Lamar Alexander Blocks Tea Party Voters From Communicating With Him

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US Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is facing increased pressure from the tea party. Alexander has been named “Liberal Lamar” from many in the state and his challenger, state rep. Joe Car, is capitalizing on that title.

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

It was already exposed that Alexander tried to purchase more than 20k Twitter followers a couple months ago because he lacked support. Individuals were furious when they realized that they were somehow now supporters of the liberal republican. Alexander dumped the load of new “supporters” before too many noticed.

If you visit Alexander’s campaign Facebook page you will see more criticism than support. In fact, less than 10% of those who comment on Alexander’s posts are supportive of the senator. However, his critics are not democrats. In fact, Alexander’s critics are tea party, libertarian leaning, constitutional republicans.

Tens of thousands of republican voting Tennesseans have voiced their concerns with the senator on his Facebook page. However, Alexander doesn’t want to hear it. Rather than listen to his constituents, Alexander simply blocks them from commenting. In an attempt to deceive voters, Alexander has blocked tea party critics from commenting on his Facebook page so only comments of supporters are visible to the public.

Sam Hatt, a self-described constitutional conservative and Sparta,Tennessee resident , tells us that Alexander blocked him shortly after Representative Carr announced he would challenge him for the Senate seat. “I asked Alexander how many pieces of silver Washington was paying him to vote liberal. I was no longer allowed to comment or contact the Senator,” says Hatt.

Phil Dedrick, another self-described constitutional conservative and legislative activist living in Waynesborro,Tennessee, has voted for Alexander every time he has run for office since 1978. “Things are different now,” says Dedrick. ”He votes Liberal and we Tennesseans sent him to DC to vote as a conservative, and only as a conservative. If Lamar is going to vote the way he has been, then he should run as a Democrat.”

Dedrick was blocked after posting Lamar’s voting record on a post where the senator had lied to voters about his vote. “I was simply trying to show voters the truth,” says Dedrick.

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Tennessee congressman ridicules culture of guns and Bibles

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 The U.S. Senate can’t pass more gun control legislation because too many people value guns and Bibles — at least according to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, who said it’s a political, and possibly, cultural problem.

Cohen said as much on MSNBC Wednesday.

Tennessee Watchdog contacted Cohen’s office Thursday hoping to ask his spokesman Ben Garmissa, what, specifically, is wrong with a person who appreciates guns and Bibles?

Better yet, are people who value guns and Bibles really the cause of so much violence in America?

Unfortunately, Garmissa did not respond to our two messages.

On the MSNBC program, Cohen lamented that Senate Democrats, and even certain Republicans, can’t dare support gun control measures for fear that voters will retaliate.

– See more at: http://tennessee.watchdog.org/2013/09/19/tennessee-congressman-ridicules-culture-of-guns-and-bibles/#sthash.uJFmotc5.dpuf

So, there you have it. One of Tennessee’s two Democrats in Congress thinks you’re the problem with America if you value your Bible. Meanwhile, the other Democrat congressman from Tennessee, Nashville’s Rep. Jim Cooper, walked out of a congressional hearing today on Benghazi just before the parents of the dead American heroes were to testify. Almost the entire Democratic membership of the committee walked out together, a move calculated to show disrespect. That’s your Tennessee Democrats.

The U.S. Senate can’t pass more gun control legislation because too many people value guns and Bibles — at least according to U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, who said it’s a political, and possibly, cultural problem. Cohen said as much on MSNBC Wednesday. Tennessee Watchdog contacted Cohen’s office Thursday hoping to ask his spokesman Ben Garmissa, what, specifically, is wrong with a person who appreciates guns and Bibles? Better yet, are people who value guns and Bibles really the cause of so much violence in America? Unfortunately, Garmissa did not respond to our two messages. On the MSNBC program, Cohen lamented that Senate Democrats, and even certain Republicans, can’t dare support gun control measures for fear that voters will retaliate.

