Category Archives: Tennessee Legislature

Lynn vs. Elam?

Is it on?

The Tennessean thinks so: Susan Lynn files to reclaim former state House seat.

My new district

Susan put this map up on her Facebook account.

On the other hand, just a few months ago, former Rep. Lynn was complaining on Facebook that the legislature had deliberately drawn the new district lines to move her out of her former district and into the the 46th (currently held by Rep. Mark Pody).

See here: Susan Lynn: I can see my house from my old district.

Pull up a chair. Pop some popcorn.

This should be entertaining.



Filed under Local News, Tennessee Legislature

Rep. Elam & Mayor Elam once again have conflicting responsibilities

Here we go again.

The Mt. Juliet City Commission is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 14th at 6:30pm (Public Hearing at 6:00pm). Agenda is here.

The Tennessee House of Representatives is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 14th at 5:00pm. Schedule (and link to floor calendar) is here.

But wait. It gets worse. Governor Haslam is scheduled to give his State of the State Address to a joint conference of the Tennessee General Assembly at 6:00pm. And this has been known for over a month.

Mayor Elam had to request a rescheduling of the February 14th meeting of the Commission “due to a conflict.” The Commission met on Tuesday, Feb 15th. Here’s a tip as to why: Once the session begins, the Tennessee House meets EVERY Monday evening at 5:00pm. Mayor Elam has known for months that she would face these conflicts.

The regularly scheduled meeting for February 28th was “cancelled.”

There’s a major conflict looming for March 14th.

Prediction: March 28th won’t be any better for Mayor Elam.

And remember: She forced the City of Mt. Juliet to spend over $26,000 finding a loophole so she could continue to serve as Mayor (and draw her paycheck every month) after she was sworn in as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives.


Filed under City Charter, ethics, Mt. Juliet City Commission, Tennessee Legislature

Susan Lynn lets all of her supporters know that the NRA has endorsed Mae Beavers

You can’t make this stuff up. On the evening of July 14, 2010 Susan Lynn sent out an email to all of her supporters proudly announcing that she had received an “A+” rating from the NRA. At the end of her press release, she invited readers to click on a link to the NRA website for further information.

And there, on the NRA web site it does show that, indeed, Susan Lynn has an “A+” rating. And two lines above Susan’s Lynn’s name is Mae Beavers’ name, also with an “A+” rating, but in larger, bold type, underlined, and with a big check mark next to it, indicating that she has received the NRA Endorsement in the primary race for the 17th Senate District.

And now, all of Susan Lynn’s supporters know that too.


Filed under Local News, Tennessee Legislature

Financial Results for the 57th

All candidates have filed their financial disclosures for money raised and spent on the campaign to represent the 57th district. For now, the race is focused on who will get the Republican nomination. There are three candidates: Linda Elam, Robert Fields, and Adam Futrell. Here’s how they’ve done over the past 6-9 months:

Fields and Futrell have each raised about $5,000 in contributions. Elam has raised $550. Futrell has spent $11,500 on the race; Fields – $4,462; and Elam $3,245. The biggest difference between the three is the amount each candidate has invested in their own campaign in the form of a loan. Futrell has loaned his campaign $15,000; Elam has loaned her campaign $5,000; Fields has loaned his campaign $-0-.

It’s possible that Elam could put more of her own money into the campaign at the last minute, but it is hard to make a big impact in the closing weeks.

It’s quite possible that Elam will finish third on August 5th.

Early voting starts on Friday, July 16th and continues for two weeks.


Filed under Local News, Tennessee Legislature

One political mailing – two howlers

Tis the season for the mailbox to be full of political direct mail.

A 4-page 8.5×11 piece from Linda Elam arrived today.

Reading it provoked howls of laughter all over the city!

She pledges to reduce the inefficiencies in state government. . . but she can’t spell inefficiencies:

And then, on the facing page there is this howler:

Really? SHE has grown Mt. Juliet? Really? All by herself, SHE is taking credit for having grown Mt. Juliet?

Linda Elam is the perfect example of someone who woke up on third base and wants to convince us all that she hit a triple.

Of course, worse than that:

  • She is NOT a Republican – The first two chances she had to vote in Wilson Co., she voted in the DEMOCRATIC primary
  • She is NOT a conservative – A conservative does not champion borrowing millions to buy land to give away to the YMCA
  • She is NOT responsible for the growth in Mt. Juliet – Providence (both residential and retail) were in the works long before she was elected. She arrived just in time to be able to cut the ribbons, but she had nothing to do with starting those projects.

Were she to be elected, she would have an immediate conflict of interest between her roles as mayor and as state legislator. Her inability to recognize this should surprise no one. She was censured by the city commission in 2007 for failing to recognize a conflict of interest when she went to work for a developer while mayor and then lobbied city staff on behalf of her employer.


Filed under Tennessee Legislature