Things are heating up, and I’m not just talking about the weather. The looming statewide primary election in August has Republican Gubernatorial candidates running around looking for new ways to shank each other, even if it means ginning up some controversy as one commenter on this thread is suggesting.
So while Haslam, Ramsey and Wamp are sharpening their shivs and training them on each other, presumptive Democratic nominee, Mike McWherter is traveling the state talking to regular folks about their lives, their work, and the challenges of being an ordinary Tennessean…something the three Republicans in the race have no particular experience with at all.
Case in point, taxes. All three of the Republicans in the race are down with cutting taxes, but not the one we come in contact with daily. Nope these guys are talking about the Hall tax, inheritance taxes and franchise business taxes. Ever heard of them? Well, maybe the inheritance tax, but otherwise probably not if you’re not rich or a business owner.
Yeah, those three taxes combined add up to about 8.5% of total state revenue and touch fewer Tennesseans than any other revenue source. When asked why not cut the state sales tax, something that would actually help regular folks, you know, buy more or better food…well these guys just aren’t that into it. Way to be about the people guys. (BTW, McWherter is open to the idea of reducing the sales tax on groceries)
If you’re looking for some line of distinction between the Republican candidates and Mike McWherter, there it is. Republicans only want to help the rich, and McWherter wants to help ALL OF US. Way to go Mike!
Alright, this calls for some Coffee!
Over here on the west side the CA is looking at the Shelby County Sheriff’s race, and the political climate in general. In a follow up to a blog post from yesterday, Zack McMillin is seeing some strange bedfellows.
Speaking of the Memphis City Council, they want another peek at the settlement with Performa in the Beale St. controversy.
Alright folks, there’s your super double sized morning coffee, to hopefully make up for yesterday’s technology troubles. Have a great day and try to avoid those Republican shivs, I hear they’re pointy.