The Week That Was 

Money chase

Money chase

Tennessee’s nine congressmen piled up $4.5 million in campaign contributions last year to scare away potential challengers in the 2000 elections. Rep. Bart Gordon, a Murfreesboro Democrat, led all his colleagues with $851,857 on hand. Rep. Bob Clement, a Nashville Democrat, reported $652,092 in the bank.

In memory of T-Bo

The state Senate approved a bill authorizing judges to award up to $5,000 in damages to pet owners for emotional distress if their furry friends are killed unlawfully or negligently. Sen. Steve Cohen introduced the bill because he couldn’t collect non-economic damages against the owners of a dog that attacked and killed his dog, T-Bo. ”We want this to be a deterrent to people who let their dogs loose, without fences or leashes,“ Cohen said.

You can call him Al

The Wall Street Journal reported the earthshaking news that Al Gore’s middle initial—A—doesn’t stand for anything. Even more shocking, the Journal revealed that Gore sometimes uses the middle name Arnold. The newspaper uncovered this by making ”repeated requests“ to Gore’s campaign for a copy of his birth certificate after Gore didn’t answer a fifth-grader who asked, ”What’s your middle name?“

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