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On Susan Lynn vs. Linda Elam in House District 57

Andrea Zelinski has a report today on the House District 57 race in Wilson County. It seems almost an incumbent-versus-incumbent contest with the challenger, former Rep. Susan Lynn, using “re-elect Susan Lynn” yard signs. The actual incumbent, Rep. Linda Elam of Mount Juliet, can do the same, of course.
“I don’t even have a logo that doesn’t say ‘Re-Elect Susan Lynn,'” said the Mt. Juliet Republican, who served four terms in the state House before launching an unsuccessful run at the Senate in 2010. Lynn says it just makes sense to try and save a few bucks by reusing signs, stickers, T-shirts, hats and other sundry political paraphernalia leftover from her House District 57 campaigns starting in 2002 and ending in 2008.
Lynn faces Linda Elam, a one-time real estate attorney, formerly the mayor of Mt. Juliet mayor and — most notably — the incumbent who enjoys the House GOP Caucus’ support going into the August 2 primary election. The winner will run unopposed in November.
Elam, who is finishing up her first term in state office, kicked off her campaign recently with an event co-sponsored by 58 fellow Republican lawmakers. The GOP establishment’s endorsement, Elam says, represents a clear and “dramatic” message to voters signaling which candidate has proven she can “work well with their colleagues, get things accomplished and work on behalf of the people rather than their own interest.”
The race is one of several that political insiders are following closely. The race will also test the electoral clout of the business-friendly caucus leaders as they try to protect Tennessee incumbents from constitution-focused Tea Party conservative challengers.
“While Susan Lynn is one of my very best friends I’ve ever had, I know that my job as leader, when I was elected by the caucus, is to help the incumbents. It’s not a comfortable thing for me at all,” said House GOP Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart of Hendersonville, who was known to socialize with Lynn when they served as seat-mates in the Legislature together. “I know Susan would understand if she was in the caucus still. She would expect me to support her just as we are doing with Linda Elam.”
Aside from calling themselves Mt. Juliet conservatives seeking “re-election,” Elam and Lynn offer voters significant differences in style and background.
Lynn won her first House election in 2002, in the aftermath of the state income tax battles in the Legislature. She made a name for herself championing limited-government constitutionalism and state sovereignty issues. Some of her most well-known bills sought to restrict the effect of Obamacare on Tennesseans, ban the government from implanting microchips in individuals against a person’s will, and requiring those on public assistance to submit to random drug tests, a measure which won approval in a different fashion this year.
…”Some people would prefer to get in front of TV cameras and go wave signs and make wild accusations and things like that rather than the hard work it takes to be a responsible legislator,” Elam said.
Elam points out that she brings a “professional, level-headed, hard-working, sensible, collegial work environment to the Capitol,” painting Lynn as something of a drama queen.
“I think that’s absolutely foolish,” said Lynn
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Five City Workers Lose Jobs Over ‘Sexting’

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) — Mt. Juliet officials have fired a city worker and accepted the resignations of four others accused of sending sexually explicit messages.
The Lebanon Democrat reported the five were found to have used city computers and cell phones to “sext” each other on city time.
Interim City Manager Kenneth Martin said on Thursday that had the four who resigned not done so, they would have been fired. Those involved included a police sergeant, the assistant public works director, a project manager, a tax clerk and a purchasing clerk.
Martin said people make mistakes, but those involved must be held accountable. Mayor Ed Hagerty earlier called the allegations “appalling and disgusting.” Hagerty said on Monday he would try to defund the workers’ positions because they demonstrated the jobs were unnecessary.

Don’t Pray on City Time

Mt. Pleasant’s city manager has asked the town’s chaplain to refrain from holding prayer services at City Hall while employees are on the clock, a move she attributes to the separation of church and state, reports the Columbia Daily Herald.
Michelle Williams, who is serving in her second week as city manager, said the request is not aimed at ceasing acts of worship at City Hall. She said any time before 8 a.m. or after 5 p.m. would be appropriate times for prayer.
“We have no problem with them praying, it’s just they need to do it on their own time,” Williams said. “So, I have asked the chaplain to come in before or after (office hours).”
Williams said she doesn’t think her decision will have an impact on the community and citizens should be “happy” about the decision.
“Ultimately, their tax dollars are spent to pay city employees’ salary,” she said. “I would think (citizens) would want them working while they are getting paid.”