Post Politics: 14 April 2008

In a restaurant in Chattanooga, Gov. Phil Bredesen is asked point blank by a voter: "[W]ho are you going to vote for? Hillary or Hussein?"

Hillary Clinton seems unconcerned with securing the endorsement of Al Gore.

What I want is a guarantee: Barack Obama removes any doubt as to whether he will offer Al Gore a place in his administration.

The future of how Tennessee selects judges is very much in doubt as the "Tennessee plan" sunsets.

John Rodgers reports that VOLPAC's $750,000 worth of contributions to either the Tennessee Republican Party or GOP legislative candidates gives us a pretty good idea about Bill Frist's gubernatorial intentions.

Matt Pulle's coverage of the U.S. Senate Democratic Primary leads Nashville Scene readers to pine for Jeff Woods' balanced coverage of the 2007 Mayoral contest.

Should Metro be making so many concessions to keep a hockey team that cannot sell out their home game playoff tickets?

An Arkansas newspaper urges lawmakers in that state to look to Tennessee before instituting a lottery that doles out scholarship funds.

Supporters of a candidate for state House in District 71 are protesting the extension of the filing deadline for candidacy due to the withdrawal of the incumbent in the race.

Evangelical Christian leader, McCain supporter and former presidential candidate Gary Bauer floats Fred Thompson's name as a potential VP choice.

Councilman Jerry Maynard wants a distinction made between "sexually oriented businesses" and "beer cabarets."

Exemptions to the sales tax are projected to cost the state almost $2.7 billion next year.

Sometimes who you are is enough, dawg: Mayoral staffers bemoan the end of the HBO series The Wire.

Metro Councilwoman Emily Evans cobbles together a second installment of her "Dummies Guide" to the Metro budget.

As the economy goes south, Rep. Lincoln Davis looks to protect food stamp funding.

A Germantown blogger urges a call to codes concerning semi-demolished, vacant apartments on 6th Avenue.

Bredesen makes the case for the stability of the sales tax: "It doesn't grow as much as an income tax does in good years. It doesn't shrink as much as income taxes do in tough years."

Rep. Donna Rowland wants a ruling from the Tennessee Attorney General about whether Rutherford County can give tax breaks to a new bible park.

Dru Fuller explains why Speaker Jimmy Naifeh has a full jar of blowpops sitting on his desk.

The Scotsman reports that plans are in the works for Al Gore and former President Jimmy Carter to encourage Hillary Clinton to withdraw from the Democratic race for President.

Nashville-area lawmakers Sen. Doug Jackson and Rep. Sherry Jones were among legislators receiving the highest per -diem disbursements from the state.

New Fair Board chief Buck Dozier discusses the future of the current site of the State Fairgrounds.

Blogger Joe Lance points to some bills before the legislature he calls "undesirable."

Republicans had long thought that the seat of former Lt. Gov. John Wilder would be a slam-dunk pickup for Republicans once he left office . But Democratic advantages this election cycle may put a crimp in those plans.

Tom Humphrey reports on the newly assertive House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh's role in shaping policy in the legislature.

A Pennsylvania native, Tennessee Republican Party Spokesman Bill Hobbs discusses the lay of the political landscape and what kind of Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are trying to sway in the upcoming primary in that state.

One of Barack Obama's economic advisers proposes the IRS use electronic data it collects from W-2s and 1099s to send a suggested tax bill to taxpayers. Taxpayers could then elect to pay the suggested amount or calculate their own taxes.

One blogger wonders why a recent Al Gore speech was banned to the working press when the speech was made available online and speech attendees were allowed to blog about the speech.

And finally, Vic Lineweaver's Juvenile Court Clerk shop is again in the news.