From the AP:
With $250,000 in radio and television spots, the Club for Growth is targeting Republican Sens. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, and Democratic Sens. Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Max Baucus and Jon Tester of Montana. Dole, a co-sponsor of the bill, as well as Alexander, Baucus and Rockefeller face re-election this year. "Congress is at it again," a television ad airing in Tennessee says. "This time they're pushing massive new taxes and regulation in the name of global warming. But let's ask ourselves, are the unproven benefits of legislation worth the major job losses, new taxes and increased energy costs that could result? "Call Senator Lamar Alexander and tell him to vote no on the Lieberman-Warner climate bill. Tennesseans just can't afford another huge, costly government program."
May 27, 2008 8:02 AM
The wind down of the "Tennessee Plan" for the selection of judges makes the Wall Street Journal:
The Tennessee plan was devised to reduce the role of politics in judicial selection. But as the political drama surrounding it amply demonstrated, the reality has been anything but nonpartisan. Tennessee now has a chance to restore transparency and accountability to judicial nominations – and to show other states the way.
May 27, 2008 7:46 AM
Gail Kerr discusses a possible matchup in the 2010 Governor's race between two women and in the process questions the formidablity of a sitting Congressman's chances in the race:
On the Democratic side, McMillan could face former Mayor Bill Purcell, former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford, or U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis. Either Purcell or Ford would make a formidable opponent.
May 27, 2008 7:44 AM
Drew Johnson of the Tennessee Center For Policy Research is once again knee deep in a controversy over open records requests:
Revenue officials gave Mr. Johnson a choice. Department employees could go through the e-mails themselves for free, or the state’s Office for Information Resources could do it at a cost of $3,201 for each day of correspondence, they said. “The issue here, of course is that if someone has an embarrassing term ... on their computer, they’re not going to just turn it over. They would delete the e-mail,” said Mr. Johnson, who heads up the Nashville-based anti-tax group. “The only way to have an external person check e-mails to ensure that every e-mail is actually turned over is through an electronic master tape.” Sophie Moery, a spokeswoman for the Revenue Department, said the Office for Information Resources sets the price. She said officials made sure to offer Mr. Johnson the option of getting information for free. “We certainly would not want to leave him with the only option of an expensive search,” she said.
May 27, 2008 7:35 AM
Chris Sanders wants to know what has become of the Music Row Democrats:
When will we start to hear more talk of Tim McGraw for Governor? Back in 2006, McGraw said, "Maybe in 10 or 15 years when the music has died down." But at the beginning of 2008, the talk was that he would consider running in 2010.
May 27, 2008 7:23 AM
Angelia struggles with the philosophical implications of punishing and preventing children born to drug addicted mothers:
In order to prevent the problem, we’d have to accept an unborn child has “anticipated” rights. We’d have to determine when, how, and which supersede the mother’s - and if gestational age is a factor. We’d have to change up our thinking in a lot of dangerous areas… and yet I still want to say, “Okay, you can cross the threshold just this once because it’s a for a good cause and it’s the only way to prevent this from happening, but just so we’re clear, this doesn’t set any type of precedent.” But it doesn’t work this way and I know that. So, I’m lost. I’ve stepped back and forth across that line between personal responsibility and individual rights on this so many times that the line now resembles an Rorschach Inkblot that I probably do not want to ponder upon too very much.
May 27, 2008 7:20 AM
Rex Noseworthy reports that state Senator Rosalind Kurita's increasing willingness to vote with Republicans in the legislature may make her primary race more of a challenge than it might have been:
This year was a different story. Kurita voted with the Republicans on the contentious lottery scholarship issue and took one more swipe at former Lt. Gov. Wilder by siding with the GOP to prevent the 86-year-old Tennessee political legend from resurrecting his judicial selection legacy. Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle has stoked the anti-Kurita fire, routinely publicly complaining about her and alienating her from their caucus. That certainly hasn’t helped move Kurita consistently back into the Democrats’ voting column, but Democratic voters in Kurita’s district could feel alienated by her ever-growing maverick style.
May 27, 2008 7:16 AM
Jackson Miller reacts to the news that Nashville's middle schools will no longer offer Algebra as an option to seventh graders:
To allow for four years of math in high school — a new graduation requirement that kicks in the 2009-10 year — the Metro school district will change when children can take advanced classes in middle school. Advertisement Beginning this fall, the district will no longer offer Algebra I in seventh grade next year but move it up to eighth grade, school officials said. Geometry, now available to eighth-graders, will be taught a year later. The changes will give sixth- and seventh-graders more time to prepare for the advanced math classes all students will have to take in high school to get a diploma, district officials said. But some parents of top-achieving children are frustrated and outraged by the new plan. "What this would mean for my children is that they'll spend another year spinning their wheels, not learning much," said Theo Wellington. One of her children will attend fifth grade at Head Middle Magnet School next year and another is on a waiting list for seventh grade at M.L. King Magnet School.As you may have read recently China and India are pretty much eating our lunch in terms of student math and science achievement.
May 26, 2008 10:43 PM
Ben Smith reminds us that as disturbing as it may be that 10% of Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim, disturbing views held by large swaths of the American electorate is nothing new:
22% believe President Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance. 30% believe Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. 23% believe they've been in the presence of a ghost. 18% believe the sun revolves around the earth.
May 26, 2008 3:49 PM