He also spoke of how he angered residents in his own state after posting a highly inflammatory cartoon on Twitter blaming the National Rifle Association for this week’s Naval Yard shooting massacre in Washington, D.C. “They are hard core Republicans, and this means more to them. I think their guns are right there next to their Bibles. I’m not sure which they find more important to them.”

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Report: Lamar Alexander Procured 2009 Earmark for Museum Honoring Him

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And it gets worse… Sen. Lamar Alexander gave the Tennessee State Museum $400,000 of taxpayers money, not long before they started planning a traveling exhibit honoring him that travel around the state in 2014, while he was campaigning for re-election. Sen. Alexander, have you no shame?

Report: Lamar Alexander Procured 2009 Earmark for Museum Honoring Him

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) reportedly procured an earmark in the Fiscal Year 2009 Interior Appropriations bill for a museum that would use taxpayer resources to travel around the state with an exhibit on Alexander’s political career.

“Senator Alexander inserted a $400,000 earmark for the Tennessee State Museum into the FY 2009 Interior Appropriations bill,” Red State’s Daniel Horowitz reports. Horowitz links off to an official Office of Management and Budget (OMB) website that shows the earmark Alexander acquired for the museum.

On Thursday evening, Nashville’s News Channel 5 investigative reporter Ben Hall uncovered that Alexander’s re-election campaign was working with the taxpayer-funded museum to roll out the exhibit. The museum canceled the planned exhibit abruptly once Hall began asking questions about the process. Emails showed the campaign working with museum officials to put the exhibit together.

The museum’s executive director said in her interview with the local news outlet that no taxpayer money, only private funding, would have been used for the Alexander exhibit.

The exhibit would have cost about $44,000 and focused on Alexander’s long political career. As a result of the local news investigation, the museum has postponed the exhibit until after the 2014 elections.

In response to this revelation, a spokesman for Alexander pointed Breitbart News to a 2013 document laying out the purpose of that $400,000 grant, seeming to indicate that since the grant was not directly for the Alexander exhibit, there was nothing wrong, as Horowitz implied in his article. “Mr. Pomeroy presented a report on the status of the museum’s Save America’s Treasures grant,” the document reads in part.

The museum received a federal allocation of $400,000 through a grant program operated by the National Park Service through the Department of the Interior. The purpose of the grant is for rehousing the museum’s collection into more stable storage conditions. Due to the recession, the museum has been able to purchase additional cabinets as the costs have been reduced from the quotes obtained for the original application. The museum has $100,000 remaining in its account, which will be used for compact storage. The grant contract is scheduled to close in July 2014. The museum’s staff hours committed toward the project serves as grant match for the rehousing project.

In the next paragraph, though, that document shows the same museum official who was coordinating the exhibit’s rollout with Alexander’s campaign officials, executive director Lois Riggins-Ezzell, helped the senator procure that $400,000 grant for the museum.

“Manager of Curatorial Planning Miranda Fraley was primarily responsible for organizing the application and has continued managing the grant by preparing the monitoring reports which are submitted on a scheduled basis to the Department of the Interior,” the document reads. “Mr. Pomeroy also credited TSM Executive Director Lois Riggins-Ezzell for her assistance in making U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander aware of the application.”

Report: Lamar Alexander Procured 2009 Earmark for Museum Honoring Him.

Is Lamar’s Campaign Lying About Event Attendance?

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“Liberal Lamar’s” Campaign Caught Lying About Event Attendance?

Last Saturday Senator Lamar Alexander’s reelection campaign held an event at the Smyrna Air Center. Many tea party and conservative groups were outside of the event protesting his liberal voting record.

Reports seem to indicate that there were about as many protestors as there were attendees but Lamar’s campaign is saying different.

According to Breitbart:

Staff for Sen. Lamar Alexander contacted Breitbart News to state that 500+ people attended the Rally for Alexander….Katherine Hudgins, an organizer of the “Beat Lamar” rally told Breitbart News “I have two reports from sources who won’t go one the record because of the position they hold in the party. One report is 250 the other was 300.”

