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Gas tax makes no ‘cents’

Scott Frith
Government/Politics columnist

Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a wide-ranging tax proposal that would add 7 cents per gallon on gasoline and 12 cents per gallon on diesel fuel. As part of the governor’s plan, the sales tax on groceries would be lowered by one-half a percent (a 50-cent decrease on a $100 grocery bill) and the Hall income tax decreased.

Most would agree that Tennessee’s bridges need work. Although our state ranks near the top of states in highway quality, we lie near the bottom in bridge health. In fact, one study by TRIP, a transportation research and lobbying firm, found that 19 percent of Tennessee’s bridges are “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.” Supporters of the gas tax increase say that new revenue is needed to repair bridges and fund a backlog of state road projects. Also, they argue it’s only fair that drivers (who use the roads) pay for road improvements.

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A closer look at 2016

Scott Frith
Government/Politics columnist

We all know that 2016 was a great year for Republicans (and a not-so-great year for Democrats), but let’s take a closer look at what happened and what’s ahead in 2017.

First, while the biggest political story of the year was Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential race, some observers were surprised by the size of Trump’s win in Tennessee. Trump won Tennessee by nearly 25 points – a higher margin than Mitt Romney’s 20-point win in 2012 and John McCain’s 15-point win in 2008.

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Johnson had no right to names of provisional voters

Scott Frith
Government/Politics columnist

State Republicans were relieved this month when Rep. Eddie Smith won re-election in state House District 13 by narrowly defeating Democrat Gloria Johnson.

It was a close race and Johnson was right not to concede on election night with so many provisional (paper) ballots pending. However, Johnson was wrong to seek a court order to try to obtain the names and addresses of provisional voters.

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Making the case for Donald Trump

Scott Frith
Government/Politics columnist

This election is rigged. All of it. And if Donald Trump somehow comes back to win on Election Day it will be the biggest upset since Harry Truman came back to defeat Thomas Dewey in 1948.

When I write that the election is rigged, I’m not referring to the vote itself (at least not around here). Tennessee has hard-working election officials who will ensure the integrity of the ballot.

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Brawls and ballots: It’s election week

Scott Frith
Government/Politics columnist

With the party conventions concluded, and the Clinton/Trump race underway, it’s easy to forget there’s an election on Thursday.

In fact, if you had forgotten about this week’s state primary and county general election, you’re not alone. Early voting turnout was below average because there is no statewide non-judicial office (governor or U.S. senator) on the ballot. Competitive statewide elections encourage political advertising and voter interest. There’s none of that this year.

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Candor needed on taxes

Scott Frith
Government/Politics columnist

Most folks around here don’t like the government.

Of course, many of them have a government job in Oak Ridge or at TVA. They drive every day on a road built by the government, stop at a red light installed by the government, and go to sleep in a home paid for with a government-backed loan. On Saturdays each fall, they spend their afternoons cheering for the government-run University of Tennessee football team.

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