Post Politics: 15 April 2008

Gov. Phil Bredesen registers his disapproval of Barack Obama's now infamous "bitter" remark, verbalizing the belief that rural, small-town voters often reflexively seek refuge in immigration, social and firearm issues rather than focusing on economic reality. The Tennessee Republican Party, never one to shy away from criticizing Obama (unless explicitly directed), has also weighed in on the subject.

For her part, Hillary Clinton is taking full advantage of Obama's choice of words.

Sen. Lamar Alexander proposes to simplify the tax code by allowing taxpayers to opt in to a 17 percent flat income tax.

The state House has voted 84-11 in favor of a bill prohibiting those under 14 from obtaining a small-engine motorcycle license.

The Lebanon City Council will hear a proposal tonight which would allow city police and fire employees returning from active military duty a paid "transitional leave" period as they prepare to return to work and civilian life.

The Army looks for a few good men and women on YouTube.

Area universities lobby the legislature to protect their lucrative relationships with credit card companies against a bill that would restrict how those companies can solicit students.

The state Senate Commerce, Labor, and Agriculture Committee will discuss a bill today that would require employers who employ more than 25 people to provide paid sick leave for their workers.

The AP mistakenly attributes to Sen. Alexander a quote that actually came from Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois.

More and more, the state of Tennessee is having to go after mothers for delinquent child support payments.

As mediation takes more and more disputes out of the courtroom, state judges go to school to get in on the sometimes-$500-an-hour action.

Nashville's own state Rep. Mary Pruitt has amended an open records bill to insure that state officials and lawmakers are notified when they are a subject of a records request. Newspaper editorialists are not too happy about this idea.

U.S. Senate candidate Bob Tuke reports that he had raised $225,533.33 during the first-quarter reporting period.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports on Tennessee teen political activism.

A Tennessee blog devoted to the presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney still holds out hope that Romney will be chosen at McCain's ticketmate. A homemaker wife is prevented by the Tennessee Supreme Court from sharing in husband's inherited stock portfolio upon divorce.

The Associated Press reports that Gov. Bredesen has signed 126 bills into law during his tenure.

Mike Byrd urges vigilance and persistence in citizens attempting to get businesses to defer to noise complaints by nearby residents.

On the day most Americans' tax bill comes due, one liberal blogger is challenging those on the right to look at Americans' effective tax rate rather than propagate misinformation about their overall tax burden.

Russ McBee challenges the charge that the mainstream media carries a liberal bias.

The state House has approved a bill that would require nonprofits receiving money from specialty license plates to adhere to strict reporting guidelines.

And finally, Mr. Turnbow suggests a new campaign slogan for Rep. Lincoln Davis.