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TN GOP: Ball On Board with Obama Agenda

Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; September 15, 2014:

State Republican Party launches new web ad and new site,, to expose Gordon Ball’s support for Barack Obama’s liberal agenda

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—President Barack Obama has his sights set on Tennessee this fall.

While Tennessee has increasingly become a Republican stronghold, Washington Democrats believe they have an opening to gain a foothold in the Volunteer State with the November 4th election. In the last few months, news reports have surfaced that reveal a secretive liberal agenda targeting Tennessee. Whether it is with a former OFA staffer running for Congress or the funding of a liberal strategist for a pro-abortion campaign against Amendment One, it’s clear Democrats believe Tennessee can be turned into a battleground.

And, at the top of the ticket, will be a man who would be one more vote for Barack Obama’s harmful agenda — Gordon Ball. Mr. Ball, a liberal personal injury lawyer from Knoxville, will only serve to empower Obama and strengthen Washington’s stranglehold on our economy.

“Ball’s thin record and slick plan to fool voters should be alarming to Tennesseans,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney. “Like many Democrats in Tennessee—and every personal injury lawyer I’ve come across—Ball will try to cloak himself with conservative rhetoric in order to win. But the reality is: He’ll be one more vote for Barack Obama’s agenda. His commitment to ObamaCare and the fact he would help President Obama impose more job-destroying taxes and regulations, all while eroding our Second Amendment rights and the rights of the unborn, proves he wouldn’t be a bluedog—he’d be Obama’s lapdog in the Senate.”

To counter the efforts of the Tennessee Democratic Party and Gordon Ball’s own self-financed public image campaign, the Tennessee Republican Party today announces the creation of a new website designed to be a strategic resource center for voters and journalists alike. The site,, will reveal the truth about Gordon Ball’s record and explore his support for the liberal Obama agenda.

Additionally, the TNGOP released a :30 web advertisement that can be seen by clicking here, that highlights Gordon Ball’s campaign to be one more reliable vote for Barack Obama’s reckless agenda in Washington.

Devaney added, “Tennessee has been at the forefront in the conservative movement. We’ve had–and continue to have–outstanding leaders who look for solutions and reflect the values of our citizens. This fall, we have the chance to return one of those leaders, Senator Lamar Alexander, back to the Senate to defend us from President Obama. The last thing voters should do is be tricked by Gordon Ball’s campaign–an effort that promises to be as slick and contrived as the candidate himself.”

The liberal agenda in Tennessee will take several forms this fall, including:

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Yes On 1 Campaign Announces Coordinators in Every TN County

Press release from the Yes On 1 Campaign; September 9, 2014: 

Nashville — Coordinators to win Amendment 1 have been announced in all 95 Tennessee counties according to Lorene Steffes, Coordinator for Community Education and Board Member of Yes on

“We are pleased to introduce the statewide grassroots leadership team which will guide our campaign to victory on November 4,” Steffes said.

“Yes on 1 is truly grateful to the women and men who have stepped up from every walk of life to provide county support and resources to spread the word about Amendment 1. With their help, Tennesseans are going to be well informed about our state’s heartbreaking status as an abortion destination and why we must vote YES in order to restore common sense protections in our state,” Steffes continued.

County leaders are working to coordinate local outreach including events, speaking, fundraising and get-out-the vote efforts. They will also serve as distribution points for yard signs and other YES on 1 materials.

“1 of every 4 abortions in our state is performed on a woman or girl from someplace else,” said Steffes. “We even lack the legal basis for licensing and inspecting facilities where abortions are performed. The severity of this matter has inspired these 95 leaders to step forward to win Amendment 1 in November, and we are grateful for their dedication and support.”

