Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rep. Bill Sanderson(R) 77th. District Tennessee

Rep. Bill Sanderson(R)~Tennessee`s 77th. District

by Underdog = Don Jones...1/31/12

Web-page here > http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/members/h77.html

e-mail here > rep.bill.sanderson@capitol.tn.gov

This morning I was listening to my local radio (WCMT) station. It seems the President & General manager Paul Tinkle, was invited to Nashville for Governor Haslam`s state of the state address (nothing wrong with that). During his visit, he interviewed Rep. Sanderson 77th. District(upper left). We continually hear about bipartisan politics, we just see, very little of it. My best advice to Rep. Sanderson is to be quiet, (at least stay off the radio) if you have nothing to say. So far you have had very little to say ! When asked about State Senator Roy Herron, not running again. He said "I can`t wait to get his newly formed district to a RED District"! Blue, Red. It does`nt matter Mr. Sanderson, or with you, it does. Not a word about Senator Herron`s service to our state. Kinda sounds like ole Bedroom Bill is very non-bipartisan. Perhaps you should follow your fellow state rep. Andy Holt`s 77th. District example on this. Just be quiet. Can`t we all just get along ? Apparently not if your RED ! Rep. Sanderson, did you ever notice the Tennessee State Flag ? I suggest you take a good look.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012


Right on Mr. President !

Here's something that President Obama laid out in his State of the Union that I think deserves special attention:

Under current law, American companies can actually get a tax deduction for outsourcing jobs.That's the opposite of how it should work. President Obama is proposing to end tax deductions for outsourcing, create a new tax credit for bringing jobs home, and lower tax rates for companies that manufacture and create jobs in the United States. If you think this should be a priority during this campaign, it's up to you to speak out. Support the President and spread the word: http://my.barackobama.com/Keep-Jobs-at-Home This could be a defining issue of 2012. We heard a great plan from President Obama this week -- and we need to make sure everyone knows about this contrast. In his own words, "It's time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America. ... Our workers are the most productive on Earth, and if the playing field is level, I promise you -- America will always win."!

Here's the quote from the State of the Union:

"Think about the America within our reach: A country that leads the world in educating its people. An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs. A future where we're in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren't so tied to unstable parts of the world. ...What's happening in Detroit can happen in other industries. It can happen in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and Raleigh. We can't bring back every job that's left our shores. But right now, it's getting more expensive to do business in places like China. Meanwhile, America is more productive. A few weeks ago, the CEO of Master Lock told me that it now makes business sense for him to bring jobs back home. Today, for the first time in fifteen years, Master Lock's unionized plant in Milwaukee is running at full capacity. So we have a huge opportunity, at this moment, to bring manufacturing back. But we have to seize it. ...My message is simple. It's time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America. Send me these tax reforms, and I'll sign them right away."

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Rep. Stephen Fincher~District#8~ Tennessee <> Keystone Pipeline Stance = Wrong Approach !

Letter From Stephen Fincher(R) District#8~Tennessee


The rhetoric in Washington and throughout the nation following the State of the Union on Tuesday has been an outcry for bipartisanship.

There are many things Republicans and Democrats disagree on, but there is one issue that many of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle can see eye to eye on: The construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.The Keystone XL Pipeline would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, providing more oil for America’s energy needs and employing tens of thousands of people immediately. By rejecting the Keystone, pipeline President Obama turned his back on jobs for unemployed Americans and ignored a way to take advantage of some of America’s own energy supplies. President Obama’s words in the State of the Union do not match his actions. If he was working hard on bringing jobs to America and creating energy independence, the Keystone pipeline is an answer. So what is the next step ? My colleague, Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) is urging leadership to pass legislation that would give the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission control over the project instead of the White House and State Department. I am a co-sponsor of Representative Terry’s bill, (H.R. 3548), The North American Energy Access Act) and am working with Congressman Terry to see that this legislation is brought to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote as soon as possible. Under H.R. 3548, President Obama would be cut out of the equation and the fate of this job-creating project would be left to expert individuals not influenced by special interest groups or re-election campaigns. I can assure you, I have not given up on this issue. We need the Keystone XL pipeline so we can get more Americans back to work.


Stephen L. Fincher (R), Congressman


Editorial : Dear Rep. Fincher (R) District#8-Tennessee. As one of your constituents, I could not disagree you more with your letter ! Who gets this OIL ? Once it is shipped via an above ground pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast, are you sure it won`t be shipped to CHINA ? Your statement, If He was working on ? You are inferring that he is not. Where have you been ? Introducing a Bill (HR3548) Taking the President out of the picture ? NOT TOO SMART ! Not the way to influence and win people to your point of view. Who on earth are you listening too ? Surely not BIG OIL ? I urge you, DO NOT GIVE UP, JUST TRY A MORE compromising approach. Taking this kind of attitude and defiant approach is not conducive to West Tennesseans ! Nor the Country !

