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Barack Rocks The Hollywood Set

And he wants their money. The Obama campaign will host a fundraiser tonight in LA to secure the funds of the rich and famous:
The guest list reportedly will include actors Samuel L. Jackson and Dennis Quaid, model Cindy Crawford and boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, but the real VIPs are top fundraisers for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign, now being courted by Obama to help build his general-election war chest, and also to bulk up the Democratic National Committee, which lags well behind its GOP counterpart in 2008 cash. The event will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, former longtime site of the Academy Awards. Around 700 people are expected for the $28,500 DNC dinner, which actually started at 11 am local time, followed by a $2,300 reception.
Jun 24, 2008 5:48 PM

The Lucky Ones

The AP reports that nineteen lobbyists have been randomly selected for audits by the state Ethics Commission. They are....
Jane Fabian Rose Cox Garrett Wagley Nick Pavlis Larry "Mike" Williams David Seivers Holly McDaniel Steve Bivens Andrew Hackman Thomas Blalack Tommy Haun Michael Butler Billy West James Hamilton Ron Taylor Steve Adams Charles D. Welch, Jr. Fred Congdon Brad Lampley
Jun 24, 2008 5:45 PM


Jon Wright thinks Bill Richardson may be trying to tell us something in his latest email missive:
I still have a lot of work to do here in New Mexico before I leave office in 2010 due to term limits including fighting to extend health care to every New Mexican. And I remain actively involved with national politics because we need to change America and every one of us has to contribute something But who knows? Maybe I’ll even decide to run for Governor again in 2014 — if something else doesn’t pop up in the meantime!
Jun 24, 2008 5:25 PM

For Other Purposes

Mike Slater on the current housing bill:
My favorite part of this housing bill is the title, no joke, ”A bill to provide needed housing reform and for other purposes.” And other purposes? Whoa, that’s trouble. If the bill can’t be specific enough to say what it actually does and what it ENTIRELY does, then it’s not a good idea. This is going to be a disaster. A $300 Billion disaster.
Jun 24, 2008 4:10 PM

Remove Your Interfering Selves From The Area

From Joe White:
State officials made reporters leave an informational meeting about the “voluntary buyout plan” for state employees today in Nashville. State Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz claimed he was protecting the privacy of employees, whom the administration is trying to buyout. “Because people are going to be talking about their personal situations and you have no need to know that.”
Jun 24, 2008 3:49 PM

The Power Of Persuasion

GoldnI on an email by the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors strongly urging their members to vote for John McCain:
Here's an idea--instead of telling your employees that John McCain is the best one for "the continuation of their jobs", why not just save yourself the time and effort and hire some goons to "persuade" them? That's the old-fashioned way, of which I'm sure John McCain would approve. One more question--aren't builders and contractors here largely dependent upon immigrants, legal or otherwise, in their industry? John McCain has flip-flopped on the issue of immigration so many times I'm not sure what his position is today, but if he does end up "getting tough" on immigrants as a way to appeal to the GOP base, wouldn't that be an even bigger threat to the ABC?
Jun 24, 2008 3:44 PM

Just Looking To Take In A Game

Nate Rau reports that no one should read anything too political into Karl Dean's trip to the Nashville Sounds game this evening:
Dean picked an interesting night to pay a visit to the 31-year-old park players frequently refer to as the worst in the Pacific Coast League. The Sounds will have former All-Star closer Eric Gagne pitching. Gagne is on a rehab assignment from the Milwaukee Brewers. And it’s also George Plaster Bobblehead night. So Dean will leave Greer with a truly unique memento of the affable local broadcaster (provided the mayor is one of the lucky first 2,000 fans). Earlier this year, Dean’s office spoke out against the Sounds’ newest proposed piece of state legislation to help fund a new ballpark. The Sounds eventually suspended their efforts to push the legislation forward and plans for a new ballpark are up in the air at this time.
Jun 24, 2008 3:05 PM

Is Terry Frank a Republican or a Democrat?

A question at least one person asked "The Google" today.
Jun 24, 2008 2:53 PM

Raising McCain On Immigration

Former Presidential candidate Tom Tancredo pens an open letter to presumptive Republican nominee John McCain asking him to clarify his immigration position amid reports of promises made to Hispanic leaders in a private meeting:
"Recently in Chicago, you had a closed door meeting with a group of Hispanic leaders," he wrote. "Strangely, the closed door meeting was not on your official events calendar, no press was invited and no press release appears to have been issued. Yet, according to several news reports, you promised the group that you plan to pursue 'comprehensive immigration reform.' Senator, given your past sponsorship of amnesty legislation, such statements raise troubling questions. Are you planning to break a promise you made in February to postpone all other immigration reform legislation until we have first secured our borders?" Ahead of a scheduled McCain appearance in July before the National Council of La Raza, Tancredo warned, "I challenge you to deliver a message to that assembly which does not pander to their amnesty agenda. You should speak to the La Raza convention and to all Hispanic audiences about America's need for secure borders as a priority above all other immigration reforms. Moreover, I hope you take that opportunity to make it clear that it is in the long term interest of Mexico and other Latin American nations to halt the massive out-migration of their citizens."
Jun 24, 2008 2:39 PM

Stop Projecting On Him

Ralph Nader wants Democrats to stop blaming him for losing the 2000 Presidential election:
In an interview with The Washington Times Tuesday, the independent presidential candidate expressed frustration over his failed efforts to be invited to testify on Capitol Hill on consumer issues. He also lamented the current political system, which he says is slanted away from allowing third party candidates to have a reasonable run at winning the White House. Nader said he finds congressional Republicans more approachable than their Democratic counterparts due to the lingering grudge over the 2000 election, when George W. Bush defeated Al Gore by 537 votes in Florida. Nader won about 96,000 votes in the state, many of which were siphoned from would-be Gore voters. Nader said Republicans are better at developing relationships and legislation on issues of accord. He accuses Democrats of selling out to corporate interests and noted that Democrats need to realize they lost the past two elections themselves in a thousand different ways.
Jun 24, 2008 2:36 PM