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Politico looks at the fundraising prowess of Jesse Helms:
The fundraising appeals would often use alarmist rhetoric, warning conservatives that militant blacks, homosexuals, labor bosses and feminists were about to take over the country. One famous direct mail piece from Helms requesting campaign contributions warned recipients: “Your tax dollars are being used to pay for grade school classes that teach our children CANNIBALISM, WIFE-SWAPPING and the MURDER of infants and the elderly are acceptable behavior.”
Jul 8, 2008 9:06 AM
Sharon Gentry trades on her "personal connections" pushing out a personalized email blast from her husband, former vice mayor and mayoral candidate Howard Gentry, under her school board letterhead:
I know that Sharon is the right person to make the tough decisions that will come before the board over the coming months and years. For that reason, along with the obvious, I am supporting her candidacy and I am asking you to do the same. If you choose to be deleted from the email list we will certainly honor your request. If you choose to remain on the list your next contact will be from the candidate. Thank you, for your kind support and no matter the challenge always “Believe".The emboldened section suggests that the list being used to send the email is one other than the candidate's. Is the list Howard's Mayoral campaign list? Remember the trouble Bo Roberts and Pam Martin got in when they did that?
Jul 8, 2008 8:50 AM
Kay Brooks does some investigating to determine if the property Metro may take using eminent domain is all that "blighted":
Miss Joy comes by declaring the area ‘blighted’. However, what I saw with my own eyes was Miss Joy’s small neatly kept business. She’s got flowering plants out front. The property is fenced, no doubt since over the years she’s been there this area hasn’t always been nice. The fence is in good repair, unlike the motel’s next door which is majorily out of plumb. Her trash can is secured to the fence and it’s obvious this property is regularly maintained. However, the rest of the area. The part LionStone already has control of, if I understand things correctly, is in shameful condition and if the word ‘blighter’ can only be applied to one or the other—it’s LionStone that should hands down get the label.SEE ALSO: Bill Hobbs
Jul 8, 2008 8:20 AM
A survey of Barack Obama's pragmatic moves:
Barack has spoken of how he cringed at the racist reaction of his white grandmother after she was accosted by a black man on a bus. Grandma has now been rehabilitated in a new ad as the loving woman who inculcated good old Kansas values into little Barack. When his own surrogate, Gen. Wesley Clark, suggested John McCain's war service did not automatically qualify him as presidential timber, a storm erupted. Barack proceeded to cut the general's legs off. His had been one of a few Senate voices to speak of Palestinian suffering. But Barack's address to the Israeli lobby read like it was plagiarized from the collected works of Ze'ev Jabotinsky. When the Supreme Court declared every citizen has a Second Amendment right to a handgun, Barack stood with Justice Scalia. When Scalia said the court ought not to have taken away Louisiana's right to execute child rapists, Barack was with him again. When Congress voted the telecoms immunity from prosecution for colluding with the Bush administration in wiretapping citizens, Barack stood with Bush and the telecoms. Fearing it might cost him his huge money-raising advantage over McCain, Barack tossed campaign finance reform over the side. In Ohio, Barack was a populist opponent of NAFTA. He is now a free-trader. Yet when economic adviser Austan Goolsbee told the Canadians pretty much the same thing, Barack disinherited him. As July 4 approached, Barack gratuitously dissed his friends at MoveOn.org for their "General Betray Us" ad mocking Gen. David Petraeus. And that flag pin Barack got rid of after 9-11, calling it a "substitute ... for real patriotism"? It's back on the lapel. Last week, Barack said that, after he meets with Petraeus and his field commanders in Iraq, he might "refine" his commitment to withdraw all U.S. combat brigades within 16 months. And finally, Obama has co-opted President Bush's faith-based initiative and claimed it as his own.
Jul 8, 2008 8:16 AM
Register to vote today if you want in on the August 7th primary:
Today is the last day Tennessee residents can register to vote in the Aug. 7 election. People must fill out a voter registration application in person at their local county elections commission office by 5 p.m. if they want to participate. They can also download an application through the division’s website and mail it to their elections commission office, but the application must be postmarked with today’s date to qualify.
