Vol. 4 – No. 5                                                                                                     July 2020


Do it safely and make time to reflect on how it all came about.



The Rhea County Republican Party Monthly Meeting

The next meeting of the Rhea County Republican Party is scheduled for July 9th, at 7:00 PM, at the Rhea County Sheriff’s Training Center, located at 711 Eagle Drive, in Evensville, TN.  Bring a friend!


The Annual Reagan Day Event

The Rhea County Republican Party will host its annual Reagan Day Dinner on Friday, July 17th.  Due to the Wuhan virus the venue has changed to the Rhea County Fairgrounds, on Eagle Drive, in Evensville.  This change is made to enable more effective social distancing.  The entrance to the fairgrounds is through the parking lot of the Rhea County Health Department.)

Gates will open at 5:00 PM, and a picnic-style dinner – BBQ pork and chicken, along with Cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans and bread – will be served at 5:30PM.

Due to the anticipated warm and humid weather, casual attire is strongly recommended for this open air event.

The Keynote Address will be given by Cameron Sexton, Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Special guests will include Congressman Scott DesJarlais, (R-TN, 4th District), and candidates for U.S. Senate:  Dr. Manny Sethi, Bill Hagerty, George Flinn, Dr. Josh Gapp, and John Henry.

Tennessee Senator Ken Yager and Representative Ron Travis will also attend.

Food, drink, refreshments, and treats will be provided by Evelyn Hawkins and other local vendors.

Many items and services will be available for both live and silent auction.

The Reagan Day event is the only fundraising event for the Rhea County Republican Party.  Tickets are $50 per person ($275 for a party of six).  To purchase a ticket please phone 423-240-8199.

Thank you!


Black Lives Matter Protesters Visited Dayton

Three members of the Black Lives Matters organization visited Dayton, Tennessee on June 20th and staged a protest on the Rhea County Courthouse lawn.  There was a police presence to react if the protesters attempted to deface public property but, since they reportedly stood on the courthouse lawn with their signs and may have made a speech about something or other, apparently no one noticed.



President Trump is making good on his promises to appoint conservative Federal judges who have knowledge and respect for our Constitution and will follow the law instead of legislating from the bench.  On June 24th, the Senate confirmed the nomination of the 200th Federal Judge since President Trump took office.  The new judge is Cory T. Wilson, of Mississippi; he will serve as the United States Circuit Judge for the 5th Circuit.



Question of the month for July:

What is the probability that the Republicans will gain a majority in the House of Representatives and improve their majority in the Senate?







[Please email to pyrope84045@mypacks.net to share your response with your fellow conservatives.  A score on each of the questions will be published in the next edition of The Rhea County Republican.  THANKS! – Editor]


Results from the question for June:

What is your confidence level that William Barr, Attorney General, will prosecute members of the 0bama regime for their criminal activities in attempting a coup against President Trump sometime in 2021?


0-25%                                    19

26-50%                                  14

51-75%                                  11

76%-100%                            0




As we reached adulthood, we found ourselves compelled to make choices beyond the simple “chocolate or vanilla.”  Some of those choices were no-brainers while others were complex and life-altering.  We eventually learned – hopefully sooner rather than later – the art of choosing.  Gather as much information as possible; define “the best of all outcomes;” seek counsel of those who are wiser than ourselves, and – to quote that famous Tennessean, Davy Crockett – “Be sure you’re right and then go ahead.”

About the time we had gotten fed up with the drudgery of researching our choices, weighing our options, and consulting with our mentors to make our first “big” decision, we learned that life is just one huge and never ending decision making process.

No doubt we all stumbled a few times, but through practice and experience, our decision-making skills improved and, hopefully, not every life lesson we learn today is taught to us at The College of Hard Knocks.

I don’t know how it is for you, but I’ve found evading, or even postponing, the responsibility of making those tough choices almost always places us in a situation far worse than if we’d gone ahead with what we thought would yield the best of all possible outcomes.

Well, here we are again folks, what is perhaps the most important choice we may ever make is staring us right between our peepers.  That choice is whether or not we will become fully engaged in trying to preserve our Republic, or sit idly by and watch things get worse.

Many states will have a summer primary where party’s candidates are selected.  I urge you to seek information on the dates for registration deadlines, early voting periods, absentee ballot submission deadline, and primary election dates.  Here is the schedule for Tennessee:


August 6th – Tennessee’s State and Federal Primary and County General Election


Voter Registration Deadline – July 7th

Early Voting Period July 17th – August 1st

Absentee Ballot Deadline July 30th


The next crucial choice we will make comes in November.  We will vote for a President, a Member of the House of Representatives and, in 35 states, a U.S. Senator (there will be special elections in Georgia and Arizona).

Then, there are the local elections.  Governors, Attorneys General (in a few states), Mayors, Councils, County Executives, Sheriffs, School Boards, are on many ballots.  All these seats are crucially important choices if we are going to restore sanity – conservative principles – to government.

In many states, counties, and municipalities, primaries will be held to select the party nominee.  Although it’s generally true that the worst Republican is better than the best Democrat, just because a candidate declares themselves to be a “Republican” doesn’t qualify them to deserve your vote!  That’s how so many RINOs have been elected!

Therefore, whether you’re considering whom you wish to serve as President or whether you’re considering whom you should vote for to serve in the lowest office on the ballot, I urge you to do your due diligence like you’ve never done it before.


  • RESEARCH each candidate’s background and reputation.
  • EVALUATE their ability to lead by looking at their resume’.
  • EXAMINE each candidate’s platform and determine whether their goals comport with your expectations.
  • LISTEN to and READ their campaign ads and assess whether or not their words ring true to YOU.
  • VOTE! (And encourage every CONSERVATIVE you know to do the same!)




