Tue
Jan 30 2007
06:29 pm

Looking into my crystal ball, the smoke is clearing...... the picture is coming clear.............

Here are my predictions for tomorrow:

District 1. Josh Jordan
District 2. Jonathan Wimmer
District 4. Two of the following three: Richard Cate, Lee Tramel, Ed Shouse
District 5. Frank Leuthold
District 6. Sharon Cawood
District 8. Jack Huddleston (seat-warmer for Steve Hunley)
District 9. The Greene guy who was just announced

Trustee: Fred Sisk
Clerk: Billy Tindell
Register of Deeds: Sherry Witt

So say I
(and I'm winning a $100 bet!!!! Yay!!!)

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Tue
Jan 30 2007
04:58 pm

The Nation's current cover story, "The Way Down South" by Bob Moser is a must-read for all Southern Democrats.

(And for state and national party leadership folks if they care about winning any more presidential elections.)

There's too much good stuff to excerpt here, so read the whole thing for an informed and entertaining perspective on how Democrats "lost" the South, how national Democrats abandoned us, how "Republican-lite" campaigns aren't working, and what we ought to be doing going forward.

As our friend Chris Kromm (who is quoted in the article) says in his commentary about article:

How would the South be different today, if the Democrats had adopted a "50 state strategy" and invested in policy and media infrastructure in the South that could identify the issues and constituencies for progressive success?

It's impossible to say, but the answer to that question has enormous relevance today, as Democratic leaders debate about whether to "forget the South" or "move to the right in the South." Perhaps history points to a third option: investing in the creation of a new progressive majority in the region.

As in a "New Third Way"? Anyway, go read The Way Down South. This will be on the test... in 2008.

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Tue
Jan 30 2007
03:38 pm
By: Knoxquerious  shortURL

The writing has been all over the wall for the past few weeks. As the leading Democratic vote getter in August though, it would not surprise me to see him back in the picture next year. Let's all wish the best of luck to the new sheriff and their (yes I am aware it's plural...TH and JJ) appointed buddies on commission. The campaign starts tomorrow at 10:00am, so get out there and start raising that money.

(link...)

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Tue
Jan 30 2007
02:56 pm

Pinkston/Clark committee selects Tim Greene. This and other term limit replacement news in the latest KNS update.

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Tue
Jan 30 2007
02:48 pm

More on the Senate minimum wage debate.

"The Clinton administration learned that in dealing with an opposing majority in Congress he had to give something to get something. It's not clear in this case, though, how giving tax breaks to 25 million small businesses in return for a $2.10 per hour wage increase that affects only 1.8 million workers is such a great deal."

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Tue
Jan 30 2007
11:30 am
By: Justin  shortURL

The Tennessee Valley Authority and some of its distributors are experimenting with "smart meters" that can measure electricity use by the hour.

Does anyone know if/when KUB will try this out?

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Tue
Jan 30 2007
10:27 am

I heard this song on the way to work today; just in case County Commission wasn't listening, I wanted to dedicate this to (most of) you:

Read it after the jump...

Continued...

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Tue
Jan 30 2007
07:50 am

Reddog warned us that the draft was trying to be reinstated. Rangel has now introduced the bill. I have posted a couple of additional quotes and links the most important being a link to contact your representative.

In 2003, Rangel introduced HR 163; legislation that would draft both men and women between the ages of 18-26 starting as early as June 2005. It was defeated 402-2 the following year in the House of Representatives, with Rangel voting against his own bill. [Source]

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Tue
Jan 30 2007
01:22 am

The Tuesday evening candidate forum at Whittle Springs Middle School was a great success, attracting most of those seeking appointment to the open positions in Knox County government. They had a chance to speak before 13 of the 19 county commissioners, and answer questions from an audience of around 200 people.
Volunteers from the League of Women Voters helped me conduct a preference poll of those attending. Those numbers are presented below, but one should stress that these are but one measure that likely will guide county commissioners in their decisions on Wednesday. Other important factors will be the qualifications of the applicants and their answers to the varied questions (storm water, land development, taxes, school support, etc.) raised by the audience.
Most of the attendees were from the Second District, and most (but not all) appeared to follow the instruction to vote only in their own district and the countywide offices, Thus, with all the precautions about a preference poll ballot, these numbers were tallied at the end by two LWV volunteers:

More after the jump...

