What's Ron Ramsey Got in Store for You? Let the Man Who Steers Tennessee's Legislature Tell You Himself...

Really, you should take the time here to find out. Medicaid? Background checks on guns? School vouchers? Whether you should keep the right to nominate your U.S. Senator? It's all here.

Posted by Jackson Baker on Sun, Mar 31, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey
  • JB
  • Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey

The video of this candid exchange between Capitol Hill reporters and the man who is arguably calling most of the shots in Tennessee state government begins as Ramsey is explaining why he seems to be rushing to get through the current session — something that isolated (and intrepid) members of his own Republican Party have dared to complain about.

The video ends as Ramsey is explaining why it really isn't necessary for Tennessee voters to vote on nominating candidates for the U.S. Senate — an idea which may shortly find itself on the way to being state law.

In between, Ramsey....Well, see and hear for yourself. This installment is no longer than a TV sitcom, and, unlike, say, The Big Bang Theory, this one features you as the main character. You really need to know what he's got planned for you. Get your popcorn, kiddies....

This Is Your State Government: Ron Ramsey Speaks His Mind to Reporters from Jackson Baker on Vimeo.

Comments (26)

Showing 1-25 of 26

I like the idea of these interviews on video. The only problem I have is I can't hear all the questions. Some of those from the other side of the room didn't register with my old ears. I do have some hearing loss so that may be the explanation. Anything you can do to help the hearing impaired will be greatly appreciated.

report 3 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by Drift Boat on 03/31/2013 at 11:31 AM

@Drift_Boat It seems like Vimeo does not yet have closed captioning at all, but YouTube seems to.

report 1 like, 0 dislikes   
Posted by merlin on 03/31/2013 at 2:34 PM

"I've been here 21 years" . . . One of the, if not the biggest problem with government today. That and the fact that Ramsey is a giant, egomaniacal douche.

report 8 likes, 6 dislikes   
Posted by mad_merc on 03/31/2013 at 3:58 PM

I have to agree with mad merc that Ramsey sold out the conservative for the past two years. That is why I became an Independent from a card carrying Republican, and we still seem to have a Senate filled with RINOs.

And to think, I actually voted for Ramesy as a governor??

Have no fear Democrats both on the State and federal level. From what I am witnessing, the Republican Party is attempting to steal YOUR liberal fascist platform just as YOU stole the American Socialist platform in the 1940's.

report 1 like, 1 dislike   
Posted by B_Broadhead on 04/01/2013 at 12:38 PM

From Tennessee State Senator to Probate Court Judge, Jim Kyle...The Commission got it right

report 2 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by JustRight on 04/01/2013 at 4:09 PM

Are you saying Senator Kyle got the appointment? The AOC announced that Kathleen Gomes is the new judge. I'll be in the courthouse on Friday, I suppose I can look and see who's on the bench.

report 2 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by Drift Boat on 04/01/2013 at 8:17 PM

John Ford used to be the go to guy to get s*** done in the Tennessee House of Morons, but since Big John was hauled away (for being an uppity black guy from Mempho), who is the man to bribe to get something moved to the head of the pile?

report 1 like, 4 dislikes   
Posted by Senor on 04/06/2013 at 8:42 AM

John Ford could run rings around this lousy hick Ramsey better yet Jethro, you bet Ramsey is filling his pockets and coming up with silly bills that doesnt address jobs ! he care less about the working man and woman of this state ,Republicans have shown this country who they are loyal to that wealthy 1%, Ford has been out of office 8yrs and you internet cowards want leave the man alone you got what you wanted Republicans in control of this red state and they dont care about you at all sad

report 5 likes, 3 dislikes   
Posted by sick of Lies on 04/07/2013 at 6:44 PM


Too bad your pithy comments were ruined by the your complete inability to use proper grammar.

I enjoyed trying to decipher it. It was fairly slow reading without periods to end one sentence and capitalization to start the next. Good job on the one exclamation point.

It is always fun to listen to the squeal of impotent rage.

Give me more, please. How about some stuff about Mark Norris and Curry Todd only serving to fatten their wallets, or maybe they are power mad, hate the poor, and so on.

Come on, squeal some more for us.

report 5 likes, 2 dislikes   
Posted by ArlingtonPop on 04/07/2013 at 9:24 PM

@ AP

You have to admit, John Ford was all about "gun control" and the best way to make people see his side of the argument. He also gave the term "criminal" a mich higher meaning in the Tennessee Congress.

report 2 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by B_Broadhead on 04/08/2013 at 6:24 AM

It is amazing how some postes harp on the way some posters use grammar. They don't seem to realize that not everyone is equally accomplished in the skills of writing, however, everyone has an opinion and that opinion is just as importatnt as the next person's.