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Rep. Bill Sanderson ~ Sells County Out !

Rep. Bill Sanderson(R) Sold County Out !

To The Editor:

Thanks for standing up for Obion County during the Goodyear plant closure and the nearly 1,000 direct jobs lost in Obion County.

While Goodyear announced its closure, state Rep. Bill Sanderson(R) was in China. Sanderson’s quote, “There is something to say for this (Chinese) economy and this government. Things run very smooth and efficient.” Obion County thanks you for your efforts in supporting the Chinese economy while we lose our jobs to China.Thanks for standing up for Obion County when Republicans in the Legislature divided our community into two State House Districts for the first time in anyone’s memory. It is appropriate for citizens to know exactly whom we have to thank for that — robbing our community of influence in Nashville. Last year, when the voters in District 77 elected Bill Sanderson to represent us, little did we know that a year later, we would be sold down the river in the redistricting process just passed. Rep. Bill Sanderson either sold us out and promoted the Republicans’ plan or was too weak to fight. Although I still live in and love Obion County, unfortunately, I have been cut out of it.Thanks to Rep. Sanderson and Obion County Republicans for doing nothing and calling that leadership. We should not just remember, but also never forget.

Robert M. Vanderford

South Fulton TN.

Published in The Messenger 1.25.12

Editorial : I`d like to say something, but it has been said so well and so factually. Nothing for me to say ! Oh yes, How do you like him now Tennessee District#77 ?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Roy Herron A Tennessee Treasure ~ Say`s No More !


Will expand work on education and jobs

DresdenSenator Roy Herron (D-Dresden) today announced plans not to run for office in 2012, but instead to lead the Ned McWherter Center for Rural Development in expanded efforts to help young people go to college and create jobs for Tennesseans.

The senator expressed both great gratitude to constituents and high hopes for students and workers. Herron stated:

“I am blessed to represent the most wonderful people on earth. The people who have let me work for them as their representative and senator are my teachers, friends, and many are like family. I’m excited about working with them and other Tennesseans to help more young people go to college and help our state grow and gain good-paying jobs.” Herron said after he finishes his state senate responsibilities this year, he will work actively as the president of the McWherter Center, a non-profit, non-partisan, charitable organization. The McWherter Center provides scholarships and educational opportunities for Tennessee students. The McWherter Center was founded in 2008 with the blessing of the former Governor who died last April. Herron explained, “Some of us blessed to learn so much from Governor McWherter wanted to continue his service, and he loved the idea of a Center that would help young people.” “Governor McWherter repeatedly taught,” Herron recalled, “’Schools plus roads equals jobs.’ And while he called himself a college drop-out, he helped his two children earn five (5) university degrees, and he recognized that in the 21st century his formula must be updated to say, ‘Colleges plus information highways equal jobs.’” Herron said, “Now the Center can use Governor McWherter’s wisdom and legacy to help enable our young people to continue their education beyond high school so they can become all that God’s grace and their gifts will let them become.” Herron said re-districting made the decision to leave the legislature hard, because he knows and loves so many people in the new 24th senate district.The new senate district is four counties I’ve represented in the senate for 16 years (Obion, Weakley, Henry, and Benton), another county I represented in the House for 10 years (Carroll), and my late sister’s home county (Gibson) near our farm where I also know so many that I love so dearly.” “But Governor McWherter said his second term was ‘for the kids’ and I want my next stretch of public service to follow his lead in making a difference for our young people.” Senator Herron said the McWherter Center will be working with Tennesseans of both political parties as well as independents to expand college opportunities. He explained, “The rich can afford college, the very poor can get financial aid, but the middle class and working people are struggling as college costs soar. The ‘strong back jobs’ are gone overseas and the 21st century jobs are going to those who have a 21st century education. The McWherter Center can help students get 21st century educations and jobs.” “At a time when some in the General Assembly want to make college scholarships harder to attain, I don’t see Nashville moving in the right direction. But I believe many Tennesseans will work together to help the young people who want to study hard and improve their lives.”


