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English First Inches From Ballot Access

From Pith in the Wind:
Eric Crafton has collected more than 9,000 signatures to put his “English First” initiative on the November ballot. Only 10,103 names are needed and there’s still a month before the deadline, making it pretty much a certainty that voters will decide whether to amend the Metro Charter to make English the official language of our government.
Jul 16, 2008 12:22 PM

Freaking Out The Evangelicals Is Not High On McCain's Action Item List

From Ben Smith:
Heather Brewer, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice New Mexico, said today that three pro-choice New Mexicans wearing NARAL Pro-Choice New Mexico T-shirts were denied access to Sen. John McCain's town hall meeting at the Hotel Albuquerque on Tuesday even though they had tickets to the event.
Jul 16, 2008 12:16 PM

McCain Depends On That Big Money Inner Circle

From USA Today:
More than 500 top McCain fundraisers brought in at least $75.6 million, or about 53% of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's receipts through June. Obama, who also counts more than 500 people among his main fundraising corps, has collected at least $50.1 million through them. That's about 17% of the presumptive Democratic nominee's receipts through May. He has not released June totals.
Jul 16, 2008 12:15 PM

Rhetorical Questions

Jeff Woods wonders what exactly possessed the Nashville Chamber of Commerce to endorse Cordenus Eddings over school board member Ed Kindall:
 Do the chamber Pooh-Bahs really think Eddings would make a better school board member than Kindall? Or did they endorse Eddings only because they want to beat Kindall out of spite?
Jul 16, 2008 12:07 PM

Why Not? It's Done So Well For Us Recently

Blue Collar Muse has a beef with the following words from Barack Obama:
"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."
SEE MORE: Brainstem
Jul 16, 2008 11:25 AM

He Really Never Has Cared Too Much About Public Perception

John Rodgers on Rep. Jimmy Duncan support for President Bush's veto:
Congressman Jimmy Duncan (R-Knoxville) was the only member of the Tennessee Congressional delegation to vote to sustain President Bush’s veto of a bill that protected doctors from receiving a nearly 11 percent cut in their Medicare payments.
A controversial vote but you pretty much have to chalk it up to principle. Tennessee's other Republicans support the President almost at the drop of a hat out of party loyalty. Duncan, on the other hand, has made a career of bucking up against the way things go down.
Jul 16, 2008 11:15 AM

Was It Worth It?

Christian Grantham disagrees with Ben Cunningham that the deal to bring the Volkswagen plant to Chattanooga was theft from the taxpayer. Joe Powell, however, has to reserve judgment because, as of now, we don't even know the full details of the plan:
Were tax incentives offered? How much and for how long? Typically, companies can get years or even decades of property and other taxes waived for new facilities. And for a 1 billion dollar plant and an estimated 2,000 employees, vast amounts of cash will have to flow to create the infrastructure of roads and water and sewer and other utility needs. Who will pay for that?
SEE ALSO: Silence
Jul 16, 2008 11:01 AM

Appeal To The Lowest Common Denominations

Sean Braisted's curiosity is piqued by the amount of the itemized contributions that Murfreesboro Democratic state legislative candidate Tim Tipps is getting:
On the Democratic side, Rick Parks is in the lead with $18.5K in the bank, compared to Tim Tipps who holds a little over $9K in his account. What is interesting about Tipps' fundraising, is the amount of unitemized contributions (those under $100) that he is claiming. Tipps' report claims $9,380 of his $16,980 as unitemized. For comparison sake, Randy Camp (a State Senate candidate) raised nearly $200K and only had $7,900 in unitemized contributions.
Jul 16, 2008 10:19 AM

The Scene Thinks The Mayor Should Shut Up

Senior Writer Jeff Woods, who seems to have been channeling Tim Wise in his recent coverage of the Metro schools rezoning plan, is unimpressed with Mayor Karl Dean's comments in support of the plan:
Why's the mayor "supportive" of the plan? Because, he says, it would save money and make better use of our school buildings. The only thing is, it wouldn't save money (there would actually be a net loss of something like $4 million a year) and, while some buildings would be closer to capacity, Hillwood High would have lots of new extra space. Given Dean's apparent lack of understanding of the plan, it probably would be better if he kept his mouth shut.
Jul 16, 2008 10:09 AM

What? A Congressman Can't Have A Drink Outside His Opponent's Fundraiser?

Rep. Steve Cohen says he was just having a casual drink outside a fundraiser for his primary opponent hosted by his fellow incumbent Democrats. That incumbent, however, has a bit of a different take on the situation:
“I have to question whether or not, if I was an African-American and had that seat and a Delta ran against me, would [Tubbs Jones] be involved? I doubt it,” Cohen told The Hill. Cohen, a freshman, represents a majority-black district, so the campaign already had strong racial overtones. Tubbs Jones also supported Tinker in 2006, when Cohen won the race for an open seat against a crowded field of black candidates. But it’s unusual for members of Congress to support a primary challenger. Tubbs Jones said she was supporting Tinker because they are friends and sorority sisters. She then said that Cohen sought to disrupt the fundraiser by sitting outside it and chastising people as they walked by. “He absolutely was, and I went outside and spoke to him,” she said. “I told him that I thought his conduct was inappropriate. “He did try to intimidate the people coming and going. He sat out front and called out their names. … Since he’s accusing me of holding a fundraiser for Nikki Tinker just because she’s African-American, I want to put on the table the conduct that I observed.”
Jul 16, 2008 10:05 AM