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The station adds that had Hillary been the Democratic nominee they wouldn't be covering the Democrats either:
"Sen. Barack Obama running for president is a huge deal for TV One as it is for the African American community," said Johnathan Rodgers, president and CEO of TV One, a channel in about 40 million homes. "African Americans have fallen in love with his candidacy, his family … we will be covering the democratic convention all the time." But John McCain shouldn’t expect the same treatment. The network doesn’t plan any coverage of the Republican Convention. "We are not a news organization," said Rodgers, speaking at the opening session of the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. "We are a television network designed to celebrate African American achievement. If Hillary was the nominee, we would not be covering this year's Democratic Convention." "My audience is 93% black," Rodgers added. "I serve my audience."
Jul 9, 2008 6:40 AM
The famed "suicide" doctor qualifies to run for Congress:
Dr. Jack Kevorkian was notified Monday that he has enough signed petitions to run for Congress in the fall, reported Detroit TV station WDIV. Kevorkian needed 3,200 signatures by July 13 to appear as an independent on the November ballot."I have a shot at it, but that's all," Kevorkian said. "That's all I wanted."
Jul 9, 2008 6:37 AM
By a five to four vote, Metro's school board passed the the Community Task Force on Student Assignment's revised recommendations on rezoning. Karen Y. Johnson joined the four white members of the board (Fox, Warden, Glover and North) in voting to affirm the plan. Members George Thompson and Ed Kindall, as promised, took the lead in opposing the plan citing the infamous Garcia memos and the NAACP's vocal opposition. In a spirited address, featuring charts, Kindall attempted to rebut the plan laid out by Mark North in a presentation preceding his remarks. In contrast to the silence during North's presentation, Kindall's speech moved several members of the audience to offer audible positive affirmations. Three motions in total were made. One, by Kindall, to defer the vote to a later date and another by Thompson to accept the proposal except for the controversial parts concerning the Hillsboro, Pearl-Cohn and Hillwood clusters were rejected five to four. The third and final motion to accept the proposal was passed. As the final vote approached, media coverage by the Nashville Scene regarding a possible violation of the open meetings law was discussed. George Thompson referred to the coverage and suggested that some members should recuse themselves. Karen Johnson spoke up immediately and vociferously defended herself telling those assembled that she was in no way lobbied nor did she discuss her vote in violation of the sunshine law and that she would not be recusing herself. At last, when the final vote was made and Karen Johnson raised her hand above her head a voice from the crowd, clearly disgusted by the side Johnson had chosen, shouted, "Raise it high, Karen." Johnson, who was facing the chair, Marsha Warden, with her hand roughly at head level then starred straight at the crowd in the direction of the voice and reached for the sky much like that overenthusiastic kid in the front row in elementary school and made her choice emphatic. SEE ALSO: Amy Griffith (II) Aunt B. Enclave WKRN Channel 5 Gannett
Jul 8, 2008 9:30 PM
There's a difference between moderates and centrists:
"Moderates" or "centrists" are two very different things. For instance, libertarians and populist Lou Dobbs supporters would both be smack dab in the middle of any linear conception of politics - these days, both are about equally likely to support the Dems as they are the Republicans on any given issue, and neither could be remotely consider "moderate." But the views of libertarians and populists are almost completely opposite to each other. This is equally true of many - probably even most - of the other groups in the so-called "center." By "moving to the center," a politician isn't necessarily winning over the support of many of those groups, and may even wind up hurting his standing with a majority of those groups.
Jul 8, 2008 5:58 PM
The ONE campaign is taking an "impressive roster" of folks down to Rwanda:
The trip will be led by former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist – the two men who, for the past year, have co-chaired our ONE Vote ’08 effort. They’ll be joined by people like, Mike Huckabee (former Governor of Arkansas who expressed support for the ONE platform when he was running for the GOP nomination), Leon Panetta (former White House Chief of Staff to President Clinton, also served as OMB Director in the Clinton White House, was in the House of Representatives and worked as House Budget Committee Chairman), and John Kasich (former member of the House of Representatives who worked as House Budget Committee Chairman). Cindy McCain will join the bipartisan trip as well. Mrs. McCain has a solid history of work in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable global disease. She’s served on the Board of Directors to ONE-partner CARE International since 2005. She founded the American Voluntary Medical Team in 1988, organizing trips for medical personnel to provide emergency care to disaster-struck or war-torn regions. She also serves on the boards for the non-profits Operation Smile and the HALO Trust.
Jul 8, 2008 5:39 PM
Sean Braisted wonders if Rosalind Kurita's opponent's fundraising will cause her to engage:
Tim Barnes, the challenger to Rosalind Kurita, has raised about $63,000. While Kurita only raised about $23K (almost entirely from PACs) this past quarter, she still ended with $200K cash on hand. Her biggest expense was to Fletcher and Rowley, the notorious Nashville political firm which specializes in negative advertising. So it will be interesting to see if Kurita feels threatened enough by her Democratic challenger to get down and dirty.
Jul 8, 2008 5:26 PM
Tom Leatherwood went to Ethridge and Associates, LLC and got some numbers did up on his race against Congressman Marsha Blackburn:
According to the results of a districtwide poll taken on June 28 and 29, Leatherwood trails 37% to 48% districtwide. This shows a net gain for Leatherwood of 16 points compared to a March survey in which he trailed by 30% to 57%. In Shelby County, where both candidates are well known, Leatherwood leads 55% to 30%, a positive swing of 29 points from the March poll that showed him trailing 40% to 44%.SEE ALSO: The full report Swing State Project
Jul 8, 2008 5:10 PM
“Padgett is a real slow talker,” [U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Kenneth] Eaton tells Pith. “I think he’s on medication, and he has to slowly choose his words. I know a lot of other people from Knoxville and they don’t talk that slow. Tuke is a good speaker, but he’s not a good answerer. I’m outspoken. I talk from the heart.”
Jul 8, 2008 4:07 PM