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Ron Ramsey Reflects on Legislative Primaries & ‘the Perfect Storm’

The general election still determines the ultimate winner, but Tennessee GOP Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey tells Hank Hayes that political campaigns are getting to the point where primaries may be “the race.”
“Before I got to be in the (Republican) majority, I had to practically beg people to run, and now we have four-way primaries and six-way primaries. Things have really changed,” Ramsey said when asked to reflect on Thursday’s primary election results.
…”Debra (Maggart) hit the perfect storm,” Ramsey said. “She was running up against a good candidate. She was in this Nashville media market that just lives, breathes, eats and sleeps politics. It wasn’t just the NRA that brought her down. It was several other factors. I was a huge supporter. She was a great state representative. She took the brunt of other people’s frustration with politics in general. … The NRA spent $75,000 to get a pro-Second Amendment legislator defeated.”
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris DeVaney, in a conference call with reporters, said GOP candidates won for different reasons.
“Courtney Rogers ran an aggressive, grass-roots campaign … (but) certainly she was aided by an outside group or two,” said DeVaney. “But at the end of the day, voters have various reasons for voting one candidate over another. We have to commend Courtney for doing an outstanding job getting her vote out.”

Storm Shelter Tax Break

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Storm shelters may qualify for state sales tax savings under recently passed legislation.
The Tennessee Department of Revenue says Tennessee taxpayers who purchase qualifying building supplies to construct storm shelters between July 1 and Dec. 31 can save up to $2,500 on sales tax paid on certain construction supplies.
Individuals can file a claim for refunds for sales tax paid on these items. They also may claim a refund for tax paid by certain contractors.
Items eligible for a refund include Sheetrock, insulation, flooring, construction tools, paint materials, hardware, brick, concrete block, lumber and other building materials.

Obama Signs Disaster Declaration for Four TN Counties

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for Tennessee after last week’s line of tornado-spawning storms that killed at least 34 people in the state.
Sunday’s action makes federal funding available to storm survivors in the Tennessee counties of Bradley, Greene, Hamilton and Washington. The assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs.
Federal funding also is available to state and local governments and nonprofit organizations for debris removal and emergency protective measures.
At least 342 people were killed in the storms that raged across the South last week, including 250 in Alabama, 35 in Mississippi and 15 in Georgia. Obama had already signed disaster declarations for those three states.