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Jul 20, 2008 4:57 PM

Tom Leatherwood May Have Had Better Sundays Than This One...

...but, if so, he probably can't remember them right now. Just as early voting for the August 7th primary starts to ramp up, Gannett's man in Washington reveals the lobbying efforts of Rep. Marsha Blackburn's son-in-law, Paul Ketchel:
Ketchel, who earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Tennessee, worked for former Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist from 1998-2001 as technology systems administrator. There he met Blackburn's daughter, Mary Morgan. He then worked in government relations for a pharmaceutical company before striking out on his own as a lobbyist. He lobbied under the name Ketchel & Associates before going to work for the firm now known as American Capitol Group. "I don't feel that I should have to give up my career simply because my wife's mother was elected to public office at a later time," Ketchel said. Blackburn was first elected in 2002 and began serving in 2003. The first lobbying reports mentioning Ketchel appear in May 2003.
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Jul 20, 2008 11:16 AM

Memphis Paper Endorses Tuke

But thinks Padgett is cool, too:
Either Bob Tuke, a lawyer and former chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, or Mike Padgett, former Knox County Clerk, would offer a fine counterpoint to Alexander during the campaign leading up to the November election. Tuke and Padgett offer many strong ideas about how to move the country in a different direction on energy policies, economic development, transportation and treatment of our military veterans, among other issues.
Jul 20, 2008 11:02 AM

Al Gore Makes A Surprise Visit To Netroots Nation

From the Nation Magazine:
Gore thanked the several thousand attendees for creating a "movement" that can "reclaim the integrity of American democracy" by fostering a "well-informed citizenry that is involved and engaged." Drawing on the critique of the media and democratic discourse from his book, The Assault on Reason, Gore contrasted the netroots' fact-driven writing and activism with the "malignant manifestation of hunger for power" among corrupt leaders on the Right.
SEE ALSO: VIDEOS Ben Smith The Huffington Post The Denver Post The Wall Street Journal Real Clear Politics Washington Post
Jul 19, 2008 3:50 PM

Full Of Numbers And Percentages, Signifying Nothing

Ed Cromer reports on a poll taken in the 14th State Senate District:
A poll taken June 22-23 for Republican candidate Ken Yager shows him leading Democrat Becky Ruppe in the District 12 senatorial race 35% to 21%. But 48% of voters are undecided. Yager, who was Roane County executive for 24 years, enjoys a name-recognition advantage over Morgan County Executive Ruppe, but most voters don’t know either of them. The poll found 48% of likely voters favoring John McCain for president, versus 33% for Barack Obama. The sample size was 300 voters, stratified by county to reflect historical voter turnout. The margin of error is 5.6%. The survey was taken by pollster Wes Anderson.
Jul 19, 2008 3:47 PM

Vivian Wilhoite's Former Campaign Manager And The Karen Johnson Recall Effort

Karen Y. Johnson, the single black school board member who voted for the rezoning plan for Metro Schools some call segregationist, exposes the man spearheading an effort to recall her as the campaign manager for one of her former political opponents.
Jul 19, 2008 3:38 PM

One Reason To Vote For John McCain

From National Review:
The name John McCain sounds like “John McClain,” the action hero played by Bruce Willis in the manly Die Hard series. “Barack Obama” sounds like the kind of elitist villain John McClain has to outwit and defeat.
Jul 19, 2008 3:35 PM

Franklin, Tennessee A Great Place To Live

Jack Lail reports:
Tennessee is full of small cities, but only one was good enough to make Money magazine's 2008 version of the 100 Best Places to Live, Money's list of America's best small cities. That city is Franklin.
Jul 19, 2008 3:34 PM

Gramm Out

Novak was wrong. Former Senator Phil "A Nation of Whiners" Gramm says he is no longer a part of the official McCain campaign:
"It is clear to me that Democrats want to attack me rather than debate Senator McCain on important economic issues facing the country. That kind of distraction hurts not only Senator McCain's ability to present concrete programs to deal with the country's problems, it hurts the country. To end this distraction and get on with the real debate, I hereby step down as Co-Chair of the McCain Campaign and join the growing number of rank-and-file McCain supporters."
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Jul 18, 2008 6:50 PM

One Down

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Tuke has voted:
"I encourage all Tennesseans who want a change in their leadership to get out and vote, because Lamar Alexander has been sitting in Washington and voting against Tennesseans for far too long," said Tuke. "Senator Alexander has voted against Medicare, against the G.I. Bill, against tax breaks for working families, against ending corporate welfare to help fund public education, and against common sense solutions to develop clean energy solutions and end our dependence on foreign oil. If elected to the Senate, I'll vote for clean energy development to bring green collar jobs to our state, make quality health care coverage more accessible and affordable to everyone, and bring a responsible end to the war in Iraq, so we can refocus our efforts on the terrorists who attacked our nation."
Jul 18, 2008 5:24 PM