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Miscellaneous TN Government and Political Tidbits

TennCare Drawing Lampooned on Daily Show
Comedy Central’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart has lampooned Tennessee’s “health care lottery,” otherwise know as the TennCare “spend down” drawing wherein 2,500 people with huge medical bills get to apply for TennCare benefits via telephone call. Video HERE.
Paul Wants to Raise Kane
Former Congressman Ron Paul has been urging professional wrestler Glenn Jacobs, whose stage name is “Kane,” to run against Lamar Alexander in the 2014 U.S. Senate primary, according to Matt Collins, who was on Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign staff. So reports Reason.com.
Dawn in the Legislature
Freshman state Rep. Dawn White, R-Murfreesboro, tells the Daily News Journal in a Q-and-A story that she learned a valuable lesson during her first legislative session: How a bill begins is usually not how it finishes.
“I always tell people … that how the bill is written (will determine if) I will support it or not, because I learned that one amendment can change the entire face of the bill,” White said
Cooper’s PR Person Exits
Katie Hill, the press secretary for U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper for the past 18 months, is leaving the Nashville Democrat’s staff to take the same role with Gabby Giffords’ new political action committee. HERE.
Lazy Headline Writing Denounced
Frank Cagle’s weekly column begins with this line: It’s not an Internet tax, dammit, no matter how many times lazy headline writers call it that.
You Could Say Hill’s Bill Just Hit a Speed Bump
State Rep. Timothy Hill backed off on his bill to prohibit Bluff City from using traffic cameras to ticket speeding motorists during the past session, but says he’ll put the measure on notice for another try in 2014. HERE.
Quiz on a State Senator
Robert Houk poses the question: How much do you know about Rusty Crowe?
On the UT Fracking Front
The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees has not been involved in plans to drill for oil and gas on UT land in Morgan and Scott counties. The Southern Environmental Law Center thinks they should be. HERE.
Meanwhile,t UT is now taking bids from those interested in drilling on the 8,600 acres. HERE

Super Tuesday Tidbits

The News Sentinel did an election day roundup of conversational tidbits on Super Tuesday voting in the Knoxville area and yours truly sent along a couple of items from Nashville.
Here they are:
Distrubed and DisheartenedIn Nashville, state Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville, charged that Sen. Joe Haynes’ wife had voted “fraudulently and illegally,” based on Haynes’ account of an encounter with election officials earlier in the day.
Haynes, D-Nashville, said during a meeting of the Senate State and Local Government Committee that his wife was told she could not vote because her driver’s license has no photograph. State law permits persons over age 65 to have a license with no photo, but such a license is not valid for voting.
Haynes said he told an election official that, if he was denying his wife the right to vote, “I had a reporter and photographer waiting outside” to report such an event, he said. “I didn’t, but that’s what I said.”
The senator’s wife, Barbara Haynes, recently retired as a Circuit Court judge in Nashville.
“He decided to let her vote,” said Haynes.
Several minutes later, Campfield gained recognition to speak and charged that Haynes helped his wife “fraudulently and illegally” vote in violation of the law. The action of a judge in violating the law left him “very disheartened,” Campfield said.”She was legal,” replied Haynes, adding that his wife had a “judge’s ID” with a photograph.
“I’m certainly disturbed that you’re disheartened,” he added.
A spokesman for the state elections office said that Judge Haynes’ card issued by the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts meets the criteria of state law requiring a “state-issued identification” for voting.

Delegate Confusion?State Rep. Bill Dunn, an active supporter of Rick Santorum, voices some concern over reports of voters being told that a vote for the former Pennsylvania senator in Tennessee is “wasted” because he has no committed delegates on the ballot.
In Tennessee, that doesn’t really matter because, under state party rules, if a candidate wins enough votes to warrant delegates, they will be named after the election.
Dunn says both his wife and son, also Santorum supporters, both heard such reports today. His wife was told by one voter that he had intended to vote for Santorum, but noticed he had no delegates listed and instead voted for Newt Gingrich.
Hearing of a few such cases, Dunn said, left him wondering if such confusion could hurt Santorum’s vote turnout.