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That's Not A Baseline, That's Bill O'Reilly's Head Exploding

Rapper Ludacris says we can stop what's about to happen:
Jul 30, 2008 1:16 PM

Bells Bend Vote Set

From Alexa Hinton:
The Metro Planning Commission will consider the Bells Bend/Scottsboro land use plan at their regularly scheduled meeting at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 14.
Jul 30, 2008 1:06 PM

Endorsements For Dayz

Senator Rosalind Kurita's primary opponent has gotten a lot of endorsements and he wants to tell you about them. His campaign has a press release and everything:
Clarksville’s Labor Organizations United Together (CLOUT) has put their weight behind Barnes. CLOUT includes the Clarksville Montgomery County Education Association, the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 364, the American Federation of Government Employees, the Tennessee AFL-CIO, the International Association of Machinists Union Local 1296, the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters, the Central Labor Council, and the Clarksville Firefighters. Barnes’ campaign also has the endorsement of the United Auto Workers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the State Association of Firefighters, the United Steel Workers, Laborers 386, Machinists District 711, the Tennessee Carpenters Regional Council, the Stage Employees Union, the Communications Workers of America Local 3808, the American Federation of State County Municipal Employees L.L. 2173, the Building and Constructions Trades, the University of Tennessee College Democrats, and the Austin Peay State University College Democrats. Of these endorsements, Barnes says “I’m proud that so many of our community have pledged their support and believe in this campaign. I think it says a lot about what we’re trying to do for this community that the support this campaign continues to receive is from so many varied sources. It really speaks to the desire of this District for a change and we are coming together as a community to make it happen.” Barnes finished by saying, “I’m just honored to be a part of it. I truly am.”
Jul 30, 2008 12:43 PM

Tennessee Equality Project Wants Knoxville Shooting Prosecuted As A Hate Crime

From Chris Sanders:
The Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) and the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation have extended their support, thoughts and prayers to the victims, families, and the entire community of Knoxville after a shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church claimed the lives of two congregation members, and injured others. Leaders also encouraged District Attorneys to prosecute the incident as a hate crime, as Tennessee’s hate crimes statute explicitly includes religion and sexual orientation. A signed, four page letter authored by the gunman stated his hate for “liberals” and “gays.”
Jul 30, 2008 12:30 PM

Breaking The Top Ten

The GOP is set for huge losses in the U.S. Senate, says Politico, but Tennessee is not on the list.
Jul 30, 2008 12:29 PM

Joe Klein Says The Neocons Tried To Have Him Fired

From Huffington Post:
I have now been called antisemitic and intellectually unstable and a whole bunch of other silly things by the folks over at the Commentary blog. They want Time Magazine to fire or silence me. This is happening because I said something that is palpably true, but unspoken in polite society: There is a small group of Jewish neoconservatives who unsuccessfully tried to get Benjamin Netanyahu to attack Saddam Hussein in the 1990s, and then successfully helped provide the intellectual rationale for George Bush to do it in 2003. Their motivations involve a confused conflation of what they think are Israel's best interests with those of the United States. They are now leading the charge for war with Iran. Happily, these people represent a very small sliver of the Jewish population in this country.
Jul 30, 2008 11:57 AM

You Can't Erase The Hate

The Pesky Fly discusses Rep. Steve Cohen latest struggle with waking up white in a district that isn't:
Just as Congressman Steve Cohen's long overdue (if entirely symbolic) resolution to apologise for American slavery passes the House another set of anti-Cohen flyers created by Rev. George Brooks of Murfreesboro, TN hits the streets of Memphis. No matter what you may think of Cohen personally or as a politician Brooks' flyers are revolting examples of the worst humanity has to offer. One of the handouts asks, "Did you know that Jews were involved in the slave trade?"
Jul 30, 2008 11:46 AM

Tuke Be Trippin': Invites Donors To Dine On Primary Night

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Tuke will allow supporters a rare window into his campaign's inner workings on August 7th:
On primary night, we are offering you an unique opportunity – to dine with Bob Tuke in a behind-the-scenes strategy session with myself and Chief Strategist Joe Trippi in Memphis. Donate $50 dollars by Tuesday, August 5 at noon and you may be selected to attend a private political strategy dinner with us as well as have VIP backstage access to our Victory Party on primary election night. If you're selected, you will meet Tuke, Trippi, and Chao in Memphis right before the polls close. We will discuss the campaign strategy and the issues that matter most to you.
Not only does this seem to be a blatant homage to Barack Obama, it also stands out as a pretty marked shot across the bow at his opponents. Obviously, a "strategy meeting" on election night before the votes are counted reveals (or attempts to reveal) a certain confidence in victory. One assumes, after all, that the "strategy session" would not involve the decision whether to stay in adoption law or switch to mergers and acquisitions after a loss.
Jul 30, 2008 11:40 AM

Webb Aide Found Dead

Via Fox News:
An aide to Sen. Jim Webb was found dead from a gunshot wound Tuesday morning, the Virginia Democrat's office confirmed to FOX News on Wednesday. Frederick Wayne Hutchins Jr., 26, ran Webb's Roanoke office.
Jul 30, 2008 11:18 AM

Don't Forget Your Tax-Free Weekend

Via the Bizgirl:
The State of Tennessee is providing a sales tax hoiday this coming Friday through Sunday, August 1-3, 2008. Here is a list of the items that will be available tax-free. Selected clothing and school supplies under $100 are included as well as computers under $1,500.
Jul 30, 2008 11:17 AM