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Two Anderson County Officials Threatened With Banishment from GOP

Two elected officials in Anderson County with Republican ties were sent letters by the GOP’s executive committee asking why they should not be banned from partisan activities and voting in Republican primaries as a result of supporting Democrat Warren Gooch for county mayor in the August election, reports Georgiana Vines..
The two are Robin Biloski, vice chair of the Anderson County Commission, and Angi Agle, treasurer of the Oak Ridge school board, both nonpartisan positions. Agle is a former GOP Anderson County chair. Biloski is known as a Republican who frequently supports Democrats.
Alex Moseley, Anderson County Republican Party chairman, said Friday the executive committee voted in the summer to send letters banning the two from party activities or party-reorganizational meetings, seeking any local office as a Republican and voting in Republican primaries.
“It is not the position of the party that we should force our members to vote for any candidate, but activities that are designed to split party vote are clearly unacceptable,” Moseley said in the letter.
The letter was not sent until after the November elections because Agle was in a re-election campaign, Moseley said.
The August county mayor’s race was won by Terry Frank, whose mother, Ann Phillips, and chief of staff, Richard Burroughs, are on the GOP Executive Committee. Moseley said the two were not on the committee at the time of the vote on the letter.
Originally, Biloski and Agle were asked to meet with the committee next Tuesday, but Moseley sent a second letter canceling the meeting and asking that they send letters with their explanations.
“I am so flabbergasted that I would be reprimanded by any group for supporting my candidate, which is my personal choice and to me the best person to lead Anderson County,” Biloski said Friday.

TVA Executive Pay Has Soared Since Salary Cap Removed

Since Congress removed the pay cap for employees of the Tennessee Valley Authority seven years ago, the base salary for 155 of the utility’s top managers has risen above the $174,000 annual pay given members of Congress, according to the Chattanooga TFP.
TVA is shelling out nearly $30 million a year more for its top brass than it did before TVA’s board was restructured and the limit on TVA salaries was removed by Congress in 2004. Despite the extra cost, proponents of the change insist it has helped TVA attract and retain top managers and allowed the federal utility to operate more like a private business.
“For TVA to compete for the best talent with other utilities, it needs to pay competitive salaries and that just wasn’t possible in the past,” said Dr. Warren Neel, executive director of the Corporate Governance Center at the University of Tennessee, who has served on the boards of 15 publicly traded companies. “For the past decade, TVA has been set up and is operating more like a private company, and I think that leads to better performance.”
…U.S. Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., the dean of Tennessee’s congressional delegation, has opposed the higher pay for TVA’s top executives. Duncan said no federal employee needs to be paid more than the president’s $400,000-a-year salary.
Former TVA Chairman Craven Crowell, who was paid $145,100 in his final year in 2001, remains critical of the reforms.
“Simply put, this legislation was never carefully thought out and citizens of the valley were never given an adequate opportunity to have input,” Crowell said.
…In fiscal 2011, the total compensation for TVA’s top five officers ranged from $1.95 million for Chief Nuclear Officer Preston Swafford up to $3.95 million for Chief Executive Tom Kilgore, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Kilgore’s salary was nearly 10 times above President Barack Obama’s and nearly 23 times higher than salaries for senators and congressmen
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