Saturday, January 02, 2010

Question of the Weekend: Wilder's Legacy

This week brought a new year and the passing of a Tennessee political legend from the scene. The life of John Wilder inspires our question of the weekend for reader response.

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Friday, January 01, 2010

New Year's Day

Amid the hope of New Years Day, Tennesseans have learned that our longtime Lieutenant Governor died early this morning, while 2010 promises to be a very good year for Republicans if the political situation remains even remotely like it presently is.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Top Ten of 2009

I discuss the top 10 Tennessee political stories to bring an end to 2009.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Workers' Compensation=Education, Elected Superintendents=Election Law?

Apparently, workers' compensation may be among the issues brought up in the forthcoming special legislative session in Nashville to discuss education. If Workers' comp law can be brought up in a session supposedly devoted to education, somebody please explain to me why elected school superintendents cannot be discussed?

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Former Lt. Governor In Serious Condition

As most informed Tennesseans now know, former Lieutenant Governor John Wilder has suffered a stroke, and is in the hospital in Memphis:

How deep was John Wilder's legacy? I happened to be at the Capitol the day before Wilder officially announced his retirement (and was also there on the day itself), and passed by Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey's office as Wilder was leaving, and bumped right into Governor Wilder. As rumors were already swirling at the Plaza, I knew why Wilder had been in Ramsey's office-formerly his own-and why he was leaving it. Yet all I could think about as Governor Wilder said hello and said how nice it was to "see us up here" was "I am having a conversation with John Wilder-I wish I had a camera." I talk to legislators all the time about serious business, yet this little encounter left me nearly dumbstruck, and all I could manage to say was "Governor Wilder, it is a great honor sir...," and it certainly was.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Forrester Forever

The Tennessee Democratic Party should just break down and make Chip Forrester its permanent Chairman:

Forrester has indeed been the salvation-of the Republican Party. If there are three people in this State who can truly be said to be the public "reasons" behind what appears to be an emerging Republican hegemony in Tennessee, those people are Robin Smith, Bill Hobbs, and Chip Forrester. From the moment he was elected he went about branding his political opposition as "liars" and "racists," but someone forgot to send Chip the memo about Obama's margin of defeat here, and further forgot to give him the lesson on smart politics-that simply calling your opposition names does not put you in good political position. Forrester has proven to be a poor support for candidates as opposed to his Republican counterparts Smith and Chris Devaney (ask Ty Cobb about that), and apparently forgot how to raise money legally, originally allowing untracable money buckets at tables in support of Cobb's campaign.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Feast of the Holy Family

Luke 2:41-52:

And his parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the solemn day of the pasch, And when he was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast, And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not. And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day's journey, and sought him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance. And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him.

And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers. And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? did you not know, that I must be about my father's business? And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them.

And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.

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