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Lenny Ladner, one of the "also rans" in the race for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Tennessee, asks the following of his fellow candidate, William Mike Padgett:
First of all why does "Mike" Padgett refuse to use his real first name??? What is he trying to hide?? I have always used my first name. I'm not going to hide anything.
Jun 25, 2008 6:06 PM
Tom Leatherwood, Rep. Marsha Blackburn's upstart GOP challenger in the 7th Congressional District, sees a lot to like yesterday in the primary results out of Utah:
I encourage you to take a look at the results in yesterday’s Republican Primary in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District. In that race, the incumbent Republican Congressman was defeated 60% to 40%, despite outspending his challenger by almost $500,000. This shows that money alone can’t save an incumbent congressman when a challenger has a strong issue working in their favor. Incumbent Chris Cannon, first elected in 1996, was endorsed by President Bush and both of Utah’s Republican U.S. Senators. Cannon spent more than $760,000 compared to the victorious Jason Chaffetz, who spent just $175,000. Congressional Quarterly’s on-line report cited “the failure of Cannon to generate the kind of turnout typically enjoyed by House incumbents.” Cannon was criticized for his support of comprehensive immigration reform, an unpopular position in that district. Here in Tennessee’s 7th District, Blackburn faces a similar challenge. The Leatherwood campaign finds that voters disapprove of incumbent Blackburn’s pattern of violating Federal Election law and her funneling more than $350,000 in campaign funds to family members. Tom told me that this election sends to Washington the same message he wants to send, “For Republicans to regain our majority, we have to reform the way we do business in Washington. That means holding our own accountable and replacing them when they lose their way.” Geography also played a role in the Chaffetz victory. He carried Salt Lake County, his home county and the largest in the district, with 63% of the vote. In the 7th District, Leatherwood’s home of Shelby County accounts for more than 50% of the Republican Primary vote in non-gubernatorial years.
Jun 25, 2008 5:57 PM
A retiring statesman sounds the alarm:
Veteran Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) issued a stern warning Wednesday to press for expanding domestic oil drilling, saying he has “never been more frightened for our country’s future than I am today.” “Unless we act quickly to expand America’s supply of oil and gas, we will continue to grow poorer and poorer by the day,” said Domenici, who is serving his 36th and final year in the Senate.
Jun 25, 2008 4:59 PM
U.S. Democratic candidate for Senate Kenneth Eaton has injected himself into a controversy over eminent domain. Property owner Joy Ford has rejected overtures by the Lionstone Development Group to buy her parcel on Music Row and now the Metropolitan Development Housing Agency has filed papers in the Circuit Court in Nashville to have the property seized for economic development purposes. Using words like "diabolical, filthy and corrupt", Eaton describes why he, as a former victim of eminent domain, is so against this move:
"For all those who believe big government is all you have to fear, I'd like to say that big corporations are just as great a menace to our freedom. So beware of politicians and certain media out there who are always trying to get the government to grant more privileges to the giant international corporations that rule Wall Street and Washington. Those corporations are in the process of ruining the middle class for their own benefit."SEE ALSO: Sean Braisted
Jun 25, 2008 4:42 PM
Not that he holds either in greater esteem but Sean Braisted wants the difference between racism and xenophobia made clear:
I know its fun to call people a racist, and Eric Crafton may well be one, but his proposed English-First ordinance is not inherently racist (though I'm sure 9 out of 10 racists do support it). Xenophobic maybe, nationalistic for sure, but it does not necessarily pit races against one another because it just as easily discriminates against white Spaniards as it does mestizo Mexicans.
Jun 25, 2008 4:16 PM
Rob Robinson mourns the loss of Bill Purcell to the confines of Cambridge:
As someone who took the good with the bad during Purcell’s tenure and thought the mayor served the city very well, I’m sad to see him go. That said, is having a well-spoken (albeit a little long-winded) and passionate advocate for Nashville in an influential community such as Harvard such a bad thing? Where it may hurt Nashville (and Tennessee) the most is in 2010, since Purcell is now unlikely to run for governor. Then again, if Purcell were to run, would Tennesseans really elect a former Nashville mayor as the state’s top official twice in a row?
Jun 25, 2008 4:04 PM
Green Party candidate Chris Lugo for U.S. Senate will be having a fundraiser this Saturday. You can see the details here. Personally, I've having a little trouble with the entertainment description:
On Saturday June 28th, Tom Neilson an award winning folk musician will do a benefit performance for Green Party candidates Christopher Lugo, U.S. Senate candidate, and John Miglietta, U.S. House candidate 5th district. Neilson has been described as the Jon Stewart of folk music.What does that mean exactly? Does he tell jokes in between his songs? Does he perform an irreverent form of folk music, a satirical form which send up the whole genre? I don't get it.
Jun 25, 2008 3:13 PM
Budding law student Ilissa Gold reacts to the news that there may have been political considerations involved in the hiring and promotions process at the Justice Department over the past few years:
If Obama wins, then surely as a former law professor, he'd know that you should hire people based on merit and not on their political leanings. But if it's McCain, then I'll just have to go work in the private sector, where I'll make more money anyway.
Jun 25, 2008 2:58 PM
Jeff Woods handicaps the race for state house in District 52. It appears he has a favorite:
Stewart almost beat former Nashville Mayor Bill Boner back in 1996 for this same seat. He will almost certainly win this time, even though the House district covers neighborhoods in East Nashville and Green Hills that are ﬁlled with good-government types who typically don’t side with big business on issues before the legislature. Briley, who held the seat for 10 years before his drunken escapades forced him to bow out of public life, was a tool for the trial lawyers and hardly a friend of big business. As is generally the case, the candidates in this party primary are saying the same things about the issues. They’re for better schools, lower taxes, more jobs. That should make the backgrounds of the candidates more important, but it won’t work out that way. Stewart’s advantage is largely that he can leverage his Waller connections for campaign contributions. He easily could wind up outspending Stansell by a 4-to-1 margin. Because Stansell, a former state consumer affairs lawyer, won’t have much money to communicate with voters, many will never know how his opponent has been making a living.
Jun 25, 2008 2:55 PM
The PeskyFly isn't sure he sees the same dynamic at work in the 2008 Presidential race as he did in the 2006 Senate race in Tennessee:
Unlike [Harold] Ford, who was then something of a playboy and known to date white women, Obama is married to a beautiful African American woman and they seem to make quite a team. That doesn't mean he's immune to charges of being a multi-race dating gigolo. But if that's the goal Rove is going to have to be a little more explicit.
Jun 25, 2008 1:51 PM