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At a Republican Party picnic,
one candidate for governor calls for eliminating Medicaid, but it's Zach Wamp who really turns up the crazy:
"People have asked me what we'd do if President Barack Obama issued an executive order to take firearms away from the people. I'll tell you what we'd do. We will meet him at the state line!"
Social conservatives discuss the shattering glass houses at the Capitol. Rep. Mike Bell:
"I guess this can be a dangerous place for a person who's not well grounded."... Seven gubernatorial candidates report receiving $1.2 million in donations
that can be spent only in the general election campaign. ... Campfield and Kelsey and Lynn--oh my! And you thought the Senate already was conservative. A.C. Kleinheider reports:
Tennesseans face the possibility of seeing, not just one, but three of the most conservative and controversial members of the state House GOP caucus running for seats in the upper chamber this year and next.
Congressman John Lewis
helps Tennessee Democrats raise cash. ... A Georgia legislator
calls for action to siphon our water. ... Chip Saltsman
finds a job. ... Tennessee tightens diploma
standards. ... Brad Schrade tosses
Gibbons a bone. ... Lowery, Wharton
may hold advantage in field of nine running for Memphis mayor. ... Tom Humphrey comments
on how we're all getting used to sex scandals. ... Liz Garrigan finds
refreshing unpredictability in the politicians' reaction to the new gun laws. ... Chip Forrester scolds
Fred Thompson for telling his radio show listeners that health-care reform legislation promotes suicide:
"Making the wild leap that the bill promotes suicide or euthanasia is flat out irresponsible. Sen. Thompson should know better. He is a respected statesman here in Tennessee, and people generally take him at his word. I respectfully ask Mr. Thompson do the right thing and stop pandering to the special interests who want to derail health-care reform."