Lee announces $50M in coronavirus relief funds for TN businesses

Gov. Bill Lee, left, announces a $200 million relief program for businesses affected by the state’s stay-at-home order for non-essential businesses at Arnold’s restaurant in Nashville on June 2, 2020. To his right are House Speaker Cameron Sexton, Senate Speaker Randy McNally, Rep. Pat Marsh, and Rep. Harold Love. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

From Gov. Bill Lee’s office:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group (FSAG) today announced an initial $50 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds for the new Supplemental Employer Recovery Grant (SERG) program to provide additional relief to small businesses suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new wave of funding includes specific support for minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses, as well as businesses owned by disabled persons. 

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and supporting them through these difficult times has been one of the core missions of the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group,” said Gov. Lee. “The SERG program will provide further relief to small businesses, especially those who may not have been able to access previous federal and state relief funds.”

“The coronavirus has placed an inordinate burden on our small business owners. These businesses are critical economic drivers and the most vulnerable during times of crisis,” said Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge). “I was grateful for the opportunity to work with my colleagues on the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group to provide this relief to businesses in need.”

“We have stood with our businesses by initiating the Small Business Relief Program, and stabilizing the Unemployment Trust Fund, and today’s announcement is yet another targeted solution to strengthen the Tennessee business community’s ongoing recovery efforts,” said House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville). “All of these programs support our minority, women, disabled and service-disabled veteran business owners who are suffering during these extraordinary times. We need them to remain open and to thrive, and I applaud our Stimulus Accountability Group for helping all Tennessee businesses get back up on their feet so they remain successful.”

Small business owners and non-profit organizations can apply to receive reimbursement for eligible direct expenses or costs incurred as a result of business interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The program’s application window will open October 7, 2020 and remain open until December 29, 2020, or until all funds are depleted. Please note:

– Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis;

– Awards are capped at $30,000. Businesses located in low to moderate income (“LMI”) census tracts, Opportunity zones, or Promise zones will receive an additional $500 added to the maximum allowable expenses;

– 10% of all funds distributed under this program will be reserved for eligible diversity business enterprises, classified as minority business enterprises, women business enterprises, or service-disabled veteran business enterprises, and enterprises owned by disabled persons.

The period for reimbursable expenses is May 1, 2020 through August 31, 2020. Eligible expenses and business interruption costs include but are not limited to:

– Costs to create social distancing measures

– Purchasing personal protective equipment for employees or customers

– Contactless equipment

– Payroll expenses 

– Mortgage interest

The SERG program follows the previously allocated $300 million for more than 40,000 qualifying businesses under the Tennessee Business Relief Program.

To apply and learn more about what is eligible for reimbursement, please visithttps://tncaresact.tn.gov/SERG. For application assistance, please call 1-833-740-1438 or email support@TNCARESACT.com.


57 Responses to Lee announces $50M in coronavirus relief funds for TN businesses

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    There he is smirking again. Does he have a condition?

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    steve cates says:

    I wish I had confidence in his leadership. I do not.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    The only relevant criterion for aid should be being a member of a minority of citizens who owns an establishment that has been around for awhile and the need for aid because of the effects of the Chinese flu. Skin pigmentation, genitalia, and disability have no bearing on the purpose of the aid and should not be considered in its award.

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      MARLE says:

      We have a ton of Federal programs, thanks to Heritage high-score Republicans, that single out every one of those qualifiers you mentioned for special government Enterprise Zones and all manner of give aways and set asides. Why not apply some of that good ole Fed republican governance at the state level?

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        Cannoneer2 says:

        Our State Motto is now “Of the Businesswhiners, By the Businesswhiners and For the Businesswhiners”.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        I would be a “No” for any government programs favoring any group based on irrelevant immutable characteristics of members of that group. They all should be judged unconstitutional as a violation of equal protection under the laws.

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          MARLE says:

          Well the congressmen you support might just as well be a “yes” and it won’t hurt their heritage score, given its pick-n-choose protocol.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            “Pick-n-choose” is the nature of any scoring system. Nevertheless, while these scoring systems can be subjected to withering microanalysis, and MARLE is gaining quite a reputation as one of the great legendary microanalyists in this forum, the Heritage Scores are an invaluable tool for voters to see THE RELATIVE position of legislators on the political spectrum. There is no reason for any voter ever again to listen to an add that advocates the election of Lamar Alexander (Heritage-51%) as a “. . .down home Tennessee conservative” without breaking into hysterical laughter thanks to the Heritage
            Action and similar scorecards.

