THE RHEA COUNTY REPUBLICAN
ADVANCING THE CONSERVATIVE CAUSE
Vol. 5 – No. 11 January 2022
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Where It’s Made Act—————————————————— 4
Reflections on Pearl Harbor —————————————– –5
A Tribute to Bob Dole—————————————————-6
Mitchell Jones is Running for TN State Exec. Committee — 6
Let’s Turn the Murderers Loose ————————————- 7
The Race is On! ————————————————————7
Remarks on the 2nd Amendment ———————————– 12
But it’s Free! —————————————————————12
And The Loser Is——————————————————— 14
Comments from Representatives ———————————-15
Comments from Correspondents———————————–16
Legislative Report —————————————————– 19
Rhea County Republican Party News —————————- 22
Contact Your Elected Representatives Today!—————- 25
Privet moi druzya!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Kris Bancroft, Editor and Publisher
The Rhea County Republican
A few months ago, we began seeing the brightly painted shoes of Enes Kanter, a star basketball player for the Boston Celtics. Those shoes carried messages quite unlike the anti-American memes displayed by LeBron James, and a few lesser known dissidents in the NBA. Quite to the contrary, Enes Kanter’s shoes are emblazoned with messages about the oppression of minorities around the globe – the Tibetan Buddhists, the Uyghurs – but, mostly his messages are about the greatness of America.
More recently, we have seen Enes Kanter on TV being interviewed about those statements illustrated on his colorful shoes, and we have learned that Mr. Kanter, one of our country’s newest citizens, has changed his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.
Still, in our “sound bite world,” it is virtually impossible to gain a full insight of what has inspired Enes Kanter Freedom to take the stand he has taken, and to grasp the mission he has undertaken, but finally he was invited by The Atlantic to write an Op-Ed.
In reading Enes Kanter Freedom’s words one may be compelled to ask: If people all around the world have so much admiration for the United States of America – the greatest country to ever exist on planet Earth – then why don’t those of us who were lucky enough to be born in America understand and appreciate its greatness? There are many answers to that question but, for now, reprinted for your reading enjoyment is:
WHY I BECAME AN AMERICAN
By Enes Kanter Freedom
When I first arrived in the United States, I had to adjust to a new language, new norms, and new traditions. But I was perhaps most stunned by a simple comment a teammate made. He criticized President Barack Obama, which I feared could have landed him in prison. He smiled and said: “This isn’t Turkey, brother. You have the freedom to say whatever you want.”
Americans might find the thought absurd, but the threat of prison is all too real for those living under authoritarian rule around the world. Since Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became president of Turkey in 2014, after more than a decade as prime minister, at least 12,881 people have been convicted of the crime of insulting the president. Thousands have been sent to prison, including children, for offenses as trivial as posting something on social media that might hurt the feelings of an emotionally fragile dictator.
Over the past five years, Erdoğan has all but stamped out free expression in Turkey. He’s made Turkey one of the world’s worst jailers of journalists, imprisoning hundreds. Erdoğan’s regime has shut down more than 160 media outlets and hundreds of human-rights groups. Turkey’s dystopian new internet law gives the regime complete control over users’ data and enables online censorship.
A current proposal would criminalize the spreading of so-called fake news online with up to five years in prison. Erdoğan has targeted every defender of freedom in my country. His regime has persecuted, jailed, and even tortured tens of thousands of educators, lawyers, judges, public officials, and activists after labeling them “terrorists.” And it has targeted me.
Erdoğan went after my family because I dared to speak up. He forced my parents to publicly disown me. The words in a handwritten note from my dad in 2016 cut me to my core: “With a feeling of shame, I apologize to our president and the Turkish people for having such a son.” My siblings were blocked from employment. My dad was fired, later jailed, and then ultimately released in 2020. But he emerged from his cell a completely different person, unable to speak about his experiences. I have not seen or spoken with my parents since 2015. Any contact with me could have them arrested.
I could have fallen victim to Turkey’s ruthless campaign of transnational repression as well. Erdoğan’s regime is infamous for hunting down dissidents across the globe. In 2017, on a basketball trip to Indonesia, I received a tip to leave the country immediately, to avoid a suspected kidnapping attempt by Turkish agents. On the next leg of our trip, in Europe, I was informed by border control that Turkey had revoked my citizenship. I would later learn that the regime had also issued an international arrest warrant against me.
I was stranded. I had no family. I had no nationality. I had no home.
That’s when America welcomed me with open arms.
This country has given me all the opportunities in the world. Friends, teammates, journalists, politicians, and activists became my new family, united in our struggle for justice, equality, human rights, and democracy. When I started the process of becoming an American citizen, I realized that life is bigger than basketball. I decided to dedicate the power and privilege of my platform to the causes that matter—to be a voice for the voiceless.
I listened to victims and stood in solidarity with the oppressed. I marched for Black lives. I prayed with Tibetan Buddhists. I stood by democracy activists from Hong Kong and Taiwan. I heard from Uyghurs who had lost relatives or survived the torture of China’s concentration camps. I fought against all forms of hate. I took to the streets. I took to the podium. I raised awareness. I used my platform. I used my voice.
Human rights and democracy are under threat. Around the globe, authoritarian strongmen are getting stronger. Yet far too many celebrities, athletes, and corporations still choose their money over their morals. Speaking up for victims of authoritarian violence has somehow become controversial, just because it might alienate the perpetrators. It shouldn’t take the disappearance of a former No. 1 world-tennis star for some of us to make a statement. Freedom is not about staying silent in the face of a tyrannical dictatorship that commits genocide against the Uyghurs because you prefer to preserve your business deals.
For six long years, I was without a home. I know what it’s like for people to have their freedom stripped away. And I know what it’s like to have my own freedom stripped away. But this week, I’m reclaiming my Freedom. I just became an American citizen, and I’m making America and its freedoms a part of my very identity.
I’m overwhelmed with emotion just writing these words: I, Enes Kanter Freedom, am proud to be a citizen of the United States of America, the land of the free, and home of the brave.
