Says Uncle » So, Lamar, tell us how you’re a small government, pro business conservative again?
And the candidate's not helping determine who "the man" is:
Of course, McCain himself could take control of the situation by calling all of his competing advisors together and ordering them to work together. But that would be a dramatic break with past practice. As the former McCain advisor puts it, 'McCain's style is, call everyone into a room, say you guys work it out, and then turn off the lights. And then throw in a knife.' The question going forward for Murphy -- or anyone, for that matter, who wants to run the McCain campaign -- seems to be whether he can grab that knife before somebody else does."
Jul 8, 2008 11:11 AM
From the Knoxville News Sentinel:
State Senate Democrats say they have raised more than $735,000 in the second quarter in their effort to tip the balance back in their favor in the upper chamber in the General Assembly. Democrats and Republicans each hold 16 seats in the Senate, along with one independent. According to the Senate Democratic Caucus, the party's top fundraiser in the quarter was Randy Camp with $200,000. The former state personnel commissioner is running to fill the vacated seat of former Senate Speaker John Wilder.
Jul 8, 2008 11:09 AM
Matt Pulle doesn't understand the "paper of record's" treatment of the injection of former Metro School Director Pedro Garcia's name and words into the debate over school rezoning:
I don't know how dailies can stem their circulation declines—if I did I'd be lying on a beach somewhere--, but downplaying sensational and important stories doesn't sound like much of a game plan. Over the last year or more, The Tennessean, which is losing more readers than most papers, has tried to reinvent itself, by offering an array of silly content online—from slideshows of pets to shopping blogs. But all that does is dare readers to find their news elsewhere while putting a once respected paper in competition with hundreds of teenagers who can blog about fluff better than a newsroom ever could.
Jul 8, 2008 10:07 AM
Say Uncle on the Federal Reserve's impending audit:
Fed Reserve isn’t looking too credible to the international community. Of course, being American, we could give a crap less about the international community. If we cared what the international community thought, we’d be metric. However, these foreigners own a lot of our debt. property, businesses, etc. So, this one won’t just slide by.
Jul 8, 2008 9:58 AM
From the Sentinel:
U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier in Chattanooga found today that there was no basis for the lawsuit against Gov. Phil Bredesen and the Tennessee General Assembly. The state last year increased the cigarette tax on each pack of cigarettes from 20 cents to 62 cents and banned smoking in most indoor public places. Plaintiff James Burnette called the new laws a conspiracy to try to reduce smoking rates. But Collier found that to be a legitimate aim for a state government and that smokers are not unfairly targeted by the laws.
Jul 8, 2008 9:55 AM
The AP discusses the GOP prospects for California in the Presidential election:
But since that win in 1988 the population growth in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other urban centers, a jump in Hispanic residents and the state's identification with environmental conservation has tended to benefit Democrats, particularly in presidential races. In addition, Democrat Bill Clinton showered attention on the state during his two presidential terms. Republican registration now stands at 32 percent, compared to 44 percent for Democrats. Independents account for 19 percent. Enthusiasm for McCain, especially among conservatives, is a question mark. George H.W. Bush won 241,000 votes in the 1988 primary in Orange County, long considered the state's Republican heartland. McCain, in the February primary, got 142,000 votes there. McCain's record of working with Democrats on immigration reform and campaign finance and of breaking from the White House on global warming could help him with some important voter groups. Recent history isn't encouraging, however. Bush adviser Karl Rove promised to launch a huge grassroots campaign in California in 2004, which never happened. Bush spent more than $15 million in California in 2000, then lost to Gore by 12 points.
Jul 8, 2008 9:50 AM
May be good for Tennessee:
Numerous media outlets are reporting tonight that Volkswagen will announce in the next few days their building a new plant in Limestone County, Al along I-65. This area is just 20 miles south of the stateline so some Tennesseans are going to benefit from this announcement. It won't be on the scale if the plant had been built in Chattanooga but never the less some Tennesseans will be benefiting from this deal. Its expected that Volkswagen will employ 2,000 people when the plant is finished.
Jul 8, 2008 9:07 AM