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Chris Sanders calls attention to an environmental protest candidate in Senate District 16:
[Dee Butler] says her candidacy was prompted by the discovery of a high levels of toxic materials in the soil and water causing a public health threat. She found a lack of concern from Senator Jim Tracy, whom she hopes to face in November. The piece goes on to cite the wide gap that traditionally separates environmental activism and racial minorities and the propensity of poor and minority communities to be victims of polluters.
Jul 14, 2008 9:38 AM
Some folks think that Barack Obama can use trade as a wedge issue:
This year, she predicts, the vast differences between Barack Obama and John McCain on the issue -- McCain defends NAFTA and U.S. trade policy; Obama is critical -- will mean voters will consider trade when they cast their ballots.
"It's really a clean, wedge issue," she said.
[Sen. Sherrod] Brown [D-OH] said the 2006 election is part of the reason candidates now are paying so much attention to the issue. "I think Barack wins the state in part because of trade, pure and simple," he said.
Jul 14, 2008 9:35 AM
John McCain basically cops to being something other than a Reagan conservative.
[I]t’s hard to believe how McCain — if he truly patterns himself after TR — can keep former Senator Phil Gramm as a) his adviser b) in consideration for any administration post, c) anywhere near him anymore. Gramm’s contention that people who see America in recession are suffering from some kind of political mental problem (”a mental recession”) and that critics of the state of the economy are “whiners” is the kind of old-school, cliched view of fat-cat “the economy looks great to me because I’m rich” Republicans that doesn’t fit into the TR mold.
Jul 14, 2008 9:34 AM
Potential independent candidate for Senate in Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, discusses immigration:
Of the border fence: “When it’s built, I’m going to climb it the opposite way” in protest. “I want pepole to wake up to the fact that a fence today to keep people out, might be a fence to keep people in ten years from now. And I don’t want to live in East Berlin.” Ventura, who spends most of his time in Baja, Mexico, says “the Mexican people — these brown-skinned people we’re so terrified of — I find them remarkable.”
Jul 14, 2008 9:29 AM
Daniel Larison discusses Barack Obama's curious early strategy:
What makes this strategy even more odd is that Georgia, North Dakota, Alaska, Montana, and Indiana add up to 33 electoral votes, while Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Arkansas add up to 39 electoral votes, and the first five are much less likely to flip to the Democratic side. Winning the latter five may not be easy for Obama, but it should by all rights be easier than winning the others, and even if he is entirely successful in winning the traditionally ”red” states the payoff is not as great. What is still more puzzling about the strategy is that it is unnecessary. Colorado and New Mexico are much more likely to vote Democratic this year than these others, and so long as Obama holds all the Kerry states and wins these along with Iowa he will narrowly win the election.
Jul 14, 2008 9:26 AM
Aunt B. doesn't see the handy work of the TNGOP's Communications Director in the recent dustup over the release of TNGOP chair Robin Smith's letter to the Governor and wonders what is up:
The conventional wisdom is that Hobbs would lose his job if Smith lost hers. But the question you have to ask, I believe, as you keep your eye on this is “Isn’t there one circumstance under which Smith losing her job would be good for Hobbs?” And then you have to wonder if Hobbs’s silence isn’t calculated. I mean, folks, really. What kind of Communications Director would let his boss send a letter to the Governor–which the Communications Director at least knows becomes public record–that could so easily be reduced to “How can I possibly be racist? Some of my kid’s best friends are black”? And what kind of Communications Director would then let his boss talk to the media about some grand conspiracy against her? Maybe it’s as simple as a Communications Director who’s on vacation.
Jul 14, 2008 8:41 AM