Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Morning Roundup: Dissing the Democrats' Kumbaya Moment and Other Developments

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 7:18 AM

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Lawmakers postpone "Healthful Menu Act." ... Charter schools bill faces critical vote today. ... Site Selection magazine rates two of Tennessee's deals among best. ... Gas tax hikes abandoned in the House. ... Another silly Stacey Campfield bill is dead. ... The Senate will vote whether to erect statues to Al Gore and Cordell Hull on the Capitol grounds. ... The Memphis Flyer's Jackson Baker throws cold water on the Democrats' big Kumbaya moment at Monteagle:
(None of those present even seemed to notice -- or mind -- that Davis still employs the word "Democrat" as an adjective, as in "Let's elect more Democrat congressmen;" the truncated form of "Democratic" is one that Republican rhetoricians favor .) That much healing remains was indicated by the fact that the only congressman attending was Davis, who happens also to represent Monteagle in Congress. Conspicuously absent were representatives of the governor's office.
Who is Gordon Ball and why's he thinking about running for governor? ... Democrat Paula Flowers is expected to run for Zach Wamp's seat. ... Two more fired from Shelby County clerk's office. ... Ken Whitehouse speculates on whether the governor will veto any gun bills:
The guessing game on Capitol Hill right now is whether Bredesen will sign it into law, let it become law without his signature or veto the bill. Odds are high that any Bredesen veto would be overridden, but his actions could have bearing down the road on his political future. Prohibited by law from running for a third term as governor, Bredesen could stay active in politics by either an executive appointment after he leaves office from President Barack Obama or run for the U.S. Senate down the road. His actions on a lightning-rod issue like this one will have a bearing on those possibilities.

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