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Rep. Stacey Campfield schools us on a bit of Tennessee political history that might serve to give Hillary Clinton a bit of hope as she continues her now quixotic quest to snatch the Democratic Presidential nomination away from Barack Obama:
In the 1952 Democratic Party presidential primaries, Estes Kefauver of Tennessee won all but three state primaries. He received 3.1 million votes, Democratic presidential nominee, Illinois governor Adlai Stevenson, received only 78,000 votes and won the nomination at the convention.
May 8, 2008 7:04 AM
A study from the National Science Foundation reveals that those with right-wing ideological predisoposition tend to be a happier lot:
If your beliefs don't justify gaps in status, you could be left frustrated and disheartened, according to the researchers, Jaime Napier and John Jost of New York University. They conducted a U.S.-centric survey and a more internationally focused one to arrive at the findings. "Our research suggests that inequality takes a greater psychological toll on liberals than on conservatives," the researchers write in the June issue of the journal Psychological Science, "apparently because liberals lack ideological rationalizations that would help them frame inequality in a positive (or at least neutral) light."
May 8, 2008 6:59 AM
Jamie Satterfield reports on the Tennessee Supreme Court's hearing of oral arguments on the "crack tax" among other cases:
The state's highest court paid a visit to Knoxville today to consider two legally novel issues in two separate cases: What is the relational benchmark for holding someone criminally responsible for a child's welfare, and is the state's so-called "crack tax" unconstitutional? The state Supreme Court's five justices took the bench in Knoxville to hear arguments in two East Tennessee cases that have statewide implications.
May 7, 2008 7:04 PM
John Rodgers reports that passengers will still be able to do modified keg stands in the back of moving minivans in Tennessee for the foreseeable future.
The House Budget Subcommittee, commonly known on Capitol Hill as the “black hole,” effectively killed legislation today that would have prohibited automobile passengers from having an open container of alcohol. The Senate had previously passed the bill, imposing a $50 fine on those passengers caught. The bill’s passage would have allowed $12 million in federal funds currently spent on DUI prevention to go toward road funding.SEE ALSO: The AP
May 7, 2008 6:51 PM
The former Democratic Mayor of New York City brooks no nonsense. The Clinton campaign won't say it outright, but he will: Barack Obama can't win in the general election.
Saying he would support Clinton and "hope she ultimately prevails," Koch wasn't worried that Democratic infighting could hurt the party's chances in the fall. It was Obama's candidacy, he repeated, that would be the death knell. "I believe that when the voting is over that the vast majority, not all, on both sides, will vote for the [Democratic] candidate," said Koch. "But that applies only to the Democrats who have been participating. I believe that the vast majority of voters will look at all of these allegations, which nobody disputes, as related to Wright and his comments, and that they will have an enormous impact on the vote and on those Independents and others who will make a decision in the general election. I just think he is a loser because of that."
May 7, 2008 6:39 PM
Get Religion notes that amongst all the talk about Democratic Party primary demographics one group doesn't get talked about as much:
[O]ne voting group has been a demographic outlier: Catholics. In several states, Catholics have flitted between Obama and Clinton. True, Catholics have been a constituency of Hillary Clinton’s overall, but they have gone for Obama.
May 7, 2008 6:33 PM
An Instapundit reader makes a good point:
"What happened? A few weeks ago Obama had to win Indiana to put Hillary away. She won, but now she's toast?"Indeed. Of course, it was Harold Ford, Jr. who made that pronouncement back in April, the very same man who last night was singing the praises of a joint ticket. Taken as a pair these two bits of Ford commentary do sort of indicate a preference for Hillary Clinton, do they not?
May 7, 2008 5:47 PM
Nate Rau pens an excellent piece amplifying his story on how the Metro Council of Davidson County came to vote to keep in place a zoning ordinance that has the city under Department of Justice investigation:
Forget whether or not Council increased the odds of Department of Justice finding that Metro has violated two federal land use acts. Forget the fact that it went against Metro Law Director Sue Cain’s recommendation that it make a good faith effort to comply with federal law (it’s rare for Metro Council to not follow Metro Law’s recommendations). Forget the fact that the 20-15 vote got at-large Councilman Jerry Maynard so worked up he tried to invoke an obscure Council rule to get the body to re-vote on the matter (an objection from District 22 Councilman Eric Crafton shot that motion down). Forget all that.. Metro Council just looked downright unprepared.
May 7, 2008 4:18 PM