Glenn Jacobs for Knox County Mayor

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Slideshow | 0 comments

Many of you are familiar with Glenn Jacobs. He’s a staunch, unapologetic conservative, and an expert on economics. When he’s not working as a professional wrestler under the name Kane, he hits the speaking circuit talking about the Constitution, government, and economics.     A few years ago, he and his wife opened Jacobs’ Insurance in Knoxville, and has since opened a second office.     Glenn is passionate about constitutional government at all levels. Unlike a lot of us, he looked in the mirror and decided that instead of complaining about our politicians, he must jump into politics with both feet and be the kind of politician that we all want to see. So he jumped.     Glenn recently announced his candidacy for Knox County Mayor. The story is here.  If elected, he would continue many of the conservative polices of the outgoing mayor, Tim Burchett. Even though this election doesn’t affect us directly, it does indirectly. If Glenn is elected, his conservative policies will make it more difficult for federal leftist programs to be implemented, keeping Knox County government conservative. In turn, this would have an impact on us in Sevier County by giving us a strong ally in our neighboring county.       If you would like to help Glenn in his first ever political venture, you can do what I did and go here to make a financial contribution. I know he’d appreciate it greatly.     In Liberty,     Steve Osborn     SCTP...

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Summer Break

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Slideshow, Words from the Chairman | 0 comments

First, on behalf of the Steering Committee, let me say thank you for being a part of the Sevier County Tea Party. Because of Obama’s housing bailout plan, the tea party movement sprang up all across the nation. Because the grass roots had never been organized before, individual groups as well as the movement on the whole went through some growing pains learning how to come together as once voice to be an effective organization. Like all tea parties, your attendance and participation was good at the beginning. But , our meeting attendance has fallen, especially since Trump’s election. Talking with tea party leaders across the state, they have stated they are experiencing the same drop in attendance since Trump’s election. State politics can seem less important than federal politics, simply because the media concentrates on the federal level. . . . . But the time we’ve spent on federal politics has shown that we have not had the desired impact, even with our own senators and representatives.  Just read this article if you don’t believe me! This is why I stated when I resumed chairmanship that we’d be concentrating on state politics vs. federal. Our founders set up our system of government so the people can have the greatest impact on the government closest to them. Our waning attendance seems to indicate that interest in state politics is less appealing. The steering committee has decided that because our attendance has been low, and because the state’s General assembly is winding down leaving us with no real opportunity to influence state politics, we will suspend our monthly meetings for the summer. We will resume our meetings in September, just before the General Assembly resumes, and just as the off-season election cycle begins. We should know by then which candidates we will have running for governor and if there are challengers to our state representatives. Also, due to the lack of response, we have decided to cancel the picnic scheduled for May. In the meantime, if anything of importance arises, I’ll notify you by email. If an issue requires contacting your legislators, I’ll once again ask you to make phone calls. On the issues of making calls, I’d like to thank those of you who called Andrew Farmer and Dale Carr to express your opposition to the gas tax. To the members who didn’t take the time to call, you’ll have to wonder if that’s the reason Carr and Farmer voted to raise your taxes, and ultimately the cost of your food, clothes, and every other good sold in Tennessee. In Liberty, Steve Osborn SCTP...

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The Republicans Did It To Us

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Slideshow | 0 comments

In my earlier email, I said I’d do some research on how our representatives voted when debating the fuel tax increase. The following is an email that our Vice Chairman is submitting to the Mountain Press. In Liberty, Steve Osborn SCTP Chairman Dear editor, The full TN House of Representatives debated Governor Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, now called the Tax Cut of 2017 ( an oxymoron ), on Wednesday. The Act as proposed will raise fuel taxes on everyone who drives a vehicle, while reducing taxes for a select few in the state and giving certain Tennessee businesses a financial boost. Representatives Carr and Farmer voted in favor of the bill. Representative Hawk from the Greenville area then proposed an amendment that would have taken a portion of new and used car sales tax, and divert it to increase TDOT funding without raising one cent of fuel tax. After much debate, most of it in favor of Hawk’s amendment, the amendment was voted down. Again, Representatives Carr and Farmer voted against the hawk amendment. While both Carr and Farmer have voted for some good conservative issues in the past that benefit their constituents, their votes on Wednesday violated the fundamental principles of the republican platform; smaller government and lower taxes. Representative Jerry Sexton of Bean Station said it best: “When you go to the pumps and pay more for gas, don’t blame the democrats. The republicans did it to...