Prior to Capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering, and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man. – Walter E Williams (March 31, 1936 – December 2, 2020)
WHERE IT’S MADE ACT
Kris Bancroft, Editor & Publisher
The Rhea County Republican
If you made your holiday gift purchases in brick and mortar stores you may have noticed something a bit different about the packaging or labeling – it is becoming difficult (if not impossible), to determine where some product are made. As it turns out, it seems most difficult to determine the country of origin of a product if that product is made in China.
Case in point: A few weeks ago I needed a part for a home appliance and went to my local “Big Box” store to purchase it. Several versions of that product were on display and all variations were hanging on the racks “naked” as it were – unwrapped and unboxed – except one . . . the one that was the best fit for the application I had in mind.
The part I needed was totally encapsulated in a heavy plastic package that required one to destroy the seal if they wanted a closer look. The country of origin was nowhere to be seen on the package. I was in a fix. It was getting late in the day. I was tired and frustrated. I bought the one in that was wrapped up tighter than Fort Knox.
When I arrived home and (with extraordinary difficulty) destroyed the packaging to get to the part I had purchased I still could not see any markings that indicated the country of origin – nothing on the paperwork, nothing on the packaging material, nothing emblazoned on the part itself. Nothing. I still don’t know where the part was made.
The point is this: When we buy a product, a part of the price we pay goes to the manufacturer. If the product is made in another country, some of the money we shell out goes to the government of the country of origin.
Since I have decided to boycott Chinese-made goods (for innumerable reasons), I always check the label on anything I buy because I do not want my money to go to a country whose government is guilty of genocide, uses slave labor to manufacture its products, and is dead set on overtaking the United States of America (and the rest of the free world!) In short, I don’t want my money to finance the defeat of my country.
The cryptic labeling scheme that so many countries seem to get away with has always been an issue for me. In the past, I have advocated that all Americans should buy American-made goods when possible, but certainly refuse products made in China. I have also urged my representatives to sponsor a bill that would change our laws to require any and all products sold in our country to boldly bear labeling that informs the buyer of the country of origin. I call it the “Where It’s Made Act.” If you agree, perhaps you could take a moment to let your elected representatives know that you’re on board with the idea, too.
REFLECTIONS ON PEARL HARBOR
James L. Holly
I have a Master’s Degree in History and I did not know this.
John Guy writes: “What God did at Pearl Harbor that day is interesting and I never knew this little bit of history.
Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes. We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes. I went into a small gift shop to kill time.
In the gift shop, I purchased a small book entitled, “Reflections on Pearl Harbor” by Admiral Chester Nimitz.
Sunday, December 7th, 1941— Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington, DC. He was paged and told there was a phone call for him. When he answered the phone, it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the line.
He told Admiral Nimitz that he (Nimitz) would now be the Commander of the Pacific Fleet. Admiral Nimitz flew to Hawaii to assume command of the Pacific Fleet. He landed at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941. There was such a spirit of despair, dejection, and defeat–you would have thought the Japanese had already won the war.
On Christmas Day, 1941, Admiral Nimitz was given a boat tour of the destruction wrought on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Big sunken battleships and navy vessels cluttered the waters everywhere you looked. As the tour boat returned to dock, the young helmsman of the boat asked, “Well Admiral, what do you think after seeing all this destruction?”
Admiral Nimitz’s reply shocked everyone within the sound of his voice. Admiral Nimitz said, “The Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could ever make, or God was taking care of America. Which do you think it was?”
Shocked and surprised, the young helmsman asked, “What do mean by saying the Japanese made the three biggest mistakes an attack force ever made?
Mistake number one: The Japanese attacked Sunday morning. Nine out of every ten crewmen of those ships were ashore on leave. If those same ships had been lured to sea and been sunk–we would have lost 38,000 men instead of 3,800.
Mistake number two: When the Japanese saw all those battleships lined in a row, they got so carried away sinking those battleships, they never once bombed our dry docks opposite those ships. If they had destroyed our dry docks, we would have had to tow every one of those ships to America to be repaired. As it is now, the ships are in shallow water and can be raised. One tug can pull them over to the dry docks, and we can have them repaired and at sea by the time we could have towed them to America. And I already have crews ashore anxious to man those ships.
Mistake number three: Every drop of fuel in the Pacific theater of war is in top of the ground storage tanks five miles away over that hill. One attack plane could have strafed those tanks and destroyed our fuel supply.
That’s why I say the Japanese made three of the biggest mistakes an attack force could make or, God was taking care of America.
I’ve never forgotten what I read in that little book. It is still an inspiration as I reflect upon it. In jest, I might suggest that because Admiral Nimitz was a Texan, born and raised in Fredericksburg, Texas — he was a born optimist.
But any way you look at it, Admiral Nimitz was able to see a silver lining in a situation and circumstance where everyone else saw only despair and defeatism.
President Roosevelt had chosen the right man for the right job. We desperately needed a leader that could see a silver lining in the midst of the clouds of dejection, despair, and defeat.
There is a reason that our national motto is, IN GOD WE TRUST.
Why have we forgotten? PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY! IN GOD WE TRUST.”
A TRIBUTE TO BOB DOLE
Bob Dole was an American hero by any definition of the term. Fox News aired this tribute to his life.
Jonathan Robbins, a Correspondent from Indianapolis, IN offered the following observation on the remarks made about Bob Dole: “Tom Daschle just blatantly lied, in his eulogy for Bob Dole and it needs to be pointed out. He said that Bob Dole ‘broke ranks’ to vote for both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That is a lie and historically false. Bob Dole did not ‘break ranks’ to vote for those bills. Bob Dole voted with his party, on those bills. The vast majority of the GOP voted for those bills. In fact, a higher percentage of Republicans, in the House and Senate, than Democrats voted for those bills. Also fact is that Democrats filibustered both bills. Neither of those bills could have come close to passing, without Everett Dirksen and the GOP.
