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No Income Tax And You Can Fire At Will

The Tennessee Republican Party welcomes Volkswagen to Tennessee:
"We look forward to the 2,000 jobs that will be created at the VW plant, and the many jobs that will be created at VW parts suppliers, many of which we expect will also locate in Tennessee," said Robin Smith, chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party." And we know those future VW employees will be glad that of the three states that made VW's short list, VW chose the one that doesn't have a state income tax.

"The Tennessee Republican Party will continue to work to elect legislators who will keep Tennessee income tax-free and open for business as a right-to-work state," Smith said.

Jul 15, 2008 1:04 PM

Luck And Skill

Someone is apoplectic at the New Yorker attributing recent successes in Iraq to luck:
Did you get that? Luck - not the efforts of the American military and its coalition partners - was the main cause for our success in stabilizing Iraq, according to the liberals at the New Yorker. The New Yorker writer intentionally separates the "surge" from the change in miltary strategy, and separates both of those from the turning of the Sunni tribes against al Qaeda, in order to downplay any success that might be ascribed to President Bush's (and Sen. John McCain's) stalwart support for the surge, and the appointment of Gen. Petreaus to run the war.
Jul 15, 2008 12:53 PM

Down With The Union

Congressman David Davis grabs an endorsement from the American Conservative Union:
ACU PAC Chairman David A. Keene said Davis has compiled an outstanding record that deserves the support of all conservatives. “In his first year in Congress, Davis rating of 100% in the ACU Rating of Congress for 2007 shows that Davis can be counted for support on a broad range of issues of interest to conservatives, whether the issue is economic, social or national defense,” Keene said. “From day one, Davis put his 8 years of experience in the Tennessee legislature to work in Washington. As a member of the House Republican Policy Committee, Davis is in a position to fight for the conservative position within the Republican leadership. Conservatives in Tennessee’s First District should come out and vote for David Davis in the Republican Primary and again for his reelection in November.
Jul 15, 2008 12:29 PM

In Your FACE, Granholm!

The Governor of Michigan admits she was making a full court press to get Volkswagen to put its new plant in that state:
Michigan's governor says state officials aggressively courted Volkswagen AG, which has decided to build a new plant in Tennessee rather than Michigan or Alabama. Jennifer Granholm said in a statement Tuesday that the state's highly skilled work force and an "unprecedented" incentive package were among the lures the state offered in its effort to bring the German automaker to Michigan. Volkswagen plans to employ 2,000 workers when it starts production in 2011 at its new plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Jul 15, 2008 12:02 PM

Putting Himself In A Pickler

Calvin Rye thinks that the Chairman of the Shelby County Board of Education better watch his back:
Pickler better watch his back.  Blackburn (and her chief of staff Steve Brophy) have a reputation for vindictiveness.  Perhaps the Congressman and her pit bull should thank Leatherwood for putting his supporters in convenient list form and saving them the trouble.
Jul 15, 2008 11:48 AM

Get On The Bus --- With Karl Dean

From Janel Lacy:
Mayor Karl Dean will kick off the MTA Easy Ride program for Metro employees with a bus ride to work on Wednesday morning. Dean will arrive at Shelter B on the Transit Mall downtown at approximately 8:15 a.m.

The mayor proposed funding in the 2008-2009 operating budget for Metro employees to ride the bus to and from work at no cost to them. The budget was passed by the Metro Council at the end of June.

VAGUELY RELATED: Mayor Dean supports rezoning -- with caveats.
Jul 15, 2008 11:35 AM

New Tool

Ambinder explains:
Google's speech recognition technologies will now scour YouTube's politician channels for specific words or phrases. So if you want to look up Barack Obama's promise to withdraw troops "immediately," just search for it.
Jul 15, 2008 11:29 AM

Get On The Bus

The caption on the picture in this story places a DNC voter registration bus in Nashville but then doesn't include any Tennessee cities in the schedule:
-- A drive from Crawford to Austin on Thursday. -- Stops Friday in New Orleans and the Mississippi cities of Hattiesburg and Jackson. -- Visits to the Louisiana cities of Shreveport and Baton Rouge on Saturday. -- On July 25, three stops are planned in North Carolina -- Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte. -- July 26 takes him to Georgia for visits to Savannah, Macon and Atlanta. -- In August, the bus is scheduled to make stops in Midwest swing states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana before it heads to Denver for the Democrat National Convention, which opens Aug. 25.
(FT: Nashvillest)
Jul 15, 2008 11:16 AM

Voting Block

Sean Braisted reacts to word that some of your upcoming choices for school board don't the best voting record:
The first time I voted was in 2000 for Al Gore up in Ohio. When I moved to Nashville, I don't think I voted until February of 2004 in the Presidential primary. Since then, I think I've voted in every election, be it a meaningless primary or the sales tax referendum (I was one of the 5 to vote in favor of a sales tax increase). I can understand missing a few votes here and there, but to not have voted in an August primary since 1987? Damn...I don't really even see it as an option to vote or not; if there is an election a happening, I'm going to be there, competitive or not.
Jul 15, 2008 11:00 AM

That Just Happened

Bill Hobbs on the news that a new Volkswagen facility will locate in Chattanooga:
If you find yourself needing a house in Chattanooga, I have some friends here in Nashville who have one - recently extensively remodeled - for sale, located not far from the plant's future location, at a very reasonable price.
Jul 15, 2008 10:54 AM