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Norris to Chair Council of State Governments

News release from Senate Republican Caucus:
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, will
chair the national Council of State Governments (CSG) beginning in 2014
following his unanimous election in Austin, Texas this week.
CSG is the bipartisan professional association which is the only national
organization serving all three branches of government in all 50 states and
Puerto Rico. International affiliates include the Provincial and Federal
governments of Canada.
Norris is the first Tennessean elected to the national leadership post.
“I am honored to assume this responsibility and look forward to continuing our
work throughout the United States and North America,” said Norris, who will
serve next year as Chair-elect under Senator Gary Stevens of Alaska who was also
elected to serve as 2013 Chairman. “State governments face many challenges, and
CSG is frequently on the front lines with solutions.”
Norris is an attorney with the law firm of Adams and Reese LLP. He has served in
the Tennessee Senate since 2000 and as Senate Majority Leader since 2007.
Founded in 1933, CSG’s region-based forum fosters the exchange of insights and
ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled
regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders,
collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.
The organization is based in Lexington, Kentucky and also has an office in
Washington, D.C. It has regional offices in Atlanta, New York City, Chicago and
Sacramento. Norris served as Chairman of the Southern Region in 2010-2011.

A Pitch for Americans Elect in Knoxville

Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican who once was New Jersey governor and then EPA administrator, made a pitch for the new political movement Americans Elect in a Knoxville speech, reports Georgiana Vines.
She said people are growing increasingly disillusioned with the two-party system and concluded that neither the Republican nor Democratic parties deserve their support anymore.
“That is why I agreed to serve on the board of an organization called Americans Elect. It’s a nonpartisan effort to hold America’s first-ever online presidential nominating convention and to secure a place on the ballot for its presidential ticket in every state in the nation,” she said.
She said more than 2.5 million signatures have been amassed on petitions and earned a place on the ballot in 25 states.
Ileana Wachtel, Americans Elect national press secretary, said Friday the group is awaiting certification from the secretary of state for its candidates to be on the November ballot in Tennessee.
“We filed nearly 80,000 signatures (in Tennessee),” she said.
Blake Fontenay with the secretary of state’s office said a little more than 37,000 signatures have been verified and they need a little more than 40,000. They have until Aug. 16 to get on the ballot.
Whitman said the ticket will include a presidential candidate from one party and a vice presidential candidate from the other
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Americans Elect Qualfies for TN Ballot

News release from Americans Elect:
NASHVILLE, TN, MARCH 28, 2012 – On Thursday morning, Americans Elect Tennessee
delegate volunteers Ronn Huff and Chris Farrar will file the Americans Elect petition with the Tennessee Elections Division for a line on the ballot for the 2012 presidential election. Americans Elect collected the signatures of 72,662 voters in Tennessee – far surpassing the state requirement of 40,039 – in support of more choice on the ballot this November.
Volunteers Huff and Farrar, a Democrat and Republican, respectively, are enthusiastic that a fundamental change to the nominating system will open up the political process in Tennessee and across the country, giving voters the chance to elect leaders who represent people, not parties.
Americans Elect invites all local media to meet in front of the Elections Office on the 9th floor of the Snodgrass Tower for a press briefing about Americans Elect’s national online primary and efforts in Tennessee before volunteers Ronn Huff and Chris Farrar submit AE’s petition for a line on the ballot for a directly-elected presidential unity ticket.
WHEN: Thursday, March 29th at 11 a.m. CST
WHAT: Filing Americans Elect petition for Tennessee ballot access
WHO: Ronn Huff, AE Tennessee delegate leader
Chris Farrar, AE Sewanee campus leader
WHERE: Tennessee Division of Elections
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 9th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(Must present government-issued photo ID to enter building)