MITCHELL JONES IS RUNNING FOR TN STATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
After much consideration and prayer, I have decided to run for a seat on the Tennessee State Executive Committee (District 9).
I am a life-long Republican, I was born and raised in McMinn County. I’m a member of the McMinn County Republican Party, where I formerly served as the 2nd Vice Chairman until announcing my candidacy for elected office. I’ve also served of the Executive board for the McMinn County Young Republicans.
I am also a member of Open Door Baptist Church in Sweetwater, TN. I strongly support the 2nd Amendment. I’m pro-God, pro-life, and pro-Trump.
I am running for the forgotten men and women, the everyday working Men and Women who feel like they no longer have a voice in the Republican Party. If elected I promise I will fight for the Integrity of the Republican Party. I humbly ask for your support and your vote on August 4th, 2022. I’ll be on the Republican Primary Ballot Thank you, God Bless You, and God Bless the Great State of Tennessee.
LET’S TURN THE MURDERS LOOSE!
House Bill 1532 introduced by Dan Howell (R-Dist. 22, Georgetown) and SB0561 by Janice Bowling (R-Dist. 16, Tullahoma) in the Senate, seeks to reduce the amount of time that must be served for first-degree murder before becoming eligible for parole. For someone currently sentenced to life in prison with parole, the minimum time they must serve is 51 years. If the bill passes the House and Senate and becomes Tennessee law, that time would be reduced by approximately half to 25 years.
If you wish to voice your opinion on this bill, you may contact Senator Bowling at https://www.capitol.tn.gov/senate/members/s16.html . Representative Howell can be reached at https://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/members/h22.html.
THE RACE IS ON!
Kris Bancroft, Editor & Publisher
The Rhea County Republican
Five retiring Senate members are Republicans and one is a Democrat, and of the retiring House members, 11 are Democrats and five are Republicans.
Fifteen Representatives are running for other offices: four Republicans and four Democrats are seeking seats in the U.S. Senate; one Republican and two Democrats are running for Governor; one Republican is running for Secretary of their State; one Democrat is running for mayor, and; one Democrat and one Republican are running for Attorney General in their home State.
In the US Senate, five Republicans have declared they will not seek reelection: Richard Burr (NC), Pat Toomey (PA), Rob Portman (OH), Richard Shelby (AL), and Roy Blunt (MO). The Democrats have only one retiree: Patrick Leahy (VT). Following are details on the more prominent candidates:
- Ted Budd (R-NC-Dist. 13), former NC Governor Pat McRory, and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows have announced their candidacy to replace Richard Burr. Democrat challengers include Mark Walker and Erica Smith. Another Democrat, Jeff Jackson, unexpectedly dropped out.
- Conor Lamb (D-PA-Dist. 17) and Dr. Val Arkoosh are the most prominent Democrats running to replace Pat Toomey (R-PA). Jeff Bartos and Sean Parnell are the top GOP contenders for Toomey’s seat.
- Tim Ryan (D-OH-Dist.13) will vie to replace Rob Portman. Among the several GOP candidates, Businessman Mike Gibbons (Cleveland), is currently the top contender.
- Mo Brooks (R-AL-5th) and John Merrill (AL Sec. State) will seek to replace Republican Richard Shelby. The Democrats have yet to field a candidate.
- House Members Vickie Hartzler (R-MO-Dist. 4), and Billy Long (R-7th), are currently the top Republican candidates running to replace Roy Blunt. Former State Senator Scott Sifton and Attorney Lucas Kunce are currently the top Democrat contenders.
- Peter Welch (D-VT at large), at 74 years of age, will seek to replace Patrick Leahy. No Republicans have announced their candidacy for Senator Leahy’s seat.
As of today, the Republicans will likely win in North Carolina, Ohio, and Missouri. Wisconsin and Pennsylvania will be toss-ups slightly favoring the Democrats. The voters in Vermont are beyond redemption. In a worst case scenario, the Republicans will lose two of these Senate seats.
Among the Senate Democrats, those incumbents who are considered “vulnerable” include:
- Catherine Cortez-Masto (NV), whose principal challenger is the former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, still holds a 4-point lead in a head-to-head race, which is, ironically, the margin of error. Laxalt’s popularity is weakest among Hispanics and women, and his chances for victory is dependent upon whether he can garner more of their support.
- Mark Kelly (D-AZ), who also has a State Attorney General challenger in the name of Mark Brnovich may not be as “vulnerable” as some Republicans wish to think. Kelly is, thus far, using the Biden strategy of keeping a low profile in the run up to the 2022 election. Kelly is hoping his Republican challengers – Brnovich, Blake Masters, and Gen. Mick McGuire will form a circular firing squad, leaving him as the default choice.
- Raphael Warnock (GA), has many Republican challengers and the winnowing process will hopefully take place sooner rather than later. Kelvin King, the owner of a substantial construction firm is a strong candidate in the urban areas of Georgia but Gary Black, Georgia’s Agriculture Commissioner is very popular in the rural areas of the State. Herschel Walker has expressed a desire to run but he has too many personal issues that detract from his viability.
- Maggie Hassan (NH) currently has no remarkable challengers. Chris Sununu, the State’s Republican Governor has declined an invitation to challenge Senator Hassan. Corky Messner, a Republican nominee in the 2020 Senate race remains undecided. What makes Maggie Hassan a “vulnerable” incumbent? Some pundits seem to think any Republican could beat her but the Republicans have made that mistake too many times in the past!
To any rational human being, it would seem difficult to understand how Raphael Warnock could be reelected but we must recall that Georgia has an abundance of irrational voters; that’s how people like Hank Johnson, Stacy Abrams, and now Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff were elected. The question is whether Kelvin King and Gary Black can refrain from giving Warnock’s supporters too much ammunition to use against whomever wins the Republican nomination.
Mark Kelly can be defeated if the Republicans can point out his lackluster performance in the Senate, and if they can successfully point out that Kelly is a Biden enabler that has contributed to the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who have come streaming over their border – along with drugs, criminals, and human traffickers. They also need to coalesce around their strongest candidate – Brnovich.