(Answer:  You miss stuff that might have otherwise invoked a strenuous response.)


Late in the evening of 29 May, the Supreme Court issued a decision on a cause taken up against the State of California, by the South Bay United Pentecostal Church, located in Chula Vista (near San Diego), challenging the state’s ruling that no more than 100 worshippers may attend a church service at any one time.

Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote.  He opined that the restriction allowing churches to reopen at 25% of their capacity and no more than 100 congregates at a time “appear consistent” with the First Amendment.


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.  [Emphasis added]


Imagine if you will your speech being restricted to every fourth word you wish to say.  Perhaps the same restrictions should be placed on Justice Robert’s opinion.

By issuing this verdict, precedent is established by the Supreme Court on all future First Amendment appeals and, unless this ruling is overturned, our rights under the First Amendment are forever infringed.

Ironically perhaps, I have not heard of any Democrats who have advocated placing restrictions placed on the numbers of protesters who protest, rioters who riot, and looters who loot!




Attorney General Bill Barr said on Saturday that ‘the voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by radical elements.

“Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda,” Barr said in an on-camera statement.

‘In many places it appears the violence is planned, organized and driven by anarchic and far-left extremist groups using antifa-like tactics.

“It is a federal crime to cross state lines or use interstate facilities to incite or participate in violent rioting and we will enforce those laws,” he added, saying that “the FBI, US Marshals, DEA, ATF and US Attorney’s Offices will fully support local and state law enforcement in restoring order and cracking down on violence.”



A study conducted by Cambridge University calculated the worldwide cost of developing and deploying strategies to halt the spread of the Wuhan Virus; to treat those who are stricken by it; to develop and dispense therapeutics and vaccines, and to recover from the economic impacts on businesses will be $82 trillion.


Then, there’s the impact on human lives.  Estimates generated by numerous sources tell us, before it’s over, the Wuhan Virus will have caused the deaths of some 2.7 million human beings, and that it will have compromised the health of 7.3 million more.

The Chinese government, ruled by the Chinese Communist Party, under the full knowledge and awareness of Xi Jinping is directly responsible for allowing – if not purposefully enabling – infected persons to travel to all parts of the world to create what has become the world’s worst pandemic.  Using anything resembling rational standards, how can it be possible to consider China as a friend?

Answer:  It cannot be done!  China is the world’s enemy and it’s long past time we started treating them as such!



It took a worldwide pandemic, it took a 35% plunge in the stock market, it took six feet of “social distancing,” it took thousands of small businesses closing it took cancelling practically everything, to bring the U.S. economy back to the 0bama high mark. – Rush Limbaugh



If the person you’re debating with is a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and claims their support for Democrats is based on the premise that Democrats care more about the lives of minorities, you might remind them that more blacks are murdered by other blacks and that city with the greatest number of black on black murders is Chicago – a city that has been run by Democrats since 1927.

Your likely response is “Well, that’s just in Chicago, the police are killing black people at higher rates in the rest of America.”

According to Dr. Robert Woodson, a former civil rights activist and Founder of The Woodson Center (appearing on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Fox Business Channel, June 24th, 2020), approximately 14 unarmed blacks – way too many! – are killed each year by a police officer.  However, for every 1 black person killed by a police officer, 270 black persons are killed by other black persons.  In other words, each year, 3,780 blacks kill other blacks.



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Recent statistics reveal that 70% of all looters and rioters arrested in cities all across the United States had IDs showing their residence as being in some other city or state.


Now you understand how and why so many people from vast distances show up to riot, loot, and cause mayhem.



Elected Representatives from all States and all levels of government are encouraged to share their thoughts, opinions, ideas, and announcements by emailing them to pyrope84045@mypacks.net .  Your constituents want to hear from you! – Editor


Scott DesJarlais (R-TN, 4th Dist.) informs us he has recently undergone surgery.  Let’s keep him in our thoughts and prayers.


Bruce Griffey (R-Paris, TN) updated his efforts on HB 1578

Back in December, I filed House Bill 1578 in an effort to bar refugee resettlement in TN and override Governor Lee’s decision to welcome refugees to our state.  Last Thursday, on May 28, my bill passed out of the House Departments & Agencies Subcommittee by a 5 to 2 vote.  Today, the bill passed out of the House State Committee and will be heading to the House floor for a vote.

There are numerous reasons that dictate against continued refugee resettlement in Tennessee.  First, the refugee resettlement program costs millions of dollars, which the federal government transfers to the state for absorption and Tennessee ends up funding the program.  We are facing a major budget shortfall. Instead of supporting refugees, Tennessee tax dollars should be supporting Tennesseans first and foremost.

Second, almost all economists, and simple logic, indicate that adding refugees to Tennessee’s labor pool would have an adverse effect on wages for Tennesseans at the bottom of the economic scale.  We need to protect and help American manufacturing grow while at the same time protect and try to increase wages for those Tennesseans at the bottom of the economic scale.  We should not ease wage pressure by importing refugee labor and/or allowing illegal immigration labor to continue to operate in Tennessee unabated.  My motto is “Tennesseans First”.

Third, refugee resettlement poses not only high costs, but also high risks in relation to security.  There are inherent problems with screening and vetting refugees.  Electronic footprints are rare or non-existent, and reliance exclusively on hard documents is rife with fraud by individuals seeking to create false identities using counterfeit paperwork.

Fourth, the toll that refugee resettlement takes not only on Tennessee, but also on local jurisdictions within the state, can expand exponentially due to chain migration policies allowing each refugee to ultimately add to the population multiple new immigrants, who often do not speak English, are uneducated, lack marketable skills and further drain state and local resources.  Inevitably, they increase the burden on public schools, social service agencies and emergency rooms and further strain local infrastructure such as roads and public housing.

