Monday, July 27, 2009

Morning Roundup: Ramsey Throws Elbow at Wamp and Reporters Look at the Legislative Interns Program

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 5:31 AM

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Ramsey declares it's a two-man race with Haslam. Wamp disagrees:
"That is beyond wishful thinking. That's like a zebra telling you he's a horse. I couldn't be doing any better in this race unless money suddenly started falling from the sky."
Officials say they may think about tightening written policies governing interns interactions with legislators. ... Tennessee now puts the responsibility on the interns, saying they "should avoid conduct" that might embarrass the lawmakers. ... Prosecutors say they've never asked Stanley not to talk to the public. DA flack Susan Niland: "Nobody told him that he could not talk to anybody." ... Stanley's constituents react. ... Supreme Court throws out crack tax. ... ACLU takes issue with 287(g). ... Robin Smith flubs comment on the founding fathers. ... The Chattanooga Times Free Press asks Zach Wamp some questions about his association with the Fellowship:
Should he continue to associate with congressional colleagues in a private or secret fellowship whose members are comfortable with living a double standard so long as they keep it quiet and rise in power? If he keeps their political donations, shouldn't he fairly be seen as condoning their conduct and taking their tainted money?

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