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Remains of TN Soldier, Killed in Korea 62 Years Ago, Returning for Burial

News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder solemnly announce the body of Private First Class Glenn Schoenmann will finally be laid to rest after 62 years.
Schoenmann was assigned to Company M, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division in the United States Army when he was involved in the infamous Battle of Chosin Reservoir in North Korea on November 28, 1950. The Grundy County native reportedly died as a Prisoner of War on December 29, 1950. Family members say Schoenmann’s remains were recovered in 2004, but the identification process was finalized in December, 2012.
Schoenmann was born in Palmer, Tennessee, but grew up in Tracy City where he attended James Shook School and worked on the Werner Farm with his family. Schoenmann was 20-years old when he was killed.
“The Schoenmann family has waited 62 years to give Glenn a proper burial, and we join them in remembering his service and sacrifice,” Haslam said. “As a state we mourn the loss of PFC Schoenmann, but we are grateful for his return to his home and family.”
“PFC Schoenmann’s courage and bravery to serve his country will be recognized and remembered by his fellow Tennesseans,” Grinder said. “The closure for the Schoenmann family is continued proof we should never give up until all of our missing in action and prisoner of war service members have been brought home.”
The body of PFC Schoenmann will arrive at the Nashville International Airport at 12:45 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, January 10, 2013. Visitation will be Friday, January 11 from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (CST) at Layne Funeral Home in Palmer. Visitation will resume at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday January 12 at Grundy County High School in Coalmont. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. at Grundy County High School with the burial to follow at the Brown’s Chapel Cemetery in Palmer. In case of inclement weather, all services will be held at Layne Funeral Home in Palmer.
Schoenmann is survived by his sister Edna Kilgore of Monteagle, Tennessee, brothers Ernest Schoenmann of Creave Coure, Illinois, Raymond Schoenmann of Tracy City, Tennessee and Carl Schoenmann of Winchester, Tennessee.
“It just means a lot that he will be buried in the same cemetery with our mother, father and grandparents,” Raymond Schoenmann said. “It’s finally uniting the family back together.”

Repeal of Aggregate PAC Limit Launched from House Committee

Legislation that repeals limits on the total amount of political money lawmakers can take from political action committees and corporations was approved in a committee this morning and sent on toward a House floor vote later today.
The bill, HB3281, was approved in the Senate earlier this year, but had been stalled in the House State and Local Government Committee. Sponsor Rep. Glen Casada, R-College Grove, at one point took it “off notice,” which is usually an indication that a bill is being abandoned.
But today – which lawmakers hope will be the final day of the 107th General Assembly – Casada brought the bill before the committee. It was approved on a 6-4 vote, sending it on to a vote of the full House. In the final days of a session, normal rules don’t apply, so the bill can be sent to a floor vote on the same day it comes out of committee.
Casada also successfully added a new amendment — not included in the Senate version — that gives corporations more freedom in how to structure their political donations.
Basically, they can opt to act as individuals, which means they are bound by lower limits on how much can be given to a single candidate but then don’t have to disclose the donation themselves. Or, they can opt to be treated as a PAC, meaning higher amounts can be donated to a single candidate, but they would have disclose the donations.
“Money is speech. You limit it, you limit our ability to reach out,” said Casada.
Currently, state law says legislative candidates can accept no more than $107,200 per election – or $214,400 in a primary and general election combined – from PACS. The bill repeals that “aggregate limit” so candidates can take as much money as PACs and corporations, which are treated like PACs under the law, will give them.
The amount a PAC or corporation can give in each individual contribution is not changed by the bill. A PAC can give an individual candidate for the House $7,100 per election; a candidate for the Senate $10,700.
In contrast, an individual person cannot give more than $1,400 to a candidate per election.
Democrats criticized both the bill itself and what House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner called the “last hour” push to enact it into law. Turner said the bill will lessen the importance of the “average guy” and increase the importance of big corporations and their PACs in electing legislators.

Note: A Registry of Election Finance memo on the current law and limits, as revised last year, is HERE.