Thursday, January 05, 2012

Redistricting Is Here

The Tennessee House and Senate redistricting plans have arrived:

The real changes appear to be coming in the Tennessee House of Representatives, especially for those of us in East Tennessee. What amounts to three new districts will be created in Knox County, including (if the map is correct) an 89th District in West Knox County. We won't ask for details on how 89 is consecutive with 13 through 19. Representative Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) won't represent any part of Knox County anymore, but he will have around 2/3rds of Jefferson and roughly the northern third of Sevier County as his new 17th District.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012


Sometimes that is the only word that comes to mind when the impossible becomes political reality:

There are times when watching a political result that all you can say is "wow." Last night's Iowa Caucuses were such a moment. This writer prays his wife will forgive him for being up until after 4:00am awaiting the final result. We've been up all night to await election outcomes before, but I can't recall the last time I was up all night awaiting an outcome during primary and caucus season.

When the final result came in, even though the numbers showed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at the top literally by just a few votes, it is former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) who can be the one to claim victory. Within a matter of a month, he came from around 3% of the vote to effectively tie at the top of the caucus margins.

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Monday, January 02, 2012

Occupy the Rose Parade?

Is nothing sacred to these people?:

Another group of Occupy protesters are set to make utter fools of themselves before a national and worldwide audience. The annual Tournament of Roses Parade is scheduled to get underway this morning in Pasadena, California. The annual spectacle features floats made of roses, a beautiful Rose Queen, and ends the day with the oldest college football bowl game in existence, the Rose Bowl. It isn't remotely a political place or a political event, indeed many of the floats and attractions in the parade are geared toward children. That doesn't seem to matter to the publicity hounds of Occupy. Rather than organize their own event, they are going to sponge off of the hard work of the Tournament of Roses organizers in what they are calling "Occupy the Rose Parade," where the intend to display a giant octopus at the end of the parade route.

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