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The Right of Tuke

Kay Brooks thinks Democratic Senate candidate Bob Tuke's volunteers may have gotten a bit carry away with themselves:
Maybe he can explain how he can be for Tennessee and allow the state to be trashed like this. Seriously, does he really need 12 signs within a block of one another? We’re working hard to clean up our neighborhoods and then he comes in and throws his campaign litter around. These signs are everywhere too. I thought nothing could be more annoying than those stupid Ron Paul signs. I was wrong.
Jul 16, 2008 3:42 PM
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English-Only Likely Already Have Their Required Signatures

Pat Nolan makes a good point regarding the quest to get English-Only on the ballot:
The law requires the signatures of 10% of the voters in the last county general election election. Right now, that number is over 10,000 based on last year's mayoral race. But there are general election races on the August 7 ballot (the school board, Assessor of Property and a couple of judicial retension races). Those contests are likely to attract many fewer voters than the 100,000-plus who voted for mayor in 2007. So the number the English First supporters will likely need to get on the November ballot (unless they file before August 7, which would be foolish) will surely be well less than the number the local meda continues to cite in their stories on this matter.
Jul 16, 2008 3:23 PM

Ambivalence To Integration Doesn't Count

Jeff Woods thinks opponents of the recently approved rezoning plan for Metro Schools may be able to reverse the school board's course through litigation:
The Supreme Court has created a mandate for plaintiffs to prove “intent,” the decision-makers’ actual motivation to discriminate against a minority group. It’s a near-impossible standard and rarely met. But Garcia might have delivered what lawyers like to call “the smoking gun” in the form of memorandums he wrote around the time he was succumbing to pressure to resign at the beginning of the year. The memos cast the chamber and various public officials as participating in a kind of secret white conspiracy to remove as many poor, black children as possible from the upscale Hillwood and Hillsboro neighborhoods, the ultimate goal being to reverse white flight for the betterment of the city’s economy. When Garcia resisted, he says, he was threatened, intimidated and eventually forced out. “I mean if Dr. Garcia is accurate in that memo, yeah, that’s the smoking gun,” says Larry Woods, the Nashville civil rights lawyer and political activist. “I don’t think any judge is going to be happy reading those memos and hearing him testify.”
Jul 16, 2008 2:58 PM

The Root Cause Of Terror

Barack Obama has a theory. Bill Hobbs has one as well. Who's right?
Jul 16, 2008 2:40 PM

These Days It's Never Too Early

From the Independent Political Report:
Joy Waymire, a California Libertarian activist and chair of the recently created Boston Tea Party of California, is preparing a 2012 run for the presidency. She has created a Facebook page and a website for her campaign.
Jul 16, 2008 2:36 PM

It's Official: Ford Loses His Bling

From the Commercial Appeal:
Convicted of bribery last year in Memphis and now on trial in Nashville on more corruption charges, the former state senator has another worry – he’s lost a very expensive wristwatch. A civil judgment has been entered against Ford in federal court in Memphis finding that the United States government – not Ford – can keep a $70,000 Rolex that Ford obtained from a Memphis real estate developer.
SEE ALSO: Ford will not testify in Nashville trial.
Jul 16, 2008 2:16 PM

Ron Paul's Brutal Illustration

Jim Antle reviews a book surveying the history of antiwar conservatism in America:
Politically speaking, modern anti-war conservatives are men without a country, a fact that Ron Paul’s presidential campaign illustrated brutally. When Paul started talking about foreign policy at GOP debates, he could not have made less sense to his audience had he been speaking in a language of his own creation. A conservatism that identifies with McGovern more than Reagan, Gore Vidal more than William F. Buckley Jr., and the New Left more than the religious right probably has no political future. Neither does a Kauffmanesque coalition of libertarians and socialists, segregationists and Black Panthers, hippies and Birchers, however interesting that coalition might be. And there are better reasons than Kauffman acknowledges to question whether Middle America’s hearths and homes could have been protected by a completely laissez-faire approach to Hitler, the Soviet Union, and those who would emulate the 9/11 murderers. Yet this remains a country that prefers baseball diamonds to global hegemony, bringing the boys home in victory to sending them in search of monsters to destroy. That American character cannot be preserved in a garrison society. Nor can crusades to transform faraway regions of the world be undertaken lightly without changing our nature. The limits of the U.S. government’s power, wisdom, and competence do not stop at the water’s edge, a fact too many conservatives have forgotten. Kauffman is correct that the warfare state is as injurious to many conservative goals—keeping government small and taxes low, promoting free enterprise, maintaining stable families, affirming the value of human life—as the welfare state. It’s an odd conservatism that doesn’t seek to conserve the people’s blood and treasure.
Jul 16, 2008 2:07 PM
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You're Just Like Our Current President

John McCain is rubber and Barack Obama is glue:
Describing Obama's plan as dangerously rigid and ideological, McCain national security adviser Randy Scheunemann compared the Illinois Democrat to the current Oval Office occupant. "I think the American people have had enough of stubbornness and inflexibility in national security policy," he said. If the analogy was too obscure, Scheunemann followed it up with something a bit more overt. "In July 2004, [Obama] said there is not too much a difference between my position and George W Bush's position on the war." The charge, of course, is not related to policy (on which Obama and Bush drastically differ) but rather ideological rigidity. But the suggestion that Obama is too stubborn to change his position on Iraq is a bit ironic coming from a McCain campaign that, as recently as one week ago, jumped all over the Senator for saying he would "refine" his position.
Jul 16, 2008 1:53 PM
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Phil Roe's Buttonmen

UPDATE: This post was based on a bogus press release. The reelection campaign of Congressman David Davis alleges in a press release that his opponent has used the serves of the Capitol Strategy Group, LLC, a firm founded by Democratic insiders Randy Button and Kim Adkins:
“This trend is of great concern to me. Republican primary voters do not want their primary election influenced by Democratic lobbyists that reside outside of East Tennessee,” said Rusty Crowe, one of Davis’ campaign co-chairs. According to the Capitol Strategy Group’s website, Randy Button founded The Capitol Strategy Group, LLC as a lobbying and government affairs firm. Recently, he served as the Director of Victory 2006 -- the Tennessee Democratic coordinated campaign. Randy has also served as a two-term chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, as a senior advisor to the 2002 Bredesen for Governor Campaign and volunteered on Al Gore’s presidential and U.S. Senate campaigns and both of Ned Ray McWherter’s gubernatorial campaigns.
Jul 16, 2008 1:33 PM
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Um, Are You Sure You Are In the Right Administration?

From the Washington Post:
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned yesterday against the risk of a "creeping militarization" of U.S. foreign policy, saying the State Department should lead U.S. engagement with other countries, with the military playing a supporting role. "We cannot kill or capture our way to victory" in the long-term campaign against terrorism, Gates said, arguing that military action should be subordinate to political and economic efforts to undermine extremism.
Jul 16, 2008 1:12 PM