Herron won then-Speaker McWherter’s seat representing Weakley and Carroll counties in the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1986 when McWherter ran for Governor. In 1996, Herron ran for the state senate where he initially represented Dyer and continues to represent Lake, Obion, Weakley, Henry, Stewart, Benton, Henderson, Decatur, and Perry counties. In 2010, he was the Democratic nominee for Congress. He remains in the state senate. In the General Assembly, Herron has held numerous leadership positions, including chairing the Select Committee on Children and Youth, the TennCare Oversight Committee, the Senate General Welfare, Health and Human Resources Committee, and the Senate Democratic Caucus. Herron has sponsored literally hundreds of bills that have become law and a state constitutional amendment. As an attorney who had served as a special prosecutor, Herron authored the Crime Victims Bill of Rights that for the first time in Tennessee history enshrined in the Tennessee Constitution a set of rights for victims of crime.

As a former minister and lawyer who graduated from and taught at Vanderbilt’s Divinity and Law Schools, Herron wrote the Student Religious Liberty Act to protect children’s rights to pray in public schools and the Bible in Schools Act which provides a constitutional way for children to learn about the Bible in public schools.

As the father of three sons, two of whose lives were saved in the womb and as newborns by exceptional healthcare professionals, Herron worked with Governor McWherter to expand access to healthcare for working families. He then fought to try to get the next administration to require better stewardship of taxpayer dollars by the managed care organizations.

As a country lawyer, Herron took the case of a natural gas company employee worried about unsafe and illegal practices endangering hundreds of West Tennesseans, then wrote Tennessee’s Whistleblower Law that protects citizens who refuse to break the law or report crimes to law enforcement. An avid hunter and sportsman, Herron often quipped that with a district including more rivers and lakes than any other, he represented “more ducks and geese, more bass and bream” than any other legislator. He authored and worked on numerous acts to protect Second Amendment rights and expand outdoor opportunities. Herron grew up fishing and duck hunting on Kentucky and Reelfoot Lakes with his father and raised his own sons doing the same. Working with Congressman John Tanner, Governor Phil Bredesen, and Representative Phillip Pinion, Herron helped obtain the new spillway at Reelfoot Lake. A fiscal conservative known for his pickup truck with almost half-a-million miles, Herron has spent the taxpayers’ dollars like his own. He helped balance Tennessee’s budget every single year in office, while keeping Tennessee
one of the lowest-taxed states in the country.
Herron warned that many in Nashville today seem intent on bolstering private for-profit educational companies at the expense of taxpayers and to the harm of public schools. Herron said he will miss continuing to fight for public schools as a senator, but plans to continue his efforts for public school students through his work with the McWherter Center. As the son of a smoker who died of heart disease and the brother of a smoker who died of lung cancer, Herron sponsored the legislation that first banned smoking in state government buildings, then the legislation that banned smoking in most public places. That legislation has taken Tennessee from a third more citizens smoking five years ago to where we are today, saving taxpayers and insurance premium payers millions in reduced healthcare costs and which will ultimately save thousands of lives. A runner who has completed more than thirty marathons and three 140.6 mile Ironman Triathlons, Herron sponsored the legislation creating the Coordinated School Health Program that works across Tennessee to reduce childhood obesity and improve children’s health. As a businessman committed to economic growth, Herron helped create infrastructure improvements that have meant jobs and will mean more jobs in the future. Herron has played a significant role in the four-laning of Highways 22, 45E, 45W, 79, 412, and I-69, as well as new roads like 218 and numerous life-saving improvements such as the safety barriers between opposing lanes of interstate traffic. He fought for and helped secure funding for the Cate’s Landing Port and Industrial Park in Lake County, the West Tennessee Jobs Megasite in Haywood County, improvements to area airports, and the expansion of efforts by the Department of Economic Community Development to draw companies to Tennessee
. As the parent of three sons, Herron worked to improve Tennessee’s schools, helping pass Governor McWherter’s and Governor Bredesen’s education initiatives, including the Better Education Program, pre-kindergarten for low-income children, and fairer funding for rural school systems.

“I’ve seen great teachers do great work and the differences they’ve made in our sons’ lives,” Herron said. All three of Herron’s sons attended Weakley County public schools in Dresden. “I want all children to be blessed with great, loving teachers like our sons were blessed to have.”

As a graduate of and former teacher at the University of Tennessee at Martin and Vanderbilt University, Herron has advocated not only for public schools, but also for post-secondary education in the vocational and career centers and community colleges and universities.

Herron has been known in the Senate for his willingness to work. In more than a quarter century, he has 100% attendance except for the day his youngest son was being born. He missed the House session that day, but only that day, and he has yet to miss a Senate session.

Herron also has been known for his Listening Meetings. It is believed that he has conducted more public Listening Meetings than any other member of the General Assembly, a number he acknowledges is “somewhere well north of a thousand.”

