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A Proud Legacy

Rob Robinson wonders if Councilman Eric Crafton may be following in the embarrassing footsteps of Bill Boner:
That question is admittedly somewhat unfair to Crafton, who hasn’t humiliated local residents with his harmonica playing, extramarital affairs or tales of “seven-hour-long passion” on national television. By accounts I’ve read, Crafton’s personal life is free of the level of nonsense that Boner seemed to champion. Nonetheless, last year Crafton revelled in the opportunity to discuss his English First ballot initiative on Fox News for viewers across the U.S. to see. For anyone who’s proud of the great city Nashville has become in the past 20 years, it wasn’t pretty.
Jun 24, 2008 2:06 PM

Go Write A Book

Sean Braisted on Barack Obama's failure thus far to join in on the effort to retireHillary Clinton's campaign debt:
Considering in May his fundraising was almost on par with John McCain, he's got to do everything to build up his funds, and can't be worrying about paying of the $20 million used by Hillary to attack him in the 3 months after it became clear he'd be the nominee. She and Bill can write a book and/or make a few speeches to pay that debt off.
Jun 24, 2008 1:50 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidates To Attend Forum

From the Greenville Sun:
The Northeast Democratic Organization will host a public forum here on July 19 in which the three major Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate are scheduled to attend and answer questions. The three candidates expected to attend -- Kenneth Eaton, Mike Padgett and Bob Tuke -- are seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election on Aug. 7
Jun 24, 2008 1:38 PM

Dropout Report Drops Wednesday

From Michael Cass:
On Wednesday, the task force [Mayor Karl] Dean named to come up with ways to reduce the dropout rate will present its report. The presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Frist Lecture Hall at Belmont University's Gordon E. Inman Center.
Jun 24, 2008 1:25 PM

Not Running For Guv: Purcell Keeps It Cambridge

From Ken Whitehouse:
Bill Purcell, the former mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, has been named director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Purcell will assume the post on September 1. Purcell has spent more than 30 years in public service, law and higher education. During his eight-year tenure as mayor of Nashville (1999-2007) the city saw unprecedented economic expansion, an increase in Metro school funding of more than 50 percent, and the development of more than 26,000 affordable housing units. His accomplishments as a civic leader earned him “Public Official of the Year” honors in 2006 by Governing Magazine. Purcell was an IOP Fellow in the fall of 2007.
Jun 24, 2008 1:14 PM

No Ban

Joe Lance explains why Presidential tickets are comprised of people from two different states:
The 12th Amendment says that a presidential elector can't vote for someone for president and someone else for vice-president, if both candidates are from that elector's home state. So, the only barrier is that the electors from one particular state can't vote for such a team. Electors in the other 49 states are free to vote for a team in which both members are from the same state.Also, the ban only applies to residence in December of the presidential election, the month when the electors vote.
Jun 24, 2008 12:51 PM

Starting At The Top

John McCain thinks the federal government needs to keep it green:
The GOP standard-bearer said he would make sure that the tens of thousands of cars that the federal government purchases each year will be “flex-fuel capable, plug-in hybrid, or cars fueled by clean natural gas.” “If our great goal is to move American transportation toward lower carbon emissions, then it should start with the federal fleet,” McCain said.
Jun 24, 2008 12:26 PM

He Can Hardly Contain His Excitement

Bill Clinton releases his official endrosement of Barack Obama:
"President Clinton is obviously committed to doing whatever he can and is asked to do to ensure Senator Obama is the next President of the United States."
To wit Jonathan Martin brings up an interesting question:
Clinton won't be with his wife and Obama at their joint rally later this week in Unity, New Hampshire, so let's pick up yesterday's question with a twist: where should Obama and Bill Clinton appear together?
Jun 24, 2008 12:17 PM

The Paulite Choice

In an article urging both McCain and Obama not to pander to the Ron Paul crowd, Earl Ofari Hutchinson says this:
As yet Paul's backers haven't given any sign that either of the candidates holds any real appeal to them. The likelihood though is that the majority of Paul backers regard Obama as a too liberal Democrat. His tout of big and expanded government renders him a poor option. A significant number of them abhor McCain's war stance enough to consider him only a slightly more viable option.
Jun 24, 2008 11:45 AM

DNC Files Suit

The Democratic National Committee files a lawsuit against John McCain:
Whether it’s using a taxpayer funded loan to keep his campaign afloat, refusing to reimburse for his campaign’s use of a corporate jet, or violating federal laws on a foreign campaign trip, John McCain has shown an increasingly troubling pattern of impropriety,” said Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. “John McCain tries to brand himself as a reformer but how can the American people believe he’ll change Washington when it’s clear he thinks the rules apply to everyone but him? We had enough of that with the Bush Administration. We don’t need it again with John McCain.”
Jun 24, 2008 11:30 AM