Continued...

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Tue
Jan 30 2007
12:28 am

Nutz:

In an executive order published last week in the Federal Register, Mr. Bush said that each agency must have a regulatory policy office run by a political appointee, to supervise the development of rules and documents providing guidance to regulated industries. The White House will thus have a gatekeeper in each agency to analyze the costs and the benefits of new rules and to make sure the agencies carry out the president’s priorities...

...The directive issued by Mr. Bush says that, in deciding whether to issue regulations, federal agencies must identify “the specific market failure” or problem that justifies government intervention.

Hmmmm. Where have I head this before? Oh yeah.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
09:13 pm
By: Sandra Clark  shortURL

Great job by Robin Wilhoit and Bill Williams tonight with the 7-8 p.m. show on Term Limits Turmoil. Makes you wonder why real campaigns aren't conducted like this.

Eager to hear from Mark Harmon on his forum at Whittle Springs. -- s.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
09:02 pm

A power failure is forcing 1,000 residents of Andy Holt Tower on the University of Tennessee campus to spend the night elsewhere. The TennesseeJournalist.com (tnjn.com) has the story. TNJN.com is the student-operated news web site of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at UT.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
08:28 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Ari Fleischer testified today (a Monday) that Scooter Libby told him about Valerie Plame at a Monday luncheon days before Libby said he first learned about it from the media. Somebody's got some splainin' to do.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
07:35 pm

Has anyone noticed that Randy's little community is on the verge of sporting seven hundred registered users? Congratulations, I guess.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
04:26 pm

It is our understanding that there may be a "vote" or a straw poll or something of that nature at tonight's public forum at Whittle Springs Middle School, and that the outcome will be relayed to County Commissioners as they deliberate replacements.

It is also our understanding that not all candidates may have heard about this and therefore may not have been campaigning to get supporters to the forum.

It's not clear how this would work, because all candidates and the general public are invited, so there could be voters (and candidates) from any district.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
04:10 pm

Restore Knoxville wants your help in improving our community. You can participate right now by entering your choices in our "Beauties and Blemishes" contest!

This isn't some annual "best of the best" or "worst of the worst." This is an ongoing project to help improve Knoxville one block at a time.

Yes, we know, "ugly ain't (always) illegal." But we think shining a little light on some properties can encourage others to do the same.

Just fill out the form if you think a particular property is a Beauty or a Blemish. From cars parked in the front yard to piled up trash, we think a little public recognition will sometimes go further than a call to Codes.

At your choosing, you can remain anonymous. In every instance, we will contact the property owner and give them a chance to clean it up before publishing any "revealing" photos.

Do your part today and help clean up Knoxville.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
03:08 pm

As Wednesday approaches people wonder about the “famility” of the appoint process. The newest hearsay is that Craig Leuthold's father Frank Leuthold will be nominated to replace John Griess in District 5.

Queue “Sly and the Family Stone”, will Wednesday be a "Family Affair"?

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
01:46 pm
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Reminder: Public forum tonight, Monday, January 29th, starting at 6pm in the WHITTLE SPRINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, 2700 White Oak Lane (the corner of Whittle Springs and White Oak). "Public, candidates, commissioners, and all interested parties are invited." More details here.

Also: the KNS, WBIR, and WNOX host a one hour program on WBIR Channel 10 TV At 7 PM tonight, Monday, Jan. 29th, to "explain who's in contention and to offer perspective from journalists, public officials and others."

The Knox County Commission will vote on replacements to fill the vacancies created by the recent term limits decision this Wednesday, Jan. 31st.

UPDATE: County Commission has put up this website with candidate info.

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Mon
Jan 29 2007
01:24 pm

The State of North Carolina is going to purchase Chimney Rock Park:

The state will spend $24 million to buy privately owned Chimney Rock Park, a landmark in western North Carolina that has served as the setting for several major motion pictures, a state parks official said Monday.

Gov. Mike Easley is expected to formally announce the pending sale late this morning, said Charlie Peek, spokesman for the state Division of Parks and Recreation.

The article says the family who owns the park turned down $20 million and listed it with Sotheby's for $55 million. A private donation of $2.35 million helped sweeten the deal.

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