Adam Laxalt is the surprise candidate for the Republicans in Nevada. He is bright, well-organized, and energetic. He is the best hope for the Republicans to oust a Democrat from the Senate.
Our Republican friends in New Hampshire desperately need to get to work in finding out a viable candidate with strong conservative values.
In all, and based on what we know at this point, the Republicans will likely pick up two of these seats.
Among the Senate Republicans, the incumbents who are considered “vulnerable” include:
- Ron Johnson (WI) currently has at least six declared wannabe challengers. They are all young and energetic, and the Wisconsin Democrat Party will soon have to start the culling process. What causes concern among Republicans, however, is that Ron Johnson seems to be debating with himself on whether he really wants to seek reelection. While indecisiveness contributes to doubts among his support base, there are also the concerns among conservative voters in Wisconsin over his RINO tendencies. A strong and experienced Democrat could give Senator Johnson a run for his money and, at this time, it seems Tom Nelson is that candidate.
- Marco Rubio (FL) is considered a vulnerable incumbent because some of his remarks and positions have caused mainstream Republicans to question his conservative credentials. His most well-known challenger is Val Demings, but Rep. Stephanie Murphy and former Rep Alan Grayson could well sabotage Ms. Deemings’ chances to unseat Rubio.
Considering only the Senate races mentioned above, the best outcome for the Republicans is a gain of four seats. The worst outcome a loss of eight seats. The most likely outcome for these races is the Republicans will have a net loss of one seat.
It is difficult to imagine what our lives would be like if Chuck Schumer controlled 54 seats. Such an outcome would negate the votes of Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, the only Democrat friends the Republicans have in the Senate.
While some pundits have advanced the fairy tale that Joe Manchin is a Republican in Democrats clothing, it is important that we understand Senator Manchin is really not all that much of a conservative. He has advanced the notion that he is perfectly OK with $1.3 Trillion worth of Mr. Biden’s “Build Back Better” scheme, in which he supports: ten years of funding for universal Pre-K (a scheme that would enable Democrats to fully indoctrinate America’s children into socialist philosophy by the time they enter the first grade); expanding 0bamacare; spending another $500 Billion to “fight” climate change, and; dropping the expanded child tax credits that have greatly helped middle-class Americans. Kyrsten Sinema is also on board with all these socialist programs.
IF there is a ray of hope for the Republicans to make significant gains in the Senate it is the fact that there are a total of thirty-four Senate seats up for grabs in 2022, and the Republican National Committee would be very well-advised to devise a strategy to win every last one of them.
So, what would such a strategy look like?
The answer may be simpler than we think.
Mr. Biden is less popular than cockroaches. Everything Mr. Biden has done – his forfeiture of America’s energy independence, his capitulation to the Taliban in Afghanistan while at the same time betraying thousands of Afghani citizens who worked with U.S. troops and his abandonment of 933 U.S. Citizens in Afghanistan, his cessation in building the fully funded border wall (along with ending of President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy) which has enabled more than two million illegal aliens to enter our country, his socialistic tax and spend policies that have driven the inflation rate up to its highest levels in forty years and destroyed American productivity, and his capitulation to the Chinese communists and to Russia’s Vladimir Putin – has greatly harmed America, and every last Democrat in Washington DC is equally responsible for what has happened because they did NOTHING to stop it!
IF he Republicans are to have a chance of owning the Senate – as well as the House of Representatives – they must hang a picture of Mr. Biden around the neck of every Democrats in DC, as if it were an albatross to remind the American voter that a vote for a Democrat is a vote to bring even more harm to our country.
In all, there are thirty-four US Senate seats up for grabs in 2022. Fourteen seats are currently held by Democrats while twenty are held by Republicans. We must work to elect Conservative Republicans to all those seats, and at the same time, we must replace House Democrats with Conservative Republicans. It can be done if we start working now!
REMARKS ON THE 2ND AMENDMENT
Adam Laxalt penned an informative op-ed on the 2nd Amendment for the Washington Examiner.
BUT IT’S FREE!
Kris Bancroft, Editor & Publisher
The Rhea County Republican
The US Chamber of Commerce stating there are currently 11.3 million full-time jobs available in the United States.
In another report, we learned the unemployment rate, as of November 2021, is now down to 4.2% – a figure generally interpreted as being “full employment.”
So, why is it that everywhere we go we see signs on store window advertising available jobs, pleading for patience because a business has a staffing shortage, and business closures due to lack of available workers?
Before the Wuhan virus was released into the United States, we never heard the complaints from manufacturers, construction trades companies, or local businesses having difficulty in finding workers. Something doesn’t seem to add up!
We have millions of people living on unemployment compensation but more than enough jobs to take them off the unemployment rolls. The first question one might ask is whether there actually are all those jobs waiting to be filled.
Bloomberg Business News has shed some light on the matter in an article on what has come to be known as “The Great Resignation.” According to their report, between April and September 2021, more than 24 million Americans have resigned their jobs and have left the workforce.
Another eyebrow raiser is the age group of persons leaving the job market; Bloomberg reports that most are under 40 years of age.
When an unemployed couple can receive unemployment compensation, most often with an EBT card (food stamps) adding up to the equivalent of a $100,000 per year income and not have to fight commuter traffic, pay for childcare, lunch in a coffee shop, etc. why would they not want to leave the workforce?
There are myriad ways in which one might analyze “The Great Resignation” but one way to look at it is to question whether those who have decided to ride the unemployment wagon while working Americans are financing their ride with their taxes think their ride will never end. Surely they must know the free ride cannot last forever.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Accepting Socialism is basically admitting you cannot compete in the real world. You are saying “I am willing to give up my liberty, my rights, my individuality, and my dreams if the State will take care of me.” Accepting Socialism is admitting you are unwilling to strive to achieve your personal goals. It is the complete opposite if what this country was founded on.
I am a student of the law whose age is 85. My first year of college was 68 years ago. One class I took was Political Science. A half-page of my textbook essentially outlined a few steps to overturn a democracy:
- Divide the nation philosophically.
