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Flood Control

Bipartisan Barbecue

Lumpy, Curly and Moe

Oversight?

High Moral Tone

Speak Up

Off the Reservation

Bug in Our Ear

Flood Control

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Bipartisan Barbecue

The barbecue, a Duncan family tradition since 1968, attracts thousands of people to the Civic Coliseum, and Congressman Jimmy Duncan traditionally has an open door policy. Republicans objected in 2002 during the gubernatorial race when candidate Bredesen and Congressman Bob Clement , running for the U.S. Senate, attended.

A young man named Stacy Campfield got into a scuffle with some Democrats at the 2002 event. He was escorted outside and released. Campfield got elected to the state Legislature two years later. In his current re-election campaign the issue has been brought up again in a mail-out in his district.

Lumpy, Curly and Moe

Oversight?

At the dedication of the new Veterans Nursing Home last week, which is located in Lambert’s district, Ragsdale recognized all the elected officials in attendance. He somehow overlooked Lambert, however.

Lambert and four other commissioners contributed the money to buy a table for commissioners at the recent Orchids and Onions event after Ragsdale cancelled the county’s traditional commitment to buy a table for Commission.

High Moral Tone

In keeping with the high moral tone exhibited by the U.S. Senate race, the ads reveal that one of your neighbors is calling Al Qaeda in the Middle East and the Democrats don’t care; Democrats are putting our security in jeopardy; people in Iraq voted, why don’t you?; Democrats want to cut and run; and evidently, once the terrorists have won, the Democrats are going to raise your taxes.

Other than that, they are fairly tame.

Our latest push poll call, on the other hand, reveals that Congressman Harold Ford, Jr,. wants to do medical experiments on unborn babies and raise taxes.

Speak Up

The new TVA board held a public hearing and has been soliciting comments from the public, elected officials and developers to come up with a consistent policy on the sale of TVA land, most of it acquired over the decades by eminent domain. The policy planning began after complaints about TVA land sales for private residential developments on lake front property.

The draft plan by TVA staff would ban residential or retail land sales and restrict sales to industrial customers. TVA still holds 293,000 acres, excluding the land under reservoirs.

Off the Reservation

The broadcast included interviews in Asheville, full of art colonies and northern transplants, where residents generally have a more liberal view than the rest of the district. Interviewees were not happy with Shuler’s positions, though most agreed he would be preferable to the Republican incumbent. CNN posited Shuler as an example of conservative Democrats bucking national Democratic positions in order to win in the South and West.

Shuler is leading in the polls and is expected to be a pickup for the Democrats in the effort to wrest control from Republicans for the first time since 1994. Shuler’s fundraising has been outstanding, with a lot of his support coming from Tennessee.

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