Up for Debate: Haslam's open records request denial

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 12:37am

What do you make of Haslam's administration denying in part a request for records regarding the TRA restructuring?

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47 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 5/1/12 at 4:17

Who cares?
I'm still looking for a BMW bike with a banana seat.
Those 20 month (and counting) erections might come in handy.

By: dargent7 on 5/1/12 at 4:40

Over at USA Today, the BMW lawsuit it the #1 topic.
..."lawyer takes the case, pro-boner..." (385 + comments)
..."BMW may be facing a stiff fine..."
..."are you just finishing up your ride or are you just happy to see me..."

By: Captain Nemo on 5/1/12 at 4:49

If this was a Democrat governor denying this, the GOP/Tea bags would be screaming to high heaven. However sense it is a Republican, we want hear much, but only praise coming from the right.

By: Rasputin72 on 5/1/12 at 6:31

Dargent7......Your comments are not only more entertaining but of greater importance to mankind than the subject matter of today's "up for debate."

By: govskeptic on 5/1/12 at 6:45

The TRA has always served those that it was established to regulate
versus the citizens of the state as was it's original purpose. After
Gov Sundquist and a democratic legislature gutted the elected
leadership and many duties during his term, most of us don't even
know what that agency does anymore. One thing we can be certain
of, any regulations that remained under their authority would be
opposed by the semi-monopolies in this state, hence the secrecy of
their input into the current bill!

By: Moonglow1 on 5/1/12 at 7:10

Moonglow1: Haslam runs the state using Communist principles of secrecy and denial. What next? ALEC is losing favor. Our governor should take notice. Once you shine the light on these roaches, they run for cover.

By: gdiafante on 5/1/12 at 7:23

The governor is out of touch with reality and his priorities are misplaced. Rumor has it that he wants to completely redesign state offices with shorter cubicles...I wonder how much that will cost and would it really increase state efficiency?

Wouldn't it be better, if you want to increase efficiency, to reform the programs rather than interior office design?

By: yogiman on 5/1/12 at 7:29


Are you accusing Haslim of being a democrat falsely claiming to be a republican by comparing his secrecy with Obama?

At least Haslim is willing to let "we the people" people know who he is.

By: bfra on 5/1/12 at 7:31

yogi - Blow it out your ear, your head isn't good for anything else!

By: gdiafante on 5/1/12 at 7:33

It's Haslam, not Haslim.

By: slacker on 5/1/12 at 7:44

Shorter work cubicles is an affront to our larger state employees. Is there no end to this madness?

By: Captain Nemo on 5/1/12 at 7:45

Haslim (sic) is a Republican and we no (sic) who he is.

Kyle Pyle

By: Captain Nemo on 5/1/12 at 7:48

yogi can't blow bfra, he only knows how to suck.

By: gdiafante on 5/1/12 at 7:49

My wife's business used to have short cubicles, had to change because everyone kept staring at each other...and you couldn't talk about your coworker behind their back anymore...that's just bad business.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/1/12 at 7:50

Shorter work cubicles want make yogi’s brain look any larger.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/1/12 at 7:55

Sorry about my typos in my last post. Old fingers and a computer that want type what I am thinking to words made me do that last post.

Kyle Pyle-

By: Captain Nemo on 5/1/12 at 7:58

Sucking is better in siphoning than blowing, although blowing has its good points two (sic).

Kyle Pyle-

By: yogiman on 5/1/12 at 7:59

Sorry I hit the wrong button in Gov. Haslam's name, gdiafante. Unlike y'all, I make a typographical error now and then.

Congratulations, General Nimrod. You've been promoted... based entirely on your ignorance.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/1/12 at 8:01

Them there buttons just keep coming up in the wrong places at the right time.

Kyle Pyle-

By: Captain Nemo on 5/1/12 at 8:03

Hogs like sucking, better than blowing.

Kyle Pyle-

By: Captain Nemo on 5/1/12 at 8:08

It is funny how someone could mistaken the “I” button for an “A” button, when the two are ant opposite ends of the key board. It must take someone with the IQ of a moron to think people will buy that lie.

Captain Nemo

By: Captain Nemo on 5/1/12 at 8:13

Have fun with the old boy today people. A(sic)got to go now.

You can come out now yogi.