I have no problem with grammar because these are working, good citizens that are merely trying to express their thoughts. Regardless of their use of the english language, I respect their thoughts and/or opinions.

The Tennessee GOP has reached their zenith and there is but one way to go, down. Politics run in circles. You cannot legislate and make everyone happy. But, the one no-no in politics is never, ever try to take away something that affects the pocket book of the voters. That is true regardless of party affiliation. A good example of that is Bobby Jindal, governor of LA. He was reelected with a 2/3 majority, now, his popularity is down to 38% approval. It is all because of his economic policies and just plain crazy legislation. His latest proposal, dropping state personal income taxes and depending on sales taxes is a prime example. It is one of the GOP'S standard talking points and sound good, however, the average citizen is not stupid. They realize that this is merely another way to reduce the burden of wealthy people at the expense of the average, ordinary worker. It would lower the burde tremendously for wealthy people whil crushing the little guy. The people have also found that vouchers for private education, statewide, on a vast scale, do nothing to better the public school system. Also, now the people of LA finally realize that Jidal's turning down of Obamacare will cost more than 100,000 people to be uninsured; that has finally hit home.

Tennessee is trying to go down that same path, but, they also have even crazier legislation proposed. Yes, beginning in 2014, you will begin to see more democrats elected to the general assembly, especially from the big four cities.

Btw, a real politician is returning back to Memphis to take the reins of the Shelby County Democratic wing. His name, Harold E. Ford, senior. He is moving back to Memphis and is opening up a mega funeral home off of Sycamore Veiw. It was reported on our radio station this moring. NOw, whether you like him or not, he is a master politician and yes, he can get african americans to go to the polls, whether in a presidential or off year election. Steve Cohen, beware!

report 3 likes, 9 dislikes   
Posted by oldtimeplayer on 04/08/2013 at 7:57 AM


True enough. Whether it was waving a pistol around on the Interstate or pointing a shotgun at MLGW workers, John was all about controlling those guns.


This board consists of written communications. If you can't use anything like proper grammar when you post (forget misspellings, letter transpositions and the like, we all do those things) then you make yourself look like a boob. If he wishes his opinion to be taken seriously, "sick" should not post stuff that looks like it came from an uneducated moron. When a reader has to spend more time trying to dechipher the words rather than understanding the message, that is not a good thing.

No one is saying he/she does not have a right to an opinion or the right to express it. If they choose to express it
poorly, there are credibility issues.

Actually, good to see Harold coming back. He was my Congressman once upon a time and thought he did a very good job of looking out for his constituent's interests. I don't know if he is wanting to get back into politics, but it will be interesting to see what leadership role he chooses to play, if any.

report 7 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by ArlingtonPop on 04/08/2013 at 9:58 AM


We are not children in school. There are no tests to take and pass.

You are clever and, in your sneaky way, mean spirited. I have yet to see a post that was so convoluted that I could not figure out the intent of the poster without too much effort. It is just like a soldier in a foxhole with you during war. Do you care whether he/she can recite Shakespere or shoot straight?

A peron does not loose credibility because they are not as grammar conscience as the next. A person looses credibility by his total falsity and knowledge of the topic at hand. However, as far as personal opinions, whatever a person bring to the table is valuable for it is their personal opinion.

My understanding of Harold Ford Sr moving back to Memphis is twofold. He wants to enlarge and set the family business( funeral home) back to profitability. The Fords are a large family and they don't like to work for other people. A thriving funeral home will be a foundation for the younger members of the family to work while honing their skills for other endeavors, like politics. The second reason is to set the stage for a possible comeback for Harold Jr. He wants back in the game of politics.

Even after all of this time, Harold Sr. still has the popularity to muster votes, plenty of them. The existing political people here, they may not like it, will automatically set him up to be a political power broker. Until it is shown that he doesn't possess the power to muster votes as in the past, local politicians will kow-tow to him.

report 2 likes, 7 dislikes   
Posted by oldtimeplayer on 04/08/2013 at 12:57 PM


I will decide for myself what causes a person to lose credibility and you may decide for yourself. I think those who come on a board where writing skills are required and then can't even contruct a proper sentence lose some credibility. You may disagee and that is OK with me.

Personally, I find it hypocritical and a bit amusing that someone with your record of name calling, usually vicious name calling, can refer to another poster as "mean- spirited". I will remind you the days of intimidation by such methods are over. Way over. I wonder you think it useful to keep doing it.

