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Heat Turned Up Higher in District 89 Race

  1. HEAT TURNED UP HIGHER IN DISTRICT 89 RACE

    The bitterness level continues to escalate in the District 89 Democratic primary to determine a successor to former representative Carol Chumney,. who vacated the seat during her successful recent city-council campaign. The newest developments include (1) a formal legal complaint by one candidate, Beverly Robison Marrero, against her opponent, Jeff Sullivan; and (2) Sullivan's accusation that Marrero and her chief adviser, state Senator Steve Cohen, are engaging in "harassment and sabotage" against his campaign.

  2. POLITICS

    If there is a moderate among the newly sworn-in class of Republicans...Tennesssee's junior U.S. senator Lamar Alexander certainly is that person....How then has Alexander reacted to his party's Trent Lott debacle and to two controversial recent moves by George W. Bush -- the president's insistence of renominating U.S. Judge Charles Pickering of Mississippi for a federal appeals courts position and Bush's declared opposition to a University of Michigan affirmative action policy now being adjudicated?

  3. POLITICS: Revote?

    Video documentarian Alexandra Pelosi's own political profile is not what one might expect. Though she grants that Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, whom she was shadowing last week, is making a lot of fuss and could well end up as his party's nominee, she is dubious about the appeal to a larger national audience. The problem? He's "too liberal." More surprisingly, Alexandra Pelosi's attitude toward Rep. Harold Ford's erstwhile challenge to the political orthodoxy of her mother, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, goes beyond tolerant.

  4. POLITICS: A Buddy Tale

    ..."He'd always been concerned with life-and-death matters, his own and everybody else's," said Cohen, who noted that an unusual number of Zevon's compositions concerned such cutting-edge issues as the death penalty, racial hatreds, Middle Eastern discord, and threats to the environment-- all without losing that characteristic Zevonian edge of whimsy.....

  5. POLITICS: On Notice

    Willingham knows he has an uphill struggle on his hands, however. True enough, the cityÕs dominant black population divided almost equally between Herenton and major opponent Joe Ford in 1999 (with the mayor reaping a far greater share of the white vote), but it is highly doubtful that a conservative white Republican Ð even one with maverick tendencies like Willingham -- could do as well.

  6. POLITICS: GOP Commissioners in a Quandary

    As the Shelby County Commission prepares to vote Monday on its new chairperson for the next calendar year, the dope sheet is cloudier than usual -- with at least four of the seven GOP members acting like contenders.

  7. Politics

    Loeffel will head the Shelby County Commission; Mayoral candidate John Willingham is no stranger to controversy.

  8. BREDESEN VS. COHEN ON LOTTERY STRUCTURE

    Challenging a lottery blueprint designed by Memphis State Sen. Steve Cohen and other legislators, Gov. Phil Bredesen Thursday night said he wants to take a larger role in establishing and managing a state lottery. Bredesen also said lottery legislation should ensure higher education is not burdened with more students than it can handle as a result of lottery-funded scholarships. Cohen and Bredesen have reportedly met privately but have been unable to reconcile their differences.

  9. LOTTERY SPONSORS SEEK WINNING NUMBER

    After flirting with the idea of a big gubernatorial press event to announce his own proposal for the lottery, Gov. Phil Bredesen retreated to the role of benevolent CEO and lobbed his wish list to his board of directors, the General Assembly.

  10. PHIL'S BOY

    With the legislature still in low gear and the dynamics of new Gov. Phil Bredesen's relationship with the General Assembly still developing, the question of who will be the governor's key ally in the state Senate is still open. But, the early betting line is beginning to favor Memphis Democrat Jim Kyle.

  11. Revote?

    Months after his leadership bid, Rep. Ford gets a Pelosi endorsement of sorts.

  12. POLITICS: Madame Chairman

    The big election-- the Memphis city version scheduled for October 7th-- is still to come, but a significant mini-election-- that for the chairmanship of the Shelby County Commission-- has come and gone, and the winner, Marilyn Loeffel, got in without having to break a sweat.

  13. POLITICS: Gloves Off

    With early voting now under way, some of the candidates for city office are not making nice. Some of them are throwing punches, and a few are even throwing bombs.

  14. SENATOR PERSON TOUTS WILDER AS SPEAKER UNDER GOP

    If Tennessee Republicans are able to achieve a majority in the state Senate after next year's elections, they may choose a Democrat to lead them. That's if they follow the example of state Sen. Curtis Person (R-Memphis), who extolled the virtues of Lt. Gov. John Wilder (D-Somerville) at a well-attended fundraiser for Wilder Thursday night at the Memphis home of city councilman Jack Sammons.

  15. STERLING TO SEEK REMATCH IN ASSESSOR'S RACE

    Former Shelby County assessor Harold Sterling could end up in a 2004 rematch with one former opponent whom he defeated or with one who beat him. The former assessor filed for his old office on Thursday, as did incumbent assessor Rita Clark, who defeated Sterling in 1996. And former assessor Michael Hooks, whom Republican Sterling defeated for reelection in 1992, had already filed as a Democrat.

  16. BREDESEN, AT INAUGURATION, PROMISES MIDDLE GROUND

    NASHVILLE -- A newly inaugurated Gov. Phil Bredesen said Saturday he will seek a common-sense middle ground between higher taxes and spending cuts to solve problems as governor. Bredesen, 59, took the oath of office as TennesseeÕs 48th governor before a chilled gathering of about 3,000 people on the sun-splashed Legislative Plaza.

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