House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada wants Attorney General Bob Cooper to file a lawsuit against proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules.
Here’s the emailed news release:
The following is a statement from State Representative Glen Casada (R–Thompson Station) regarding recent rule changes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will increase energy costs for all Tennesseans and endanger the livelihood of thousands more:
“These new regulations from the EPA put Tennessee at an unfair disadvantage to those blue states that already practice state-level cap and trade regulations or have different means of creating power. The Obama administration is playing politics with Tennessee jobs to reward states that have bought in to heavily taxpayer subsidized alternative forms of energy.”
“As such, my office is drafting a request for the Attorney General to take action and challenge the EPA based on Article 1, section 9 of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the federal government from showing preference to one state over another through its regulation of commerce.”
“In addition, my policy analyst is working with our legal department to draft legislation to correct the issue, regardless of the Attorney General’s actions.”
— Note: Asked for comment, Sharon Curtis-Flair of the AG’s office sent this email: At this point we plan to consult with our client and review the regulations as they are developed.
News release from Tennessee Republican Party:
NASHVILLE, TN – Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney demanded an apology from House Democrat Caucus Chairman Mike Turner for echoing an identical claim he made two years ago, saying racism is the reason for Tennessee voters’ opposition to President Obama.
Turner’s comments came at the Tennessee Democrats’ state executive committee meeting on Saturday.
Turner said, “We’ve got a president up here whose color is not the right shade according to a lot of people, and they just hate him for that reason…I was talking to a guy this morning at a filling station and it didn’t matter what Obama did, he’s not going to like it because Obama’s an African-American. I told him, I said, ‘Look, he’s half white. You ought to like half of him anyway.’ These people are dead set against him for that reason, and that’s unfortunate. That’s very unfortunate.”
According to the Nashville Scene’s Jeff Woods, the “half white” comment drew nervous laughter among the Democrats’ committee.
“This is not the first time that Mike Turner has said something absurd, but this crosses the line,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney.
Turner made similar allegations of racism against Tennessee voters back in March of 2010, saying, “All of a sudden, we have a black man elected president and everybody wants to start acting like something’s wrong with our country.”
Turner’s comments two years ago prompted Devaney to send a letter to Tennessee Democrat Party Chairman Chip Forrester, asking him to condemn Turner’s comments at the time. A response was never received.
“Aside from his own racially-insensitive joke about President Obama, for Mike Turner to once again accuse Tennessee voters for not embracing the President’s failed economic policies because of racism is nothing short of outrageous,” said Devaney.
“Tennesseans overwhelmingly reject this President based solely on his failed policies that have led us to more spending, higher debt, and 23 million Americans still struggling to find work. Saying that Tennesseans’ objection to the President is because of racism is a slap in the face to the integrity and morality of voters, and Mike Turner should be ashamed.
“As I did two years ago, I, once again, demand that Mike Turner immediately apologize for his irresponsible joke and outrageous claim about Tennessee voters. And I, once again, also call on the Democrat Party to publicly condemn Mike Turner’s comments,” concluded Devaney.
— Note: Previous post HERE. The Jeff Woods’ post on Turner’s remarks, including the prediction that they would trigger a Republican attack, went up at 10:23 a.m. CDT; the Republican attack arrived in my email at 11:30 a.m. CDT.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner, quoted by Jeff Woods from a speech at a state party executive committee meeting: “We’ve got a president up here whose color is not the right shade according to a lot of people, and they just hate him for that reason,” Turner said. “I was talking to a guy this morning at a filling station and it didn’t matter what Obama did, he’s not going to like it because Obama’s an African American. I told him, I said, ‘Look, he’s half-white. You ought to like half of him anyway.’ These people are dead set against him for that reason, and that’s unfortunate. That’s very unfortunate.”
Woodsie says Turner “managed to hand Republicans some new ammo for election campaign attacks” and suggested a yard sign for Democrats: ”Vote Obama. He’s Half-White.”
In a separate post, there are further Turner comments: Turner slapped political reporters for failing to cover the Republican-run state government the way Democrats would prefer, and he cited the media–along with all those mean Republicans, of course–as a major obstacle to his party’s return to power.
“We’re facing a press that has not really talked about what the Haslam administration has done,” Turner said, mentioning tax breaks for the wealthy, among other media omissions. “Some of the press would rather beat us up than attack Stacey Campfield and that bunch. So that’s discouraging.”