In addition to the legislation that Herron has helped pass, he also is known as having modified bills that needed correcting and having helped stop bills he thought should not pass. When asked for examples of some of the bad legislation he has helped stop, Herron declined, saying, “I don’t want to give anybody any ideas about trying some of those bad ideas again. We’re doing too much harm to the people already.”


Herron will serve out his term which ends with the new general election in November. The current session of the General Assembly is expected to adjourn by May.

Herron assured citizens, “I’m just as passionate about the issues and care just as much about our people. If I can help you now as senator or in the future in any way, please, let me know.”

Herron can be contacted at his senate office at 309 War Memorial Building, Nashville, 37243, or 1-800-449-8366, extension 1-4576. He may be contacted in West Tennessee at P.O. Box 5, Dresden 38225 or 731-364-5415.

Editorial : A Tennessee Treasure is getting out. Why ? Battle fatigue ~! To put it mildly, Senator Herron is tired of fighting Elephants with a switch. Make no mistake, Tennessee is now in the hands of the REPUBLICANS ! And it is not now or will it be in 2012 a middle class oriented representation. Having said that. Senator Roy Herron is the single cause of the Organ/Donor Bill in Tennessee. The live`s he has affected/saved in this bill alone is phenomenal ! Senator Roy B. Herron ~ THANK YOU ! You are/were a Great Representative along with Governor NED R. McWherter. God bless you and your wonderful family.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

God Bless President Obama ~ He Has it Right !

God Bless The President of the United States ~ YES !

Last night, I watched President Obama deliver his third State of the Union address.

Loved when he laid out specifics about how to get our economy back on track : Made in America, Energy independence, and Entrepreneurship.
Now it’s time to rally around the President and show our support. The key is working together—every one of us—because that’s the only way we can turn things around. Can you take a minute to sign my letter to President Obama to let him know we’re with him ? Please Sign Kirsten Gillibrand`s letter below ! Or Title. Click here to sign my letter telling the President that we stand with him.
As the President said, it’s going to take a lot of hard work to rebuild our economy. But I know if we put in the time and effort, we’ll reap the rewards.
President Obama asks for creation of special unit of federal prosecutors to further investigate mortgage lending practices that led to the housing crisis.
President Obama announces creation of a trade enforcement unit to investigate "unfair trade practices in countries like China." In State of the Union address, Obama says the "defining issue of our time" is how to keep the American dream alive. "We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. "What’s at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. We have to reclaim them."

MOGADISHU, Somalia U.S. Navy SEALs parachuted into Somalia under cover of darkness early Wednesday and crept up to an outdoor camp where an American woman and Danish man were being held hostage. Soon, nine kidnappers were dead and both hostages were freed. President Barack Obama authorized the mission by SEAL Team 6 two days earlier, deploying the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden last year. Minutes after the president gave his State of the Union address to Congress he was on the phone with the American's father to tell him his daughter was safe.

President Obama is joining the call to ban insider trading by members of Congress.
In his State of the Union address, the president told lawmakers that he would immediately sign any bill prohibiting the practice, as well as preventing members from owning stock in industries they oversee.“Send me a bill that bans insider trading by Members of Congress, and I will sign it tomorrow,” he said, according to prepared remarks.

Editorial : Don`t Hold your breath ~ ! It Won`t Happen. congress takes care of CONGRESS !

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Illustrating the Success of Health Care Reform...The Affordable Care Act.

Republican presidential campaign pyrotechnics can’t hide the record of a party that has turned its back on ordinary Americans.

It’s worth remembering how, a year ago, the Republican-majority House of Representatives tried to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

What would have happened if they had succeeded ?

2.5 million young adults would have no health insurance.
2.65 million seniors would have paid $1.5 billion more for prescription drugs.
24.2 million seniors would pay for preventative services they are getting for free.
And that’s just the beginning. A
short report from the White House highlights how the Affordable Care Act is making insurance more available and affordable for millions of Americans. It’s good reading at a time when the Affordable Care Act repeal is still a GOP battle cry, with all the presidential hopefuls and most Republicans in Congress vowing to overthrow the law—and trying to scare voters in the process. Check out the Center for American Progress’ animated video (above) explaining the benefits of reform. The video was developed by MIT economist Jon Gruber, an adviser on both the Affordable Care Act and the Massachusetts health care reform program.

Editorial : The Affordable Care Act, is called ObamaCare by those very same Republicans. Congressman Stephen Fincher(R)District#8-Tennessee is opposed to the Affordable Health Care Act. He Voted to repeal it ! He does`not vote on this Tennesseans behalf, how bout yours ? How you like him now Tennesseans ?

