Southern Legislative Conference kicks off in Nashville on Saturday

Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) speaks to the House Republican Caucus after winning their nomination for speaker on July 24, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The Southern Legislative Conference is holding its annual meeting in Nashville this weekend. The group is chaired this year by Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville).

Here’s a release detailing proceedings:

Nashville, Tennessee – Approximately 1,500 Southern state legislators, legislative staff, and government officials convene today in Nashville for the 75th Anniversary Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC).

Guided by SLC chair Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton (Crossville), the SLC Annual Meeting provides state lawmakers the opportunity to engage with experts on pressing policy issues and collaborate on state government solutions.

“I am excited to welcome state lawmakers from across the region to Tennessee,” said Speaker Sexton. “The exchange and discussion of ideas with other lawmakers on the many accomplishments and successful policies we all championed the last couple of years is something that we all look forward to. This meeting is about learning from one another to improve our home states and the lives of our constituents. As the Southern states have led us through these difficult times to positive recovery, I can’t think of a more critical time than now for all of us to come together, to learn from each other, and celebrate our successes.”

Tennessee’s leadership role within the SLC is a long-established one. Tennessee has had the distinction of hosting the inaugural meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference in 1947; adopting the SLC’s organizational rules at its ninth Annual Meeting in Gatlinburg in 1955; serving as host to the 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting in 1996 and, most recently, the 65th Annual Meeting in 2011 in Memphis.

The conference agenda features several notable guest speakers, including:

— Former Governor Bill Haslam

— Maneet Chauhan, Chef, Restauranter, Author, and Television Personality

— Rick Barnes, Head Coach, Tennessee Volunteers, University of Tennessee, and

— Colonel Littleton, Designer, and Proprietor, The Great American Leather Company.

Site visits highlighting Arrington Vineyards, Lipman Brothers Distillery, and Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology Smyrna Campus and Nissan Training Center will offer participants the chance to experience local innovations first-hand.

Attendees also will give back to the community during their stay, packaging 50,000 meals for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee at the annual Campaign Against Hunger event.

21 Responses to Southern Legislative Conference kicks off in Nashville on Saturday

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    Cryan says:

    Stuart says the GQP Civil War is a lie. Then I wonder why Cameron Sexton invited Bill Haslam and not Bill Lee 🤔

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    Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Good gosh, the cream of American legislators all gathered in one room. Kind of scary, I hope security is extra tight.

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      Cryan says:

      I’m sure a contingent of the most conservative legislators will be elsewhere tapping their toes under bathroom stalls. Don’t worry Minute Man.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      With the “Cream of the Legislators” attending, perhaps the FBI would also like to attend.

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    James White says:

    Sexton wants an Article V Constitutional Convention. I suppose he thinks (and other states that have called for one) that the same groups that helped elect Biden will be just great in rewriting us a new constitution.
    NO to an Article V Constitutional Convention. Enforce, don’t change, the constitution.

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    How much is this little gathering going to cost the Tennessee taxpayer?

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      Bring in the misfit conservatives from all over the South and highlight the tours of the Local Winery and the Local distillery. Sounds like the average Republican Convention, nothing new there. I am surprised there are no sessions scheduled on “Grifting for Personal Profit.”

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Vs. how much are these esteemed southern legislators, their staff and government officials along with their characteristically highly photogenic families going to spend while in our leftist ghetto. (I do hope everyone in Nashville is on their best behavior while our guests are in town. I would hate for our visitors to forget that they are in a leftist ghetto that is so unrepresentative of this great state as a whole.)

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        Cryan says:

        Have you been to Nashville? Are you still trying to pull this “Antifa burned down the cities” tripe?

        How many Four Seasons Private Residence complexes with $30,000,000.00 condos does Williamson County have again?

        Enjoy your new Chick-Fil-A. I hear the Kohl’s at Cool Springs is real classy. Fucking suburban peasant.

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        Eddie White says:

        We can only hope that none of the legislators are carjacked or witness a shooting while they are in town. If so, the mental health counselors that arrive in place of the police should be helpful.