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            MARLE says:

            Analysis, micro or otherwise, is sorely lacking and so “yes” someone needs to react out of something other than scores, or party allegiance, or dog whistles. So….the analysis without verbosity. Guilty as charged to fill a void.

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    James White says:

    If #LeeTheTyrant hadn’t destroyed Tennessee businesses and personal freedoms, he wouldn’t need the money.

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      MARLE says:

      He was following the White House Guidelines of President Trump who, out of whole cloth, created the Dr Fauci/Dr Birx his and hers, matching Economic Frankenstein monsters.

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        James White says:

        well he swore an oath to the US and TN constitutions, not the President

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        MARLE says:

        Get real. This started b/c of Trump’s mistake to put Fauci and Birx out there. The lesson of the story of Frankenstein is that you shouldn’t create a monster you are uncertain about your ability to control.

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    James White says:

    Despite the fact that our nation is more than $20 trillion in debt, Congress continues to shower Communist Vietnam with millions of dollars, even though it brutally persecutes Christians and Buddhists, represses all political dissent, and is a longtime partner of the Soviet Union and Putin’s Russia. On the same day Congress approved (and President Trump signed) the handout, the Hanoi regime welcomed Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Vietnam.

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      Beatrice Shaw says:

      I totally agree. We need and deserve as a fundamental right the SAME health care the President and members of Government receive. Whatever we pay foreign countries should be AFTER that has been accomplished.

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      MARLE says:

      James….Trump signed. And while Hanoi welcomes Lavrov we, in ’18 extended an invitation to DC to Putin , Vietnam is a communist country that Trump suggested, just last year, that US companies go to in order to move production out of China. What is your point?

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        James White says:

        Voting Republican or Democrat will not change anything important

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          Eddie White says:

          James, I have an idea for you. Move to San Francisco from your comfortable Fayette County home and live for a year. Pay California state income tax, live under their state regulations, wear a mask between bites at the restaurant as their Democratic Governor just requested. After a year in San Francisco, you can come back and give us a report. In the real world, there is a difference. Having completed a 30 year career in higher education administration, I lived through 8 years of Obama/ Biden regulations. We got a new regulation every month. It was terrible. I also watched Obama eliminate the private student loan program and move the entire student loan program under the DOE. Hundreds of people lost their jobs in the private sector. Those new regulations stopped almost immediately when Trump was elected. I also got a raise under the Trump tax cut, something that never happened under Obama. Do you really think that Obama or Biden would nominate a conservative Catholic woman to the Supreme Court? If you truly believe there is no difference in how Republicans and Democrats govern, you are either politically naive or politically ignorant.

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            MARLE says:

            He probably wouldn’t nominate 3 Catholics in a row, nor 3 Jews, nor 3 Blacks. When 49% of the American population is Protestant why do you suppose Trump couldn’t find any qualified Justices except those educated in Catholic Schools. Personally I think b/c they do a unique and superior job K-12. That’s my experience

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            MARLE says:

            With this confirmation there will be 6 Scotus justices who are Catholic; 67% of the court when Catholics make up 22% of the population.

            If the court had 67% representation by Blacks, by Jews, by Hispanics I think we’d regard that as curious. As I said….I am Catholic so it’s ok with me and I think there are a couple of reasons why this has happened.

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            Lance Persson says:

            Eddie, Thanks for posting some common sense. As I have browsed over the other postings all I read is tainted with hate and anger. Wish folks would start looking at the facts and stop watching so much biased information on the TV.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    BYE DON 2020!!!

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    And then there were the THREE long years that we had under trump where nothing got done, there were no new programs, a slowly disappearing government that was racked by turnover, lies, corruption, more lies, jailed staff, more lies, a decimated economy with death all around us. It would be justified calling it the Trump Flu rather than the China Flu. Time for a change, we can’t stand 4 more years of this mess. Vote them OUT.

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      Lance Persson says:

      Another example of unsubstantiated ramblings. The world is certainly a safer place today than it was 3 years ago. Who would have believed an American president could have visited North Korea and quieted down the North Korean dictator; Who would have believed our American president could help facilitate getting relations established that have led to some Arab nations recognizing Israel as a sovereign nation; Who would have believed that the radical Islamic groups in the mid-East? NOONE. Yet President Trump has done these things. At the same time his leadership has provided us with the best economy our country ever enjoyed until the COVID 19 virus destroyed the world economy. All of this, while false charges and misinformation were continually promoted by the media. The media has done everything they can do to misinform the public in an attempt to destroy Trumps presidency. I pray the American people have the sense to seek out the truth, vote based on what Trump has accomplished and not focus only on his tweets and comments which can sometime be offensive. What a person does is much more important than what he says.