Fifth, the lines are often blurred between “humanitarian aid” and financial gain with respect to refugee resettlement programs.  The federal refugee resettlement program has spawned a private refugee cottage industry consisting of purported “charitable groups” that lobby for more and more refugee admissions inasmuch as it equates to greater financial gain and more money in their pockets.

Sixth, although economic integration and self-sufficiency are allegedly the goals of organizations that have developed a profitable refugee industry, refugees are often abandoned shortly after their arrival, leaving the taxpayer subsidized welfare system to take over their support.  Refugees are eligible for numerous welfare benefits immediately upon their arrival just as if they are native-born citizens.  Relative to native-born citizens, however, refugees are 3-5 times more likely to receive food stamps, SSI, Medicaid, cash welfare and public housing.  For example, a 2013 study reflected that 74% of refugees received food stamps.

For these reasons, I firmly believe that the refugee resettlement program is not in the best interest of Tennessee or Tennesseans.  We need to take care of our own first – Tennessee and Tennesseans first!  Allowing refugee resettlement may help the refugees, the private organizations assisting with their resettlement and businesses in search of low cost labor, but it does not help poor Tennesseans looking for jobs that pay good wages or Tennessee taxpayers.  We cannot ignore the burden of refugee resettlement on existing Tennessee citizens, who will face greater competition for jobs and suppressed wages, higher taxes to support new refugee members of their community and who will live with the environmental consequences.


Bruce Griffey (R – Paris, TN) updated his efforts on HB-2931

I have been receiving a lot of inquiries from Tennesseans across the state who support my bill (HB2931) to place a check on the powers of the Governor, and I promised to keep everyone updated as to the status of my bill.  First, I would like to thank Senator John Stevens for agreeing to sponsor this bill in the Senate!  Regrettably, however, yesterday, the Delayed Bills Committee in the Senate killed it and will not allow it to move forward.  So, unfortunately, if we face another round of increased COVID cases in TN this year or any other viruses that prompt Executive Orders from the Governor this year, there is nothing we can do about it.  The legislature’s hands will continue to remain tied.  That being said, I am not done with this issue.  I will be refilling legislation to address this and many other issues next year.


Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), “The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to authorize subpoenas for 53 officials involved in the abuse of FBI surveillance capabilities [FISA], including James Comey, Sally Yates, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, and Susan Rice.

“We need to know how these officials used and abused their taxpayer-given authority.

“The Committee is also looking into the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.  What we learn over the next few months will help ensure illegal surveillance of Americans never happens again.”


[One way to help ensure violations of our 4th Amendment rights – as well as hundreds of other crimes (many of which are capital crimes) “never happen again” is to prosecute the guilty for their crimes and exact the maximum punishment for same.  Swift, sure punishment remains the best of all deterrents to crime; that’s something that seems to have been forgotten along the way! – Editor]


Rep. Bryan Terry (R-Knoxville) shared a statement from Governor Lee on protests [riots] in Nashville, posted on May 30, 2020

At the request of Mayor Cooper, I am authorizing the National Guard to mobilize, in response to protests that have now taken a violent turn in Nashville.  The threat to both peace and property is unacceptable and we will work with local law enforcement and community leaders to restore safety and order.  This is not a reflection of our state or the fundamental right to peaceful protest.



Readers are encouraged to submit their thoughts, opinions, ideas, and announcements from their city, county, state, and country.  Please share your ideas, thoughts, opinions, and announcements by emailing them to:  pyrope84045@mypacks.net .  Your fellow Conservatives want to hear from you! – Editor


Adison Wilson of Graysville, TN shares his reasons for supporting Dr. Manny Sethi for U.S. Senate.

Not many people would put a Senate campaign on hold to serve the people of their state in crisis.  But that’s the kind of person Dr. Manny Sethi is.  Instead of campaigning over the last few weeks, Dr. Sethi has worked 80 hours a week in the operating room as a surgeon fighting the coronavirus on the front lines.  Each day, Dr. Sethi leaves his family at home, wears his scrubs and goes to work to fight the virus.

A few weeks ago, I read in the Chattanoogan that Dr. Sethi had said, “This is World War III, man, and if you’ve got two legs and a stethoscope, you’ve got to help people.”

What a testimony of sacrifice and courage.  This is the kind of servant leader we need in the U.S. Senate.  Even in his downtime, Dr. Sethi never stops serving: last week, he and his wife Maya went to donate blood at a Red Cross blood drive.  Dr. Sethi has truly shown that he is committed to caring for Tennesseans, and providing clear, quality information about the threat we’re all facing.

Twice a week, Dr. Sethi has gone on Facebook Live to provide quality information about the coronavirus outbreak, and answer questions.  In a time of global crisis, true leaders recognize that helping people is more important than politics. Dr. Manny Sethi is truly a public servant and that’s why I think we should elect him to the U.S. Senate.


Dave Scipio, Phoenix, AZ, illustrated the similarities of the Democrat’s and Chinese Communist Party’s vision for our future economy.

China is a (basically) civilized country with a high average IQ.  The difference between us and them is collectivism v individualism.  Advancing collectivism is what Obama, Antifa, BLM, OFA and the Democrat party are all about.  Li (referenced below) is the Chief economic guy in the PRC and publicly at-odds now with Xi over China’s economy.

Xi is saying (i.e. setting an expectation for a billion people) that China is advancing toward a Middle Class of 400M people.  Li, the chief economic guy in the CCP, is saying, nonsense, we need to start building pushcarts & fruit stands and developing a street vendor economy because this country is bankrupt.