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          Cryan says:

          Remember that time you swore Donald Trump would be running against Bernie Sanders? That was a lie. Democrats nominated Biden and won.

          Remember that time you said AOC took over the Democratic Party and defunded police? That was a lie. Democrats nominated Eric Adams, a centrist and former NYPD captain, for NYC mayor. And they will win.

          The Republican Party lost altogether the Presidency, House and Senate in 1932 and 2020. The Democrats have never failed that badly. You’re fucked if you keep trying to use this ANTIFA burned us down bullshit. Did it work for Trump in 2020? What are all these tourists to Nashville “TennesseeOnLee” thinking when they get here and NOTHING IS BURNED DOWN. It sure as hell isn’t going to work for you in 2022, Dipshit.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Thanks Eddie for pointing out the fact that Nashville, like almost all leftist ghettos, are roughly equivalent to undeveloped, backward countries (“sh*tholes” as a U. S. President so rightly called them). The rich live fabulously, in their very pricey condos and enclaves well guarded privately, of course, in the face of the defunding of the police and the poor are subsidized to live better than they could in a free market. It is the middle class who are constantly squeezed by 30+% annual increases in taxes that is so much a part of leftist government.

        All in all a very sad story Eddie, but one which the middle class in the leftist ghettos so richly deserve. They are too bright for the most part to have been suckered in by liberal, followed inevitably by leftist dogma, as the majority of them voted in one government that was more irresponsible than the one before. In any case, they should get out while they can and my almost limitless supply of sympathy runs out as to the consequences that befall those who so foolishly choose to remain.

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          Cryan says:

          It doesn’t matter. Nashville is going to be split 3 ways. Kevin McCarthy has put his immediate interest above long term. Glen Casada can’t stop it.

          I’ll let you have Congressman Manni Sethi for a couple of terms if that means we end up with 4 Democrats over the next decade with all those “middle class Democrats who deserve it” moving to the region.

          You’re fucked, Stu. I’m starting to see why Trump has your panties in such a wad.

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            Phillip Lassiter says:

            More farting from the talking asshole

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            Cryan says:

            The only thing that may be wrong in what I said is assuming Manni Sethi can beat Carol Swain in the primary. God that would be amazing if you all ended up with Carol Fucking Swain as the candidate in your new Nashville district!!!

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    They are bringing their “Characteristically Highly Photogenic Families”?? To Tennessee?? At whose cost? Wow, are we supposed to be impressed by visiting conservative grifters!

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Erik, since you don’t care who cusses and how much, then it’s open season. F bomb in every post. Fuck yes!!!!!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      For a long time those of us who participated in the “Response/replies” section of this blog lead a more or less charmed life. We a disagreed much as we do now but we did so respectfully and the name calling was more of a teasing kind rather than the profane kind. A vulgarian would appear every now and then but they would generally be ignored and soon move on to social media where their kind of conversation is popular, or so I understand.

      Obviously our luck has run out and we have a leftist vulgarian who has found a home here mainly I suspect because participants every now and then pay attention to him, and even more disturbingly I believe he has succeeded in having a number of individuals no longer participate in this forum because they have better things to do than be abused simply for voicing an opinion with which the vulgarian disagrees.

      Erik has a very tough choice to make under these circumstances. I feel certain that he is not pleased with our acquisition of the leftist vulgarian any more than the rest of us. What does he do? To sit in his office “moderating” responses and replies as does the “Tennessee Star” or “Nashville Scene” is a time consuming thankless undertaking and Erik has “The Tennessee Journal” as well as this blog to put out. Worse still is the fact that it sometimes takes hours for posts to actually appear in the publications that do the moderating which makes conversation between participants nearly impossible or very difficult.

      I sadly agree with the course Erik has chosen to follow. Obviously I enjoy the conversation I have with participants in this forum and I would hate to see anything done to make conversation more difficult. With that conversation, unfortunately, we simply must expect and should tolerate profane, childish nonsense which I obviously choose to ignore. May I suggest that those who enjoy discussing politics with individuals with a variety of opinions continue to do so on this forum while ignoring the few individuals who from time to time do so much to deserve to be ignored.