Thursday, April 9, 2009

Morning Roundup: Campfield Defends His Bill to Stop the Poor from Dreaming

Posted By on Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 6:56 AM

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More on those risky bond deals that the state was helping promote: Records show they're backing 20 percent of outstanding municipal debt -- roughly $10 billion to build infrastructure such as schools and sewers -- in 24 counties, 23 cities and 12 utility districts and building authorities. ... Tennessee businesses whip the mighty NRA. A House subcommittee shoots down an NRA-backed bill letting employees bring their guns onto company property. ... The state fights infant mortality in Nashville. ... Bredesen opposes Ramsey's plan for picking judges. ... State budget shortfall tops $1 billion. ... Bring on the micro-distilleries. ... The secretary of state offers to pay for notice for the abortion amendment. ... Private data for Metro's students is accidentally posted online. ... Rep. Stacey Campfield stands by his bill barring poor people from winning the lottery: "I go to the gas stations and see ... the kids eating garbage food and mom and dad playing Lotto, and it just drives me to distraction." Columnist Wendi Thomas responds: "Perhaps Campfield should spend less time at gas stations. I fear the fumes are affecting his better judgment." Gary Odom weighs in too:
"It's probably unconstitutional, but if it's not, it should be. It's absurd, I believe ... It probably is a good example of class warfare, trying to identify certain citizens and indicating that they are prohibited from doing something that most Tennesseans are able to do if they choose."

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