East Tennessee County Coordinators

Anderson County: Karen Vacaliuc
Bledsoe County: Bobbi Hurd
Blount County: Deb Maupin
Bradley County: Barbara Gilbert
Campbell County: Edwina Booth
Carter County: Jerome Cochran
Claiborne County: Alan Hall
Cocke County: Ashley Link
Cumberland County: Ann Sieffert
Fentress County: Kelly Goedicke
Grainger County: Marsha Sexton, Sharon Myers
Greene County: Nathan and Amy Holt, Donald and Georgianna Burchnell
Grundy County: Betty Cordes
Hamblen County: Logan Foshie
Hamilton County: Sharon White
Hancock County: Allison Gordon
Hawkins County: Tony Gordon
Jefferson County: Lori Wicker, Jessica Whitmill
Johnson County: Dan and Joan Pohlgeers
Knox County: Stacy Dunn
Loudon County: Kay Sheldon
Marion County: Candy Clepper
McMinn County: Ginger Malloy
Meigs County: Peggy Burnett
Monroe County: Sam Boone
Morgan County: Bob Brimi
Polk County: Patty Hensley
Rhea County: Lenita Sanders
Roane County: Judy Cooley
Scott County: Angela Morrow
Sevier County: Gene Williams
Sequatchie County: Debbie Chandler
Sullivan County: Dan and Joan Pohlgeers
Unicoi County: Dr. Charlene Thomas
Union County: Nathan Long
Van Buren County: Janet Burke
Washington County: Dan and Joan Pohlgeers

Middle Tennessee County Coordinators

Bedford County: Pam Cooper, Bobby Lemmon
Cannon County: Sharon Hay, Janet Paschal
Cheatham County: Jayne Cauthen
Clay County: Corrine Clements
Coffee County: Frances Arthur, Dr. Robert Reed
Davidson County: Christine Melton
DeKalb County: Jan Alexander
Dickson County: Kanda Mowbray
Franklin County: Yolande Gottfried
Giles County: Troy Heard
Hardin County: Tim Jerrolds, Sherry Schachle
Hickman County: Nelle King, Bonnie and Roy Crews
Jackson County: Beverly Crossman
Lawrence County: Clara Hollmann
Lewis County: Karen Rentschler
Lincoln County: Cheryl Albury
Macon County: Marcia Briggie
Marshall County: Sherry Ferguson
Maury County: Jack Coleman
Montgomery County: Regina Azzarra
Moore County: Marie Harmon
Overton County: Pastor John Copeland
Perry County: Melissa Goodwin
Pickett County: Sheila Donnelly, Nello Connor
Putnam County: Lois Irby
Robertson County: Susan Allen
Rutherford County: Gina Butterfield, Laura Newsom
Smith County: Ronnie Collins
Sumner County: Anna Anderson, Annette Carnes
Trousdale County: Juanita Pinzur
Warren County: Jeanne Ware
White County: Meagan Wilson
Wilson County: Trecia Dillingham
Williamson County: Erin Morel

West Tennessee County Coordinators

Benton County: Stephanie Daniel
Carroll County: Sue Crockett
Chester County: Lori Babin
Crockett County: Caren Jordan
Decatur County: Kurt Holbert
Dyer County: Peggy Eubanks
Fayette County: Pastor Ken Culver
Gibson County: Guinda Flippin
Hardeman County: Pat Pope
Haywood County: Melinda Chapman
Henderson County: Jenni Moffett
Henry County: Christi Cross
Houston County: Pamela Vance
Humphreys County: Martha Browning
Lake County: Dee Keissling
Lauderdale County: Barry Phillips
Madison County: Glen and Julie Gaugh
McNairy County: Jennie Graber
Obion County: Rhonda Moore
Stewart County: Angie Smith, Pamella Dill
Shelby County: Cathy Waterbury, Mae Yearwood
Tipton County: Diana Meinweiser
Wayne County: Chassity Martin
Weakley County: Beverly Carr, David Hawks

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AAUGH! TNDP’s Woes Could Affect Abortion Amendment Vote

Could an unknown candidate for governor play a decisive role in whether constitutional amendments pass or fail in Tennessee this year?

The Democratic Party of Tennessee has lately been getting unwanted national media attention and mounting ridicule related to their Aug. 7 gubernatorial primary winner, a man named Charles V. “Charlie” Brown. The 72-year-old Morgan County retiree is a political unknown who espouses some rather unorthodox political views and priorities, at least for a modern Democrat.