Another grassroots organizer of the event had this to say in an e-mail to organizers:

The Alexander campaign is VERY SENSITIVE today about reports of their crowd size on Saturday. They’ve demanded the Knoxville News Sentinel update their story to report the crowd was 508.

As you can see from Liberal Lamar’s Facebook page photos of the event, there were definitely NOT 500 people in these photos (shown below).

Bottom line?  If Lamar Alexander and his staff are willing to lie about how many people show up to his event, what else are they willing to lie about?

Is Lamar’s Campaign Lying About Event Attendance?.

Lamar Alexander vowes stave off primary foes by using overwhelming force

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Well Lamar Alexander knows he isn’t liked too well in Tn, but he doesn’t care…..Read the quote below from Lamar Alexander, he has just declared war on the democratic process in Tennessee:

“I’m running a Colin Powell military operation, which is assemble an overwhelming force, focus on a single target and have the stomach to see it all the way through to the end,” Alexander said in an interview.

This man will happily spit in the eye of every Tennessee voter. He doesn’t care about the democratic process of open debate because he is Lamar Alexander. Lamar is declaring that HE is in control of Tennessee politics. With all of his millionaire donors backing him up he is declaring he will crush anyone who wants an open debate of his pitiful voting record.

The Republican establishment in Tennessee should be churning out Press Releases denouncing Lamar but they are too afraid to dissent, too afraid they will be crushed by his political machine. Just one more reason to repeal the 17th amendment here in Tn.

Lamar Alexander has an inventive way of fending off potential primary foes, one that could be a model for GOP incumbents running in 2014.

Drop by their house for iced tea

Just ask Monty Lankford, who threatened to challenge Alexander in a 2014 primary. On a recent afternoon, the Tennessee Republican met Lankford’s family at their home outside of Nashville, then sat down with his one-time foe for iced tea and cheese and crackers. The result: Lankford joined Alexander’s campaign team as its co-chairman and a chief fundraiser.

The iced tea summit is indicative of the new, more aggressive tactics being employed by Republican senators to fend off primary foes in 2014. Instead of waiting for insurgents to catch them asleep at the switch, GOP incumbents running in 2014 — like Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Pat Roberts of Kansas and John Cornyn of Texas — are acting early and proactively to ensure no serious challenger emerges.“I’m running a Colin Powell military operation, which is assemble an overwhelming force, focus on a single target and have the stomach to see it all the way through to the end,” Alexander said in an interview.

And some of the senators are finding ways to push issues in Washington that resonate back home, including last week, when the Senate passed a McConnell-Alexander plan they called the Freedom to Fish Act targeting federal restrictions along a river their states share.

Republican senators facing reelection next year are determined to avoid a repeat of 2010 and 2012, when tea party upstarts took out veteran GOP stalwarts Bob Bennett of Utah and Dick Lugar of Indiana. They are doing so by aggressively lobbying prospective foes to join their campaigns rather than challenge them, much as Roberts did in persuading two possible opponents to join his team.

Incumbents like McConnell have built campaign machines designed in part to scare off prospective primary foes while they meet privately with tea party activists. Indeed, McConnell won the endorsement of TheTeaParty.net after privately discussing his views with their representatives.

The lack of tea party challengers has significant implications in the national fight for control of the narrowly divided Senate. If a GOP senator were to lose the primary, Democratic chances of winning that seat would improve dramatically and help the party keep control of the chamber.

  • Karen Bracken13 hours ago

    Alexander is talking like a man that knows the end of his political career is very near. The people of Tennessee are tired of his globalist attitude. He has done more harm to this country than most and it is time to send him packing. He has stolen Tennessee land and put it in the hands of the federal government, he has destroyed education in America!!! He serves Lamar Alexander not the people and it is time for him retire.

