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Pulling The Punk Card of The Chamber Crowd

Aunt B. pens an ode to the NAACP.
Jul 18, 2008 2:18 PM

Veep Prospect To Stump For McCain In Tennessee

Via a TNGOP presser:
The Tennessee Republican Party alerts the media to a press event Monday at the Embassy Suites Hotel in the Cool Springs area of Franklin at which Carly Fiorina, a senior advisor to Republican presidential candidate John McCain and one of America’s most successful and respected business executives, will help launch the Tennessee Women for John McCain Coalition. Fiorina, Chairman of RNC Victory ’08, is a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard whose tenure at the computer maker laid the foundation for its growth to become the number one seller of computers in the world. The press conference is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m.
Jul 18, 2008 2:13 PM

The Republican 5th District Congressional Candidates

Hobbs has the very neutral 411 on those vying for the nomination.
Jul 18, 2008 2:08 PM

The Hypothetical Race For Coop's Seat

Sean Braisted has an excellent post breaking down a potential race for the 5th District Congressional race were Rep. Jim Cooper to take a job at OMB or Treasury in an Obama administration. I think Bob Tuke is an unlikely one as are Howard Gentry, Brenda Gilmore and Gary Odom. A very good list, however, and likely right on the money in many respects. I think Daron Hall would be a strong candidate in that race. He is ambitious and with a field likely to be filthy with progressives, a man like Hall who can put a friendly face on immigration restrictionism might be able to scoot by with a plurality.
Jul 18, 2008 2:01 PM

Gore Likely to Host Obama Fundraiser In Nashville

Those Obama supporters out there feeling left behind by Barack Obama's lack attention to Tennessee may be in for some excitement relatively soon. Post Politics has learned that a conference call took place this morning to make arrangements to bring the Democratic Presidential nominee to Nashville. On the call were operatives in the Chicago campaign office of Barack Obama, Obama supporters here in Tennessee as well as a representative of former Vice President Al Gore, Beth Alpert. The purpose of the call was to discuss the possibility for a Gore-hosted Obama fundraiser right here in Nashville, Tennessee before the Democratic National Convention in late August. Preliminary plans call for two events. One would be a private high dollar affair possibly at the home of Al & Tipper Gore, the other a more public event at bigger location such as the Ryman Auditorium. While Obama came within a hair's breath of Tennessee just a few weeks ago when he kicked of his general election campaign in Bristol, Virginia, he has not visited the state in a public way since June 2007. Obama's wife, Michelle, was in Tennessee for fundraiser this past May. The trip was made infamous when the TNGOP came out with a viral video on YouTube to "welcome" her to the state. The video, which spliced regular folks discussing their reasons for being proud of being an American with Obama's famous quote, "For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country," was roundly denounced by Democrats and Republicans in the state and made national news when Barack Obama denounced the state party on Good Morning America telling the party to "lay off my wife." The prospect of an Obama fundraiser at Al Gore's Belle Meade home is likely to inspire the creative juices of the same crowd who "welcomed" Michelle Obama. Gore's Belle Meade home was made famous in February 2007 by libertarian think tank, The Tennessee Center for Policy Research, when they asserted that the home's energy use was out of step with his persona as an environmental activist. Most recently, that same libertarian think tank teamed up with a national group to fly a hot-air balloon over the Gore home after claims that Gore's "green" renovations to the domicile did not result in a precipitous change in the house's carbon footprint. Gore, who has remained largely an apolitical figure of late, endorsed Barack Obama only after he had mathematically secured the nomination but did take the rare step of soliciting funds for him on his website coinciding with the endorsement. Post Politics is told that final plans for the Gore hosted Obama fundraiser could be made as early as next week.
Jul 18, 2008 1:04 PM

John Ford Guilty

Former Senator John Ford was found guilty by a Nashville jury of receiving consulting fees totaling more than $850,000 from two TennCare dental contractors, Doral Dental and OmniCare. SEE ALSO: AP Memphis Flyer Commericial Appeal
Jul 18, 2008 12:18 PM

NRA Endorses Conservative Over Naifeh Republican

Via Say Uncle:
State Senator Raymond Finney has been given a rating of “A” by the National Rifle Association (NRA) for his four years of service in the Tennessee General Assembly. In addition, the NRA has endorsed his candidacy for re-election to the Tennessee Senate. In making this announcement, NRA state liaison Heidi Keesling remarked that part of Senator Finney’s endorsement was based on his “strong and vocal support of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.” Senator Finney said: “I am grateful that the NRA recognizes that I am a strong defender of the Second Amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, in its recent District of Columbia vs Heller decision, that the Second Amendment provides the right to bear arms to Americans individually, not only collectively in a ‘militia’ setting. We must now guard this right at the level of all state governments.”
Jul 18, 2008 11:49 AM

The Value Of Stimulus

Mick Wright points out that $600 check from Uncle Bushie can go a long way, if you are of a mind to make it so:
Thanks to the Memphis Flyer and a host of leftists who went before them, we know that you can eat for a week on less than $23.72. Accordingly, your $600 stimulus check could feed you for more than 25 weeks — that’s 177 days, or nearly six months. So, what can you do with your $600 stimulus check? You can buy half a year’s worth of groceries.
Jul 18, 2008 10:26 AM

Not To Worry

Phil "Nation of Whiners' Gramm is still on Team McCain:
"McCain told Gramm not to worry about the expected pitfalls of a campaign surrogate. Gramm will continue as an adviser and surrogate."
Jul 18, 2008 10:10 AM