Angelia gives voice to the voiceful:
[I]sn’t it possible lobbyists may actually lead to better laws? Isn’t it possible that lobbying is simply a method for the public, at least those willing to organize by interest, industry or ideology, to take part in the process? Could it be… all lobbyist are not the spawn of Satan?
May 30, 2008 9:26 AM
Brendan Loy points out that, in a close Presidential vote, the preferences of Arab-Americans may be crucial -- and bad news for John McCain:
Arab-Americans are both very likely to vote -- their turnout is 20 percent higher than that of the general population -- and they are concentrated. Two-thirds of them live in just 10 states, including the swing states of Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. In Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, Arab-Americans have made up 2 percent of the electorate in recent elections. That sounds like a small proportion, but in a close race it can make a difference. In 2000, Bush won the Arab-American vote over Gore by 7.5 percentage points.
May 30, 2008 9:17 AM
The City Paper's editorial voice asserts that the city of Nashville is at a crossroads and must choose: auto-racing or baseball:
Sadly, the city presently does not have the luxury of considering the historic value of these sports to the city in its decision-making process. Both sports are a drain on public dollars in their present form with very little return in terms of sales tax dollars seen from the other professional sports in town. Both sports appear to need either a public facility to exist in the case of the track and public financing in the case of the Sounds. In truth, it is incumbent upon the owners of both sports franchises to provide the city and fans with business models that are viable in order to continue to receive the public favor they both need. In the absence of that kind of private sector solution, the Sounds may have to go to the ‘Burbs and racing may have to fade from Nashville altogether.
May 30, 2008 9:14 AM
John McCain's visit to Nashville isn't just about townhall meetings and mingling with the common folk. Like all Presidential candidate trips, McCain's journey will find him in search of men with means:
A roundtable, reception and dinner fundraiser will be held for McCain later that day in Music City. Tickets range from $1,000 to $25,000 per person. The roundtable and reception will be held at the home of Mike Curb, founder of Curb Records. The record label includes country music stars like Tim McGraw, Hank Williams, Jr. and Rodney Atkins.
May 30, 2008 8:33 AM
More or less true, no doubt, but one might expect something a bit more sophisticated out of this particular rag:
The party is also badly divided between what might be called its Ruby Ridge wing and its Reefer Madness wing. The Ruby Ridge wing, which has still not recovered from the terrible day when the FBI shot several survivalists at Ruby Ridge in Idaho, believes that freedom comes from the barrel of a gun. The Reefer Madness wing is more interested in keeping the government's hands off its spliffs.
May 30, 2008 8:15 AM
In this month's Political Futures Index, your political investment adviser Ken Whitehouse gives us his read on the issues we can expect, or not expect, to crop in the Presidential race this cycle. Whitehouse urges a sell on the "Keating Five":
An oldie but a goodie is the Keating 5. In 1989, five United States Senators were accused of corruption, thus igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger savings-and-loan crisis. The five senators, Alan Cranston (D-CA), Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ), John Glenn (D-OH), John McCain (R-AZ), Donald W. Riegle (D-MI), were accused of improperly aiding Charles H. Keating, Jr., chairman of the failed Lincoln Savings & Loan Association, which was the target of an investigation by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. While McCain did suffer some heat from this episode, he has largely taken his lumps on this issue. It might make a cameo appearance in the coming months, but will likely die on the vine.Get the market breakdown here.
May 30, 2008 8:11 AM
Former Presidential candidate Tom Tancredo reveals he was the target of assasination threats on the campaign trial:
By the Columbus Day Parade in Denver three years ago, epithets were the least of his worries. He recalled a Denver plainclothes police officer saying, "Congressman, are you aware of the threats on your life here today?" " 'More than usual?' " Mr. Tancredo asked. The officer read aloud from his notebook what people were overhead saying about "whacking" Mr. Tancredo that day. More alarming, a parade-route sweep had turned up high-powered rifle ammo taped inside a trash can. The officer suggested that Mr. Tancredo not ride atop a float but walk the parade route surrounded by eight policemen instead. Along the route, however, he recalled seeing a young woman holding up her baby's hand "and she has the baby flip me off."
May 30, 2008 7:58 AM
From Mike Byrd:
CNN correspondent Jessica Yellin, who candidly confessed that she had been forced by "corporate executives" to write propaganda for the Bush war effort last night, backtracked this afternoon saying that "senior corporate leadership never asked" her to take out a line or re-write an intro. I'd guess someone spooked Jess into submission.
May 30, 2008 7:47 AM
A tidbit, oft glossed over, from Greg Johnson:
As attorney Joseph A. Woodruff wrote in the (Nashville) Tennessean, in 1977 voters overwhelmingly rejected an amendment to the Constitution to adopt the merit-selection plan. The Legislature - with Wilder leading the Senate - installed it anyway.
May 30, 2008 7:46 AM
From James Antle:
The biggest mistake economic conservatives made in opposing Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign was to exaggerate the former Arkansas governor's heterodoxy. A candidate who favors replacing the income tax with a national sales tax isn't exactly a pro-life liberal. The biggest mistake Mike Huckabee made was explicitly running against economic conservatives, blasting the "Club for Greed" and the "Wall Street to Washington axis." Huckabee's mistake was greater.
May 30, 2008 7:40 AM