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From the Times-Free Press:
On Wednesday, officials said they will have to print for the third time about 50,000 Republican ballots because the name of a primary challenger to U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp accidentally was left off during the first reprinting. Workers were reprinting 72,000 GOP ballots when they realized that 50,000 of them were reprinted containing the error. The GOP ballots were printed without the name of Teresa Sheppard of Luttrell, Tenn., a town northeast of Knoxville. “I’m very disturbed about it,” county election administrator Bud Knowles said Wednesday afternoon. “I’m here to say that it won’t happen again.”
Jul 10, 2008 8:36 AM
Ninth District Congressional candidate Nikki Tinker was unsuccessful in her quest to extend early voting for the August 7th primary election:
The Election Commission rents the satellite voting sites, which can change if a church or other site has a competing event. For example, Agricenter International normally is one of the most popular early voting sites. But because the facility is booked for shows during early voting, it won’t be a site this election season. Election officials contacted owners of some of the early voting sites to see if they could accommodate an earlier and longer early voting period. About half said they could not. Election Commission chairwoman Myra Stiles said she was aware going Downtown to the Election Commission office to vote is a long drive for some. But she argued the call for a change in the hours came too late for this election.
Jul 10, 2008 8:33 AM
Colby Sledge reports that the state does not believe many state workers will take full advantage of the two-year free tuition offered in the state employee buyout package:
The plan has the potential — on paper — to become a major state expenditure. If 2,300 buyout recipients took the maximum tuition offered, the state would pay more than $24.8 million. The buyout package is expected to total $50 million. But the likelihood that even half of the buyout recipients would take the offer is a "long shot," said Lola Potter, spokeswoman for the state finance department, and those who attend might be less likely to become full-time students. "Certainly all of them won't 'max out,' but are more likely to take one or two classes to increase their professional portfolio," Potter wrote in an e-mail. Those who do take advantage of the tuition offer won't have much time to register at some schools in time for fall classes. Buyout applicants will be notified of their acceptance Aug. 11, and their last day will be Aug. 15. Classes at most public schools begin the last week of August, and some registrants might have to take placement tests before beginning. "The state's timing is going to throw these people in with all of the people who put off until the last minute their decision on whether or not they're going to go to college," said Debra Bauer, vice president of finance and administrative services at Nashville State Community College.
Jul 10, 2008 8:29 AM
Stateline provides an analysis of governors who might have trouble translating their political success and popularity nationally:
Bredesen hasn’t actively distanced himself from the state Democratic party, yet observers say that his popularity, which remains high despite a revenue slowdown that has forced cuts, stems from his image as a businessman.I don't know. If Bredesen doesn't consciously or "actively" distance himself from his party, his passive distancing sure packs quite the wallop from time to time, wouldn't you say?
Jul 10, 2008 8:08 AM
Among other things, it appears, a (semi) serious profile treatment from the dean of Tennessee politics, Tom Humphrey:
Eaton says that, in the latter race, he recognized early in the campaign that former U.S. Rep. Bob Clement, a friend, and Karl Dean, the ultimate winner, were likely headed for the runoff so "I laid back and didn't do much," not spending the money that would have been needed for an all-out effort. He backed Clement in the runoff. The Senate race, Eaton said, is different, and with encouragement from Clement, he decided to run seriously. He may not have been taken seriously by his chief primary opponents, former state Democratic Chairman Bob Tuke and former Knox County Clerk Mike Padgett, until putting $275,000 of personal funds into the effort, hiring a staff and launching a tour of all 95 counties. Eaton said he has made 72 counties so far and has plans to buy radio and cable television advertising before the Aug. 7 election date, relying almost exclusively on self-financing.Eaton's infusion of a significant amount of cash in this race certainly does throw a wild card into what was already an intriguing, if low stakes, race between two very different Democratic Senate candidates. The question is: If Eaton's money gets him any kind of traction, who does it hurt most? Padgett or Tuke? Eaton's ideology seems muddled and his issue portfolio eccentric so it really could go either way, could it not? Or, even with the money, will Eaton end up having no real impact whatsosever on the Padgett/Tuke showdown?
Jul 10, 2008 7:59 AM
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Padgett once again attempts to rally support for his candidacy around two words with a storied political history:
“I classify myself as a problem solver,” Padgett said Wednesday during a visit to the Herald Courier. “I’m the only [Democratic] candidate that has ever been elected to public office, and I want to put America first.” He was first elected to the Knox County School Board in 1984, then as Knox County clerk in 1986, a position he held for more than 20 years. During his tenure as county clerk, Padgett managed more than 130 employees and an annual budget of $57 million. “We’ve leaned on China and Japan to supplement our growth,” he said of the U.S. “We’re going to have to start putting ourselves back into the picture. We can’t keep troops in Iraq. We need them here to rebuild our country.”
Jul 10, 2008 7:47 AM
Terry Mattingly remembers the late Tim Russert's determined challenge of Al Gore's evolution on abortion:
RUSSERT: When do you think life begins? GORE: I favor the Roe vs. Wade approach, but let me just say, Tim, I did -- RUSSERT: Which is what? When does life begin? GORE: Let me just say, I did change my position on the issue of federal funding and I changed it because I came to understand more from women -- women think about this differently than men. RUSSERT: But you were calling fetuses innocent human life, and now you don't believe life begins at conception. I'm just trying to find out, when do you believe life begins? GORE: Well, look, the Roe vs. Wade decision proposes an answer to that question. RUSSERT: Which is?
Jul 10, 2008 7:38 AM
Via The Wall Street Journal:
In six of the last nine competitive presidential elections, the polling outfit reports, the leader in the July Gallup polls went on to lose the popular vote. Since 1948, only Ronald Reagan (1980), Jimmy Carter (1976) and John F. Kennedy (1960) were ahead this time in the year and also won the popular vote in November. The exception, of course, came in 2000, when George W. Bush was the July poll leader, lost the popular vote, but still won the White House against then-Vice President Al Gore.
Jul 10, 2008 7:31 AM