- Foment racial strife.
- Cause distrust of police authority.
- Swarm the nation’s borders indiscriminately and unconstitutionally.
- Engender the military strength to weaken it.
- Overburden citizens with more unfair taxation.
- Encourage civil rioting and discourage accountability for all crime.
- Control all balloting
- Control all the media.
What was printed in 1954 as a possible diabolic nightmare has become an emerging reality. I hope that Americans will unite enough to pen a good ending – Keith M. Alber, California.
AND THE LOSER IS . . .
Samuel Stebbins and Douglas McIntyre, writers for 24/7 Wall St. provided some shocking news in their article “This is America’s Most Dangerous City.”
What does crime look like in America, based on FBI statistics for 2020? The rate of violent crimes per 100,000 people in the United States rose for the first time since 2016. The homicide rate rose at a faster pace in 2020 than at any time since 1905. There were 398.5 violent crime offenses per 100,000 people across the United States last year, up from 380.8 per 100,000 people in 2019.
Using data from the FBI’s 2020 Uniform Crime Report (UCR), 24/7 Wall St. identified the most dangerous metro area in the United States — Memphis.
More than 18,000 violent crimes were reported in the metro area in 2020, or 1,359 for every 100,000 people — 21.3% higher than in 2019 and three times the U.S. violent crime rate. The number of homicides committed in Memphis climbed by 38%, from 237 in 2019 to 327 in 2020. At 24.2 per 100,000 people, the homicide rate in Memphis is the second-highest of any U.S. metro area.
Deadly violence continues to increase in Memphis. The city has reported more homicides so far in 2021 than it had over the comparable period the previous year. City leaders have plans to curtail criminal violence in the city but reportedly need hundreds of additional police officers to execute those plans. The department is reportedly offering a $15,000 signing bonus in order to aid in the recruitment effort.
According to the FBI’s comparison of reported crime characteristics, young adults aged 20 to 29 were more likely to be involved in violent crimes than any other age group; the most frequent location for violent crimes was at home; and, guns were used to commit a very high number of these crimes. (This is the state that sells the most guns.)
In keeping with the national trend, most large metro areas reported a rise in criminal violence in 2020. As was also the case nationwide, the increase in many of these metro areas was led by a surge in homicide cases.
Low-income communities in the United States are disproportionately burdened by crime. One study found that individuals with family incomes of less than $15,000 annually are three times more likely to be victimized by crime than those with family incomes of $75,000 or more.
How much is a Billion dollars? Well, if you stacked a billion dollars in $100 bills the stack would be 3,458 feet high. That’s twice the height of Chicago’s Willis Tower! A Trillion dollars would, of course, reach 654.9 miles into the sky. Our national debt is, for all intents and purposes, $30 Trillion. In the context of stacks of $100 bills, our national debt is 19,647 miles high!
The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been. -Madeleine L’Engle, writer (29 Nov 1918-2007)
COMMENTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES
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John Rose (R-TN, 6th District) commented on his vote against H.R. 6119
A basic duty of Congress is to properly maintain the budget, and the funding deadline comes along at the same time every year. Yet time and time again, Congress fails to carry out its annual appropriations. Today, the House of Representatives passed yet another short-term continuing resolution that once again fails to address our nation’s $29 trillion debt. Instead of focusing on working with Republicans on a responsible budget Democrats instead have chosen to recklessly focus on their big government tax and spending reconciliation bill.
Continuing resolutions are a bad way to govern that perpetuate the inability of Congress to properly fund the government and further add to our nation’s reckless spending. As our national debt continues to soar, I am working to ensure a better fiscal future for all Tennesseans which is why I voted against H.R. 6119.
Mo Brooks (R-AL, 5th District) commented on his “No” vote on H.R. 5314, a bill by Socialist Democrat Adam Schiff that codifies Pelosi’s and AOC’s longstanding President Trump paranoia and perpetuates the now-debunked Russian Collusion claims that have resulted in indictments against the Democrat shills that fabricated it.
“President Trump lives rent-free in Socialist Democrat brains, as evidenced by their obsession with President Trump and unwillingness to recognize their never-ending delirium and crushing defeat in 2016. Labeling their obsession as Trump Derangement Syndrome does not do justice to the word ‘obsession’.
“Socialist Democrat paranoia and delusion is never-ending. HR 5314 is not proactive legislation. Rather it is a list of grievances against President Trump that go back to 2016 and beyond. Rather than wasting House Floor time on ‘Never Trump’ legislation, Socialist Democrats should be spending their time more productively by fixing the messes they created at the border, with mask mandates, with welfare moochers, with inflation, with international debacles, with supply chain disruptions, with out-of-control spending and debt, and the like.
“The American people would be better served if Socialist Democrats spent their time investigating Hunter Biden’s shady art and influence-peddling deals that reek of corruption. The American people would be better served if the House considered border security legislation, welfare give-a-way program rollbacks, or bills aimed at addressing rising prices and the crime crisis. Instead, we’re wasting time on partisan, unnecessary legislation that’s going nowhere in the Senate.”
Bruce Griffey (R, Paris, TN)
I just filed another bill for the upcoming January legislative session to end benefits for illegals in TN. My newly filed House Bill 1648 focuses on the costly expense of providing free, taxpayer-subsidized public education to illegals in TN and calls for defunding it.
More than a quarter of TN’s budget – over $4.8 billion a year – is allocated to funding public education. According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, in 2017, $383 million of TN’s education budget went to funding education for illegals. As illegals continue to flood across our border in record numbers under the failed policies of the Biden Administration, it is inevitable that this figure is significantly higher in 2021 than it was in 2017.
Tennesseans should not have to be paying hundreds of millions of dollars in expenses resulting from criminal acts to which the federal government is turning a blind eye.
Senator Bill Hagerty, (R-TN) released the following message on 13 December
I wanted to let you know about some of the things I’ve been working on these last few weeks on your behalf.
