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All Aboard

Calvin Rye is pleased that Rep. Lincoln Davis is helping constituents get on that federal gravy train:
Rep. Davis deserves some praise for this one.  It’s a good idea for a Congressman to teach local business owners what assistance is available to them from Washington.  I hope others follow in his footsteps.  Especially the ones who think it’s cute to malign the federal government’s helpfulness.
Jul 24, 2008 2:00 PM
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Home State Advantage

John McCain doesn't seem to have one when it comes to fundraising:
Barack Obama quietly raised more money in Arizona last month for his presidential campaign than John McCain did, and the Illinois Democrat dominates the overall fundraising map in 43 states and Washington, D.C., records show. Obama reported $432,000 in donations from Arizonans in June, compared with McCain's $313,000, based on an Arizona Republic analysis of Federal Election Commission records.
Jul 24, 2008 1:29 PM
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The Moment, You Own it, You Better Never Let It Go

Marc Ambinder just had a brainstorm for a GOP political ad:
“America, this is our moment. This is our time” – Obama, speaking in MN the night he officially won the Dem nomination (6/3). “People of Berlin -- people of the world -- this is our moment. This is our time” – Obama, in his first formal speech of his foreign tour (7/24). What ad guru won’t be tempted to play the clips back-to-back, only one to a widely ecstatic cheering crowd of Europeans? Insert announcer with an appropriately unnerving, deep voice, asking: “Which is it, Obama? Who’s moment? Who’s time?”
Jul 24, 2008 1:06 PM
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Why Is McCain Going To Ohio?

Could it be to announce a Veep?
If McCain is coming to Columbus to announce a Veep, it’s likelier that the person will be John Kasich. Portman is from the Cincinnati area and, believe me I know, having lived in his congressional district for seventeen years, viewed in something like heroic terms there. It’s unlikely that McCain would pass up the adulation with which a Portman vice presidential run would be greeted in Cincinnati.
Jul 24, 2008 12:46 PM

Tennessee Water War II

From Michael Silence:
The state of Mississippi hopes to persuade a federal appeals court to reinstate its lawsuit alleging the city of Memphis, Tennessee, is stealing Mississippi's water from a major underground aquifer.
Jul 24, 2008 12:39 PM
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Barry Breaks Bad On Bells Bend Project

Nate Rau reports the councillady does not approve of the May Town Center project:
Within hours of today’s 6 p.m. Planning Commission meeting on the land use plan for the Bells Bend and Scottsboro area, at-large Councilwoman Megan Barry has written a letter encouraging the board to disapprove the current plan.
Jul 24, 2008 12:28 PM

Drew Johnson Is Full Of....

For fans and non-fans of the crew down at the Tennessee Center for Policy Research tonight may yield some interesting television -- if you have the full array of channels. GQ Drew, in a segment taped last October, will appear on a new episode of Penn & Teller: Bull****! tonight at 9pm on Showtime to discuss the threats to his and his staff's person's in the wake of their reporting on Al Gore's energy consumption.
Jul 24, 2008 12:04 PM

Predatory Racism

Former Predator actor turned political candidate, Sonny Landham, has gone "off the reservation" so to speak:
Landham further defended his racist statements: “I’m a pro-American all the way. The Arabs, the camel dung-shovelers, the camel jockeys, whichever you wanna call ‘em, are terrorists. And they are doing a terrorist act on this country with the high gas prices. They’re about to wreck this economy, not only our economy, but the world economy. Now, when you talk to people, you don’t talk in PC terms. PC does not get the attention of the people.” When taking a call from an Arab-American woman, Landham said he didn’t care what she thought, his interest was in American citizens. The lady told him that she was an American citizen, and Landham said he didn’t believe her.
Jul 24, 2008 11:55 AM
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Like Feeding Small Children Cigarettes And Coffee

Newscoma bemoans the nature of the current media culture:
New cycles aren’t what they used to be. A story is now not allowed to grow. It’s an explosion these days and then it’s over. Younger people don’t remember the way Watergate swelled slowly with so much detail and revelations. We watched TIME and the papers. We watched the hearings on three channels which was all we had. Same thing with Iran Contra although it was after 24/7 news became available. These stories were allowed to evolve. Now we hear it, we talk about it and it’s not news within a couple of days. The world of communication has changed.
Jul 24, 2008 11:21 AM