Tennessee Legislative Alert: They’re Laughing At Us!

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The very people who are supposed to represent us are not only refusing to do their job to re-present our ideas in Nashville, not only refusing to do the right thing, not only working to be complicit with the evils coming out of Washington DC, but they are outright laughing at the people of Tennessee.

The subcommittee of the Tennessee House Judiciary Committee had the chance to do the right thing on Wednesday to protect Tennesseans from unconstitutional encroachments (arresting of US citizens by the military in the US with indefinite detention, without trial)  of the federal government and resist the evil indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act by voting for HB2619/SB2669.

Instead they chose to laugh at us, and stall.

Van Irion, the Lead Counsel for the Liberty Legal Foundation and former congressional candidate, is one of the co-authors of HB2619 which went before the subcommittee.  He testified before the subcommittee for about an hour.  His report, along with a link to the video of the proceedings, is below:

You can watch my testimony to the TN House Judiciary subcommittee in support of HB2619 at this web site: http://tnga.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=143&clip_id=4855.

Here’s my synopsis: Several RINOs on the committee went into the meeting having already decided to vote against the bill. They spent an hour trying to justify this decision. Every substantive question/objection raised was answered. Yet at the end they were saying that the bill has some serious problems.

Action Items:

1.  Contact the members of the subcommittee and demand that they pass HB2619/SB2669 without weakening it in any way.  Be polite but firm and let them know that if they do not pass this bill, you will work hard to make sure that they are not in office in 2013.  Keep in mind that we are getting opposition from legislators in both political parties.

General Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee

Rep. Jim Coley, Chair: Republican, District 97
207 WMB, (615) 741-8201, rep.jim.coley@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Vance Dennis, Vice-Chair: Republican, District 71
105 WMB, (615) 741-2190, rep.vance.dennis@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Eddie Bass: Democrat, District 65
109 WMB, (615) 741-1864, rep.eddie.bass@capitol.tn.gov
(Note that Rep. Bass is a retired county sheriff himself, and has sponsored his own version of a sheriffs first bill in the past.)

Rep. Karen D. Camper: Democrat, District 87
20 LP, (615) 741-1898, rep.karen.camper@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Jon C. Lundberg: Republican, District 1
205 WMB, (615) 741-7623, rep.jon.lundberg@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Judd Matheny: Republican, District 47
205 WMB, (615) 741-7448, rep.judd.matheny@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Barrett Rich: Republican, District 94
204 WMB, (615) 741-6890, rep.barrett.rich@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Janis Baird Sontany: Democrat, District 53
32 LP, (615) 741-6861, rep.janis.sontany@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Eric Watson: Republican, District 22
209A WMB, (615) 741-7799, rep.eric.watson@capitol.tn.gov

2.  If you can attend the subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, February 15 at 3:30 PM Central, please be in Nashville to attend.  The schedules are listed here.

3.  Contact Rep. Dunn and Sen. Campfield to thank them for sponsoring HB2619/SB2669.  Assure them that you want them to continue the fight for the rights of Tennesseans.

Rep. Bill Dunn: Republican, District 16
212 WMB, (615) 741-1721, rep.bill.dunn@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Stacey Campfield: Republican, District 7
306 WMB, (615) 741-1766, sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov

4.  Contact your personal state representative and senator and encourage them to co-sponsor and support HB2619/SB2669.  Let them know that if they do not support it, you will work hard to make sure they are not in office in 2013.  Remember to be polite, but firm.  You can find your the legislators for your district by clicking here and entering your street address on the left side of the screen.

5.  Contact Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and let them know you support HB2619/SB2669 and ask them to co-sponsor it.

