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Kurita Loses Appeal of 2008 State Senate Loss

By Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former state Sen. Rosalind Kurita on Thursday lost a federal appeal of her ouster as the Democratic nominee in her 2008 bid for re-election to the Tennessee General Assembly.
In a brief ruling, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal judge’s refusal to reinstate Kurita to the ballot after Democratic officials declared her 19-vote primary win as “incurably uncertain.”
The legal team for Kurita’s primary opponent and successor, Clarksville attorney Tim Barnes, argued that there had been heavy Republican crossover voting and alleged that poll workers directed his supporters to vote in the wrong primary.
Democrats were angry with Kurita after casting a key vote in favor of Sen. Ron Ramsey in the Republican’s 2007 election as Senate speaker. Ramsey had subsequently named Kurita as Senate speaker pro tempore, the ceremonial No. 2 position in the upper chamber.

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Former Sen. Kurita Gets State Job Fighting Obesity

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former state senator Rosalind Kurita has taken a new policy role at the state Department of Health and is drawing on her nursing background to help fight obesity in Tennessee.
Kurita, who once served as a Democratic state senator for Clarksville, told The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/yyD0Ya ) that she accepted the new position as health policy adviser with the state in December. Her salary is $6,500 a month, according to Health Department spokeswoman Shelley Walker.
“This is a wonderful job,” Kurita said. “This is such an opportunity to make a genuine difference in people’s lives.”
Kurita was ousted after state Democrats vacated her 19-vote win in a 2008 Democratic primary race after she aligned with Republicans to elect Ron Ramsey as Senate speaker in 2007.
She is already making changes within the department to encourage workplace fitness, including reopening a small exercise room and putting mile markers in the hallways to encourage employees to walk a few laps around the building.
“Those are all things that any workplace could do to provide help in preventing obesity,” she said.
Kurita, who was a nurse before she entered politics, said health and wellness issues have always been her focus as a public official. Commissioner John J. Dreyzehner said her experience in state government makes her an ideal leader in the fight against obesity.
“(Kurita) is doing great work by helping us lead health improvement within our own agency and thus walk the walk that we are encouraging others to take,” Dreyzehner said in a statement.

Kurita’s Election Appeal Before 6th Circuit

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former Tennessee state senator has asked a federal appeals court to order a special election to give her a chance to reclaim a seat she lost after Democrats removed her as the party’s standard bearer.
Attorneys for Rosalind Kurita on Tuesday told the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that the Tennessee Democratic Party improperly placed Clarksville attorney Tim Barnes on the November 2008 ballot, even though Kurita bested him by 19 votes in the primary.
Attorneys for the Democratic Party and state of Tennessee told a three-judge panel that primaries are a function of the parties, not the state.
Democrats were angry with Kurita after she cast a key vote in favor of then-Sen. Ron Ramsey in the Republican’s election as Senate speaker in 2007.