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‘Tennessee Trey’ wins Indiana GOP congressional primary

Joseph Albert “Trey” Hollingsworth III, the young multimillionaire who moved from Tennessee to Indiana last fall, Tuesday won the Republican nomination to a congressional seat in his newly adopted state after spending $2 million of his own money in the campaign.

Further from the Indianapolis Star:

Trey Hollingsworth, 32, won the nomination by portraying himself as a political outsider and knocking off three seasoned Republican politicians: Attorney General Greg Zoeller and State Senators Erin Houchin and Brent Waltz.

Hollingsworth picked up the win with 34 percent… Houchin received 25 percent of the vote; and Zoeller had 22 percent.

He will square off in November against Indiana University professor Shelli Yoder, who won the Democrat primary with 70 percent of the vote.

…Hollingsworth, who moved to Indiana from (the East Tennessee town of Clinton) last year, out-spent his competitors by a wide margin and got a boost from a super PAC funded primarily by his father, who spent about $500,000 on ads attacking Zoeller as a political insider. It was an approach, political observers said, that played perfectly to a Republican electorate fed up with Washington politics — the same voters who propelled Donald Trump to a decisive Indiana win that knocked Ted Cruz out of the race.

In the final weeks of the campaign, Houchin and a new super PAC, funded primarily by Indianapolis businessman Bill Oesterle, struck back at Hollingsworth. The one-two punch included mailings and radio commercials labeling Hollingsworth as “Tennessee Trey,” a rich carpetbagger who moved to Indiana to buy a seat in Congress.

Washington SOS skips TN conference, cites religious counseling bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington secretary of state says no one from her office will attend a national conference in Tennessee in part because of a bill signed by the governor there allowing counselors to refuse to treat patients based the therapist’s religious or personal beliefs.

Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in a statement Wednesday that after consideration she will not go to the National Association of Secretaries of State summer meeting.

She also cited the state primary election happening shortly after the meeting and modernizing state systems as reasons for her to stay in Washington state.

Supporters say the bill protects the rights of therapists and allows them to refer patients to more appropriate counselors. Opponents say the legislation is part of a wave of bills around the nation that legalizes discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.

Candidate runs for Congress in two states — TN and GA

Allan Levene, who in 2014 ran for Congress in his home state of Georgia as well as in Florida, this year is running for Congress in Georgia and Tennessee.

From the Times-Free Press:

(Levene) qualified for the Republican primaries in the 3rd Congressional District in Tennessee, opposite incumbent Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga, and in Georgia’s 14th District, whose incumbent is Republican Tom Graves, of Ranger, Ga.

Levene doesn’t live in either district — he lives in Kennesaw, Ga. His district campaign headquarters consist of mailboxes at UPS stores in Rome, Ga., and on Signal Mountain Road.

He’s apparently the first congressional candidate in history to figure out he can run anywhere he can get on the ballot — federal law says he only has to live in the district if he’s elected.

So he’s going to try any way he can to get elected, Levene said in an interview Friday.

“Running in multiple states is not a gimmick, it’s a means to an end,” he said. “You can only fix problems if you have a vote — if you don’t have a vote, you’re just noise.”

And he says it’s crucial, life or death for the Republic, that he get into office so he can stop the economic collapse he sees looming.

“This country is falling apart, and it is so easy to fix,” said Levene, 66, a British native and naturalized citizen who is passionate about the freedom and opportunity in his adopted country but says wrongheaded government is bringing the nation down.

Here’s the beginning of a 2014 Politico story on Levene’s efforts then (both unsuccessful):

Allan Levene is what you might call a way outside-the-Beltway candidate. That’s not just because he is British-born and grew up in West Ham, on London’s dodgy East End, playing in the rubble of bombed-out buildings leveled by the Blitz. Or because he’s running for Congress in Hawaii’s 1st congressional district, 5,000 miles away from Washington. It’s also because Levene is running for Congress in Georgia’s 11th district (where he lives) and tried to mount runs from Minnesota’s 6th, Michigan’s 8th and Michigan’s 14th districts—all in the same election cycle.

Millionaire Tennessean moves to Indiana, runs for Congress with dad’s help

By Brian Slodysko, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — A multi-millionaire businessman who recently moved to Indiana to run for an open seat in Congress is receiving a significant financial boost from his father, who is funding a super PAC targeting his son’s leading GOP primary opponent with negative ads.

Joseph A. Hollingsworth Jr., the father of 32-year-old Trey Hollingsworth, is the sole donor to the Indiana Jobs Now super PAC and has contributed a total of $370,000 to the fund since January, according to a filing made Friday with the Federal Election Commission.

The super PAC has promoted Trey Hollingsworth, a Tennessee native who moved several months ago to southern Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District, as a businessman, job creator and “conservative outsider.” The ads have also derided state Attorney General Greg Zoeller as “another career politician.”

Hollingsworth and Zoeller are facing off for the state’s Ninth Congressional district seat, which is being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Young, who is running for Senate. Republican state Senators Erin Houchin and Brent Waltz are also running for the seat, which stretches from the south suburbs of Indianapolis down to the Ohio River and the Kentucky border.
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Feds OK sending Oklahoma wind energy to Memphis

Plains & Eastern Clean Line Energy says construction could begin in 2017 on a $2.5 billion electric transmission line bringing Oklahoma wind power across Arkansas to Memphis now that the U.S. Department of Energy has approved the project, according to the Commercial Appeal.

Early plans call for installing $4 billion worth of wind turbines near Guymon, Oklahoma. Their electric power would run through a 700-mile-long copper line that would end in Shelby County.

