Monday, May 24, 2010

Morning Roundup: GOP Candidates Pander to the Tea Party

Posted By on Mon, May 24, 2010 at 8:26 AM

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Zach Wamp, Ron Ramsey and Bill Haslam join four nutjob candidates for governor in a debate at the Tennessee tea party convention in Gatlinburg. "But I'm tired of giving money to the king. I do intend to damage the revenue of the king,” somebody named Samuel Duck declares. Ramsey and Wamp take jabs at each other. Who's as dumb as a boot? The tea partiers go after Haslam on guns. Stacey Campfield reports on the fireworks. ... On Saturday, one of the convention's lead-off speakers calls President Obama "the culmination of the Islamic-leftist alliance." ... Wamp takes heat for signing a pledge to give more money to the Med in Memphis. Ramsey: "It is irresponsible political pandering to sign a pledge obligating every Tennessee taxpayer to unlimited financial support of The Med."

The City Paper looks at whether the Army Corps could have done a better job managing the floodwaters. ... What happened to the residents of Tent City? ... Tennessee becomes more bicycle friendly. ... Rep. Joe Carr wants to praise Arizona. ... Tennessee may execute four prisoners in a single year. ... The Commercial Appeal's Otis Sanford with praise for the governor:

My kudos to Gov. Phil Bredesen are for his gallant, albeit symbolic, stand last week in vetoing the guns-in-bars bill, unquestionably one of the most ludicrous pieces of legislation to gain approval by the General Assembly in years.

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