" Yeah, perhaps Senator Stacey Campfield is right....the UT administration ought to be spending some..."
Katie Allison Granju on the disturbing case of a Knox County Clerk candidate husband's assault of her and her male companion and the subsequent accusations and counter-accusations:
As for me personally, the thing I find most disturbing is that fact that at least half the commenters on the stories about this topic published at WBIR.com and at KnoxNews.com seem to hold the opinion that if a woman “misbehaves” (and let me be clear that I am in no way suggesting that this is true or untrue of Ms. Vandergriff - I have no idea beyond her husband’s public allegations), then it’s okay for a man to become physically violent toward her and/or the other party involved. This point of view is only a few steps removed from the idea of “honor killings” in other parts of the world.
Jun 12, 2008 9:59 AM
Daniel McCarthy doesn't see anything wrong with possible Vice-Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal's views on exorcism:
TalkingPointsMemo thinks that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s invovlement in an exorcism — which he wrote about for the New Oxford Review, “a serious right-wing Catholic journal” as TPM says — might disqualify him from becoming McCain’s veep. I beg to differ: there’s nothing McCain needs more than an exorcist.
Jun 12, 2008 9:53 AM
Enclave thinks that the Metro Council and the Mayor may be headed for a political reckoning down the road:
M. Cass points out that third and final reading of the Mayor's budget has been moved up ahead of schedule. I interpret that to mean that it will sail through with no council resistance. Talk about your soft touch. With practically no resistance at all, they are putting themselves in a seat next to Mayor Dean that could get very hot over the next 13 months.
Jun 12, 2008 9:51 AM
Via Progressive Nashville:
Several well-connected Republicans say they've heard the buzz that Dobbs, famous for his sharp commentary about Washington policies and politics, may be turning his sights on Trenton and has inquired about the steps necessary to start a campaign. Reached by telephone Wednesday at his home -- a 300-acre horse farm in Wantage, Sussex County -- Dobbs would not say whether he has any such plans. Asked if he wanted to deny it, Dobbs said, "I'm just not going to comment."
Jun 12, 2008 9:49 AM
Marsha Blackburn's Republican opponent comments on her continuing trouble with the FEC:
“What really disturbs me about all of this and one of the reasons I got into the race was just this pattern of mismanagement of funds, this pattern of self-service,” Leatherwood told The City Paper Wednesday. “And that’s what continues to disturb me about her now. She’s just become a part of that self-serving culture in D.C. rather than being the public servant we sent her up there to be.”
Jun 12, 2008 8:54 AM
Amy Griffith reports that the mostly white "urban pioneeers" of Nashville's downtown will likely not be successful in getting their neighborhoods exempt from a school rezoning plan which would have their children attending a majority black school:
No decisions were made, but conversation at a Metro school rezoning task force meeting Wednesday indicated that several booming downtown neighborhoods — including Germantown, Hope Gardens, Salemtown and the Gulch — will remain part of the Pearl-Cohn cluster in the task force’s final proposal to the Board of Education.SEE ALSO: Enclave
Jun 12, 2008 8:37 AM
Greg Siskind reports:
The Los Angeles Times is reporting something I suspected was true, but it is nice to see documentation. The paper analyzed the backgrounds of the 500 Californians who have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and found that 59 were immigrants. Dozens more were first generation children of immigrants. Does anyone see any irony here?
Jun 12, 2008 8:33 AM
Both of the "major" candidates for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate are campaigning at a furious pace leading up to the primary in August. For their efforts Bob Tuke got written up in East Tennessee and Mike Padgett got some coverage for his visit to Clarksville.
Jun 12, 2008 8:28 AM
From the Hill:
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) must commit to helping illegal immigrants achieve citizenship or else risk losing the vital Latino vote in the general election, Hispanic Democratic lawmakers are warning.
Jun 12, 2008 8:15 AM