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Many Tennesseans Forced To Stimulate Their Baby Mommas Against Their Will

From the AP:
According to a Department of Human Services Commissioner news release Wednesday, the state collected a record of more than $530 million for child support in fiscal year 2008 - up from $508 million the previous year. DHS can divert stimulus payments to child support if the parent collecting the check is at least $500 behind on payments. It can also divert federal tax refunds and even lottery winnings. Over the last six months, the state has diverted more than 50,000 stimulus checks and tax refunds.
Jul 23, 2008 1:49 PM
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Don't Be Jealous

Matt Pulle is hating on Deputy Governor Stuart Brunson's Facebook activity.
Jul 23, 2008 1:47 PM
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Throwing The Switch

Via Katie Allison Granju:
DuPont Co. has joined a state initiative to build the first pilot-scale biorefinery in the U.S. that would take corncobs and switchgrass grown on Tennessee farms and convert the biomass into ethanol for fuel.
Jul 23, 2008 1:29 PM

Obama's Jelly Donut Rally

Daniel Larison doesn't see the big deal about Barack Obama advertising his appearance in Berlin in the Germans' native tongue:
If the problem with Obama’s rally in Berlin is that it’s in Berlin, you can make the case that this is unwise and will cause a backlash here at home, but are we really supposed to expect the Obama campaign to advertise the rally using English?  Isn’t it enough that Obama can’t speak German (or pretty much any other foreign language)?
Jul 23, 2008 1:21 PM

Getting It Out The Way

President Bush is officially slated to speak on the first night of the Republican national Convention:
Most presidential candidates do not attend the convention until the day they formally accept the nomination, so having Bush speak on Monday night could mean they will not meet each other in the Twin Cities.
Jul 23, 2008 1:15 PM

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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