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Tim Chavez gives the Governor a backhanded compliment:
Yes, I realize that Bredesen may only be protecting the business lobby and not out of any sense of moral standing behind undocumented workers and their families. But you've got to take whatever political support you can get when it comes to the national persecution of people who like me and my abuelos. Consider the case of Tennessee Democrat and U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper. He joined with Republican congressional notables Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn in toasting the first year performance of the heinous 287(g) deportation program in Davidson County. The program originally was sold to the public to get criminals deported out of the undocumented population in Davidson County.
Jun 5, 2008 5:29 PM
From Donald Sensing:
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has just fired both Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley. This practically-unheard-of double ditching of a service's top two officials comes "after nuclear missile warhead fuses were mistakenly shipped to Taiwan" and the Pentagon;s official investigation, headed by a Navy admiral, found a " 'lack of a critical self-assessment culture' in the Air Force, making it unlikely that weaknesses in the way critical materials such as nuclear weapons are handled could be corrected."
Jun 5, 2008 5:28 PM
Calvin Rye thinks that it will be Frist topping the ballot in 2010 for Governor, not Congressman Zach Wamp:
In exchange, don’t be surprised to see Frist as Wamp’s biggest backer for Senate in 2014, assuming Alexander* is ready to retire (he’ll be 74).
Jun 5, 2008 4:24 PM
From The Commercial Appeal:
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said his appearance with the Memphis Symphony at last month's Sunset Symphony "seems to have launched a little musical career" that will again be displayed Sunday on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition."During the 10-minute segment, recorded at the NPR studios Thursday morning, Alexander plays "Memphis," The Tennessee Waltz," some Mozart variations on "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," "Amazing Grace" and Jerry Lee Lewis' "A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." Alexander said he also told radio host Audie Cornish about playing "The Tennessee Waltz" with Patti Page and the Nashville Symphony last year.
Jun 5, 2008 4:19 PM
Congressman Marsha Blackburn weighs in with a polemic on immigration:
This is not another call for a wholesale, and possibly unrealistic, roundup of all illegal aliens. Rather it is a commonsense approach, giving cops the ability to protect our communities by kicking proven violent offenders out. One county in Tennessee has a relationship with DHS that allows them to identify criminal aliens in county jails. As a result of this relationship, 3,000 aliens were handed over to the federal government and deported last year. By working together at the city, state and federal level, we can prevent senseless crime that afflicts communities around the country. Jamiel's family and citizens in LA have shown us the will in our communities is there. Washington just needs to replace political hand wringing with a little common sense.
Jun 5, 2008 3:57 PM
A long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report made public this morning concludes that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney made public statements to promote an invasion of Iraq that they knew at the time were not supported by available intelligence.
Jun 5, 2008 3:24 PM
TNGOP Spokesman Bill Hobbs reports that the Obama campaign was not as accommodating to local reporters as they could have been:
A local reporter in the Tri-Cities area of east Tennessee, just across the state line from where Barack Obama did a "town hall" meeting today in Bristol, Va., emailed to tell me that he was "irked" because "there was no media avail for local reporters."
Jun 5, 2008 3:09 PM
The first woman on a major party Presidential ticket thinks a man should pay Hillary Clinton's bills:
When questioned about Clinton fundraisers being asked to join the Obama campaign, Ferraro told The Hill, “These are the people raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. I would hope that [Obama] would do the same thing with his fundraisers to pay off Hillary’s debt.”
Jun 5, 2008 2:40 PM
U.S. Senate candidate Mike Padgett on trials and tribulations in Overton County:
Some of the citizens we met in Overton County told us yet another story about a factory, this time a textile facility, closing down. In their case, not only did folks lose their jobs but the building can’t be used for anything but a factory because of the way it is designed.
This may be the kind of thing where good old-fashioned American ingenuity comes in. Smart young minds might find a use for that facility – perhaps something in the clean alternative energy realm – that will create jobs. And yes, it takes money.
But if we could revamp the way we spend the federal dollar and target it toward innovative, job-creating projects – not tax breaks for rich folks and the oil industry – there’d be hope for places like Overton County.
Jun 5, 2008 2:37 PM
John McCain could win Florida and Ohio and lose the election if Bob Barr performs as well as he has been in polls:
Polls in Georgia and North Carolina over the past two weeks show Mr. Barr winning 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively, of the presidential vote. That would help keep presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama within striking distance of Mr. McCain in those states, which together account for more electoral votes than Florida, Pennsylvania or Ohio.
Jun 5, 2008 2:34 PM