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TWRA Considers Sandhill Crane Hunting Season (again)

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission — for the second time in three years — is considering a sandhill crane hunting season.
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Further from The Tennessean report
If the commission approves the hunting plan at its August meeting, Tennessee would become the 16th state to allow crane hunting. The commission delayed a decision in January 2011.
The central question in the current debate is not whether the sandhill crane population can sustain a level of hunting — biologists on both sides of the issue agree it can — but whether a hunt is the right thing to do given how they attract bird watchers to the state.
Organized hunting groups, led by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, support a sandhill crane season. But the plan has raised concerns among birders, and the Tennessee Ornithological Society says the cranes are too valuable a resource to hunt.
“What we want to see is the opportunity to hunt the cranes but do it in a wise and sustainable fashion and in a way that recognizes and helps promote the viewing opportunities as well,” Mike Butler, the federation’s CEO, told the commission in late June.
Melinda Welton, chairwoman of the Ornithological Society’s conservation policy committee, said Tennesseans oppose hunting the birds, the largest species found in the state. She said by allowing crane hunting, the commission and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, which it oversees, risk a major public outcry.
“I think the agency is going to get quite a bit of grief,” she said. “It is a golden opportunity for the agency to gain a lot of goodwill by proclaiming this the most watchable wildlife species in the state and celebrating that.”
The sandhill crane population in Tennessee is estimated as high as 87,000. There are as many as 650,000 of the birds nationwide.

Democrats Plan House Floor Fight Over ‘Guns in Cars’ Amendments

News release from House Democratic Caucus
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh was joined today by members of the House Democratic Caucus at a press conference to discuss upcoming amendments to HB118, the ‘Guns in Parking Lots’ bill sponsored by Rep. Faison in the House and Speaker Ramsey in the Senate.
“We know the majority wants to pass this bill and pass it quickly,” said Leader Fitzhugh. “It’s made a mad dash through the Senate and the House, in some cases coming out of committee in less than six minutes. That’s why we’re here today previewing the amendments and laying out our concerns.”
Leader Fitzhugh has introduced seven amendments to the bill. These amendments would protect private property rights and promote public safety while still preserving the rights of handgun permit holders to carry their firearms with them.

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Late Herron-bashing in Democrat Debate on New Chairman

On the eve of the election of a new chairman for the Tennessee Democratic Party, there’s a bunch of commentary on the race among Democratic-oriented bloggers. Much of it is themed on concern about Roy Herron’s apparent lead over Dave Garrison – and Herron’s credentials as a ‘progressive’ Democrat — in the contest that will be decided Saturday. A good summary with links is HERE.
I would add a link to the Pam Strickland perspective, HERE. And maybe David Briley’s email, HERE.

Joe Carr Debates Al Sharpton on Guns, Race

State Rep. Joe Carr accused the Rev. Al Sharpton of using “cheap race baiting” in a debate over his legislation that would prohibit federal agents from enforcing any new gun laws in Tennessee, according to the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal.
During an MSNBC interview with Carr last Friday, Sharpton, a controversial civil rights activist, showed the clip of Alabama Gov. George Wallace blocking the enrollment of two black students on the steps of the University of Alabama and said Carr was making the same argument for state “sovereignty” to stop the federal government from enforcing a potential ban on “military-style assault weapons.”
Carr called the tactic “reprehensible” on Monday and said during the TV interview, “Those are misapplications of what we’re talking about. You’re drawing parallels that don’t exist.”
Furthermore, Carr said, “As a father of a biracial little boy (Joe Jr.), I reject the notion of what you’re telling me.”

And, from Andy Sher: Sharpton kicked off the segment saying Republicans in at least six states, including Tennessee, “are resorting to an old argument to fight a new battle, crying states’ rights as they attack President Obama on gun control.”
“Now let me ask you,” he said to Carr, “do you really think your state bill will trump federal law?”
Carr said part of his point is “trying to illustrate here that the federal government systematically over the years has been on a full assault of the Second Amendment.”

Fleischmann Says No More Debates; Headrick Buys $14K TV Time

Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann on Tuesday confirmed he won’t debate Dr. Mary Headrick again in Tennessee’s 3rd District race, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
Fleischmann campaign spokesman Tyler Threadgill cited his boss’s “full schedule” before Election Day and said the congressman met a single-debate promise when he squared off against Headrick at a lightly attended forum in Bradley County.
But that’s not enough for the Democratic challenger in a district that includes 10 other counties and 692,000 residents.
“It’s so unfair he won’t debate,” Headrick said. “What can I do if he won’t? Spend every dollar I get.”
Records show Headrick, a physician from Maynardville, bought $13,983 in advertising time on two Chattanooga television networks at the beginning of October. Between then and Election Day, that translates to 91 commercials on the city’s ABC and NBC affiliates.
The ads are slated for news and game shows. Headrick is planning a similar buy at Chattanooga’s CBS affiliate, and she’s already running about $8,000 worth of 30-second cable ads throughout the 3rd District, which snakes from Chattanooga to the Kentucky border.

