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Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is trying to get leverage to change the judicial selection process:
Six state senators abstained en masse Tuesday from a committee vote on a bill that allows about 60 state departments, boards and commissions to stay in existence past June 30. Included are the state's Safety, Revenue and Health departments. The most dramatic outcome, albeit unlikely, would be that those agencies, boards and commissions would have to shut down. Ramsey said he doesn't think that will happen. But he's using the bill to leverage an overhaul of the state Judicial Selection Commission — one that would give the lieutenant governor, and the state House speaker, more say in how judges are nominated and appointed. "I'm determined to make these changes, because I think it's the right thing," Ramsey said.
May 7, 2008 8:30 AM
Former Congressman and Senate candidate, Harold Ford, Jr., now chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, suggests that being a "numbers guy" makes him a believer in the formidable nature of a joint Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton ticket. GoldnI translates what Ford is really saying:
"I'm aware that this is pretty much over and that Obama is going to win, but I can't say that because that would piss off my DLC buddies. On the other hand, I can't come out for Clinton because that would royally piss off the Memphis base that I need to support me if I ever run for office again. So I'll just keep pushing for this 'joint ticket' so I won't have to publicly decide."SEE ALSO: Hotline (II) Daily Kos Big Pimpin' Connie Manes State of the Day Webutante
May 7, 2008 8:08 AM
Steven Thomma argues that Hillary Clinton only has one argument left -- and its not a good one:
Obama has one continuing weakness, however, that was reinforced in both Indiana and North Carolina — his inability to win working-class whites. He lost that bloc in both states as a large number of voters signaled that they remained concerned about his ties to his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Those who thought it was an important story broke solidly for Clinton. Obama has not won the white vote since videos of Wright damning the United States exploded onto YouTube and TV screens. That's likely Clinton's last, best hope to convince party superdelegates that Obama is a weak candidate for the fall, that he'll have trouble holding the working-class white vote in battleground states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania.
May 7, 2008 8:03 AM
State legislators continue to request new spending despite a less than rosy budget outlook:
Spending proposals include a $97,200 budget amendment filed by Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, for programs and services at the Chattanooga Zoo, records show. Sen. Dewayne Bunch, R-Cleveland, meanwhile, has a proposal that would provide a 2 percent across-the-board pay increase for state employees, teachers and higher-education personnel, according to a copy of the amendment. The price tag is an estimated $102.4 million. But with general-fund revenue projected to grow an anemic 1.5 percent to 2 percent next year, many of the proposals will not be funded, top legislative leaders said Tuesday. “I think they’re going to be dead on arrival,” said Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, the Senate speaker. “I’ve not even looked at those budget amendments, to be honest, because in a year like this I don’t believe that many of them will be taken seriously.”
May 7, 2008 7:51 AM
From Blake Farmer:
The automobile remains the fastest way to get around Nashville, as demonstrated by a commuter race from Donelson to downtown this morning. A driver finished in 17 minutes, followed by a bicyclist who beat out the train passenger and bus rider. Glen Kamka rides from Lavergne to his downtown office most days. On this morning, his forehead shined with sweat as he recounted his 24-minute commute down Lebanon Road. “I pedaled a little bit harder than I usually do, but I had already ridden from my house to Donelson to start the race. So I was pretty warmed up.”
May 7, 2008 7:39 AM
A South Dakota Gannett editorialist predicts that Democrats will draft Al Gore:
I am predicting that Al Gore will be drafted at the Democratic National Convention and will become our next president with Tom Daschle as our next vice president. Gore is by far the most qualified to lead our country back to prosperity and diplomatically can solve the serious problems in the Middle East that George W. Bush got us into unwisely. Many American soldiers have died in vain in Iraq because Bush sent our troops to the wrong country to defeat the terrorists who caused the 9-11 tragedy. The vast majority of Americans voted to end the war in Iraq, but Bush ignored that decision completely.
May 7, 2008 7:36 AM
Terry Frank comments on Hillary Clinton's deft political evolution:
Personally, I think Hillary has performed the most impressive makeover of modern times. She used to be the lady of the left, the GOP voodoo doll symbolizing all things Marxist, Socialist, Counter-culture. She may not pull this one out. But she’s savy. While the Code-Pinko left and all the university marxists and anti-war crowd are all clamoring for their political Messiah to fill their spiritual voids, Hillary will probably receive little or no recognition for her efforts to keep the Democrat label mainstream. Feather boas, screaming, Che Guevara posters, and sugared-up expensive coffee are all images that come to mind when I think of Crowd Obama. But Hillary has kept Dems on the map. She’s reached out to 2nd amendment voters. She’s moderated. She’s has talked about a gas tax moratorium. She says that if that crazy Iranian is foolish enough to attack Israel, she’ll obliterate him.
May 7, 2008 7:31 AM
Russ McBee urges us to heed the words of a reformed neoconservative before casting our presidential vote in the fall:
The near term argument here is that if John McCain wins the presidential election, neoconservatism will have been vindicated. Because by voting him into office, people will have tacitly given their endorsement to that sort of foreign policy. His advisers are the very people we are arguing about.
May 7, 2008 7:25 AM
Bettina Chavanne warns that Lamar Alexander's Manhattan project on energy only works if we have enough educated brainpower to concentrate:
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the time has come for a “new Manhattan Project.” In 1942, he said, the world feared the country to develop the first atomic bomb could blackmail everyone else. “Today, countries that supply oil and natural gas can blackmail the rest of the world,” he said. “We need to guarantee victory over that kind of extortion. Concentrating brainpower to that kind of idea isn’t new.” But that brainpower can only come if it’s fostered and encouraged from an early age.
May 7, 2008 7:19 AM
Hyperlocal urbanite blogger, Mike Byrd, sees little to love amongst the Presidential candidates on city issues:
If you are using urban issues as a measuring stick for separating the candidates, good luck. You might as well close your eyes in the voting booth in November, point, and wherever your finger lands vote for a candidate, because the difference is negligible.
May 7, 2008 7:14 AM