He Junjiao, a Chinese economist based in Hunan Province, told the Chinese-language Epoch Times that Chinese economy is in a critical situation, and even the street vendor economy can’t save it.

FTA: “If a country relies on the ‘street vendor economy’ to support people’s livelihood, the country is on the edge of bankruptcy… Behind Li’s street vendor economy is mass unemployment,” He said.

The Chinese regime, in desperation, is calling on people to become small-time entrepreneurs.  “Otherwise they will starve, or even riot if they have nothing to eat,” He said.

Me: Li’s idea of setting up a “street vendor economy” seems like Mao telling everyone to build blast furnaces in their backyards to make pig iron, which resulted in crap steel, falling buildings, and the denuding of thousands of acres of forest (scars still visible) to run these silly little furnaces to make crap iron.

Here we have an economy unable to sustain itself, [one] that has set expectations among their people of a continued rise in living standards, and now is basically saying to a billion people, “We can’t help you, go build a pushcart.”

THIS is what Democrats are on the verge of launching a coup [. . .] to achieve. And what the GOP is somnolently watching.


Rocky Silverman, Seattle, WA provided this update on events in his home town:

I want to start off by saying apparently Mayor Durkins is a slow learner and most likely is to say it bluntly is stuck in stupid.  Her leftist ideology is preventing her from realizing that it was inevitable that a prolonged protest of this size would be fertile ground for lawlessness and violence.

Given that she gave up part of the city and didn’t support the police to maintain order she is now facing the unpleasant situation of really needing to restore city services including the police, EMTs, the fire department as well as other government agencies.  She has to do it in a way preventing mayhem and torching the district.

By now she is realizing her mistake and knows the longer there is a lawless CHOP the more likely this will deteriorate for the city and her.  Unfortunately, (for her), she will inevitability need help from the Governor (another dud) to bring force to bear.  And, it will require overwhelming force to bring order to this dumb situation.

My experience in Iraq was when I entered a village to do medical care I was surrounded by well-armed soldiers who also over watched me with a fifty caliber machine gun.  They are a deterrent more than anything else.  Mayor “Jerkins” has no idea how this works and may never learn it.


Brian Troyer of Apple Creek, OH shared his thoughts:  Are you helping people if you keep validating and affirming false beliefs and cognitive programming that hold them in fear and bondage?  Is love the offering of emotional support that reinforces those false beliefs?  I don’t think so.  If we believe truth sets free, how can we do that?


Cornelius Carroll, Harold, KY shared the following:  The generals we respected could not defeat ISIS but Trump decimated them.  It becomes more and more apparent many of these generals were in on the Obama led coup to unseat an elected president.  General Mattis needs to answer a few questions: 1) Why is it okay to burn down and loot small businesses, 2) Why are these considered “peaceful protests”, 3) Why do none of the lives being lost “matter” to anyone in Leftist circles, 4) Why should law-abiding citizens have to live their lives in constant fear and be afraid to leave their families alone, 5) Why are Antifa and anarchist considered protesters while peaceful citizens who opposed the lockdown and dared speak out were called terrorists?  We’re waiting Mr. Mattis!  Since hating Trump and his supporters seems to be the only important thing and finding a way to unseat an elected president and crush his supporters seems to be the only agenda that our media and politicians have, it is apparent that the oath to support the Constitutional Republic is something Mr. Mattis never understood or never believed.  Another individual considered a hero turns out to be a traitor. Benedict Arnold should be the new hero to the American Left.


Adam Laxalt, Las Vegas, NV is hosting this year’s 6th Annual Basque Fry, which will be held on Saturday, August 8 at Corley Ranch in Gardnerville, Nevada. This year’s notable attendees include U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Congressmen Devin Nunes and Matt Gaetz, Mercedes and Matt Schlapp, Dana Loesch, and other top conservative leaders from Nevada and around the country!  For details on how to win five free tickets log on to:  MorningInNevadaPAC.org or visit this site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cpac-west-6th-annual-basque-fry-tickets-106011884400?aff=MINPACEmail&mc_cid=e785d2a3c2&mc_eid=%5BUNIQID%5D&mc_cid=c27890bf8e&mc_eid=49f0c32ea1


Elaine Thomson, Durant, OK has once again provided some excellent investigative work in “following the money” to determine just who is funding the anarchists.

All across social media, people have started making donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, an organization that provides funds to protestors who have been arrested and need to post bail. Chrissy Teigen, Justin Timberlake, Steve Carrell, Seth Rogan, Jon Legend, Cynthia Nixon, Taylor Swift, Patton Oswalt, Don Cheadle, Harry Styles.Colin Kaepernick. Mark Ruffalo, Janelle Monae, Ben Schwartz, 13 of Joe Biden’s campaign staffers, Jameela Jamil, James Blake, Yara Shahidi, Halsey,
Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel, Sadie Bros, Jay Z, Beyonce,
Madonna, Cindi Mayweather, Kehlani, Ice Cube.
The Minnesota Freedom Fund has raised $20 Million. Here are 8 other organizations bailing out protesters.

Atlanta Solidarity Fund (atlsolidarity.org)
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (brooklynbailfund.org)
Philadelphia Community Bail Fund (https://www.phillybailout.com/
Peoples City Council Freedom Fund (Los Angeles) (www.gofundme.com/f/peoples-city-council-ticket-fund)
Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative (Minneapolis) (knowyourrightscamp.com/legal)
Richmond Community Bail Fund (rvabailfund.org)
Colorado Freedom Fund (Denver) (fundly.com/coloradofreedom)
The Bail Project (National) (givelively.org/donate/the-bail-project)

This report is verified and expanded upon in a new report revealing at least 13 of Biden’s staff members have made donations to a fund that helps bail out those that are being arrested for rioting and breaking the law.