By: BenDover on 5/1/12 at 8:30

Boo Hoo... The libs got slapped back on a fishing expedition. Hoping for some politically incorrect or class insensitive verbiage to pop out so they could cry 'foul!', they now want to point to nefarious 'secrecy'. It's not like they're plotting behind the voters backs to pass an income tax or something, so the people NEED TO KNOW!

By: BenDover on 5/1/12 at 8:30

Great article by Will back from July


By: gdiafante on 5/1/12 at 8:35

Ben harping about whining...how ironic...lol

By: BenDover on 5/1/12 at 8:58

I just love the way people are so quick to see evil in Haslem when we've got a guy in the White House who has spent $1Trillion + over trend in deficits every year he's been in office. This new level of deficit spending is almost 4 times that of his predecessor and instead of being based on the one time cost of war supplementals they are now based on on-going entitlement and bureaucratic expansion that will only grow exponentially as a cost to our grandchildren and our grandchildren's children.

By: BenDover on 5/1/12 at 9:01

It's like a mass hysteria where Obama's words give him a total pass on his actions. "Pay no attention to the man burning stacks $1000 bills"... "these are not the communists you are looking for".

By: bfra on 5/1/12 at 9:04

Ben - If it wasn't for the mess Bush/Cheney made, a lot of this spending wouldn't be necessary. Takes a lot of spending to clean up 8 yrs of oil craze & stupidity. But then your blinders block that view. By the way you forgot tarp, tarp, harp, harp!

By: gdiafante on 5/1/12 at 9:25

Note to Ben: the President doesn't spend money, Congress does. If you're going to whine, at least direct your whine in the right direction.

And, it's Haslam.

By: gdiafante on 5/1/12 at 9:40

Well let's see...Obama and Congress could've ended the Bush Tax Cuts, that would've saved hundreds of billions, if not trillions.

They could've walked away from Afghanistan and cut defense, which would've saved hundreds of billions.

They could've tried to have rational entitlement reform, which likely would save hundreds of billions.

But no. Obama doesn't have the balls to make the tough choices and Congress is even more inept. I'd say that anyone who (1) attempts to blame only one side and (2) thinks either really want to solve these problems is highly delusional.

By: BenDover on 5/1/12 at 9:42

Do you get that spin recycled through Krugman at the NYT or straight from the White House source gd. Obama ratcheted up spending under the unchecked Pelosi, Reid debacle and we still suffer it every year. They gave him everything he wanted... including a huge stimulus pork bill, Obamacare, and the right to blow a half trillion in TARP repayments that were earmarked to go against the deficit Any push-back requesting a return to reason from the super-trillion stratosphere is labeled 'obstructionist'... remember?

By: gdiafante on 5/1/12 at 9:45

Jesus Ben, get your head out of your ass...you don't cut spending and taxes during a recession...this is basic stuff. I'm beginning to think your side is brain-dead.

By: BenDover on 5/1/12 at 10:15

Such a radical expansion of government spending to 25%+ of GDP send off the wrong signals GD. It's less the Keynes 'spend in a down-turn' and more the Emanuel, "never let a crisis go to waste", if you ask me.

If the intent was to respond to a recession then why vastly expand the entitlements and bureaucracy that will continue to cost (and thus burden recovery) after the recession is over?

And, cutting taxes is the best and fastest way to respond to a recession. The problem with doing that now in America is that only a small portion of the taxpayers pay substantial federal income taxes and they are discretionary spenders who are spooked by that big bull's eye Obama has painted on their backs.

By: yogiman on 5/1/12 at 10:25

I'm afraid your braid is in much sadder shape, gdiafante, for backing a usurper in office without question.

It's hard to understand how a gung ho vet can back a man as their possible CIC whom they have no idea who he is.

By: yogiman on 5/1/12 at 10:32

Isn't it odd, BenDover, how Emanual could win the Chicago mayor's office when he wasn't legally eligible for it... like Obama "won" the president's office when also wasn't legally eligible for it?

By: Loner on 5/1/12 at 10:52

Well...good morning, Nashville....late to the food fight....let me grab something gooey and sticky to throw.....here's a nice cream pie.....

But first, the topic of the day...Gov. Haslam's secret agenda and the cloak of official opacity and the role of transparency in a democracy.

I read the referenced article, by Steven Hale.