As the American people prepare for the holiday season, they can thank President Biden and his disastrous policies for inflation, soaring prices, and falling real wages. I hear it every day from the people of Tennessee who are trying to put fuel in their vehicle, buy everyday groceries, or pay rent: everything is much more expensive and personal budgets are being severely strained. Tennesseans know that more of President Biden and the Democrats’ out-of-control taxing-and-spending and far-left energy-killing policies will make inflation worse, which is why I continue to stand firm in my opposition to their radical proposals. While the total cost is problematic, the policies buried within are even more concerning.
The House-passed version of President Biden’s so-called “Build Back Better” package includes $45 billion for additional IRS enforcement against Americans to collect hundreds of billions in additional dollars to fund their big-government programs. The Biden Administration hopes to use a supercharged IRS to wring an extra $400 billion out of the American people. In a Senate Banking hearing, I questioned U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on this planned increase and the concerns I have with what amounts to IRS snooping.
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Troy Gardner, Hammond, IN
It has been a while since I’ve offered a comment to your newsletter. The last time I commented was about Tony Bobulinski, and his testimony about the Biden family using the influence of Joe Biden’s political office to cut profitable deals. While it’s strange that we have heard absolutely nothing about that “investigation,” the dirty dealings of the Biden family seem to continue.
I recently read a book by Miranda Devine entitled “Laptop From Hell” that discusses the many dirty dealings of the Biden family, including the $30 Million deal (plus a huge diamond) with a Chinese energy firm. Here is a link if you’d like to share it so your readers will know what I’m talking about. New revelation of Hunter Biden’s laptop further links him to China’s payroll | Fox News Video
What I find totally unacceptable is that people like the Bidens, Clintons, Obama’s, and so many others can literally get away with crimes right in front of our faces but the Republicans never seem to do anything about it. I have written to my Senators [Todd Young (R) and Mike Braun (R)], but they haven’t responded. It would be useless for me to write to Frank Mrvan, he’s a Democrat.
One thing for certain is voters had better start waking up before Biden sells our country out to the Chinese. I hope everyone who reads this will write and call their Senators and Congressmen and tell them to UPHOLD THE LAW.
Adam Laxalt, Las Vegas, NV reports:
The growing phenomenon of citizens “voting with their feet” and fleeing blue states for red ones is well-documented. And it’s worth keeping in mind that each case represents not just a mere statistic, but a unique human story of an individual having to upend his or her life and make a new start in an often-unfamiliar place.
Yet the benefits of relocating to a place that fosters liberty and opportunity make the risks worth it.
Take a moment to check out a recent story at Fox News from Karol Markowicz, who details her decision to leave deep-blue New York City — a city in which she’s long taken enormous pride — for the State of Florida, which is rapidly earning a well-deserved reputation as one of the most freedom-friendly states in the country.
In Markowicz’s case, the reason boiled down to one factor particularly:
“It was because they took away school during the pandemic and not enough of my fellow New Yorkers cared. I kept looking around at a civilization that does not value education. Or worse, values it for their own kids, in the form of private pods or putting them into open private schools, but won’t fight for their less fortunate neighbors to have the same.
“And then, when schools finally reopened there was no discussion about the broken system that had kept them closed. The very same people stuck kids in masks indefinitely, even outdoors.”
The full piece is well worth a read, and available here.
Paul Ouimette, Trumbull, CT offered the following comments:
Just in case you were wondering why 60 Minutes had a hit piece on the Governor of Florida. Anyone who criticizes him – I have a question for you – can you please post your education and service to our country resume so we can put things in perspective?
“Ronald Dion DeSantis was born on September 14, 1978, in Jacksonville, Florida, the son of Karen (née Rogers) and Ronald DeSantis. He is of Italian descent. His family moved to Orlando, Florida, before relocating to Dunedin, Florida, when he was six years old. In 1991, he was a member of the Little League team from Dunedin National that made it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
After graduating from Dunedin High School in 1997, DeSantis attended Yale University. He was captain of Yale’s varsity baseball team and joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. On the Yale baseball team, DeSantis was an outfielder; as a senior in 2001, he had the team’s best batting average at .336.
He graduated from Yale in 2001 with a B.A. magna cum laude in History. He then spent a year as a history teacher at the Darlington School. DeSantis then attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 2005 with a Juris Doctor cum laude
DeSantis received his Reserve Naval officer’s commission and assignment to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) in 2004 at the U.S. Naval Reserve Center in Dallas, Texas, while still a student at Harvard Law School. He completed Naval Justice School in 2005. Later that year, he received orders to the JAG Trial Service Office Command South East at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, as a prosecutor. In 2006, he was promoted from Lieutenant JG to Lieutenant. He worked for the Commander of Joint Task Force-Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO), working directly with detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Joint Detention Facility.
In 2007, DeSantis reported to the Naval Special Warfare Command Group in Coronado, California, where he was assigned to SEAL Team One and deployed to Iraq with the troop surge as the Legal Advisor to the SEAL Commander, Special Operations Task Force-West in Fallujah.
DeSantis returned to the U.S. in April 2008, at which time he was reassigned to the Naval Region Southeast Legal Service. The U.S. Department of Justice appointed him to serve as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida. DeSantis was assigned as a trial defense counsel until his honorable discharge from active duty in February 2010. He concurrently accepted a reserve commission as a Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the US Navy Reserve. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
Susan Stother, Tempe, AZ reports on events in Yuma, AZ
As a young girl I spent quite a few years in Yuma, I still have relatives there and I wanted to let you know the stories you’ve probably been hearing about how the border is being overrun don’t begin to tell you just how bad things are down there.
These people crossing the border are stealing anything that isn’t tied down. They’re watching homes to see who lives in them and when someone leaves, they break in and steal anything they can carry off.
Mayor Nicholls has been begging for help but the poor men and women who work for CBP are totally swamped – most of them are working more than 80 hours per week. When the Mayor called DHS, someone from Mayorka’s office told him that Yuma’s problems aren’t all that bad. Can you believe it?
