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Searching For Obama Gold In The Pacific Northwest

At least one Republican Senator is using his relationship with Barack Obama as a positive talking point:
Jun 25, 2008 9:13 AM

Expanding The Electorate

To win the Presidential election, Barack Obama will not need to cut into John McCain's base of Republicans or even independents. He needs only to coax to the polls those who do not usually vote:
If Obama could inspire just 10 percent more Democratic voters under 30 to go to the polls than did four years ago, that alone could be enough to switch Iowa and New Mexico from red to blue, the analysis suggests. Just a 10 percent increase in turnout among blacks would make up more than 40 percent of Bush's 2004 victory margin in Ohio and more than 20 percent of the Republicans' 2004 victory margin in Florida. Turnout increases of 10 percent of both young voters and African Americans could virtually eliminate the Republicans' 2004 victory margin in Ohio and go a long way to closing the gap in Colorado, Nevada, Missouri, Virginia and--a bit more of a stretch--possibly North Carolina.
Jun 25, 2008 9:10 AM

Selling Indulgences

Sharon Cobb says that Hillary Clinton has disgraced herself and her cause by allowing Barack Obama to solicit funds to retire her campaign debt:
Hillary Clinton was running for President of the United States, not the President of N.O.W. Yet her issues were secondary to words like "misogyny and "patriarchy" from her supporters who turned this race into a feminist issue, not a run for Commander in Chief. Hillary is worth millions, made the decision to use her own money for her campaign, and now she wants a man to bail her out? Hillary already set back feminism with her tour of different hairstyles on the tabloid television show 'Entertainment Tonight,' shed more crocodile tears than Jimmy Swaggart doing a mea culpa on camera for sleeping with prostitutes, and now she's asking a man who applied for the same job as she did and he got it to pay her expenses because she didn't get the job? Who's your daddy, Hillary? I'm laughing that he's Barack Obama.
Jun 25, 2008 8:15 AM

The Dumbing Down Of American Politics

Many of us get our information from people who don't know what they are talking about.
Jun 25, 2008 8:07 AM


Sarcastro offers our Honorable Phil Governor a bit of advice on how to decide which state employees get his budget-cutting buyout:
Imagine a floor of an office building devoted to say, the Department of Environmental Conservation. Each and every time I go in there, the staff is lethargic to the point of narcolepsy and visibly annoyed that they are roused from their stupor to take your stupid form that you are required to fill out by law and turn in to them. Though they proudly show you the thousands of dollars of Darth Maul merchandise adorning their desk. In fact, as you look around, you notice that each cubicle is decorated in a manner where it is obvious that it took hours. These are not people who are planning on going anywhere. Ever. Here’s how Dollar Phil Bredesen needs to chop the deadwood out of the budget. Hold a Cubicle Decoration Contest. First five hundred entrants get a prize. A pink slip. That will send a message to the rest of these mouth breathers to do something other than suck off the taxpayer’s teat. But, I digress.
Jun 25, 2008 7:57 AM

East Tennesseans To Get A Sneak Preview Of New Voting Procedures

Some folks have all the luck:
Early voters in the August and November elections in four East Tennessee counties will get a preview of how ballots will be cast statewide in 2010. Instead of using electronic voting machines, they will mark paper ballots that will be read by optical scanners.
Jun 25, 2008 7:53 AM

Stimulating Your Baby's Momma

The government does it for you if you are behind on payments:

About $2 billion in economic stimulus rebate checks are being confiscated to pay overdue bills for child support, students loans and back taxes, the government says.

So far, 1.8 million rebate checks have been intercepted by Treasury Department computers showing that individuals owe money to federal or state governments.

The biggest beneficiaries: parents who are owed child support.

The Internal Revenue Service has mailed 77 million checks worth $64 billion — a little more than half the expected total.

Jun 25, 2008 7:50 AM

The Risk Of Blowback

The New York Times remarks on the risk John McCain runs painting Barack Obama as a lightweight:
What’s worse, by continually attacking Mr. Obama’s understanding of policy issues, John McCain runs the risk of actually helping the Democrat neutralize the experience issue. In 1980, supporters of President Jimmy Carter regularly intimated that Ronald Reagan was an intellectual lightweight not to mention a warmonger and a racist. But when the two men debated, and Americans saw that Reagan wasn’t the caricature that he was being presented as, poll numbers showed a huge shift toward the Republican. A similar phenomenon occurred in 2000 when skeptical Democrats set the bar so low for George W. Bush.
Jun 25, 2008 7:36 AM

Candidate Wishes The Media Would Help Him Raise Money

While the mainstream media out in the First Congressional District covers a contested Republican primary, blogger Joe Powell sits down with the Democratic candidate in the race:
Probably the biggest effect this non-coverage has had on my campaign has been in the fundraising department. I'm not an experienced fundraiser or campaigner: I love to speak with people about the issues, but I hate to ask anyone for money, especially in these hard economic times – the people who I hope will support me are the very same people who can't afford to give much, financially, to a candidate. In contrast, Davis and Roe have large war chests and campaign staffs, as well as some built-in advantages: Davis can send out promotional material at tax-payer expense and Roe has a built-in soapbox as Mayor of Johnson City. I'm a state university employee with two small children, a working wife and a moderate income who just happens to be the only viable Democratic candidate – so I can't really expect to compete on promotional front at the level of Davis and Roe. I don't have their resources, their staffs, or their fundraising machinery. I'm hoping this will change somewhat after the primary.
Jun 25, 2008 7:32 AM

Thank You, Captain Obvious

A consulting firm hired to improve the Metro public school advises cutting down on the flight of the middle class from the system:
Bill Attea of HYA told Board of Education members this afternoon that community members identified many positive practices present in Metro schools that deserve to be celebrated. These strengths will be worth little, however, if middle class students and families continue to exit MNPS.
Read the full report.
Jun 25, 2008 7:28 AM