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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
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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
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Delusions Of Grandeur

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Padgett appeals to the exhibitionist in the audience requesting that attendees at a townhall meeting to help him practice for when he gets to "the show":

This afternoon, we got together with the Hamilton County Democratic Women, where I asked them to play a game with me.

“Act like I am on CNN, with Wolf Blitzer for a townhall meeting. What sort of questions would you want me to answer?”

Jun 11, 2008 7:07 AM

Shelby County Mayor Wants Fedgov to Help Metro Area Not Just Cities

From the Commericial Appeal:
[A. C.] Wharton will speak on a panel about why the federal government needs to realign policies to meet the needs of metro areas and not just cities. Wharton first spoke on a Brookings-led panel in November. In March, he was invited to New York by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to swap ideas with other big-city mayors about combating poverty.
Jun 11, 2008 7:03 AM

Extending Corker

Bill Theobold reports that Senator Bob Corker has asked for an extension in filing his annual personal financial disclosure statement:
"Because he had not received a few key financial documents necessary to complete his financial disclosure, Senator Corker requested and was granted an extension until mid-August," Todd Womack, Corker's chief of staff, said in a written statement Tuesday. Extensions are routinely granted to members of Congress. Corker received one last year, his first in the Senate. Last year, Corker reported having assets worth between $25 million and $120 million.
Jun 10, 2008 7:04 PM

Engendering Good Will

Chris Sanders reports that the Metro Board of Education has passed additions to its nondiscrimination policy that include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Jun 10, 2008 6:52 PM

Reaching Out And Touching Someone Who Represents You

The internet has emboldened more citizens to at least attempt to influence their government:
CMF also found that almost half of adult Americans (44 percent) contacted Congress in the last five years to support, oppose or learn more about issues of interest to them. This is a much higher contact rate than a report in 2004 which found that 18 percent of Americans had contacted Congress.
Jun 10, 2008 6:51 PM