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Another Reminder That John McCain Is Old

Mary Mancini discusses the candidate's receipt of Social Security benefit despite his public statements bemoaning the system as "broken."
Jul 21, 2008 11:56 AM

Involuntary Buyouts May Be Coming

From John Rodgers:
A little over two weeks remain before the Aug. 5 application cut-off. If too few employees take the buyout, layoffs would likely be necessary. Bredesen said the low number of applications makes him “certainly think it raises the prospect of after the first of the year having to do some sort of a layoff.” “This is going to be a challenge over the next two or three weeks,” Bredesen said, saying that he was surprised because there was “great enthusiasm on some people’s part when we first announced it.”
Jul 21, 2008 11:24 AM
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A Few Ideas From Some Ron Paul Supporters

You can't say they didn't ask for it:
When the Republican Party issued a clarion call last week for its grassroots supporters to submit ideas online to build the party's platform, Republican National Committee officials probably weren't expecting a concerted push for the dismantling of the Federal Reserve and a return to the gold standard. But Ron Paul supporters have made themselves at home on the the GOP platform site, sounding many of the themes that turned the Texas congressman's doomed run for the Republican presidential nod into an internet cause célèbre.
Jul 21, 2008 11:14 AM
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Legislator-At-Law

One reason Randy Neal prefers Bob Tuke over Mike Padgett in the race for U.S. Senate is that unlike Padgett, Tuke went to law school:
A county fee office isn’t involved in making legislation. The Congress and Senate are about legislating and making laws. A lawyer is better qualified to do that, in my mind. If both were lawyers that would make it harder, the same as if they were both NOT lawyers.
Jul 21, 2008 10:55 AM
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If It Wasn't For The Whole Huey Long Rural Program He'd Be To The Right of Lamar

In a quest to prove his political naivete beyond a shadow of a doubt, Ken Eaton refers to Southern Appalachian Democrat and extreme immigration restrictionist, Mike Padgett, as  a "left winger."
Jul 21, 2008 10:32 AM
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I Would Have Bet Against That

A majority of Alabamians do not support an individual right to own a machine gun.
Jul 21, 2008 10:16 AM

Cause He's Gangster Like That

Memphis Teamsters endorse Mike Padgett for U.S. Senate:
Teamsters Local 1196, headed by Nate Jackson, and Teamsters Local 984, headed by Terry Lovan, both are supporting Padgett in the Aug. 7 primary. Henry Perry, president of Local 667, announced his endorsement for Padgett last week. "With jobs as the keystone of my campaign, I am honored to have the support of Teamsters in Memphis," Padgett said. "My father-in-law was a member of the Teamsters in Knoxville, so the union tradition is a proud part of our family. "With Tennessee unemployment up a full percentage point in June, more and more Tennesseans are worried about their own jobs. With erosion like this in the workplace, unions like the Teamsters have never mattered more. "I am glad to have their help on election day, but they will be even more important to me as I work in the Senate to bring more decent-paying jobs to Tennessee."
Opponent Bob Tuke boosts the endorsement of a Knoxville Teamsters local.
Jul 21, 2008 10:13 AM
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Pinky And The Brain

Nathan Moore puts his particular spin on the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate:
I have met Mr. Eaton. He is, to say the least, a peculiar fellow. Clint did not mention the pinky ring, which means Eaton was getting it cleaned or Clint is slipping a bit. Many moons ago, I sat opposite Tuke on the much-missed, now-defunct Teddy Bart Show when he was Democrat Party chairman. True, Tuke had no pinky ring, but the partisan bling was decidedly glaring. Of course, how do you respond to Eaton? He is already bizarre, and very comfortable in his own skin. In a way, Tuke is going to have to, because Eaton is now on par financially with Tuke, which ought to make the campaign all that more interesting. And imagine - all this just to lose by 25 in November!
Jul 21, 2008 9:56 AM

Cohen Won't be Out Obama-ed

From Adam Groves:
Incumbent Congressman Steve Cohen says he endorsed Obama, well before his primary opponent Nikki Tinker - because Tinker was waiting on Clinton-backer Emily's List to guarantee their support. Still, Tinker has played up her Obama connection - making Obama's signs just as prominent as hers at her own campaign headquarters. Cohen's handlers say he is more like Obama because people chose to vote for Obama based on the content of his character, rather than the color of his skin.
Jul 21, 2008 9:52 AM

New Rule

Rep. Frank Niceley has one for those who betray the Republican Party:
According to state Rep. Frank Niceley, a Tennessee amendment has been added to Ronald Reagan's famous "11th commandment," which declares "Thou shalt speak no ill of a fellow Republican." "Under the 12th Amendment, you can be mean to a Republican - if he votes for a Democrat," said Niceley, who joined three GOP colleagues last week in issuing a news release denouncing fellow Republican Rep. Kent Williams, R-Elizabethton.
Jul 21, 2008 8:48 AM
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