You are free to express your opinion. When you do it on a public message board, others are free to criticize. Which is why you hold the record for the number of 'dislikes' attached to your posts. If I got so many "dislikes" I might pause and consider what I am doing to earn them. I find it strange that OTP just continues on and on, day after day, blissfully unaware that constant belligerence, unleavened by reason, persuades no one. The cockfighters being a perfect example of both.

You may be right that Steve Cohen, the most powerful politician in Shelby County, will kow-tow to Harold. May even greet him with flowers at the airport, kiss him on the cheek, and wash his feet.

But I doubt it. Power is not given up that easily.

report 7 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by ArlingtonPop on 04/08/2013 at 2:13 PM

The real estate Mr. Ford bought for what will be his rather large sized funeral home and all is prime real estate for Memphis. There is, however, a charity for disadvantaged children which is to relocate because of this and that is just not right.

Nice ethics, that.

report 4 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by merlin on 04/08/2013 at 2:42 PM


Just what is wrong with Mr. Ford buying that property? Is it because of the charity that is located there? The charity can move, while, in a capital market, Mr. Ford or any private buyer would have first crack at it. I am sure that the charity was given an oppotunity to buy it.

Merlin, you are trying to make an issue out of nothing.

report 1 like, 6 dislikes   
Posted by oldtimeplayer on 04/08/2013 at 4:18 PM


Now, that is what I call a total loss of credibility!

Steve Cohen was defeated by the elder Ford and also by the younger. The only reason Cohen finally won election is because, after 20 years of Ford Sr and a subsequent 10 of Ford Jr, he gave up his seat to run for the senate.

Having either one of the Fords back in Memphis is the worse political nightmare that Cohen could possibly think of. If the younger Ford also returns and decides to run for Cohen's seat, african american voters will drop Cohen for Ford Jr in less than a NY minute.

report 1 like, 7 dislikes   
Posted by oldtimeplayer on 04/08/2013 at 4:39 PM


What, exactly lost me credibility:

That Cohen is the most powerful politician in Shelby County?

That he will not welcome Mr. Ford back with open arms?

My statement that power does not give up easily?

Or was it something else?

report 5 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by ArlingtonPop on 04/08/2013 at 6:03 PM

It is still a shame that Memphis is still saddled with the vote for the color or vote for the name mentality than anything else. When you have that kind of mindset you get what you deserve. And Memphis sure is getting what it deserves. Harold Ford Jr. would probably beat Morgan Freeman for any election here even with his voting record and scandal.

report 5 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by diogenes323 on 04/08/2013 at 6:14 PM

Man, I miss that picture of OTP and Pop embracing. Those were the days...

report 1 like, 1 dislike   
Posted by TruckStop on 04/08/2013 at 8:50 PM

Harold Ford Sr. is a widely respected figure among Democrats in Shelby County, including Steve Cohen. The two have worked together amicably on numerous issues since Cohen's election in 2006. Regardless of his relationship to Cohen, that dude is pretty much royalty around here.

Harold Jr., on the other hand, has about as much of a chance at winning an election against Steve Cohen in 2014 as I do. You don't get to blow off your home town supporters like that and then come swooping back in on a helicopter like the prodigal son returned from New York. You have to dance with the ones that brought ya, and we aren't going to settle for being Jr.'s second choice as long as we've got this great guy who still treats us right. This isn't the same city that elected Jr. the first time. We've grown up and moved on. If he wants us back he needs to put in some serious work.

I will never understand anyone, black or white, who thinks that this city votes on race. Blacks have been voting for whites since the first day they got the franchise. Who else were they going to vote for? Memphis votes on the basis of relationships, not race, and we're such orphans in this godforsaken state that we're willing to stick by our loyal friends to the very end, even if they're a little bit shady on the side. The Fords weren't invincible because they're black, they kept winning elections for so long because they served their constituents well. It took the freaking feds to take down John Ford. Herenton took himself down. And unless you count Kefauver, nobody ever took down Crump.

The last thing we need are more outsiders while we've got Nashville breathing down our necks. I'm glad to hear Harold Sr. is back in town. We could use his help. But don't sit there and tell me that I like the guy just because he's black. That's an insult to me and him.

report 3 likes, 3 dislikes   
Posted by autoegocrat on 04/08/2013 at 11:39 PM


Good post. I do have a problem with one aspect of it. Harold Ford Jr, even though he left for NY would still defeat Cohen. Ford would do this because, as you say, relationship. The Fords are simply powerful because they have always paid attention to their constituents. better, bar none, than anyone that we have had. They don't just make speeches in the relatively safe confines of the Peabody or some forum or home out east, they actually walk the neighborhoods of south, north Memphis. They frequent the local clubs, eat at the local eateries, stop and talk to the corner hangers. Not only do they talk the talk but they also walk the walk. The other thing is that they have a reputation of not backing down or making deals that go against the best interest of their constituents. They were the only ones in Memphis that could pass out a sample ballot with their handpicked people on it and get them elected. They had the power to mobilize the voters on any issue that they supported, whether in a presidential or off year election. Yes, people have moved on, however, legends never move on, they remain and will be just as relevant today as yesterday, should they so desire.

