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Congressman Marsha Blackburn has been endorsed by The National Federation of Independent Business:
Today’s endorsement puts the considerable grassroots support of the state’s small businesses behind the Blackburn campaign. Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members to help turn out the influential small business voting bloc on Election Day. According to NFIB polling data, small business owners and their employees make up 43 percent of registered voters in America.
Jul 9, 2008 10:57 AM
Bob Corker is a member:
A group of Senate centrists in both parties are following those who forged a delicate compromise in 2005 over judicial nominees by trying to do the same for another charged issue: record gas prices. Ten senators — five in each party — sent a letter to Senate leaders just before lawmakers left for the Independence Day recess asking for a summit of energy experts to enable the two parties to work through the partisanship that has largely stymied energy legislation in the 110th Congress. On Monday, Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell signaled there might be room for compromise. The group of 10 — led by Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. — are essentially trying to replicate the success the Gang of 14 had in 2005.
Jul 9, 2008 9:52 AM
Michael Silence links up to a blogger who argues that the Israelis did not have foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks:
“It’s possible that after the attacks, but before the official cancellation, the Israeli Secret Service recommended Sharon shouldn’t attend (it would be hard to imagine them doing anything less). Therefore it may be true that Sharon cancelled travel plans on September 11th, but this is in no sense mysterious, and doesn’t require any foreknowledge at all.”
Jul 9, 2008 9:49 AM
Congress isn't quite as bad as we thought:
Rasmussen didn’t ask respondents whether they approved or disapproved of Congress; it asked respondents to rank Congress’ job performance as excellent, good, fair or poor. Just 2 percent rated the performance as excellent, and 7 percent rated it as good. Add those up, and you get 9 percent. But 36 percent of Rasmussen’s respondents said they consider Congress’ job performance to be fair. Is that approval or disapproval? Rasmussen CEO Scott Rasmussen said that’s a fair question but one without a clear answer. His best guess: If you converted the thinking behind the answers into the binary results of most polls — approval or disapproval — then Congress’ approval rating might actually be as high as the mid-20s.
Jul 9, 2008 9:41 AM
Aunt B. thinks that the citizens and rulers of Nashville have to face a fundamental fact about the Metro Schools:
And you know, I’m tired of hearing about “Oh, if only the middle class would come back to our schools. Then everything would be okay.” How long have middle class parents been yanking their kids out of our public schools? Thirty years? It’s time to stop counting on them coming back, hoping they’ll come back, or dreaming that they’ll come back. We’ve got to move forward as if they’re not coming back because, unless they suddenly drop out of the middle class (which, with this economy, is a possibility) THEY’RE NOT COMING BACK. We’ve got to move ahead without them and serve the kids we have and meet their needs.SEE ALSO: Progressive Nashville (II) Shoot The Moose
Jul 9, 2008 8:55 AM
During a promotional tour for his new book, a revisionist treatment of WWII, MSNBC commentator Pat Buchanan appears on the Political Cesspool, a radio show out of Memphis run by a well-known white nationalist. The Anti-Defamation League is up in arms. The host, James Edwards, was a prominent speaker at an event welcoming David Duke home from prison.
Jul 9, 2008 8:42 AM
Barack Obama won't be letting his children be interviewed by entertainment magazine shows anymore:
Obama this morning told Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America that the way his daughters' interview with Access Hollywood played on the cable networks gave him a moment of "pause." The family got "carried away" in agreeing to do the full family chat on camera since the interview was on Malia's birthday, Obama said. In retrospect, Obama says he doesn't think the exposure is "healthy and it won't happen again."
Jul 9, 2008 8:25 AM
For one North Carolina state employee it was taking a stand against Jesse Helms:
L.F. Eason III gave up the only job he'd ever had rather than lower a flag to honor former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms. Eason, a 29-year veteran of the state Department of Agriculture, instructed his staff at a small Raleigh lab not to fly the U.S. or North Carolina flags at half-staff Monday, as called for in a directive to all state agencies by Gov. Mike Easley. When a superior ordered the lab to follow the directive, Eason decided to retire rather than pay tribute to Helms. After several hours' delay, one of Eason's employees hung the flags at half-staff.
Jul 9, 2008 8:22 AM