What’s wrong with this?

  1. It is giving approval to the rioting and breaking the law. As a government officials’ office, they should be advocating for lawful peaceful protests and help them navigate how legislation is created to make real change.
  2. When you go to the Minnesota Freedom Fund it asks you to visit these other groups where “there is an urgent need for supplies and support out in the field.” They are in need of supplies to perpetrate violence. This is Biden’s campaign talking out of both sides of their mouth. You cannot put Biden on the screen saying we need real leadership to bring peace to our nation and then your staffers are supplying protesters with ground support to keep the fight going.
  3. The groups this fund supports are literally domestic terrorist groups. In fact, one benefactor, the Black Visions Collective, has this posted on the page:

“We understand that continuing to remain peaceful and encouraging others to remain peaceful at the hands of white supremacist oppressive violence is illogical and immoral.“

“We condone whatever methods black people adopt to liberate themselves and their kin.”

In their typical fashion, the Democrats say they believe in helping black people but they only do so if it benefits them.  Since these riots and anarchy detract from the many positive accomplishments of President Trump, the Democrats benefit most if they can encourage the continuance of civil unrest.  Clearly, the Democrats want to regain power and will do anything – anything! – to gain that power.  Exploiting blacks without regard to the harm they do to our black citizens is, in no way, beneath the Democrats!

In actuality, the riots are happening in Democratic cities are the direct result of failed Democratic policies that have created their local judicial policies.  If these people really want to make the change they need to start with their local Democratic party and the injustices they have brought onto the black community.  The fight begins with voting them out.

These actors have also donated to this fund. It is 100% the Democratic Party driving hate instead of unity in America.


[Does it seem prosecutions for “aiding and abetting” criminals are appropriate? – Editor]



In our age there is no such thing as “keeping out of politics”. All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia. -George Orwell, novelist (25 Jun 1903-1950)


LEGISLATIVE REPORT                                                                                                               

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 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 encourage them to support the legislation.  The reader is always encouraged to keep informed about all legislation 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



No bills were brought to my attention as being remarkable. – Editor



S 3833 A bill to extend the loan forgiveness period for the paycheck protection program, and for other purposes. (Rubio, R-FL, text not yet available.)  Perhaps they should rename the bill “Kicking the can down the road act – Chapter 288.”


+ HR 6172 USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 (Nadler, D-NY, 7 pages).

To amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to prohibit the production of certain business records, and for other purposes.

Having been caught red handed in the various FISA abuses, Mr. Nadler and his co-conspirators are now trying to cover their tracks by sealing information that would reveal their crimes.



Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

– Robert Hanlon


HR 1957 Taxpayer First Act of 2019 (Lewis, D-GA, 85 pages).

This bill modifies requirements for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding its organizational structure, customer service, enforcement procedures, management of information technology, and use of electronic systems.

The bill includes provisions that establish the IRS Independent Office of Appeals to resolve federal tax controversies without litigation; require the IRS to develop a comprehensive customer service strategy; continue the IRS Free File Program; exempt certain low-income taxpayers from payments required to submit an offer-in-compromise; modify tax enforcement procedures that address issues such as the seizure of property, issuing a summons, joint liability, referral for private debt collection, and contacting third parties; establish requirements for responding to Taxpayer Advocate Directives; permanently authorize the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Matching Grant Program; modify procedures for whistle-blowers; establish requirements for cybersecurity and identify protection; prohibit the rehiring of certain IRS employees who were removed for misconduct; allow the IRS to require additional taxpayers to file returns electronically; and increase the penalty for failing to file a return. The bill requires the IRS Commissioner to appoint a Chief Information Officer, modifies the requirements for managing information technology, and authorizes streamlined critical pay authority for certain IRS information technology positions.

The bill also requires the IRS to implement an Internet platform for Form 1099 filings, a fully automated program for disclosing taxpayer information for third-party income verification using the Internet, and uniform standards and procedures for the acceptance of electronic signatures.

The provisions of this bill were incorporated into other legislation which were enacted, so there will not likely be any further action on this bill.


A3905 An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2021 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Intelligence Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement (Rubio, R-FL)

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on June 8, 2020.


S 149 Stop Senior Scams Act (Casey, D-PA, 8 pages).  This bill is a tiny step in the right direction in that it would establish a Senior Scams Advisory Council.  Members on the Council would receive no compensation for their services.  The bill has passed in the Senate and has been forwarded to the House of Representatives for consideration.


S 939 CONFUCIUS Act (Kennedy, R-LA, 4 pages).  This Act may be cited as the Concerns Over Nations Funding University Campus Institutes in the United States Act or the CONFUCIUS Act.

Restrictions on “Confucius Institutes”

(a) Definition – In this section, the term Confucius Institute means a cultural institute directly or indirectly funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China.

(b) Restrictions on Confucius Institutes

An institution of higher education or other postsecondary educational institution (referred to in this section as an institution) shall not be eligible to receive Federal funds from the Department of Education (except funds under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070 et seq.) or other Department of Education funds that are provided directly to students) unless the institution ensures that any contract or agreement between the institution and a Confucius Institute includes clear provisions that—

(1) Protect academic freedom at the institution;

(2) Prohibit the application of any foreign law on any campus of the institution; and

(3) Grant full managerial authority of the Confucius Institute to the institution, including full control over what is being taught, the activities carried out, the research grants that are made, and who is employed at the Confucius Institute.


S 3731 Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft (Grassley, R-IA, 4 pages).  This bill would amend title VII of the Social Security Act to provide for a single point of contact at the Social Security Administration for individuals who are victims of identity theft.


