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Matt Pulle examines a Metro Lobbyist's conflict of interest:
I'm working on a story about whether it's a conflict of interest for Weaver, who lobbies for companies doing business with Metro government, to serve on a Metro board. Weaver is the most prolific lobbyist at the courthouse, with 15 registered clients, including some of the richest developers in the state. He also serves as the chair of the fair board, which is currently deciding whether to move the state fairgrounds and sell the current site to developers. The fair board's next step is develop a list of people and firms who might want to build on the land where the fairgrounds now sits. It's likely that some of Weaver's own clients, including H.G. Hill Realty Company, Gaylord Entertainment Company and Streuver Brothers, may be interested in developing that property, which sits close to several neighborhoods being revitalized, including Woodland-in-Waverly, Rolling Mill Hill and 12 South.
Jun 6, 2008 5:30 PM
From the TNGOP:
Mark your calendars now for Saturday, July 26 for the Statesmen’s Dinner. Along with the leadership of our State Executive Committee’s Finance Committee, I am pleased to announce a reduction in ticket pricing for general admission. Invitations will be in your mailboxes during the next few days. The Tennessee Republican Party is honored to have Senator Howard Baker, Senator Bill Brock and Governor Winfield Dunn serving as the Honorary Co-Chairmen with Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam as the dinner Chairman as we acknowledge our work in “Taking the Hill,” the party’s theme since August of 2007.No mention of "MC" Karl Rove as the keynote speaker. Are they keeping this a surprise or did the "Architect" pull out of the gathering? UPDATE: Bill Hobbs tells me that Karl Rove is still the Keynote.
Jun 6, 2008 5:11 PM
Kay Brooks doesn't understand how Mayor Karl Dean can take issue with the language “No person shall have a right to government services in any other language” in Eric Crafton's English-Only charter amendment:
We're handing out 'rights' left and ...well, right in this nation. We invent them out of whole cloth. So now, surely Dean isn't saying citizens have a right to have government business conducted in their native language? How can that possibly jibe with the requirement that new citizens must prove their proficiency in English? If he thinks it'll be expensive to defend the constitutionality of this charter amendment, wait until he sees the bill for this new right.
Jun 6, 2008 4:36 PM
From the Commercial Appeal:
Already in prison for bribery and facing another corruption trial this month, former state senator John Ford can add this to his woes: Tax trouble. The IRS has filed two liens against Ford, contending he owes more than $220,000 in unpaid federal income taxes. The bulk of those unpaid taxes are for tax years 2003, 2004 and 2005 — at the height of state and federal investigations that led to Ford’s criminal troubles. Because the IRS considers individual tax matters to be private, it’s unclear what source of revenue the unpaid tax allegations involve.
Jun 6, 2008 3:18 PM
From the Washington Post:
Democrats eager to tamp down talk of disappointed primary voters bolting to John McCain point to the "fact" that a majority of McCain's own backers threatened to vote for Al Gore when George W. Bush secured the Republican nomination in 2000. But the numbers of crossover voters frustrated by the nominating process was actually far less than that. In Post-ABC and Pew national polling as the 2000 GOP primary wound down, more than seven in 10 Republicans who supported McCain also said they would back Bush over Gore in the general election. That is far lower than the 93 percent who backed Bush on Election Day, suggesting some bluster in the heat of battle, but nowhere close to a minority of voters.
Jun 6, 2008 3:15 PM
Ben Smith explains how Hillary Clinton needs Obama to give her her groove back:
A new Gallup poll finds real damage to Hillary among African-American voters, with more than a third viewing her unfavorably. This is a problem that Obama can help her solve, and something she needs from him as much as money.
Jun 6, 2008 2:39 PM
Are you supposed to go after Michelle Obama or not?
Be careful what you wish for: "If somebody has evidence that myself or Michelle or anybody has said something inappropriate, let them do it." Presumably by "do it," he means "produce it," as in, produce the evidence. Hmm. This would seem to run somewhat counter to his previous statement that his wife is off-limits.RELATED: Bill Hobbs
Jun 6, 2008 2:21 PM
From the Tennessee Journal comes news of some interesting campaign tactics:
State Rep. Jim Cobb (R-Spring City), who is being challenged in the Aug. 7 GOP primary by former representative Jim Vincent, stirred a bit of controversy Thursday with a sign saying he’s “Endorsed by Right to Life.” Tennessee Right to Life expressed concern, since its political action committee has yet to make any endorsements. Cobb explained that the sign wasn’t referring to the organization, but to some neighbors who are “right to life.” The flip side of the sign says “Endorsed by NRA.” The National Rifle Association hasn’t made endorsements either. But we’re betting Cobb has neighbors who hunt. Vincent, you’ll recall, served two terms before not seeking reelection in 2004, the year he was head-butted by fellow representative H.E. Bittle (R-Knoxville) during a fracas at a Nashville karaoke bar. Bittle also didn’t run.
Jun 6, 2008 1:54 PM