Super PACs Spending to Last Hours
A few Super PACs are keeping political ads – most of them negative – on the air in Tennessee through Election Day, according to WPLN.
The biggest spending is in the 6th Congressional District. Nashville health care investor Andy Miller has spent more than $230,000 attacking Rep. Diane Black of Gallatin. He’s supporting Lou Ann Zelenik, who narrowly lost to Black in the Republican primary two years ago.
ANDREW MILLER: “I honestly believe with my entire heart that she will not be bought out by special interests.”
REPORTER: “Are you a special interest?”
ANDREW MILLER: “I suppose to some degree I am, but my interests are to see the primary process find a more level playing field.”
As the incumbent, Black has been able to raise nearly a million dollars from political action committees. She’s also gotten her own Super PAC help from the American College of Radiology.
Kernell Cries Foul on Hardaway
A campaign flyer for state Rep. G.A. Hardaway, one of the candidates in the hotly contested House District 93 Democratic primary race, drew attacks Wednesday from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen as “not honest,” while backers of state Rep. Mike Kernell, Hardaway’s opponent, say their names were used without permission in the flyer. HERE.
Slowdown in Shelby?
In an effort to make sure all voters receive the proper ballot, the Shelby County Election Commission has added an extra step that chairman Robert Meyers said could slow the voting process for everyone in Thursday’s elections. Ballot problems following redistricting of state House and Senate and U.S. House voting boundaries led to more than 3,000 voters appearing to cast ballots in incorrect races during the early voting period. The majority of the incorrect ballots involved state House party primaries, although some of those are uncontested. HERE.
Still More on Maggart vs. NRA
From a Frank Cagle column on why today’s elections are important: If the NRA defeats Maggart and some other members they have targeted, one of two things will happen. The members will bow down to the NRA lobbyists, shaking in their boots, and do what they are told. Or, they will be so angry at the tactics used against one of their own that they may revolt. Given that none of them wants $100,000 spent in a race against them in two years, I suspect it will be the former.
Incumbent Advantage in Roane?
Early voting should be moved out of the Roane County Courthouse to avoid potential problems about campaign boundaries and uniformed officers near polling places, the county’s District Attorney General says. Russell Johnson’s recommendation to the Roane County Election Commission is based on the premise that voting in the courthouse “provides what is perceived as an unfair advantage” to courthouse officeholders, the incumbents. HERE.
Hurley Signs Vandalized
State Rep. Julia Hurley said she is “sick and tired” of having to replace campaign signs due to vandalism and ready to press charges if the perpetrators can be identified. Hurley, facing a primary today against challenger Kent Calfee for the Republican nomination in the 32nd District, said the sign damage increased as the campaign progressed.
Since the campaign began, Hurley said she has replaced dozens of signs. Replacing vandalized signs has become a huge drain on campaign funds she said. … Hurley said she has had to replace many small signs that are found ripped up by the side of the road. She also lost two large signs to vandalism. The two signs alone cost more than $3,000 to replace, including the fence posts. More HERE.
An Omission in Rutherford
A printing error that left a few words off thousands of voter registration cards sent out last month shouldn’t affect voters when they go to the polls today, according to Rutherford County’s elections administrator…. The Rutherford County Election Office mailed 130,000 new voter registration cards to registered voters in July, in addition to information about 46 voting precincts and voting district lines, in preparation for today’s county general election and state and federal primary vote.
…The omitted words are on the part of the card with the voter’s name, address and voter registration card number. Just above the voter’s signature and that of Administrator of Elections Nicole Lester, the cards say, “The above is entitled to vote on and after the issuance of this card, provided the …” Missing are the words “registration has not become void.” HERE.
Super PACs Spending to Last Hours