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Re: “Even One Herenton Term Would Restore Black Congressional Seat, Chism Says

After the 1980 Census, the 9th Congressional District was formed. Harold Ford, Sr. was elected to that seat after serving 3 terms in then-District 8. The seat was gerrymandered by the TN Gen. Assembly to be a safe DEMOCRATIC seat, and District 7 was similarly made into a safe REPUBLICAN seat. Ford Sr. and Ford Jr. were the only ones to occupy that seat until Cohen's election. This does not make this seat a 'Black' seat. The only reason people say this seat is a historically black seat is because they want to make it so. Adults usually can discern rhetoric from reality.

Posted by dwayneearl on 06/17/2009 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Republicans Get Set, Democrats Get Ready

As I interpret your writing, it looks like you are saying expansion of the bylaws was previously provided by the bylaws. No mention of expansion is made in the bylaws. In any event, you are correct- we are basically saying the same thing. My problem is that the authors of the proposed amendment did not have the votes to pass it. Why not? If there was any time to marshal your forces that was it. Instead many members did not show up. Since they lost that effort, they decided to subvert the process by appealing to their pal, the new state chairman who owed them. I guess this mess is payback.

Posted by dwayneearl on 03/27/2009 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Republicans Get Set, Democrats Get Ready

jackson: This is your quote. You need to stop listening to Upton's spin on this issue and get the facts. "In a lengthy recent session of the local party's executive committee, a proposal to expand the committee in accordance with the bylaws was defeated, but, before or during Saturday's convention, the current local party committee will once again have to bite the bullet and decide on whether and to what degree expansion is called for." This is not correct. The proposal was not in accordance with the bylaws. It was put forward as an amendment to the bylaws by Del Gill and company on behalf of Jay Bailey. It tried to change the bylaws to add EC members in increments of 1 seat per 3000 votes above the number that is specified in the bylaws. That's all. There is nothing in the local party's bylaws that mandate additional members. The attempt failed to get enough votes to pass. Many members did not show up to vote. Since they failed to change the bylaws, they then filed a grievance with the state party. The state party's county development committee, by phone conference, voted to force the local party to add members to its EC without hearing from anyone who opposed the grievance. Since the state party chair owes his position to Upton and Bailey, this whole process is tainted with back-channel dealmaking of the sleaziest sort that clearly circumvents and subverts the will and votes of the Executive Committee. In other words if you have the state party chair in your pocket, SCDP Executive Committee votes don't count any more.

Posted by dwayneearl on 03/27/2009 at 3:10 PM


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