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Untoward

The Southern Beale thinks the AP's Ron Fournier is in the tank for McCain because he was once approached for a job by the campaign.
Jul 30, 2008 9:22 AM
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Who Are They? Why Are They Here?

S-Town Mike is troubled by the number of absentee landlords in his community:
Another troubling stat is that more than half of all residential lots are held by absentee owners.  Even though absentee owners exercise influence over the planning process, they tend to be less involved in the everyday life of the neighborhood.  Our absentee owner rate is over twice the rate of properties in some east and west Nashville neighborhoods, although it is consistent with other mostly African American north Nashville neighbors like Fisk and Hadley Park.  It would be hard to judge whether or not there is a subtle form of racism in the higher absentee owner rate without knowing what the ethnic breakdown of the absentee owners is.
Jul 30, 2008 9:18 AM

In Defense Of Gridlock

Daniel Larison breaks it down:
What insiders and journalists complain about when they refer to gridlock are the glimmers of representative government, as different constituencies and interests compete with one another for limited resources and attempt to thwart contrary interests, and for the most part when there are great “bipartisan” pieces of legislation passed by Congress this means that both houses actively ignored or compromised the interests of their constituents.  Some of this dealmaking is an unavoidable part of the system, but a political culture that raises bipartisanship up as some sort of ideal is also responsible for fashioning the unrepresentative Washington consensus on national security, trade, immigration and foreign policy, among other things.
Jul 30, 2008 9:17 AM

For Real?

Public radio grasps the obvious:
The U.S. House issued a formal apology for slavery yesterday. Memphis Democrat Steve Cohen sponsored the apology and it could help him in his tough primary fight in a majority African American district next week.
Jul 30, 2008 8:41 AM

Shouting Dreadlocks In A Crowded Theater

Say Uncle explains why a recent pro-gun control editiorial by Green Party Senate candidate Chris Lugo is not all the rage on the Tennessee blogs:
Lugo is kind of a joke. Even our local progressives are tired of him astroturing all the open progressive forums (say, is that a crosspost?); newsgroups; gmail groups; and local boards with his peace, love and dope. Like your embarrassing aunt who gets hammed at all the family funcitons, you just kinda look the other way after a while.
Jul 30, 2008 8:36 AM
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287(g) In The Wrong 'Hood

Ken Whitehouse points out an interesting conundrum for those hoping for a immigration restrictionist candidate for Congress if Jim Cooper joins a future Obama administration. Sheriff Daron Hall, it would seem, lives in Marsha Blackburn's Davidson County sliver:
The Davidson County sheriff is a popular guy who has won broad support and admiration for how he has run his office. The problem is that he lives on Holt Road, which barely puts him in Congressman Marsha Blackburn's district. That could be quickly remedied by a move, so if you see a for-sale sign in his yard, please let us know.
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Jul 30, 2008 8:31 AM

The Return Of Innocence

Caleb Hannan reports:
Good news for wrongfully convicted Tennesseans. The Tennessee Innocence Project (TIP), an offshoot of a national program designed to exonerate prisoners using DNA evidence, may be making a comeback.
Jul 30, 2008 8:24 AM

You Got Mud On Your Face

Terry Frank reports that Rep. Kent Williams, under fire from some of his fellow Republicans for accepting campaign funds from a member of the Democratic House Leadership, is quoted in a mailer from Rep. Stacey Campfield's primary opponent calling Campfield "a disgrace to the General Assembly and the Republican Party."
Jul 30, 2008 8:17 AM
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TNGOP Communications Director Concedes "Sluggish" Economy

Bill Hobbs says that the Governor should not be surprised by the reticence of state workers to accept buyouts in a poor economy:
Tennessee's governor - whose net worth is north of $100 million - continues to seem surprised that so few state employees took his "buyout" offer to quit their jobs to help the state cut expenses as the economy turned sluggish. He shouldn't be. He ran around all spring declaring the sky is falling, and then asked thousands of his employees to consider stepping out from under the roof over their heads and let it fall on them.
Jul 30, 2008 8:12 AM
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Words Are Important

Chris Sanders thinks that the little statements politicians make after a tragedy can be cathartic:
While statements may not seem like much, at times like this, it helps the community heal when leaders reach out, whatever their positions may be on the specifics of policy.
Jul 30, 2008 8:08 AM