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Partisan Views on Rep. Gloria Johnson, D-Knoxville

Any thought that Rep. Gloria Johnson might not be top target for the state Republican party next year — and that the Democratic party will defend her — is surely eliminated by the following two post-session press releases,
First came this from the Tennessee Republican Party:
NASHVILLE, Tenn.–As lawmakers return home following the conclusion of the legislative session, Tennesseans are reviewing the public record of their lawmakers and some of what they are finding is embarrassing.
Take, for instance, the record of Representative Gloria Johnson (D–Knoxville).
In a short four-month period as a legislator, Rep. Johnson:
•Spent the last four months harassing and opposing Governor Bill Haslam’s common sense reform agenda for education and spending.
•Voted against a bill that protects doctors who provide free medical care to low-income patients who need urgent attention.
•Filed a self-serving bill she would personally benefit from.
•Supported the implementation of ObamaCare in Tennessee.
•Voted to strip worker’s rights protections from Tennessee law.
•Stood against Knox County teachers having the ability to protect students.
•Chose to not record a vote on a ban of the state income tax that would protect Tennessee families from having more of their hard-earned money taken by government.
•Voted against a balanced state budget that meets the needs of our state and cuts taxes for all Tennesseans.
•Voted against cutting the sales tax on groceries for all Tennesseans.
•Voted against phasing out the death tax to save Tennessee families and farms from being double-taxed on their assets.
•Voted against an initiative to find and remove examples of government waste.
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney made the following statement about Rep. Johnson’s legislative performance.
“Representative Johnson was sent to Nashville to represent her constituents and this dismal performance was anything but that. It is troubling to see that her priorities were not carrying and passing good legislation, but rather being focused on updating her social media accounts with personal attacks on our leaders. Tennesseans hold their elected officials to a higher standard and expect them to work tirelessly on their behalf. Instead, she put petty personal politics above what’s best for Tennessee.”
He concluded, “I look forward to talking about Gloria Johnson’s embarrassing track record with her constituents over the next year and a half.”

Then, this from the Tennessee Democratic party:

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Rep. Todd Pleads Guilty to DUI, Gun Charges; Offers Comments

By Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Rep. Curry Todd pleaded guilty Friday to drunken driving and gun charges and was sentenced to 48 hours in jail and the loss of his firearm for a year.
The Collierville Republican was arrested in October 2011 in Nashville after failing a roadside sobriety test. A loaded .38-caliber gun was found stuffed between the driver’s seat and center console.
Todd, who is best known for sponsoring a law that allows people with handgun carry permits to be armed in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, told reporters after the court hearing that he has no plans to resign.
“I’ve always found that we’re molded and shaped by experiences in life, both good and bad,” Todd said. “And it’s my intention to use this experience over the last 15 months to become a more knowledgeable and effective representative of the people of this state.”

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Former Rep. Cobb Not Guilty of Assault Charge

A Rhea County Circuit Court jury on Tuesday evening found former state Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, not guilty of assaulting a woman in a wheelchair who supported Cobb’s opponent in the Aug. 2 primary election, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
“The verdict speaks for itself,” said Cobb, who previously dismissed the misdemeanor assault charge as “politically motivated.”
The decision came at 6:40 p.m. after about an hour’s deliberation at the historic Rhea County Courthouse in downtown Dayton, Tenn. Cobb turned himself in to the county jail on Oct. 3 after a grand jury indicted him.
According to a Rhea County Sheriff’s Office report, Goins was sitting in her wheelchair at Frazier Elementary School in Dayton, campaigning for Cobb’s opponent, Ron Travis, when Cobb got out of his pickup truck and attempted to knock down a Travis sign.
Goins feared “imminent bodily injury,” the report stated, and thought Cobb was going to hit her after he raised his hand. Cobb, meanwhile, said there was no contact and not even harsh words directed toward Goins.

Former Rep. Ralph Cole Dies, Age 85

Former state Rep. Ralph Cole, 85, who represented Carter and Johnson counties in the General Assembly for more than a decade, died Friday. From the Johnson City Press:
Cole had been suffering from cancer in recent weeks.
The Elizabethton Republican served until 2002, when he was defeated by Jerome Cochran in the Republican primary election.
Cole was an influential member of the House Finance Committee during his time in Nashville, and was noted for working hard for his district during the administrations of Govs. Ned McWherter and Don Sundquist.
“He was my friend,” said Sundquist. “He was a statesmen who always did what he thought was right. He was a man of courage and dedication and was successful in life in every way.
“You could always count on him that if it was right he would do it. I didn’t have to go to him and say ‘Will you do this?’ We need more men and women like that.”
Former state Rep. Robert “Bob” Patton, who represented the 7th District, sat one seat over from Cole in the Legislature and served alongside him on the House Finance Committee from 2000-2002.
“I really enjoyed serving in the Legislature with him,” Patton said. “He was somewhat of a mentor to me. It was often that I would check with him and talk about issues that were important and he was kind and considerate and would take the time to speak with me.”
Cole served as a state representative from 1990 to 2003. In addition to his political role, he was also the sales manager at Courtesy Motors Co. for 20 years and owned C&T Volkswagen-Subaru for 18 years.
…The graveside service for Cole will be private.

Former Rep. Ed Arnold Dies in Accident, Aged 77

From the News Sentinel:
Edwin “Ed” Arnold, a former state representative and assistant district for Blount, Roane and Loudon counties, has died. He was 77.
Mr. Arnold was killed Saturday morning when he stepped into traffic on Interstate 40 to help his grandson, who had just been in a wreck, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Mr. Arnold received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and his law degree from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn. Arnold was active in the Loudon community as a member of the Jaycees, Lions Club and First Baptist Church in Loudon. He served in the Legislature from 1963 to 1967 and became assistant attorney general for Blount, Loudon and Roane counties.
Family will receive friends 12-1:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. today at First Baptist Church, 413 Wharf Street, Loudon. Services will follow at 7:30 p.m., with Rev. Richard Everett officiating
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Former Rep. Swafford Loses Bid for Pikeville Mayor

Former state representative Eric Swafford, in an effort to revive his political career after last year’s re-election defeat, failed in his attempt to be elected as mayor of the city of Pikeville, reports the Crossville Chronicle.
Incumbent two-term Mayor Greg Johnson received 311 votes followed by Swafford, who had 94, and perennial candidate Randy A. Sharp received 81 votes.
Swafford served Bledsoe and Cumberland counties in the Tennessee General Assembly, representing the 25th Legislative District, until last fall when present State Rep. Cameron Sexton defeated him handily. Voters were unhappy with the way changes were made in the Cumberland County Election Commission office and credited Swafford with the resulting chaos
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Rep. Roe Becomes Dr. Roe Again

From the News Sentinel:
U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Johnson City, joined another doctor today in working to revive a man who collapsed and stopped breathing at the Charlotte, N.C., airport.
Roe, a Tri-Cities obstetrician for years before becoming a congressman, performed CPR on the man after arriving at the airport while on his way to Washington, according to Amanda Little, Roe spokeswoman.
According to The Daily Caller online news site, Roe was with South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney about 7:15 a.m. when someone called out for a doctor.
Roe told The Daily Caller: “When I got there, he wasn’t breathing. I think there was another doctor there, but we didn’t really have a chance to introduce ourselves. I just said, ‘I’m Dr. Roe, so and so,’ and then we just dived on top of the guy and started giving him CPR.”
According to Little, the former Johnson City mayor also applied a defibrillator to help restart the man’s heart.
“We called the hospital and they think he is going to make it,” Little told the Kingsport Times-News. “They thought it was a possible heart attack.”