Reasonable vs. Unreasonable

November 22, 2010

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was a response to the overreaching of the British crown during the latter days of their rule in the Americas.  Colonists up and down the Eastern Seaboard were subjected to British troops entering their homes without cause and searching their possessions and persons.

It says, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

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Haven’t We Heard This Before?

November 18, 2010

The Democrat minority in the U.S. House of Representatives just elected Nancy Pelosi, (D- CA) as its Minority Leader.  This would not normally be surprising news in an electoral vacuum.  But the recent drubbing the House Democrats took would have made many conclude that when the team has a losing season, it’s time to fire the coach.  Not so!

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A Path To Recovery

November 15, 2010

Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Senator Bob Corker, (R-TN) make a presentation on the dangers of the national debt. To the involved citizen, his PowerPoint presentation was admittedly an elementary explanation of the mess in which our country finds itself. I suspect that he has discovered that many citizens have no idea how desperate our situation really is and is trying to get the message out to his constituents.

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No Turning Back

November 14, 2010

Having now demonstrated to the Democrat Left, the Obama Administration, and to themselves a resolve to see things in the country change, American voters are now charged with the task of holding the people they just elected to keep the promises they made.  This historic election is just the beginning of a return to sanity for our republic.

What next?

Rather than retreat to the recesses of our routines, we voters must now take the advantage we have achieved and push ahead aggressively to move this momentum to the next step.  How is this achieved?

Here are some suggestions.

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A sincere thank you

August 7, 2010

A final note from Jeff

On behalf of my entire family, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to so many who spent numerous hours of their time and gave maximum effort to our attempt to prevail in this 2010 Primary.  Our team mapped out a strategy at the beginning to touch all the bases necessary to win and, for the most part, we accomplished those goals.  The voters have spoken and the process moves forward to November.

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How should we choose?

August 4, 2010

In the waning days of the 2010 Primary, it appears that many voters remain undecided.  With the Republican Party choosing its candidate for governor, much attention has been focused on this race.  The negative campaigning in Districts 6 and 8 have drawn attention away from the congressional race in the 5th district, a key district if Republicans are to take back the House in November.

What should voters make of a Primary with 11 listed candidates?  I confess I would be confused as well if, as a voter, I had just raised my head from the important daily routine of taking care of my family.  But here we are anyway.  What should voters be looking for?

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Why do we need a New Voice?

August 4, 2010

My name is Jeff Hartline, and I am asking for your vote. Tomorrow is August 5th, the GOP Primary election day, and it is time to decide which Republican in Tennessee’s 5th District can defeat Jim Cooper in November. I firmly believe I am that candidate.

A few days ago we laid out a short list of Rep. Cooper’s most economically damaging votes in recent history. The people of the 5th district need to understand the reality of his actions compared to his words. Rep. Cooper has been involved in many key votes during his 18-year tenure. The votes below are some major switches in policy during his tenure.

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What does 1/3 of Obamacare look like?

August 3, 2010

Rep.  Kevin Brady (R-TX) recently sent out a press release that detailed the Obamacare bill passed and signed into law in March. It was sent to me by a supporter this week, and I felt like it shows exactly what the primary issue that true Conservatives have with our federal government actually is. Overbearing, incomprehensible, totally outrageous legislation.

Click here to read Rep. Brady’s press release.

Click here to view the chart he discusses in the press release. It is a truly scary image considering that it makes up only 1/3 of the Obamacare legislation.

This is why we need to elect strong, conservative leaders in November. While Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Cooper continue to push an agenda of more control, more spending and more regulation, Republicans will be encouraged to cut the spending, cut the controls and cut the regulations. It is important for Tennesseans living in TN-5 to nominate someone that can beat Rep. Cooper (who voted for that mess of a pdf) in November.

Vote for a New Voice for the People on Thursday, August 5th. Vote Jeff Hartline.

The Constitution: Yes, it still matters.

August 3, 2010

Embattled Rep. Pete Stark recently came under fire for comments made in a Town Hall meeting in Fremont, CA. His comments drew ire from his constituents because of his condescending answers and sarcasm related to the questions asked of him. Recently, Rep. Stark made the news again when he said that, “The federal government can do most anything in this country.” Here is a link to the video.

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Expiring tax cuts will hurt Tennessee families

August 3, 2010

An exerpt from a press release from the campaign:


Re-electing Jim Cooper to Congress could cost the average family in the Nashville area almost $1,500 in higher taxes next year, congressional candidate Jeff Hartline said today.

The non-partisan Tax Foundation’s analysis released today calculates that the average middle-income family in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District will pay $1,472 more in taxes next year if the tax cuts that powered the economy to record growth and low unemployment for six years during the Bush administration are allowed to expire.

“With unemployment at 9 percent across the district, taking another $1,472 away from each and every family is going to leave those families with less money to spend or save for things they want and need – which means less income for stores and businesses where they shop,” Hartline said. “Jim Cooper’s plan for the economy – trillions of dollars in deficit spending – hasn’t revived the economy or created jobs. And now there is a massive tax increase coming from Cooper and the liberal Congress that will only add to the economic misery we’re all feeling.

“In Congress, I will support legislation to extend and make permanent the tax cuts, and to reduce the size and cost of the federal government,” Hartline said.