S 3985 JUSTICE Act (Scott, R-SC, 108 pages).  A bill to improve and reform policing practices, accountability, and transparency.  This bill is provisionally dead due to a failed cloture vote (a 3/5ths majority, or 60 votes, are required for cloture), which would have prevented a filibuster on the bill.  Chuck Schumer and his Democrats have, once again, stabbed Lady Liberty in the back!


HR 7120 Justice in Policing Act (Bass, D-CA, 135 pages).  To hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct in court, improve transparency through data collection, and reform police training and policies.  The bill passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 236/181, and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.

[NOTE:  Whereas Senator Scott’s bill would have expanded training and oversight of law enforcement, Representative Bass’ bill provides the utilization of checklists that can be used to punish law enforcement.  Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), has promised this bill will stall in the Senate.  – Editor]


+ HR 51 Washington, D.C. Admission Act (Norton, D-DC, 13 pages).  Once again Eleanor Norton is attempting to have the District of Columbia admitted to the union.  Unfortunately, there may just be a sufficient number of mentally incompetent Senators to allow this bill to pass but, we must be thankful that we have a President who would veto it if it did.  So, here we have another example of how our government wastes its time and the resources we provide to pursue idiotic schemes.  The bill passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 232/180, and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.


HR 5332 Protecting Your Credit Score Act of 2019 (Gottheimer, D-NJ).  Mr. Gottheimer’s bill is intended to obfuscate an individual’s credit worthiness (worthlessness?) from lending institutions so they can acquire loans for any number of purposes.  If passed, this bill would cause undue strain on individuals whose credit history indicates they are responsible individuals by forcing them to help make up the shortfall imposed on lending institutions by individuals who acquired loans and then defaulted on them.  It is conceivable that a borrower’s citizenship could be obfuscated in accordance with the language in the bill.


+ HR 2 Invest in America Act (DeFazio, D-OR, 1056 pages).  This bill authorizes funds for Federal-aid to improve highways, highway safety programs, transit programs, and for other purposes.  So, once again, we have a bill introduced by a big-spending Democrat to provide more “shovel-ready jobs” that inevitably turn out not to be so shovel-ready but help cover the dismal fiscal management of mostly Democrat-run states and municipalities that have allowed their infrastructure to literally rot while their revenues were allocated to moronic social programs and to the pockets of the politically connected.  Predictably, the perpetually failing Amtrak, along with Ms. Pelosi’s San Francisco-based rail system, get a few billion of your hard-earned dollars.


S 4049 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Inhofe, R-OK, 1160 pages).  This bill authorizes appropriations for fiscal year 2021, 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 the coming fiscal year.  Yes, it’s that time of year again!



Rhea County Republican Party Executive Committee


Bitsy Gryder – Chairman                            Gary Drinkard – Vice Chairman

Judy Bancroft – Secretary                          Larry Pendergrass – Treasurer

Linda Pendergrass – Vice Treasurer


Minutes from the Previous Meeting of the Rhea County Republican Party

Meeting Minutes for June 4, 2020


Chairperson Bitsy Gryder called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm.


Kris Bancroft offered prayer and Joe Gryder led the Pledge of Allegiance.


The March Minutes were read by Judy Bancroft.  Motion made by Larry Pendergrass, second by Kris Bancroft, to accept the minutes as read.  Motion carried.


The Executive Committee Minutes for May 5, 2020 were read by Judy Bancroft.  Motion made by Joe Gryder, second by Larry Pendergrass, to accept the minutes as read.  Motion carried.


The Treasurer’s Report was given by Larry Pendergrass, a copy of which is attached.  Beginning and ending balances May 1 and 22 were $10,337.12, as there was no activity during that time.  Motion made by Keith Flatness, second by Joe Gryder, to accept the report as read.  Motion carried.


The PAC Report was given by Jim Murphy.  There has been no activity since the last report and the balance remains at $5694.00.  The First Quarter Campaign Financial Disclosure Statement has been filed with the Rhea County Election Commission.  A copy is attached.


There was discussion about potential campaign contributions from our PAC fund.  Our PAC money cannot be used in support of Federal candidates or local candidates running for Non-Partisan offices.  Bitsy Gryder entertained a motion that $200 be given to each of the two Republican candidates who have won their primaries thus far:  Debbie Byrd and Glen Varner.  Motion made by Keith Flatness, second by Joe Gryder.  Motion carried.


Visiting Political Candidates or their representatives were given opportunity to speak:


Carroll Henderson announced that he is running for re-election to the Rhea County School Board, District 6.  Mr. Henderson has been a member of the School Board for 19 years.  He is running opposed for this next term.


Stan Settles represented Bill Hagerty, who is running for U. S. Senate.  President Trump has appointed Mr. Hagerty to the American economic recovery task force and has endorsed him five times.  Mr. Hagerty is a businessman with experience creating jobs.  He will favor the nomination of strict Constitutionalist judges and support building of the Southern border wall.  More information is available at his website, www.teamhagerty.com.


Harris King represented Manny Sethi, who is also running for the U. S. Senate.  Dr. Sethi is Director of Health Policy at Vanderbilt and is knowledgeable about corona virus issues.  He is also on the campaign trail, holding online town halls and he plans to visit all Tennessee counties in six weeks during his “95 County Tour.”  For more information, visit his website, www.drmannyforsenate.com.


Bitsy announced that Jon Henry, candidate for U. S. Senate, is coming to our Reagan Day Dinner.  She has brochures provided by him for those interested.  Mr. Henry was a Marine for 27 years and fought in several military conflicts, including Desert Storm.  More information is available at his website, www.jonhenryforsenate.com.


