" Yeah, perhaps Senator Stacey Campfield is right....the UT administration ought to be spending some..."
From Beantown's paper:
Setting up their last major battle over war policy with President Bush, House Democrats yesterday unveiled a plan to link their favored domestic spending projects and a troop withdrawal timeline to additional funds for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan requested by the White House. The $195 billion spending measure would pay for the wars well into next year while tacking on $11 billion to extend unemployment benefits and nearly $1 billion to offer expanded higher education benefits for war veterans. Democrats said they are hopeful the spending provisions, particularly the education measure, would prove politically difficult for Bush to veto in an election year.
May 7, 2008 11:36 AM
College Student Matthew Hurtt argues that scholarships should only go to those students that excel:
The purpose of an academic scholarship is to reward students who perform above and beyond those "average" students. Anything else is tantamount to socialized higher education on the backs of the poor (which is the demographic that funds the lottery scholarship, by and large). Students have worked their way through college without scholarships before. Students have taken out loans to pay for college, and the world has not come crashing down. So, why do some feel it is the responsibility of the state to fully fund their higher education experience?
May 7, 2008 11:23 AM
Ken Whitehouse reports that the Nashville Sounds will not be getting the love from the legislature that they thought they would:
NashvillePost.com has learned that legislation pushed by the Sounds that would allow them to divert tax dollars generated by the team toward a new stadium is being put "behind the budget" in a house budget committee later today.
May 7, 2008 10:56 AM
A campaign aide said Hillary Rodham Clinton loaned herself $6.4 million in the past month. The money more than doubles Clinton's personal investment in her bid for the Democratic nomination. Prior to Super Tuesday in February, Clinton loaned her campaign $5 million to keep up with rival candidate Barack Obama.
May 7, 2008 10:52 AM
Governor Phil Bredesen has sent a letter to Senator Randy McNally requesting the withdrawal of a bill which would authorize police to take away a motor's drivers license at the point of arrest on a DUI charge due to budget constraints:
Unfortunately it is not possible to dozens of new positions to administer this measure at the same time we are planning workforce reductions across government.Read the full letter here which was sent to both the House and Senate sponsors of the legislation. Last summer, Governor Bredesen embarrassingly praised administrative revocation as a legislative achievement before finding out it had not actually passed. He subsequently vowed to make the effort to pass such legislation a priority. SEE ALSO: City Paper Tom Humphrey
May 7, 2008 10:33 AM
Sean Braisted follows the Obama talking points:
Inevitably, there will be calls for Hillary supporters to fall in line and support the Democratic nominee. While obviously I'd like to see that happen, my personal opinion is that you ought to follow your conscience, and you should never feel compelled to vote for the Democrat just because they have a (D) next to their name.
May 7, 2008 10:09 AM
Southern Beale notes that not all the interesting development were on the Democratic side in last night's Presidential primaries. Just like in Pennslyvania, John McCain, the established nominee of the Republican Party failed to get a good chunk of his party's primary voters:
Anyway, I think this is an issue for the Republicans. McCain has had the Republican nomination sewed up for weeks, and yet a quarter of the Republican voters still aren’t wowed by him? I don’t for a moment think that this 25% could be brought to the Democratic side of the aisle but I do think unless the Republican Party is able to inspire these voters with one of their famous “wedge” issues, a lot of them are going to stay home in November. They're just not that into him.
May 7, 2008 8:49 AM