Tennessee District#8-Recent Votes


Recent House Votes

Debt limit disapproval - Vote Passed (239-176, 2 Present, 16 Not Voting)The House voted to block a $1.2 trillion increase in the $15.2 trillion debt ceiling. With the Senate unlikely to approve a similar measure, the increase will automatically take effect January 27, 2012. Rep. Stephen Fincher voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Editorial : In this vote "YES" meant NO !

Monday, January 23, 2012


In Online Townhall, Mich. Gov. Snyder(R)Opposes Right To WORK for Less LAW ?...

Following the State of the State address last week, Michigan’s Gov. Rick Snyder(R) held an online town hall meeting. Participating on Twitter using the hash tag #Ask Gov Snyder, union workers, the Michigan State AFL-CIO and progressive allies kept the questions coming – on jobs, needed infrastructure investments and education.

Many of the #Ask Gov Snyder tweets reflected priorities outlined in the Michigan 2012 Jobs Plan, introduced by Michigan State AFL-CIO President Karla Swift. The Jobs Plan has the support of a broad coalition of affiliate unions of the Michigan AFL-CIO and allies, including the Michigan League for Human Services, Progress Michigan and We Are the People. Many of the same organizations – and individual union members – joined in the Twitter Town Hall. The diverse voices asking tough questions were noted by Michigan Public Radio. The Town Hall was also a great opportunity to educate the community on “right to work” for less. When Snyder answered a question by opposing “right to work,” workers and community groups spread the news far and wide. With extremist politicians in Michigan, as well as Indiana, New Hampshire and across the country pushing so-called “right to work,” educating the public about these unnecessary and divisive anti-worker laws couldn’t be more timely. Check out some of the #Ask Gov Snyder Tweets … and look for opportunities to #AskYourElectedOfficials about the issues that matter.

MIAFLCIO Michigan AFL-CIO: We’re waiting to hear more about reinvesting in schools, infrastructure, and public safety. Is this going to happen? How?

MIAFLCIO Michigan AFL-CIO: Gov. Snyder repeats: “Right to Work is not on my agenda.” Issue is divisive… let’s focus on job creation.

migov: We need to take the best practicies by these economic development organizations and share them to enable everyone to do well.

migov: Q5: Where is the support for northern Michigan? We need business building opportunities throughout the state

mitchellrivard: Gov. Snyder: Will you support Ruth Johnson’s voter disenfranchisement bills to make it harder for minorities to vote?

MIAFLCIO Michigan AFL-CIO: Don’t forget, tonight is Gov. Snyder’s online town hall. Starts at 6, hashtag is #AskGovSnyder. What questions would you like him to answer?

mitchellrivard: Gov. Snyder: Why have you repeatedly changed the way “progress” is measured on your dashboard to tilt data in your favor?

ProgressMich: #AskGovSnyder when will you start actually leading, instead of meekly saying things aren’t on your agenda before signing them anyway?

ProgressMich: #AskGovSnyder why won’t the Educational Achievement Authority be ready until fall? Its “chancellor” is making $400k ! Click here for more info : bit.ly/nog918

Theresthatbear Jille, Explain how Whirlpool fired 5000 employees but doubled its “earnings” in 2011 due to state & fed subsidies. Some job creator. They went to Mexico !

Mitchellrivard: Gov. Snyder: Why are you hijacking democracy in Michigan cities by appointing Emergency Managers who make six-figure salaries? #AskGovSnyder This one is a direct reference, in regard to Detroit !

Editorial : Gov. Snyder(R) Michigan, does`nt say he`s opposed to "Right to Work for Less" ! It just isn`t on his agenda. Actually, The Republican party may kick him out of the party for this non-action on RTW !.. For whatever reason, Gov. Snyder (R) Michigan. Thank You ! You are right on this one. Contact Gov. Snyder here > http://www.michigan.gov/

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Saturday, January 21, 2012


Teamsters Expand Lawsuit Against Mexican Trucks

Contact President Hoffa here > http://www.teamster.org/

Teamsters President James P. Hoffa (upper left) said opening the border to the trucks is an attack on the environment, on highway safety and on American truckers and warehouse workers.
By PETE YOST, The Associated Press...