The thought that we only vote for race is ludicrus. It is just like calling the pot black. How many black anything has been elected to any office in the suburbs, munis or, unincorporated areas, and that includes the old SCS? Hell, we only were able to elect officials, black, in Memphis when we got the majority.

To equate Herrington to Harold Sr and Jr. is not even close. Herrington was chosen by the then leaders, mostly the clergy, to run so as to not delute the black vote. He was not the peoples' candidate. There is no comparison.

As far as Nashville breathing down our backs, Harold Sr and Jr can bring relief. They both have strong connections in Washington, D. C. You must remember that a large amount of government funding comes to Tennessee via D. C. They could actually be a boon for Memphis, the federal angle in the battle between Memphis and Nashville. Me, I woudl rather put my bet on the ones that handle the money, D. C., that the gop led state General Assembly.

report 1 like, 4 dislikes   
Posted by oldtimeplayer on 04/09/2013 at 8:05 AM

OTP says...


Just what is wrong with Mr. Ford buying that property? Is it because of the charity that is located there? The charity can move, while, in a capital market, Mr. Ford or any private buyer would have first crack at it. I am sure that the charity was given an oppotunity to buy it.

Merlin, you are trying to make an issue out of nothing."


A charity for disadvantaged children has to relocate because this one Ford bought out the property.

What part of that do you find ethical?

What part of that do you find decent?

Heck, fellow!

What part of that do you find humane?

Do you even know where the property is? I do. I pass it all the time, actually.

One would think that someone whose family is known for public service (kinda) as well as funeral homes and such (kinda) would not want to displace a charity for disadvantaged children. It would be good p.r. at a minimum and a decent act toward the disadvantaged youth of Memphis at a maximum.

Again, OTP

What part of all of this do you think honorable?

report 3 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by merlin on 04/09/2013 at 11:39 AM


This is not a one street country town. There are plenty available buildings, etc that this charity can move to, especially closer to the people they are serving, Frayser, North Memphis, etc.

Even though charities do laudable work, the workers at some charities make big bucks in relation to the services they offer.

Harold Ford Sr. did not displace this charity, the owner of the property did. He/she did not have to sell. Here, the onus should not be on the buyer, but, on the owner. Had not Harold Ford Sr. purchased the property, isn't it concievable that someone else would.?
The work of helping disadvantaged kids should not stop because of location. Heck, if they were housing those kids, there are empty schools that are available for as little as 1 dollar per year for qualified non-profits that are doing charitable work.

What happened to those poor small business owners, regardless of race, that was displaced when St. Jude wanted to expand?

Like I said before, you were trying to start something from nothing because the Fords were involved. We all know that charities, small businessess, poor people, etc, have been uprooted before and will continue to be uprooted in the name of private business or someone with the money to pay.

Why don't you and like-minded people get together and find that charity a better location in one of the munis?

report 1 like, 5 dislikes   
Posted by oldtimeplayer on 04/09/2013 at 12:01 PM


I do not know of this "Ford family" all soo much because of how I am not from here at all. Therefore, why would I care about them, really? They are not the Kennedy's. They are not the Shriver's. You know what I mean? They have not made national news in terms of anything regarding their family's achievements or overall lack therefore. They are not written of in American History texts and such. Give me a break.

So the bottom line is that a children's charity which is located in Raleigh and therefore not all that far from Frayser is to re locate and all of that in order to accommodate some nitwit whose family is known here for rather illicit and oftentimes not even remotely morally sound acts. That is cute. Lovely. Hope to see more of it.

Since you love this whole situation just so very much, why not buy into one of their funeral plans when the joint opens? You are a gentleman of a certain age, after all, and so you should start thinking about such matters if you have not done so already.

If someone cannot look at the plight of impoverished children in a tolerant minded fashion then they more than likely would have no respect for the dead. So, there would be that, I guess.

I'm calling things a day with the comments area of this particular article if it is all the same.

report 7 likes, 0 dislikes   
Posted by merlin on 04/09/2013 at 12:53 PM
Showing 1-25 of 26

Add a comment