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Our neighborhood leftists may win one for a change outside of their liberal ghettos. It’s cute to see them so excited for a change. Maybe it will improve their otherwise sour disposition. One can only hope.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Don’t be too cute with your assumptions about the upcoming election, you might just be surprised! Trump is sounding more and more desperate as time goes on, the republicans are jumping ship, more every day. Support for the old trumpster is slipping and he can see the dark fog closing in. He just wants to avoid jail time. Huge bills are coming due and the house of cards for the trump family is looking pretty shaky.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      You are a trooper Taxpayer. For over three years leftists have been predicting that Trump was either going to jail momentarily or his rickety billion dollar business empire was coming crashing down in a flurry of bankruptcy filings all which added up to being one big juicy nothingburger. Yet here you are still a believer.

      Trump is a bulshst artist who got lucky in 2016 and his luck may very well run out in 2020. I was surprised at the results in both the Republican Primary as well as the general election in 2016 and I certainly won’t be surprised if he loses in a few weeks. On the other hand Trump may win given the enfeebled basement dweller and his shrewish running mate that Trump is running against. Should that happen Taxpayer I hope you won’t be among the leftists making embarrassing fools of themselves throwing tantrums and vowing to leave the country which, alas, they never seem to do.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Sounds to me that you are already feeling and expecting a loss. The outcome of this election will not alter my life too much but I just hope you and the Heritage group can suffer through any such torture with all the usual whining. It will be a long haul to fix even a small part of what trump has entirely scrambled.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      The polls have consistently shown Trump behind and his incredibly horrendous performance at that first debate made the hole he has dug for himself so much deeper. I spent a lot of money on Cruz in 2016 and I still have difficulty believing the voters in the Republican Primaries chose that narsisistic jerk over Cruz so the fact that Trump may now lose doesn’t surprise me at all.

      Upon losing my attention and savings will immediately be devoted to the 2022 midterms when for all intense and purposes the Biden/Harris regime will be weakened before it will come to an end in 2024. Indeed, you can expect the old man and his shrew to be subjected to the same respectful and cooperative treatment that Trump experienced over the past four years. Perhaps in 2024 the Republicans won’t once again choose a narcisistic jerk with no record for President while the Democrats choose Harris who is a far left unmarketable lightweight. That’s the game plan should Trump lose.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      On further reflection I would like to revise and extend my earlier remarks about the treatment that the Biden/Harris regime can expect from Republicans. The great Mark Steyn has a favorite expression to the effect that when the Democrats win elections they are in power, whereas when the Republicans win elections they are in office. The Republican Party consist of too many Susan Collins and Mitt Romneys and only a small fraction of sympathetic media to ever make the life of Democrats in office as miserable as the Democrats make for Republican officeholders. So no, unfortunately, the Democrats will have an easier time over the next four years should they win than the Republicans had over the previous four.

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        MARLE says:

        Sort of getting ahead of yourself aren’t you Stuart? Hillary was leading at this point last time. Oh ye of little faith!

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Conservatives in government are OK, the public can deal with that and make a hopefully enlightened decision when the time comes. It is cons and criminals that the public objects to. There is a huge difference. Just look at the number of people on Trumps current and former staffs or the politicians in general that claim republican association (the silent enablers). Even a quick list would include a large number of people who are currently incarcerated or under indictment and awaiting trial and those that are just trying by any means available to evade or delay the obvious investigations. It seems like every day the trump family is being investigated for another wrongdoing. Yes, I agree that “until proven guilty” is applicable but the odds of at least a few charges sticking just skyrocket every day. That type of behavior is NOT acceptable in any level of government. It is the dirty tricks and corruption in politics that I object to. I agree, the republicans are not alone in this, but it seems to me that the GOP is far ahead of the democrats in the corruption/dirty tricks category. I believe that is precisely why the GOP has been loosing public support since Trump was elected.

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      James White says:

      I would rather have 3 million government workers, everyone a thief, than 300 thousand, everyone trying to do good. As the former will only steal from us, but the latter will eventually destroy us.

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    Eddie White says:

    Trump may well lose this election because first and foremost he was not actually a politician. He said and did what he thought , did not kiss the Democrats butt, was terribly politically incorrect, and actually struck back when attacked. He also actually did what he said he would do. It was something Republicans and conservatives had not done before and some of them could not tolerate it. It also has unified the Democratic Party who were not accustomed to such treatment. So we are back to a good politician who has spent almost 40 years In Washington. The big losers on Election Day will be the timid Republicans and conservatives who will now wait for some Ivy League educated candidate who will play nice.

