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Tim Russert Is Dead

Via the NY Post:
Tim Russert, NBC journalist and political heavyweight host of "Meet the Press," has died after collapsing at NBC's Washington news bureau, a source said. He was 58 years old.
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Jun 13, 2008 2:43 PM

Congressional District Numero Uno Polling Numbers

Granted they are internal polling numbers from the incumbent in the race but R. Neal has got them nonetheless.
Jun 13, 2008 2:40 PM

Two Ways To Skin A Hack

The Tennessean's Jennifer Peebles: "The Dems should maybe be glad that Google Image Search can't hunt up any pictures of U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis wearing then-Afghani President Hamid Karzai's hat, which he received during a good-natured hat-swap with the Asian leader a few years ago." The Nashville Scene's Matt Pulle: "Beecher Frasier is a Stupid Hack"
Jun 13, 2008 2:35 PM

Tuke Grabs The House Speaker Pro Temp

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Tuke is not going to let his fellow candidate get lonely campaigning out in Memphis with Sidney Chism. Tuke has his own Memphis connection: the  Hon. Lois DeBerry, Speaker Pro Tempore. From a press release:
Women for Tuke committee members will coordinate efforts in every part of the state to inform voters of the issues that matter most to women and the solutions that Bob Tuke plans to implement if elected to the U.S. Senate. The new members of the steering committee are: Hon. Lois DeBerry, Speaker Pro Tempore Hon. Beverly Marrero, State Senator Hon. JoAnne Favors, State Representative Hon. Brenda Gilmore, State Representative Hon. Sherry Jones, State Representative Hon. Mary Pruitt, State Representative Hon. Janis Sontany, State Representative Hon. Anna Page, Nashville City Councilwoman Hon. Vivian Wilhoite, Nashville City Councilwoman Hon. Inez Crutchfield, Democratic National Committee Mary Anglin Martha Boyd Seanna Brandmeir Gale Jones Carson Lexie Carter Lynne Todd Edgerton Charline Kilpatrick Misha Maynard Geeta McMillan Elisa Parker Kate Stephenson Maggie Throckmorton "We have a diverse committee comprised of respected elected officials and community leaders to help represent the interests of all women in Tennessee," said Tuke. "I am very pleased to welcome all the new members of Women for Tuke and look forward to working with them to reach women voters across the state."
Jun 13, 2008 2:16 PM

TNGOP Reacts To The Tullahoma Terrorist Fistjab

From a TNGOP release:
Cracks are showing in the Tennessee Democrat Party's claim of being unified behind their presidential nominee, Barack Obama, this week with the revelation that TDP State Executive Committee member Fred Hobbs has said publicly that he believes Obama "may be terrorist connected." Fred Hobbs was quoted in the Nashville City Paper saying this about Obama: "He’s got some bad connections, and he may be terrorist connected for all I can tell. It sounds kind of like he may be." Echoing Hobbs' comments, Beecher Frasier, chief of staff for Tennessee Democrat U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis, a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention, "said he doesn’t know for sure if Obama is 'terrorist connected' but he assumes he’s not," the City Paper reported. Rep. Davis has refused to endorse Barack Obama. Democrat voters in Davis' congressional district - typical rural often God-fearing and gun-owning moderate Democrats - went overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in the Feb. 5 presidential primary rather than for Obama, the choice of the party's urban liberal elitists. "The Tennessee Democrat Party has a long history of making unfounded accusations calling political rivals racists and smear artists," said Tennessee Republican Party communications director Bill Hobbs (no relation to TDP party leader Fred Hobbs.) "Perhaps before they fire the "racism" charge at others or claim their own party is unified behind Barack Obama, they might want to explain to the Obama campaign why one of the leaders of the Tennessee DemocratParty is accusing Obama of having terrorist connections, and why a Democrat Tennessee congressman and superdelegate is refusing to endorse the party's presidential nominee," TRP spokesman Hobbs said. While the TDP deals with its internal split over whether or not to support Barack Obama, the Tennessee Republican Party notes that the majority of Tennessee Democrats didn't back Obama in the February primary – and invites them to consider voting for the Republican nominee this fall. "For Tennesseans who want to keep their hard-earned paycheck rather than see their wages go to pay for a bloated government, for those who don't want to appease terrorists but see the war in Iraq come to an end in victory and for those who want health care access increased but not at the sacrifice of losing their personal choice of a physician, there is only one choice, and it isn't Barack Obama," said Robin Smith, chairman of the Tennessee Republican party.
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Jun 13, 2008 2:07 PM

Gentleman's Cs

On guns, Tennessee's congressmen aren't having any.
Jun 13, 2008 1:51 PM

Come, We're Good Solid Cosmopolitan Elitists Like Yourself

City Paper editor Clint Brewer takes issue with Enclave's Mike Byrd's criticism of his paper's treatment of the English First issue here in Metro Nashville. The City Paper, Brewer assert, has had comprehensive coverage of the issue as well as three editorials against Councilman Crafton's efforts on the issue.
Jun 13, 2008 1:49 PM

I'll Be Looking To Blame Some Of The People In This Room...

Joe Lance does not share the view of the Tennessee Democratic Party that the GOP is to blame for one of its state executive committee members reactionary views on Barack Obama:
[T]he state party has issued a statement blaming, of course, Republicans for the ignorant statements. I disagree, although I have certainly witnessed all the nefarious and dishonest hit jobs by the TNGOP against the Obama family. My gut tells me that this is the type of Democrat one is dealing with in some parts of rural Tennessee and elsewhere.
Jun 13, 2008 1:19 PM

Did You Expect Him To Say, "Thank You, Sir, May I Have Another"

Surprise! Colin Powell may not want to vote for the same crowd that talked him into selling out his integrity.
Jun 13, 2008 1:14 PM

A Bold Move

From a Murfreesboro radio station: Congressman Gordon Fights High Gas Prices!
Jun 13, 2008 12:51 PM