  • youallsuck19 hours ago

    This still doesn’t count as ‘staving off primary foes’. The primary has to actually start for it to mean that. This is more about the Republican Senators setting themselves up for the primary. Staving off pre-primary foes is more apt.

     

 

Five Gun Amendments To Watch

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Reid has promised an open amendment process for gun control legislation, which the Senate is expected to start debating next week.
With the Senate voting comfortably Thursday to take up its most ambitious gun control legislation in nearly two decades, all eyes turn to the “open amendment process” that Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has promised.

Senators who advocate gun control will try to add much tougher provisions to curb firearms and ammunition. But pro-gun senators will attempt to gut the legislation (S 649) with amendments backed by the National Rifle Association.

“I’ve been around these things,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Thursday. “The NRA will try to throw all kinds of amendments at us, and we’re going to have to work really hard to prevent them from being added to the bill.”

Here is an early list of five amendments to watch, including some that could turn what is now a sweeping gun control bill into one that significantly expands gun rights.

#1: Concealed Carry

Schumer issued an early warning Thursday on one particular amendment that he anticipates from his pro-gun counterparts: a plan to ensure that concealed carry handgun permits issued by one state are recognized by all others.

The proposal, known as “concealed carry reciprocity,” came within two votes of Senate passage as an amendment to defense authorization legislation in 2009. Schumer calls the proposal “pernicious.”

“If Wyoming has a concealed carry law, somebody could come from Wyoming to the big cities of New York or New Haven or Bridgeport and carry a concealed weapon, which is so against our way of life and the needs here in New York,” he said during an event with Connecticut’s two Democratic senators.

So far, no senator has pledged to offer the amendment in the current gun debate, but that is certain to change. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., on Thursday said he would “offer or support amendments to protect the Second Amendment rights of veterans and Americans who have concealed carry permits.”

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., offered the amendment in 2009, when it attracted the support of all but two Republicans plus 20 Democrats, including Reid and 12 other Democrats who are still in the Senate.

#2: Mental-Health Records

A bipartisan and influential group of senators has signed on to a proposal that seeks to ensure that more records of those with mental-health problems are included in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is used to determine whether people may buy guns.

The plan is co-sponsored by Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and conservative Democratic Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.

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Tommey-Manchin Sellout Bill Is Worse Than Feinstein Gun Ban

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Many thanks to Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker for helping this gun control agenda continue today by voting for it. Now the Democrats control the bill…great work guys.

Sign the Petition TODAY: TN deserves a Conservative Alternative to Lamar Alexander

senators10_s640x747Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are authoring a “See a Shrink, Lose Your Guns” sell-out bill that Gun Owners of America claims is “worse than the Feinstein gun ban, which will reportedly be tied to it and offered simultaneously in a Senate procedure known as an ‘amendment tree.’” This bill not only is being authored by these guys, but has Senator Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) fingerprints all over it.

Toomey and Manchin will claim that their bill only covers “gun show sales” and Internet sales. However, if you’ve ever talked about your gun and /or let it be known you’d like to sell or buy a gun on the Internet, this language covers you. If you advertise your gun in the church bulletin and the bulletin is put on the Internet, you’re covered.

 The only exemption is for sales that are sold exclusively by word of mouth. The increased number of background checks would likely exacerbate the system breakdowns (inherent to NICS) which have shut down gun shows over and over again. It would mean that Americans who were illegally denied firearms because their names were similar to other people would effectively be barred from owning a gun. (We would never tolerate such delays for voting rights or other freedoms that we are guaranteed.)

For Republicans who think they’re going to be able to offer their useless amendments, guess what? Reid is reportedly going to use an amendment tree to block out all amendments. And there are plenty of Senators standing in line to make sure that the Senate doesn’t give “unanimous consent” to set that blocking effort aside.

If you live in a rural area, you’re effectively barred from selling or buying a gun or it at least becomes very, very difficult.

