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House passes $2 minimum wage increase – with a $750 billion estate tax cut


Employee and a time clockOn July 29, 2006 the House voted 230-180 to raise the $5.15 hourly minimum wage in three 70-cent steps until it reaches $7.25 in mid-2009. The possible increase in the minimum wage is way overdue but the only way Democrats could get it passed was to let the Republicans ‘tack on’ an estate tax cut which overwhelming targets the wealthy.

Please join me in encouraging our US Senators to support increasing the minimum wage but without adding the ‘sneaky’ estate tax cut which benefits the top 1% of the wealthiest Americans.

Initially, I thought the minimum wage increase was the highest priority and I couldn’t care about the estate tax.  Then I learned that the Estate tax would cost taxpayers $750 billion. «Read the rest of this article»


Voting is a Responsibility


A Microvote Infinity voting machineThe citizens, spelled taxpayers, of Clarksville have only one day left to vote for the candidate of their choice.  Many people believe the election has already been decided by early voting.  Not true. Your vote is important and it still counts. 

Has the candidate of your choice been convicted of assault?  Is your candidate a hit and run driver? Has your candidate for clerk written bad checks?  All of this information has been made available in the media. «Read the rest of this article»

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GOTV: Get out the vote!


Gregg Schlanger Campaign PosterDear Friends,

Only two days remain until Election Day. Now is the time to get out the vote. Please go to the polls to vote on Thursday and encourage anyone you know in District 5 to vote.

On Election Day I will be at the entrance to Fairgrounds Park from 6 AM right up until the polls close at 7 PM. I invite you to spend part of the day with me waving at folks as they arrive at the Jaycee Activity Center to vote. I will be the one standing next to a very large “ELECT GREGG A. SCHLANGER” sign. «Read the rest of this article»

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“Collective Punishment” Fuels Middle East Crisis


Chris LugoIn the light of recent events in the Middle East, policy makers in the United States must take a stand against state sponsored terrorism. We have a grave moral responsibility in this crisis to take a stand for peace and against retribution.

The people of the United States must acknowledge the role we play in the current crisis in Israel, Lebanon, Gaza and Iraq. Our responsibility lies in our support of the state sponsored agression by our government and the government of Israel against innocent women, children and other non-combatants. «Read the rest of this article»

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Record Results


John FarmerOn the West side of District we have seen record turnout during the early voting period. Shelby County alone set a new record, 78,899 votes compared to the earlier 24,000 vote record!

August 3rd is just a few days away. I encourage everyone to get out and rally behind your candidates. Get your family, friends, co-workers and people you see at the store out to vote. Together, we can make this election one for the record books.

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Can we trust paperless voting using electronic machines.


A Microvote Infinity voting machineWe all know that computers some times have a mind of their own, they are subject to programming errors, software bugs, hackers, viruses, and even random unexplained glitches. You may not have thought about them in this way, but electronic voting machines are also computers. Can we really trust them? «Read the rest of this article»

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Montgomery County Home Sales Remain Strong In Defiance of National Trends


Keller Williams RealtyThe Leaf-Chronicle reported the national information that existing home sales were flattening and prices were cooling. Clarksville and Montgomery County are defying this trend!

Nationally, existing home sales declined 1.3 percent from May and were 8.9 percent below June 2005. The median house value was $231,000. The median is a typical market price where half of the homes sold for more and half for less. «Read the rest of this article»

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Barbara M. Brown, I am running for the Montgomery County Commission District 2


Barbara Melton BrownThis site is an encouragement to everyone to participate in the electoral process. It is extremely important for all registered voters to VOTE in the county general election.

The County Commission, among other duties, sets the county tax rate and approves the county budget, including the amount spent on education, infrastructure, and public safety. It is also important that commissioners represent the broad spectrum of our community.

In the Montgomery County Commission Race for District 2, I bring a proven record of 29 years of community service. I began with the Cub Scout program at St B where I served as Cubmaster for 6 years and then directed the district day camp program for 2 years. When my sons were in Little League and band, I also supported those programs with volunteer service and leadership. «Read the rest of this article»


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway Dedication Ceremony


Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.On Saturday July 29, 2006 after many years of battle with the Clarksville City Council the community will finally get to celebrate the naming of a street named after the slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Invitation to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway Dedication Ceremony

When: Saturday July 29th, 2006 at 9:00am
Where: Will be leaving at 9am from: 

    Mount Olive Baptist Church
    608 Main St
    Clarksville, TN
Admission: Free, Open to everyone who wishes to attend

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Voting Rights Act protects all Americans


A Microvote Infinity voting machineNo matter who you are, as an adult, you have a right to vote.

There has been a lot of talk about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 being due to expire in 2007 and how it would revoke African Americans’ right to vote. Well, this story, urban legend or whatever else you may want to call it, is not true. Not entirely true anyway. There are some sections of this act that were due to expire in 2007 that have been addressed by the U.S. Congress since 2005 in a proactive move to ensure the renewal of those sections of this act.

However, while many believe that this just affects the rights of African-Americans, nothing could be further from the truth. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 actually protects all of us from being subjected to unnecessary measures that could restrict or prevent our ability to vote as a whole. «Read the rest of this article»

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