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Republican Party: TNDP Turns Own Members Into Collateral Damage

Press Release from the Tennessee Republican Party, April 1, 2010:

NASHVILLE, TN – Just this morning, the Tennessee Democratic Party went on the attack against State House Republican Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver for a bill (HB 3627) she has been working to move through the legislature. Democrats characterized the intent of the legislation as “sheer lunacy.” Interestingly, the bill has already been approved by voice vote at the subcommittee and full committee levels with the support of Democrats. Further, the full committee that approved the legislation two days ago is actually chaired by a Democrat.

“I can’t imagine that the Democrats on these committees are very happy,” said Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney. “Here at the Tennessee Republican Party, our strategy is to protect our incumbent members. This is clearly a far cry from the tactics being employed by our Democrat counterparts.”

The legislation targeted by Tennessee Democrats is HB 3627, which was first passed out of the Subcommittee on Rural Roads by voice vote without any of the four Democrats on the committee being recorded as no. And two days ago it passed out of the full Transportation Committee – a committee chaired by a Democrat – by voice vote without any of the six Democrats on the committee being recorded as no.

To demonstrate the lack of opposition on Rep. Weaver’s legislation, video of the bill’s consideration in the full Transportation Committee two days ago is below.

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*Discussion of Rep. Weaver’s bill begins at 34:15

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Weaver Pushes Dems Back For Criticizing TDOT Bill

Press Release from Rep. Terry Lynn Weaver, R-Lancaster; April 1, 2010:

Rebukes TNDP For Lies

(April 1, 2010, NASHVILLE) – Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) struck back at the Tennessee Democratic Party today after they made false allegations about a bill she is currently sponsoring in the Tennessee General Assembly. House Bill 3627 would encourage the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to take into account quality of life and economic impact when prioritizing road projects. The TNDP falsely accused Weaver of jeopardizing federal funding by requiring the General Assembly to approve road projects.

“It is clear to me that the Tennessee Democratic Party has no interest in the truth,” said Representative Weaver. “This legislation would simply encourage TDOT to consider certain important factors when prioritizing road projects. There is no price tag on the bill, and the Tennessee Democratic Party would have realized this if they had actually read it,” she continued.

Representative Weaver’s bill specifically encourages TDOT to prioritize projects with the following objectives in mind:

* Ensuring the continued viability of and improving the quality of life in rural communities affected by any projects;

* Promoting economic development and tourism in affected communities;

* Improving public safety;

* Improving the efficiency of transportation routes and

* Coordinating the traffic flow between local communities to maximize opportunities for all of the state.

“While the Tennessee Democratic Party plays deceitful politics, I have been working tirelessly with TDOT and the constituents in my community to make District 40 an even better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Representative Weaver. “It is disappointing that they are taking cheap political shots, but it will not deter my work for the people of Macon, Smith, and DeKalb Counties,” she concluded.