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Well, Well, Well, If It Isn't The Smoker

Barack Obama has been indulging in those forbidden tobacco products again.
Jun 11, 2008 8:13 AM

All Due Respect: Jim Cooper Kicks The Clintons While They're Down

Congressman Cooper shares his thoughts on a potential Hillary Clinton vice-presidential nod with John Rodgers:
Cooper asked rhetorically if a President Obama wanted former President “Bill Clinton around the White House?” Cooper pointed to a recent Vanity Fair article, in which Clinton’s post-White House business dealings and social life — including allegations of seeing “a lot of women” while traveling — were discussed in-length among other unflattering details concerning his recent years since leaving 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. “It’s amazing,” Cooper said of the article, which the Clinton camp denounced. “I think that it’s much better for Bill Clinton to remain a private citizen and doing his good charitable work and not having to worry about government disclosure because you know he’s refused to say who contributed to his presidential library and all of those things. There are a lot of issues there.” “I think Bill Clinton is a great president, but ya know, you’re limited to two terms.” On the other hand, Cooper said Obama (D-Ill.) is a “new era” and doesn’t need the “baggage of the past” coming back through a “distracting” Bill Clinton. Cooper says he’s not picking up the phone to express his views to the Obama campaign, saying it was “above his pay grade.”
Jun 11, 2008 8:07 AM

Gutless Wonderment

The Nigh Seen Creeder wonders why a Blue Dog Democrat who will vote for Barack Obama cannot bring himself to endorse him:
If Boren's willing to vote for Obama, he should be willing to endorse him, too. His reluctance to do so demonstrates a good deal of gutlessness.
Jun 11, 2008 8:00 AM

McCain's Veep Vetter A Former Lobbyist As Well

Jake Tapper explains that Barack Obama isn't the only one who has tapped a lobbyist to vet his potential Vice Presidential candidates:
Culvahouse is a partner at O’Melveny & Myers and despite McCain's past anti-lobbyist posture, A.B. Culvahouse has been in the past a quite successful lobbyist -- though he is not one currently. According to lobbying reports (you can read them HERE), Culvahouse lobbied Congress, the Justice Department and the White House and Department of Justice for a group pushing tort reform, the Civil Justice Reform Group, which the liberal group Public Citizen says has worked to weaken the rights of consumers, describing it as "a coalition of general counsels from more than 50 of the Fortune 100 firms."
Jun 11, 2008 7:55 AM

Oak Hill Gets A New Commish

The Oak Hill Gazette reports that...
Austin McMullen defeated Vice Mayor Tommy Jacobs in the June 10 election for Oak Hill Board of Commissioners. McMullen received an unofficial 442 votes to Jacobs' 312. The new Commissioner will be sworn in at the Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday, June 19. At that time, the Commissioners will choose the new Mayor.
SEE ALSO: Truman Bean
Jun 11, 2008 7:50 AM

Discredit And Confuse

Carol McCullough reveals the various ways developers are able to impose their will on planning and zoning in Nashville.
Jun 11, 2008 7:35 AM

Walk It Out

Nashvillest gives you all the relevant links to the plan, and controversies surrounding said plan, to make Nashville more pedestrian friendly.
Jun 11, 2008 7:31 AM

Yeah, He'll Get Right On That

PETA requests that Nashville Mayor Karl Dean encourage his constituents to become vegetarians:
I urge you to immediately convene an executive panel of top nutrition experts and environmentalists to devise programs to encourage Nashville residents to switch to a vegetarian diet. Because vegetarians are less prone to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity than meat-eaters, this would also be a boon to residents' health. A great way to start would be to announce that all official city dinners will be exclusively vegetarian. PETA would be happy to put your staff in touch with vegetarian chefs who can help you create delicious gourmet meals. Please contact me to let me know of your plans. Thank you for recognizing the urgency of this issue.
Jun 11, 2008 7:24 AM

Foolish Men

Lyndon B. Johnson on the Vice Presidency:
"I think a man (who) runs for vice president is a very foolish man," said Johnson, who was considering his own choice of running mate at the time. The "man who runs away from it is very wise. I wished I'd run farther away from it than I did. … And don't you ever be a candidate and don't let anybody else be a candidate, and tell them anybody that runs for it never gets it."
Jun 11, 2008 7:22 AM

McCain's Likudnik Bonafides Yields Jewish Democratic Donors

From the Hill:
Stephen Muss, the Florida developer, is the biggest Democratic donor and fundraiser to pledge his support for McCain and the Republican National Committee, said a GOP official. Muss has given tens of thousands of dollars to help Democratic candidates in recent years, including $80,000 to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and CQ MoneyLine. Muss did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday afternoon. “Many Jewish Democrats are sensing there is such an existential threat to Israel that you have to vote for an individual who strongly supports the U.S.-Israel relationship,” said Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), chairman of the GOP’s Jewish Victory Coalition. Cantor said McCain held a fundraising breakfast with Republican and Democratic Jewish donors last week at the Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. “The playing field is wide open for John McCain as far as attracting Jewish support,” he said.
Jun 11, 2008 7:14 AM