Sheriff Wilmot told a friend of my Aunt who works at the courthouse that over the past year the CBP has made more than 114,000 arrests and that they arrested more than 21,000 just last month! Of that 114,000, we have heard more than 95,000 have been set free with no instructions to show up for an amnesty hearing.
Here’s the clincher. Most everyone I know down in Yuma speaks Spanish, and they have been shocked to learn that a good many of the people coming across the border cannot speak Spanish! Some of them are from Muslim countries.
Dr. Lynn Chu, New York City reports the City Council has passed The Immigrant Voting Bill, by a vote of 33/14, which enables 80,000 illegal aliens to vote in municipal elections.
[The article provided by Dr. Chu details how other states are in the process of passing similar measures. Is your state mentioned? – Editor]
Brenda Farleigh, Pasadena, CA comments on recent developments in the California school system:
California schools used to be the gold standard for public education. What they’re doing now is ridiculous and should be against the law. They’re eliminating the grades “D” and “F” because they “don’t want to stigmatize the children” by giving them “poor” or “failing” grades. There are some kids who can’t earn a passing grade but when they get out of school they will be “stigmatized” when they learn their high school diploma isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on! In my opinion, the worst part is that eliminating Ds and Fs destroys the incentive of kids to try and be the best student and earn the highest grades. This article from “The Daily Caller” explains what’s going on better than I can. I hope you’ll share it with your readers. Chances are, the same thing is happening in every state.
The Legislative Report provides information on some of the more remarkable bills that have been introduced in Congress. Its purpose is to provide the reader with information about pending legislation that may prompt the reader to contact their representatives to express their views.
In the emailed version of the Legislative Report, you will see markers + and + on certain bills. The red icon is placed to encourage the reader to contact their representatives and ask them to vote against the legislation. On bills marked with the green icon, the reader is encouraged to contact their elected representatives and ask them to support the legislation. The reader is always encouraged to keep informed about all legislation from other sources so they may be aware of bills that effect our lives. Decide today that you will make your voice heard. If you remain silent, your representatives will never know your thoughts! – Editor
HR 4350 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (Adam Smith, D-WA, 3,268 pages).
This bill authorizes appropriations for fiscal year 2022 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes was passed on 23 September 2021 and was forwarded to the Senate, but the Senate made changes. Those changes were considered and the bill passed the House again on 29 November. The Senate passed the bill and it has been forwarded to Mr. Biden for his signature.
HR 6119 Making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, and for other purposes (Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, 7 pages), was passed by a party line vote (221-212), and signed by Mr. Biden on 3 December 2021.
+ HR 5314 Protecting Our Democracy Act (Adam Schiff, D-CA, 122 pages).
The stated purpose of this bill is “to protect our democracy by preventing abuses of presidential power, restoring checks and balances and accountability and transparency in government, and defending elections against foreign interference, and for other purposes.
This bill addresses issues involving (1) abuses of presidential power; (2) checks and balances, accountability, and transparency; and (3) foreign interference in elections.
Specifically, regarding abuses of presidential power, the bill requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the President to submit to Congress specified materials relating to certain pardons, prohibits self-pardons by the President, suspends the statute of limitations for federal offenses committed by a sitting President or Vice President, prohibits the acceptance of foreign or domestic emoluments, and sets forth provisions regarding Office of Government Ethics and Office of Special Counsel jurisdiction and enforcement authority.
To address checks and balances, accountability, and transparency, the bill
authorizes specified actions to enforce congressional subpoenas, imposes limits on presidential declarations of emergencies, requires DOJ to maintain a log of specified communications between it and the White House, requires cause for removal of inspectors general, increases whistleblower protections, requires a candidate for President or Vice President to submit to the Federal Election Commission a copy of the individual’s income tax returns for the 10 most recent taxable years, and establishes penalties for political appointees who engage in prohibited political activities. To protect against foreign interference in elections, the bill requires federal campaign reporting of foreign contacts, requires federal campaigns to establish a foreign contacts compliance policy, and specifies that foreign donations to political campaigns and candidates of nonpublic information relating to a candidate are prohibited.
The catch is that the investigative powers in this legislation can be applied retroactively which reveals the true intent of the bill is to continue to harass President Donald Trump!
The bill passed in the House of Representatives along party lines by a vote of 220-208. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL, 16th District) was the only Republican supporter. On passage, the bill has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.
+++HR 550 Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2021 (Ann Kuster, D-NH, 14 pages).
This bill would amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to immunization system data modernization and expansion – and for other purposes.
“Other purposes:” While the creation of such a database clearly violates our rights of privacy (formerly) guaranteed under the 4th Amendment, it can easily be modified to monitor other aspects of our lives.
This bill enables the Federal government to track who has and who has not been vaccinated. As Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) observed, “This bill is another attempt by House Democrats to extend their government overreach by tracking unvaccinated individuals and recording personal health decisions made by the American people.
“There is no reason that $400 million in taxpayer dollars should be used to fund a program that creates a database to store citizens’ private medical information regarding vaccination status.”
Rep. Van Drew’s statement on the cost of this bill was verified by the data published by SpendingTracker.org which estimates this bill will add $396 Million in new spending through 2026.
Perhaps the most shocking revelation is that 80 Republican Representatives voted to pass this bill!
[Thanks to Harriett Lublin, a Correspondent from Atlanta, GA for sharing information appearing in this report. – Editor]
HR 6256 To ensure that goods made with forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China do not enter the United States market, and for other purposes. (James McGovern, D-MA, 8 pages), was passed in the House of Representatives and Senate by voice vote and has been forwarded to Mr. Biden for signature.
[It demands mentioning that Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) attempted to block the bill. It was later learned that just prior to the vote, the Senator had received $60,000 in donations from several Nike executives! Sen. Ron Wyden Blocks Uyghur Slave Labor Bill Over Child Tax Credit | The Daily Caller ]
This bill was rushed through the House of Representatives and the Senate, and it was signed into law by Mr. Biden on 23 December 2021.
