Perhaps disassociating itself from wack-a-doodles like Stacey Campfield would be a good start.
Campfield is currently as state senator in the great state of Tennessee who originally hailed from Binghamton, New York until moving south at age 25.
He currently serves as the Republican member of the Tennessee Senate from the 7th district, encompassing Knoxville, Farragut, and other parts of Knox County.
He was first elected in 2004 to the Tennessee House of Representatives and it did not take him long to make his mark - if being a yet another Republican wack-a-doodle is an enviable mark.
He initially came to public attention when In 2005 he said he was interested in joining the legislative Black Caucus but is seems he was missing one of the key attributes for membership. Perhaps the legislative Ginger Caucus (Caucasian Branch) would not have him???
He was offered an honorary membership but demanded a full membership claiming that the group's bylaws were racist because he said they restrict membership based on race, which described as being more restrictive than the Ku Klux Klan's bylaws. (My note - not a lot of blacks joining the KKK to my knowledge)
The freshman Republican from Knoxville was rebuffed earlier this year when he asked for the Black Caucus’ bylaws and inquired about joining. There are 18 black state lawmakers in Tennessee.
Caucus chairman Rep. Johnny Shaw, a Democrat, dismissed Campfield’s request and called him a “strange guy” who was simply interested in stirring up trouble.
“He is using this as a joke. This is an insult coming from him,” said caucus member Rep. Larry Miller, also a Democrat. “Why he chose to focus on the Black Caucus, I have no idea other than he is crazy and a racist.”
His next brilliant idea for legislation? In 2007 he sponsored a bill to issue death certificates for aborted fetuses. At the time Tennessee law required abortions to be reported to the Office of Vital Records but concealed the identity of the woman.
A state representative introduced legislation that would require death certificates for aborted fetuses, which would be likely to create public records identifying women who have abortions. The representative, Stacey Campfield, a Republican, predicted the bill would pass in the Republican-controlled Senate but would face difficulties in the Democratic-controlled House. “At least we would see how many lives are being ended out there by abortions,” Mr. Campfield said. The number of abortions reported to the state Office of Vital Records is already publicly available. Representative Rob Briley, a Democrat and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, called Mr. Campfield’s proposal “the most preposterous bill I’ve seen” in an eight-year legislative career.http://www.nytimes.c...I_BRF.html?_r=0
And why death certificates for aborted fetuses? Campfield said this:
"The life issue is very important, it's always been very important to me. And we've really hit a stone wall as as any sort of (ant-abortion) legislation moving."http://news.google.c...campfield&hl=en
And of course another issue near and dear to his heart (and other Repubican wack-a-doodles pandering to the NRA) - the right to bear arms.
In 2008, Campfield sponsored a bill requiring public colleges in Tennessee to allow their full-time employees with state-issued handgun-carry permits to carry their handguns on campus. The first draft of the bill included K-12 teachers carrying handguns . The Tennessee Board of Regent opposed the bill, saying that only campus security police at universities should possess weapons on their campuses, and that local police are the best way to protect community college campuses.
However showing dogged determination Campfield has now introduced yet another bill in this legislative session allowing certain persons employed by a local education agency as a faculty or staff member at a K-12 school to possess and carry a firearm.
Up next... Homosexuality. Campfield proposed a bill to ban teachers from teaching about homosexuality in Tennessee's public elementary and middle schools in 2008 saying that the topic should only be discussed by each student's family. The bill died in committee.
In 2102 he was behind a bill known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill -- which would have banned discussion in schools of "sexual orientation other than heterosexuality". In a radio interview pushing the he lashed out at arguments against his bill by comparing homosexuality to bestiality and making what public health officials would characterize as recklessly false assertions about AIDS. And bullying of gay teens? Just a myth (or as he called it "a lark). And if you talk about being gay well that could just push some kid over the edge:
"I just think there are situations where some kids maybe sexually unsecure [sic] in themselves or sexually confused and don't necessarily know clearly what direction they are. If someone, a person of influence, says maybe you're gay, maybe you should explore those things -- maybe the child, who is young and impressionable, says maybe I am gay."
"[Homosexuals] do not naturally reproduce. It has not been proven that it is nature. It happens in nature, but so does beastiality That does not make it right or something we should be teaching in school."
"Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community -- it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. It was an airline pilot, if I recall."
"My understanding is that it is virtually -- not completely, but virtually -- impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex...very rarely [transmitted]."
"What's the average lifespan of a homosexual? it's very short. Google it yourself."
That bill also also failed.
Not meeting much success Campfield then shifted his sights and targeted... WAIT FOR IT... Illegal Immigration. In 2008, Campfield proposed a bill to prohibit Tennessee public colleges from admitting illegal immigrants.
Rep. Stacey Campfield proposed a state law this year that would prohibit state schools from admitting illegal immigrants. It stands in stark contrast to a federal law, which seeks to let illegal immigrants enter public colleges and universities with the possibility of instate tuition.http://tnjn.com/2008...oposes-bill-to/
Okay the Neo Con Christian fundamentalist standard check list, eh?
And what other issue is foremost on the minds of Campfield and his ilk - why those free loading welfare recipients and other government fund recipients. You know the ones Romney identified always with their hands out. Please sir, may I have more???
What is another big issue also... the War on Drugs, right?
So combining the two Campfield pushed for drug testing of all Tennesseans seeking taxpayer-funded benefits - three bills calling for drug testing in the 2012 legislative session: one dealing with persons on welfare, one for those drawing unemployment compensation and one for those receiving workers' compensation benefits. He stated the applicant would be required to cover the cost of testing without state reimbursement. He estimated the costs could be kept to "only $4 or $5" by limiting the tests to "hardcore illegal drugs," such as cocaine, heroin and marijuana. He said the law will deter persons taking illegal drugs from applying for benefits, resulting in taxpayer savings, while having the applicant pay for the tests will eliminate state costs.
These bills also did not pass.
His latest project. If your child is not doing well at school and you are on welfare, then cut back your benefits.
Tennessee state Rep. Stacey Campfield ® introduced a bill this week seeking to make welfare benefits contingent upon the grades of a would-be recipient's children.
Campfield's legislation, filed Thursday, would "require the reduction of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) payments for parents or caretakers of TANF recipients whose children fail to maintain satisfactory progress in school." TANF is more commonly referred to as welfare.
Under Campfield's bill, welfare recipients would face a loss of benefits if their children showed poor academic performance. It's unclear how these factors would be tied to one another, or how the children's performance would be assessed.
In a blog addressing his proposal, Campfield calls his bill a measure to "break the cycle of poverty." According to Campfield, education is a "three legged stool" comprised of schools, teachers and parents. He claims the state has adequately held the first two legs of the school accountable, but argues that it should apply more pressure on the third.
"The third leg of the stool (probably the most important leg) is the parents," Campfield writes. "We have done little to hold them accountable for their child's performance. What my bill would do is put some responsibility on parents for their child's performance."
For the life of me I cannot fathom why Americans are not jumping on the Campfield Express.