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Andecotal Gold

Ilissa Gold gets a letter dropped on her doorstep in reaction to her family's support for Barack Obama:
However, it is another interesting example of how scared Obama has these wingnuts. Notice that there was not a word in this note about John McCain or why conservatism works better. No, because they know that from their perspective, they're caught between a rock and a hard place. It's always nice to know that while you love your candidate, your opposition so hates their's that they have to result to threatening their neighbors. And threaten them anonymously, because they're too chickenshit to attach their names to anything like this. I have a feeling it was one of the neighbors. It would have to be someone who a) is in our neighborhood enough to see it and b) knows the last name of the family in that particular house.
Jul 15, 2008 8:25 AM

Liquefy, Liquefy, Liquefy

Marsha Blackburn campaigns on energy issues:
Blackburn also endorsed the use of alternative fuels, such as liquefied coal. Recently, she pushed to repeal a law in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 prohibiting federal agencies from purchasing alternative fuels such as liquefied coal.
Jul 15, 2008 8:24 AM
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Chamberpot

Jim Grinstead discusses the Chamber of Commerce's influence on school board elections:
Most importantly, we must remember that the Chamber's mission in life is "supporting the growth and prosperity of Chamber-member businesses," according to its web site. Whatever the Chamber has in mind for Nashville's schools, you can bet that educating all of Nashville's children is not topping the agenda. The Chamber's agenda is intended first to help its member businesses and that doesn't mean being an advocate for children who live in challenging social situations and who have no options other than the city's public schools. The Chamber is not evil. It has a voice and it has a right to be heard. But if it's going to throw its money and power around at election time, it's a fair target for criticism and it better become accustomed to that.
SEE ALSO: Enclave (II)
Jul 15, 2008 8:24 AM

Pigs That Don't Fly Straight

Andy Sher shares this report on the fallout which followed the release of a letter from the TNGOP's Chairwoman to Governor Phil Bredesen regarding her service on Tennessee's Human Rights Commission. The TNGOP maintains that the release was a part of a coordinated smear effort. At issue is the inference by Post Politics that the letter could be seen as an effort by Smith to remain on the Human Rights Board:
In an interview Monday, Mrs. Smith and her communications director, Mr. Hobbs, said part of her charge about a “smear” was based on the suggestion she was trying to bargain for reappointment. “You know what?” Mrs. Smith said. “I’m not going to get in the mud with the pigs because the pigs will enjoy it and I’ll get muddy, too.”
PREVIOUSLY: The release The reaction A comedic performance An accusation An admission
Jul 15, 2008 8:12 AM
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After All He Did

Bill Dries recounts the recent political history of the 9th Congressional District:
A Democrat has represented the 9th Congressional District since Harold Ford Sr. upset Republican incumbent Dan Kuykendall in 1974. No one is running in the Republican primary this year. The winner of the Democratic primary will face independent candidate Jake Ford in the November general election. Ford, the brother of former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., also ran as an independent in the anti-climactic general election two years ago, coming in second with 22 percent of the vote. Jake Ford had the backing of his father two years ago. His brother, while not openly supportive, displayed a sufficient amount of hostility to Cohen to leave little doubt the Ford family wasn’t in the Cohen camp. That branch of the Ford family wasn’t in the Cohen camp. Joe Ford Jr., son of Shelby County Board of Commissioners member Joe Ford Sr., was among the candidates in the Democratic primary and finished third with 12 percent of the primary vote. He later backed Cohen over his cousin in the general election. Some of the hostility from the two Harold Fords was the result of Cohen’s bid for the congressional seat 10 years earlier. With the younger Ford vying for the seat his father was giving up, Cohen mounted a vocal and caustic primary challenge to the continuation of the Ford brand. Tinker was among the Ford campaign partisans in the spirited 1996 campaign that Ford Jr. won. Cohen also was seeking re-election to the state Senate. To make his political future more interesting, the Fords backed Tommie Edwards, Cohen’s challenger in the state Senate Democratic primary, which Cohen won. He quickly closed ranks after the primary and supported the younger Ford in a much easier congressional general election campaign against Republican nominee Rod Deberry. Ford Sr. and Jr. didn’t close ranks as readily.
Jul 15, 2008 7:32 AM

