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Kay Brooks doesn't understand how Mayor Karl Dean can take issue with the language “No person shall have a right to government services in any other language” in Eric Crafton's English-Only charter amendment:
We're handing out 'rights' left and ...well, right in this nation. We invent them out of whole cloth. So now, surely Dean isn't saying citizens have a right to have government business conducted in their native language? How can that possibly jibe with the requirement that new citizens must prove their proficiency in English? If he thinks it'll be expensive to defend the constitutionality of this charter amendment, wait until he sees the bill for this new right.
Jun 6, 2008 4:36 PM
From the Commercial Appeal:
Already in prison for bribery and facing another corruption trial this month, former state senator John Ford can add this to his woes: Tax trouble. The IRS has filed two liens against Ford, contending he owes more than $220,000 in unpaid federal income taxes. The bulk of those unpaid taxes are for tax years 2003, 2004 and 2005 — at the height of state and federal investigations that led to Ford’s criminal troubles. Because the IRS considers individual tax matters to be private, it’s unclear what source of revenue the unpaid tax allegations involve.
Jun 6, 2008 3:18 PM
From the Washington Post:
Democrats eager to tamp down talk of disappointed primary voters bolting to John McCain point to the "fact" that a majority of McCain's own backers threatened to vote for Al Gore when George W. Bush secured the Republican nomination in 2000. But the numbers of crossover voters frustrated by the nominating process was actually far less than that. In Post-ABC and Pew national polling as the 2000 GOP primary wound down, more than seven in 10 Republicans who supported McCain also said they would back Bush over Gore in the general election. That is far lower than the 93 percent who backed Bush on Election Day, suggesting some bluster in the heat of battle, but nowhere close to a minority of voters.
Jun 6, 2008 3:15 PM
Ben Smith explains how Hillary Clinton needs Obama to give her her groove back:
A new Gallup poll finds real damage to Hillary among African-American voters, with more than a third viewing her unfavorably. This is a problem that Obama can help her solve, and something she needs from him as much as money.
Jun 6, 2008 2:39 PM
Are you supposed to go after Michelle Obama or not?
Be careful what you wish for: "If somebody has evidence that myself or Michelle or anybody has said something inappropriate, let them do it." Presumably by "do it," he means "produce it," as in, produce the evidence. Hmm. This would seem to run somewhat counter to his previous statement that his wife is off-limits.RELATED: Bill Hobbs
Jun 6, 2008 2:21 PM
From the Tennessee Journal comes news of some interesting campaign tactics:
State Rep. Jim Cobb (R-Spring City), who is being challenged in the Aug. 7 GOP primary by former representative Jim Vincent, stirred a bit of controversy Thursday with a sign saying he’s “Endorsed by Right to Life.” Tennessee Right to Life expressed concern, since its political action committee has yet to make any endorsements. Cobb explained that the sign wasn’t referring to the organization, but to some neighbors who are “right to life.” The flip side of the sign says “Endorsed by NRA.” The National Rifle Association hasn’t made endorsements either. But we’re betting Cobb has neighbors who hunt. Vincent, you’ll recall, served two terms before not seeking reelection in 2004, the year he was head-butted by fellow representative H.E. Bittle (R-Knoxville) during a fracas at a Nashville karaoke bar. Bittle also didn’t run.
Jun 6, 2008 1:54 PM
The Pesky Fly shares his take on a common talk radio-style Republican tactic:
From my perspective the use of "Democrat Party" doesn't make the party sound as bad as it makes the speaker sound unlearned. Instead of whining Dems should either reach out in an effort to educate or--if feeling less liberal-- openly mock members of the Republici Party who use the term.
Jun 6, 2008 1:14 PM
Mike Byrd wants an explanation as to why Councilman Eric Crafton has not been more thoroughly cross-examined by the media on his assertion that proscribing English as the official language of Metro government helps immigrants learn English:
I would like for someone to explain to me how being married to Asian woman immunizes Eric Crafton from being either prejudiced toward Hispanics or from whipping up the uglier fringes of the racist right to go to the polls in November.
Jun 6, 2008 1:06 PM