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More on the Proposed Gas Tax

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Slideshow | 0 comments

Senate leadership stated over the weekend that any alternate plan to Haslam’s gas tax increase is a non-starter. The House, being a separate chamber, is working on their own plan that will fund TDOT without raising taxes, in spite of what Senate leaders say. Both chambers are set to go to Joint Committee within the next couple weeks to hammer out the differences between the two proposals coming from their respective bodies.  It’s not out of the realm of possibilities that the House will capitulate, and approve Haslam’s original gas tax plan. Mark West, leader of the Chattanooga tea  party, has written a letter that will go to every republican in Nashville. ( That letter is at the end of this email, minus the signatures.) In Turn, Mark sent an email copy of that letter to the chairman of the Mountain City tea party leader, Ray Comeaux. (You probably aren’t aware, but Ray schedules quarterly leadership meetings that are held in various places within the state. He’s been doing this since the inception of the tea party.) Because Ray has all the addresses of every Liberty leader in the state, he’s forwarded the letter to them asking that they sign the letter. The deadline is today. When all signatures are attached, Ray will get the letter to Ben Cunningham of the Nashville tea party. Then, Ben will have two people accompany him to Legislative Plaza. They will hand-deliver a copy of the letter with our signatures to every republican legislator in both the Senate and in the House.  It’s our intent and hope that republicans in Nashville will finally get the message: Tennesseans do NOT want our taxes unnecessarily raised.  I hope this email give you some insight as to how your steering committee is always working behind the scenes on your behalf, even if you only see us once a month at our regularly scheduled membership meeting ( which happens to be the 20th of the month !! )  In Liberty Steve Osborn SCTP Chairman ________________________________________ Dear Tennessee Republican Representative & Senator: We, the undersigned grassroots activists of Tennessee, are writing to you to express our deep concern over Governor Haslam’s IMPROVE act, informally referred to as the Gas Tax. As you know, the Tennessee Republican Party has historically lauded its commitment to lower taxes and limited government. In support of those values, millions of votes have been cast over the last decade in our state. And hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans entrusted you to uphold those values, as you consistently committed to us, when you were appealing for our votes. Our concern and opposition to the Gas Tax legislation is for these simple yet fundamental reasons: Surplus:  Tennessee has enjoyed record receipts,...

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Farm Bureau members – READ THIS

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Slideshow | 0 comments

The facebook post below is Rhedona Rose the VP of the Tennessee Farm Bureau’s response to a long time customer on the issue of Farm Bureau’s support of the gas tax and in state tuition for illegal aliens. Apparently Farm Bureau cares more about illegals than long time citizen customers. Call your local farm bureau and complain at least or cancel if feasible and let them know why! Number to Farm Bureau HQ is 931 388-7872. I’m having trouble finding the leaders emails but you can ask to speak to Mrs. Rose, the President Jeff Aiken or the policy director Stefan Maupin. This was sent by Becky ****** and she posted itOn Mar 31, 2017, at 11:31 AM, Since I have been a member since 1970 of the Obion County Farm Bureau, I feel that it is my duty to ask for the cessation of your support for the Haslam gas tax and the support for in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. I hate to have to change insurance companies but I can certainly do it if your interest in draining the pockets of Tennesseeans continues. Rebecca ………… ……………… on FB. REPLY: From: Rhedona Rose Subject: Re: gas tax and tuition for illegal aliens Date: April 1, 2017 at 4:39:26 PM CDT To: Becky, Thank you for your email. We are glad to hear from you and appreciate Farm Bureau members who let us know when they are not satisfied. Your comments and feedback will be shared with your Farm Bureau leadership. We take our members’ concerns seriously. We regret you believe we are not representing the positions you hold dear regarding transportation funding and in-state tuition for youth who are not legal state residents. Farm Bureau policy is developed on an annual basis over several months of a democratic process of active membership participation in discussion and debate. The final policy product represents the best thought and judgment of Farm Bureau membership from all 95 counties in Tennessee. Your organization is proud of the active, informed membership involvement. You are correct. Farm Bureau does support the transportation funding increase. Our policy is based on a recognition that good highways, roads, and bridges and proper maintenance of them is of vital interest to all of us. However, our policy is also very cautious to advocate that any tax system should be structured to ensure it contributes to maximum efficiency and economy in government. As for the in-state tuition issue, Farm Bureau has long advocated at the national level for immigration reform. The current system is broken. Although we appreciate the desire of people to live and work here, our nation and our economy cannot absorb, without disruption, all the people....

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