Didn't Care Until It Was Their Turn To Serve

Michael Cass reports on local candidates for office whose voting records are not what you'd imagine of an engaged citizen:
Then there are those who say they're not sure the Davidson County Election Commission's voting records are accurate. "I believe I voted in all of them," said Alan Coverstone, one of the District 9 school board contenders who apparently didn't vote in 2004, when Marsha Warden ran for the seat unopposed, or in 2000, when Chris Norris won it handily over two opponents. "That is news to me if I haven't voted in those elections, because I'm a committed and aggressive voter," Coverstone said. Lee Limbird, another District 9 candidate, has voted only twice in August elections since registering to vote in September 1980, according to her voting history. Metro voters go to the polls in August in three years of every four-year cycle to cast ballots for mayor, council and school board seats, and state and congressional primaries. Limbird voted in August 1987 and again last year.
Jul 15, 2008 7:26 AM

Bringing The District Out Of The Hood

The Daily News Journal reports on the Republican attempting to bring the 48th state House seat home for their party:
Joe Carr, Jon Jaques and Lou Ann Zelenik are vying to steal Hood's seat away from the Democrats. Carr, 50, of Lascassas handles the business and sales side of a conservation engineering training company. He ran against Hood in 2006. "If the governor can fund a $20 million bunker at the governor's mansion, then we can find $90 million for the MTSU science building," Carr said. He also said he supports term limits in the legislature, saying "12 to 16 years is plenty." Jaques, 44, of Murfreesboro said he will put his 17 years of experience as a certified public accountant and financial advisor to work, if elected. "I am dealing with people who have lost health insurance and have had their identity stolen; people who are losing their jobs, people who are struggling to decide if the pay for gas, food or medicine," he said. "Right now I am working with 20 different families who are trying to save their house from foreclosure." Zelenik moved to Murfreesboro 22 years ago when she bought an engineering construction business. She is concerned about wise spending by the legislature. She criticized money being spent on the governor's mansion, "including an underground party room which is not a necessity," while "MTSU needs a new science building." "I think it is important that anyone running for office represent the people they earn the vote from," she said. "I've been a small business owner. I know the taxes I had to pay."
Jul 15, 2008 7:20 AM

The Lord Works In Mysterious Ways

And so does the Associated Press:
Rove exchanged e-mails about Pat Tillman with Associated Press reporter Ron Fournier, under the subject line "H-E-R-O." In response to Mr. Fournier's e-mail, Mr. Rove asked, "How does our country continue to produce men and women like this," to which Mr. Fournier replied, "The Lord creates men and women like this all over the world. But only the great and free countries allow them to flourish. Keep up the fight."
One can interpret this email two ways. One, is that the reporter is a supporter of the President whose native tongue is the "language" of the administration. The other, is that the reporter was speaking like this to Rove in an attempt to curry favor with a crucial and powerful source of information. Both are troubling. If the words are authentic, then the quote is troubling because it reveals bias. However, the most probable explanation, that Fournier was simply engaged in source maintenance, is equally disturbing. You see, Karl Rove is not a believer so invoking the Lord's name is not likely to reach Rove on the level a manipulative reporter might wish. One would hope that a reporter like Fournier would be aware of this. Again, either way, troubling.
Jul 15, 2008 7:10 AM

Leaning The Effort

Gail Kerr thinks Mayor Karl Dean needs to get off the fence when it comes to the subject of school rezoning:
Dean said he believes the new school board, which will be elected in three weeks, can and should revisit the rezoning plan if members want. "I respect the people that are objecting to the rezoning plan," said the mayor. "They are voicing concerns that their voices weren't heard. That obviously bothers me." The mayor praised the process as a fair one, full of "honorable intentions." Ultimately, "that's how the board voted," Dean said. "It doesn't matter what I think." Well, yes it does. Bless him for being willing to return calls and answer questions, a practice some of his predecessors were guilty of avoiding when the subject was politically difficult. But he is the mayor, and what he thinks matters a lot.
SEE ALSO: Karl Dean supports the plan -- with caveats.
Jul 15, 2008 6:55 AM

Will Chattanooga Nab The Volkswagen Plant?

We shall find out today:
German automaker Volkswagen AG today is expected to unveil a key signpost in its road map to building cars and increasing sales in the United States. Hamilton County officials have been optimistic the route runs through Chattanooga. But an auto industry publication put Limestone County, Ala., near Huntsville as the leader in the race for the investment that could reach near $1 billion and eventually create 2,000 jobs. Michigan also was mentioned as a plant site.
Jul 15, 2008 6:52 AM