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Chuck Todd Should Have Shaved The Goatee And Taken Voice Lessons

Because Tom Brokaw has been named moderator of Meet The Press through the 2008 elections:
Beginning on Sunday, June 29, NBC News’ Tom Brokaw will serve as moderator of “Meet the Press” through the 2008 presidential election. The broadcast will continue to originate from the NBC News Bureau in Washington D.C. The announcement was made today by NBC News President Steve Capus. “A lot has been said in recent days about what ‘Meet the Press’ means to NBC News and to the nation,” said Capus. “To have someone of Tom’s stature step up and dedicate himself to ensuring its ongoing success is not only a testament to his loyalty to Tim, but his enduring commitment to NBC News and our viewers.”
Newscoma thinks it a good decision, but is it? Brokaw's got the years in the business and impeccable card reading skills but does he really know politics? I mean know politics? Like Russert did? Like Chuck Todd does? Sure, Brokaw can pull off a decent political segment on the strength of his broadcast skills, like many in the news biz, but doesn't Meet the Press need something more than that? Doesn't it deserve something more than that? Should an "anchorman type" really sit in that chair? I mean, did you see Meet The Press with Brian Williams this morning?
Jun 22, 2008 11:34 AM

Bob Is Never Going To Get 6% In Georgia In The General Election

But that's what one poll has him at:
Ladies and gentlemen, we have statistical evidence of the Bob Barr effect! A new poll in the blood-red state of Georgia, where the Libertarian nominee is from, shows a dead heat: McCain 44%, Obama 43%, Barr 6%. Wow!
SEE ALSO: Tennessee Ticket
Jun 20, 2008 5:24 PM

Luxury Bus

Michael Cass reports that Nashville Metro Transit Authority keeps it real:
When you think of a CEO being driven to work, you tend to imagine a luxury sedan, not a bus. But Paul Ballard, CEO of the Metro Transit Authority since 2002, rides an MTA bus to work every day. Ballard, who lives in West End Park, said he has occasionally ridden the Sylvan Park bus, which will be discontinued July 1 because it's the least popular line (averaging just 974 riders a month), and high fuel prices are forcing MTA to cut some routes.
Jun 20, 2008 5:20 PM

New Legislative Endorsement For Tuke

Via the unofficial campaign blog:
Fire fighter and State Representative Larry Miller from Memphis proudly endorsed Tuke this week. Representative Miller joins a rapidly expanding Shelby County endorsement list including Speaker Pro Tem Lois DeBerry, State Senator Beverly Marrero, State Representative John DeBerry, State Representative Ulysses Jones, State Representative G.A. Hardaway, State Representative Barbara Cooper and State Representative Mike Kernell.
Jun 20, 2008 5:16 PM

Je T'Accuse

Bill Hobbs accuses the Metro Parks Department of malfeasance for pulling the permit of an organization seeking to protest Al Gore by launching a hot air balloon over his house.
Jun 20, 2008 4:45 PM

Not Pulle: Scene Names New Editor

The outgoing Liz Garrigan introduces the out-of-towner:
Folks, I get lamer and lamer with each passing day. So it's time to announce what the Scene 3.0 will look like. Replacing me on July 1 will be Pete Kotz, the "alleged" editor of our sister paper in Cleveland, also called the Scene, which is being bought and merged with the other alt-weekly there, Free Times.
Jun 20, 2008 4:34 PM

Gore Balloon Flies After All

Americans for Prosperity have secured an alternate location to launch their "Hot Air" balloon protest after Nashville Parks and Recreation revoked their permit:
Roy Wilson at the Nashville Parks Department must not have liked our earlier post, since he just completely revoked our permit -- even though his department's own rules state that he can't do that unless we break a law or one of the department's rules, which we haven't done and have no intention of doing.  Then he hung up on our legal counsel. In the meantime, good news to report -- we've secured a private location for this afternoon's event.  We'll be in a field at the corner of Sneed and Vaughn Roads -- just about a mile and a half from the original event location.
Jun 20, 2008 3:05 PM


FiveThirtyEight doesn't put a whole lot of stock in the idea that Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty can deliver both Wisconism and Minnesota for McCain:
Wow, I had no idea it was that easy. Just name a guy as VP, and because he's from the region, a couple states you look like a longshot to win suddenly become yours. I mean, they should totally do that; it's a no-brainer.
Jun 20, 2008 2:51 PM

Town Hall With Coop

Via Music Row:
Congressman Jim Cooper and Congressman John Hall will hold a “Town Hall Meeting” with Nashville’s entertainment community on Sat., June 21 at 2 p.m. at Sunset Grill. The legislators will be available to discuss music-industry issues such as the controversial “Orphan Works” legislation or any other congressional matters. The event is free and open to the public.
Jun 20, 2008 2:47 PM

Popped: Balloon Over Al Gore's Mansion Belle Meade Thwarted By Permit Police

Breaking news from the Americans For Prosperity. It would appear that the group along with its local host, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, has hit a snag in their attempt to fly a hot air balloon over Al Gore's Belle Meade Mansion in protest of his climate change activism:
Sure enough, just a few hours before our event was scheduled to kick off, the Nashville Parks and Recreation Department has been in touch, claiming that the permit they approved doesn't allow us to launch our balloon from the city park where we're holding our event -- even though we told them repeatedly exactly what we planned to do. Roy Wilson, the director of the Board of Parks and Recreation, has even reportedly told one of our staffers on the ground that Nashville police officers will be on hand and will physically restrain members of our crew if they attempt to launch the balloon. Glad to see that the police in Nashville have solved all the murders, rapes, assaults and robberies and can now concentrate on the real scourge facing the city: unpermitted hot-air balloon launches over Al Gore's estate.
SEE ALSO: The Other McCain
Jun 20, 2008 1:48 PM