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Back To Africa

Bill First blogs his trip to Mozambique:
I had the privilege today to spend time right outside of Chimoio, Mozambique yesterday, in Vanduzi Town. Africare is doing some amazing work in this village, namely a housing project called Project COPE. Africare, partnering with Habitat for Humanity and the government of Mozambique (who provided the land), had built 30 new homes for families in need, many of whom were suffering from HIV. The homes were made with 100% local supplies and modern materials, rather than the traditional homes in the area. They were painted in a handsome, ochre color, and they featured sloped roofs that reached almost to the ground in order to prevent the rains from damaging walls of the house over time.
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Jul 14, 2008 5:05 PM

The Chamber's Candidate Is Bad At Paperwork

From Jaime Sarrio:
School board candidate Cordenus Eddings failed to file her campaign finance reports on time, according to the Davidson County Election Commission. Once Eddings is notified she is not in compliance, she will be fined $25 until she files her paperwork. Eddings, 41, is running against incumbent Ed Kindall for the District 7 seat. The deadline was last week.
Jul 14, 2008 4:13 PM

Booster Seats

Jackson Baker discusses the impact of Sunday night's debate on the race to unseat Rep. Steve Cohen:
The actual impact on whatever portion of the electorate ended up watching the debate was probably a composite of all these points of view. And, while Cohen might have finished ahead in strict forensic terms, the equalizing effect of the joint appearance and the free-media aspect of the forum had to be a boost for both his rivals.
Jul 14, 2008 3:40 PM

TNDP Made Public Records Request Of Smith Letter

From the word processor of Tom Humphrey:
NASHVILLE - The state Democratic Party has acknowledged obtaining an email that state Republican Chairman Robin Smith sent to Gov. Phil Bredesen through an open records request last month, then making copies available to others. But Democratic Chairman Gray Sasser says the move was a matter of curiosity, not an attempt to smear or embarrass his Republican counterpart, as Smith has said. In response to an inquiry from the News-Sentinel, Bredesen spokeswoman Lydia Lenker said that a review of records today shows that the Wade Munday, the state Democratic communications director, requested copies of any email to the governor from Smith on June 13. The administration provided the document on June 18, she said.
SEE ALSO: Bill Hobbs wants more The letter The reaction The Youtube
Jul 14, 2008 3:05 PM

Raising Up: Johnson Defends Her Decision

School Board member, Karen Y. Johnson, the controversial and singular black vote for Metro's student reassignment, defends her decision:
Simply stated, the new rezoning plan changes the percentage of black students at Pearl-Cohn from 88 percent to 91 percent, which is not resegregation. We have a school system in a city where blacks make up 25 percent of the population but 53 percent of the student population, showing we're already in a segregated system. And, it's time to stop looking at everything as a black-white issue because Nashville has become far more diverse.
SEE ALSO: Johnson takes a swipe or two at Councilman Jerry Maynard. Sean Braisted opines Jeff Woods
Jul 14, 2008 2:48 PM

Taking The Smoking Ban To Court

P. J. Tobia reports:
His suit says that the workplace smoking ban and the increase in taxes on tobacco products, “discriminates against Plaintiff, a smoker, and segregates him from all public places, and favors the non-smoker.” Burnette, who takes his right to smoke very seriously, names everyone from the governor to Ben West Jr. as defendants, and asks the court for $10,000 from each of them, claiming that they exhibited a “callous disregard of [his] rights.”
Jul 14, 2008 2:12 PM

Souljah Boy

Matthew Yglesias nuzzles political cliches to his bosom:

The "Sister Souljah moment" idea may be tired cliché with dubious political implications, but in this crazy new world of the 24/7 news cycle doing campaign punditry is harder than ever and we therefore need our lazy clichés more than ever. Will nobody think of the journalists? If anything, people need to try harder to more rigorously fit their discussion of all events into a handful of predetermined frames.

Jul 14, 2008 2:09 PM

Audience Participation

TNGOP Communications Director Bill Hobbs weighs in on his estimation of the good, the bad and the ugly that came from the public release of his chairwoman's email to the Governor of Tennessee:
But at least now we know where the Bredesen administration stands on whether personal emails on state computers are to be released or not. If it might make the administration or especially the governor's wife look bad, it's personal and not subject to the state's open records laws. But if the administration thinks releasing the document will hurt a political rival, the personal is made political - and public. That's what happened last week. The administration released a political opponent's personal email in order to participate in a Nashville media outlet's baseless smear of one of the administration's political opponents, a smear based on a fallacious linking of two unconnected events and a deliberate misrepresentation of the content of the email - reporting the email said one thing when it clearly said the opposite.
Jul 14, 2008 1:36 PM

The Guy That Can Get Things For You

The Tennessee Democratic Party thinks Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has a race on his hands. Ramsey thinks different:
“The one advantage I have as being lieutenant governor is that I can get problems answered for my constituents,” Ramsey said, adding he has worked to get money for several transportation projects in the area, including the U.S. 11E/19E interchange and state Route 75 improvements. Ramsey said he has also helped Kingsport build a new higher education center, local school systems get the money they needed from the state government and capital so Northeast State Technical Community College can continue to expand its campus. He said he has taken on these projects because “nothing can help people more than a good education system.” While his political experience and campaign war chest far outmatch Jones’, the incumbent senator said he is not taking anything for granted with his campaign.
Jul 14, 2008 12:47 PM

John McLaughlin's Ice Cold Milk

From Media Matters:
Does it frost Jackson, Jesse Jackson, that someone like Obama, who fits the stereotype blacks once labeled as an Oreo -- a black on the outside, a white on the inside -- that an Oreo should be the beneficiary of the long civil rights struggle which Jesse Jackson spent his lifetime fighting for?"
Jul 14, 2008 12:13 PM