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They Did It

Metro Councilpersons and other assorted bigwigs traversed the Cumberland River last night to prove its cleaniness:
"Everyone I told I was swimming in river, their reaction was ewww, but it's the cleanest it's ever been since we've been measuring the quality of the Cumberland. It's a clean river and it's a place we oughta go and have fun things like this more often. We've got a lot to do. We've gotta clean that up, but we've made progress," Jameson said.
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Jun 20, 2008 7:25 AM

The State Employee Buyouts

They're not going well:
"I know that I am targeted," said parole officer Gloria Ewing. "I have been there 23 years and some have been there 30 and over." Bredesen's administration said it expected questions and confusion. Now they are getting it. They said a buyout call center is taking an average of 1,000 calls a day. Next week, town meetings on the buyout will be conducted across the state. The buyout plans include $500 per year of service, 40% of one year's pay, along with some college tuition and health care benefits.
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Jun 19, 2008 5:59 PM

Tagged: Annoying

Phil Bredesen allowed a bill authorizing a new slate of specialty license plate to pass without signature:
Gov. Phil Bredesen is allowing the latest batch of specialty license plates to become law without his signature. Bredesen, a Democrat, has long complained about the proliferation of specialty tags, and he's urging lawmakers to rein in the number of plates available in Tennessee.
Jun 19, 2008 5:55 PM


The new version of "Online Politics 101: The Tools and Tactics of Online Advocacy" is now ready for reading and/or download.
Jun 19, 2008 5:54 PM

And They Call Obama Socialist

Sean Braisted points out that John McCain is expressing admiration for France's nuclear power program -- a nationalised effort:
While I am generally more of a proponent of Nuclear power than some of my liberal brethren, McCain's ambiguity is deafening. He often cites (as he did in this speech) France as an example of what America can do with nuclear energy, but the problem is that France's nuclear production capacity is nationalized. The reason they have so many plants is because the taxpayers pay for it and the Government builds them.
Jun 19, 2008 5:00 PM

Educating Edifices

From a Nikki Tinker press release:
Politicians promise a lot of things that they tend to forget once they are elected. Not me. Here are a few things I can promise I will work on in congress: I will be here, with you, working to make our community better. It’s not about renaming buildings, and teaching them to help themselves.
More here.
Jun 19, 2008 4:54 PM

Wanting Desperately To Be A Real Boy

Bill Hobbs has a theory on why Al Gore uses so much electricity:
So, what is Gore doing that is increasing his use of power from the grid, even with solar panels on the roof? I have a hunch. Maybe Gore isn't human - maybe he's a plug-in electric hybrid.
Jun 19, 2008 4:30 PM

Tim Russert's Replacement

For this Sunday:
Six days after Tim Russert's death, his replacement on "Meet the Press" has been named -- at least for this Sunday. Brian Williams, the NBC anchor and Russert's longtime friend, will fill the moderator's chair for the discussion of presidential politics and whatever else pops up. His guests will be Sens. Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Jun 19, 2008 4:19 PM

Maneuvering For A Mandate

Barack Obama throws his muscle behind a pro-war moderate in contested Democratic primary:
The Savannah Morning News reported today that the ad has raised eyebrows in the district. “It’s kind of surprising,” University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock told the paper. “Party leaders usually don’t want to get involved in a contested primary, thinking they don’t have anything to gain.” He further said that Obama’s endorsement could sway African Americans to back Barrow over Thomas. While Thomas may be more in line with Obama politically, she’d also face a tougher general election bid in this swing district–and Democrats’ ultimate goal is to hold on to this seat in November. Barrow won by less than 1,000 votes in 2006, and the district split 50%-49% for President Bush against John Kerry in 2004. The primary endorsement presents an interesting early use of Obama’s political muscle. An upset would not reflect well on Obama, and his endorsement may cause some heartburn on the left. “As Obama consolidates his power within the party, note who he is bringing with him in terms of economic policy and foreign policy, and note who he is protecting politically,” wrote the liberal Open Left blog. “It is up to us to create a progressive check on Obama, and we might just have our first opportunity.”
Jun 19, 2008 4:14 PM