Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Morning Roundup: Cohen vs. Herenton Poll and Other Democratic Party Smackdowns

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Steve Cohen stomps Willie Herenton in a poll. ... and the governor says a primary contest between the two would be healthy for democracy. ... Practice tests show Metro schools may stave off a state takeover. ... Charter schools bill goes to full Senate. ... Jim Kyle delays decision on governor's race. ... The Ethics Commission's budget moves forward but the agency's still under fire. Sen. Bill Ketron: "I was going to ask the question: 'Why does it take two hours to pass the minutes?'" ... Rep. Stacey Campfield rats out House GOP caucus chair Glen Casada as the source of libelous comments against a Democrat in the '08 election. Casada says:
"I'm just trying to rack my brain, and don't recall who would have told me or where I would have gotten that. I don't recall. But if Stacey says I did, then obviously I did. I'm confirming that if he says it, I must have."
The University of Tennessee wants to sell the president's mansion to save money. ... The Supreme Court grants a killer a new review of his death sentence. ... The bill limiting driver's license exams to five languages fails in a House subcommittee. ... The bill closing handgun permit records appears headed for floor votes next week. ... AT&T deregulation clears House Finance Committee. ... Jackson Baker on the Democratic establishment's dissing of Chip Forrester:
Something had to give, and in the end it was the Chipper. The new arrangement makes him a de facto auxiliary to the Big Boys, who will run the state party according to their wont. Their governing philosophy was perhaps best expressed by a statement from state Representative John Litz, a Morriston Democrat who achieved some clout of his own this year as one of the brokers of the Democratic ploy that resulted in the election of maverick Republican Kent Williams as Speaker of the state House. Said Litz, by way of approving the terms of the "truce": "I don't think the Tennessee Democratic Party that I'm a part of is like a California Democrat. We're not baby-killing, gun-stealing tree huggers."

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