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Roe’s GOP challenger ‘unsuspends’ campaign

Clint Tribble, who declared July 1 that he was suspending his campaign against incumbent U.S. Rep. Phil Roe in the 1irst Congressional District Republican primary, has now decided to “unsuspend” it, reports WJHL-TV.

Tribble said he’s not backing down from the threats he said he’s received.

“They’ve got a choice this time around,” Tribble said.

Tribble feels that his non-political background will help bring something different to the First District. He felt that Roe sides with the establishment.

Born in Arizona, Tribble worked a variety of jobs, including as a professional poker player in Las Vegas. He moved to Tennessee last year and became interested in politics.

If elected, Clint says he will focus on veterans right away.

“I won’t take no for an answer from the Veterans Affairs Administration when they come to me and they say well we can’t fix that for 20 years,” Tribble said.

Clint gained national attention in 2013 after creating a controversial website claiming Houston based Pastor Joel Osteen profits off the word of god.

…Tribble told News Channel 11’s Justin Soto that he’s already spent nearly $30,000 on his campaign and he plans to campaign hard until the upcoming primary on Aug. 4.

Note: Tribble’s July 15 report to the FEC shows a candidate loan to the campaign of $30,000 with spending of $27,236 and a cash-on-hand balance of $4,449. Roe’s July 15 report shows spending of $210,372 and a balance of $512,220.

Roe’s GOP primary foe suspends campaign, citing anonymous threats

Clint Tribble, the only candidate opposing U.S. Rep. Phil Roe in the August Republican primary, says on his campaign website that he is suspending his campaign after receiving anonymous threats.

“We have received countless anonymous threats during this campaign in one form or another, most of them demanding I quit campaigning. Some of them seemed harmless, some far more serious,” the statement says. adding in parenthesis, “Let me be clear, I do not believe my opponent or his campaign have anything whatsoever to do with these threats.”

“I can no longer go forward as I feel I am putting myself and my family in harm’s way,” he says.

WJHL-TV says Tribble suspended his campaign Friday “just hours” before a scheduled interview with the Johnson City station.

In recent weeks, YouTube videos showed Tribble fiercely criticizing Phil Roe’s record calling him an establishment candidate who’d turned his back on veterans. By Friday afternoon, the videos had been removed from YouTube and from his campaign website.

Roe told the Kingsport Times-News that he hasn’t looked at Tribble’s campaign material.

“I’ve looked at almost nothing,” Roe responded (when asked about a YouTube video). “I would say that people need a competent congressman who works hard for the people. We take great pride with the constituent service we’ve done. Over the years, we’ve directly helped 6,000 responses from veterans. That’s the fun part of my job. What I don’t like is the travel and being away from family and home. I think I’ve made a very positive impact in Washington.”

Roe’s reelection campaign launch draws 100

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe had a ceremonial kickoff Wednesday for his reelection campaign in the 1st Congressional District, reports the Johnson City Press.

About 100 supporters gathered inside as the Republican officially kicked off his campaign for the Aug. 4 primary. A win would place him on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, and a victory would put him on course to complete a 10-year run.

“Well, eight years go by mighty fast,” the former Johnson City mayor said. It seems like yesterday we were out and meeting people all over Northeast Tennessee, meeting people on farms, at hospitals, at feed stores, at general stores.

“Listening. Listening to real people. Real people with real-life experiences outside of politics looking for the same kind of people to deliver their voices to Washington. And, in fact, we have been out meeting people at places like these, even yesterday.”

Roe’s campaign materials this year feature the slogan, “In Tune with East Tennessee.”

Roe backs Trump to repeal Obamacare

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe tells the Johnson City Press that he is backing Donald Trump for president because he wants to repeal Obamacare despite misgivings on some other things.

“If Trump is elected, it means I’ve got a chance,” Roe said during a visit to the Johnson City Press about the congressman’s continuing efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “If Hillary (Hillary Clinton, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee) is elected, I have no chance.”

Roe has never met Trump, but he and a group of House members are scheduled to sit down with outspoken and often disparaged nominee July 7. He also said most people, including 85 percent of District 1 residents, feel the country is headed in the wrong direction and desperately needs change.

“If Trump does get elected, you probably won’t see me for six months,” Roe said. “I’ve learned if you’ve got big policies, you’ve got to hit the ground running.”

Trump’s big policy wants include building a wall on the Mexican Border, halting Muslim immigration, repealing Obamacare, growing the military and taking very tough stances on foreign trade.

Roe, who praised Trump’s business success, also said he was concerned that Trump has not yet realized how difficult it actually is to introduce and pass legislation, especially for the above-mentioned items.

