Memphis Municipal Elections Early Voting is under way and will continue to Oct. 3. To find your closest polling location, consult the Shelby County Election Commission’s Map.
I was reading an article today about the Fifth Circuit Court of appeals decision to deny the stay requested by the Justice Department. This stay would have allowed a lift on the temporary hold placed on President Obama’s Executive Acton on immigration reform while an appeal is filed against Texas and the 26 states that are joining Texas challenging the legality of this executive action.
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, an Illinois Democrat who sits on the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, said in an emailed statement: “It is disappointing but not unexpected given the make-up of the Fifth Circuit and the panel hearing this preliminary case.”
A court’s decision is one that is impartial, unbiased and is based on fact. The comments made by Rep. Gutierrez demonstrate the inability of this administration to follow and accept decisions that are based on and support established law. The decision made by the fifth circuit Court was not a defeat, but a victory for our constitutional process!
To read more about this decision, visit:
Memphis City Council District 5 candidate Dan Springer will be speaking at the May membership meeting for the Hipsanic Republican Alliance. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about his vision and motivation for city council.
Where: Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza, 1199 Ridgeway Rd., Memphis, TN
Join us this month for our General Membership Meeting where we will have special guest TN Representative Mark White join us (Info: Rep. Mark White). Candidates for Chairman of the Shelby Country Republican Party have also been invited to our meeting. Be sure to be informed on who they are and get involved in having influence over the future leadership of the Republican Party in your district.
We look forward to seeing you Thursday, January 22nd.
Date: January 22nd
Where: Pyro’s Pizza (1199 Ridgeway Road, Memphis, TN 38119)
– Meeting Room in back of restaurant
Phone: (901) 379-8294
HRA Membership Meeting, Thursday September 25th
TN Constitutional Amendments On Our Nov 4 Ballot
Where: Panera Bread (4530 Poplar Ave #101, Memphis, TN)
Time: 6:00 pm
Amendment #1 Gives Tennesseans back the right to legislate on abortion. Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee v. Sundquist, a 2000 decision by the Tennessee Supreme Court, found an independent state right to abortion in our state constitution. Since this decision, our General Assembly has been prohibited from regulating abortion in any way, making Tennessee a destination state for abortion. Amendment #1 would restore to our General Assembly the power to regulate abortion so long as the regulation doesn’t transgress Roe v. Wade, the 1973 US Supreme Court ruling establishing a federal right to abortion
Amendment #2 Changes the way appellate judges are selected. Tennessee’s Constitution states, “The judges of the Supreme Court shall be elected by qualified voters of the state.” Since the 1970’s, however, judges and politicians have interpreted “election” as merely a right to retain or reject judges already seated on the Supreme Court. Numerous court challenges have been mounted to restore the people’s right to open elections. Amendment #2 would permanently block such challenges and enshrine a system of appointment plus retain/replace elections. Currently, the Governor has the sole right to appoint judges to all the appellate courts (including the Supreme Court). Under Amendment #2, the Governor’s appointments would be subject to approval by the General Assembly.
Amendment #3 Prohibits any tax on payroll or earned income. Lawyers and judges have argued for years that Tennessee’s Constitution could be interpreted as permitting a state payroll or earned income tax. Amendment #3 would expressly prohibit a state payroll or earned income tax.
Amendment #4 Empowers the General Assembly to permit lotteries for annual events benefitting federally tax exempt veterans’ organizations. Currently, these organizations are prohibited from holding fund-raising lotteries. Eddie Settles is a retired attorney, political strategist, commentator, and public policy wonk, who is the primary source of inspiration and information for Back in River City. For 24 years as a leading tax attorney in Middle Tennessee, Eddie taught seminars and workshops for attorneys, estate planners, Chartered Life Underwriters (CLUs), and Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). He is a past president of the Memphis Talk of the Town (http://www.memphistm.com) Toastmasters Club (http://www.memphistm.com).
Eddie knows a few things about politics, too. As a conservative pioneer in the Williamson County Republican Party, he worked with people like now- Congressman Marsha Blackburn (http://blackburn.house.gov) in the 1970’s, turning the county from Blue to Red and establishing a sturdy beachhead for the rising Republican Party that now dominates Tennessee. Eddie’s political credentials also include a stint as Treasurer of the Tennessee Republican Party and a run for Tennessee Republican National Committeeman. He was nominated by Sen. Howard Baker in 1981 to serve middle Tennessee as U.S. Attorney and was the Republican nominee for Tennessee State Comptroller in 1991.