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Fleischmann, DesJarlais on Voting No to Debt Ceiling Increase

Michael Collins provides an account of how two Tennessee freshman congressmen reached their decision to vote against an increase in the federal debt ceiling:
The negotiations were over, a deal was on the table, and decision time had come. But U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann was decidedly undecided as he headed to the House floor Monday afternoon to vote on an emergency debt-limit, spending-cut package that would keep the government from defaulting on its financial obligations.
He’d gone over the 74-page bill with House GOP leaders. He’d talked it over with other House Republicans. He’d even called business and civic leaders back home in Tennessee and asked their advice. But with the final vote just minutes away, the Ooltewah Republican still had no idea which way he would go. “I did not make that decision until I got on the floor,” Fleischmann later recalled.
In the end, what made the difference, he said, was “the overwhelming magnitude of the people of the district who said, ‘No, no, no.’ And so I ended up voting no.”
Fleischmann and other freshman lawmakers like U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Jasper, provided much of the will-they-or-won’t-they intrigue over the past two weeks as Congress raced against the clock to increase the nation’s borrowing authority and avert financial calamity.
….”I didn’t want to see default, and I didn’t want to see a credit-rating change,” DesJarlais said. “But being a business owner and having managed a family budget like other people in Tennessee’s 4th District, I couldn’t see how going another $2.4 trillion in debt was going to help our credit rating either.”

Ramsey Names 2 to Judicial Nominating Commission

Release from lieutenant governor’s office:
(Nashville) – Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R- Blountville) today announced the appointments of Rutherford County attorney Gilbert Wayne “Bert” McCarter and Shelby County attorney Elizabeth T. Collins to the Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission.
“Both Mr. McCarter and Ms. Collins are highly qualified dedicated legal minds,” said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. “I am honored they have put themselves forward for service and I have every confidence that their insight will be a credit to the state as Tennessee continues to maintain and elevate the quality of its judiciary.”
The Judicial Nominating Commission was created in 2009 when Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey reformed the process for selecting Tennessee’s appellate judges to provide more transparency and accountability in the judiciary. The new commission has 17 members and is responsible for making judicial nominations to state appellate courts and the state Supreme Court when vacancies arise.

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Tennessean Wins National History Competition (and a list of those who tried)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lauren Collins of White Pine has become the first Tennessean to win first place at National History Day competition.
She won in the junior individual documentary category for her project “Eminent Domain: Private Tragedies for the Public Good.”
Other Tennessee winners, announced Thursday in College Park, Md., were Kelsey Pepper and Courtney Harshbarger of St. George’s Middle School in Collierville for a group exhibit; and Derek Roberts and William Burdette of Polk County High School for a group documentary.
UPDATE: A day later, Sen. Lamar Alexander issued a congratulatory news release. It’s below, along with the secretary of state release listing all Tennessee competitors.

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