e-mail/contact here > editor@thetrucker.com
WASHINGTONThe International Brotherhood of Teamsters last week expanded its lawsuit against the government in a long-running battle that has stopped Mexican trucks from coming deep into the United States. In papers filed in federal appeals court in Washington, the union said the government must first assess the environmental impact of a pilot project before letting it continue. The first Mexican truck in the pilot program crossed the border last month.
Teamsters President James P. Hoffa said opening the border to the trucks is an attack on the environment, on highway safety and on American truckers and warehouse workers. "It's outrageous enough that we've outsourced millions of jobs to foreign countries, but now we're bringing foreign workers here to take our jobs," Hoffa said in a statement. "This is another pressure the American middle-class doesn't need." Under the North American Free Trade Agreement(NAFTA) signed nearly two decades ago, trucks from both countries were supposed to have unhindered access to highways on either side of the border. Mexico's Ambassador to the U.S., Arturo Sarukhan, said that the Teamsters are engaging in protectionism. "First it was about the safety of Mexican rigs; now, with nowhere to run with that argument, the new red herring is an alleged environmental impact," Sarukhan said in a statement. The Trucker staff may be contacted to comment at

Editorial : Unions fighting for the American Way ! Thanks Mr. Hoffa !

"Democracy...is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch"!Liberty...is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

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Redistricting Tennesse District#9 & #8 ~ District#9 Constituents Lose !

Redistricting in Tennessee ~ Rubber Stamped by Tennessee Republican Legislature

Contact Rep. Cohen here > http://www.cohen.house.gov/

To find your Congressman click on title above !

Click below for more information >

Last week the Tennessee Senate rubber-stamped the Congressional redistricting plan passed by the State House.

I am disappointed that the General Assembly chose to split the City of Memphis, dividing citizens with common interests, by moving longtime 9th Congressional District citizens along the Poplar corridor into the largely rural 8th Congressional District which stretches up to the Kentucky border. I have long touted Team Memphis because we must work together to represent our city’s best interests. While the General Assembly’s actions in dividing our city seem to callously disregard our shared history and needs, I refuse to abandon my long-time constituents along the Poplar corridor whom I’ve represented for many years in both the State Senate and while in Congress. For the remainder of my third term, I will continue to fully represent those citizens and, thereafter, I will continue to look to their needs in every way possible. I will never abandon the Memphians who have been drawn out of the 9th Congressional District and welcome all new 9th District residents including those in Cordova and Millington. All Memphians share the best wishes for our city and we shall remain Team Memphis.

Editorial : Rep, Steve Cohen (D) 9th. District Tennessee, one of the few remaining servants in the state of Tennessee. For those of you who have been moved to District#8. I`m so sorry ! Your Rep. is now Stephen Fincher (R) Goodluck.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Titan Tire ~ Union City TN. The New Way to do Business ! You Bet`Cha !

Titan Tire Union City Tennessee Expects to Hire 300 by End of This Year !

By KEVIN BOWDEN~Staff Reporter

Read more here > http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2010/12/17/titan-tire-steelworkers-union-face-deadline-tonight/

By the end of this year, Titan Tire plans to have 300 jobs created at the Union City plant, according to Titan Tire chairman Bill Campbell (upper left).

He told The Messenger (Union City Paper) during an interview this morning that Titan Tire plans to create a “condo factory” that will involve a Titan Tire operation at the plant as well as several other industries operating in the facility.“We’re going to create businesses within the plant,” Campbell said. He explained Titan Tire will use the local plant to produce and redistribute materials to other Titan Tire plants.The local plant will be involved in utilizing a process that squeezes rubber onto fabric (nylon and polyester) and blends rubber and steel strands that will be used as tire belts for Titan Tire.“We’ll have a distribution company come in and set up and they’ll handle logistics,” Campbell said.What that means for the local plant is jobs will be created, but Titan Tire will play only a minimal direct role in actual job creation. The subcontractors that will work with Titan Tire at the local plant will be creating jobs by the end of the year. As for the transition process, Campbell said everything is going smoothly. In fact, he had to cut this morning’s interview short in order to meet with a group of contractors.“Things are going extremely well. We’re very happy,” he said. He was recently named chairman of Titan Tire and is also vice president of Titan International. Campbell stressed Titan Tire is interested in working on keeping work local at the plant.“We want local people to benefit from this,” he said. Campbell said he couldn’t provide any more specific details about how many companies would be set up inside the plant or when actual production would begin. He said the transition is a “work in progress.”“We are looking to penetrate the local agricultural and construction markets down here,” he said. As for local economic development officials, they continue to monitor the plant’s transition from Goodyear to Titan Tire.“Titan Tire has indicated to me they are not interested in any local incentives at this time,” Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire told The Messenger today. He said he was pleased to hear about the job creation news coming from the local plant. It was in mid-September 2011 that Titan Tire officially purchased the local Goodyear plant, which was shut down earlier in the year.It was in mid-November 2011 that Titan Tire announced it had paid about $9 million for the former tire plant. Maurice Taylor is the CEO of Titan Tire.Under the purchase agreement between Goodyear and Titan Tire, the Des Moines, Iowa, company bought about 480 acres and the 2.1 million square-foot Goodyear plant. Art Sparks, chairman of the Obion County Joint Economic Development Corporation, said Obion County is fortunate to have a company like Titan Tire moving into the county.“We are pleased to have Titan as a new citizen of Obion County,” he said. “Their reputation for turning around facilities is well known in the industry. I believe that they will contribute greatly to our community by providing much- needed jobs.”Sparks added that much needs to be done moving forward — specifically the completion of I-69.“I would challenge our representatives — Congressman Stephen Fincher, state Sen. Roy Herron, state Rep. Bill Sanderson and state Rep. Andy Holt — to continue to fight for funding for the completion of I-69 in our area,” he said. “That transportation system would seem to be very important to Titan as well as our other manufacturing and wholesale facilities as well as our retail community.”

Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 1.19.12

Editorial : I really hate to be so cynical, however if you read between the lines, a not to pretty picture emerges. The key word is > Create Condo`s !

(1.)Business`s within the plant = You will work in the plant, but be paid by and work for "Job Agents"...You give them a portion of your check. No benefits. no Union ! You work for everyone but Titan.

(2.) Distribution company to handle logistics = Sub contractors will handle all people related jobs. Titan will hire no one hourly.

(3.) My guess, no former UNION workers will be hired !

(4.) The Titan Des Moines Iowa plant, Titan Tire, Steelworkers union face deadline tonight.
Titan Tire of Des Moines, which makes agricultural tires, and the 500-member United Steelworkers, are in their last day of negotiations before a deadline expires at midnight tonight.A notice signed by Titan Tire president Bill Campbell that was posted in the plant said the facility will be closed at 11 p.m. if no agreement is ratified. Negotiations meanwhile continue between Titan and United...

ReadMore >>>>http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2010/12/17/titan-tire-steelworkers-union-face-deadline-tonight/...My guess, no contract at Titan Des Moines Iowa.

(5.) Not withstanding all of this. Things look pretty Rosy ! And Pigs Fly ! You know, I hope I`m wrong about this.

Fiat Lux

Monday, January 16, 2012


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Don Jones Masonic Resume > http://www.mastermason.com/dresden/donjones.htm <

I was born in antiquity, in the ancient days when men first dreamed of God. I have been tried through the ages, and found true. The crossroads of the world bear the imprint of my feet, and the cathedrals of all nations mark the skill of my hands. I strive for beauty and for symmetry. In my heart is wisdom and strength and courage for those who ask. Upon my alters is the Book of Holy Writ, and my prayers are to the One Omnipotent God, my sons work and pray together, without rank or discord, in the public mart and in the inner chamber. By signs and symbols I teach the lessons of life and of death and the relationship of man with God and of man with man. My arms are widespread to receive those of lawful age and good report who seek me of their own free will. I accept them and teach them to use my tools in the building of men, and thereafter, find direction in their own quest for perfection so much desired and so difficult to attain. I lift up the fallen and shelter the sick. I hark to the orphans' cry, the widows tears, the pain of the old and destitute. I am not church, nor party, nor school, yet my sons bear a full share of responsibility to God, to country, to neighbor and themselves. They are freemen, tenacious of their liberties and alert to lurking danger. At the end I commit them as each one undertakes the journey beyond the vale into the glory of everlasting life. I ponder the sand within the glass and think how small is a single life in the eternal universe. Always have I taught immortality, and even as I raise men from darkness into light, I am a way of life.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Prescription Drugs ~ Need YOUR Input !

PRESCRIPTION DRUG$...Is it a Co$t Problem ? IS TO ME.

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Please take a few minutes out of your busy day to tell us about yourself and your thoughts relating to safe and affordable prescription drug importation. The better we know you, the better we can tailor our messages and actions to engage you and others around the country. The more engaged our supporters are, the greater our influence will be on our policy makers. Thank you in advance for sharing your valuable insights through our brief survey. Together we can make a difference in 2012 ! Click below for Canadian Drugs > http://www.canadadrugs.com/ <

Thanks for all you do,

Underdog = Don Jones

Fiat Lux

Keep It Made in America !

The TSA used Taxpayer Dollar$ to buy Commemorative 9/11 Bracelets…that were MADE IN CHINA

Tell your member of Congress it’s time to stop outsourcing federal purchases

Tennesse District#8 Congressman Fincher(upper left)(R) here> http://www.fincher.house.gov/office/washington-dc

Contact your Rep here> http://capwiz.com/americanmanufacturing/issues/alert/?alertid=58758526&MC_plugin=2801

Though we’ve long been frustrated by the fact that the federal government spends taxpayer dollars on foreign-made goods, we found one recent example of this practice particularly infuriating.

