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Amendment 1: Inserts constitutional language empowering the legislature to enact, amend or repeal statutes regarding abortion
I will be voting Yes See http://www.votethemouttoday.com/blog/tn-amendment-1-2014/ for more info.

Amendment 2: Empowers the governor to appoint judges subject to confirmation by the general assembly
I will be voting No See http://www.votethemouttoday.com/blog/tn-amendment-2-2014/ for more info.

Amendment 3: Prohibits the legislature from levying or permitting any tax upon payroll or earned personal income
I will be voting Yes See http://www.votethemouttoday.com/blog/tn-amendment-3-2014/ for more info.

Amendment 4: Empowers the legislature to permit lotteries for events that benefit 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) organizations
I will be voting yes See http://www.votethemouttoday.com/blog/tn-amendment-4-2014/ for more info.

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The official ballot text reads as follows: “     Shall Article XI, Section 5 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by deleting the following language: All other forms of lottery not authorized herein are expressly prohibited unless authorized by a two-thirds vote of all members elected to each house of the general assembly for an annual event operated for the benefit of a 501(c)(3) organization located in this state, as defined by the 2000 United States Tax Code or as may be amended from time to time.

and by substituting instead the following language: All other forms of lottery not authorized herein are expressly prohibited unless authorized by a two-thirds vote of all members elected to each house of the general assembly for an annual event operated for the benefit of a 501(c)(3) or a 501(c)(19) organization, as defined by the 2000 United States Tax Code, located in this state.

What the wording doesn’t state is that 501(c)(19) are Veteran Organizations.

Everything is detailed on BallotPedia.

My take: To allow Veterans to run a lottery yes  To ban Veterans from running a lottery no

 

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The official ballot text reads as follows: “Shall Article II, Section 28 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following sentence at the end of the final substantive paragraph within the section: Notwithstanding the authority to tax privileges or any other authority set forth in this Constitution, the Legislature shall not levy, authorize or otherwise permit any state or local tax upon payroll or earned personal income or any state or local tax measured by payroll or earned personal income; however, nothing contained herein shall be construed as prohibiting any tax in effect on January 1, 2011, or adjustment of the rate of such tax.

Background:

There is no general state income tax in Tennessee. There is, however, an income tax on dividends from stocks and interest on certain bonds. This income tax is known as the “Hall Income Tax.” The tax rate is 6%. Constitutionally, Tennessee could enact an income tax on wages, salaries and so on. Amendment 3 would amend the constitution to prohibit the possibility of an income tax in the future.

It is all detailed on BallotPedia

My take on it To ban income taxes yes  to let them impose an income tax no

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Shall Article VI, Section 3 of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by deleting the first and second sentences and by substituting instead the following:

Judges of the Supreme Court or any intermediate appellate court shall be appointed for a full term or to fill a vacancy by and at the discretion of the governor; shall be confirmed by the Legislature; and thereafter, shall be elected in a retention election by the qualified voters of the state. Confirmation by default occurs if the Legislature fails to reject an appointee within sixty calendar days of either the date of appointment, if made during the annual legislative session, or the convening date of the next annual legislative session, if made out of session. The Legislature is authorized to prescribe such provisions as may be necessary to carry out Sections two and three of this article.

The Tennessee Constitution states, “The judges of the Supreme Court shall be elected by the qualified voters of the state.” Since 1971, however, the state has had a merit-selection process for judiciaries. Since 1994, the Judicial Selection Committee has selected nominees for appellate courts. The governor then selects judges from those nominees, and constituents vote whether or not to retain them. This arrangement has been known as the “Tennessee Plan.” Amendment 2 would dismantle the Judicial Selection Committee. The proposed arrangement is known as the “Modified Federal Plan.”

It is all detailed on BallotPedia

My take on it: If you want politicians to decide yes  If you want to decide no

 

 

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Text of Section 1:

That all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; for the advancement of those ends they have at all times, an unalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.

Proposed Amendment: Shall Article I, of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section:

Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.

In order to do your own research. Everything is detailed at BallotPedia

My take on it: Pro-Life Yes Pro-Choice No

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I keep thinking about this and the fact that it keeps coming to my mind tells me to comment on it. There is quite a bit of information out there, yet too many people don’t consider it important. For many years I didn’t bother voting. I had the same thoughts as many ” My vote doesn’t matter “, ” It’s only one vote “, along with many other excuses. Hopefully if you read this post and watch the videos and follow the links you will realize as I did that your vote does matter and if enough people will vote their biblical values things will change.

The first thing is John Hagee Ministries has T Shirts available saying Vote The Bible. I have ordered mine because it is a message to anyone you come in contact with. Order yours here Vote The Bible T Shirt.

The next thing is John Hagee has preached a whole series about voting biblical values, it was from before the 2012 elections but it is still valid today and time is growing shorter. You can listen at http://podbay.fm/show/461747136/e/1314745985?autostart=1

Again, this is from around 2012 but it does give you some information about the consequences of your vote.

Then there are things from David Barton at Wallbuilders 

One Vote Matters

Thank You for reading and I hope it helps clear up the urgency I feel to encourage people to vote.

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