Combatting International Islamophobia Act (Ilhan 0mar, D-MN, 9 pages)
This bill would establish in the Department of State the Office to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, and for other purposes. In essence, it provides the Department of State with another excuse for violating our rights under the 4th Amendment. The bill passed in the House of Representatives by a straight party line vote of 219-212 and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.
S 3436 A bill to require the imposition of sanctions with respect to entities responsible for the planning, construction, or operation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and their corporate officers and to apply congressional review under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act to the removal of sanctions relating to Nord Stream 2, and for other purposes (Ted Cruz, R-TX, 12 pages).
This bill was introduced in response to Mr. Biden’s recent meeting with Vladimir Putin. Its purpose is explained in the title.
RHEA COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY NEWS
Rhea County Republican Party Executive Committee
Bitsy Gryder – Chairman Kris Bancroft – Vice Chairman
Judy Bancroft – Secretary Ted Engel – Treasurer
Marvin Keener Sr. – Vice Treasurer
The Rhea County Republican Party Monthly Meeting
The next meeting of the Rhea County Republican Party will be a regular meeting, held on 6 JANUARY 2022, at 7:00 PM, at the Sheriff’s Training Center, 711 Eagle Lane, Evensville, TN 37323. JOIN US & BRING A FRIEND!
Executive Committee Meeting Minutes for November 11, 2021
Chair Elizabeth Gryder called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.
Reagan Day Dinner: Kris Bancroft reported the following:
- A check for $1000 was delivered today to Rhea County High School for rental and deposit.
- The High School Choral Director, Mr. Bright, has twelve singers who will perform the National Anthem a cappela.
- Col. Johnston will provide four cadets from the High School to post the colors.
- The Custodial Department at the High School is planning to assist in their usual capacity.
- Evelyn Hawkins has agreed to do the catering again and has provided a menu.
- Donna Taylor and Bonnie Doss have agreed to lead the Decoration Team.
- Lebron Purser has agreed to emcee.
- Scott Dejarlais is a definite as a speaker and Marsha Blackburn, Bill Hagerty and Governor Lee are possibilities. Candidates for all office levels may also speak. Time limits were discussed.
- Plans are for teams of members to facilitate various aspects of the Dinner. The Hospitality Team should include all of us.
Kris Bancroft brought up the idea of presenting plaques or framed certificates to the speakers. Elizabeth Gryder will contact someone she knows who may be able to provide these.
Kris also suggested we look into obtaining equipment for processing ticket payments by credit card.
Ted Engel will contact an insurance agent he knows about providing a liability policy for us at the High School for the night of the event.
Republican of the Year: Elizabeth Gryder is working on this decision.
Veterans Luncheon: Kris Bancroft reported that $100 was donated to the Rhea Herald News in the name of the Rhea County Republican Party for their Veterans Luncheon held on November 10th.
The meeting adjourned at 6:55 pm.
Judy Bancroft, Secretary
Have you noticed the numbers of Democrats – especially those in “Red” and “Purple” states – who, after decades of being sworn acolytes of the Left, are jumping ship and joining the Republican Party or, at least, siding with Republicans when voting for or against major legislation?
Could it be these life-long Democrats have had a sudden epiphany and reasoned that they’ve actually been conservatives all along?
These turncoat Democrats see the same news reports that we do – they know that Mr. Biden’s numbers are tanking (to say nothing of Ms. Harris’ poll numbers), and they want to survive in the political arena.
They are rightfully fearful of what the Republicans and conservative voters are working to generate in the 2022 elections: A tsunami of “Red Wave” that will leave the House and Senate in the control of the Republicans.
In the process, these turncoat Democrats reveal that they are perfectly willing to sacrifice their principles for the sake of politics. We must remember that! We are fools if we fail to remember that!
Of course, the natural argument from the optimist is to speak for the fact that we all, from time to time, have changed our point of view on some major philosophical matters but the wise amongst us recall the wisdom of Ronald Reagan: “Trust but verify.”
How does one verify whether a candidate can be trusted? Observation and communication are the two most essential means.
All candidates publish campaign materials and give stump speeches. With eyes like an eagle and ears like a rabbit we must be as wise as a serpent in analyzing their publications and asking questions when they hold campaign gatherings.
If we are lucky, those who moderate the debates they are engaged in will ask meaningful and non-biased questions but, regardless, we must pay attention to every word every candidate speaks or prints and keep one question constantly in mind as we do so:
What is the candidates’ motive behind their message? What are they trying to reveal; what are they trying to cover up; what do they hope to gain? Most of all, we must examine their words and determine whether they have told the truth.
Once we have done our due diligence, we must seek the thoughts of our wisest and most trusted friends and share with them what we have learned. When we have made up our mind on whom we are voting for – and why – we must work to help our chosen candidates win their elections.
America cannot endure a full four years of an unrestrained Biden regime.
CONTACT YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES TODAY!
Regardless of where you live in the United States, you can find your elected representatives at any level of government by visiting the following link. Remember: While they might be fairly bright, none of them can read your mind, so it is your obligation as a citizen to express your thoughts (and to urge all your friends and family and like-minded folks to do the same!) https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
Here’s a handy guide for Tennesseans in the 4th Congressional District:
|Joseph Robinette Biden (a.k.a. the “Big Guy”)
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington D.C. 20500
Phone: (202) 456-1414
Fax: (202) 456-2461
|U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty
Russell Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 244-4944
Fax: (202) 228-3398
|U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn
357 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3344
Fax: (202) 228-0566
To contact visit website:
|U.S Representative Dr. Scott DesJarlais
2301 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6831
Fax: (202) 226-5172
|Governor Bill Lee
Tennessee State Capitol
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Phone: (615) 741-2001
Fax: (615) 532-9711
|Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
Link above provides all methods of contact.
Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader
|State Representative Ron Travis
301 Sixth Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Phone: (615) 741-1450
|State Senator Ken Yager
301 Sixth Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Phone: (615) 741-1449
Fax: (615) 253-0237