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Phil Ayres doesn't see any difference between the supposed new populism of Senator Jim Webb and the old liberalism of Walter Mondale:
I really wasn’t all that surprised to hear Jim Webb, one of Obama’s possibilities for VP talk about introducing a graduated tax for capital gains. That’s right. That’s really what we need, right? A more complex tax structure. Right? Because, it just wasn’t complicated enough. And, “let’s punish all of those pesky rich people who are creating the jobs for the rest of Americans and who will ultimately bring this economy out of a recession.”Anyway, it really is interesting to hear Democrats of today like Jim Webb sound like Mondale, circa 1984.
Jun 9, 2008 1:43 PM
The Dyersburg State Gazette notes a state house candidate out in West Tennessee "pulling a Briley":
A candidate for the 77th House seat has been charged with driving under the influence and evading arrest. Sixty-year-old Dr. Rosaire "Ross" Dubrule, a Tiptonville physician, is a Democratic candidate for the 77th House seat being vacated by Rep. Philip Pinion of Union City. Dubrule was arrested Friday and held in the Dyer County Jail.SEE ALSO: Grantham Is Talking KAG Dubrule on trial in federal court in Memphis for illegal prescriptions Candidate failed to file disclosure form.
Jun 9, 2008 1:15 PM
Aunt B. wonders how exactly Councilman Eric Crafton expects to remove all foreign languages from Metro:
Let’s start asking ourselves how that would work. All official government communications. All. Such as, perhaps, the names of streets and communities? Belle Meade? Bellevue? Demonbreun? Bordeaux? Buena Vista? Sevier? Lafayette? It seems to me that all signs–which are official government communications–with non-English words on them would have to come down or be changed. I wonder what that would run the city.SEE ALSO: Mary Mancini
Jun 9, 2008 12:43 PM
Some Knoxville Democrats aren't as ready to get behind Barack Obama as they could be:
"I am offended by Bredesen. Obama is from the far extreme," Angela Danovi, president of the Knox County Young Democrats, said angrily. "How does our state party chairman not stand with Democrats of Tennessee? I have no idea how they do that."
Jun 9, 2008 12:29 PM
Steven Clemons on the addition of Jason Furman to the Obama economic team:
He has been part of the Democratic Party economic class that has successfully stolen from the Republicans the ethic of fiscal conservatism and advocates a Social Security entitlement reform process that begins to wrestle with America's long term entitlement obligations. To some degree, Furman manifests the interests and perspective of perhaps the leading neoliberal force in politics today, Robert Rubin. Furman could make a good case that his views may differ here and there, but my sense is that he's an essential spear-carrier of Rubinomics. Given the rhetoric of Obama on redoing trade deals, of giving China a tough time on trade, and focusing on the real needs of working class Americans -- the choice of Furman surprises me though I certainly don't oppose it.
Jun 9, 2008 12:19 PM
Greg Siskind reports that if you want to do business with the state you are going to have to verify your workers are not illegal:
That's a lot more businesses than most people realize. The vast majority of health care employers are subject since they take Medicare. All universities that participate in the federal student loan programs are government contractors. Every business that deals with the Department of Defense will need to comply. The list will be very, very long.SEE ALSO: The Order
Jun 9, 2008 12:07 PM
Katie Allison Granju reports that Lamar Alexander wants to to feekl your pain. But first you have to tell him about it:
If you’d be willing to share your story, please take a few minutes to send me an e-mail at email@example.com with a paragraph or two about how your family is affected by gas prices. Please include your name, address, and a phone number where my office can reach you if I have any questions. I’ll share some of these stories on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Jun 9, 2008 11:33 AM
Say Uncle notices that government gun bans may have the opposite of the intended affect:
He said he had never been into guns but, in 1994 just prior to the assault weapons ban going into effect, he bought a Glock 17 and a few regular capacity mags because he thought they’d be banned. He still has it. He’s only shot it a handful of times and wasn’t really a gun guy. He just knew he had to have something that politicians were wanting to ban him having.
Jun 9, 2008 11:28 AM