Speaker Beth Harwell: Republican, District 56
107 WMB, (615) 741-0709, speaker.beth.harwell@capitol.tn.gov

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey: Republican, District 2
1 LP, (615) 741-4524, lt.gov.ron.ramsey@capitol.tn.gov

6. Send a link to this article to everyone you know and encourage them to call and e-mail these legislators.

Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center

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TN Among 13 States Approved for Fed Grant to Create Health Care Exchange

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This is about HB-2839  which is a back door route to implement Obamacare in Tennessee. I’m glad to say that as I post this, earlier today it has been withdrawn due to pressure from citizens of Tn. I might also add, The Governor had ALREADY accepted money from the federal government to start this program!!!

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today awarded nearly $220 million in Affordable Insurance Exchange grants to 13 states to help them create Exchanges, giving these states more flexibility and resources to implement the Affordable Care Act.

The health care reform law gives states the freedom to design Affordable Insurance Exchanges – one-stop marketplaces where consumers can choose a private health insurance plan that fits their health needs and have the same kinds of insurance choices as members of Congress.

The Department also released several Frequently Asked Questions providing answers to key questions states need to know as they work to set up these new marketplaces. Critical among these are that states that run Exchanges have more options than originally proposed when it comes to determining eligibility for tax credits and Medicaid.

And states have more time to apply for “Level One” Exchange grants.

Today’s awards bring to 29 the number of states that are making significant progress in creating Affordable Insurance Exchanges.  States receiving funding today include: Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Vermont.

“We are committed to giving states the flexibility to implement the Affordable Care Act in the way that works for them,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said.  “Exchanges will give consumers more choices and make it easy to compare and shop for insurance plans.”

In the new Exchanges, insurers will provide new information such as an easy-to-understand summary of benefits and costs to consumers. The level of detail will sharpen competition between carriers which will drive costs down.

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FEDERAL AGENTS DEMAND CUSTOMER LISTS FROM MORMON FOOD STORAGE FACILITY in Tennessee

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Folks this is confirmed….why would government agencies do this?  Without a warrant I might add.
Oath Keepers has learned that federal agents recently visited a Later Day Saints (Mormon) Church food storage cannery in Tennessee, demanding customer lists, wanting to know the identity of Americans who are purchasing food storage from the Mormons.

This incident was confirmed, in person, by Oath Keepers Tennessee Chapter President, Rand Cardwell. Here is Rand’s report:

“A fellow veteran contacted me concerning a new and disturbing development. He had been utilizing a Mormon cannery near his home to purchase bulk food supplies. The man that manages the facility related to him that federal agents had visited the facility and demanded a list of individuals that had been purchasing bulk food. The manager informed the agents that the facility kept no such records and that all transactions were conducted on a cash-and-carry basis. The agents pressed for any record of personal checks, credit card transactions, etc., but the manager could provide no such record. The agents appeared to become very agitated and after several minutes of questioning finally left with no information. I contacted the manager and personally confirmed this information.

This event points to a new level of federal government encroachment on the basic freedoms of the American people. Likewise, it points to a confused policy within federal agencies. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in their “Are You Ready?” guide to “In Depth Citizen Preparedness” recommends that citizens store emergency supplies, including bulk food, in the event of a natural disaster or man-made event (the new politically correct term applied to a terrorist attack). The FEMA guidance is spot-on as it allows individuals and families to be self-sufficient during an emergency situation.

And here in Tennessee, we just learned that Nashville Metro Public Health and the Tennessee Department of Health are conducting “door-to-door assessment of disaster preparedness … using a tool designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to go door to door and check to see how disaster ready you are. .. in 30 neighborhoods in Davidson County [TN] that have been randomly selected to be the target of a door to door assessment.” I have confirmed that that is a state run effort.

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State of Tennessee could face credit downgrade from AAA rating

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Moody’s Investor Service will likely lower the credit rating of five states, including Tennessee, if it downgrades the United State’s government’s credit rating, which would happen if the federal government defaults on its debt.

Communications director of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury said currently officials in that office are only providing a prepared statement on the issue.

“While we think Tennessee is deserving of a continued AAA rating, if a downgrade occurs as a result of a lowering of the federal rating, you can make no mistake, Tennessee will meet it’s obligations,” Spokesman for the comptroller’s office Blake Fontenay said in the prepared statement.

