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Early To Bed, Early To Rise...

Senate candidate Mike Padgett stands with unions in a right to work state:

When we arrived in Memphis, we joined our buddy, Big John Bratcher, and went directly to a meeting of the Teamsters, where union members, 600-strong, delivered the message loud and clear to Fedex: Let your workers organize.

James P. Hoffa, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ national president, gave a dynamic speech, then we enjoyed a big barbeque, complete with live entertainment.

I was proud, when asked, to say I support the Employee Free Choice Act, which would guarantee the right to organize in the workplace. Such a fundamental right ought to be a given, but Senator Alexander doesn’t see it that way. He voted against it.

Jun 27, 2008 7:27 AM

On Abolishing The FEC

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Lenny Ladner has some thoughtsOn to share on the FEC:
What we need is to get rid of The Federal Election Commission. The F.E.C. is designed to make it difficult for an average person to run for office. Their rules, regulations, guidelines and standards make it IMPOSSIBLE for a individual who is not connected to "The Party" to comply. If elected I will write the legislation to abolish the Federal Election Commission forthwith.
Jun 27, 2008 7:25 AM

Okay, How Misogynistic Am I Now That This Happened?

Barack Obama purchases his indulgence.
Jun 26, 2008 10:21 PM

The Drama In Oak Hill Never Stops

The Oak Hill Gazette reports some interesting news out of Oak Hill. The Gazette sees the rumors of City Manager Bill Kraus's attempt to rescind his retirement and raises a few more.
Jun 26, 2008 9:25 PM

Revenge Of The Coop

Congressman Jim Cooper responds to allegations that he improperly obtained access to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's website:
I was attacked today by a desperate Washington lobbyist who found it easier to make false charges against me than to defend the scandals in his industry. After a four-hour hearing on electric co-ops, the head of the trade association for co-ops, Glenn English, got tired of defending the wrongdoing by a Texas co-op and lashed into me. Two top executives from the Texas co-op are currently evading subpoenas from federal marshals, and Mr. English did not want that to be the headline. He did not want people to know that his clients had stolen millions of dollars from their customers. So instead he made a false accusation against me. Mr. English’s specific charge is that he was told that I was under investigation for accessing his trade association’s password-protected website without authorization. That is not true: I had full authorization, repeatedly, from a top co-op insider. That insider gave me their name and password to use for the website. If Mr. English wants to get mad at someone, perhaps he should look at his own organization. Mr. English is trying to prevent Tennessee co-op customers from ever receiving the refund check that I think co-ops owe them. Tennessee co-ops hold nearly $1 billion of customer money, or roughly $1,800 per customer, but have never told Tennesseans exactly what they own, or how to get the money. I have been fighting Washington lobbyists in order to get Tennesseans their money back. Naturally, the folks who currently enjoy the benefits of that $1 billion are fighting back, hard.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman also decried the tactics of the NRECA:
“In 1994, when I was investigating the tobacco industry, a cigarette company threatened me with jail unless I turned over my files to them. Their lawsuit was quickly thrown out of court, but it gave me first-hand experience with corporate intimidation. In my view, attempting to intimidate the Committee when we are investigating serious issues is a mistake. We won’t be intimidated and we will continue to try to protect the interests of co-op customers by looking into any credible allegations of misconduct by the co-op boards.”
Jun 26, 2008 9:10 PM

Never Forget

Say Uncle plays the role of political consultant in the wake of the Supreme Court's affirmation of an individual right to bear arms:
I mean, if I were a Republican running for office, I’d remind the over 70% of the population who think there is an individual right to arms exactly who appointed these four justices.
Jun 26, 2008 7:20 PM

Over Purcelling

Matt Pulle thinks Bill Purcell might not have paid the sufficient amount of dues necessary to lead the Kennedy School of Government:
How is Purcell qualified for his new fancy-sounding gig as the director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. So you outmaneuvered a Metro Council dominated by the likes of Eric Crafton and Charlie Tygard? How do you work that into a lecture about the art of negotiating a nuclear weapons treaty with North Korea?
Jun 26, 2008 7:00 PM

Blame It On The Gore

If you have a beef with the election fiasco of 2000, Justice Scalia wants you to talk to the hand -- of Al Gore:
"Richard Nixon, when he lost to [John F.] Kennedy thought that the election had been stolen in Chicago, which was very likely true with the system at the time," Justice Antonin Scalia told The Telegraph. "But he did not even think about bringing a court challenge. That was his prerogative. So you know if you don't like it, don't blame it on me. "I didn't bring it into the courts. Mr Gore brought it into the courts.
Jun 26, 2008 5:00 PM

Heller Back, Yo

Everybody's got statements on the landmark Supreme Court Second Amendment decision today. Here are a few received just in the last half hour or so. The TNGOP:
Law abiding Americans have a fundamental constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Tennesseans should be aware that today’s decision is not the end of the battle against liberal efforts to take away our Second Amendment rights. Democrat presidential nominee Barack Obama is on record saying he opposes allowing individuals to possess handguns even in their homes, and leading Tennessee Democrats like House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh routinely kill efforts to allow law-abiding Tennesseans to carry handguns in public places for self protection.
The Tennessee Center For Policy Research:
“Today’s opinion is one of the most important in years for constitutional rights. Law abiding gun owners can rest comfortably tonight knowing that they can continue to defend themselves and their families without government intrusion,” said Justin Owen, Director of Legal Policy at the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Tuke:
"The Second Amendment provides for a constitutional right of responsible gun ownership, and I support the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the absolute gun ban that had been enacted in our nation's capital. If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will remain vigilant in upholding the right to bear arms of law abiding citizens of the United States."
Mike Padgett:
I was en route to Memphis when I heard that the Supreme Court had affirmed the 2nd Amendment right to own a gun, and I applaud that decision. Common sense dictates that law-abiding American gun-owners have a right to protect their families and to hunt, in accord with regulations in the states where we live. Now that the justices have settled the constitutional question, let’s work on enforcing the laws to keep guns out of the hands of felons and the mentally ill and out of schools and government buildings.
Jun 26, 2008 4:48 PM

Terrorist Connections

Sean Braisted is confused as to what exactly makes a rogue nation:
What was their connection to terrorism in 1988 that warranted their placement on the list in the first place, and what factors have changed? Best I can tell it was selling scud missiles to Iran, not sure that charge has been relevant for quite some time. Just to get this straight: Cuba bad, North Korea good. Whatever...I'm so tired of our nation's schizophrenic approach to foreign affairs, a little consistency please.
Jun 26, 2008 4:29 PM