurley’s attacks on her primary opponent.
On Medicaid Expansion
Greg Johnson opines that higher education will suffer if Tennessee goes along with Medicaid expansion. On the other hand, Pam Strickland thinks expansion is a good idea. And there’s what might be described as some generic head-scratching on the matter.
The Evolution Curriculum
Frank Cagle has a suggested lesson plan for teaching science under the state’s new law that proponents say promotes “creative thinking” and critics call “the monkey bill.”
Photo ID Revisited… Again
The Tennessean declares editorially that the state’s voter photo ID law boils down to voter suppression.
When you scratch the surface of that pattern, Republican elected officials always say they are taking these steps because there is widespread voter fraud. Only, there isn’t.
Tennessee gets a mention, btw, in an AP story on photo ID laws around the nation and the suppression implications.
Several election administrators, even those who support ID laws as a barrier to potential fraud, said the rejected ballots in their counties appeared to be legitimate voters who simply did not fulfill their ID obligations.
Donna Sharp, the administrator of elections in Hawkins County, Tenn., said she saw no signs of fraud. Of the seven people who cast absentee ballots, six didn’t come in to confirm their identity. Sharp knew one of them personally.
But Sharp said she supports the ID law despite initial concerns. She said most people were aware of the requirement and able to provide their identification, and she thought the rules provided an extra layer of security.

Anger Management and Politics
Trace Sharp reflects on getting mad about political stuff.
Bob Corker: TN Hope for National Recognition?
Jack McElroy says that Bob Corker is the state’s best hope for a new political star on the national level, albeit somewhat by default.
King Peck & Sugary Sodas
If Chris Peck were king, he’d ban sugary sodas – at least in Memphis.
Most Important Tennessean of the 20th Century?
Maybe Myles Horton, suggests Bill Carey, in an email urging a look at his posting on the civil rights leader.

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