Debating ‘Obamacare’ in a state House Race

The partisan divide on Obamacare showed up in a debate between state legislative candidates Dawn White, a Republican opposed to the federal law, and Robert “Bob” New, a Democrat who supports the act, according to the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal.
The two are competing to serve in the Tennessee House of Representatives 37th District in the upcoming Nov. 6 presidential election that starts with early voting Wednesday. The two exchanged views on health care, taxes, jobs, education and other issues during a 45-minute debate organized by the League of Women Voters Murfreesboro/Rutherford County at Murfreesboro’s City Hall.
While White sees Obamacare as a law that is killing jobs and economic development in Tennessee, New contends the Affordable Care Act is leading to more jobs in a state with a large healthcare industry, such as the way Hospital Corporation of America recently announced it was adding 2,000 jobs in Nashville.
“Any time people have health insurance, it’s good for the healthcare business,” said New, who has a 37-year background as a registered nurse. “Insurance reform is good for Tennessee. It will add jobs in Tennessee.”

Fleischmann-Headrick Debate Set for Oct. 8

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann has agreed to debate his Democratic challenger in one of the most conservative parts of Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District, reports the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.
Fleischmann and Dr. Mary Headrick will square off Oct. 8 at the public library in Bradley County, where Republicans outvoted Democrats 9-to-1 in the August congressional party primaries. The announcement seems to fulfill the freshman Republican’s pledge to debate his Democratic opponent at least once before the Nov. 6 election.
Fleischmann spokesman Tyler Threadgill said it’s unclear whether another debate will happen again in a district that includes 10 other counties and large urban constituencies in Chattanooga and Oak Ridge.
“We’re onstage with our opponent and a moderator is asking questions,” Threadgill said. “The congressman has said he will debate, and he is looking forward to expressing his views.”
Headrick has called for as many issues-based debates as possible, including events strictly devoted to jobs and Medicare. The scheduled debate is her first breakthrough on that front, but a news release last week made it clear the Maynardville, Tenn., doctor wants more
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Gardenhire Dodging Promised Debates?

On Aug. 8, Republican state Senate nominee Todd Gardenhire pledged at least two debates with Democrat AndraƩ McGary, saying 10th District voters deserve a chance to examine their choices. Since then, reports Chris Carroll, Gardenhire has skipped several opportunities to fulfill his promise.
A radio talk show host, a Libertarian group and the Chattanooga Voter Empowerment Movement on Wednesday said Gardenhire refused or ignored their separate debate requests while McGary quickly accepted all three invitations.
“We’re not waiting on this clown,” said McGary, 32, a Chattanooga city councilman and Democrat. “His language about being exuberant or excited about debating is a bunch of lies.”
Both men are seeking the soon-to-be-vacated 10th District Senate seat, which covers parts of Bradley and Hamilton counties.

Debate Begins Over Debates in 3rd, 4th Congressional Districts

Fourth Congressional District Democratic nominee and state Sen. Eric Stewart, D-Belvedere, on Tuesday challenged U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais to three debates “over the next month” in advance of the Nov. 6 election.
More from Chris Carroll:
DesJarlais did not agree immediately, so Stewart asked the freshman congressman to email a response to his campaign before Monday.
Stewart probably won’t receive a friendly reply. DesJarlais campaign spokesman Brandon Lewis on Wednesday said the congressman believes “it’s very early in the process to be discussing debates.”
“[We] intend to focus our time on meeting people throughout the district,” Lewis said.
It’s a little different in the 3rd District, where both nominees — Republican incumbent Fleischmann and Democratic challenger Dr. Mary Headrick — have promised to debate each other.
But there are nuances behind the agreement.
It’s a little different in the 3rd District, where both nominees — Republican incumbent Fleischmann and Democratic challenger Dr. Mary Headrick — have promised to debate each other.
But there are nuances behind the agreement.
Headrick, a Maynardville, Tenn., acute-care physician, said it’s important to have “three to five subject-oriented” debates throughout the 3rd District, which joins Chattanooga and Oak Ridge with rural areas in 11 counties all the way to the Kentucky border.
“Urban and rural have different needs,” she said. “Your most informed voters will either read about or listen to these debates, so we need to do several.”
But Fleischmann campaign spokesman Jordan Powell said the congressman only promised to debate Headrick. Fleischmann never said how many times, Powell said, so a single debate is possible.
“He pledged to debate her,” Powell said. “Outside of that, we’ve got our own campaign to run and Chuck’s got to do his job in Washington. There’s still a lot to figure out.”

Stewart Challenges DesJarlais to Debates

WINCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — State Sen. Eric Stewart wants to have three debates with Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais before the Nov. 6 general election.
Stewart said in a letter to DesJarlais that he wants to have the debates over the next month so voters in the 4th Congressional District will have a chance to see where the candidates stand on issues.
The Winchester Democrat wants DesJarlais to respond by email to his campaign by Aug. 13.
Stewart also said his staff will work with Desjarlais’ staff to find a location and time for the debates.