Looks like your business-tycoon-turned-Governor...Bill Haslam...the Tea Bagger Governor....is out to gut what's left of worker and environmental protections still in place in the Volunteer State.

The Gov invited a bunch of CEO's into the discussion about deregulation and restructuring of the TSA, the TN Regulatory Agency. They gave their advice and now the Gov. wants to make the TSA a part-time agency, not full time as it is now....he also wants to add a 5th member to the TSA board...probably a business-friendly crony.

The people have a right to know who suggested what and why they suggested it.

Gov. Haslam is pulling a Tricky Dick here...calling for executive privilege...that's BS, people don't settle for that.

Looks like no environmental, safety or worker's rights people were invited to Haslam's closed door meetings....only the captains of industry.

Haslam brags that Tennessee is now more "business-friendly". than ever before.

Translation: Tennessee is now more worker-unfriendly than ever before.

By: yogiman on 5/1/12 at 10:59

Your translation would depend on whether you're hiring or firing, Loner.

By: Loner on 5/1/12 at 11:28

Speaking of food fighters, the troll throws in a mindless non sequitur......he's just gotta get attention....positive or negative, either way is OK....trolls feed on that....I'm tuning out the obnoxious usurpaholic.

By: Loner on 5/1/12 at 11:52

They call Tennessee the "Volunteer State", because they expect the common people to volunteer their time, energy & labor for free?

The South has never fully recovered from the idea that free labor is a good thing.....Southern aristocrats are still in control.....with the aid of the Southern Holymen.

By: yogiman on 5/1/12 at 12:03

I'll admit, Loner, I'm following you as my tutor.

And by the way, Tennessee was given the name "Volunteer State" when many more men volunteered for service than was asked for in the Civil War.

By: brrrrk on 5/1/12 at 12:58

Loner said

"The South has never fully recovered from the idea that free labor is a good thing.....Southern aristocrats are still in control...."

And the sharecroppers are too dumb to realize it...

By: Loner on 5/1/12 at 1:48

Brrrrk, I'm afraid so. They do not seem to realize that a rising tide raises all boats. The Volunteer state is a landlocked state...that could explain it.

By: yogiman on 5/1/12 at 2:29

Not to change the subject, but has any of you received an article submitted by retired Vice-Admiral Bob Scarborough about Obama issuing orders stopping soldiers from speaking in public?

He stated: "I work with the Catch-A-Dream Foundation which provides hunting and fishing trips to children with life-threatening illnesses. this past weekend we had our annual banquet/fundraiser event in Starkville. As a part of our program, we had scheduled Sgt. 1st Class Greg Stube to come; he's a highly decorated U.S. Army Green Beret and inspirational speaker who was severely injured while deployed overseas and didn't have much of a chance for survival. Greg is stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC and received permission from his commanding officer to come speak at our function.

"Everything was on the go until Obama made a policy that NO U.S. SERVICEMAN CAN SPEAK AT ANY FAITH-BASED PUBLIC EVENTS ANYMORE. Needles to say, Greg had to cancel his speaking event with us. Didn't know if anyone else was aware of this new policy. You're just starting to see the Obamanation. This is just how the Nazis did it in the 1930s - slowly, one step at a time."

This should alarm everyone in this nation. We've seem to have lost some of our freedom of speech in the last 2 years. It seems the news media isn't allowed to print anything negative about Obama today. And I thought it was their choice.

By: bfra on 5/1/12 at 2:40

I didn't know needles could talk!

By: BenDover on 5/1/12 at 7:23

Well today was about as climactic as having a banana seat on your BMW...

You know about an hour into that ride he was probably saying, mmmmm... "I love this new banana seat".

By: pswindle on 5/1/12 at 8:49

Well, what do you expect from a man that would not release his tax returns, I believe that when he was running for the office, he promised to have an open administration. He is another Bush/Cheney, and dear Lord help us all. This man is beginning to scare me. We will end up like Michigan living in a dictatorship.

By: BenDover on 5/1/12 at 10:28

Geezzz ps... the guy released his tax returns during the primaries. Obama took 3 years to produce evidence he even qualified to be president under the 14th amendment.

Obama's still a blank slate except to the extent that it's been 'revealed' how damn much money this Chicago Way politician is blowing through like a kid with his daddy's credit card.