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Man Up

Sean Braisted challenges military boosters to "man up", so to speak, on allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces:
Most politicians like to talk about the unparalleled professionalism of the US Armed Forces...well let's put that to the test, and see if they can match the professionalism of the British and Israeli armed forces when it comes to this issue.
Jul 23, 2008 12:55 PM

Bells Bend Councilman Switches Sides On May Town Project

Christine Kreyling reports:
In a surprising position reversal, Councilman Lonnell Matthews Jr. now says he’s opposed to the land-use change for May Town Center. Matthews represents the district in northwest Davidson County that includes Bells Bend, where the site for MTC lies. Matthews had previously indicated at least tacit support for the project, which is hugely unpopular with the majority of his Scottsboro constituents. Matthews voiced his opposition in a letter to Planning Commission members, citing community opposition and the many “uncertainties” about the development. He acknowledges the diligence of Metro’s planning staff, who are recommending the land-use change, but says “the people of Bells Bend, Scottsboro, and District 1 deserve to have their voice reflected in the decisions that will affect their community.” The timing of Matthews’ letter is dramatic, to say the least. This Thursday the Planning Commission is set to vote on the change in land-use policy that would enable May Town to happen. While councilmanic courtesy—i.e., what a council member wants for his/her district, the council member gets—isn’t the ironclad tradition of councils past, a district representative’s stance is clearly an important consideration for commission members.
Jul 23, 2008 12:47 PM
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Getting In The Way Of Progress

Christian Grantham makes a great point in the case of Joy Ford, the Music Row property owner whose parcel is being threatened with eminent domain government seizure:
Wouldn't it be nice to see liberals stand up to elected officials who work with private developers to seize people's personal property? Why is it that most Nashville area bloggers standing up for local business woman Joy Ford seem to all be conservative? Where is the liberal outrage against abuse of the law in favor of a private corporation?
Jul 23, 2008 12:37 PM
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Reporter In A Hit And Run

Bob Novak is aggressive both in his journalism and in his driving:
A Politico reporter saw Novak in the front of a police car with a citation in his hand; a WJLA-TV crew and reporter saw Novak as well. The pedestrian was hospitalized but there were no details about the person’s condition. Novak was later released and drove away from the scene. “I didn’t know I hit him,” Novak told Politico. Novak said he was a block away from 18th and K St. NW, where the accident happened, when a bicyclist stopped him and said, "You hit someone." He said he was cited for failing to yield the right of way. A concierge at 1700 K Street said that she saw a bicyclist yelling and walked outside to see what the commotion was about. "This guy hit somebody and he won't stop so I'm going to say here until the police come," Aleta Petty quoted the unnamed bicyclist as saying, as he stood in K Street, blocking traffic.
Jul 23, 2008 12:15 PM
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It Would Have Happened To Anyone

Aunt B. on the treatment of an already deported illegal immigrant by the Berry Hill Police and the Davidson County Sheriff's Department:
I want to reiterate–though it may be shouting into the wind–that nothing unusual happened to Villegas. Women who give birth while in custody give birth under circumstances very similar to how Villegas was forced to give birth. Women in the custody of the Davidson County Sheriff who give birth, give birth like that. That is a problem, I believe, but that is a slightly different problem from the Villegas situation. We should not let ourselves get distracted by that (though, I believe, it is the point of some people to distract us by that).
Question: Being that Villegas is an illegal immigrant, one can assume she did not have health insurance. Is it not possible that the medical treatment received by her baby and herself in custody was better than the treatment she may have received had she been allowed to remain at large?
Jul 23, 2008 11:46 AM
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Jindal Out

The GOP's Obama doesn't want the Veep job:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he does not want to be considered as vice president on the GOP ticket, making him among a growing number of those pulling themselves out of the race. ” I look forward to continuing to be governor of Louisiana. This is a once in a lifetime chance to improve our state. We’ve cut six taxes but we’ve got a lot more work to do right here in Louisiana,” Jindal told “FOX & Friends” on Wednesday. Jindal said he did not have any inside information to disclose about speculation that John McCain could make a decision this week on his pick for the No. 2 spot.
Jul 23, 2008 11:30 AM
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It's Your Turn

John Rodgers reports that turnout for early voting thus far has been slow:
Through Monday, about 27,000 votes had been cast, said election coordinator Brook Thompson. That puts Tennessee on pace to equal turnout numbers from the 2000 and 2004 primaries of between 500,000 and 550,000 votes, he said. “By and large, I don’t expect a big turnout at all,” Thompson said.
Jul 23, 2008 11:28 AM

Ms. Clean

Jim Geraghty runs down the reasons why Carly Fiorina would be a good runningmate for John McCain:
4. She's an outsider, with no ties to any of the GOP's past problems. Intriguingly, she’s never even donated to another candidate before; her presence plays into McCain’s vision that he wants to inspire talented Americans from non-political fields to help their government solve problems.
Jul 23, 2008 10:42 AM
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Rep. Rangel Is Very Upset With Rep. Rangel

Via The Politico:
Rangel has faced questions over his role in raising money for the "Rangel Center" in New York since a recent New York Times story. Rangel has denied any wrongdoing, and last week he called for an ethics panel probe, but now he is going to go one step further and actually file a complaint against himself.
Jul 23, 2008 10:34 AM

In The Pocket

Ben Smith reports that, despite any emails you may have gotten, Barack Obama is not beloved throughout the Muslim world.
Jul 23, 2008 10:15 AM