From Roll Call:
A meeting of Senate Republicans on Wednesday grew tense as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told his members he could have gotten a better deal on nominations than the one negotiated by rank-and-file Republicans.
McConnell’s tone, according to multiple sources, implied that he had been kept in the dark about the talks between some in his own ranks and Democrats. However, those same Republicans say they kept McConnell updated throughout their negotiating process.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., got so frustrated with McConnell’s presentation of events, that he called… (a word abbreviated b.s.) loud enough for the room to hear, nearly a half-dozen sources said. The heated exchange underscored the “buyer’s remorse” among some Republicans, especially leaders, one senior Republican said on background.
Corker’s office did not comment for this story.
An anonymous mailer targeting 20th Senate District candidate Steve Dickerson hits the Republican for — shock! — playing rock ‘n’ roll, Chas Sisk reports..
“Exposing Steve Dickerson,” a tri-fold mailer that comes complete with a stamp of Ronald Reagan stroking his chin and Barack Obama photoshopped into a doctor’s coat, has been going out in waves this month to select recipients.
The mailer promotes an anti-Dickerson website, www.NoDickerson.com. It lists some of his donors who, like Dickerson, are doctors. But the real expose comes inside, with the disclosure that Dickerson plays in a hard rock band,
Documentation is provided in the form of photographs of Dickerson sporting an earring and bandana and making the horned-finger rock-star gesture.
“Are his values conservative enough for YOU?” the mailer asks. “If not, please vote for one of the other candidates.”
The sender may have had one of Dickerson’s competitors in mind, but none is mentioned. A quick response code in a corner takes the recipient to the No Dickerson website, which contains info on his Republican opponents. No organization is identified.
Federal officials are trying to impose new regulations through legal action on shops that allow customers to make their own cigarettes on location, but Tennessee Department of Revenue officials are not making any similar moves against the practice, reports The Tennessean.
The do-it-yourself approach saves the smokers the 62 cents per 20-pack state cigarette tax and the $1.01 per pack federal cigarette tax. The new wave of cigarette technology has already prompted a federal court case, but smokers are singing the praises of the RYO machines, which have been under the state government’s radar until recently.
(Customer Lawrence) Davis pays $24 for 200 cigarettes, about half price.
“It’s a better, milder taste,” he said. “I know it’s bad for me, but I love it. I never thought about quitting, but when prices started going up the roof, I was looking for a cheaper way.” RYO Machine Rental LLC provides that cheaper option in 38 U.S. States.
In only its third year, the company has grown from a handful of machines in Girard, Ohio, to about 1,500 across the country.
…In Tennessee, those shop owners are required to be licensed to distribute tobacco, purchase from a licensed tobacco wholesaler, and pay the 6.6 percent state tobacco tax in addition to other business permitting and taxing, said Billy Trout, Tennessee Department of Revenue spokesman. The tobacco tax, along with the tobacco, tubes and rental of the RYO machine, is factored into the customer’s purchase price.
The state revenue department currently has no concerns about RYO businesses’ taxation or regulations, Trout said.