If Congress does not make a decision raising the government’s debt ceiling by Aug. 2, the United States will have to default on it’s debt.

On July 13, Moody’s placed the Aaa government bond rating of the United States on review for downgrade and announced that it would assess the ratings of 15 Aaa-rated states to gauge their sensitivity to sovereign risk.

Both the United States and Tennessee have currently have the highest rating, which is Aaa.

The United States has had the Moody rating of Aaa since 1917 and it would be unusual for the United States to drop lower than that, leaving some states with a better rating than the sovereignty.

Moody’s will review the ratings of the five states — Maryland, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee and the Commonwealth of Virginia — on a case-by-case basis and announce any changes to the rating within seven to 10 days after a sovereign action, according to a news release from Moody’s Investors Service.

Moody’s spokesman David Jacobson said his company put Tennessee on review, in part, because Tennessee has a higher number of variable rate debt.

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Stricter offensive bumper sticker law in Tennessee takes effect

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It is very possible that in most cases,  this violates every Tennessean’s 1st amendment rights. No doubt there will be lawsuits if police give someone a ticket for something that isn’t pornography. About anything else is free speech. I disagree with the man saying people can’t “impose their speech”, because displaying their ideas isn’t “imposing” it….just expressing it.

Tennessee law bans ‘distressing images,’ opens your Facebook inbox

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Distressing Images

Congratulations Tennessee! Governor Bill Haslam has put your state in the national spotlight and, for once, it has nothing to do with Bonnaroo or how bad the Titans are. The republican executive of the state signed a ban on “distressing images” into law last week that we’re sure constitutional lawyers are going to have a field day with. Anyone who sends or posts an image online (and yes, that includes TwitPics) that they “reasonably should know” would “cause emotional distress” could face several months in jail and thousands of dollars in fines. The best part? Anyone who stumbles across the image is a viable “victim” under the law and the government doesn’t even have to prove any harmful intent. So, Tennessee residents who aren’t cautious enough using Google image search could get a few people in trouble. Another, and perhaps more perturbing, part of the same bill also seeks to circumvent restrictions on obtaining private messages and information from social networking sites without a search warrant. We give it about a month before this gets struck down on obvious grounds that it’s unconstitutional.

Engadget.com

Let Us Count the Ways It’s Unconstitutional

First, the state made it a crime for people to share credentials for entertainment subscription services like Netflix and Rhapsody.

Now the governor has signed a law that says a person faces up to a year in jail (pdf) if he publishes an image that he reasonably should know will “frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress” to a victim or “a similarly situated person of reasonable sensibilities” and doesn’t have a “legitimate” reason for doing so. While the crime requires a reasonable likelihood that the image will be viewed by the victim, criminal penalties can kick in if the “victim” doesn’t ever actually see it, but someone else finds it distressing.

The legislation — which goes into effect next week, on July 1 — will update a law already on the books that makes it illegal to send communications that the sender reasonably knows would frighten, intimidate, or cause distress to the recipient. As revised, the law will now make it a crime to publish an image on any Internet site or service if someone else finds it emotionally disturbing.

As law professor Eugene Volokh points out, this criminalizes a wide swath of expression protected by the First Amendment. It’s next to impossible for a publisher to know whether an image might offend someone and therefore potentially violate the law, which will chill online expression. This ban will also give law enforcement a tool to selectively punish speech it doesn’t like.

That’s bad enough. But it doesn’t stop there.

The new law also says that social networking services must disclose communications and images to the government if it shows a court specific and articulable facts that there are “reasonable grounds to believe that the contents of an electronic communication, or the records or other information sought, are relevant and material in an ongoing criminal investigation.” This requirement contradicts the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which requires law enforcement — including state and local law enforcement in Tennessee — to get a warrant before seizing stored communications that are less than six months old.