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      MARLE says:

      If he had actually done what he said he would do he wouldn’t be in this trouble. He won the election on a series of promises; He won based on delivering on those promises. He did not do that and so he will lose votes of people who are NOT amused at being lied to.

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        MARLE says:

        He ran on balancing the budget; a trillion of debt in each year when he had a Rep Congress
        He ran on keeping the WH from interfering and harassing the Fed
        He ran on simplification of the tax code, a MASSIVE middle class cut that wouldn’t benefit the rich (a stupid goal but nonetheless one he claimed)
        He ran on closing loopholes; can you name any of the most lucrative ones that got closed?
        He ran on replacing Obamacare (first 2 years with a Rep Congress) Has it been replaced?

        And so many more…………………………..

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      To be clear, I choose executives based on policies, I choose legislators based on “Yays” and “Nays.” In my life I have chosen a spouse, fraternity brothers, roommates, and friends based on much different criterion so I am able without any doubt to say that I will vote for Trump despite the fact that I think he is a narcissistic jerk.

      Unfortunately, too many American voters are embarrassingly uninformed so they fall back on non policy reasons when choosing candidates then complain and/or lament the predictable result of policies followed by the candidates they have chosen. The Republican Party made a terrible predictable mistake choosing Trump because his shortcomings were there for all to see. Strong advocacy is not one of his shortcomings, indeed, it’s something that the Republican sorely need. Rather, it’s the way that advocacy is manifested that is cringe worthy. Never admitting a mistake, ad hominem attacks, thin-skinned sensitivity, irresponsible speculations, all inviting hostility and disrespect and making it painfully easy for the left to attack..

      Of course, the world isn’t fair with a majority of the media, the levers of political power and cultural influence controlled by the left . Obama’s talking about the 57 states and Austrian as the language of Austria, as well as his fanatical determination never to release his grades didn’t received a fraction of the breathless publicity that Trump’s idiocies receive but that’s the nature of the beast with which Republicans have to deal. In the face of this reality, nominating a Donald Trump by Republican voters set free chickens that the polls indicate may now be belatedly coming home to roost.

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    MARLE says:

    What media outlet has given Biden 2 straight hours of an Infomercial? Trump has been on Rush Limbaugh, the highest rated Talk Radio Show in the country, for 2 solid hours and counting.

    He is on Fox nearly every night on the highest rated cable TV show.

    No media is shilling for a candidate, nor have they EVER done so, as they are this Cycle for Trump.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      There is a difference between an ABC, NBC, CBS and even CNN shilling for the liberals in their newscasts and talk radio and FOX News shilling for conservatives. The former are watched day after day by low information voters and the later are overwhelmingly patronized by conservative political junkies like us. In terms of sheer number of consumers and the ability to influence those consumers the left has an almost overwhelming advantage. It is this advantage that has set this country with increasing momentum on what about 65% to 75% of those polled say is the “Wrong Track.”

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Fox News is a joke. The daily drool of nonsense and conspiracies. They are constantly spinning things to try to mitigate the damage that trump has done that day; walk back the flip flops, talk down the prosecutors, talk bad about anyone challenging the republicans or their reputations. In answer to a question about the upcoming debate, Trump actually said today that he would take a physical from a “Fox News Doctor.” Those three words don’t go together at all. Have you ever heard of a NBC Doctor or a CNN Doctor? It is a ridiculous statement. Fox has enough trouble keeping their employees away from sexual harassment charges.

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    MARLE says:

    I asked, (and you didn’t answer) is what outlet has given itself over to a 2 hr infomercial? News coverage, even with a slant, is NOTHING like giving one candidate 2 hours of uninterrupted response to soft balls.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      OK. I don’t know of any other outlet that “. . .has given itself over to a 2 hr infomercial” nor does the left need to given the overwhelming dominance of its world view and presumptions on the mainstream media. Even more important is who is listening to the news on the mainstream media outlets vs. who is listening to Rush. Once again, of most importance is not the comparatively small group of already committed political junkies listening to talk radio, FOX News prime time analysts or MSNBC. Rather, it’s the mass of low and no information voters who can’t bestir themselves as good citizens to be reasonably well informed but BY GOSH insist on voting because, don’t you know, they are such good citizens who listen to the scandalously biased everyday news or read the overwhelmingly liberal daily newspapers who are politically malleable – that’s what wins election. A few million people 90%+ of whom are unalterably committed to Trump listening to a one time Trump infomercial on Rush – not so much.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        You readily admit that you think Trump is a Bulshst Artist and yet you still plan to vote for him. That republican thinking just does not make sense, it confuses the public. It leads to loosing lots of money by backing people of the caliber of Ted Cruz. Even with all those crafty Heritage numbers guiding you if you can’t find an honest person to vote for, perhaps you should look to a different party. I agree Ted Cruz is really disappointing, right up there with Marsha.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Oooooonce again Taxpayer. I vote according to policy and voting record, not personality. The policy of the left will bring about changes in this country that will make this country an uninteresting European style social democracy that will deprive Americans of first their wealth and slowly their freedom so I vote for Republicans either because they are conservatives or simply because they aren’t leftists.

