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TN CFL Calls for Investigation into Alexander Over Museum Earmark

Press release from the Tennessee Campaign for Liberty; August 12, 2013:

Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Campaign for Liberty is calling for a full ethics investigation into Senator Lamar Alexander’s actions regarding his 2009 earmark to a museum featuring an exhibit about Lamar Alexander. It recently came to light that his re-election campaign proceeded to work closely with the Tennessee State Museum to design the exhibit after Senator Alexander earmarked $400,000 federal tax dollars to the Museum. The exhibit was planned to be displayed in various locations across the state while Senator Alexander runs for re-election.

“We demand a full explanation from Senator Alexander,” said Matt Collins, a coordinator with the TN Campaign for Liberty. “After speaking with grassroots activists, it is likely that formal ethics complaints against Senator Alexander and the museum will be forthcoming. ‘Museum-gate’ needs to be investigated.”

A local media outlet broke the story last week about the collusion between Senator Alexander’s campaign and the museum, and an online conservative blog discovered that Senator Alexander himself had earmarked federal funds to the museum. It is possible that both the museum and Senator Alexander are in violation of federal and state laws regarding ethics and campaign coordination.

The mission of the Campaign for Liberty is to promote and defend the great American principles of individual liberty, limited government, sound money, free markets, and a constitutional foreign policy, by means of education, issue advocacy, and grassroots mobilization. The Campaign for Liberty was formed in 2008 after the conclusion of Congressman Ron Paul’s Presidential bid.

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Tickle Named to State Museum Commission

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; June 27, 2013:

(June 27, 2013, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) and Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) today announced the appointment of John D. “Spike” Tickle II to the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission.

“The Tennessee State Museum is an invaluable cultural and historical resource for the state of Tennessee,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “Capturing Tennessee’s rich and vibrant history for future generations is important work. Spike Tickle’s unique perspective and experience will aid this commission greatly as it continues to fulfill its mission year after year. I am grateful he has agreed to serve.”

“Our state museum is a true treasure. I’m grateful that an individual like Mr.Tickle has agreed to help strengthen our state’s curation of history,” said Speaker Harwell. “I am confident he will be a strong asset for the museum.”

A graduate of the University of Tennessee’s School of Engineering, Mr. Tickle is currently on the board of directors of the Strongwell Corporation and serves as the managing director of Three Horse Investments, LLC.

A strong believer in education, Spike and his wife, Lisa, established the Spike Tickle STEM Engineering Fellowship Endowment at the University of Tennessee. The endowment is intended to attract outstanding graduate students to both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering.

The Douglas Henry State Museum Commission was created in 2009 to oversee operations and establish the strategic direction of the state museum, with an emphasis on the educational and cultural enrichment of the citizens of the state. The mission of the commission is to work to ensure that the citizens of this state have access and exposure to museum collections and to promote the educational and cultural enrichment of citizens of the state.

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Photo Display Commissioned for Legislative Plaza

Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the new collage of photographs at Legislative Plaza is worth $3,157.

Where vending machines once stood along the wall of the hallway connecting Legislative Plaza with the War Memorial Building, the wall is now covered by a spread of photographs from across the state of Tennessee.

The total project cost is being paid for with excess funds from last year’s General Maintenance Fund, according to Connie Ridley, director of legislative administration.

The collage, which was commissioned by House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, after she was elected to her position last year, is part of an ongoing effort to beautify Legislative Plaza, according to her office.

“Every part of our beautiful state is represented somewhere on these pictures,” Harwell said at the dedication. “There will be a key coming in the weeks ahead that will let everybody identify each one of these pictures and where they are. In the meantime, you’re going to have fun trying to pick out a few pictures from your districts and your areas.”

The photos, all of which come from the archives of the state photographer, were decided on by a task force of House staffers. In a ceremony held on Jan. 30, Harwell and the House leadership presented the task force with a plaque for the work done on the display, with special thanks to the state photographer and the Tennessee State Museum.