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Jeff Woods reports that the city is not renewing Planning Commission attorney David Kleinfelter contract:
Jameson says it happened because Kleinfelter tried to force Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors’ husband Steve and commission chairman Jim McClain to build sidewalks in front of an apartment complex they’re constructing in South Nashville. Kleinfelter learned of his demise after a May 1 meeting between Deputy Mayor Greg Hinote, Planning Department executive director Rick Bernhardt and Eddie Latimer—Steve Neighbors’ partner in the development. At a Planning Department budget hearing this afternoon, Jameson confronted Bernhardt, and Bernhardt essentially acknowledged the chain of events laid out by Jameson—that Hinote interceded on behalf of the developers, and that Kleinfelter is losing his job in the aftermath.MORE: Enclave
May 29, 2008 7:00 PM
From The Times Free Press:
“I do believe we’re going to be driving plug-in hybrids,” Sen. Corker said Wednesday night at a kick-off reception to today’s conference. “I believe that is something that is very near in our future. That’s not something that is a 2020 proposition; I think that’s a 2010 proposition.” Sen. Corker predicted the U.S. Senate will not approve legislation to be debated next week to create a cap-and-trade system to control carbon emissions from everything from automobiles to power plants. But the Tennessee Republican expects the next president and Congress will implement some type of carbon controls next year and this region of the country is well positioned to help find new sources and technologies for carbon-free energy.
May 29, 2008 6:53 PM
Jackson Baker pulls the curtain back and reveals that the big chill between Rosalind Kurita and the Senate Democrats over her vote for Senate Speaker last term is not over:
The meeting - of the admonitory sort that politicians refer to irreverently as a "come-to-Jesus" affair -- took place at the request of Democratic caucus chairman Joe Haynes of Goodlettsville during the last week of the 2008 legislative session. It was a day after Kurita had voted with Senate Republicans to defeat a key Democratic-backed bill to amend eligibility requirements for lottery-funded Hope scholarships. She was taken to task by several caucus members for that vote and for other breaks with the party majority but vigorously defended her right to cast her votes as she saw fit. She was then asked if she would at least pledge to support the caucus' candidate for Senate Speaker at the beginning of the next legislative session, in January 2009. She declined to make such a commitment.SEE ALSO: Left Wing Cracker
May 29, 2008 5:17 PM
Jeff Woods attempts to explain why Tennessee seems to be impervious to the Democratic wave sweeping the nation:
In Tennessee, we like to think of ourselves as New South progressive. We tend to like our Republicans moderate (Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker), and we almost promoted a black congressman (Harold Ford Jr.) to the Senate in 2006. So why isn't Tennessee on the list of swing states? At least in part, Obama has our state's Democrats to thank. They failed to recruit a strong candidate to challenge Alexander this year. Gov. Bredesen even did Republicans a favor by discouraging Mike McWherter from running. That left only an underfunded weakling--either Bob Tuke or Mike Padgett--without a snowball's chance. Without a popular Democrat running down the ballot, Obama can't challenge McCain here.
May 29, 2008 3:55 PM
Mark Mellman argues that Barack Obama may do better with the white working class than John Kerry and Al Gore:
Democrats running for president have been losing white, non-college-educated voters since before Mr. Obama was elected to the Illinois legislature. Al Gore and Mr. Kerry each failed to win a majority of this bloc in the general election. With these voters, the size of the losing margin is what matters. Mr. Gore lost them by 17 percentage points while winning the national popular vote. Mr. Kerry lost them by 23 points and the country by fewer than two and a half points. The last Democrat to win white, non-college voters was Bill Clinton, who carried them by a single point in the three-way races in 1992 and 1996. By comparison, Mr. Obama is only two percentage points behind John McCain among these voters in the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Another recent survey shows him down seven points. In other words, Mr. Obama is faring better today with the white working class than did either Mr. Gore or Mr. Kerry.
May 29, 2008 3:40 PM
A message from TNGOP Communications Director Bill Hobbs:
There’s an opportunity for a couple bloggers to ride the McCain bus from the airport to the Ryman, chatting with Sen. McCain in the back of the bus, on Monday. Interested bloggers should contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 29, 2008 3:17 PM
From the AP:
Democrats have wasted little time kicking off what could be a steady flow of negative advertising from both parties this legislative campaign season. The state Democratic Party has sent out 15,000 direct mail pieces targeting Republican Rep. Tom DuBois of Columbia. The flier criticizes DuBois for both sponsoring anti-drunken driving legislation and hosting a Mule Day party that allegedly served underage drinkers.UPDATE: See the flyer here.
May 29, 2008 2:07 PM
First, it was Mississippi, then Kentucky, now North Carolina. Is 2008 going to make 1974 look like 1994 for Republicans?
After winning the Democratic primary by an easy margin earlier this month, North Carolina State Senator Kay Hagan has enjoyed a few weeks of increased attention from national observers. A new poll from a conservative-leaning North Carolina-based think tank shows that new attention could be merited, as many begin to anticipate a close re-election race for incumbent Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole. The poll, conducted for the Civitas Institute by Tel Opinion Research, a Republican firm based in Virginia, surveyed 800 likely voters between 5/14-17 for a margin of error of +/- 3%. Dole and Hagan were tested. General Election Matchup (All / Dem / GOP / Ind / Men / Wom) Dole......45 / 23 / 78 / 35 / 48 / 42 Hagan...43 / 65 / 13 / 47 / 37 / 49
May 29, 2008 1:48 PM