Wed
Aug 6 2014
01:17 pm

ESPN and Charter announced today that Charter will carry the new SEC Network starting 8/14. Comcast had already announced they would be carrying it. It's not clear if it will be a premium channel channel, but an SEC Network spokesman was quoted in an earlier news report that it would not be a premium channel and Comcast says it is part of their "Digital Starter" package. Carriers are reportedly paying $1+ per subscriber in SEC states.

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The Mrs. got tired of me obsessing about why the FEC still hasn't posted U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball's second quarter campaign finance disclosure. She called the FEC. They said they didn't have it and referred her to the Senate Secretary's office. They said they had sent it to the FEC. After a bit of bouncing back and forth, the FEC finally tracked it down and emailed it to her.

As expected, most of the receipts were self-loans by Gordon Ball. Of contributions, about half were from Ball and about half from other individuals. There were a lot more individual contributions for the second quarter, including Knoxville attorneys Sid Gilreath and Greg Isaacs and Regal Entertainment president Greg Dunn. Ball also made a $5000 donation to the Tennessee Democratic Party.

Anyway, here's the full report...

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Wed
Aug 6 2014
12:21 pm

From Yahoo News ....

BEIJING (AP) — China's smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities.

Beijing's Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau posted the plan on its website Monday, saying the city would instead prioritize electricity and natural gas for heating.

China to ban all coal use in Beijing by 2020

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Wed
Aug 6 2014
10:44 am
By: Mark Harmon  shortURL

I'm very pleased about this television ad of mine. It summarizes nicely my desire to serve the party. It will be appearing on Comcast's CNN, MSNBC, Bravo, and Comedy Central. Spread the word, send the link to others, and please vote on Aug. 7th.

(link...)

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Wed
Aug 6 2014
09:56 am

Josh Flory has this report about a trademark dispute between Tomato Head and their Flour Head bakery operation v. The BreadHeads bakery, which sells breads and other items at the Farmer's Market on Market Square. Tomato Head claims the name is similar and confusing to their customers. BreadHeads says she's a retailer, they are a wholesaler, and besides, you can't trademark the word "head."

It sounds like Tomato Head was being sort of reasonable about it, right up until they lawyered up and threatened to sue. We hope the parties can work it out, but if it does get to court it will be interesting to see if Tomato Head can prevail. Magic 8 Ball says "unlikely."

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From Jackson Baker at the Memphis Flyer: Adams or Ball: Tennessee Democrats Have a Viable Choice for U.S. Senate

The term "embarrassment of riches" is not something that has been applied to the Democratic Party’s candidate lineup in a while -- and definitely not in Tennessee, where the party has been brought to the edge of extinction.

But it actually applies to the circumstances of the Democrats' U.S. Senate primary, featuring two candidates that almost nobody had even heard of a year ago. Not outside of Knoxville, anyhow, and maybe not even there.

But Terry Adams, the Knoxville lawyer who was quietly recruited as a comer by surviving members of the seriously mauled Tennessee Democratic Establishment a year or so ago has proved to be just that in his grueling, under-funded Senate race.

And Gordon Ball, also a Knoxville lawyer, has quickened the hopes of state Democrats, as well -- conjuring up a vision of a self-funder who, while still unmistakably a Democrat, can appeal to the state’s centrists.

The article continues with profiles of both candidates...

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Calling all Pundits: Time to weigh in with predictions about the Briggs-Campfield Race: I'll start the show...

ALFORD 2%
BRIGGS 47%
CAMPFIELD 51%

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Tue
Aug 5 2014
05:42 pm

Metro Pulse: Stacey Campfield, Community Servant? Not Quite.

...with the exception of the political groups, “past member” is the most accurate statement out of the bunch, and “deeply involved in his community” is hyperbole at best. Campfield was never involved with a number of groups and hasn’t been involved in others for years and years—and some of that “involvement” barely qualifies as community service. It also turns out Campfield has been misrepresenting other things, like honors ostensibly awarded to him, as well as his prowess in martial arts.

But... but... Lucha libre!

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Tue
Aug 5 2014
05:02 pm

Going into the home stretch, U.S. Senate candidate Terry Adams has unleashed a barrage of press releases making his final appeal to voters and attacking primary opponent Gordon Ball. A couple after the break...

Continued...

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Tue
Aug 5 2014
04:40 pm

Following the announcement today that Gannett is spinning off their newspaper business, Nashville Public Radio files this report of yet another shakeup at Gannett's Nashville Tennessean newspaper:

Almost everyone will have to reapply for new jobs. There will be fewer managers, more reporters and columnists and a larger investigative team. But ultimately, the newsroom will shrink by 15 percent. Currently, the headcount is at 89. There are 76 positions on the new org chart.

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As discussed here previously, the Federal Election Commission sent late filing notices to U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball's campaign. The Ball campaign assured us that the reports were filed on a timely basis.

