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Not Sweatin' The Black/Brown Divide

From the Tennessee Democratic blog:
According to a new poll released by the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center, Latino voters favor Sen. Obama over Sen. McCain 66% to 23% with 11% undecided. With such a large margin of support for Sen. Obama, worries about Latino support dwindling for the Democratic Party due to the exit of Sen. Hillary Clinton have more or less been eliminated.
Jul 24, 2008 11:03 AM

TNGOP Communications Director Defends Closing The Statesman's Dinner

"I am paying for this microphone, Mr. Green!" ~ Ronald Reagan
Bill Hobbs chastises the media and blogger coverage of the news that, in a historical departure, the TNGOP will close this weekend's Karl Rove-keynoted Statesman's Dinner to the press:
[T]he suggestion that it should be open to the public because it is being held in a city convention center built with public funds is, frankly, silly. The Tennessee GOP rented the building - taxpayers aren't paying for the building that night, the TN GOP is. That gives us the right to control access. And there are countless events held every month at city-owned convention centers across the state that aren't open to the press. Weddings and business conventions, for example. The Tennessee Republican Party from time to time holds events that are open to the media. In fact, we even invite the media to them. They're called press conferences.
PREVIOUSLY: No Tickee, No Rovee SEE ALSO: Democrats accuse Hobbs of wearing pants that are less than fire-retardant.
Jul 24, 2008 10:07 AM

Big Flag: Mt. Juliet Shows The Colors

From our friends at Nashvillest:
Our neighbors in Mt. Juliet are looking to add some patriotic flavor to the city by way of two enormous American flags on either side of I-40 entering town. The flags would be 50 feet by 35 feet and fly from 150-foot poles to the tune of $60M, which City Manager Randy Robertson says will hopefully not need to come from taxpayers. “Absolutely no offense intended, but it’s not about large restaurant signs or a hotel or whatever,” Robertson told reporters. “It’s about the United States, it’s about Mt. Juliet - and that’s what I’d like to reinforce to people, and have them think for a few minutes.”
Jul 24, 2008 9:58 AM

Moderation As Virtue

Katie Allison Granju comments on what she believes is a marketable journalistic skill:
Interactivity is what online journalism - what today’s journalism - is all about. The problem is that no one is really investing the resources necessary to offer real community moderation for sites, thus you get too much of the crazy, worthless stuff and not enough of the good stuff. There will come a day when newspapers and other major online publications/news sites will recognize that smart community moderation is a specific job skill, requiring knowledge and training.. You have to hire someone with the skills - or a number of someones - and actually pay them to do that specific job. It shouldn’t be an extra job responsibility tacked on to somebody else’s job.
Jul 24, 2008 9:54 AM

20% Of Not That Many: The Myth Of The Jewish Swing Vote

Ben Smith:
There's a bit of a myth that there's a large Jewish swing vote. Most Jewish voters seem to be committed partisans, mostly Democrats. Some 20% switch between the parties in presidential elections, only some of them on specifically Jewish issues.
Jul 24, 2008 9:51 AM

Kisber Assures Big Money, No Whammies For State On VW Plant

Andy Sher and friend report on the historic incentives afforded Volkswagen:
Tennessee offered its richest incentive package — and perhaps the most government assistance and tax breaks ever for an American automobile plant — to lure Volkswagen to Chattanooga. But the state’s chief business recruiter said Tuesday that the benefits from VW’s $1 billion assembly plant far will exceed what could top $500 million in government assistance and tax breaks for the project. “The Volkswagen investment in this community is going to have a tremendous economic gain for the entire region,” said Matt Kisber, Tennessee’s commissioner for economic and community development. “I’m confident we’re going to have a very reasonable incentive package when you look at the initial costs of what is being offered compared with a much bigger long-term return.”
Jul 24, 2008 9:49 AM

Flying Delta

If you're of a mind to see poverty and depair, Charley Reese invites you to experience it "staycation style":
Politicians and celebrities with an urge to see black poverty only need to visit the Mississippi Delta or some of the neighborhoods in American cities. If they yearn for more exotic poverty, all they have to do is visit the Indian reservations that do not have casinos. Any disease they are hot to trot to cure can be found right here in the good old U.S.A. Depressed economic conditions? We have them. Crumbling infrastructure? We have that, too. Hunger? Yes, that too. Inflation and weak currency? Present right here. Corruption? Our politicians can hold their own in that dubious category. Orphans? There are plenty of those, too. There is simply no need to travel to find problems. Any bad or sad thing you wish to see you can see here in the U.S.
Jul 24, 2008 9:46 AM

Rich Versus Reward

The write-in candidate for school board in District 9 shares a link brought to him by a former blogger:
Martin Kennedy, an economist who lives in District 9, shared this article on families and schools by Economics Professor Caroline Hoxby. Hoxby uses data to show that parents are much more likely to be involved in their schools when their involvement is rewarding. State and local boards of education can significantly increase parental involvement by giving more parents real choices in education, and by increasing school level autonomy.
Jul 24, 2008 9:42 AM

Why You Got So Much Bushie Up On The Wall?

Politico reports:
Of course, most senators are not trying to make a statement about Bush with their wall art. They are making a statement about themselves. It might be something partisan like, “I’m a proud Republican.” (Often, the messages can be filed under “Reagan, Ronald W., worship of.”) Or it might be, “I’m from Colorado.” Or, “Look at this, I once caught a big fish.” The Politico office tour yielded other discoveries: Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander’s walls are overlaid with artifacts on loan from the Museum of Appalachia. Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin’s office has a popcorn machine and smells of buttery deliciousness. But it was the inventory of Bush photos that produced the most surprises. With a grand total of four pictures, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd — a fierce critic of the administration on the campaign trail — sports more photos of the president than any other Democratic senator.
Jul 24, 2008 9:06 AM

Progressively Worse

Kay Brooks thinks she knows why liberals aren't flocking to support a Music Row property owner whose pancel is being threatened by eminent domain:
If only they could reveal that a Wal-Mart is going in there---it'd be the fourth ace in their hand. It's easier to rally support for saving trees and undeveloped land than it is Joy Ford's concrete block office surrounded by asphalt and chain link. What they fail to understand is that if Miss Joy doesn't win--they won't win in Bell's Bend either.
SEE ALSO: Enclave
Jul 24, 2008 9:03 AM