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Searching For Buster Douglas

Vandy Prof Bruce Oppenheimer on the Democratic race for U.S. Senate:
"I have yet to meet a candidate who doesn't have a scenario for winning," Oppenheimer said. "Remember, Buster Douglas beat Mike Tyson (in boxing). It does happen. But not very often."
Jul 21, 2008 8:13 AM

You Can't Legislate Morality

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey reflects on the investigation of John Ford in the wake of his conviction:
“You can never completely block anybody from doing anything. We have laws on the books against murder, yet we have people murdering every day. I’m firmly convinced that actually, the laws that were on the books even before we passed our new ethics reform, would have covered everything that happened. It was all illegal at the time that he did it, not because we passed the ethics reform.”
Jul 21, 2008 8:10 AM

Making Cat Herding Harder

Nate Rau reports on the chatter of creating a Metro Council progressive caucus:
[T]he idea has been circulating among some Council members of organizing a Progressive Caucus to concentrate on what the agenda should be for the left wing of Nashville’s legislative body. Some members, like Maynard, believe organizing might help streamline an agenda. But others, like Steine, believe efforts to organize could prove divisive. In Nashville, those running for mayor or Council don’t select a party affiliation. “I’m open to most suggestions but individual caucuses with those kinds of labels don’t serve anyone well,” Steine said. “With 40 members, working as a unit has been historically proven effective. I hope they consider me a progressive, but I have little interest in individual caucuses. I don’t know if it’s served state Legislature or Congress well, so it’s not likely to serve us well either.”
SEE ALSO: A City Paper editorial
Jul 21, 2008 8:07 AM

Talk To The Capitol Because The Governor's Not Listening

Tom Humphrey gets a hold of Gov. Phil Bredesen's unsent response to TNGOP Chairman Robin Smith's missive to him defending herself against accusations of racism:
Let me also extend an invitation to you to visit our beautiful state Capitol. As I noted in my second inaugural address, that stately and historic old building can speak. Yes, Robin, when one is "grossly disappointed" with developments in life or politics, I find it very helpful to sit down and talk with the Capitol. You might consider bringing along your family and your son's best friend.
Jul 21, 2008 7:57 AM

Look Closer

Tim Chavez wants to see more investigative reporting of the deals our Governor makes to bring jobs and economic development to the state:
It is most troubling that Tennessee's major news media still have not learned one thing about watching out for the public interest when it comes to big deals negotiated by Gov. Phil Bredesen and his lemming proteges. The media celebrated Chattanooga's landing of the VW plant, and the number of jobs. But the media allowed Bredesen and local officials to get away with not saying how much money the state and locality were spending to get the plant. They get to say they did not have the information. Bxllxhxt!
Jul 21, 2008 7:54 AM

Something To Think About

From Half Sigma (via Sailer):
IQ is more highly correlated with life outcomes for people with below average to average IQs. Most career tracks have an IQ floor, and if your IQ isn't high enough to meet the floor level, you can't perform that job adequately. Few career tracks have IQ floors much higher than 115, so if your IQ is higher than that, your parental wealth and connections become very important. Thus, the higher your IQ, the more important the wealth of your parents becomes (the very opposite of what most people think). People with exceptionally high IQs but inadequate parents often have poor life outcomes because of the mismatch.
Jul 21, 2008 7:43 AM

Rep. Jim Cooper For Governor?

Clint Brewer throws out the possibility:
Cooper may be the only Democrat who could really give former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist a run for his money, literally, in 2010’s gubernatorial contest. Cooper has as deep a reach into Nashville pockets as Frist. Cooper too can self-fund. He has ties into rural Tennessee from his old 4th District days, and he is a Bredesen Democrat — meaning socially moderate and fiscally conservative.
Jul 21, 2008 7:40 AM
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Progressive Blogger Has No Beef With Kurita

Progressive powerhouse KnoxViews issues its endorsements for the August 7th primary.
Jul 21, 2008 7:33 AM

Shut The Buck Up

Retiring Rep. Frank Buck insists he told Governor Bredesen about rumors of malfeasance by Senator John Ford in 2003:
Asked about Buck’s assertion before the trial, Bredesen said he had no knowledge of Ford’s financial ties to the contractors. He reiterated that during the trial, when he testified about a conversation with Ford over entrusting care of more TennCare recipients to one of the companies Ford was consulting for. In his testimony, Bredesen said he would have reported Ford to the authorities had he known that the former senator was benefiting financially from the TennCare contractor. Asked in an e-mail Friday about Buck’s claims, Bredesen spokeswoman Lydia Lenker responded that “the governor has said what he knows.” “He has said all he is going to say on this matter,” Lenker wrote. Buck remains adamant about telling the governor, saying that Bredesen got “jailhouse religion” about ethics only after the Tennessee Waltz scandal broke. “He got religion after the scandal hit,” he said.
Jul 21, 2008 7:31 AM

You Know How We Do

The Nashville Post was a big winner over the weekend at the 58th annual Green Eyeshade Awards recognizing the best journalism from 2007 in 11 Southeastern states.
Jul 21, 2008 7:30 AM