Today we noticed the Ball campaign had filed a response to the FEC late notices. The response included copies of postmarked certified mail receipts and tracking info showing that the July and pre-primary reports were filed on time.

Continued...

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Tue
Aug 5 2014
02:28 pm

What: Knox Dems election night watch party
When: Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 8:00pm
Where: Knoxville Marriott, 501 Hill Avenue SE

Press release...

The Knox County Democratic Party will be celebrating election night this Thursday, August 7, from 8 pm - 11 pm at the Knoxville Marriott, located at 501 Hill Avenue SE. Please join us as we watch the returns from the night's races, and hear from the candidates on the night's results.

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Mon
Aug 4 2014
03:01 pm

Of course, there never WAS any "there" there.

(link...)

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Mon
Aug 4 2014
12:04 pm

In their latest newsletter, MPC advises that they are setting up a single email address for communication with MPC Commissioners - commission@knoxmpc.org - and you can also see a blurb about it on their website.

I think that is great, but then they also make it clear that they are judging from their website, it looks like they may be doing away with individual email addresses for Commissioners, which is not so great.

I have heard from a couple of Commissioners who said that some of them have received threatening or vulgar communications and it was thought that having a single email address for all would stop that from happening.

My feeling is that if someone receives a threatening email, it should be reported to the Sheriff, and it is not a good reason to prevent the public from communicating with individual Commissioners.

City Council, County Commission and the School Board all provide individual email addresses as well as a joint address and I don't see why MPC should be any different. If someone doesn't want individual communication with the public, perhaps they should rethink their service on MPC.

I recognize that service on MPC Commission is a thankless and unpaid job and I appreciate those who choose to serve. But I do think it is important that they be accessible to the public, and not just through a joint email address.

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Early voting for the Aug. 7th county general and state primary elections ended Saturday. Early votes totaled 35,086, with about half of those from Downtown West and Farragut. Including absentee ballots counted so far, the total is 36,486. Totals for the Republican primary were 29,881 v. 6,299 for the Democratic primary.

UPDATE: Not quite an early voting record for August (going back to 1996). The record by a slight margin (350 votes) was the 2010 August election. (Not sure what the deal was in 2000. An error in the records?)

Aug. 4 1996 4,072
Aug. 6 1998 13,934
Aug. 3 2000 5,627
Aug. 1 2002 25,190
Aug. 5 2004 16,879
Aug. 3 2006 24,042
Aug. 7 2008 20,575
Aug. 5 2010 35,436
Aug. 2 2012 11,934

The all time record is 125,796, for the Nov. 2008 election:

Nov. 5 1996 41,844
Nov. 7 2000 70,463
Nov. 5 2002 53,370
Nov. 2 2004 108,722
Nov. 7 2006 67,833
Nov. 4 2008 125,796
Nov. 2 2010 55,600
Nov. 6 2012 110,446

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Mon
Aug 4 2014
01:44 am

From CNN ...

Middle class employment is on the upswing, thanks to the strengthening economy.

Middle class jobs are finally coming back

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Sun
Aug 3 2014
07:59 pm

We're four days away from Election Day and one thing is certain: Democrats need to crank it up a few notches if any of our candidates are to have a real chance at winning. I'm not knocking any or all of the things Democrats are doing already, but we've goy to step it up. Democrats have 7 well-qualified candidates in contested general election races on the ballot: Wimberly, Fansler, Price, Kidd, Padgett, Berrier, and Underwood. 8 years ago, both Wimberly and Fansler were so well-respected that they drew no opposition. They are still respected, but the political dynamic in Knox County has drastically changed since 2006.

It has changed even more since 1998, when Democrats swept to victory in a number of hard-fought judicial races, the DA's race, the County Executive race, and other county races. 1998 was a good year for Knox County Democrats (just ask Fansler, Wimberly, Leibowitz, Nichols, and Schumpert). 2006 was not as good, but we still retained a few courthouse seats, stole a commission seat, and almost took more (my brother, Leon, almost beat Tony Norman in the heavily Republican 3rd district).

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Is there a single site with links to an extensive non-partisan list of various entities election endorsements for Knoxville/Tennessee August 7 election?

League of Women Voters, Metro Pulse, News-Sentinel, blah blah, etc.?

Looks like a good assignment for a Poli Sci class.

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Sat
Aug 2 2014
05:43 pm

We received some sad and tragic news last night under rather unusual circumstances. But we won't dwell on that. Except to say that just a week before a friend who married into South Knoxville asked us "why do so many South Knoxville boys die so young?"

She had a point. The list is long. Too long. And maybe not all so young, but certainly young in spirit and heart. Like how we all remember them. Maybe it's the same in any community. Who you knew growing up, who you still know, who you're still close to.

Anyway, while still trying to process last night's surreal news today, it occurred to us that South Knoxville is connected. It's not "six degrees of separation." In South Knoxville it's more like one or two degrees of connection. If you don't know someone, you probably know someone who does.

This is just one of the many reasons we love South Knoxville. And how we collectively mourn our losses.

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