Former state Rep. Scotty Campbell, R-Mountain City, won the chance to appear with Tons of Funk and the Funkadactyls at a World Wrestling Entertainment event through an online charity auction to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Here’s the video of his debut dancing performance last night. (youtube link HERE.)
From Hank Hayes comes this report on the race in state House District 3:
Timothy Hill has been down this road before.
Hill, a Blountville businessman and former press secretary for ex-U.S. Rep. David Davis, looked like the front-runner to win the GOP primary for Tennessee’s 3rd House District seat two years ago.
Hill, the brother of GOP state Rep. Matthew Hill of Jonesborough, had name recognition in Sullivan County, a number of campaign donors, and a conservative message to go with his candidacy.
But Mountain City Republican Scotty Campbell’s base of Johnson County voters in the district showed up in droves, and Hill came in second to Campbell after splitting the rest of the primary vote with five other candidates. Campbell, a former legislative aide to ex-House Speaker Kent Williams of Elizabethton, easily defeated Democrat Joe Mike Akard and two independents in the November 2010 general election.
After one term, Campbell isn’t seeking re-election, and Hill is again seeking the seat.
And now Hill is facing another GOP candidate with considerable Johnson County name recognition — former Mountain City Mayor Kevin Parsons. Also in the primary race are Karen Greene Morrell and Lee White, both of Bluff City.
Tennessee State Representatives Scotty Campbell announced Wednesday he will not seek another term in the house, reports WCYB-TV.\ Campbell tells News 5 WCYB his long term personal and education goals are the reasons he cannot commit to another term.
He says he does not have a desire to become a career politician.
He thanked the voters of Johnson and Sullivan Counties for giving him the opportunity to serve them in the General Assembly.
Campbell, R-Mountain City, is a freshman lawmaker representing House District 3 who serves as a top aide to Kent Williams when Williams was speaker of the House.
He’s the fourth Republican legislator to announce he won’t seek another term in his current seat. (Two other representatives leaving the House, Joey Hensley and Frank Niceley, are running for the Senate.)
Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey declared victory Monday for Republicans in the congressional battle over federal spending and raising the debt limit, according to a report from Hank Hayes. The Blountville Republican told a Greater Kingsport Republican Women’s luncheon he has been in GOP House Speaker John Boehner’s shoes as a negotiator at the state level.
Boehner, said Ramsey, sought “true cuts” with no tax increases plus a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“Folks, we have won on this issue,” Ramsey said. “When we get the liberal New York Times doing an editorial today saying that (Democratic President Barack) Obama caved … and saying the Tea Party is driving the agenda, we conservatives have won. You need to take that and run with it.” Liberal Democrats, Ramsey added, are experts at getting half of what they want.
“We as conservatives sometimes are so principled that if we don’t get 90 percent, I can’t vote for that,” Ramsey noted. “We need to take this today and run with it, and then come back next year and go on to something else. If you get 90 percent of what you want, grab it, run with it and come back next year.”
Ramsey and state Reps. Tony Shipley and Scotty Campbell were at the luncheon to explain core differences between Democrats and Republicans.
Below are some press releases issued by various intrested parties on the 2011 legislative session, ranging from the state Republican Party to Tennessee Citizen Action.
Also inclludes commentary from Ron Ramsey, Scotty Campbell, the Professional Educators of Tennessee and the Senate Democratic Caucus.
There seems to be some disagreement.