In Memphis, the city-county EDGE board earlier approved a property tax break for Clean Line’s proposed $259.8 million apparatus that would funnel the electricity into TVA for use across its seven-state region.

Friday’s decision could lead to a legal fight in Arkansas led by land owners opposed to the transmission line route.

Arkansas’s congressional delegation opposed the federal decision in a statement Friday that contends state control over transmission lines is being trampled, the Arkansas Times reported. The state’s lawmakers have been trying to pass legislation to keep authority in the states.

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S.C. governor picked as TNGOP fundraising speaker

News release from Tennessee Republican Party
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—March 17, 2016—Over the years, the Statesmen’s Dinner has become a marquee event that brings some of the top stars of the Republican Party to Tennessee.

The 2016 Statesmen’s Dinner promises to continue that tradition.

The Tennessee Republican Party today announced that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will keynote this year’s event on Friday, May 13th.
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Meanwhile, in the Kentucky legislature

By Adam Beam, Associated Press
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Democratic majority in Kentucky’s House of Representatives wants to offer free community college tuition to all of the state’s high school graduates, signaling a likely confrontation with new Republican Gov. Matt Bevin over state spending.

Bevin, who took office in December, has proposed slashing $650 million in state spending over the next two years, including cuts of 4.5 percent this year and 9 percent in each of the next two years for the state’s colleges and universities. Bevin wants to use the money to begin paying down the state’s $36 billion public pension debt, which he and other Republican leaders say could bankrupt the state if left unchecked.

College presidents have pushed back, promising tuition increases and academic program cuts if the reductions stay in place. On Wednesday, House Democrats said their budget proposal will take as much as $33 million from Bevin’s pension plan over the next two years and use it to pay the tuition for all Kentucky high school graduates who can meet certain standards. It is modeled after a similar program in Tennessee that was enacted by a Republican governor and state legislature.
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Poll of TN Democrats: Clinton 58%, Sanders 32%

A Public Policy Polling survey finds Hillary Clinton with a solid lead over Bernie Sanders in Tennessee and other Southern states holding presidential preference primaries in early March.

In Tennessee, Clinton has a 58 percent-32 percent advantage overall. Among African-American Tennessee voters, her lead was even larger — 74 percent to 15 percent.

The company did similar polls in 12 states with Clinton found to be leading in 10 of them. The exceptions, where Sanders has a lead, were Massachusetts and Vermont.

PPP’s overview report on the polls is HERE. An excerpt:

One issue that’s playing to Clinton’s particular advantage is who people trust most to be Commander in Chief. She has at least a 31 point advantage over Sanders on that front in every state other than Vermont. Other issues she does particularly well on are women’s issues where she has at least a 36 point advantage in every state other than Vermont and improving race relations where she likewise has a double digit advantage everywhere other than Senator Sanders’ home state.

TN legislature low on women, high on businessmen and Christians

The Tennessee General Assembly has fewer women among its members than the average for other state legislatures, but more business owners and Christians, according to a compilation of data by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The review, based on 2015 legislative sessions, reported 18 percent of Tennessee’s lawmakers are women versus a national average of 24 percent, tied with Pennsylvania.

The Tennessee percentage will drop a bit for 2016 since one woman, state Rep. Leigh Wilburn, R-Somerville, resigned effective Dec. 31 and a man, Jamison Jenkins, was named by the Fayette County Commission to replace her on an interim basis for this session.

The state’s status comes despite the efforts of House Speaker Beth Harwell, one of four women serving nationwide in the top position of a state legislative body, who in 2013 led a Republican State Leadership Committee national endeavor called “Right Women, Right Now” with the goal of getting more women to run as Republican candidates.

(Note: AN NCSL overview on the study and data, is HERE.) Links to state-by-state data are HERE.
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Ramsey: TN should spurn Virginia handgun permits

Gun owners and police in the City of Bristol, which straddles the Tennessee-Virginia border, see problems ahead when Virginia in February stops honoring handgun carry permits issued in Tennessee, according to WCYB-TV.

Among those unhappy is Tennessee’s Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, who says Tennessee should now stop honoring Virginia handgun carry permits.

State Street divides Virginia and Tennessee (in Bristol). Soon that could mean gun carrying residents on the south side of the street become criminals on the north side.

“This is just the start of the criminalization of gun owners,” said Bristol attorney E. Lynn Dougherty, who said he was legally packing heat under his jacket while talking with News 5. “I take one step to my left and I am a criminal. I go from a law abiding citizen to a criminal.”

Bristol, Virginia Police will be tasked with enforcing the law on the north side of State Street, including during next year’s Rhythm and Roots festival. News 5 talked with Captain Maynard Ratcliff. “It makes it hard for us and it makes it hard for the citizens themselves.”

…Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced the decision Tuesday. (Note: His press release is HERE.) “Virginia law does not allow the accepting of lower standards of other states and I am going to make sure the law is enforced.”

Herring says many states allow convicted drug dealers, and rapists, as well as mentally impaired people to carry guns. This decision prevents them from legally getting permits in other states and bringing them into the Commonwealth. Concealed carry permits will no longer be honored in 25 states, including Tennessee. Virginia will still recognize five states. And six states will no longer honor Virginia’s, because of laws requiring mutual recognition of permits.

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey calls it a “slap in the face”. “Put it this way, I won’t be shopping at exit 5 (or) exit 7 anymore,” Ramsey said.

“Obviously reciprocity goes both ways. If they do not recognize our gun permits then we will not recognize Virginia’s gun permits. If that takes legislation, you will see that happen. But I’m not even sure that takes legislation.”

Hat tip: Jeff Woods