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Congressmen Duncan, Black and Roe Endorse Romney

News release from Mitt Romeny’s presidential campaign:
Mitt Romney today announced the endorsement of Tennessee Congressmen Jimmy Duncan, Diane Black and Phil Roe.
“I am honored to receive the support of these great conservative leaders,” said Mitt Romney. “They share my vision of lower taxes, reduced spending, and a balanced budget. Each of them understands the danger our country is facing, and I look forward to working with them to put America back on the right path.”
Announcing his support, the dean of the Tennessee delegation, Congressman Jimmy Duncan said, “Citizens in both the Volunteer State and across the nation are suffering from unemployment, and in 2012, we must elect a leader who can help get more folks working again. Mitt Romney is that leader. With his background as a conservative businessman, I believe strongly that Governor Romney is the best candidate to defeat President Obama, turn the economy around, and lead America into prosperity once again.”
“Mitt Romney has a skill set that uniquely qualifies him to lead the United States at this critical time in our history,” said Congresswoman Diane Black. “From his experience in the private sector to his accomplishments as the governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney knows how to balance a budget and create jobs. I am proud to offer him my support.”
“I am supporting Mitt Romney because he is the proven, conservative leader who will focus on strengthening our economy, getting spending under control, reducing the debt, and putting Americans back to work. He knows how to run a business, and he understands how to create jobs and help small businesses succeed,” said Congressman Phil Roe. “As a physician, I’m also pleased that Governor Romney is committed to repealing the President’s deeply flawed heath care plan that will put Washington bureaucrats between patients and their doctors. I am proud to support Mitt Romney for President.”

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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.”

Threat to Kill Congressman’s Staff Acknowledged as Bad Idea

Eleven months of jail time later, a Maryville man conceded Wednesday that threatening to murder a U.S. congressman’s staff wasn’t the best way to protest his passport woes, according to the News Sentinel.
“I’m sorry for what I did,” Eric Robert Henderson told U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips. “I blew up. I shouldn’t have done it.”
Henderson, 28, was freed Wednesday after serving 11 months in jail for putting U.S. Rep. Phil Roe’s office in Washington D.C. under verbal siege in September 2010, threatening murder and mayhem if Roe didn’t do something to help him get a passport.
“It is clear Mr. Henderson is mad at the government because they will not issue him a passport so that he can leave the country,” Assistant Federal Defender Kim Tollison wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “He claims that he has filed all of the required papers. The government claims that he has not. Mr. Henderson very much would like to leave this country. All he needs is a passport.”

Haslam, Roe Hand Out Fed Funds, Predict Flow to Falter in Days Ahead

A report from Hank Hayes:
Federal grant dollars were being handed out across Northeast Tennessee Thursday, and recipients were smiling. But a number of those smiles might not be there next year because of anticipated federal government spending cuts, Gov. Bill Haslam predicted.
“The grants we saw today will be harder to come by,” Haslam, a Republican, said after announcing a $145,026 federally funded grant to East Tennessee State University for a habitat at the Gray Fossil Site. “I don’t know that for a fact, but I think a lot of the discretionary programs in federal government, I’m betting, are going to have a cutback. I’m not saying programs like this are going to go away, but I think they will be a lot harder to come by.”
Earlier in the day at the Farm House Gallery and Gardens in Unicoi, about $3.3 million in federal grants and loans were being doled out to 14 projects ranging from water line replacements to buying a new emergency service vehicle.

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TN News & Opinion Notes, 3/5/11

Theme Park Developer Dodged Past Debts?
A company that is leading efforts to build a $750 million theme park in Spring Hill was at the center of an eviction lawsuit less than a year ago in Palm Beach County, Fla., reports the Columbia Daily Herald.
Landlord Floyd Maxson said Dennis W. Peterson, CEO of Big International Group of Entertainment Inc., left Florida this past year owing him money that has yet to be paid.

”He destroyed my place, too,” he said. “When he moved in he had a deposit so I used some of that money to clean it up, but it wasn’t enough.”
Despite facing eviction in Florida just months ago, Peterson is promising the company has the financial backing to build an entertainment complex on 1,500 acres off Interstate 65 in northeastern Maury County.

Peterson has not returned multiple messages seeking comment.

Roe & Cutting Complaints
U.S. Rep. Phil Roe tells Hank Hayes that he’s ready to restore federal funding to local police for cleaning up meth labs and has heard constituent complaints about possible closure of the national Fish Hatchery at Erwin and cutting funding to public broadcasting.
He’s not as clear on what to do about the latter.
“Is it fair to ask your grandchildren 10, 15, 20 years from now to pay for what we are listening to now?” Roe asked. “This spending spree we are on cannot continue. … The Obama administration thinks that if Republicans take this on, we will be punished in the 2012 elections. And they may be right. But the right thing to do is take it on. I didn’t come up here to worry about being re-elected.”
Twenty-four Tennessee-based banks still haven’t repaid more than $400 million in taxpayer funds they received under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, some more than two years after they were granted the help, says The Tennessean.
But the program, derided by many as a “bailout” when it took effect, may pay off for taxpayers and communities around the country. The extra funds stabilized local banks and allowed them to lend more, and the banks continue to pay interest on what they received. Some experts predict that the Capital Purchase Program, the part of TARP that provided help to banks, will end up in the black.
…. At the same time, some banks — including three in Tennessee — have missed dividend and interest payments to the federal government.