Although the press release issued by Manchin and Toomey explicitly states that the bill will not create a national registry and makes it illegal to establish one, Guns Saving Lives points out:

“If transfers are done through a federally licensed firearms dealer there WILL be a form 4473 for every single transaction. These forms must be turned over to the government whenever a dealer changes owners or closes its doors. The ATF can also inspect these forms almost at will. This will create a de facto gun registry through the records that will be generated.”

Not only that, but the bill’s “national registry” language is full of holes. Because of this sell-out, there will most definitely be a national gun registry.

However, things gets worse. Under an amendment in the bill to HIPAA, your guns could be taken away because your private psychiatrist thinks you are dangerous and sends your name directly to the FBI Instant Check system. In other words, if you were offended because of 150,000 military veterans were added to the NICS system because they had PTSD, then this should really anger you since this will far surpass veterans to include you and me.

No doubt the next step will be to criminalize shrinks that don’t make such a report. All of this will come under the amendment tree with the Feinstein gun ban and magazines ban.

In addition, Toomey no doubt unintentionally agreed to repeal one of the most important protections for gun owners that was included in the 1986 McClure-Volkmer Act – the provision that would allow you to take an unloaded, locked-up gun through states like New York without being stopped. Under a new subsection (c), the Toomey-Manchin bill would require you to “demonstrate” to the satisfaction of New York police where you were coming from and where you are going to. And, if you don’t do that to their satisfaction, they can arrest you.

We are told that these measures are put in place to prevent tragedies like the Sandy Hook shooting. Pray tell, what in this unconstitutional, treasonous legislation would have prevented it or any other shooting? Not one thing!

It is not surprising the Joe Manchin is pushing for this kind of thing, seeing as reports came out that he was meeting with the National Rifle Association (NRA) concerning broadening background checks recently. In fact, both of these men have an “A” rating from the NRA!

“But nobody here, and I mean not one of us in this great Capitol of ours with a good conscience, could sit by and not try to prevent a day like that from happening again,” Manchin said. “And I think that’s what we’re doing.”

Mr. Toomey said he doesn’t consider criminal background checks to be “gun control.”

“I think it’s just common sense,” he said. “If you pass a criminal background check, you get to buy a gun. It’s no problem. It’s the people who fail a criminal or a mental health background check that we don’t want having guns.”

“This agreement is a big step forward, and we commend Senators Manchin and Toomey for working across the aisle on legislation that will expand our current background check system,” the two said in a joint statement. “Background checks on firearm purchases are the first line of defense against criminals and the dangerously mentally ill getting guns. This legislation is enforceable, it will save lives, and it respects the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.”

Let’s make these Senators prove their words. This legislation will do nothing but infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens, period. It will not save one life, but it will violate the Constitution.

Following statements from the Senators, the NRA released a statement blasting the expanse of background checks.

“While the overwhelming rejection of President Obama and Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg’s ‘universal’ background check agenda is a positive development, we have a broken mental health system that is not going to be fixed with more background checks at gun shows,” the statement reads.

If the NRA really believes this, I’d say it’s high time to rerate both of these men with an “F.”

People listen. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Pat Toomey and the rest of the Washington crowd that capitulates to the Socialists in Washington are traitors to the U.S. Constitution. They are not upholding their oath of office and frankly they need to be removed and tried for what they are engaging in. What is even more egregious is that John McCain was considered a war hero in the Vietnam era. Now he is a Judas to every Vietnam veteran living today, just as Jane “Hanoi” Fonda was back then.

We must support the Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee filibuster on this issue. We must flood the offices of our representatives with faxes, emails and phone calls until they hear us. If they do not listen, they are looking to provoke Americans towards Revolution, and not the peaceful kind. I for one desire peaceful resolution, but this bunch of cowards, who don’t want the people to know what they are doing to them cannot be tolerated. We must be heard on the issue.

Contact your Senator today and demand that they oppose any and all gun control legislation in the U.S. Senate, including this newest measure by Sens. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin.

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