“I’m concerned that he is not being specific enough about how to implement his plans as policies,” Roe said. “Mr. Trump needs to understand the Speaker of the House (Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan) decides what comes and goes on the docket.”

Roe also talked about Trump’s effort to stifle Muslim immigration, the recent tragedy in Orlando and gun control.

“I disagree with Trump’s use of a religious test to get into the country, but I still support thoroughly vetting immigrants.”

TN Republicans join in bashing Obama bathroom directive

Some Tennessee Republican politicians have joined other members of the party in bashing a directive from the Obama administration that calls on schools to allow use of bathrooms based on an individual’s “gender identity.”

Republican state Rep. Susan Lynn of Wilson County, who unsuccessfully sponsored a bill in the legislature this year mandating use of school bathrooms based on the gender designated on birth certificates, was focus of a Tennessean story after a Facebook post on the subject. Excerpt:

“Transgenderism is a mental disorder called gender identity disorder — no one should be forced to entertain another’s mental disorder and it is not healthy for the individual with the disorder,” Lynn said in a list of responses to the federal directive.

“We can and we will legistativly (sic) protect children from hormone abuse — a directive has no impact on that issue only the Orwellian redefinition of sex would do that.”

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander news release:
WASHINGTON, May 13 – Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the Department of Education’s guidance to local school districts regarding transgender student’s use of public bathrooms:

“This is the kind of issue that parents, school boards, communities, students and teachers should be allowed to work out in a practical way with a maximum amount of respect for the individual rights of all students. Insofar as the federal government goes, it’s up to Congress to write the law, not the executive departments. And guidance issued by the departments does not amount to federal law and should not be treated as such.” Continue reading

Roe has a presidential preference — but won’t say who

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe says he’s working with one of the GOP presidential hopefuls as his preferred candidate, but he’s not yet prepared to say who that person is, reports the Kingsport Times-News.

“I am not prepared to endorse anybody at this time, but I am working very closely with one candidate,” Roe, R-Tenn., said in a conference call with reporters.

Roe added he probably will endorse that individual before March 1 — the date of the Tennessee Presidential Preference Primary and “Super Tuesday” primary elections for a number of Southern states.

GOP front runner Donald Trump, said Roe, “has not done himself well the last couple weeks” by losing the Iowa Republican Caucus.

“I think it will end up being a two-way race between (Sen. Ted) Cruz and (Sen. Marco) Rubio,” Roe predicted.

Roe said House Speaker Paul Ryan has assembled six task forces that are going to put together the Republican agenda over the next six months to basically frame the presidential election.

“We’re really setting this up for 2017 so if a Republican wins the presidency, we can show the American people exactly where we stand,” Roe told reporters.

Roe said he will serve on the health care task force, which will reconcile two GOP alternative bills to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. One is sponsored by Tom Price, R-Ga., a physician.

“We both agree on (selling health insurance) across state lines. We both agree on association health plans,” Roe said of the bills.

All TN GOP congressmen outraged with UT diversity guidelines

All nine of the Tennessee’s Republicans in Congress have denounced UT Office of Diversity guidelines that suggested holiday parties should not be “a Christmas party in disguise,” reports Michael Collins.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek should resign if he had anything to do with the guidelines, which are posted on the website of UT’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion. Ramsey also hinted that the university could be stripped of its state funding.

“If the University of Tennessee cannot keep its house in order the General Assembly must shift funding to the University of Memphis, ETSU or other institutions of higher learning that don’t embarrass us nationally on a regular basis,” Ramsey wrote on Facebook.

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a South Pittsburg Republican, slammed the holiday party directive as “nonsense” and said he would encourage the Tennessee General Assembly to investigate and, where necessary, “ensure that tax dollars are not being expended on this kind of frivolity.”

“Much like the federal government, which has strayed into far too many areas, universities should spend their time and resources on their primary goal – preparing graduates for the real world,” DesJarlais said. “When offices are wasting time and energy on drafting memos like what we have seen from this particular department, taxpayers in our state are rightfully outraged at the silliness of it all.”

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, a Gallatin Republican, said the guidelines — which suggested faculty and staff holiday parties should not be “a Christmas party in disguise” — would be laughable “if only the implications for students were not so serious.”

“With these rules, the UT Office of Diversity and Inclusion is not promoting diversity — it is stifling it,” Black said. “This kind of hyper-political correctness is not representative of the UT Volunteer spirit that our state has come to know and love, and it has no place on the university’s campus. Between these offensive, Scrooge-like guidelines, and the school’s much-maligned attempt at regulating gender-neutral pronouns, it is past time for Chancellor (Jimmy) Cheek to get a handle on the university’s affairs or make way for someone who can.”

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, a Johnson City Republican, said the Constitution “guarantees our freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.”

