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VOLPAC Holds Back

Former Senator Bill Frist's political action committee has not been as generous with its funds as one might expect for a leader looking to engender good will in a ramp up to a gubernatorial run:
Linus Catignani, a Frist spokesman who oversees VOLPAC's fundraising, responded to questions about the committee's small percentage of contributions with an e-mail statement that said the group has a history of "conserving resources" and making a "late financial boost" to state and federal candidates. He declined to elaborate... ...VOLPAC spent nearly $825,000 on overhead in 2007 and the first quarter of this year, records show. Nearly $76,000 of that went to firms connected to Catignani, a longtime fundraiser for Frist, and $35,000 more went to Brian Kennedy, a former Iowa GOP chairman who headed VOLPAC's Iowa operations in 2006 while Frist was mulling a possible presidential run.
Jun 27, 2008 7:44 AM

Your Guns Or Your Uterus. Choose One.

Angelia struggles to pick a presidential candidate based on who they might pick to serve on the high court because, either way she goes, she is likely to put in jeopardy a freedom she holds dear:
Still, if the balance were to tip either way… couldn’t the difference of one mean Second Amendment rights are a thing of the past - or Roe v. Wade is overturned. I don’t want to see either happen. But can I have it both ways? Do I need to consider which freedom I’d like to retain or which thing I’d most like to legally own… my guns or my uterus?
Jun 27, 2008 7:38 AM

Get Used To The Words "President Barack Obama"

From Joe Gandelman:
U.S. stocks tumbled, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its worst June since the Great Depression, as record oil prices, credit-market writedowns and a slowing economy threatened to extend a yearlong profit slump.
Jun 27, 2008 7:33 AM

Look Up

District 6 school board member Karen Johnson shares some photography from the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Adventure Science Center's new planetarium.
Jun 27, 2008 7:31 AM

How 'Bout Me Coach, Did I Always Have Heart?

Sarah Moore reacts to the following criteria Barack Obama has outlined for his selection of judges:
“We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And that’s the criteria by which I’m going to be selecting my judges.”
Jun 27, 2008 7:29 AM

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