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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
Greg Hinote, after suffering a hip injury as a result of a bike accident, should return home today:
Hinote said he would be on crutches for two to three months because he can't put any weight on his right hip, which he injured when his bike slipped on wet leaves Tuesday morning after he rode into a curve too fast. He'll return to working in the office as soon as he can. "At least I can get around," he said in a telephone interview.
May 30, 2008 7:35 AM
Andy Sher roots through disclosure forms of the corporations in involved in this year's fight over cable market access:
AT&T officials plan to use the new law’s statewide licensing procedure to jump-start their entry in providing cablelike television programming to consumers. Disclosures filed with the Tennessee Ethics Commission show that, through March 31, AT&T and its ally, trade group TV4US, spent $7.47 million to $7.7 million on 31 lobbyists, public relations firms and television advertising since Oct. 1, 2007. The Tennessee Cable Telecommunications Association, a trade group, as well as Comcast and Time Warner Telecommunications, threw into the fight $9.4 million to $9.8 million with 12 lobbyists, PR firms and television advertising. “Wow,” said Ed Cromer, who edits the nonpartisan political newsletter The Tennessee Journal, of the collective spending.SEE ALSO: John Rodgers
May 30, 2008 7:32 AM
Chris Sanders of the Tennessee Equality Project discusses gay and heterosexual culture in response to a question raised in this space:
Since we're always saying THE gay community or THE GLBT community, I think this is actually a pretty fair question, tongue-in-cheek or not. So A heterosexual culture? No, not just one. In fact, there may not even be much of a gay culture. Its end has already been proclaimed again and again, even by the likes of Andrew Sullivan. The fact that we use 4 or more letters to describe ourselves indicates we're at least in a period of reevaluation.
May 30, 2008 7:23 AM
In the wake of the tell-all book released by former Bush Administration press man, Scott McClellan, Joe Lance discusses the charges leveled in the context of previous administrations:
Obviously the practice of employing secrecy and obfuscation in the White House is nothing new. Do you remember President Bill Clinton? President Richard Nixon? That said, the use of these methods has undoubtedly risen—and taken on a new function—in the two most recent administrations. And in the current administration, the tactics have damaged our nation far more than did the more personal abuses by the Clinton White House.Has the use of these methods risen or are our politics, due to the influx of media, both citizen and professional, just more of an open book than they used to be?
May 30, 2008 7:16 AM