Even worse, Tennessee is in the Sixth Circuit, which held just a few months ago in United States v. Warshak that the government must have a probable cause warrant to seize and search messages stored by communications service providers. Which means that the new law violates the Fourth Amendment, too.

In short, Tennessee’s ban on posting distressing images is unconstitutional in more ways than one, and we hope to see the courts strike it down at the first opportunity.

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URGENT: Stop National ID in TN this TUESDAY-May 3rd 2011

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This definitely needs to be stopped……

Attention all Freedom and Liberty Loving Tennesseans-

The REAL ID ACT is up for vote on Tuesday 5/3/11 at 3pm. This would force Tennesseans to carry a National ID card with Biometric Technology and an RFID chip with your private information. CONTACT THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS BELOW AND TELL THEM TO VOTE YES ON HB1874 TO NULLIFY THE FEDERAL REAL-ID ACT.

See this video from TN Representative Frank Niceley about the evils of the REAL-ID act:

This would be a severe blow to the 1st, 4th, and 10th Amendment, not to mention another example of a Tyrannical Federal Govt. dictating how the States issue Driver’s Licenses.

Without this new National ID you could not enter a Federal Building, drive a car, or board an airplane.

For those unfamiliar with the REAL ID ACT, please see the link below for an interview and various videos detailing the insidious REAL ID ACT:
http://www.tennesseesonsofliberty.com/2011/04/stop-real-id-act-in-t…

You can prevent this from happening in Tennessee.. I spoke with State Representative Frank Niceley who assured me that the Committee will cave if they receive enough emails and phone calls opposing the REAL ID ACT.

Please call and email all members of the Transportation Committee… In the email title clearly state that you are against the REAL ID.

 Rep. Phillip Johnson

Phone (615) 741-7477
Fax (615) 253-0346
rep.phillip.johnson@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Vince Dean

Phone (615) 741-1934

Fax (615) 253-0271
rep.vince.dean@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver

Phone: (615) 741-2192
Fax: (615) 253-0378

rep.terri.lynn.weaver@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Karen D. Camper

Phone: (615) 741-1898

Fax (615) 253-0211
rep.karen.camper@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Barbara Ward Cooper

Phone (615) 741-4295
Fax (615) 253-0327
rep.barbara.cooper@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Richard Floyd

Phone (615) 741-2746
Fax (615) 253-0304
rep.richard.floyd@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Dale Ford

Phone (615) 741-1717

Fax (615) 253-0301

rep.dale.ford@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Bill Harmon

Phone (615) 741-6849

Fax (615) 253-0264
rep.bill.harmon@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Matthew Hill

Phone: 615-741-2251
Fax: 615-253-0299
rep.matthew.hill@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Julia Hurley


Phone (615) 741-7658
Fax (615) 253-0163


rep.julia.hurley@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Kelly Keisling

Phone (615) 741-6852

Fax (615) 253-0234
rep.kelly.keisling@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Michael Ray “Mike” McDonald

Phone (615) 741-1980

Fax (615) 253-0336
rep.michael.mcdonald@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Don Miller

Phone (615) 741-6877

Rep. Bill Sanderson

Phone: (615) 741-0718

Fax (615) 253-0214
rep.bill.sanderson@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Tony Shipley

Phone: (615) 741-2886
Fax (615) 253-0247
rep.tony.shipley@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Mike Sparks

Phone (615) 741-6829

Fax (615) 253-0332
rep.mike.sparks@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. Mike Stewart

Phone: (615) 741-2184

Fax (615) 253-0181
rep.mike.stewart@capitol.tn.gov

Rep. John C. Tidwell

Phone (615) 741-7098

Fax (615) 253-0315
rep.john.tidwell@capitol.tn.gov

http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/committees/transportation.html

The vote for the REAL ID ACT will take place on Tues May 3 2011 at 3pm… Here is a link to the bill proposed by State Representative Frank Niceley to prevent Tennesseans from being forced to have a National Identification Card.

Read the bill to kill / nullify the REAL-ID act:
http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/default.aspx?BillNumber=HB…

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