Jul 8, 2008 8:10 AM
The NRA makes official their endorsement of Congressman Marsha Blackburn over her primary opponent:
Fairfax, VA-The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn for re-election in Tennessee’s 7th congressional district and urges its members to vote for Rep. Blackburn. Chris Cox, NRA-PVF Chairman, stated, “Marsha Blackburn has a perfect pro-gun voting record in Congress and is a great friend to Tennessee gun owners and hunters. She is a true pro-Second Amendment Member of Congress and NRA-PVF is proud to endorse Representative Blackburn in the August 7th primary and in the November 4th general election.” During her tenure in Congress, U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn has been a steadfast supporter of the Second Amendment. She has co-sponsored NRA legislative efforts to bring much-needed reforms to the BATFE, restore self-defense rights to residents of the District of Columbia and supported the historic congressional amicus brief in favor of the Second Amendment that was recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller. Congresswoman Blackburn also co-sponsored the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, the Emergency Powers Act and the Protecting the Second Amendment and Hunting Rights on Federal Lands Act. Her unwavering defense of the Second Amendment has earned her an “A” rating with NRA-PVF. Rep. Marsha Blackburn responded, “I am honored to continue to have the confidence of the National Rifle Association and look forward to continuing the fight to preserve Americans’ Second Amendment rights.” “Representative Blackburn is a dedicated defender of freedom,” concluded Cox. “Her history of fighting for and protecting the Second Amendment for all law-abiding Americans has earned her the trust of Tennessee's gun owners and NRA's endorsement.” Chris Cox, a Tennessee native, also serves as Executive Director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Actions (NRA-ILA).SEE ALSO: John Rodgers
Jul 8, 2008 8:06 AM
Sharon Cobb on her likely reaction to Barack Obama's acceptance of the Democratic nomination for President:
The thing is, I know I'm going to cry like a baby. I'm a sentimental ol' gal, and I can't believe in my lifetime I'm going to watch an African American man accept the nomination of the Democratic nomination, let alone the most qualified person for President of the United States who will restore our standing around the world. When he wins Nov.4, you'll know I'm in your neighborhood when you see an unexpected salty river flowing down your street.
Jul 8, 2008 7:55 AM
From Media Week:
[A]cross the board, Obama is generating more Web activity than McCain, said Nielsen. For example, according to Nielsen’s report, in May Obama’s campaign ran over 105 million ad impressions versus just 8.6 million for McCain (though the Arizona Senator did run three times as many search impressions as did Obama, neither candidate is said to have committed major ad spending on the Web just yet - see this report for more information.). Similarly, In June, Obama generated nearly twice as much “buzz volume” on blogs, said Nielsen, as the Senator was referenced in 0.75 percent of consumer discussions, while McCain was mentioned in 0.39 percent of such discussions. Of course, this Web disparity could all change as Election Day approaches. “It will be interesting to see how things shape up online as we head toward the general election,” said Jon Gibs, vp, media analytics, Nielsen Online. “Now that the contest has shifted away from the primary season, McCain may gain more traction online. But it remains to be seen if his core demographic will embrace the medium the way Obama’s has.”
Jul 8, 2008 7:52 AM
And, if so, can the Green Party's Cynthia McKinney exploit this?
Obama, in his quest to appeal to Reagan Republicans and Independents, is gravitating toward a more 'centrist' position of late, which is causing serious ire among many of his followers, and those who supported and believed in his pre-General election message. And McKinney, being the shrewed politician she has always been, is set to capitalize on the Obama backlash. Recently issuing the following statement, McKinney's camp unashamedly challenges progressives/liberals who are disappointed in Obama.
Jul 8, 2008 7:50 AM
A federal judge suggests that two illegal immigrants may not have broken the law when they used fake Social Security cards to secure employment:
“I’m not sure you can base this charge on a false Social Security card,” Judge Mattice said during the hearing, noting that another federal judge dropped a similar charge against Tyson Foods because of a loophole in U.S. immigration law. The 2003 Tyson Foods trial in Chattanooga concerned allegations, among other things, that the company had smuggled Mexicans across the border to work at various plants. The government accused Tyson of hiring the Mexicans even though the company knew they were using false ID documents — in this case, Social Security cards, too — in order to get jobs. But the defense argued that the portion of U.S. immigration law under which the company was charged does not expressly list a Social Security card as a form of ID.
Jul 8, 2008 7:45 AM