Amazon, Tennessee, Bill Haslam, and a national sales tax.
(Full disclosure: I am an Amazon.com Affiliate for Maryland.) Glenn Reynolds noted this apparent contradiction in what Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s position actually is with regard to having Amazon.com collect sales tax: is the Republican Governor for it, or against it? I say ‘apparent’ because there isn’t one, really; there’s just not enough context. Basically, the position that Haslam is taking is that the state | Read More »
TN Democrats go, charitably, nuts over teacher reform bills.
Based on their latest email blast, the Tennessee Democratic Party seems to have a problem understanding what “fascism” is, not to mention “terrorism.” Apparently, Tennessee Democratic chair Chip Forrester and House Democratic chair Mike Turner seem to think that these terms are appropriate for describing several reform bills currently being considered by the Tennessee legislature. Presumably they mean HB 2012 and HB 0130; the first | Read More »
TN primary results open thread.
Results here. First look: if primaries are any indication, TN-06 and TN-08 are flipping in November.
Meet Charlotte Bergmann (R CAND, TN-09).
She’s running in Steve Cohen’s district, and for some reason* she’s very, very annoyed that Rep. Cohen is going around accusing Tea Partiers of being racist, would-be Klansmen. Charlotte’s site is here: please check it out. Moe Lane
Democratic challenger says Steve Cohen (D, TN-09) too white for district.
(via @BrianFaughnan) Contra the New York Times, there are no racial overtones to this challenge. It’s pretty much the melody line: The black candidate, former Mayor Willie W. Herenton of Memphis, has argued that Tennessee needs a black voice in its currently all-white delegation. He is running a blistering campaign against Representative Steve Cohen, a fellow Democrat with a precarious hold on the majority black | Read More »
Well, SOMEBODY’S getting fired over this global warming ad flap.
To quote Cool Hand Luke, what we have here is a failure to communicate: ‘Global warming is baloney’ signs put the heat on Burger King A row between the fast food giant Burger King and one of its major franchise owners has erupted over roadside signs proclaiming “global warming is baloney”. The franchisee, a Memphis-based company called the Mirabile Investment Corporation (MIC) that owns more | Read More »
Bart Gordon (D, TN-06) called upon to reimburse taxpayers for European ski jaunt.
If you might remember, back in February it was reported that Bart Gordon (D, TN-06) went to Europe on taxpayer money to… essentially, ski. He wasn’t on any relevant committee that would justify his presence in that particular junket, but he is a twelve-term Democrat whose party overwhelmingly controls Congress right now, which apparently is justification enough. Now Dave Evans, Gordon’s most likely Republican challenger | Read More »
Rep Bart Gordon (D, TN-06) junketing to Europe for no real reason?
Apparently, he’s going to be part of quite the throng. Via Red County and Dave Evans for Congress comes this WaPo report: Hurry, hurry, hurry. Congress will begin its 2009 travel season in earnest this weekend with two spectacular codels — trips for House congressional delegations — that are not to be missed. On Saturday, Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.), chairman of the House delegation to | Read More »
Happy not-quite-ending for war hero’s widow and son.
(H/T: Technomancy for Fun and Profit) Quick background: last year, USMC Sgt. Michael Ferschke was killed in Iraq while conducting door-to-door searches. He left behind his Okinawan-born, pregnant wife Hotaru Ferschke, who he had married a month before by proxy; and, of course, there were problems with her visa. Wizbang wrote about it here and here; Senator Lamar Alexander‘s (R-TN) office has been working on | Read More »
Attempted GOP Intimidation Watch: Brick thrown through campaign window.
Well, at least it wasn’t a Molotov cocktail. Yet. Republican HQ’s Vandalized, Workers Threatened MURFRESSBORO, Tenn. — The Republican headquarters in Murfreesboro was vandalized, and workers there said they have received threats. The Republican Party in Rutherford County is planning a rally Tuesday night, where hundreds of people are expected and singer Aaron Tippin is slated to perform. Police believe these vandals may have been | Read More »
Hey, they indicted that Democrat who hacked Palin’s email!
Caleb Howe has the details about David Kernell. Please remember: there is no indication at this time that Tennessee Democrat Mike Kernell (the father of David Kernell) was involved in this felonious assault on Sarah Palin. Likewise, at this moment there is no indication that David Kernell enlisted or accepted the help of any other Democrat or Democratic organization in his alleged crime. Right now | Read More »
Got that moral indignation in just under the wire there, Barry.
Watch the latest exercise in hate speech from Democratic challenger Nikki Taylor – Hi, Nikki! Nothing EVER GOES AWAY on the Internet, you miserable anti-Semite. It’s useless to even try! – against Democratic incumbent Steve Cohen (TN-09) for the context of the subtitle: Nikki Tinker race baits Steve Cohen. @ Yahoo! Video This was apparently a little too public hateful for Senator Obama to ignore | Read More »
Inconvenient Democrat Watch: Steve Cohen.
The one that Ed saw has already been taken down. What makes this particularly sad, of course, is that Representative Cohen is an early Obama super-delegate… and one who has been assaulted for months, in some of the vilest ways possible. He has a right to receive some sort of support from his erstwhile patron, in other words: either out of pragmatism, or simple human | Read More »