During last year’s 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) purchased 70,000 commemorative bracelets for their workers. Unfortunately, these bracelets, which were intended to honor lives lost here in America, were made in China. The 9/11 bracelets are just the tip of the iceberg. Due to glaring loopholes in existing Buy America legislation, federal agencies have spent billions on foreign goods and services, including $500 billion in the past five years alone. This is unacceptable, and we need your help to make sure things change. Luckily, a bill was recently introduced to Congress that is a step in the right direction: The Invest in American Jobs Act (H.R. 3533) will help ensure that taxpayer dollars are used to buy American-made goods for federally funded highway projects by giving preference to American-made steel, iron and other materials. Click HERE to tell your member of Congress to support the Invest in American Jobs Act. ACT NOW. Tell your representative that it’s time to stop outsourcing federal purchases, and to focus on creating American jobs. Urge them to cosponsor the Invest in American Jobs Act, a great first step toward keeping federal purchases American-made.
Together We Can Keep it Made in America. It is NUTS, that I should be writing this !

Fiat Lux

Thanks for all you do,

Underdog = Don Jones

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Reshoring ~ Insourcing ~ Not Outsourcing !

Insourcing~Our Race to the Bottom !~Outsourcing

Bringing the Jobs Home: How WE Get There ?
By Scott N. Paul, executive director,
Alliance for American Manufacturing -


Insourcing seems to be at the top of the trending list for 2012. But, how do we make reshoring—bringing jobs back from overseas—a real phenomenon ? For America to have a thriving economy and lower unemployment, we need to create more good-paying jobs. And to do that, we’ll have to win back some of the jobs that have been shipped overseas for the past decade. President Obama, to his great credit, gathered about a dozen businesses and many more experts at the White House to strategize on how to bring manufacturing jobs back to America. Within the past year, major consulting firms have published a litany of reports urging businesses to take a look at reshoring. This week, the White House issued its own report.
There is no doubt that some progress has been made. American manufacturing jobs have grown over the past two years—the first time that’s happened in more than 15 years. Our nation gained 23,000 manufacturing jobs in December alone. Other manufacturing indicators—sales outlook, growth in output—have also been in consistently positive territory. The Center for Automotive Research predicts that the auto industry and its suppliers alone could add 167,000 American jobs over the next three years. Here are five things the President should highlight in the State of the Union address to ensure that the significant trickle of reshored jobs becomes a genuine trend: 1. Adopt insourcing tax incentives, such as extending a domestic manufacturing tax credit for clean energy and enlarging a deduction for U.S. manufacturing activity. Also, improve the research and development tax credit by making it more generous for innovation that is actually made in America. Finally, adopt a federal tax incentive for companies that reshore high-paying jobs. 2. Work to balance our trade account by continuing aggressive trade enforcement, where a major hat tip should be given to the Obama Administration for supporting domestic industries, such as the U.S. tire sector. But, the Administration must also work to stop China’s currency manipulation and lower our record trade deficit with that nation. 3. Invest in infrastructure, to make our economy more efficient, our businesses more competitive, and to create some new demand for manufactured materials. 4. Apply Buy America laws to make sure that our manufacturers get a reasonable preference for federal procurement on everything from commemorative wristbands to major bridge reconstruction. The Department of Transportation does a good job of applying the Buy America laws on the books, but other agencies need to step up, and loopholes need to be closed. 5. Invest in our workers to ensure we have skilled human capital on the factory floor, in the research lab, and in the executive suite. Our educational system is built towards guiding every child into a four-year college and every MBA onto Wall Street. That shouldn't be the case. We must rebuild our vocational education system from the ground up, or we will never make manufacturing great again.There are also factors beyond our control that can help—or hurt—these efforts to reshore jobs, namely the value of the dollar, shipping costs, and consumer preferences. But, if you think we can’t be a manufacturing powerhouse as a high-wage nation, then think again. Germany, where average manufacturing wages are in some cases double that of American wages , has balanced trade with China (whereas we have an annual $272 billion deficit) and over 20% percent of its economy in manufacturing (while we have only 11%). It’s clear from the job numbers, as well as voter sentiments, that Made in America is starting to make its way back. But we want Reshoring to be more than a slogan—we want it to be our national policy.

Scott N. Paul is Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM)

Editorial : This writer has been writing this same message now, for almost 10 years. I could`nt agree more ! If you find this article political, You have a real problem ! I would love to sit down at a negotiating table with this guy ! We`d have a contract in about 5 minutes. Insourcing beats Outsourcing any day of the week. Are you reading Mr. President ?