US Senate Race Just Got a Little More Interesting

With State Representative Joe Carr’s announcement yesterday that he will switch from challenging embattled 4th District Congressman Scott DesJarlais to a run for the US Senate seat currently held by Lamar Alexander (R), things are going to get a lot more interesting and heated.  Many pundits believe Carr couldn’t have won that seat so why not pull out.  He was behind State Senator Jim Tracy in his fundraising and in commitments from powerful political friends as well.  Also, the money that Rep. Carr had raised for that race, almost $300,000, can be transferred to the Senate race.  No brainer, right? More important may be the fact that the Tea Party in Tennessee has been searching for a credible candidate to challenge incumbent Senator Alexander because some of them view him as too “liberal” and a tool of President Obama.  While nothing could be further from the truth, that really doesn’t matter much in political speak.  Interestingly, a Vanderbilt poll taken recently showed self-identified Tennessee “Tea Partiers” giving Alexander a 62% approval rating, a number perhaps Rep. Carr should have seen before tossing his hat into the Senate ring. That same poll also shows a majority of Democrats in Tennessee giving Alexander a favorable rating. It will now be interesting to see if Rep. Carr becomes the only credible candidate to challenge the Senator.  The Tea Party has made a lot of noise about vetting candidates around the state before they anoint their own challenger to Alexander.  According to Rep. Carr, on a recent trip to Washington, D. C., he was greatly encouraged to get into the Senate race.  I can’t imagine who in D.C. would have encouraged him.  Certainly not Senator Corker, nor Congressman Duncan who have both endorsed Senator Alexander’s reelection bid.  I don’t think anyone at the RNC would take such a bold step so we can only assume that he may have met with some of the GOP’s right-winged members of Congress perhaps.  Note however that Rand Paul, the darling of the Tea Partiers, has said some very nice things about Lamar in recent weeks.  Rumors are that the Koch brothers may be interested in this race so perhaps Carr is getting encouragement from those out of Tennessee financial folks. Carr will have a hard time catching Lamar on fundraising.  The Alexander camp has over $3 million in the bank and scheduled fundraisers are looking very successful.  The party regulars who traditionally provide financial support are clearly behind Alexander’s reelection.  Carr will have to look to non-traditional support such as outside Tennessee donors, small grass roots contributions and perhaps national Tea Party funding if that exists. Additionally Carr will be serving in the General Assembly from...

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Fierce Energy: TVA, NES recognized for energy-efficiency leadership

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Nashville Electric Service (NES) are being recognized by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) for their leadership and support of the Nashville Energy Works (NEW) energy-efficiency program.  Since its inception, NEW has boosted consumer savings, expanded the local green workforce and helped revitalize target areas of the city. Since its launch, NEW has produced nearly 3,000 audits and upwards of 500 retrofits. In total, these projects are saving customers more than $220,000 a year and have provided more than $3 million in revenue to local contractors. A hallmark of the program has been its effective collaborations with other initiatives underway in the city, including its partnership with Hands On Nashville’s Home Energy Savings Program. “Hands On Nashville’s work with the NEW program has allowed us to expand our efforts to deliver home efficiency upgrades to those in the community who need them the most,” said Hands On Nashville’s President and CEO Brian N. Williams. “Between the value it provides to low-income homeowners, the economic boost it gives the city and the on-the-ground education it supports, NEW has been a true win-win for Nashville.” Read more: TVA, NES recognized for energy-efficiency leadership – FierceEnergy http://www.fierceenergy.com/story/tva-nes-recognized-energy-efficiency-leadership/2013-08-23#ixzz2eWYcJdti Subscribe...

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Citywide Partnership Recognized for Energy Efficiency Leadership Nashville Energy Works Yields Millions in Economic Growth, Homeowner Savings

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (August 19, 2013) – On August 29th, Mayor Karl Dean, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Nashville Electric Service (NES) will be honored for their leadership and support of the Nashville Energy Works (NEW) energy efficiency program. Since its inception, NEW has boosted consumer savings, expanded the local green workforce and helped revitalize target areas of the city. The awards presentation will be accompanied by a seminar covering various energy efficiency topics and a panel discussion on energy efficiency opportunities in the Southeast, presented by the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and hosted by Baker Donelson and Southeast Green. Read SEEA’s Press...

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