AP: How the Trade War is Changing Minds in a Senate Battleground

Tosh, a third-generation farmer who almost always votes Republican, said he’s voting this fall for Blackburn’s Democratic opponent, former Gov. Phil Bredesen, in part because Trump’s trade wars are hurting his family business — a sizable one with some 400 employees and 30,000 pigs. The cost of steel needed for new barns is up, Tosh said, and the expanding pork market stands to suffer under new tariffs.

Wall Street Journal: The Battle for the Senate Runs Through Tennessee

"The Tennessee GOP has long been dominated by pragmatists such as the late Sen. Howard Baker, current Sen. Lamar Alexander and Mr. Sundquist, the former GOP governor.

Ms. Blackburn is cut from a different cloth. When Mr. Sundquist, as governor, tried to pass a new state tax in 2001, Ms. Blackburn, then a state senator, led the opposition that killed the bill—a victory she touts in her Senate campaign.

Another dispute erupted earlier in her career, when she was in the Sundquist cabinet. She was irritated when a state official asked her to justify travel expenses with receipts. She burned the receipts and gave a bag of ashes to the official." 

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Another New Poll: Marsha Losing by 10 Points

From the Tennessean:

"Former Gov. Phil Bredesen has a 10-point lead over U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, according to a new poll from Middle Tennessee State University. 

The poll, released Thursday, found 45 percent of 600 registered Tennessee voters said they would choose Bredesen, a Democrat and former Nashville mayor, if the election were immediately held.

Blackburn, a Brentwood Republican, netted 35 percent, with another 17 percent of respondents saying they were not sure. Three percent of respondents declined to answer." 

New Poll: Blackburn Trails Bredesen by 5

From the Tennessean

"Former Gov. Phil Bredesen has a slight edge over U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in a new poll on the U.S. Senate race from a Democratic-leaning firm.

The poll, conducted by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling, surveyed the views of Tennessee registered voters on the U.S. Senate race, approval of President Donald Trump and health care.

Forty-six percent of the survey’s respondents said they would vote for Bredesen compared to 41 percent for Blackburn if the election were immediately held. Thirteen percent of respondents said they were not sure.

The poll, which surveyed roughly 1,000 Tennesseans, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points..."

Read more at the Tennessean here


New PAC to Organize Against Marsha Blackburn

Group of Tennessee Volunteers Form New Grassroots Organization to Stop Fringe Congresswoman’s Bid for the U.S. Senate.

WASHINGTON, DC - A new political action committee founded by an all-volunteer group of grassroots Tennesseans plans to spend the coming months educating voters throughout Tennessee and working to prevent fringe Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn from being elected to the United States Senate.

“Whether it was Al Gore, Phil Bredesen, Bill Haslam, or Lamar Alexander, Tennessee has a long history of electing moderate problem solvers to public office. We’ve been shocked to see today’s Tennessee Republican Party shred that proud tradition by inching closer and closer to nominating someone as extreme as Marsha Blackburn as their candidate for the U.S. Senate.” says Kyle Tharp, a co-founder of Smoky Mountain Values PAC.

“A few of us don’t live in Tennessee anymore, but as folks who have lived nearly all of our lives in the state, we felt the need to start this effort because we know Marsha Blackburn doesn’t share our Tennessee values. For example, while Marsha’s been in Washington, she’s made it easier for billion-dollar international drug corporations to trap our families and communities into a growing opioid crisis. [Watch the 60 Minutes investigation of Marsha Blackburn here] …She’s done absolutely nothing to protect our children from the growing threat of school shootings.”

“...She’s fought tooth and nail against anything getting done in Congress to fix healthcare, or immigration, or education, or infrastructure, or jobs. And although she’s a been a member of Paul Ryan’s leadership team for years, she tries to act like she’s some DC outsider. In fact, Marsha Blackburn is exactly what’s wrong with Washington.”

In the coming months, Smoky Mountain Values will work to run original campaigns to highlight Marsha Blackburn’s out-of-touch policy track record in various outlets. If you’d like to contribute to Smoky Mountain Values PAC, click here.

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Smoky Mountain Values PAC is not affiliated with any candidate or candidate’s committee.