Enclave » Farm report on the Nashville Sounds' parent club does not sound promising in spite of our newly subsidized ballpark project
But he's the next best thing:
While "not an African-American or a woman," Bredesen said he was "looking across a little bit of a chasm" among conservative-leaning Tennesseans because "I came from the wrong side of the Mason-Dixon line, was a big-city mayor - those sorts of things." The first step toward winning over a majority of Tennesseans politically, he said, is "getting yourself certified" as acceptable to average voters including "construction workers and people in the small towns" by showing an understanding of their concerns. "Once you get certified, I think they listen to you on issues," he said, bringing the candidate to the second step of gaining voter support. He contended that Obama has "tremendous" appeal and can accomplish both steps in Tennessee and elsewhere.SEE ALSO: Braisted Katherine Miller R. Neal
Jul 1, 2008 8:48 AM
Barack Obama, it would seem, is just like any other politician:
By glossing over his early opposition to welfare reform, Obama is stepping closer to the political mainstream. But by undergoing this transformation only once it became politically convenient, Obama’s critics will charge that he puts calculation ahead of conviction.
Jul 1, 2008 8:24 AM
States and governments have POWERS, but not RIGHTS. Only people can have rights. The US Constitution and Bill of Rights were conceived and written to limit government, not allow it to usurp our rights through some insipid oxymoron like “States’ Rights.”
Jul 1, 2008 8:21 AM
Sharon Cobb takes issue with the fact that protesters will be segregated from all the action at this summer's Democratic convention:
I don't get how we can have a "free speech zone." Either we have free speech or we don't. We all get you can't yell "fire" in a crowded theatre, but yelling "you suck" at politicians is hardly comparable, not to mention, most likely true in most cases. And we can't blame the Republicans for this. They may have started it, but the "free speech zone" was used at the Democratic convention in 2004. Heck, here in Nashville, people who wanted to protest Condi Rice speaking at Vanderbilt were stuck in a small room, packed in like sardines while Condi was a mile away and couldn't see or hear them. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of the right to protest and assemble peacefully? If I'm going to protest someone, I want the person I'm protesting to see my sign or hear my words.
Jul 1, 2008 8:18 AM
John Rodgers reports that a war funding bill may help save workers in the Department of Children's Services here in Tennessee:
To keep services going, Gov. Phil Bredesen used TennCare reserve dollars to plug the funding gap until the end of the fiscal year. But unless Congress acted, Bredesen had said he would be forced to layoff about 160 DCS administrative employees starting today, the beginning of the state’s financial year. The war-funding bill puts a moratorium on that rule change affecting DCS. The impact on DCS is not clear yet, however, said spokesman Rob Johnson, as the Bredesen administration is still figuring how they will proceed now that the change has been halted. “While the temporary restoration of the federal targeted case management funds is certainly welcome news for Tennessee’s foster children, the Department of Children’s Services is now studying its options,” Johnson said. “DCS is conferring with the governor’s office and the TennCare Bureau plus several departments within state government. In the meantime, Tennessee is committed to finding a long-term solution to public child welfare financing.”
Jul 1, 2008 7:56 AM
Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee said that would be a "tough state" for Obama to win. But he urged Obama to go to a waffle restaurant there and find a way to reach rural, white working-class voters, who largely rejected him in the Democratic primaries. "If you have something to say to them, it might not put you over the top in Tennessee, but it will put you over the top in places like Ohio and Missouri. ... I hope Senator Obama listens carefully to what the DLC has represented over the years."I don't know that ordering some hashbrowns scattered, smothered and covered is going to quite cover it. Remember this? And that didn't even work.
Jul 1, 2008 7:56 AM
The two Republican candidates in the 7th District Congressional District race may face each other in debate -- if Marsha Blackburn can carve out some time in her Saturday:
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., has not declined an invitation to debate Shelby County Register Tom Leatherwood, her Republican opponent in the Aug. 7 primary, but has not agreed to a proposed July 12 debate on WREG-Channel 3, her spokesman, Darcy Anderson, said Friday. Leatherwood, who has agreed to the proposed date and format, questioned what would prevent her from a debate since Congress is typically not in session on Saturdays.
Jul 1, 2008 7:42 AM