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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

If It Bleeds, It Leads We Can Kill It

From WaPo:
"I think the winner this week was fans of the 1987 classic movie Predator, as we all got to see clips as Sonny Landham runs for the Senate in Kentucky and Jesse Ventura considers a run in Minnesota. I need Carl Weathers to get his act together and find a viable political career."
Jul 14, 2008 12:00 PM

Is Mayor Dean Playing Pontius Pilate On Resegregation?

Jeff Woods thinks so:
Maybe Dean didn't help apply the pressure for resegregation. But at this point, until they tell us otherwise, we can only assume the mayor and his so-called progressive colleagues are all OK with it.
Jul 14, 2008 11:56 AM

All About Timing: Both GOP Senators Endorse Marsha Blackburn

From a Vote Marsha presser:
United States Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker today announced their endorsement of Congressman Marsha Blackburn for re-election to Congress in Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District. “I enjoy working with Marsha, who has become an effective member of Congress. I was glad to make a contribution last year in support of her re-election,” Alexander said. Also citing her effectiveness, Sen. Corker said, “Congressman Marsha Blackburn has been an effective representative for the 7th District. Since being sworn in, I have enjoyed working with her on a number of issues and look forward to continue serving with her and focusing on ways to strengthen our state and our country.” Rep. Blackburn is honored and humbled to have the support of the state’s distinguished Senators. “Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Bob Corker represent Tennessee well and are true statesmen. I look forward to continuing to work with them in Congress to lower taxes, end wasteful spending, and descend our rights and family values,” Blackburn said.
Jul 14, 2008 11:45 AM