An anonymous commenter takes issue with the new poll in the U.S. Senate race:
Nobody I've talked to has even really known who either Tuke or Padgett are, and even people whom I talk to regularly about the race (like my father) can get their names right ("How's that primary between Pigeon and Tooks going?"). I can hear the pollsters' question now: "In the Democratic primary race, will you vote for decorated Marine veteran Bob Tuke, endorsed by General Wesley Clark and former Sen. Max Cleland, former lowly county official Mike Padgett, or one of those other guys?"
Jul 2, 2008 11:12 AM
Adam Groves on the new push to entice large corporations to relocate in Tennessee:
Gov. Bredesen has said that a major economic incentive program could help lure big investments to Tennessee. The change allows state recruiters to grant enhanced job-tax credits to suppliers locating near and providing parts solely to a manufacturer making a $1B or greater investment in Tennessee. Volkswagen is expected to meet that investment requisite if they choose to build an auto assembly plant in Chattanooga. Bredesen says while the plant is important, the smaller industries that pop up to service the larger plant could be just as valuable - and the new economic incentive allows these smaller businesses to piggy-back on the larger investment for tax breaks. State Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr said the new incentive allows a company investing $1B to designate “integrated” suppliers locating near the firm’s new plant to qualify for the same credit for creating new jobs. Bredesen: "If we’re successful in getting another major auto manufacturer in the state, I also want to make sure we’re then reaching out. The next step of that is to get lots of suppliers to supply, to locate in the state as well."
Jul 2, 2008 11:01 AM
Katherine Miller comments on the rage among youngsters for Obama of adopting his middle name as their own:
I don't particularly like the use of Obama's middlename; after all, it would be weird to insist on calling McCain "John Sidney McCain," and, in practice, Obama's name seems to be used only perniciously. But, it poses the question again: Just who's allowed to say 'Hussein' and who isn't?
Jul 2, 2008 10:59 AM
Dennis "It is very bad to steal Jobu's rum" Haysbert thinks his acting made Barack Obama's ascent possible:
"If anything, my portrayal of David Palmer, I think, may have helped open the eyes of the American people," said the actor, who has contributed $2,300 to the Illinois Democrat's presidential campaign. "And I mean the American people from across the board -- from the poorest to the richest, every color and creed, every religious base -- to prove the possibility there could be an African-American president, a female president, any type of president that puts the people first," he said Tuesday.
Jul 2, 2008 9:56 AM
Gun "enthusiast" Say Uncle thinks the idea of Kathleen Sebelius as Veep is not so fine:
Not gonna help him much with the bitter and clingy pro-gun folks since she vetoed concealed carry. Twice. Fortunately, the legislature overrode her veto the second time.
Jul 2, 2008 9:51 AM
Not everything is pork says the TNGOP spokesman on his personal blog:
I would disagree with Butler, however, when he lumps all per diem and travel expenses together as examples of waste and corruption - many expenses are legitimate things legislators ought to be reimbursed for.
Jul 2, 2008 9:45 AM
Ilissa Gold shares some thoughts on the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate in the wake of a new poll showing "undecided" in the lead:
It's a scenario that speaks to both candidates' strengths, and to their weaknesses. My impartial assessment of this primary is that while Padgett seems to have the more organized ground game, Tuke has the better track record on fundraising. Ideally, you'd have both in a candidate--one who could go to all 95 counties and still have enough money left to take on an incumbent with more than $3 million cash on hand. So honestly, your guess is as good as mine as to who wins this one.SEE ALSO: Braisted Vibinc Left Wing Cracker
Jul 2, 2008 8:55 AM