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Senator Henry Will Not Retire

Dru Fuller reports that Senator Doug Henry intends to seek a 19th term in the state Senate:
Veteran State Sen. Doug Henry announced at the Davidson County Democratic Women's annual picnic that he is running for re-election in two years. The 18-term senator has already begun raising money for his race for a 19th term. Henry has served 36 years in the Senate and two in the House.
Henry handily defeated Republican challenger and blogger Bob Krumm to secure his 18th term in 2006.
Jul 28, 2008 6:31 AM

You Come At The Queen, You Best Not Miss

A young Democrat takes out his frustrations on Senator Rosalind Kurita:
Jul 26, 2008 5:52 PM

Fox News Reports The Edwards Baby Mama Story

National Enquirer fronts. Fox follows:
A former campaign staffer, speaking on condition of anonymity, told FOXNews.com he wishes he were "more surprised" to hear reports Edwards was visiting Hunter. "I'm definitely upset by it. I wish I was more surprised, though." Edwards this week has repeatedly refused to comment on the Enquirer report. Asked about it on Thursday at an event in New Orleans, he said: "I have no idea what you're asking about. I've responded, consistently, to these tabloid allegations by saying I don't respond to these lies and you know that ... and I stand by that."
Jul 25, 2008 6:23 PM

Former Rove Deputy Says Rove Events Aren't Normally Closed

Dru Fuller reports that Karl Rove's former White House deputy, Scott Jennings, doesn't understand why the Tennessee Republican Party's Statesmen's dinner is closed to press because that not how the keynote speaker usually rolls:
"I am actually a little surprised because typically most of Karl’s events are open to the press. Typically that decision is made by the local organizers. "I don’t know. Those things are usually set by host for event, so I’d take it up with Tennessee Republican Party. "I’ll tell you I don’t typically do things not open to the media. I do a lot of in Kentucky. I prefer it when they are there because who doesn’t want to send clippings home to their grandmother? "I don’t know. They open and close fundraisers for various reasons. Sometimes they are for security related, sometimes not. I’d call the state party and ask them if you want a real answer."
Jul 25, 2008 6:12 PM

Is Bush Batman?

Maybe. Unfortunately, Osama ain't the Joker:
I think that's definitely a viable interpretation of the film. But mostly what it highlights is that the right-wing doesn't understand al-Qaeda and the modern world -- Osama bin Laden isn't actually like the joker and tactics appropriate to fighting a comic book villain aren't appropriate for the real world.
Jul 25, 2008 6:12 PM

Eaton Slaps Back At Bob Tuke

Yesterday, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kenneth Eaton fired off an inflammatory blog posting making light of opponent Bob Tuke's service in Vietnam. Tuke responded late today to the offensive. Now Mr. Eaton has returned the volley:
Mr. Tuke, First of all I will not apologize for being 12 years old during your service in Vietnam and second of all, I'm not questioning your service, but your flagrant abuse of the Marine uniform for your own personal and political gain. Quoting your reluctant hero Alvin C. York: " This uniform ain't for sale." ~ York, on demands for his endorsement and "It's over; let's just forget about it." ~ York's modesty about the the event that brought him the Medal of Honor Sincerely, Kenneth Eaton
Jul 25, 2008 6:00 PM

From The Home Office On 8th Avenue North

The Tennessee Democratic Party uses the TNGOP's closing of their annual fundraising event to do a bit of fundraising of their own. Presenting the top ten reasons why the TNGOP's dinner is closed to the press:
10. It's Karl Rove 9. GOP fundraising is so slow, they have asked the press corps for contributions 8. George W. Bush might show up 7. There is a silent auction on FEMA trailers 6. Dick Cheney might show up 5. Karl Rove is afraid the process servers might drop by to serve him his Congressional subpoena 4. Fred Thompson's campaign buttons will outnumber John McCain buttons 3. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker would rather be at an "undisclosed location" 2. Instead of wine, they're drinking oil 1. M.C. Rove doesn't do shows for free
Jul 25, 2008 5:30 PM

Nader Files For Ballot Access In Tennessee

The campaign of Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader filed paperwork today to appear on the Tennessee ballot this November. Campaign official Rodger Clark filed the necessary petitions this morning.
Jul 25, 2008 5:26 PM

Power Luncheon With Lamar

Senator Alexander will not appear at the TNGOP's Statesmen's dinner. But he will be in Murfreesboro in August:
The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and Murfreesboro Medical Clinic will sponsor a Power Luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel in Murfreesboro, Aug. 12. U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will be the keynote speaker. “We are delighted to have Senator Alexander come to Rutherford County,” said Chamber president Mike Malone. “He provides strong leadership in representing our state. Our membership and community appreciate the opportunity to learn more about important issues affecting the federal government.”
Jul 25, 2008 4:54 PM

What's A Republican To Do?

Rob Huddleston is thinking about casting a vote in the Democratic primary on August 7th:
This begs the question - should Republicans in my situation vote in the Democratic primary to pick general election opposition that we would prefer to run against? Not that Lamar, Jimmy, or Bill need the help, but seeing a Democratic ticket of Kenneth Eaton, David Hancock, and Charlotte Meyer would sure make things almost laughably easy for the Republicans in Knox County. I have criticized others who have been faced with this situation previously for voting in Democratic primaries, but I am starting to come around to the idea.
Jul 25, 2008 4:16 PM