Thursday, January 28, 2010

Morning Roundup: Reaction to the President's Speech and More

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Tennessee politicians review the president's speech. ... Hint: Reactions pretty much varied by political party. ... Obama urged Democrats to stiffen their political spines. Lincoln Davis must have been dozing during that part. He was so inspired he promptly declared health care reform is probably dead:
"I do believe that we must take a serious look at reforming health care. I don't think the atmosphere probably is here today, and so therefore it will probably have to wait for another Congress or another president to do."
Democratic Party chair Chip Forrester will qualify for a $25,000 bonus if Democrats take back either the state House or Senate or win the governor's race. We hope he bought a lottery ticket too. ... Is Marsha Blackburn "throwing the tea party movement under the bus"? ... The May Town Center is back. ... And Gail Kerr explains why. ... Metro schools director Jesse Register discloses locations for three new magnets. ... Cynthia Tucker on the political suicide of Harold Ford Jr. ... House resolution honoring Bart Gordon turns partisan. ... The Commercial Appeal takes a stand against silliness:
Political grandstanding in the name of state sovereignty has a long and colorful history. It's being abused once again by Tennessee politicians who can rail against the federal government like it was 1962. But do Tennesseans want the General Assembly spending time on legislation -- like Rep. Matthew Hill's bill to make it a criminal act to contract for work on Interstate 69 -- that will never pass?

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