“Christmas is a holiday to celebrate the birth of Christ, and it’s ridiculous that a public institution would issue guidance limiting religious freedoms,” he said. “It seems to me a better path to inclusive holiday celebrations would be to encourage every member of the UT community to take pride in and celebrate their own faith as well as the different faiths of their colleagues.”
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Roe visits Afghanistan

News release from U.S. Rep. Phil Roe
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) spent the Thanksgiving holiday visiting with soldiers in Afghanistan. Roe was part of a bipartisan delegation that included the following members: Reps. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Mark Takano (D-CA), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) and Dr. Ralph Abraham (R-LA). While the Congressman was abroad, he was briefed on the status of the U.S. mission and met with President Ghani.

Roe released the following statement on the visit:

“It was an honor to spend Thanksgiving with our troops in Afghanistan, and to hear about the progress we’re making in the country. I am extremely grateful to our soldiers for their service and for welcoming us with so much pride and hospitality. These brave men and women put themselves in harm’s way every day, and I couldn’t be prouder of their caliber. I also appreciate President Ghani taking the time to meet with us and for hosting us at the presidential palace.”

Roe-requested report finds ‘over income’ families in public housing

A government watchdog investigation requested by U.S. Rep. Phil Roe has found that thousands of families across the United States, including 545 in Tennessee, are living in public housing even though their income exceeds eligibility requirements, reports Michael Collins.

The inspector general’s report showed that 25,226 “over-income” families live in government-subsidized housing, even though more than half of them had income that was $10,000 above the eligibility threshold.

Yet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has no plans to kick them out because its policies don’t require them to leave.

“This condition occurred because HUD regulations require families to meet eligibility income limits only when they are admitted to the public housing program,” the report said. “The regulations do not limit the length of time that families may reside in public housing.”

The report estimated that HUD will pay as much as $104.4 million over the next year for public housing units occupied by over-income families — money that otherwise could have been used to house eligible low-income families in need of housing assistance.

Roe, a Johnson City Republican, said he was concerned by the findings.

“It seems to me that we should focus limited taxpayer resources on those with the most need,” Roe said. “My staff and I are reviewing the report’s conclusions to determine what changes need to be made.”

…In Tennessee, the report found that 16 “over-income” families live in public housing in the Johnson City Housing Authority even as 211 needy families are on a waiting list for housing. The report did not provide information for Tennessee’s other housing authorities.

In its response, HUD called the report flawed and said it “over emphasizes” the problem. “Over-income” families represent just 2.6 percent of the 1.1 million families who live in public housing, wrote Milan Ozdinec, deputy secretary of HUD’s office of public housing and voucher programs.

What’s more, “there are positive social benefits from having families with varying income levels residing in the same property,” Ozdinec said.

TN congressmen on Cuba policy

Michael Collins has collected comments from Tennessee congressmen on President Obama’s Cuba policy. Naturally, Republicans jeer, Democrats cheer.

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe fears the United States is moving too quickly in re-establishing diplomatic relations with Havana.

…“As has been the case too often with this administration, President Obama seemed more interested in cutting a deal than the security and safety of the United States,” said Roe, of Johnson City.

“In re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, the administration agreed to release Cuban spies held in the U.S. without getting assurances from the Cuban government that Americans who have been held as political detainees would be returned or that American criminals who have claimed asylum in Cuba would be returned to the U.S. for prosecution.”

…Cuba is another example of Obama negotiating a bad deal with an anti-American regime, said U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher, a Frog Jump Republican.

“People are suffering in Cuba, and the president just orchestrated a negotiation in return for nothing,” Fincher said. “The president did not receive any commitments for improved political and civil liberties for its people or the return of over 70 fugitives wanted by the FBI, including individuals on the FBI most wanted list.”

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Maryville Republican, took a more nuanced position, saying, “After 50 years of almost no relationship with a country 90 miles off our shore, it’s time to think seriously about what the relationship should be for the next 50 years.”

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, a Chattanooga Republican who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Obama administration’s policy toward Cuba may have changed, but “we still have yet to see any significant actions by the Castro regime that will benefit the United States or enhance freedoms and circumstances for the Cuban people.”

…U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, one of just two Democrats in the Tennessee delegation, argues the administration made the right call on Cuba.

“Re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and posting an ambassador at a reopened U.S. Embassy in Havana will eventually open new export options for Memphis entrepreneurs and give all Americans more freedom to travel to Cuba,” Cohen said. “But it will have significant impacts outside of tourism and economic concerns as well.”

By having “open and honest conversations” with Cuba, Cohen said, “we can help promote human rights and justice in a nation where the United States has long had little influence and where inalienable rights that Americans take for granted have been withheld from the people. These actions are the right thing to do.”