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From the Memphis Daily News:
Gov. Phil Bredesen has named an ad hoc committee to develop immediate recommendations for what Tennessee should do to cut electricity use in state buildings and gas consumption in the state’s fleet of vehicles. During a meeting of his Energy Policy Task Force in Chattanooga, Bredesen named the four-member panel to identify easy ways to realize the biggest energy savings. The group will be chaired by John Noel, president of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. It also includes state Sen. Rosalind Kurita, D-Clarksville; state Rep. Les Winningham, D-Huntsville; and Vanderbilt University law professor Michael Vandenbergh.
Jun 10, 2008 8:51 AM
Tom Wood has the skinny on the new Belle Meade digs recently bought by Al Gore Chief of Staff Roy Neel:
4. 108 Brook Hollow Road, 37205 Buyers: Roy Neel & Jenny Clad Sale price: $1.96 million Sellers: Dwaine Anderson & Leilani Boulware Seller's agent: Melanie Baker (Worth Properties) Buyer's agent: Missy Rodriguez Brower (Zeitlin & Co. Realtors)
Jun 10, 2008 8:37 AM
Stateline discusses the possible affect of Obama's nomination on voter turnout in the South:
But while it’s an outside possibility in North Carolina, most analysts believe Obama’s likelihood of picking off any of the other five Southern states is a long shot. More plausible, though, is a November scenario in which the voters Obama draws to the polls also pull the lever for Democrats up and down the ticket — in statewide posts, congressional seats, state legislative seats and even county positions.
Jun 10, 2008 8:30 AM
One councilman sees a new student assignment proposal for Metro Schools as a virtual "grenade":
The proposed plan, Maynard said, throws a “grenade” in the midst of allied community organizations that had been working together to promote education. Groups including the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Mayor’s Office and the Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship (IMF) were named as being at the risk of “splintering” as a result of the proposal. The proposed rezoning plan, created by a task force of community members from across the city, would return to Metro to more neighborhood centered schools. It recommends that the district eliminate “noncontiguous zones” — areas of town where kids are transported to schools outside of their immediate vicinity, as far as a 30-minute bus ride away in the case of some Metro Center students. The plan, which would reduce the number of schools operating below capacity, has drawn criticism for what some say would result in the re-segregation of Metro Schools.
Jun 10, 2008 8:21 AM
A British newspaper discusses John McCain's divorce to his first wife:
It was in 1969 that Carol went to spend the Christmas holiday – her third without McCain – at her parents’ home. After dinner, she left to drop off some presents at a friend’s house. It wasn’t until some hours later that she was discovered, alone and in terrible pain, next to the wreckage of her car. She had been hurled through the windscreen. After her first series of life-saving operations, Carol was told she may never walk again, but when doctors said they would try to get word to McCain about her injuries, she refused, insisting: ‘He’s got enough problems, I don’t want to tell him.’ H. Ross Perot, a billionaire Texas businessman, future presidential candidate and advocate of prisoners of war, paid for her medical care. When McCain – his hair turned prematurely white and his body reduced to little more than a skeleton – was released in March 1973, he told reporters he was overjoyed to see Carol again. But friends say privately he was ‘appalled’ by the change in her appearance. At first, though, he was kind, assuring her: ‘I don’t look so good myself. It’s fine.’ He bought her a bungalow near the sea in Florida and another former PoW helped him to build a railing so she could pull herself over the dunes to the water. ‘I thought, of course, we would live happily ever after,’ says Carol. But as a war hero, McCain was moving in ever-more elevated circles. Through Ross Perot, he met Ronald Reagan, then Governor of California. A sympathetic Nancy Reagan took Carol under her wing. But already the McCains’ marriage had begun to fray. ‘John started carousing and running around with women,’ said Robert Timberg. McCain has acknowledged that he had girlfriends during this time, without going into details. Some friends blame his dissatisfaction with Carol, but others give some credence to her theory of a mid-life crisis. He was also fiercely ambitious, but it was clear he would never become an admiral like his illustrious father and grandfather and his thoughts were turning to politics. In 1979 – while still married to Carol – he met Cindy at a cocktail party in Hawaii. Over the next six months he pursued her, flying around the country to see her. Then he began to push to end his marriage. Carol and her children were devastated. ‘It was a complete surprise,’ says Nancy Reynolds, a former Reagan aide. ‘They never displayed any difficulties between themselves. I know the Reagans were quite shocked because they loved and respected both Carol and John.’ Another friend added: ‘Carol didn’t fight him. She felt her infirmity made her an impediment to him. She justified his actions because of all he had gone through. She used to say, “He just wants to make up for lost time.”’ Indeed, to many in their circle the saddest part of the break-up was Carol’s decision to resign herself to losing a man she says she still adores.
Jun 10, 2008 8:12 AM
The Hill reports that despite Lamar Alexander's moderate image he is a "longtime ally" of Newt Gingrich:
But he has also increased his collaboration with Senate Republicans, prodding them to ditch tired refrains on taxes and other perennial GOP issues and to embrace Democrats’ call for change. “His general advice is: Be in touch, don’t be just repeating things you heard from the ’70s and the ’80s,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), a longtime Gingrich ally who heads the Senate GOP conference. Last month, Gingrich spoke to the Senate Republican chiefs of staff about legislation that could attract broad public support. In February, Alexander invited him to address the Republican Conference at its weekly lunch, a privilege usually reserved for the president, vice president or a Cabinet member.
Jun 10, 2008 8:04 AM
Tim Barnes, state Senator Rosalind Kurita's Democratic primary opponent, shares an interesting quote with Clarksville Online:
“Public service should be about serving the public, not about promoting your own self-interests.”Oh, indeed. But is Barnes saying that the incumbent has not done this? Or is he just spouting platitudes?
Jun 10, 2008 7:47 AM
Open Left recounts the numerous occasions where, in their estimation, the ambitions of Harold Ford, Jr. have been thwarted by progressives:
Once one of Anne Coulter's "favorite Democrats," Ford has been relatively sequestered to leadership of the centrist DLC. Having failed in bids for House Minority leader in 2002, US Senate in '06, and by some accounts DNC Chairman, Ford seems to be losing the competition with progressives for leadership in the senior party. Ambitious as they come, Ford will no doubt continue to inject his presence into the general election campaign. However, it will ultimately be up to Democrats to decide where Ford goes next. In the meantime, progressives would benefit to ask what the Big Bend stater's dubious record on issues like abortion, alternative fuels, campaign finance, domestic partnership, domestic spying, immigration, Iraq, prayer in public schools and trade means to opening a real progressive window.
Jun 10, 2008 7:37 AM
Tom Humphrey reveals the web of associations between the Bredesen administration and AT&T, a companies which was just awarded a 10 year contract with the state while other bids for the job remain unopened due to technical mistakes:
"To say 'it raises questions' is the understatement of the year," said Johnson in an e-mail to a reporter. "For Goetz to exploit technicalities to turn a 10-year, $600 million contract into, in essence, a no-bid contract is alarming given the unquestionable conflicts of interest between the administration." Former Deputy Governor Dave Cooley now works with McNeely, Pigott and Fox, a Nashville public relations firm, with AT&T as one of his clients. Goetz's wife, Katy Varney, is a partner in the firm along with Cooley, but the commissioner said her work does not involve AT&T. Also, Bob Corney, former communications director for Bredesen, now works as a spokesman for AT&T. "In one sense, you have to applaud AT&T for following directions, but with the Bredesen administration's track record of cronyism and political paybacks, the situation looks more and more like a $600 million payoff for AT&T and their stable of Bredesen administration insiders," said Johnson.
Jun 10, 2008 7:33 AM