Category Archives: Tennessee

BOOK REVIEW: “The Dixiecrat Revolt and the End of the Solid South, 1932-1968” by Kari Frederickson, 336 pages, UNC Press


Reviewed by Gregg Hilton
This is an important and thought provoking book. The author is a professor of history at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and her effort resulted in the Harry Truman Book Award from the Truman Presidential Library. She is a liberal but there is no bias in her account of this period.
The Dixiecrats (or southern Democrats) were predominantly conservative, but the movement also included many racists. She accurately quotes them and that was enough to prove her point. Her account begins with Franklin Roosevelt’s election in 1932, but as she readily acknowledges, the Democratic Party’s Solid South really began with the end of Reconstruction in 1877. Continue reading

Tennessee’s Next Governor: Bill Haslam Has Cut Debt and Employees, Tripled Surplus and Reduced Property Taxes

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, left, won last night's GOP gubernatorial primary and is shown with his primary opponents. In the center is Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and at right is Congressman Zach Wamp.


by Gregory Hilton
Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam won a landslide victory in last nights GOP gubernatorial primary. He now faces Mike McWherter (D), 55, a beer distributor and son of a former governor. Haslam is a heavy favorite to take over the Governor’s Mansion in November. Two term Governor Phil Bredesen (D), a moderate, is retiring because of term limits. Continue reading

Gov. Phil Bredesen (D-TN): The Political Cost for Democrats of this Spending is Going to be Huge

Editorial Note by Gregory Hilton: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged today that Republicans could win back control of the House of Representatives. If he wants to know why a backlash has developed, an excellent person to consult is retiring Governor Phil Bredesen (D-TN). Continue reading

1988: When Al Gore Battled the Liberal Democrats by Gregory Hilton

Former Vice President Al Gore is now a liberal icon. He made global warming a prominent issue, is a hero to the environmental movement, and has been vigorous in his criticism of the Iraq war. Today the former Vice President’s endorsement is a highly sought after seal of approval by liberal candidates. Gore’s left wing views are far different from the moderate record he established during his four terms in the House and 8 years in the U.S. Senate.
Back then he had a pro-defense voting record on the Armed Services Committee, and criticized liberal Democrats who wanted to cut the Pentagon budget. Gore first came to national prominence during the 1988 presidential campaign. Continue reading