"I think that [Michelle Obama] video, which we put up on YouTube, struck a nerve. It struck a nerve with Democrats and they squealed and they squealed really loud, and it caused a big storm in the media."Hobbs doesn't seem to understand that causing a "big storm in the media" isn't necessarily the same as helping the Republican cause. In this case, Hobbs embarrassed Republicans (yet again) and turned off independent voters (yet again). But hey, at least Hobbs is having fun. The second item of interest comes from the Nashville Post's Ken Whitehouse, who is quoted in the story suggesting that Hobbs should keep his job resume updated. Here's Whitehouse:
"You've got the more centrist, moderate Republicans who are frankly embarrassed by Hobbs. I've got Republican members of the state legislature who are biding their time, keeping their mouth shut, but don't like what he's doing because he is drawing attention to himself and not the message. But at the same time you have people who want to fight and love him for it."
He represented a major electric power producer in a Clean Air Act New Source Review enforcement action brought by EPA, and a large manufacturer against challenges brought by citizens alleging violations of various Clean Air Act permitting requirements. He also represents manufacturers and other commercial entities in toxic tort lawsuits alleging that the companies’ negligence caused personal and property damage. Mr. Stagg has defended private and public utilities that supply drinking water in Tennessee and California against lawsuits that alleged the companies served contaminated drinking water, contributed to the degradation of groundwater quality and quantity, and caused injuries to persons and property. Mr. Stagg represented a natural gas transmission company in a PCB personal injury lawsuit in which the U.S. Supreme Court eventually denied certiorari in favor of the company.This may come as a surprise to loyal supporters of Stewart, himself a Waller Lansden tax attorney running in a heavily Democratic district, but Stagg also has contributed to Republicans—$250 to Bob Corker in 2006 and $450 to the state GOP the same year. All of which begs the question: Why is he Stewart’s campaign treasurer? As we reported in last week's Scene, Stewart says he’ll resign from Waller Lansden, stop representing corporations trying to dodge state taxes, and magically become a completely independent state representative if he’s elected. But that hasn't stopped us from wondering here at Pith in the Waller, if you earn your living by gleefully violating Democratic Party principles (or associate closely with those who do, taking contributions from them and making one of them your campaign treasurer), can you still call yourself a Democrat? Update: Sean Braisted thinks it's OK for Democrats to whore down for polluters.
The debate was turned up a notch by Rep. Steven Rothman, D-N.J., who argued that Republican economic policies, including tax cuts for the wealthy, are responsible for turning a budget surplus in 2000 into a deficit of about $317 billion during the first eight months of FY08, according to CBO. "Take responsibility for the economic philosophy that you espouse," said Rothman, who added that the upcoming presidential election will be a referendum on Republican economic policies. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, was not impressed by Rothman's argument. "That's bullshit," he responded. Later, Simpson, who voted to attach the provision to the appropriations bill, explained that Rothman's remarks were partisan and distracted from an attempt to seriously debate an important matter. "We were having a legitimate debate about how to solve the issue ... and Rothman gets up and turns it into a partisan debate. ... That doesn't solve the problem and what we have to do is solve the problem and get away from all the partisan horseshit; that is why I said it," Simpson said.Does this mean we can have our pork back? Update: This is what happens when your congressman stops bringing home the bacon. He has too much time on his hands. He winds up hacking into somebody's website and the next thing he knows he's under investigation by the FBI.
"Strong administrators and cabinet."Meanwhile, the report has MNPS faculty mentioning a number of “issues/concerns/challenges” that present a markedly different view of the central administration's effectiveness:
“Poor communication from central office to individual schools; unresponsive to questions.” “Lack of support for day-to-day teaching.” “Culture in which principals and teachers are discouraged from making decisions and solving problems unique to the needs of their specific schools.” “Improve relationships between parents and central office administrators.” “Need for district-wide training in diversity/cultural sensitivity.”Teacher and principal frustration with the competence and efficiency of Bransford Avenue is hardly new, and perhaps the recent state-directed administrative shuffle will help. On the other hand, it’s hard to be a sunny optimist if the board is satisfied with central administration, especially given that most key curriculum posts in the reorganization are being filled from within.
I doubt she'd choke on yours.
The story on "the Lutheran," ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, was from January. I was…
Bill, I agree. But you're messing with Betsy's MO.
That's cute, gast, and something he might have said.