Signs for candidates are available tonight for those who wish to take them.  Bitsy Gryder is trying to obtain signs from as many Republican candidates as possible.


The Legislative Report was given by Kris Bancroft.  The Heroes Act, HR 6800, allocated much of its three trillion dollar Wuhan virus bill to support unrelated causes (earmarks).  However, the Earmark Elimination Act of 2020, HR 6211, is a bill that would prohibit the House of Representatives from introducing a bill with earmarks.  Kris Bancroft encouraged us to voice our support for HR 6211.




Joe Gryder reported on plans for the Reagan Day Dinner.  The event has been arranged to be held at the Rhea County Fairgrounds on Friday, July 17th, with a social hour beginning at 5:00 and dinner at 5:30.


A contract has been signed to rent the Fairgrounds for $150, with a cleaning deposit of $100.


With regard to large gatherings during the pandemic, the Governor opened up the State on May 29th for 50 or fewer persons at such gatherings.  The Governor is expected to increase that number by the end of June, and we will need to see what he does at that time.  Among other things, we may need to limit the number of people inside the silent-auction building to ten at a time and have someone monitor that.


Ours was the first Reagan Day Dinner to be announced after the State opened up, and there are a number of candidates or their representatives who want to attend.  The Dinner can double as an event to get people excited about the election.


Ticket sales by Laura Travis are doing very well, currently at 230 and expected to go higher.  The capacity at the Fairgrounds is 300, as far as tables and chairs go, so we will need to limit ticket sales at 300.


Lebron Purser has agreed to be the emcee.  Bonnie Doss will be in charge of decorations.


Since the event will be open-air and in warmer weather, we are planning for a BBQ/picnic-style meal, semi-casual dress, no ties.  Arrangements are being made with our caterer, Evelyn Hawkins.  The price per person will be less than it would have been for a formal dinner.  For desserts, it was decided to contact Mayfield Dairy about the possibility of an ice-cream truck.  There was discussion about whether or not to charge for dessert.


Political candidates or their representatives are encouraged to bring their own tables for promotional activities.  The barn area is suggested, where people will go after the meal to hear the speakers.


After the speakers, a live auction will be held, at the same location, for the Laz-Y-Boy chair and for the Randy Boyd baseball owner’s suite party package.  The baseball package will be honored through 2021.  It was decided not to entertain bids for the baseball package on-line.


Linda Pendergrass displayed two beautiful throws donated by Robinson Manufacturing for the silent auction.  Another donation is a week-end stay at Eagle Ridge Resort in Gatlinburg.


Joe Gryder has looked at additional buildings at the Fairgrounds, which may be available.


The event will be advertised through our website, e-mails and the newspaper.  The newspaper ad for the original Dinner was not placed, due to the lock-down.


We will need to do the preparation and clean-up work ourselves, as the normal work force of jail trustees is unavailable due to virus lock-down measures.  We will need to do such things as set up tables and chairs and probably hose down the ground in the barn in the morning to minimize dust.  Attendees may bring their own chairs if they wish, and are encouraged to do so.




Rhea County Fair Catalog:  Placing an ad in the catalog, which has a distribution of 5000, was discussed.  Motion made by Joe Gryder, second by Kris Bancroft, to buy a ½ page ad for $250.  Motion carried.  Joe and Glen Varner will decide the wording of the ad.


Elections:  Linda Pendergrass reminded members that State and Federal Primaries and the County General Election will be August 6th.  The State and Federal General Election will be November 3rd.  Because of virus concerns, more workers are needed to help at the polls.  Anyone 18 or over who is registered to vote is encouraged to consider helping.


Computer Skills:  Kris Bancroft mentioned a potential opportunity for members to sharpen their computer skills, with the help of our webmaster, Jennifer McKinney.  Kris Bancroft reported that had recently participated in a Zoom meeting, and found the program to be simple and easy to use.  Zoom could be a convenient option for emergency meetings of the Executive Committee, for example.  Jennifer McKinney said she would be willing to provide a computer course for us.  It could include instruction on Zoom, the Excel spread-sheet program, Power Point presentations or other programs people are interested in.  This would give us another tool in our tool box to compete with the Democrats.  Kris Bancroft encouraged members to consider this idea and to convey their interest level and computer topics of interest at the August meeting.


Next Meeting:  It was decided to hold our next meeting on Thursday, July 9th, to avoid conflict with the July 4 week-end.


Keith Flatness shared two Jokes of the Month.




Chamber of Commerce Luncheon:  There is some uncertainty as to whether we will be doing the luncheon.  Bitsy Gryder will call the Chamber after the Governor possibly opens things up more at the end of June.  There may be other groups who were unable to hold their luncheons during the shut-down period who may be interested in the July 22nd spot.  If we do go ahead with it, deli-trays were suggested.


Chase Masters won the drawing for tonight’s President Trump/Rhea County Republicans cup provided by Ted Doss.


The meeting adjourned at 8:44 pm.



Some Notes to Prepare You for Discussing Politics with Democrats


Most assuredly, by the time November rolls around, you will have engaged in several political discussions (debates?) with your friends and relatives.  If you’re like me, some of “those people” will be (may the saints preserve us!), Democrats!  May all your debates and discussions be pleasant, respectful, and be concluded with all parties remaining on speaking terms.

Since most liberals have become convinced along the way that they are the brightest light in the room, you might find your best gambit is to engage in some Socratic questioning.  Briefly, it works this way:  Why would you do “X” knowing the probable result would be “Y”?  The following link explains how to use Socratic questioning.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socratic_questioning

Here is an example of how you may wish to ask your questions:  You seem to be concerned about “violence” (“X”) so why would you want vote for a Democrat when “the most violent cities in America are run by Democrats” (“Y”)?

