If the brick and mortar retailers get their way, the deal negotiated by Bredeson will not stand. Amazon won't build distribution centers in TN to provide residents jobs. Meanwhile, those TN consumers that were already buying tax-free goods from Amazon will continue to do so. How exactly does this scenario increase sales by brick and mortar retailers? It doesn't.
Gobble and Crangle have conducted themselves honorably. Mrs. Smith, on the other hand, has proven that the people of the 3rd district chose well when they rejected her. Mrs. Smith's sole focus has been herself--not her party or country. We don't need representation like that in Washington.
Instead of engaging in a theological debate with Mr. West, perhaps the Mayor should be working on the city's biggest problem--CRIME As reported by the TFP, Chattanooga ranked 11th among the top 20 for highest crime rates. Stop worrying about how you might keep your job Mr. Mayor and start DOING it. Crime, gangs, and vandalism might be a good place to start!
The TFP writers and staff are the only people in town concerned about Mrs. Smith's inability to get over her loss in the primary. And most would not consider Mrs. Smith's demand to meet her opponent & her invitees, at a time & place of her choosing, to be an "extension of a hand." Move on Mrs. Smith. Move on TFP.
The voters have spoken and Mrs. Smith lost the primary. She and her "anonymous" campaign volunteers need to move on. They are in no position to make demands in exchange for her endorsement. If they cannot get past their disappointment in losing, then perhaps they need to get out of politics altogether. It appears to be time for new blood in the local GOP!
TFP continues to harp on Mr. Fleischmann's contribution of personal money to his campaign. Most people do not think this is an issue. It is better for a candidate to use their own money than take money from special interest groups, Washington elites, and people outside the district.