Back-Road-Trip-Chattanooga-Bob Davis Podcast-841

These days if you want to find out what’s going on you have to hit the road. We’re in Tennessee for a few surprises. Learn more in Back-Road-Trip-Chattanooga-Bob Davis Podcast-841.

Southeastern Tennessee is as Republican as it gets in this country. Even more, a modern economic miracle has taken place in Chattanooga, where a public private partnership has transformed the city.

All the talk about what people in this country might do in the 2020 election is most noteworthy. A theme in these podcasts has been attacking the perception that people with an R in front of their name are actually conservative.

Certainly Chattanooga is a miracle. Back in the day it was an industrial powerhouse. Due to it’s role it was considered one of the dirtiest cities in North America. A public private partnership turned it around. Learn more here.

In addition, Tennessee as a whole is certainly booming these days. From Volkswagen in Chattanooga to the music business in Nashville and the federal government corporate entity known as The Tennessee Valley Authority, things are good here.

Especially relevant to me though is the right-wing orientation of the state as a whole, and yet, all these institutions which might be considered socialist, by any other name.

Finally, local expert John E. Holland joins the podcast to talk about politics in the region and Tennessee’s burgeoning development strategy today.

In conclusion people here consider themselves ‘conservative’ down to flying confederate flags and wide margins for President Trump in 2016. Meanwhile public/private partnerships and Federal corporate assets allocate tax dollars and investment and they love it.

To be sure Tennessee as a whole is truly wonderful. When it comes to principles, though, one wonders what ‘conservative’ means, after all.

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Human Potential-Bob Davis Podcast 821

Every now and then you see something on social media that bugs you for days. These days, for me, it often has to do with Minnesota Politics. We’ll talk about it in Human Potential-Bob Davis Podcast 821.

Rag Tag Protest In Minnesota’s 6th District

On a misty and warm April morning in Minnesota a rag tag group of protesters showed up outside Elk River High School. This was the scene of the 6th Congressional District Republican Convention.

Blaming Somalis

Especially relevant was the target of the protesters; the Somali population of the 6th District.

Emmer and Abeler Sell Outs

Moreover Congressman Tom Emmer and State Senator Jim Abeler were featured in signage as ‘sell outs’ to Somali-American and Democrat interests in the district.

Muslims Running Amok

For republicans in the 6th, a top issue are Muslims running amok. There are two large Somali populations in Minnesota. One in Minneapolis and another slightly smaller group in Saint Cloud, in the heart of the 6th district.

Fear Sharia Law

Above all these voters think Sharia Law will become the law of the land. In Human Potential-Bob Davis Podcast 821 I’ll tell you why this is never likely to happen.

Civil Rights

They cite an outreach by Emmer to former congressman and now State’s Attorney General Keith Ellison as the chief reason Emmer is a sell out. Would their remedy violate the civil rights of American Citizens? Find out in Human Potential-Bob Davis Podcast 821.

Abeler and Emmer Keep Winning

State Senator Jim Abeler is a footnote in this controversy. Republicans here complain constantly about Abeler’s performance in the state legislature, but somehow he keeps getting elected. So does Emmer.

So Do Democrats

Unfortunately for republicans it is most noteworthy that democrats won all the statewide races in last year’s election and gained control of the state house of representatives. Furthermore democrats took two districts which have been in republican hands for years, solidifying their hold on the Minneapolis suburbs.

Big Spending Republicans

Furthermore it is republicans who continue to spend while they demand lower taxes, then blame it on democrats. Finally there are two conditions necessary to unlock Human Potential and guarantee prosperity. Sound Money and Low Taxes. Neither of those are happening even though republicans control the presidency and the US Senate because both sides keep spending, taxing and borrowing.

Individual Human Potential Wasted By Politicians

I think it’s time for new political parties and new politics in this country and in Minnesota. Unfortunately given the incompetence, poor leadership and raw stupidity on the republican side, it probably won’t do much to help anyone’s individual human potential. Or capitalism.

(Editor’s Note: In addition, the centerpiece of the protest at the CD6 convention this weekend are allegations surrounding the state’s Child Care Assistance Program and Somali day care programs. A recent report on KMSP TV alleged ‘suitcases full of money’ were being sent out of MSP among other things. These allegations were investigated by the Minnesota Legislature. A report issued in March of this year found no actual evidence of a connection between terrorists and the CCAP. Here’s a link to a balanced report from MinnPost. As usual with these kinds of issues, once you start unpacking them you learn it’s easy to make charges and not so easy to prove them. Oddly similar to the Mueller report conclusions being touted by Trumpers as we speak.)

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Republican Revolt-Breakaway-Minnesota Style-Bob Davis Podcast 785

Four Minnesota State Representatives have revolted.

Learn more in Republican Revolt-Breakaway-Minnesota Style-Bob Davis Podcast 785.

The New House Republican Caucus

Steve Drazkowski of Mazepa, Cal Bahr of East Bethel, Tim Miller of Prinsburg and Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal will soon be meeting as The New House Republican Caucus.

Straight Talk

First of all, the Minnesota Legislature is as confusing as it is frustrating. Getting a straight answer from politicians is never easy. Straight talk from a Minnesota Legislator is truly a rare thing.

The Swamp Of Republican Political Philosophy

Especially relevant is the swamp you’ll wade through when you talk to Minnesota Republicans. They are foggy on the ideas behind terms like freedom, smaller government and conservatism. According to one of the new caucus members, republican leadership isn’t for freedom and smaller government at all. So much for principles.

Bullying By Republican Leadership

Most noteworthy is the ongoing bullying of members by leadership alleged by representative Steve Drazkowski. ‘Draz’ joins me on this podcast.

Republican Debacle In 2018 Leads To 2020 Concern

Moreover republican house members are touchy when it comes to the reasons behind the stinging defeat in the 2018 election. The new caucus blames former Speaker and current House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt.

It’s a Farm Thing

Since The New Republican House Caucus hails from rural districts, news reports suggest this is a rural thing. It almost goes without saying that farm country is more ‘republican’ than the cities. Drazkowski says it’s the cities that aren’t ‘conservative’ enough.

Republican Leaders Aren’t Conservative

Finally what about republican’s loss of the Minnesota house and all statewide races? Is it because the suburbs around Minneapolis and Saint Paul did not support Trump? Furthermore Daudt and other leaders supported non endorsed candidates? Did they weaken the grassroots?

Saint Paul Shenanigans Lead To Tame Revolt.

Shenanigans in Saint Paul are legendary. We’ve all heard the rumors about pecking order orientations. We know staffers appointed by leadership tattle on members. Leaders bullying members on votes. Above all rumors of bullying more ‘conservative’ members are normal.

In conclusion Representative Drazkowski says in this podcast that the special interests are only in it for themselves. Due to this reality money and power have a chokehold on politics in this state. Consequently, it ought to be chilling to republicans.

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