Chattanooga Argument: Taxes for the Poor
The $3 million in public funds that Erlanger Health System has received each year for decades could be in jeopardy this spring, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
A 45-year-old sales tax agreement between Hamilton County, Chattanooga and smaller municipalities is about to expire. The agreement guarantees $3 million a year to Erlanger to treat indigent county residents. Now city and county officials are at odds over what the loss of that agreement would mean for Erlanger’s funding.
Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield argues that the legislative act that created Erlanger, formally called the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority, makes clear that paying for indigent care is the county’s responsibility. The sales tax agreement transfers some sales tax revenue to the county to help fund civic and social service agencies. If it expires, the obligation to fund Erlanger falls on the county, Littlefield said.

New Jobs Bill: Commercial ‘Hunting’
in his latest column, Frank Cagle promotes the idea of allowing commercial hunting for domesticated deer raised on Tennessee farms. He’s talking about a bill pending in the Legislature, entitled the White-tailed Deer Breeding and Farming Act.
We need to remove barriers to the development of commercial hunting preserves. Finding a use for huge tracts of timberland also reduces the pressure to deforest the countryside or dig for coal.
The TWRA needs to continue to selling hunting licenses and manage wildlife areas and promote wildlife. But they need to be barred from regulating the operation of private hunting preserves.
Hey, you Republican legislators who have just discovered you do not have a jobs package? Here it is.

Gutting the Teachers Union
From a Robert Houck column:
In truth, the push by Ramsey and others to end collective bargaining is a thinly (and I do mean thinly) veiled effort to gut the teachers’ union. Republicans are now firmly in control of the governor’s office and both houses of the General Assembly, and it’s time for payback for all those years the TEA backed Democrats (and the occasional rogue Republican who dared to stray from the party line) in state elections.
Some Republicans were thought to be wavering on ending collective bargaining, including two members of the Senate Education Committee, where the anti-TEA bills would be considered.
…(Sen. Rusty) Crowe said last week the vote was one of the “hardest” he has ever had to cast. He told me he could see both “the good and bad” in collective bargaining, but in the end he decided it was best for teachers to meet with their local school boards “as a family without an outside force” possibly complicating matters.
“I’ve probably lost all my support from the TEA,” Crowe said.
He has, and Crowe has also come under criticism from local members of the TEA who say the senator is “naive” if he believes teachers will be allowed to sit down and talk to their local school boards about pay and workplace issues if collective bargaining is outlawed.
“He (Crowe) is living in a fantasy land,” said Deidre Wilkes Brown, a teacher and chief negotiator for the Johnson City Education Association
Conservative Teachers’ PET
In his latest column, Greg Johnson promotes the Professional Educators of Tennessee (PET), which now claims 5,000 members, as the conservative alternative to the “left-wing” Tennessee Education Association, which now claims 52,000 members.
By joining the Tennessee Education Association, teachers give tacit, if not implicit, approval to TEA’s political agenda. Last year, TEA chose – with concerted aforethought – to give almost 93 percent of its political contributions to Democrats. TEA fired the first political shot. Now TEA feigns shock when politics doesn’t go its way.
….But Tennessee teachers have a choice. They don’t have to join TEA and NEA. Teachers seeking representation can choose Professional Educators of Tennessee.
Executive Director J.C. Bowman, who served as chief education policy analyst for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, told me in an interview PET does not make political contributions. “If they’re noneducational issues, we’re not involved,” Bowman said. “When you walk into a school, you’re not a Republican or a Democrat. You’re a teacher.”
…Bowman touted PET’s dues, which are $149 per year compared to more than $500 for TEA. “We don’t have to send any dollars up to a national organization,” Bowman said. “All (dues) dollars stay in the state.” Noting a chief concern of educators, Bowman said, “We offer great liability (insurance) protection for teachers.”

…. “We’d like to see collective bargaining rolled back, if not completely done away with,” Bowman said. “We support collaborative bargaining with every side at the table.”

Rep. Roe Gets Hacked

Congressman Phil Roe was among 49 members of the U.S. House who had their websites hacked after President Obama’s State of the Union address. The hackers took down their home page and replaced it with what Michael Collins describes as “obscenity-laced anti-Obama messages.”
The hacker-afflicted congressmen included both Republicans and Democrats.
“I can’t imagine why anybody would want to come after me – I’m not that significant,” the Johnson City Republican said. “I think they were just seeing who they could get into.”
The Web sites under attack were all served by a third-party vendor that is outside of the firewall protection provided by the Capitol’s computer system. Roe’s site and the others that were affected have been taken down for maintenance.

See also Hank Hayes.