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Registry Schedules Hearing on Burchett Complaint

A six-member state board that investigates campaign finance irregularities will meet next month and decide whether to look further into some questionable disclosure forms filed by Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, reports Mike Donila.
In addition, state ethics officials said they also are seeking possible records that the mayor’s estranged wife, Allison Burchett, may have that are related to her husband’s 2010 election.
“We’ve got the complaint and now it’s up to the registry (of election finance) to determine whether it wants to proceed, dismiss or do something in the middle,” said Drew Rawlins, executive director of the state Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance.
At issue is a formal sworn complaint filed by local freelance writer Pam Strickland, asking state and local officials to look into campaign discrepancies in the mayor’s disclosure forms. Strickland, who writes a weekly column for the News Sentinel but is not an employee of the newspaper, filed the complaint last week with the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office and the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance.
The state, at the time, said it wouldn’t act until it heard back from local officials.
On Friday, though, the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office forwarded the complaint to Rawlins. John Gill, special counsel to the Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols, sent a brief note saying he also has contacted Allison Burchett’s attorney “to retrieve any records in Ms. Burchett’s possession or control related to that election.”
…County Mayor Tim Burchett said: “Nobody wants to get to the bottom of it more than I do.”
Strickland said her “only concern is that it be investigated,” so “it didn’t matter” whether local or state officials looked into the issue, although she did say that “it removed local politics” now that it’s in the registry’s hands.
The registry, which is comprised of three Democrats and three Republicans appointed by the governor and the Legislature, will meet Sept. 5 in Nashville. At that time, members will more than likely decide whether to issue the mayor a “show cause” letter that would require him to explain how the errors occurred and to fix them if possible.
The board — if it chooses to investigate the issue — also would have to decide later whether to dismiss any issues or assess a civil penalty, which can be as much as $10,000 per offense.

Complaint Filed Over Burchett Financial Disclosures

Knoxville freelance writer and editor Pam Strickland has filed a formal sworn complaint, asking state and local officials to look into questionable campaign finance disclosure forms reported by Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, reports the News Sentinel.
Strickland, who sent the complaint on Wednesday via certified mail to the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office and the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance, said: “If there is a problem, it needs to be investigated, and we need to know what that problem is. If there’s not a problem, we need to know that, too.”
John Gill, special counsel to the Knox County district attorney general, said Thursday that he had received the statement, will review it “and then take appropriate action.”
The mayor said Strickland “has every right as a citizen” to file the report, but added: “I find it very odd that it is a newspaper writer filing a complaint and I’m being asked about it before I have even been informed about it by the Attorney General’s Office.”
Strickland writes a weekly column for the Knoxville News Sentinel, although she is not an employee with the News Sentinel or E.W. Scripps, the paper’s parent company. She filed the complaint as “a citizen of Knox County and (a) properly registered voter.”

Former Ohio Gov. Strickland Speaking at Jackson Day

Statement from TNDP Chairman Chip Forrester:
We’re thrilled to announce the addition of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to next weekend’s Jackson Day Dinner.
Strickland is a lifelong advocate for working and middle class families. He has recently been at the forefront of the grassroots fight to defeat Ohio’s Senate Bill 5, a measure that — similar to the Republican attacks on Tennessee teachers — would severely limit the collective bargaining rights of schoolteachers, police officers and firefighters.
Governor Strickland’s remarks add to an already great program featuring a salute and celebration of our state’s 46th Governor entitled, “The People’s Governor: A Tribute to Ned McWherter.”
The tribute features an address from the legendary John Seigenthaler.
We’re just days away…If you haven’t already purchased tickets to the Party’s “who’s who” event of the year, now’s the time to do so!
The Jackson Day Dinner will be held Saturday, October 1 at the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Tennessee Democratic Party at (615) 327-9779 or visit www.JacksonDay.org.

Illogic in Legislatorland? Or Just ‘Silly Sideshows’?

There is a virus spreading like dandelions caught on a breeze in the Legislative Plaza, according to Gail Kerr’s most recent column, and it’s called Illogithink.
Here are the basic building blocks of Illogithink 2011: Gays are bad. Guns are good. Businesses are all good. Limits on businesses are all bad. More government is bad. More government like Mr. and Ms. Elected Legislator wants it is all good. Local autonomy is sacred. Except when state government decides to big foot it. Whether it’s the General Assembly’s business. Or not.
Meanwhile, Pam Stickland focuses on Republican-backed”sideshows” dealing with homosexuality:
Insecure power grabbers are easily recognized by taking silly, unreasonable stands cloaked in false righteousness. My mama warned me about them years ago, and President Barack Obama reminded us all about them Wednesday.
I couldn’t have agreed more when Obama said Wednesday that “we do not have time for this kind of silliness.” The president was talking about the bat-wing crazies who insist, in spite of solid evidence to the contrary, that he is not a native-born American. I, however, am talking about our state legislators, who insist on treating the lesbian, gay and transgendered as less than equal when the state has serious budget problems and major education issues that need tending.