          Ted Cruz (Heritage-91%) is a highly intelligent, articulate, conservative Senator. Precisely the caliber of politician that I am enthusiastic about financially supporting. I go to the races and invest in stocks to pick winners. I financially support the Ted Cruz’s of this world to do what I can to prevent this country from becoming a socialistic dystopia.

          Taxpayer, it is a bore your baselessly accusing Republicans, but strangely never Democrats, of this and that crime. Please stop wasting your time and being a bore. If you know of crimes being committed be a good citizen and report them to the authorities. The only crimes I know that are being committed without consequences to the perpetrator are the violent crimes I see being committed on my TV screen almost every night in cities with liberal Democratic mayors, especially when they are backed up by liberal Democratic governors. Perhaps your “good citizen-righteously indignant Taxpayer” shtick should be applied to your Democratic friends where it seems to be desperately needed.

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            James White says:

            The government today is the direct result of your choosing the lesser of two evils for generations.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            RIGHT YOU ARE JAMES!!!!! If I would only have consistently voted for the Billy Bob Whos(?) of the world in election after election that ended up getting anywhere from 0.5% to oh 2.5% of the votes instead of the less than perfect Republican thereby doing my part to make it easier for the leftist to gain even more control of this country we might right now be living in a veritable heaven on earth.

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            So you say! Not worth the conversation.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Again I would like to revise and extend my remarks. Perhaps there are no infomercials of the type that Rush conducted with Trump today but is there such a thing as a “kindasortainfomercial”? For example, when you have hand picked friendly members of the press asking questions that have been submitted beforehand then Biden reading, or is some cases trying to read, the answers on the teleprompter that have been written for him with no follow up questions isn’t that a “kindasortainfomercial?

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Stewart, two times on one page you “revise your remarks” -sounds like ole Lindsey Graham flip-flopping. It appears that lots of republicans are “revising their remarks” lately. Nobody wants to get too close to the trump fumes.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Todays’ proof that the GOP in Kansas have dirty tricks planned to defeat the only Democrat in the state. Google GOP Kansas and you can see the video of the head of the GOP in Kansas announcing how they can get rid of the Congresswoman Davids by simply redrawing the electoral maps to remove her district. They can’t get rid of her fairly so they will just cheat a little bit. It is so common she doesn’t even think to be a little discrete about doing this. Dirty tricks, corruption, voter suppression, spreading misinformation and outright lies – this is todays GOP? No Thanks!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      This is going to be a good day for you Taxpayer because any day you learn something is a good day. Today Taxpayer learned about Gerrymandering, a perfectly legal practice that has been an ordinary part of politics for over 200 years. Of course, probably having been educated in government schools all too recently you think you have stumbled on a new practice and being a rabid Democrat you think that this skullduggery is practiced only by Republicans but that is topic for another day and thread.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Redrawing districts that change from people moving in or out of the district (Gerrymandering) is totally different than redrawing the lines in such a manner as to suit a party’s desire to control the vote. One is legal and the other will draw the ire of the courts when it is done. You know the difference Stewart, don’t try to be cute with your spin. You are smart enough to know right from wrong! I did not say that this was some new thing the republicans are doing. Just because it has been done for a long time does not make it right just like you conservatives would argue with the abortion issue. Yes, I am still learning every day, just not from you.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Just watch the video and her INTENT is very clear.

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    Jonathan Swiftt says:

    Stuart and his cohorts are consistent in their arrogant but incorrect assumption that they alone are smart enough to know what is best, and what therefore should be imposed on the rest of the population. Their “do as I say, not as I do” hypocrisy, self-rewarding policies, and fake conservatism are directly responsible for the sad condition of our country today.

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    Phil Lassiter says:

    On another note so we move forward…..I totally believe Trump when he says he is cured and immune. He has the best care and has been counseled by the best medical professionals in the world. Let him do hi thing!!

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