You will need some statistics to support your statement:  According to the FBI, the cities with the highest annual murder rates per 100,000 inhabitants are: Baltimore (58.6), Washington DC (23.5), Philadelphia (22.5), and Chicago (18.5).  If my main concern was protecting myself and my family from violence, I think I would rather live in a city governed by Republicans.  https://www.census.gov/prod/2/gen/96statab/law.pdf

Other violent crimes must also be considered.  Business Insider examined the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report for 2018, and, in addition to the numbers of murders, examined the numbers of aggravated assaults, rapes, and robberies in cities with populations of 100,000, or more.  Examining each type of crime per 10,000 people, the top ten cities with the most violent crimes were Anchorage, Stockton, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Rockford, Birmingham, Little Rock, St. Louis, Memphis, and Baltimore.

If you haven’t guessed by now, all these cities are run by Democrats.  So, why would anyone want to elect a Democrat if they were concerned with their safety and the safety of their loved ones?


I don’t think any Democrat would dare engage in a debate as to which political party has the better managers but here are some factoids that would prove useful:


  • In cities with populations of 400,000, or more, educational attainment, housing vacancy rates, unemployment rates, poverty rates, median income ratios, percentage changes in unemployment, and percentage changes in business growth rates were examined to determine which of America’s largest cities were “distressed.” In a study conducted by The Economic Innovation Group – a bipartisan group of economists and managers – the cities identified were, according to their rankings from worst to least, Detroit, Memphis, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Baltimore, Fresno, Las Vegas, Chicago, Tucson, and Houston.  All these cities are – and have been for decades – run by Democrats.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/07/13/the-most-distressed-cities-are-in-blue-states-but-the-most-unequal-are-in-red-states/
  • Government should be run efficiently, with a mind toward making the best use out of tax revenues but the Democrats don’t seem to understand how this is to be done. In fact, in 2019, WalletHub ranked 150 of America’s largest cities and created a “Quality Services” score.  According to their ranking, the worst-run cities in America are Cleveland, Hartford, Flint, Oakland, Detroit, New York, Chattanooga, San Francisco, Gulfport, and Washington, DC.  With the exception of Gulfport, MS, all these cities are – and have been for decades – run by Democrats.  https://wallethub.com/edu/best-run-cities/22869/
  • The Fiscal Times , a publication that reports on the economic stability of states and municipalities, conducted a study in 2017 to determine which cities were the worst fiscal condition – those most likely to raise taxes or go into receivership. In their study, they developed a scoring system – Fiscal Health Index – which examined each city’s general fund balance as compared to its expenditures, the ratio of its long-term obligations to total government-wide revenues, the changes in local unemployment rates, and the change in property values.  Those cities with the worst fiscal strength scores were Portland, Dallas, Columbus, Montgomery, Fort Wayne, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Toledo, New York, and Chicago.  All these cities are – and have been for years – run by Democrats.  http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2017/01/09/How-Strong-Are-Your-Citys-Finances-116-US-Cities-Ranked
  • In addition to wanting to live in a city or town where they and their loved ones are least likely to fall victim to a crime, rational people want to live in cities and towns where they have an opportunity for a secure economic future. Homeless people are often homeless because they don’t have opportunities to be otherwise.  In ranking those cities with the highest homeless numbers, the top ten are New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Jose’, San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Ana, and the District of Columbia.  San Diego is the only city with a Republican Mayor.
  • Speaking of economic opportunities, in 2018, the WorldAtlas ranked the poorest cities in America; they were: Flint, MI; Gary, IN; Camden, NJ; Passaic, NJ, and; Youngstown, OH.  These towns have populations ranging from 66,000 to 102,000, and all are governed by Democrats.   https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/us-states-by-poverty-rate.html
  • There seems to be a parallel when comparing America’s worst-run, and highest crime rate cities to how long they’ve been governed by Democrats. In essence, it seems the longer the Democrats stay in power, the worse things become.  To examine that posit more closely we find:  Detroit has not elected a Republican Mayor since 1957, Chicago has not done so since 1927, St. Louis has been run by Democrats since 1949, Philadelphia has had a Democrat Mayor since 1952, Baltimore and Oakland haven’t had a Republican Mayor since the 1960s.


Armed with these facts (and many more that are available to you), you have ample means of enlightening your Democrat friends and showing them they’ve been misled for far too long.  Do NOT, however, expect anything resembling an immediate “repentance” or contrition on their part because pride is a difficult thing to swallow.  Just know you have planted a seed and, with patience and understanding and a touch of compassion you might just succeed in bringing another poor liberal into the light of objective reasoning.

If you would care to do more research in learning how Democrats maintain control of cities once they are elected, I would highly suggest reading The Curley Effect:  The Economics of Shaping an Electorate, by Edward Glaeser and Andrei Schleifer.  https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/glaeser/files/curley_effect_1.pdf


[Thanks to Andy Mangione, the Senior Vice President for AMAC’s advocacy arm for his article appearing in the June 2020 edition of AMAC Magazine, for his article “A Legacy of Economic and Social Failure.”]



President Donald Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington D.C. 20500

Phone:  (202) 456-1414

Fax:  (202) 456-2461




U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

455 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Room 40 – Suite 2

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 Majority Leader



State Representative Ron Travis

301 Sixth Avenue North

Suite G-3

War Memorial Building

Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Phone:  (615) 741-1450



State Senator Ken Yager

301 Sixth Avenue North

Suite G-19

War Memorial Building

Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Phone:  (615) 741-1449

Fax:  (615) 253-0237