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Atlatl Donating Member (40 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-05-10 07:05 PM
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20. a few points...
Tennessee has been going back and forth with D & R governors since 1971. In 1994 Republicans won both Senate seats and 5 of 9 House of Representative seats...look it up. Lincoln Davis won the seat formerly held by Van Hilleary in 'O2. Counting the two Senators, Republicans have had control 7-4 or 6-5 of TN's delegation since '95. Since the income tax debacle, Rs have been gaining and gaining at the State level, the redrawing of districts in '02 did very little to stanch that.

When you say they're "hack friendly" can you give me any examples from a completely non partisan source? We counted paper ballots first, that's when we knew that Lincoln was in trouble if the machine totals were similar. They were. As far as election commission members go most that I am around are older citizens with a long time spent in party activites, Democratic and Republican alike. More interested in getting the job done and going home than arguing about partisan politics.

Haven't seen the results from Hamilton or Pickett counties, were the results any different from the counties that use DREs? We've had sessions on the TVCA at training sessions but I haven't researched all the arguments both pro and con. I know that the argument centers on certification of the equipment but not much more.

The '08 election was surprising but Democrats were in control at the time. The Kent Williams defection kept Republicans from ruling everything as would have been expected.
Tre Hargett didn't take control until after the '08 elections. There was also a dispute about control of the State Election Commission because of the length of terms served. They settled the dispute by enlarging the Commission so that Republicans could take majority control as the law requires. AS far as the firings in the SOS office it was Andy Jackson who so famously said to the victor go the spoils, election offices are no different than congressional committees or anything else when power changes hands.

As far as 8% more identifying themselves as Democrats, we have a lot of Republicans locally who are either independent or in the closet.

Democrats had control of the Senate in '02 when HAVA passed, so to say that it was passed by a Republican Congress (92-2) is yet again incorrect.
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