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Shake It Up, It's Like Bad Medicine

I don't know that this picture will ever get old.
Jul 29, 2008 7:50 PM
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The Money Tubes

Jennifer Brooks reports on the Tennessee connection to the Senator Ted Stevens indictment
Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is under indictment and some of his fellow senators are in a bind about what to do with the money he gave their campaigns. That includes Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who has received $10,000 from Stevens’ Northern Lights political action committee over the past year.
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Jul 29, 2008 7:39 PM
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Christmas For Campfield

He got all the endorsements he wanted.
Jul 29, 2008 7:33 PM
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What's Good For The Goose

West in West Tennessee thinks Tom Leatherwood is being a cranky baby about the attacks currently being leveled at him by the campaign of Marsha Blackburn:
Funny how the Leatherwood campaign works: he has spent all spring and summer making unsubstantiated personal attacks against Blackburn and her family. Yet once Team Blackburn launches a legitimate attack on a policy position of his, the entire Leatherwood camp has become unhinged, issuing mass denials and calling the Blackburn campaign "desperate and fearful of losing."
Jul 29, 2008 5:35 PM
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Obama To Pay $20 Million To See What Brown Can Do For Him

From the Donkey's Mouth:
The Washington Post published an article today announcing the Obama campaign’s new $20 million dollar plan to reach out and empower Hispanic voters in America. The plan sets a historic mark as it is the most spent on Latino voter outreach in any presidential contest in American history, and will cement an overwhelming 66% to 23% Obama lead in polls of Hispanic voters. Target states include Nevada and New Mexico in the Southwest, but also industrial states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan where a large Latino workforce exists.
Jul 29, 2008 5:21 PM
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CCA Has To Open Records To Public View

From Kate Howard:
A Chancery Court judge ruled today that Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America has to follow the state’s public records laws and open their files for public viewing. CCA, which operates the Metro Davidson County Detention Facility and six other detention facilities across the state, said they were a private company that did not have to comply with public records requests. Alex Friedmann, vice president of the Private Corrections Institute and an adversary of a CCA attorney’s nomination to a federal judgeship, brought the lawsuit after the company denied a request for records about lawsuits and settlements they were part of.
Jul 29, 2008 5:19 PM

Eminent Domain Protesters Victorious In Clarksville

From Bill Hobbs:
Proponents of freedom of speech - and opponents of eminent domain abuse by local governments - deserve a big court victory in Clarksville, Tennessee, just up the road from Nashville, where a local court has been asked to toss out a libel suit filed by some folks who didn't like being criticized for their use of eminent domain to benefit a private developer.
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Jul 29, 2008 5:15 PM

Rejecting The Home Team

Sean Braisted points out that the Knoxville News Sentinel has endorsed Davidson County's Bob Tuke over Mike Padgett in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary but fails to state its reasons for going against Padgett. From the endorsement:
In the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, we support Bob Tuke, a Nashville lawyer and former chairman of the state Democratic Party. Tuke graduated from the University of Virginia and served as a U.S. Marine officer in Vietnam. He came to Tennessee to attend Vanderbilt University law school. Tuke has drafted legislation rewriting the state's adoption laws and served as a lobbyist for Meharry Medical College and environmental groups. In Democratic politics, he worked for then-Sen. Al Gore's 1988 presidential campaign, organized a Veterans for John Kerry effort in 2004 and served earlier this year as political director for Barack Obama's campaign in Tennessee. Of the six Democratic candidates in the primary, Tuke is best poised to wage a strong campaign against Sen. Lamar Alexander.
Jul 29, 2008 5:08 PM

The Long Line

Daniel Larison thinks conservatives need to check themselves when they criticise some of Barack Obama's more grandiose rhetoric:
Far from being the first transnational President, Obama will simply be continuing the bipartisan foreign policy consensus according to which the sovereignty of other states can be compromised at any time in the name of "global norms" and hegemonic interests.
Jul 29, 2008 4:30 PM

Chain Of Command

Amy Griffith reports on a school board member going over folks head for help:
Glover said Tuesday that he plans to invite representatives Ben West (D-Hermitage) and Mike Turner (D-Old Hickory) as well as Senator Joe Haynes (D-Nashville) to meet with him next week at McGavock High School. The purpose of the meeting, Glover said, will not be to criticize the lawmakers, but to ask them to “intervene.”
Jul 29, 2008 4:20 PM