Brown’s biggest political attribute appears to have something to do with his name. He may have won because his was the only name most Democratic primary voters in any way recognized on their gubernatorial ballot last Thursday. Or, it could have been because it was at the top of the ballot, due to where ‘B’ finds itself in the alphabet, and a majority of the party’s voting base quickly check-marked his box and then moved on to more pressing election questions.

At any rate, unless party officials try to remove Brown’s name from the ballot, he’ll officially be the Democrats’ guy in the gubernatorial race against incumbent Republican Gov. Bill Haslam.

And that’s got Davidson County Democratic officials reportedly concerned that exasperated progressives may choose to skip the gubernatorial election on the ballot — which, in turn, could hurt the party’s chances of defeating a proposed amendment to the state’s Constitution that many active Democrats fear and loathe.

Early polling suggests a majority of Tennessee voters are skeptical of the Amendment 1 abortion-rights question. If passed by voters, the Tennessee Constitution will be amended to declare, “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.” The state’s General Assembly, currently dominated by Republicans, would be granted sweeping powers to “enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.”

But there are variables that may come into play that have more to do with turnout than just tallying up the “yes” and “no” votes.

A change-in-wording to the document must win a majority of the votes not on the ballot question itself, but of the total number of people who cast votes in the gubernatorial election. The Tennessean offers this explanation:

If 1.4 million people vote in the governor’s race, for example, the proposal to remove abortion protections from the constitution will need 700,001 votes to become law. But if 1.5 million people vote in the abortion referendum and 1.4 million vote for governor, the same 700,001 votes will get the job done for the amendment, despite being in the minority on that issue. On the other hand, if those 1.4 million vote for governor and just 1.3 million people vote in the abortion referendum, anti-abortion forces will need more than a simple majority to win.

Multiple attempts to reach Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron for comment on Brown’s candidacy have gone unanswered.

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Ball Pushes Lamar for Response on Amendment 1 Vote

Press Release from the Gordon Ball for U.S. Senate Campaign, July 18, 2014:

Sen. Lamar Alexander was asked a simple question yesterday by Gordon Ball, democratic candidate for US Senate, on Fox Memphis 13. “How was Lamar going to vote on Amendment 1 when he returned from Washington?”

Alexander has declined to respond to media requests or to the candidate.

“This extreme amendment would give legislators unbridled control over what women can do with their bodies after they have been raped, victims of incest or if their lives are in jeopardy,” Ball said. “Private healthcare decisions should be made by a woman with her family, her faith and her doctor.”

A recent poll by Vanderbilt University revealed that more than 70 percent of Tennesseans are opposed to Amendment 1.

“This sets a dangerous precedent for women’s healthcare,” Ball added.”I asked a fair question, and believe Tennesseans deserve a straight answer. Lamar is a darling of the special interest PACs funding this attack on women’s rights, so he should be happy to explain why he is willing to force his ideological will on victims of rape and incest and women fighting for their lives.”

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Ball Calls on Alexander to Reveal Amendment 1 Voting Intentions

Press release from the Campaign for Gordon Ball for U.S. Senate; July 16, 2014: 

The Gordon Ball campaign publicly calls on Sen. Lamar Alexander to announce how he intends to vote on Amendment 1 when he returns from Washington to cast his ballot. Amendment 1 will appear on the ballot as follows with a yes or no vote:

Shall Article I, of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section:

Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.

“It’s a fair question, Yes or No?” said Gordon Ball, democratic candidate for US Senate. “Over the past several years, and particularly during this primary season, we’ve seen Lamar taking more extreme positions seemingly to shore up the fringe elements on his far right.”

“This is an extreme form of government overreach into the private healthcare decisions of a woman,” Ball added. “How would Lamar feel if one of his family members was a victim of rape, incest or the life of the mother was in danger? Does he believe the State of Tennessee should force these decisions, or should the decision be made by the woman with her family and
medical professional?”