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2007

  1. POLITICS: Bump in the Road

    A few weeks ago Keith Norman, matched against rival candidate Jay Bailey, seemed a good bet to become the next chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party. He still may, but a little "help" he picked up seems to have set him back.

  2. GADFLY: (Another) Tale of the Tapes

    In the case of the destroyed CIA tapes, can there be any doubt that the folks who authorized the "enhanced interrogation techniques," including Rumsfeld and various deputies, will probably skate? (So would Nixon have if he'd burned his Watergate tapes.)

  3. Who Is This Huckabee Mug Anyhow, and Why Is He Stealing Fred Thompson's Thunder?

    Unlike the (so far) unlucky Thompson, the folksy but articulate Mike Huckabee has his role down pat: He's an unabashed pro-life social conservative but an economic populist who raised taxes for social programs as Arkansas governor and who regularly denounces "Wall Street" in the manner of a latter-day FDR.

  4. Five Things Mike Huckabee Doesn't Want You to Know About Him

    The latest Iowa presidential polls have former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee leading the Republican pack. So can the Huckster really earn the nomination? AlterNet's John Gorenfeld says not so fast:

    "Look who's the dark horse now: Not Fred Thompson ...

  5. Former Governor Dunn Meets His Fans at Bookstar Signing

    The lines were respectably long and composed for the most part of vintage campaign colleagues, who smiled and reminisced with the author as copies of From a Standing Start, Winfield Dunn’s political memoir, got signed Wednesday night at Bookstar on Poplar by the onetime Memphis dentist and ex-Tennessee governor.

  6. Mayoral Warning of Jurisdictional "Gray Line" Only Discordant Note in First Get-Together with New Council

    Though the grins were plentiful as Mayor Willie Herenton and members of his council-to-be in 2008 got together for lunch at The Rendezvous on Wednesday, the smiles may have tightened up a little when His Honor climaxed the get-acquainted event with a speech that warned of a “grey line” and of “certain areas where either branch decided to get into the other branch’s domain.”

  7. Herenton to Break Bread with New Council at Wednesday Lunch

    In what would seem to be a precedent-setting move, Mayor Willie Herenton is sitting down with his newly elected 13-member council for a get-acquainted lunch on Wednesday at the downtown Rendezvous Restaurant. The luncheon, arranged by former councilman John Vergos, the Rendezvous’s owner, is co-hosted by Vergos and former councilman and mayoral intimate Rev. James Netters.

  8. Mike McWherter No Go for Senate, Will , er, "Spend More Time" With Family

    West Tennessee businessman Mike McWherter,only recently the toast of Tennessee Democrats as their likely U.S. candidate against Lamar Alexander next year, is toast in the other sense of the term now. The former governor's son won't run.

  9. Dem, GOP Leaders Differ on Wilder, Kurita, and Who Wins State Senate in 2008

    On Tuesday, the two major party leaders of the currently deadlocked Tennessee state Senate made competing claims about whether Democrats or Republicans would control the chamber after the 2008 statewide elections.

  10. The Thin Gray Line

    A warning went along with the happy talk at mayor-council luncheon.

  11. Is the GOP Trying to Elect a Preacher-in-Chief?

    Sez Cheri DelBrocco: "The Republican Party appears to have abandoned any commitment to the tenets of the Constitution and is positioned to elect a preacher- in-chief whose first loyalty will be to the dogmas of Christian Fundamentalism." She's Mad as Hell about it.

  12. New Mike Huckabee "Ad" Gets to the Heart of the Matter

    Political video prankster Lee Stranahan just may have figured out why former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has risen to the top of the Republican presidential polls.

  13. POLITICS: New Mayor, New Council?

    Naming "crime, cronyism, and corruption" as major issues in this year's mayoral election, candidate Carol Chumney addressed the Germantown Democratic Club Monday night, pledging if elected to "get a good team" in order to bring renewed efficiency to Memphis city government.

  14. POLITICS: Mayoral Shuffling

    Memphis mayoral candidates continue to campaign as is their wont. PLUS: Plus: Cohen gets some ministerial defense; Richard Fields rides again; This and that.

  15. POLITICS: Looking Back

    On the passage from the scene of two pivotal Memphians

  16. Cooper Sentencing Postponed Again, Until May 1st

    Sentencing for Joe Cooper, who pleaded guilty almost a year ago to federal charges of money laundering, has been rescheduled for May 1st. This is the second re-scheduling for Cooper, who is expected to be a key government witness in a pending bribery and extortion cases involving outgoing city councilman Edmund Ford Sr.

  17. POLITICS: Odds and Ends from 2007

    Guess who made our "Odds and Ends" list for 2007: Everybody from David F. Diamond to Ol' Huck Huckabee to -- well, take a look.

  18. Is Our Long National Nightmare About to End?

    Sez Cheri 'Mad as Hell' DelBrocco: 'In the immortal words of President Gerald R. Ford, at the close of another calamitous Republican Presidency, "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over." Give or take another 365 days, we can celebrate the same. Join a campaign, make a difference, and have a Happy New Year!'

  19. VIEWPOINT: Rethinking Power

    "On the face of things, it would appear that the Council could adopt "policies" and the Mayor would have to follow them."

  20. Will the New City Council Have More Power Vis-a-Vis the Mayor?

    After looking at city charters (old and new) and hearing some expert testimony, 5th District councilman-elect Jim Strickland opines: " On the face of things, it would appear that the Council could adopt 'policies' and the Mayor would have to follow them." But he finds a catch or two to that.

  21. GOP Candidates Slam Huckabee on Sunday Talk Shows

    The Washington Post does a weekly roundup of the Sunday morning political talkshows. This week, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee was getting hit from all sides. Tennessee's Fred Thompson fired a salvo, and so did Mitt Romney.

    From the Post ...

  22. The Final Four

    Light but concentrated voting highlighted this week's runoff vote.

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