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Like What You Did There

A racy title from straight laced conservative Ned Williams.
Jun 16, 2008 7:46 AM

From Scratch

11 Smiths make yard signs for an insurgent Republican Congressional candidate.
Jun 16, 2008 7:44 AM

A Cause Worth Losing

Sadcox expresses his pride at being a Ron Paul supporter this election cycle:
[I]t least this time–for the first time–I tried to do something about it other than wait until the general election to cast my protest vote for a guy who has no chance. Sure, I’ll be doing the same thing again this year, I just haven’t decided which guy with no chance I’ll be voting for. More importantly, this year I was motivated to do something about it. This year there was someone worth contributing to. There was a message worth getting behind.
Jun 16, 2008 7:34 AM

The Forgiveness Of The Curmudgeon Left

Gore Vidal on the death of William F. Buckley:
I thought hell is bound to be a livelier place, as he joins forever those whom he served in life, applauding their prejudices and fanning their hatred.
Jun 16, 2008 7:31 AM

Smack That

Instapundit says "in Tennessee there's a good argument that parents would have a right to spank under the state constitution. "
Jun 16, 2008 7:30 AM

Davidson County GOP Straw Poll Results

Below are the results of the Davidson County Republican Party's Picnic Straw Poll conducted June 14, 2008. GOP Vice-Presidential Preference Mitt Romney 34% J. C. Watts 17% Bobby Jindal 11.3% Tim Pawlenty 9.4% Haley Barbour 7.5% Charlie Crist 7.5% Mark Sanford 5.7% Jeb Bush 3.8% Michael Bloomberg 1.9% Carly Fiorina 1.9% Mike Huckabee 0% 5th Congressional District Primary Gerald Donovan 67% Vijay Kumar 33% 7th District Marsha Blackburn - 96% Tom Leatherwood 4% 52nd State House District Mike Stewart 67% Dan Scott 30,% Eric Stansell 3%. Whom would be the strongest GOP Gubernatorial candidate? Bill Frist - 59% Marsha Blackburn - 25% Beth Harwell - 7% Bill Haslam - 5% Bill Gibbons - 2% Ron Ramsey - 2% Zack Wamp - 0% Whom would be the strongest Democratic Gubernatorial candidate? Lincoln Davis - 35% Harold Ford, Jr. 33% Bob Clement - 13% Bill Purcell - 9% Matt Kisber - 3% Kim McMillan - 5% Do you support the sale of wine in grocery stores? Yes 88% No 12% English First in Metro Yes - 89% No 11% Direct Election Of The Lt. Governor In Favor 76% Opposed 24% Direct Election of the Secretary of State In Favor 74% Opposed 26% Should Tennessee Judges Be Elected? Elected 85% Appointed 15% SEE ALSO: Photos from the event.
Jun 16, 2008 7:29 AM

Endorsement Intrigue In The Race For A Nomination Noone Wanted

The Nashville City Paper notes some impressive endorsements going the way of U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Mike Padgett:
Speculation is that the endorsements of Padgett may signal more of a slap against Tuke for what wounds he may have created as party chairman than any great groundswell of support for Padgett.
SEE ALSO: Tuke's endorsements Truman Bean
Jun 16, 2008 7:28 AM

Dropping A Challenge

From the Executive Director of the Tennessee Ethics Commission.
No one can deny that the public may always remain skeptical about ethics reform. However, I welcome anyone to review the commission's Web site or attend a public commission meeting and decide for themselves whether the ethics reforms have been successful in fostering an enhanced ethical climate in Tennessee.
Jun 16, 2008 7:21 AM

A Gubernatorial Candidate Announces His Intentions

Jackson Baker reports that Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons will run for Tennessee's Governor in 2010 if...
Whatever course the others may take, Gibbons is explicit about one thing: "If Frist runs, I'll support him!" But he's equally insistent that, otherwise, he's in the running. "I make no bones about it. I'm a candidate," he said at Saturday's "Bob Patterson Barbecue" event, sponsored by the Shelby County Young Republicans and held at Kirby Farms in honor of the late Trustee, who died unexpectedly early this year.
SEE ALSO: Richard Locker profiles the candidate. The Associated Press reports MediaVerse discusses
Jun 16, 2008 7:12 AM

Hatin' On Marsha

Tim Chavez takes on what he sees as hypocrisy by Congressman Marsha Blackburn:
Blackburn is a political hypocrite of the worst kind. If she is re-elected, she will return to Congress severely compromised for her apparent failure to properly report campaign contributions in a timely manner by FEC rules. Her effectiveness for the people of the 7th District such as myself will be curtailed, and rightly so. Even for Congress, her failures are beyond blush. And they are reminiscent of the financial difficulties she had as head of the state film office. We had been warned.
Jun 16, 2008 7:09 AM