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Bill Haslam's $3.8 million
is the most anyone has ever raised this early in a statewide Tennessee election. Ron Ramsey spokesman Brad Todd says so what? "It's now clear," he insists, that his guy "has the momentum in fund-raising and will have more than enough money to get his message out" and win among the "active, engaged and informed" GOP electorate, a.k.a. conservative Christians and gun freaks.
state law "antiquated" because it won't let him shake down lobbyists during legislative sessions. "That's a handicap. We do have an antiquated campaign finance law," he says. "It's a hurdle I will have to turn into my advantage." More Ramsey:
"I want to keep moving on like I am right now. This shows the support I have. It's been very humbling when I call people and practically to a tee everyone wants to help me out. ... We'll take this a day at a time. I'm excited that I passed two of my competitors and raised money at a faster clip than the other competitors. I think it does show the support I'm going to have."
Bredesen says Tennessee's too fat
, so he vetoes the bill
that would have overturned the Metro health board's decision to require nutritional information on restaurant menus. ... Report: GM could build
next-generation Cadillac Escalade at Spring Hill. ... Tennessee wouldn't have met GM's cash demands for Spring Hill even if the state's finances were in better shape, the governor says
. ... Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman agrees to hear the suit against the guns-in-bars law
. ... Would-be mayors
scramble to replace Herenton in Memphis. ... Cohen claims $600,000
in the bank. ... Herenton gives an exit interview:
"I've known Cohen for over 30 years. And to be honest with you, he's an asshole. Anybody who knows Cohen knows he's an asshole."
More fun stuff
from Herenton, this time on Harold Ford Sr.: "I'd have whipped his ass."